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New Maya 2016 features

Maya® 2016 software is full of new features, performance improvements, and artist-friendly tools that 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

  • Adaptive foam in Bifrost New

    Add froth, foam, and bubbles (“whitewater”) to liquid simulations, creating even more realism and detail in scenes with oceans, beaches, lakes, and stormy seas. Create high-resolution simulations close to the camera, where detail is essential, while lowering the computation of foam particles in other areas. The result: shorter simulation times.

  • Faster, easier-to-use XGen New

    An all-new presets workflow enables you to quickly share looks between meshes by applying premade grass or hairstyles to the meshes for an improved starting point. The XGen library now includes presets previously included for Maya Fur, and allows you to build a library of descriptions with custom thumbnails. So you don't have to rebuild them from scratch every time. 

  • Guided simulation in Bifrost New

    Drive the behavior of liquids using a cached simulation or an animated mesh object. With a guided simulation, use a full-depth, low-resolution simulation to guide a high-resolution simulation on the liquid's surface. Use guided simulation for carefully art-directed hero waves and similar effects. You can perform multiple iterations at high resolution while retaining the basic look and motion of the underlying guiding simulation.

  • Adaptive Aero solver in Bifrost New

    Create atmospheric effects such as smoke and mist. Aero produces simulations of higher detail and greater physical accuracy than Maya Fluid Effects. As with guided simulation, low resolution aero solves can drive higher resolution detail. The added benefit of adaptivity means that you can define regions of high resolution within a massively large computational domain.

    3D animation

  • Parallel rig evaluation New

    Increase the speed of character rig playback and manipulation. This new, multithreaded system distributes computation amongst existing cores and graphics processors in your computer. A new GPU-based mechanism performs deformations on your graphics hardware within Viewport 2.0. Create customized GPU-accelerated deformers with the provided APIs, and understand and target bottlenecks in scenes and plug-ins with the integrated performance profiler. 

  • Delta Mush deformer New

    Smooth deformation to help guide the final result closer to the original geometry. Use Delta Mush in many different workflows, such as paint-free skinning, smoothing of coarse simulation results, and shot post corrections. A popular user request.

    3D modeling

  • 3D Type New


    Create branding, flying logos, title sequences, and other projects that require text with 3D Type. Use this tool to create easily editable, nondestructive, multiline, deformable type.

  • Improved vector graphics workflow New


    Import or copy and paste SVG files into Maya, enabling interoperability with vector-based 2D design applications with enhanced SVG support in Maya 2016 Extension 1.

  • New sculpting toolset New

    Sculpt and shape models more artistically and intuitively. The new sculpting toolset represents a huge upgrade over previous editions. The new sculpting tools offer more detail and resolution. The brushes feature Volume and Surface falloff, stamp images, sculpting UVs, and support for vector displacement stamps.

    Pipeline integration

  • Enhanced game engine workflows New


    Move from Maya to game engines such as Unity, Unreal, or Autodesk Stingray with simplified and streamlined game exporter workflows.

    3D rendering & imaging

  • Additional look development shading nodes New


    Create sophisticated looks easily with new procedural texture and image processing nodes in the Hypershade. Fully procedural textures make shading complex scenes easier, with less reliance on file texturing and more opportunity to build flexible shading solutions.

  • Enhanced look development workflow New

    We've made building and editing materials in the Hypershade more artist-friendly and intuitive, with simpler workflows and a revamped user interface. A rebuilt node-editing interface makes it easier to connect, arrange, and work with shading components. New workflows enable you to visualize and diagnose complex shading graphs. Customize your UI for the way you work; new layout tabs allow you to work with shading graphs in a far more organized way.

  • Color management New

    Preserve creative intent throughout lighting and rendering workflows with a sophisticated color management system. Use the simple linear workflow provided out of the box, or customize the system to suit your color pipeline. Image handling is consistent and color-safe across The Foundry's NUKE software, Photoshop, Autodesk Creative Finishing solutions, and other applications.

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.