Luxology Llc., the creators of modo, a leading subdivision surface and polygonal 3D modeling platform, announced the immediate availability of a universal binary version of modo for Intel-based Macintosh computers. Used by Apple to conduct iMac performance benchmarks, modos universal binary version boasts more than twice the speed when running on iMacs that use Intel Core Duo technology, and performs up to five times faster than previous top-of-the-line PowerBooks when testing the rendering speed of the modo 201 beta version. Available now from Luxologys website, the universal binary version is free for registered modo users.
modos uniquely clean architecture made it possible for us to be one of the first graphics applications to take advantage of the Intel Core Duo technology, said Brad Peebler, president of Luxology. While the current modo universal binary version will result in much faster performance on the Intel-based Macs, the new rendering features in modo 201 will run up to five times faster on the new systems.
modo is arguably the fastest, most advanced subdivision surface modeling environment available. Specifically designed to help 3D artists working on games, films, TV, print, architecture and Web productions, modo enables artists to accomplish more in less time. These advantages are made possible through a unique combination of a cutting-edge toolset with painless pipeline integration, advanced software ergonomics and a streamlined learning path.
Apple utilized a universal binary version of modo 201 as a benchmarking tool to demonstrate the power and speed users will realize with this new hardware platform. In general, an Intel Core Duo 2.0 GHz iMac renders up to 2.6 times as fast as an iMac G5 with 2.1 GHz. MacBook Pro registered up to 4.1 times faster using a beta version of modo 201.
The universal binary of modo is free for registered modo users, and is available for immediate download at www.modo3d.com. Customers who purchase modo now will get a free upgrade to modo 201 (scheduled for release in April). modo is available through Luxology and its worldwide partners and sells for a suggested retail price of $895; modo ships on a single disc supporting both Mac OSX and Windows.
For additional information on iMac and Intel Core Duo, including technical features and performance benchmarks, please visit www.apple.com/imac/intelcoreduo.html.
Based in San Mateo, Calif., Luxology Llc. (www.modo3d.com) is an independent technology company developing high-end 3D content creation tools that enhance productivity for artists working in the film, television, gaming and print industries. modo, the companys inaugural product, is rapidly being recognized as one the most efficient and advanced 3D modeling tools in the industry.