A live broadcast launch has provided a few sniffs of new features in The Foundry’s next Modo release – version 901.
The announcement promised that Modo 901 will deliver more than 100 new features at its full launch later this spring with functionality impacting the entire content creation process across all disciplines, including modelling, texturing, animation and rendering.
The inclusion of MeshFusion or hard surface modelling to the Modo package is one of the highlights of the new release, while a host of modelling and interface improvements aim to speed up day-to-day work.
The 901 features previewed today include:
– Better Booleans in every box, with the award-winning MeshFusion ($395 value) now included – for high-quality results when combining objects
– New progressive texture baking, featuring a ray tracing methodology which lets artists preview textures as they bake
– New and improved tools for everyday modelling tasks, including Topological Symmetry, Split and Fill Slice tool option, Quad Fill Pattern mode, Linear and Radial Align and Multi-edge slicing
– Better ways of working with both regular and UDIM multi-tiled UVs, with new workflows including better packing, transfers, straightening and alignment
– Layered multi-resolution sculpting, with multiple sculpt layers at each mesh level, and the ability to transfer multi-resolution displacement vectors between meshes
“When we began working on 901, we committed to bringing our customers the most powerful, relevant version of Modo to date,” said Shane Griffith, Modo product marketing manager at The Foundry.
“We looked closely at how the roles of artists in our key markets are changing, the demands they face and how Modo can help them succeed in this shifting landscape. Also, we listened to our Modo customers and community to determine how best to make Modo the most stable, efficient solution for them. The result: Modo 901.”
Modo 901 is expected to become commercially available at the end of May 2015.