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What’s new in Alias 2020

Alias® 2020 industrial design software introduces new subdivision surface modeling tools aimed at adding speed and flexibility to your concept modeling and idea creation workflows.

  • Form exploration in immersive 3D

    Create VR is an immersive conceptual design tool that empowers designers to explore form directly in 3D using simple curve and surface tools.

  • New subdivision modeling tools

    The addition of subdivision surfaces to Alias integrates the strengths of adaptive subdivision with native NURBS surface technology. (video: 3:45 min.)

  • Layer operations

    You now have the option to copy/paste a layer within a folder to be outside or inside of the original folder structure.

  • File > Share view

    You can now disable the share view option using an environment variable.

  • New draw style options

    To support the new subdivision features, we added draw style options for the subdivision surface geometry and control cage manipulator.

  • Enhanced | Save file author options


    You can now save the file author information under the save information section when saving or exporting a file.

  • Enhanced | Pick behavior improvements

    You can now pick a curve by selecting on a hull or CV; you are no longer required to select directly on the curve during pick operations for certain tools.

  • New draw style options

    To support the new subdivision features, we added draw style options for the subdivision surface geometry and control cage manipulator.

Alias 2019

  • Virtual reality with Alias


    Enhance design reviews with virtual reality. Explore your design to scale using an HMD in VR. (video: 1:15 min.)

  • Photoshop live link

    Sketches from Photoshop can be linked to Alias. Changes to sketches are dynamically updated in Alias. (video: 1:09 min.)

  • Computational design in Alias

    Quickly generate complex repeatable patterns and enable rapid design iterations and exploration. (video: 1:39 min.)

  • Marking Menu editor

    More easily customize Marking Menus with a new selection of styles. (video: 1:04 min.)

  • Design model share

    Design and collaborate 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. (video: 1:29 min.)

  • 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.

Alias 2018

  • Modeling enhancements


    The 2018 release includes enhancements to Surface Fillets and Curve Planarize. Data Transfer now offers STEP AP242 standard and DWG import and export.

  • Interface enhancements


    Improvements for the 2018 release include customizable keyboard controls, snapping, marking menus, and more.