Luxology licenses Pixar graphics tech

Luxology, makers of the modo 3D graphics software for Mac OS X and Windows, announced Monday that they’ve licensed key graphics technology from Pixar Animation Studios. What this means for the future of modo is anyone’s guess, however, because more than that, Luxology refuses to say, at least for now.

“Luxology is making no specific announcements as to when this technology might be incorporated into future Luxology software offerings,” reads a statement.

Modo is 3D modeling, painting and rendering software that includes 3D sculpting tools. The product’s specialty is in subdivision surfacing 3D modeling: a 3D graphics process by which smooth surfaces are represented by polygon meshes created by subdividing each polygonal face into smaller faces that ultimately approximate a smooth surface.

Pixar Animation Studios is the Emeryville, Calif.-based that up until May 2006 was headed by Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The company has prodced hit computer-animated movies including Toy Story, Finding Nemo and most recently, Ratatouille. Pixar is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Disney, where Jobs is now the single biggest shareholder and on Disney’s board of directors.

Luxology has licensed Pixar’s subdivision surface patents and will “enhance” its products with this technology in the future, according to the announcement.

“We are very excited to have clear rights to use some of the most fundamental SubDivision surface modeling and rendering algorithms on the planet,” said Luxology president and co-founder Brad Peebler.

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