This version has another large upgrade to Spline Rig tool. Numerous bug fixes, small additions and Color Themes are instantly switchable in Maya 2020.
The Zoo2 Help Page and all tools pages have been tweaked with new tool images and information.
We have also begun backend work to better support the Hive autorigger, coming soon.
Enhancement – Spline Rig:
Spline Rig has had many upgrades in this version.
– Now features Additive FK which can be optionally built.
– Comes with a Right-Click Marking Menu on all controls.
– Automation Axis alignment while building and rebuilding rigs.
– Rebuild rig in the current or zero position.
– Marking Menus can be built on skinned meshes.
– Duplicate rig and skinned meshes.
– Publish rig for animators removes modeling menu items.
– Improved all round support for undo.
– Improved rig renaming.
– Many general bug fixes.
Enhancement – Joints Along Curve:
Joints Along Curve now has an automatic-axis-alignment option for easier automatic building.
Enhancement – Skinning Utilities:
Mirror Skinning in Skinning Utilities now supports mirroring between two meshes. Select two skinned meshes to mirror from one mesh to another.
Enhancement – NCloth Wrinkle Creator:
Small settings and enhancements have been made to NCloth Wrinkle Creator , better default settings, rearranged UI.
New Hotkeys – Open All Tools:
We’ve added hotkeys for opening all tools in the Zoo Hotkey Editor. No key bindings have been assigned but users can now assign their own or use the python code to map to shelf icons etc.
Modified Hotkey – Change Background Colors:
The change background colors (alt b) now has two extra dark grey modes, for darker viewport backgrounds. Please upgrade hotkeys in the Zoo Preferences Window.
Zoo Preferences Window > Zoo Hotkey Editor > Update Zoo Hotkeys
Website New Tutorials – NCloth Wrinkle Creator:
NCloth Wrinkle Creator now has comprehensive training, with more to be added. For logged in members only.
Website Upgraded Documentation – All Tools:
All tool pages have upgraded documentation with more coming soon. Some information is now hidden for non-members.
Website – Zoo2 Main Information Page:
The main Zoo2 information page undergoing a large upgrade and has been moved to create3dcharacters.com/zoo2/
Bug Fixes – Displacement Manager:
Displacement Manager has a critical bug fix with confusion between mesh and transform nodes; it should be more stable.
Bug Fixes – Convert Renderer:
Convert Renderer has had a critical bug fix related to createEnumAttributeFromList() and it should be more stable.
Bug Fixes – Control Creator:
Control Creator is now fully undoable. Controls are no longer left behind while using undo.
Bug Fixes – UI Color Themes:
Color style-sheeting for all UIs has been greatly improved and fixes the lack of instant update in Maya 2020. See Zoo Preferences Window > Theme Colors for changing UI colors.
Bug Fix – Reset Attributes Hotkey
Reset all attributes to default values (ctrl shift alt s) has been fixed, it ignores locked attributes and other issues.