Modo 12 Series
The Modo 12 Series brings innovative modeling workflows that enable artists to create at the speed of thought. Modo 12.1, the second installment in this series, expands the procedural toolset for improved iterative workflows and assembly creation allowing maximum pliability in the creation of forms quickly. Streamlined animation workflow improvements mean it’s now easier to build, repurpose, combine, and adjust animation models, and an integrated VR viewport allows you to immerse yourself in the creation process. Additionally there are significant improvements to the UI, rendering, rigging, UV tools and MeshFusion.
Modo 12.0 features and benefits
glTF 2.0 Export to Facebook
Developed in conjunction with Facebook's new ‘3D Posts’ functionality, artists can now create 3D objects in Modo and then share them on the Facebook News Feed. Facebook users can then grab, spin and interact with the objects to look at them from all angles. This technology presents artists with a unique opportunity to create more engaging and compelling content, whilst offering users the opportunity to enjoy interactive 3D experiences on Facebook
Mesh Paint Refinements
Modo's Mesh Paint tool has been brought up-to-date and enhanced, allowing you to quickly bash out models and environments faster than ever before. With the ability to now paint random presets, you can utilize asset libraries in new and exciting ways, and the new array paint modes give you greater control when painting more ordered collections of objects.
MeshFusion Surface Strips
MeshFusion is significantly enhanced with Surface Strips, an innovative new feature that works by allowing the creation of strip geometry or topology that lies flush on any Fusion Item surface. This provides a wide range of opportunities for Post-Fusion modeling with either Procedural operations or direct modeling of the Fusion Output Mesh. The most obvious examples are channels and ridges along arbitrary paths — but the range of applications is much much wider, allowing artists to explore iterations more creatively than ever before.
Modeling and Design Creation Enhancements
The Jitter tool has new options to randomize the position, scale and rotation of connected geometry within a single Item. It also works with connected selections, allowing you to quickly add subtle realism in situations where previously it would have been difficult. It’s now possible to model even faster in a single 3D viewport by moving objects towards you and away from you without having to interact directly with any transform handles. And a new tool handle has been added to the Vertex Slide tool, giving you greater control when tweaking the position of vertices in a mesh.
New Procedural Mesh Operations
A Triangulate MeshOp has been added, which lets you export triangulated models in a non- destructive manner. The Merge Mesh operator can now read replicator items as geometry inputs, allowing replicated geometry to be manipulated using procedural modeling tools, and providing an easy way to convert a replicator item into a single mesh item for export. It’s now possible to modulate the shape of an Item Falloff via the Mini Graph Editor, allowing for a much wider array of falloff effects when rigging or procedural modelling. The new Falloff Operator lets you drive Mesh Operation Falloffs via a range of scene and geometric parameters.
Cloud Assets and Foundry Share Site
Creating, sharing and downloading preset assets has been improved. Cloud Assets can now be dragged and dropped into the item tree or directly into the Modo viewport. Just want to download the assets and not apply them to your scene? Use the new download badge that appears in the upper left of the preset thumbnail. The process of preset creation has also been significantly streamlined. It’s now possible to create any preset type by simply dragging from it's location in the UI into any preset browser.
UV Tools and Workflow Refinements
Modo's fast and nimble workflows continue to be refined, with UI optimization and new toolbar menu options making it easier to manage 3rd party Modo Add-ons. The Modo Modes toolbar has been re-organized for more consistency, with a number of modes now having improved workflows, vastly reducing the number of clicks involved in a standard Modo modelling session, while the UV viewport has new buttons to give easy access to a range of common display options. The Fit UVs command has new Gaps options to set border padding. Also, it’s now easier to align multiple UV selections in one go.
The Hatchet Collection
Modo 12.0 comes with a selection of python scripts from the popular Hatchet Collection, enhancing core functionality in Modo and making asset creation even more efficient. There's a wide variety of tools to convert curve types, offset curves, select random, and much more.
Advanced Viewport GPU Acceleration
The Advanced Viewport in Modo now uses Multi Sample Anti-Aliasing (MSAA) GPU hardware to speed up anti-aliased rendering. This is a faster, rough and ready version of an also-available Supersampling method. The new GPU powered Anisotropic texture filtering provides superior viewport texture quality in virtually all cases, at the slight expense of performance.
Direct modeling improvements
Modo 11.2 brings significantly improved poly bevel features, including: Square Corner to add quadrangles at the corners of a polygon’s boundary edge; Offset Even to maintain an even distance between the inset faces and the original boundary edge; Edge Rail for beveling groups of polygons; and Thicken to maintain a closed volume. Edge bevel now has a mitering option to create co-planar polygons beside the outer edges of the bevelled area, fixing smoothing errors. The Maintain Co-Planar Edge merges unselected co-planar edges to the next unselected sharp edge, giving more predictable results. And the Snap Only Selected option snaps selected geometry to foreground geometry, speeding up geometry snapping for heavy meshes.
UV Tool enhancements
The already powerful UV tools in Modo continue to improve, making it easier to texture games assets with consistency and efficiency. Numerous updates have been made to the Texel Density tools recently added in Modo 11.1, making them faster-to-use and providing more reliable results. Additional features quickly align UV islands and stack islands for more efficient texture usage. A UV coverage indicator shows the coverage percentage by foreground items and all items in a UV map. Extra display modes make it easier to select missing or distorted UVs, and there are multiple new commands for detecting UV errors.
Keeping Modo at the leading edge as one of best-in-class modeling solutions on the market, the procedural modeling tools in Modo 11.2 continue to expand and provide greater flexibility. The Select by Previous operation has been updated to support slice related mesh operators, like Slice, Axis Slice, Axis Drill, Solid Drill, Boolean and Curve Slice. The new Set Polygon Type mesh operation operates on any selection of surface polygons and modifies the polygon type, converting polygons into faces, subdivision surfaces or catmull-clark polygons. Plus there’s a new Flip Polygons mesh operation to reverse the surface normal of polygons.
Performance continues to improve across several areas of the rigging and animation workflow. Updates have been made to both Weight Editing performance and also Deformer Manipulation, enhancing the overall rigging and animation experience in Modo. When weight editing smaller parts of the mesh, such as a hand on a larger character, or when posing characters where smaller parts of the skeleton are deforming, such as a foot or finger, the interactive performance gains are significantly improved.
File I/O updates
Modo 11.2 has a much enhanced replicator exporting workflow, allowing you to move data between Modo and other DCC applications more easily and efficiently. Select whether to export replicas as an Alembic particle system, geometry or both via the preferences viewport. Additionally, the FBX plugin has been updated to version Autodesk FBX 2018.1, including support for FBX 2016-2018 export/import options.
Cloud based preset browser
Netting quick wins is now even easier! By using the Modo Preset Browser, artists can access the recently updated Modo Community share-site, with thousands of sample files, presets, and templates, directly from within Modo. Simply double-click on a preset to download it and the asset will be installed inside your default content folder structure, in much the same way as you install a regular .IPK file. Easy access to free kits and plugins, as well as direct links to purchase additional Modo Addons, will also be made available and continue to expand as the Community grows.
Speed up interaction with Draft Unions: a new workflow which automatically splits MeshFusion Items into active and inactive parts, temporarily disabling the union or seam geometry calculation when the contributing mesh is moved. New support for Catmull Clark Sub-D edge-weighted source geometry results in meshes that handle variable edge weights better. There’s a new method for creating material polygon tags, pie menu updates, and two new assembly presets: Rib Trim Assembly is useful for modeling structural ribbing, window/canopy framing and related geometries. ElboPipe assembly provides an easy way to create piping consisting of straight segments and short, tight turns.
Extensive workflow improvements have been made across all areas in Modo 11.2. Unreal Bridge now has a more compact UI for push actions, including checkboxes for items, textures and materials. It also supports subfolders, works with multiple Modo scenes when the connection is live, and has more precise export progress bars. Other additions include a new shader type - Principled BDRF, based on the paper from Brent Burley of Walt Disney Animation Studios. A new Scene Cleanup command removes any empty meshes and groups, and purges any unused schematic nodes, images, materials and deformers, while the new Playblast command gives you more options when recording OpenGL viewport