SIGGRAPH NewsLuxology Unveils modo 201

On Tuesday night, SIGGRAPH attendees were introduced to Luxology’s upcoming new release, the modo 201. The product will expand the company’s flagship product beyond advanced modeling to integrate modeling, painting and rendering. Luxology’s roadmap also laid out aggressive plans for future modo releases that integrate modeling, rendering and animation as well as provide customized support for specific industries.

“Our product roadmap calls for modo to evolve into a comprehensive 3D design environment that entirely redefines intuitive and integrated workflow,” said Brad Peebler, president of Luxology. “This means the 3D design community can feel confident in looking to modo to go far beyond the frustrating limitations of the status quo’both today and in the future.”

Luxology cited its proprietary application development platform, code named “Nexus,” as responsible for many of the advances previewed in the product roadmap. Nexus is a central platform within which all of modo’s capabilities are developed. As new capabilities are fully ready for production, new versions of modo are created or “baked” from this integrated platform. This novel approach enables modo to deliver a whole new level of workflow integration with reduced development time and extremely competitive price points.

Next step for the San Mateo, Calif-based company is the announcement of Linux support for the product. Modo 201 will be available for purchase in the fourth quarter of 2005. Current modo users can pre-order the upgrade for $295. modo 201 will be available through Luxology and its worldwide partners and ships on a single disc supporting both Mac OS X and Windows platforms. For more info, visit www.modo3d.com.