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Features

New Maya 2016 features

See what's new in Maya® 2016 software. New features, performance improvements, and artist-friendly tools greatly enhance the entire Maya experience. In addition to an all-new look and feel, Maya 2016 uses more computer resources to help accelerate animation performance.

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Dynamics & effects

  • 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

    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

    3D Type

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 1

    Create branding, logos, titles, and other text.

  • New

    Improved vector graphics workflow

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 1

    Import or copy and paste SVG files into Maya.

  • New

    New sculpting toolset

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

Pipeline integration

  • New

    Enhanced game engine workflows

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 1

    Move from Maya to game engines faster and more easily.

3D rendering & imaging

  • New

    Additional look development shading nodes

    AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 1

    Shade complex scenes more easily.

  • New

    Enhanced look development workflow

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

NOTE: This feature is exclusively available to current Maintenance Subscription or Desktop Subscription customers as part of Extension 1 for the Maya 2016 software release, expected to be available on or after September 9, 2015.