Modo 14.1 View Release Notes
Advanced Viewport Ghost & Xray Support
Whether you’re modeling or animating, coherent and customizable visualization of geometry is essential. Ghost and Xray viewport modes help you see what you need, when you need it, letting you stay in the creative flow. Now if you want to visualize your scenes with Ghost & XRay you can enjoy the quality that the Advanced Viewport provides too.
Advanced Viewport Vertex Map Texture Support
Visualization of your Vertex Maps allows you to make fast decisions and edits without having to fiddle with parameters. Now you can visualize Weight Maps, UV Distortion, and Vertex Colors in the Advanced Viewport.
Always striving to improve performance, Modo 14.1 brings a handful of performance improvements to speed up your daily work.The UV Relax Mesh Operation has been multi-threaded in Adaptive mode offering up to 5X speed increase when relaxing UVs. The Edge Remove operation has also been significantly improved for speed increases between 5 and 20 times.
Bevel Auto Weld
Worrying about overlapping geometry when beveling is a thing of the past with the new Bevel Auto Weld feature in Modo 14.1. A new option for polygon bevel, Auto Weld computes the border loop of selected polygons and then stops the inset vertices at a point of contact. Whether direct or procedural modeling Bevel Auto Weld is a really powerful tool many Modo modelers will appreciate.
Edge Chamfer Extend Boundary
Sometimes you want to push past the boundary when Chamfering and the new Extended Boundary option in Edge Chamfer lets you do just that. The outgoing direction is computed by the outer face normal and edge vectors. This new enhancement is available both for procedural and direct modeling versions of Edge Chamfer.
UV Relax Mesh Operation
Get procedural with UVs using the UV Relax meshop. It can be used to refine an existing UV map in much the same way as the smooth tool is used to soften and regularize a model's surface.
mPath Embree CPU path tracing
mPath takes full advantage of the latest multi core CPU systems hitting the market with the addition of Intel's Embree high performance ray tracing library. Embree enables faster ray tracing calculation for CPU platforms, including MAC.
Denoising is an important part of a modern rendering workflow and mPath in Modo now offers two new options for denoising as well as improvements to the current Nvidia OptiX denoising.
Intel's Open Image Denoise is a new high-quality denoiser that uses AI to improve image quality on the host CPU, with no user parameters.
AMD AI is a new high-quality denoiser that uses AI to improve image quality on the GPU. It is most efficient on AMD hardware.
When looking for quick updates, Per Iteration Denoising can speed up your workflow by denoising the image between mPath iterations. It is currently available when using the Intel or OptiX denoisers.
PBR Loader / Set Effects
PBR Loader allows you to rapidly load PBR textures created in other applications like Substance Designer into the shader tree. Quickly load in all related images, and then set their effect based on the effect in the name of the file.
Switching between IK and FK can be cumbersome. The new IK/FK Switching with Planar IK lets you quickly match IK to FK and FK back to IK. When animating you can easily visualize your state with fading IK lines and a custom IK Goal for IK or FK.
The UsdModo plugin enables you to import assets authored with Pixar’s Universal Scene Description into Modo. Types of Geometry, Curves, Lights, Cameras, Material, and Animation are supported.