Luxology announced a new version of their 3D package software, which contains new features, performance optimizations, a new Linux version, as well as an increase in price. More details about the release will be coming out over time, but it looks to be a solid offering from the combined Luxology/Foundry. An exact ship date has not been announced, but a new version is expected to ship in the "next couple of months".

New particle system render

The major creative feature of the release is a brand new procedural particle generator. But our hunch is that many facilities will be quite interested in the new Linux version, which joins the current Windows and OSX offerings. With many facilities running NUKE on Linux machines, the move makes a lot of sense for the new combined company.

In addition, a new Python interpreter will improve integration possibilites and performance. It looks to be a very solid release, and more details about the software will be revealed in the coming weeks. For more information about the new features, check out the press release, below.

Luxology is holding a webcast covering the new release on March 25th at 10AM PST/1700 UTC (check the time in your area).

There is also an increase in price with the new version, with MODO 701 increasing to $1495/£999/€1169 and floating licenses of MODO 701 increasing to $1795/£1199/€1399. Upgrade and educational prices remain the same for USD and GBP, EUR upgrade and educational pricing has decreased due to exchange rate fluctuations.

New particle system render

As far as price reductions or value added to the software, there is now unlimited network rendering included with the license and Power SubD-NURBS for modo will be reduced to approximately fifty percent (50%) of current prices.

According to The Foundry, the increase in cost is due to the "development costs of additional operating system support, now unlimited network rendering, and a more complete end-to-end feature offering." Some of the change is also due to the normal fluctuations in EUR and GBP exchange rates over time.

If you want to jump into MODO, now is probably the time to get off the fence. You can buy 601 now at the current price ($1,195.00) and then get a free 701 upgrade on launch. Also, MODO owners (version 501 or before) can upgrade now and get a free upgrade to 701 on launch.

 


Press release from The Foundry

London, 12th March 2013 – Leading computer graphics and visual effects software developer, Luxology are pleased to announce the forthcoming release of MODO 701.

This brand new major release of MODO will significantly enhance the modelling, sculpting, animation, effects and rendering workflows and continue to add value with a number of new features.

Over the last year, the development team has listened to a huge amount of customer feedback and subsequently made significant enhancements to the core functionality in this new version.

MODO 701 highlights

  •  Procedural particle engine with an easy to use pre-set workflow
  •  Audio playback and a sound channel modifier, bringing animations to life
  •  Schematic improvements, reducing scene graph complexity
  •  Dedicated dynamics simulation layer, significantly improving performance
  •  Simplified complexity of materials and layered shaders
  •  Large scene performance improvements by as much as 175x
  •  Preview render synchronisation improvements, over 50x faster in large scenes
  •  New Python interpreter, making python execution many times faster
  •  Unlimited network rendering

Additionally, following a substantial internal engineering effort and with the assistance of partner, The Foundry, MODO will soon be available on Linux, bringing it to all three platforms.

Brad Peebler, Co-Founder of Luxology comments:
“We’ve made such big improvements to the existing architecture of the software in MODO 701 that 601 users will notice a huge leap forward. We’ve also added some really cool functionality like the new particle system. This release will truly deliver on the philosophy that perfection comes through refinement. As always, we have pushed the limits and can’t wait to find out what you all think.”

Hagop (Kane) Kaneboughazian, Senior Animation Director at Viscira
“MODO 701 has the fastest, most highly interactive and powerful render engine available today - to me it's almost real-time, which is kind of freaky. A lot of improvements have gone into this release that will be really useful for 3D content creators. The foundation of MODO 701's particle system is going to open the door for insane capabilities and features to the MODO community.”

Jeffrey Jasper, Digital FX Supervisor & Technical Lead, NEW DEAL STUDIOS comments:
"The performance improvements and added features in MODO 701 have our artists jumping for joy. The rendering improvements in both preview and final rendering are also phenomenal. 701 just feels so fast!"

More information on the release and its features will be released in the coming weeks.


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