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What's new in Alias 2021

Alias® 2021 industrial design software introduces new SUBD and immersive VR sketching tools to expedite design themes and Shotgun project management software to help creative teams focus on important tasks.

  • Subdivision modeling improvements

    Alias 2021.2

    SubD modeling improvements include diagnostic shade, specific menus, and a shelf for the SubD workflow. (video: 1:17 min.)

  • Alias Create VR with SubD

    Alias 2021.2

    Another step forward in Alias Create VR, the implementation of SubD modeling in your VR workflow. (video: 1:12 min.)

  • Dynamo Player

    Alias 2021.2

    Get an interactive UI to work with and modify Dynamo Scripts. Improve speed of design automation. (video: 1:46 min.)

  • Enhancement

    Improved design efficiency

    Alias 2021.2

    This update includes enhancements to the tool finder, variant lister, and freeform blend tool. (video: 1:18 min.)

  • History visualizer

    Provides a new way of visualizing the flow of construction history in your Alias files. (video: 1:02 min.)

  • Alias assemblies

    Additional enhancements to reference workflows including a true assemblies workflow. (video: 1:07 min.)

  • SUBD ReTopo tool

    Generate subdivision topology by placing CVs and building SUBDs on a reference mesh or NURBS geometry. (video: 1:04 min.)

  • Selection sets

    Create, modify, and select objects and components using selection sets. (video: 53 sec.)

  • SUBD user profile

    Subdivision modeling workflow includes a customized SUBD Marking menu and dedicated SUBD shelf set. (video: 2:18 min.)

  • Dynamo drop and drag

    Save Import Dynamo sample file locations so that you can drag and drop scripts to a shelf. (video: 1:13 min.)

  • Enhancement

    Surface fillet

    G2 curvature/Arc creates a fillet that has curvature lead-in and maintains a more arc-shaped section. (video: 59 sec.)

  • Enhancement

    Proportional Crown

    This capability has been added to Skin, Surface Fillet, Multi-Surface Draft, and Free Form Blend. (video: 57 sec.)

  • Dynamo Wheel Arch script

    Quickly create wheel arches using a Dynamo sample file, saving you time when building a new vehicle concept model.

  • Enhanced |Transform tool

    Modify components such as CVs, hulls, and edges. Transform entities without moving off the selected plane.

  • Enhanced |SUBD Align to Curve

    New options allow for better control over how subdivision CVs align to curves and surface boundaries.

  • Enhanced |Visual Clip

    A visual clipping plane tool now exists in Alias Concept for quick visual sectioning and clip of geometry.

  • Enhanced |Anti-aliasing

    A supersampling option increases the anti-alias quality by a factor of 4, resulting in a quality of up to 64x.

  • Enhanced |Replace shader by name

    The ability to replace shaders by name when you import Alias supported geometry with shader assignments.

  • Enhanced |Create VR

    An immersive conceptual design tool that lets designers explore form in 3D using simple curve and surface tools.

  • SUBD and Dynamo tutorials

    SUBD and Dynamo tutorials and exercises for Alias, including example files and 3 special Alias 2021 scripts.

Previous releases

Alias 2020

  • Subdivision modeling tools

    Subdivision surfaces in Alias integrate the strengths of adaptive subdivision with native NURBS surface technology.

  • Layer operations

    Copy/paste a layer within a folder to be outside or inside of the original folder structure.

  • File > Share view

    Disable the share view option using an environment variable.

  • Enhanced |Save file author options


    Save the file author information under the save information section when saving or exporting a file.

  • Enhanced |Pick behavior improvements

    Pick a curve by selecting on a hull or CV; selecting directly on the curve is no longer required for certain tools.

  • Draw style options

    Draw style options for the subdivision surface geometry and control cage manipulator support new SUBD features.

Alias 2019

  • Virtual reality with Alias


    Enhance design reviews with virtual reality. Explore your design to scale using an HMD in VR.

  • Photoshop live link

    Sketches from Photoshop can be linked to Alias. Changes to sketches are dynamically updated in Alias.

  • Computational design in Alias

    Quickly generate complex repeatable patterns and enable rapid design iterations and exploration.

  • Marking Menu editor

    More easily customize Marking menus with a new selection of styles.

  • Design model share

    Design on a single Alias model in the cloud. Review, mark up, and collaborate via the web and on portable devices.

  • Offset tool

    Offset command ensures that offset CV layout quality is maintained, enabling a semi-automated, time-saving workflow.

  • Look around feature

    Fly to a point of interest immediately; enable immediate navigation to a point in the design.

  • Canvas pivot function

    Manipulate Canvas layers like any other geometry type—scale, snap, and pivot images in real time.

  • Performance improvements

    Multithreading implemented for File I/O for Alias reduces File Open and Save times by an order of 3.

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