New Version: Zoo 2 version 2.5.4 is up
This version sports three major tool upgrades to Maya Shaders, Maya Scenes and Fix Viewport. We’ve also added a brand new tool Focus Puller for managing depth of field. Be sure to upgrade with this version as we’ve also fixed some rare but nasty browser crashes in 2022.
Fix Viewport – Major Upgrade (beta)
Focus Puller – New Tool (beta)
Maya Shaders – Major Upgrade
Maya Scenes – Major Upgrade
We’ve completed a lot of work on our browsers for Maya 2022 to eliminate crashes and speed improvements.
Other bug fixes are included.
Tool Enhancement – Fix Viewport (beta):
The Fix Viewport tool easily corrects and makes Maya’s viewport beautiful. This tool has been completely rebuilt with a new viewport soft-light and HDRI Skydome light rig HUD.
Instantly improve the viewport with our presets or use the advanced settings to tailor custom looks.
– Easily set viewport light rig presets.
– Add viewport Soft shadows and HDRI Skydome reflections.
– Color correct for Arnold and Standard Surface Shaders.
– Light Rig control camera HUD
– Change common viewport settings ACES/Linear, view transform (color grades) and exposure/contrast settings.
– Advanced viewport settings including shadow count, AA samples and multi-tile texture.
– Constrain light rig rotations to the camera or switch to the scene.
– Easily switch the light rig HUD between cameras.
This tool is in beta with more features coming. Currently requires Arnold to be installed.
New Tool – Focus Puller (beta):
The Focus Puller tool instantly adds depth of field controls to Maya’s default cameras. Place your focus distance interactively in the scene, and adjust Maya’s DOF settings.
Focus Puller works in Maya’s Viewport, Redshift and Renderman. Arnold settings coming soon.
This tool is in beta and with more features coming.
Tool Enhancement: Maya Scenes
Maya Scenes has had a major upgrade and you can now save your own scenes to disk (MA files)and add your own thumbnails.
Tool Enhancement: Maya Shaders
Maya Shaders has had a major upgrade and you can now save your own shaders to disk and add thumbnails.
Maya Shaders saves files as .MA and so supports all renderers and shaders/texture nodes.
Enhancement: Control Creator Speed
Switching controls with Control Creator will be speedy again in all versions except 2022.0 which has a known Autodesk bug that was fixed in 2022.1.
Enhancement: Object Cleaner
Added buttons Delete Intermediate Nodes and Remove Instances in the Object Cleaner tool.
Enhancement: Motion Path Rig
Better error checking for selecting a path curve as part of the selection.
Enhancement: Un-instance Hotkey
The un-instance hotkey ctrl shift alt i is now set to the Zoo Uninstance code and is superior to Maya’s version.
New video overviews have been created for:
– Convert Renderer
– Maya Scenes
– Image Planes
– Displacement Manager
– Unfold Tube
– Control Creator
– Transfer UVs Shaders
– Tubes From Curve
– Shader Presets
– NCloth Wrinkle Creator Modeling
Full Tool Documentation
All tools now have full documentation.
Bugfix: Instance Mirror
We’ve fixed a bug with Instance Mirror in the Zoo Mirror Geo . This feature is fully working again.
Bugfix: 2020 Browser/Screen Capture Crashes
We’ve fixed issues due to Maya 2022 changes that caused our browsers and screenshot tool to sometimes crash in 2022.
Bugfix: Image Planes Paste From Clipboard
Image Plane Tool paste from clipboard is fixed in 2022.
Bugfix: Convert Renderer Renderman
Convert Renderer now correctly converts to Renderman. Fixed metalness error.
Bugfix: Scale Buttons
Scale buttons in all UIs are now working correctly again.
Download And Install
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