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Features

New Maya 2016 features

Maya® 2016 software is full of new features, performance improvements, and artist-friendly tools such as 3D Type, Render Setup, Shape Authoring, and new motion design tools.

Note: Extension 1 and 2 features are available only to current Maya subscribers as part of the extension releases for Maya 2016 software.

Motion graphics

  • New

    Motion Graphics toolset

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 2

    Create beautiful effects with instanced objects. (video: 13:20 min.)

  • New

    3D Type

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 1

    Create branding, logos, titles, and other text. (video: 11:04 min.)

  • New

    Improved vector graphics workflow

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 1

    Import or copy and paste SVG files into Maya. (video: 7:16 min.)

Dynamics & effects

  • New

    Deep adaptive fluid simulation

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 2

    Simulate high-level details just where you need them.

     

  • New

    Adaptive foam in Bifrost

    Add froth, foam, and bubbles to liquid simulations. (video: 8:02 min.)

  • New

    Faster, easier-to-use XGen

    Updated workflow, presets, sculpting, and preview. (video: 9:19 min.)

  • New

    Guided simulation in Bifrost

    Drive the behavior of liquids. (video: 6:42 min.)

  • New

    Adaptive Aero solver in Bifrost

    Create atmospheric effects such as smoke and mist. (video: 8:22 min.)

3D animation

  • New

    Animation performance (enhanced)

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 2

    Speed enhancements make your scenes even faster.

  • New

    Parallel rig evaluation

    New system speeds rig playback and manipulation. (video: 4:12 min.)

  • New

    Delta Mush deformer

    Deformation results are closer to original geometry. (video: 3:22 min.)

3D modeling

  • New

    Shape Authoring workflow (enhanced)

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 2

    Art-direct character rigs with a more complete workflow. (video: 11:02 min.)

  • New

    Symmetry modeling (enhanced)

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 2

    Make symmetrical models more easily.

  • New

    New sculpting toolset

    Sculpt and shape models more intuitively. (video: 6:26 min.)

3D rendering & shading

  • New

    Render Setup

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 2

    Quickly render and manage complex scenes. (video: 9:10 min.)

  • New

    Additional look development shading nodes

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 1

    Shade complex scenes more easily. (video: 9:09 min.)

  • New

    Enhanced look development workflow

    Hypershade work is more artist-friendly and intuitive. (video: 6:02 min.)

  • New

    Color management

    Preserve creative intent with color-safe workflows. (video: 1:15 min.)

Pipeline integration

  • New

    Enhanced game engine workflows

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 1

    Move from Maya to game engines faster and more easily.