updated 07:20 pm EDT, Thu April 3, 2008
Luxology has announced a modo 302, the newest version of its 3D content creation software. Free for registered modo 301 customers, modo 302 adds new natural lighting capabilities, additional layered Photoshop file support, an animation Track View, new modeling tools and numerous other enhancements. Luxology is also making available the first version of the modo File I/O software development kit (SDK), which allows developers to import or export data directly from modo. modo combines a real-time subdivision surface modeling engine with an artist-focused set of tools.
The new Flex tool provides an way to select and pose meshes, and the sculpting tools are made more fluid with a new soft brush that smoothly interpolates strokes. Also, the new Physical Sun and Physical Sky simulation provide realistic sky color and light intensity based on location, date and time of day. For added realism, modo now renders blooms for intensely lit or glowing areas. Finally, layered PSD files can now be used to automatically create texture layers in modo's Shader Tree.
modo sells for $900, and registered modo 301 customers receive modo 302 free of charge. modo is sold and supported by a network of authorized Luxology resellers around the globe.