Autodesk® Maya® 2013 software delivers practical toolsets to help facilities create and maintain the modern, open pipelines they need to address today’s challenging productions. Powerful new toolsets for dynamic simulation, animation, and rendering help artists realize new levels of creativity while offering the enhanced productivity that will help keep them on schedule and within budget. In addition, the Open Data initiative introduced in Maya 2013 helps facilitate data-centric, nonlinear workflows. With it, content creators can work in parallel to finish faster and more easily handle the massive complexity requirements they face.
Top Features and Benefits
More realistic hair and other curve-based dynamics are now possible with the new Maya® nHair module for the Maya® Nucleus unified simulation framework. Now fully integrated with other Nucleus modules, nHair can interact bidirectionally with both Maya® nCloth and Maya® nParticles, enabling artists to create complex simulations with multiple dynamic entities all working together. Artists can use a common system of fields, forces, and constraints for all Nucleus modules, helping lower the learning curve as new modules are introduced.
Viewport 2.0 Enhancements
With the addition of high-quality depth sorting, together with support for image planes and animation ghosting, Viewport 2.0 now offers a more functionally complete high-performance, high- quality viewport. With Viewport 2.0, artists can evaluate their work in a higher fidelity interactive environment in order to make better creative decisions. In addition, the same hardware rendering technology can be used to batch render larger-than-screen-size frames, producing high-quality animatics and previsualizations in less time.
New Node Editor
A new Node Editor with three different levels of detail helps artists and technical directors to more easily create, edit, and debug node networks. Drag-and-drop connection editing reduces dependence on the Connection Editor, enabling nodes to be rewired in a more intuitive environment, while color coding for different data types provides helpful information at a glance.