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Greg Brown, Creative Specialist, Foundry

Modo 11 comes with a lower price point entry and focuses on performance optimisations and workflow improvements

Modo 11 Download Release notes

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Performance and efficiency improvements

Modo 11.0 delivers accelerated performance across a number of key areas: support for OpenSubdiv 3 delivers faster deformations; animation caching speeds up display; localized evaluation for MeshFusion improves interactivity; and instances are drawn faster. A large number of workflow enhancements also increase artist productivity, including improvements to the game exporter, the ability to duplicate elements while transforming them interactively, and new selection methods in the Item List.

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Modeling workflow enhancements

Reinforcing its position as a best-in-class modeling solution, Modo 11.0 offers new MeshFusion features that include the ability to cut, copy and paste Fusion items; enhancements to Auto Retopology including a new Adaptive mode and Curvature metric; a number of improvements to procedural modeling workflows; a brush preview for painting and sculpting tools; and a new customizable Tool HUD for faster access to the tools you use the most.

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Better out of-the-box experience

With a streamlined installation experience and login-based licensing; included rigs for procedural modeling; new render setting presets and better defaults that make it easier to create high-quality, noise-free renderings without specialist expertise; and an emphasis on fixing known issues, Modo 11.0 offers a better out-of-the-box experience. Other improvements include easier access to your recent projects, training videos and online help; and the ability to run Modo in safe mode for debugging purposes.

Modo 10 Download Release notes

MeshFusion updates mean faster and easier 3D modeling in Modo

Revamped MeshFusion

Harness the power of MeshFusion's advanced Boolean toolset more easily, thanks to a simplified schematic-free workflow that automatically creates and reorders the underlying tree structure as you cut, combine and intersect meshes. Cleaner output geometry and enhanced viewport visibility also contribute to a smoother, easier process, while an option to defer updates until mouse-up vastly improves performance as you edit.

Automatic Retopology means real time sculpting is now available in Modo 10.2

Automatic retopology

Scanning a real-world object or creating a model in standalone sculpting programs can leave you with an unnecessarily dense mesh and poor topology. The new Auto-Retopo command creates clean mesh topology that follows the curvature of the input surface, at a density you specify. Use weight maps to concentrate the density where you need it most, and sketch guide curves on the surface to control the edge flow.

Procedural Modeling makes Modo the best 3d software on the market

Procedural modeling enhancements

Modo's new assembly aliases let you collapse a set of operations and present them as a single entity with user-definable inputs—perfect for creating shareable presets to use with procedural modeling. Additionally, procedural modeling now supports various slicing and drilling commands. Clone and duplicate parts of the mesh in different ways, and use a wide range of previously unavailable selection commands to modify an existing selection.

Improvements to bézier curve editing mean more control over your models

Better Béziers and spline curves

Create and edit curves more intuitively with enhanced Bézier and spline curve tools. Highlights for Béziers include the ability to restore sharp corners from pairs of rounded corner CVs, and, conversely, the ability to round sharp corners via a draggable widget. Sharp corners now also maintain their sharpness when the curve is further edited, and there are several workflow improvements when selecting, editing and closing curves.

3D animation software Modo 10.2 updates

Deformer caching

Deformers and mesh operations can take a long time to process, reducing animation playback performance and interrupting your creative flow. With new deformer caching, the deformations and operations can now be cached and held in memory, so can you scrub the timeline on a complex scene significantly faster. The cache even remains valid if you move the camera or edit materials.

Updates to Modo's renderer mean faster modeling and sculpting for your 3d assets

Rendering enhancements

Modo’s Preview renderer and Advanced viewport have both received significant performance improvements, while usability has also been improved for the Modo renderer by providing an optional global control for reflection, refraction and SSS settings. Meanwhile, the new ability to use arbitrary meshes as light sources offers an exciting new lighting workflow: you can easily represent difficult shapes, or use duplication tools to quickly populate a scene with lights.

Streamlined User Interface updates to Modo 10.2 latest release

Streamlined user interface

Sometimes saving a few clicks, defining a sensible default or exposing a hidden setting makes more difference to your everyday workflow than the flashiest feature. With this in mind, we’ve improved Modo’s user interface for your asset creation workflow. Highlights include automatic component selection modes; a less visually distracting grid display; new options for workplanes; and new default options for drawing vertices and selected items.

Nondestructive Procedural Stack in Modo 10.1

Nondestructive procedural stack

With Modo’s procedural modeling system, you can model nondestructively. Each successive mesh operation—such as Bevel, Extrude, Merge, Reduce and Thicken—is added as a layer to a procedural stack, which you can modify, reorder, disable or delete at any time. View the mesh state at any point in the stack, with future operations shown as ghosted, and freeze the stack up till any chosen point for improved performance.

Improved mesh operations by select options for Modo latest release

Selection operations

Selection operations let you control which mesh elements are affected by subsequent operations in the procedural stack. By default, selected elements are automatically added to a Select By Index operation; you can add or remove elements at any time. In addition, you can define other operations to select elements procedurally. Selection operations let you rig, animate and dynamically update selections as the input mesh changes.

3D modeling in Modo now means you can easily create variants

Procedural variations

Procedural modeling in Modo lets you easily create an almost infinite number of variations. For example, you could construct a procedural road, then easily change the number of lights, the road width, or the path the road follows. You can even use textures as modeling operation inputs; simply change the texture to achieve an entirely different effect, while all of the subsequent operations are still applied.

3D animation in Modo just got better with 10.1 release

Animation and falloffs

Modo’s procedural system lets you easily animate almost any parameter within the stack. Falloffs modulate the behaviour of tools within the stack, and you can animate their placement to create interesting effects. It’s now possible to modulate the effect of tools and deformers using a textured falloff; textures can be connected to the falloff directly in the schematic or in the mesh operation stack.

Procedural Text for 3D modeling and sculpting of text

Procedural text

Modo’s procedural system makes it easy to style 3D text—adding thickness and bevels, for example—then change the input string or the font to create new variations. Text can also be rigged in the schematic view, letting you dynamically change the source text. Additionally, the text tool can now directly output Bézier curves that can be used to drive a new Curve Fill operation, providing an all-quad mesh.

3D geometry and modeling software is new in Modo 10.1

Curve enhancements

Modo now offers B-Splines as an alternative to Bézier curves. A new procedural Curve Fill operation lets you fill a closed curve with quads, while a Curve Particle Generator makes creating and adjusting duplicated geometry along curves a breeze. There’s also a Curve Rebuild operation for resampling curves into evenly-spaced sets of points, a Lacing Geometry operation that extrudes a profile shape along a guided curve and more.

Key MeshFusion updates are now available for Modo 3d modeling software in the latest release

MeshFusion enhancements

The advanced MeshFusion Boolean modeling toolset now offers better control of mesh topology and density for individual strips. In addition, you can now intuitively create, edit and analyze simple Fusion models in the schematic with extended support for drag-and-drop editing. Enhanced placement options let you easily place and fuse multiple copies of preset meshes. Procedurally modelled meshes can be used as inputs to MeshFusion.

Push 2D to 3D with Modo's new updates

UV Transform, UV Constraint and Push Influence

Making a 2D shape accurately conform to a 3D mesh—when attaching a decorative stripe to a shoe, for example—is now a quick and easy process, thanks to a new UV Transform operation. In addition, a new UV Constraint lets you lock the position and rotation of objects to an arbitrary position on a 3D surface. Meanwhile, a new Push Influence deformer pushes geometry along its surface normal.

WYSIWYG improvements in Modo 10.0 release

WYSIWYG look-development workflows

Develop looks for game assets that correspond to lighting and surface details in real-time game engines, with new physically-based material types mirroring the materials in Unreal Engine and Unity. Modo 10.0 also delivers enhancements to the advanced photorealistic viewport, and the ability to work with popular 3D game engine base shaders directly in Modo.

Modo's new baking tool improvements in latest release

Enhanced baking

Modo’s baking workflow is now more automated and streamlined. New Bake Items let you store parameters for accessible reuse. Take settings from a Bake Item when preview and RayGL baking, then adjust and view the results before executing the final operation. The new Bake Wizard also streamlines baking setup while offering customizable output presets.

Exporting to supported games engine now quicker with Modo 10.0

Streamlined export to games engines

Export to game engines in a single step, with ready-made presets for Unreal and Unity, and the ability to create custom presets for additional engines. Assets now transfer between Modo and Unity or Unreal Editor 4 with materials intact, and meshes automatically triangulate on FBX export. Modo 10.0 also supports many common DDS image formats.

Modeling for real-time content is a new feature of the latest Modo release

Real-time content creation workflows

For artists creating content for real-time applications, the Games Tools layout centers around the everyday tasks of vertex normal editing, texture baking and exporting to game engines, while still providing quick access to modeling tools. A new First Person Shooter mode also lets you navigate your Modo scene as players would see it in-game.

FBX files for animation and 3D content creation are now improved

FBX enhancements

Delivering better compatibility for real-time engines, a new FBX 2015 plug-in offers support for the widely-used FBX 2014 format. Export UV sets alphabetically and automatically apply linear color correction to vector maps in all loaded clips. FBX file animations can now be imported and merged onto items in the scene, or applied to actors as actions, while instances and replicators can now be exported to FBX.

Modo 10.0 - making 3D animation asset creation easier

Enhanced control of normals

Explicitly manipulate vertex normals to control shading smoothness on low-polygon assets, with a series of tools that let you select individual edges to be smoothed or unsmoothed, constructing a vertex normal map on the mesh. What’s more, in addition to generating tangent basis data suitable for use with normal maps in Unreal, we’ve added the ability to create data suitable for use in both Unity and Source.

Improvements to the Modo viewport making games and design work faster than ever

Enhanced UV and UDIM workflows

A new wizard makes creating UDIM image sets a breeze. UDIM textures can now be baked like any other texture, and UVs can also export to the XML-based SVG vector graphics format. This feature includes the ability to export a selected range of UDIMs either spread out or in separate layers. Moreover, the advanced photorealistic viewport can now display multiple UDIM tiles, further improving parity with Modo’s renderer.

Fine tuning was a key part of the Modo 10.0 release

Everyday tools made better

Modo 10 continues to improve the tools you use every day—from modeling, texturing and painting to dynamics and color selection. Highlights include an enhanced vertex map painting toolset with a choice of blend modes, the ability to mask vertex colors by color channel or by polygon selection, and a new option to view each channel in isolation; there’s also a new Volume Preservation option in the Smooth Tool.

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