Maya 2008 Extension 2 and Service Pack 1 are ready for download

Posted by Cory Mogk, 4 March 2008 6:05 am

I mentioned 2 weeks ago that you could download Maya 2008 Extension 2 soon. Well, soon has become now!

I did not mention that we also have Service Pack 1 available for all customers. You can read the details here.



Posted 4 March 2008 12:27 pm

ah, corey, sorry to ask...
but I dont see service pack 1 in the downloads site.

extension 2 yes, sp1 no

the service pack 1 release notes, are in there for download.


Posted 4 March 2008 12:33 pm

sorry, never mind,
its included in the ext 2
Maya 2008 Extension 2 is a full version of Maya that includes the fixes in Maya 2008 Service pack 1 and updated documentation.



Posted 7 March 2008 10:22 am

This is a little off topic, but I was pointed here by Daniel after some of my feedback was viewed regarding Maya and OSX. I was told that maybe Cory could fill me/us OSX users in on what is going on with Maya and Mac OSX, and why many plug-ins etc are overly buggy or non-existent for Maya on OSX. Also, why can't I get a floating licence for an Intel Mac with the flexibility to take my dongle with me instead of my computer? Please don't reply with the fact that Intel Mac's can run other OS's ... PC's can too! Thanks n advance for answering my queries. Please disregard this if theres already a thread that covers these Q's ... please just point me there!

Cory Mogk

Posted 9 March 2008 5:34 am

Hi Jared,

What plug-ins are you looking for?

On the buggy plug-ins, please log the issues you're seeing and we'll take a look. From Maya, use Help>Report a Problem...

On the dongle, I think you should be able to get what you need through SUpport or your Sales Rep.



Posted 9 March 2008 6:11 am

Hi Cory, to be more specific:

eg. Nimble Tools ... which I know is written by a studio, but why can't the Area either post plug-ins for all or none? The Area in my opinion should support Maya ... not Maya for Windows or Maya for Linux or Maya for OSX.

Level Tools 3.0 ... when I open and try to point to the right filepath: Bonus Tools > Modelling > Level Tools > Import Tab > User Defined ... CRASH!

My reseller here in Australia ( Storm FX ) assured me a dongle licence isn't available for OSX due to Intel Macs being able to boot multiple operating systems. I was refunded for my purchase but couldn't understand the reasoning at all. Storm FX are a well respected company who deal with many different studios across Australia, so their information should be first class. Here is a quote from their rep:
"Dongles are not compatible with Intel Macs. This is a problem that Autodesk is currently working on, so with no guarantee’s hopefully the problem will be sorted out around August- but I cannot guarantee this. I will chase up Autodesk for you and see where they are at with this issue. It is an issue we deal with quite a bit and in our experience I would not recommend you proceed with using a Dongle with a Mac."
I purchased a dongle anyway, deciding to take my chances and was advised later that it wouldn't work ... ever. So I was refunded:
"I have looked into the Dongle issue with Autodesk and it seems now that they will not be pursuing the dongle/mac problem and it will not be fixed. I have made some more inquiries and can offer you your money returned for the dongle."

I own Maya 8.5 and run it on on an Intel Mac, is my info wrong about the dongle?

Thanks for your help. I realise there are bigger fish in the sea, but I've been trying to get these things heard for some time now and have finally got some input.


Cory Mogk

Posted 14 March 2008 9:23 am

On plug-ins like Nimble Tools, the Area posts what is available. I hate to pass the buck on this but maybe Daniel can work some magic...

I'll ask around about the Level Tools crash.

Here's what I know about the dongle issue - from the support pages:

Cory Mogk

Posted 20 March 2008 8:43 am

I checked in with Steven on the Level Tools crash - he's aware of it but it's hard to isolate the problem. If you hav erepeatable steps, it would help.


Posted 15 April 2008 10:13 am

Hi Cory,
thanks for the info, but the problem is ... if I click on the link you supplied:
and then I click on the Maya 8.5 patches link it goes nowhere ( nowhere useful that is ). It seems I nned to buy some sort of technical membership to get the required patches to make my dongle work!!?? I'm confused! Can you shed any light on this?

Thanks in adcance,


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