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Features

What's new in Maya 2017

See all the new features in Maya 2017 3D computer animation, modelling and rendering software. Learn more about motion graphics, time editor, Bifrost and XGen.

  • Arnold integrated with Maya

    Use Arnold RenderView to view scene changes in real time, including lighting, materials and camera. (video: 1.37 min.)

  • Motion Graphics toolset

    Quickly create complex procedural effects and animations with instanced objects. (video: 1.31 min.)

  • Time Editor

    Make high-level animation edits with a nondestructive, clip-based, nonlinear editor.

  • Interactive hair grooming (XGen)

    Intuitive brush-based grooming tools give you greater control and accuracy for styling and posing hair and fur.

  • Bifrost Ocean Simulation System

    Create realistic ocean surfaces with waves, ripples and wakes.

  • Shape authoring workflow

    Fine-tune your characters and animation more quickly and easily. (video: 11.02 min.)

  • Render setup

    Quickly render and manage complex scenes. Generate templates for the setup of a shot for easy re-use. (video: 9.10 min.)

  • Enhanced

    Animation performance

    Speed enhancements make your scenes even faster.

More features

Motion graphics

  • 3D Type

    Create branding, flying logos, title sequences and other projects that require text.

  • Improved vector graphics workflow

    Import or copy and paste SVG files into Maya. 

3D animation

  • Parallel rig evaluation

    New system speeds rig playback and manipulation.

  • Geodesic voxel binding

    Produce high-quality, production-ready bound characters in less time.

  • General animation tools

    Toolset for keyframe, procedural and scripted animation.

3D modelling

  • Enhanced | Symmetry modelling

    Mirror enhancements and tool symmetry improvements make symmetrical modelling easier. 

  • Revamped sculpting toolset

    Sculpt and shape models more artistically and intuitively.

  • Polygon modelling

    Efficient library enables faster, more consistent Boolean operations on polygon geometry.

  • OpenSubdiv support

    Accelerate performance with interactive workflows.

Dynamics and effects

  • Deep adaptive fluid simulation

    Simulate high-level details just where you need them with the new adaptive solver for Bifrost liquids.

  • Faster, easier-to-use XGen

    Updated workflow, presets, sculpting and preview. 

  • Adaptive aero solver in Bifrost

    Create atmospheric effects such as smoke and mist.

  • Bifrost procedural effects platform

    Simulate and render photorealistic liquids. 

  • Bullet Physics

    Create realistic rigid and soft-body simulations.

  • Maya nCloth

    Create realistic deformable materials.

3D rendering and shading

  • Additional look development shading nodes

    Shade complex scenes more easily. 

  • Enhanced look development workflow

    Sculpt and shape models more artistically and intuitively.

  • Colour management

    Efficient library enables faster, more consistent Boolean operations on polygon geometry.

  • Enhanced | Next-gen Viewport display and shading

    Work in a higher-fidelity, high-performance interactive environment to edit assets and images in less time.

Pipeline integration

  • Scripting and API

    Create Maya scripts and write plug-ins in Maya Embedded Language (MEL) or Python scripting language.

  • Data and scene management tools

    Manage large datasets and heavy scenes with specialised tools and workflows. 

  • Scene Assembly tools for smarter data

    Create large, complex worlds more easily and manage production assets as discrete elements.