The Story of Inc - a SciFi narrative artbook that revolves around a man and his robot trying to survive on a barren desert planet - has relaunched on Kickstarter. The original release unfortunately was cut short by a claim that the main robot infringed an IP. Rather than fight a lawsuit, the books creators Neil Blevins, Bill Zahn and Stephan Bugaj have redesigned the droid and restarted the campaign. Nine additional artists from companies like Blur Studio, ILM, Pixar, Tippett, 343, Industries, Id Software, Blizzard, and many others collaborated to create a 168 page book with over 200 paintings, sketches, and 3D renders, plus a section of tutorials. For more information, you can visit the Kickstarter campaign.
Pushing Points has made their Profile Bevel tool for Modo free. The plugin allows users to drive the profile of a bevel operation with a user defined curve shape, without the need to create and load a new profile preset. This tool was previously free only for owners of the Hatchet collection, but is now available for everyone. Find on more on Gumroad.
Sergio Mucino has released MaxTD, a new rigging toolkit for Modo designed to facilitate the easy creation of animation rigs even those without extensive TD experience. The Modo kit costs $65. You can see a full list of features and a demo video on MaxTD.com.
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.