The Foundry MODO 14.1v2

MODO brings you the next generation of 3D modeling, animation, sculpting, effects and rendering in a powerful integrated package. An end-to-end solution delivering raw horsepower, refined technology, and robust workflows, MODO is the creative option of choice for artists and designers around the world – from home-based hobbyists to Hollywood studios.

  • MODO makes creative exploration possible with fast and intuitive polygon modeling and sculpting tools that allow you more time to explore and visualize new ideas
  • Offers out-of-the-box value with highly-integrated modeling, painting, sculpting, effects, animation and unlimited network rendering capabilities
  • Ensures consistency with a philosophy of tool re-use, easy-to-learn workflows and a fully customizable UI that is unmatched in any other 3D software
  • Integrates seamlessly into existing pipelines with built-in Python scripting and versatile SDK
  • Get instant results for interactive design reviews with the use of the photorealistic preview render

What’s New

Version 14.1v2:

Advanced Viewport Ghost & Xray Support:
  • Whether you’re modeling or animating, coherent and customizable visualization of geometry is essential. Ghost and X-Ray viewport modes help you see what you need, when you need it, letting you stay in the creative flow. Now if you want to visualize your scenes with Ghost & X-Ray you can enjoy the quality that the Advanced Viewport provides too. For more information, see Viewport Toggle Buttons.
Advanced Viewport Vertex Map Texture Support:
  • Visualization of your Vertex Maps allows you to make fast decisions and edits without having to fiddle with parameters. Now you can visualize Weight Maps, UV Distortion, and Vertex Colors in the Advanced Viewport. For more information, see Viewport Toggle Buttons.
Advanced Viewport Improved Processing:
  • Complex scenes can be a challenge to visualize at high quality. In Modo 14.1 the Advanced Viewport has been optimized for faster Shader Tree and Shader Group processing for better performance when working in complex models and environments.
Performance Improvements:
  • Always striving to improve performance, Modo 14.1 brings a handful of performance improvements to speed up your daily work. The UV Relax Mesh Operation has been multi-threaded in Adaptive mode offering up to 5X speed increase when relaxing UVs. The Edge Remove operation has also been significantly improved for speed increases between 5 and 20 times.
Bevel Auto Weld:
  • Worrying about overlapping geometry when beveling is a thing of the past with the new Bevel Auto Weld feature in Modo 14.1. A new option for the Polygon Bevel tool, Auto Weld computes the border loop of selected polygons and then stops the inset vertices at a point of contact. Whether direct or procedural modeling, Bevel Auto Weld is a really powerful tool many Modo modelers will appreciate. For more information, see Using Auto Weld to Manage Overlap.
Edge Chamfer Extend Boundary:
  • Sometimes you want to push past the boundary when Chamfering and the new Extended Boundary option in Edge Chamfer lets you do just that. The outgoing direction is computed by the outer face normal and edge vectors. This new enhancement is available both for procedural and direct modeling versions of Edge Chamfer. For more information, see Extend Boundary.
Polygon Make Enhancement:
  • Making simple operations smarter adds speed and agility to the modeling process. Polygon Make can now create a new quad polygon when only two edges are selected. For more information, see Polygon Make.
Polygon Bevel Falloff Controls:
  • Falloffs are a powerful and flexible part of Modo’s workflow and you can now use them to control Polygon Bevel. Use all your favorite falloffs with Polygon BevelShift and Inset.
Curve Sweep Point Mode:
  • Curve Sweep has a new mode, allowing vertices of a mesh to be swept along a curve using Curve Sweep. Point mode brings exciting new versatility to Curve Sweep for making vertices into curves. For more information, see Point Mode.
Unwrap and Relax Mesh Operation:
  • Unwrap and Relax is a powerful tool that makes quick work of complex UV tasks and is now available as a procedural Mesh Operation. For more information, see Procedural Unwrap & Relax.
UV Relax Mesh Operation:
  • Get procedural with UVs using the UV Relax mesh op. It can be used to refine an existing UV map in much the same way as the smooth tool is used to soften and regularize a model's surface. For more information, see Procedural UV Relax.
Denoising Improvements:
  • Denoising is an important part of a modern rendering workflow and mPath in Modo now offers two new options for denoising as well as improvements to the current Nvidia OptiX denoising.
  • Intel's Open Image Denoise - A new high quality denoiser that uses AI to improve image quality on the host CPU, with no user parameters. For more information, see Intel Open Image Denoise.
  • AMD AI - A new high quality denoiser that uses AI to improve image quality on the GPU. It is most efficient on AMD hardware. For more information, see AMD AI.
  • When looking for quick updates, Per Iteration Denoising can speed up your workflow by denoising the image between mPath iterations. It is currently available when using the Intel or OptiX denoisers.
MPath Embree CPU path tracing:
  • MPath takes full advantage of the latest multi core CPU systems hitting the market with the addition of Intel's Embree high performance ray tracing library. Embree enables faster ray tracing calculation for CPU platforms including MAC. For more information, see Ray Tracing Engine.
  • MPath Optix 7 Update:
  • GPU Ray Tracing on qualified NVIDIA hardware has been upgraded to use OptiX 7. mPath is now significantly faster to render your ray traced scenes with NVIDIA OptiX 7.
  • This update to mPath also adds support for ray tracing two-point polygons in OptiX, useful for rendering hair and fur. For more information, see Ray Tracing Engine.
MPath Automatic EIS:
  • Simplicity can remove barriers and allow focus on the artwork at hand. Environment Importance Sampling (EIS) is now automated when rendering with mPath, based on whether any image maps are affecting the environment. For more information, see Rendering with mPath.
PBR Loader / Set Effects:
  • PBR Loader allows you to rapidly load PBR textures created in other applications like Substance Designer into the shader tree. Quickly load in all related images, and then set their effect based on the effect in the name of the file. For more information, see PBR Textures.
Gaps by Pixel Enhancements:
  • The UV Pack and UV Fit mesh ops now have new attributes to set the gaps size by pixel for 14.1. For more information on the Set Gaps Size by Pixel option for UV Pack, see Pack UVs Properties - Set Gaps by Pixel. For UV Fit, see Fit UVs / UV Fit Properties - Gaps by Pixel.
IK/FK Switching:
  • Switching between IK and FK can be cumbersome. The new IK/FK Switching with Planar IK lets you quickly match IK to FK and FK back to IK. When animating you can easily visualize your state with fading IK lines and a custom IK Goal for IK or FK. For more information, see IK/FK Switch.
Disable IK & Update Rest Pose:
  • Sometimes you need to adjust your joints after Inverse Kinematics has been applied. Disable IK enables you to do just that by tweaking joint placement even after IK is setup. Both Full Body and Planar IK can now be disabled in Setup mode and commands have been added to update the Rest Pose of both types of IK chains. For more information, see Full Body IK Utility Options or Planar IK Utility Options.
USD Importer:
  • The UsdModo plugin, enables you to import assets authored with Pixar’s Universal Scene Description into Modo. Types of Geometry, Curves, Lights, Cameras, Material, and Animation are supported. For more information, see USD I/O.
  • Licensing - Modo now includes a Japanese translation for the licensing interface.
  • Rendering - The Intel Embree libraries have been updated from version 3.9.0 to 3.11.0
  • Rendering - The Intel denoiser now uses the surface normal buffer correctly.
  • SDK - A UVBoundingBox() function has been added to the SDK.
Bug fixes:
  • Aborting a render using NVIDIA OptiX as the ray tracing engine occasionally caused Modo to crash.
  • Completing an animation render did not release memory as expected.
  • Rendering a scene to .png produced a darker image in 14.1 compared to earlier versions of Modo.
  • Rendering: Backface culling did not work as expected.
  • Rendering: Setting Indirect Bounces to 1 caused AMD AI denoise to fail.
  • The Modo Intro offline image was not consistent across all operating systems.
  • USD: The scaling of a certain mesh was not consistent between macOS and Windows.
  • Rendering: Selecting the mPath renderer with an environment image and preview running caused Modo to crash.
  • Opening a preview with the Viewport Properties open caused Modo to crash.
  • Rendering: Changing texture attributes with preview running caused Modo to crash.
  • Rendering: Selecting the mPath renderer caused Modo to crash under certain conditions.
  • macOS only: Modo occasionally reported errors on start-up with PowerTranslators installed.
  • UVing: Selecting Show Outside Labels inside the UV editor caused Modo to crash.
  • Rigging: 3Bar IK chains occasionally flipped the second and third joints during evaluation.
  • Rigging: FK to IK matching on 3bar IK chains did not work as expected.
  • Rigging: 3Bar IK chain solving was too inflexible, which occasionally caused flipped poses during evaluation.
  • Rigging: Matching IK to FK using the 2D IK solver ignored IK chain up vectors.
  • Licensing: Design Collective licenses did not work as expected with Modo 14.1 builds.
  • Licensing: Permanent node-locked license messaging was not consistent with earlier versions of Modo.
  • Rendering fur in a certain project displayed a Can't create Embree scene error.
  • Rigging: FK to IK matching on certain 3bar IK chains did not work as expected.
  • UVing: UVs with non-default names did not always return the correct bounding box.


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