What do you like best?
It is the best tool to convert your ideas into reality. You have a lot of possibilies with this software. If you want to model, to animate, to live integration, etc.
I love the new feature on Maya 2017, specialized on motion graphics. The most common usage on advertising.
The interface is easy when you learn the basics concepts.
If you learn maya, is much easiest to lear any other 3D software.
The hair system is more realistic and is the most precise simulation.
The dynamics are great but some kind of difficult usage.
The mental ray nodes are great.
I love the integration with another Autodesk softwares like motion builder and Mudbox.
What do you dislike?
The price to keep you updated or with the last version. You cant use some previous versions of models. The Xgen plugin, need to be better. I dont like that the most common 3d objects libraries are in 3ds format or 3d format and Maya doesn't allow that kind of formats.
I dont like the difficult to render unnoised images but it can solve with another render engine.
Recommendations to others considering the product
Specialize in one of the program areas and not try to cover the thousands of possibilities that this tool has.
If you start to learn maya, all the rest of 3d softwares will be easiest for you.
There is a lot of tutorials, documentation and resources.
Is the best 3D software.
If you learn 3D, you will be hired by the enterprises of the moment. Advertising, web, 3d printing (Medical, food, entertainment, etc, markets)
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Make the unreal possible. Create with certainty what is in your head, in your ideas. I work in the advertising industry so if i need something specific, i made by myself. It make real the unreal.