Foundry Research has made Modo VR available to test. This new tool brings the Modo viewport to an Occulus Rift or HTC Vive headset, enabling first person manipulation of scene layout, adding annotations, controlling animation playback, and review, all without leaving Modo. As a research project there are no guarantees that this will end up in Modo, after a testing period it may be released as part of a later Modo release or as a separate product. If you are interested in testing Modo VR you can sign up by visiting the Foundry's website.
E-on Software has announced that the upcoming pre-release versions of Carbon Scatter and Cloud Factory Ozone will be the last. The company explains the decision was made to "focus on the company's core technologies and ensure better customer support and user experience on [...] VUE and PlantFactory". The final 2017 releases have the following new features:
William Vaughan has released MOP Booleans kit, a new non-destructive modelling tool for Modo. The tool is based on Tor Frick's modelling workflow and promises to remove the challenges of working with complex boolean operations with the ability to combine objects that use poly objects, Modo Subdivs and Catmul-Clarke SubDs with Edge weights. MOP Booleans kit costs $50. Find out more on Pushing Pixels' website.
New features in Chaos Group's V-Ray renderer for Modo include: up to 7x faster rendering in scenes with many lights, improved GPU rendering, AlSurface material with layered SSS and glossy fresnel reflections, physically-accurate Glossy Fresnel reflection model, and Texture Isolate for easier texture placement and fine-tuning of procedural textures like Dirt or Noise. The update is free for existing V-Ray 3.x for Modo customers. V-Ray for Modo is available through permanent and rental licensing. More information on Chaos Group's website.
Channel Chimp is a new add-on by Apptastic Software that lets you control Modo using external input devices including game controllers, touch screen tablets and smartphones, MIDI, and OSC. More on Apptastic Software's and the Foundry's websites.
Oliver Hotz has released an open source tool that lets you copy and paste geometry between different 3D applications. The current 3D applications supported are Maya, Houdini, Modo, Lightwave and Blender. (more...)