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Motion Graphics toolset
Improved vector graphics workflow
Quickly create complex, beautiful, procedural effects with instanced objects.
Quick Rig tool
Parallel rig evaluation
Delta Mush deformer
Geodesic voxel binding
ATOM animation transfer
General animation tools
Take advantage of all of the cores on your machine to speed rig playback and character manipulation.
Enhanced shape authoring workflows
Streamlined retopology toolset
Enhanced polygon modelling
Enhanced UV toolset
Polygon, subdivision mesh, surface modelling
UVs, normal and colour-per-vertex
A new, more complete Shape Authoring toolset in Maya provides the ability to art direct character rigs.
Interactive hair grooming (XGen)
Bifrost Ocean Simulation System (BOSS)
Adaptive foam in Bifrost
XGen enhancements (ease of use, speed)
Guided simulation in Bifrost
Adaptive Aero solver in Bifrost
Bifrost procedural effects platform
XGen Arbitrary Primitive Generator
Enhanced Bullet Physics
Maya Fluid Effects
Rigid and soft-body dynamics
Arnold in Maya
Colour Management enhancements
Ptex support in mental ray
Next-gen Viewport display and shading
Rendering, shading and camera features
Maya Paint Effects
3D Paint and Artisan
Professional camera tracking
Part of feature set available only for Windows 64-bit operating systems.
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Modernised approach makes it faster and easier to render complex scenes.
Advanced file handling
Single-step suites interoperability
Data and scene management tools
Scripting and API
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