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Maya 2016 vs. 2015 and previous versions

Compare Maya 2016 with previous versions of Maya software. Maya 2016 delivers powerful new toolsets for simulation, effects, animation, and modeling.

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Features
3D animation
Parallel rig evaluation
Delta Mush deformer
Geodesic voxel binding
Grease pencil
ATOM animation transfer
General animation tools
Character creation
Reusable animation
Camera sequencer
3D modeling
New sculpting toolset
Streamlined retopology toolset
Enhanced polygon modeling
OpenSubdiv support
Enhanced UV toolset
Polygon, subdivision mesh, surface modeling
UVs, normal, and color-per-vertex
Dynamics and effects
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 nHair
Maya nParticles
Maya nCloth
Maya Fluid Effects
Rigid and soft-body dynamics
Maya Fur
3D rendering and imaging
Color Management enhancements
Color Management
ShaderFX
Ptex support in mental ray
Integrated renderers
Next-gen viewport display and shading*
Rendering, shading, and camera features
Maya Paint Effects
3D Paint and Artisan
Toon Shader
Maya Composite**
Professional camera tracking**
Pipeline integration
Advanced file handling
Alembic caching
Single-step suites interoperability
Data and scene management tools
Scripting and API
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*Part of feature set available only for Windows 64-bit operating systems.

**Fulfilled through Autodesk Exchange. Applications on the Autodesk Exchange application store may be subject to the Autodesk Exchange Apps End User License Agreement.