thank you for your insightful knowledge on this topic. You've obviously been a great help.
While Maya hasn't shipped with any 'manuals' for some time now it does, however, come with a very useful help menu. Try hitting the F1 key once in a while and you'll find loads of useful information in there. Including a whole tutorial on how to use the MAYA LIVE feature.
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Digital Media Arts College
Boca Raton, Florida