Just got done with Class 1 of Animation Mentor's Maya Springboard. Anthony Travieso (our class mentor) was superb. He was fun to chat with and the session was crammed with information about using Maya and he knows his stuff. The live cam sessions are great - so much better than typing :P The time went by fast and I was able to use the Cintiq as a dual monitor where the session is on one screen and work on Maya on the other. I am liking the Maya software very much. The people in the class are some of the nicest people.
First impressions? This is going to be a great ride.