Foundry launches Modo 11.1 with host of new and enhanced features

Innovative features in latest instalment of the Modo 11 Series include a client-server bridge to Unreal Engine 4 and more

London, June 29, 2017 -- Creative software developer, Foundry, today launches Modo 11.1, the latest instalment of the 11 Series, with a range of new and improved features to help 3D artists and designers work more efficiently.

William Vaughan, 3D Production Manager at New Balance, said: "The new vertex map tools in Modo 11.1 add even more functionality and flexibility to an already powerful tool set. Foundry's focus on improving the existing tools has paid off ten-fold."

Building on the success of the new subscription-based pricing model for Modo 11, the next instalment offers an array of exciting benefits, including:

Unreal Bridge

Modo 11.1 continues to enhance the connection to Unreal Engine 4 with a new client-server bridge. Game artists can 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.

Modelling workflow

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, whilst the Loop slice tool and radial sweep are easier to use and offer new functionality. In addition to this, enhanced procedural modeling features include new UV create and smooth operators.

UV workflows

The ease of creating UVs in Modo is one of its core strengths, and Modo 11.1 builds upon this with a raft of fresh features.  Designers can 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.

Better out of the box experience

Modo 11.1 includes a number of updates to improve usability. Individual textures and materials in the shader tree now have GL channels that override the colors in the GL viewport – a useful feature for designers when modeling shapes that have many different parts and who want to optimize how an object is displayed. The Autosave function let's designers manually cancel the autosave if it's about to occur at an inopportune time, template scenes can easily be created and loaded from the preset browser, and the Texture Locator properties form has been reduced for easier use.

Jody Madden, Chief Product and Customer Officer at Foundry, said: "At Foundry, we're driven by our commitment to inspiring creativity. Modo 11.1 offers a raft of new features that will help artists and visual design professionals work more efficiently than ever before. We're always reacting to customers' needs and we hope this latest instalment will continue to make Modo their first-choice for 3D design and creation."

Modo 11.1 goes live today and will be available for purchase on Foundry's websiteand via accredited resellers.

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About Foundry

Foundry designs creative software technologies used to deliver award-winning visual effects and 3D content for the design, visualisation and entertainment industries. Foundry's software advances the art and technology of visual experience in partnership with creative leaders across the globe. It enables clients like Pixar, Mercedes-Benz, ILM, Weta Digital, The Moving Picture Company and Sony Pictures Imageworks to turn incredible ideas into reality by solving complex creative challenges. 

The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in London, with 300 staff based across offices in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Austin and the UK. Foundry consistently invests in R&D to provide more efficient ways for its clients to bring visual concepts to life.

In 2015, the London Stock Exchange named Foundry one of its "1000 Companies to Inspire Britain." It regularly features in The Sunday Times' Tech Track as one of Britain's fastest-growing private technology companies, most recently in 2016 when it also won the Excellence in Service Award at the International Track 200 awards. Every single film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in the last five years was made using Foundry's software.

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