Foundry releases Modo 11.1 with New features.
Foundry has released Modo 11.1, the second of the three linked updates to the 3D modelling and animation software that form part of the Modo 11 Series.
Modo 11.1 continues to enhance the direct connection to Unreal Engine 4 with a new client-server bridge. Work in an uninterrupted flow between Modo and Unreal Engine, with the Unreal Bridge providing a bidirectional connection between both applications, allowing entire scenes, or selected elements of a scene, to be pushed and updated. The connection can be remote, on the same machine, or across multiple machines on a network.
True to its reputation as the best modeling solution for creating singular assets, the modeling tools in Modo 11.1 have undergone a number of upgrades to provide even greater modeling power. The topology pen and standard Smooth tool have been revamped to provide greater control, falloffs are even more dynamic with updates to the move and smoothing modes, the Loop slice tool and radial sweep are easier to use and offer new functionality, and enhanced procedural modeling features include new UV create and smooth operators.
The ease of creating UVs in Modo is one of our core strengths, and Modo 11.1 builds upon this with a raft of fresh features. Efficiently arrange UV maps with the new UV coverage indicator, and easily separate or move and position UVs more fluidly with the new Box Transform tool. Detecting potential problems with UV layouts and maintaining uniform texture detail is now easier, while enhanced UV to SVG exporting provides better control over the real world size of the output: great for packaging and industrial design.
The Advanced Viewport sees further improvements in both visual quality and interactive performance, with much higher frame rates on all systems. It’s now possible to increase or decrease the shadow quality with Cascaded Shadow Maps, wireframe drawing has improved with Line anti-aliasing options, and there are new shading modes to to quickly switch between simple, basic, and full – useful for quick results for general modeling, or to get as close as possible to the output from Modo’s internal renderer.
Vertex Normal & Baking
Editing vertex normals and baking in Modo just got much easier. Modo 11.1 now supports object space normal map baking; useful when creating normal maps for static objects in real-time applications. There’s a new Use Polygon Area Smoothing option which weights the normal average based on the size of the polygon, improving smoothing errors. Two new options for vertex illumination baking control what is baked and output, and a contextual menu command that will bake either occlusion, illumination, normal, displacement or texture effects, based on options defined in the dialogue, speeds up the workflow of baking certain mesh features.
Pricing and availabilityModo 11.1 is available for 64-bit Windows 7+, RHEL 6.8+ and CentOS 7+ Linux, and Mac OS X 10.10+. Perpetual licences cost $1,799, while rental starts at $599/year.
Buying Modo 11.1 also entitles you to the final update in the Modo 11 Series, Modo 11.2, which is due to ship later this year.