Luxology LLC on Monday announced the release of a “free production evaluation version” of modo, its 3D modeling software for Mac OS X and Windows. The evaluation version is fully functional and unrestricted, according to Luxology.
Luxology president Brad Peebler said that the evaluation version was released to give users an opportunity to see how modo works in a real production environment.
“A lot of people are surprised we are offering free and unrestricted access to modo. But we believe this is the way software should be evaluated. We think it demonstrates our confidence in modo’s capabilities and trust in the user community,” said Peebler in a statement.
Luxology developed modo as a 3D modeling solution for film, gaming, television, print and other markets. The software features a real-time subdivision surface engine, modeling tools and a flexible user interface. A new version, modo 102, touts over 300 enhancements, according to the developer, including improvements to various tools, stability enhancements and more. Modo’s Macintosh system requirements call for Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later, a G3 or better processor, 512MB RAM, 100MB hard drive space, OpenGL-based graphics card, 1024 x 768 resolution and an Internet connection for product activation. The full version of modo costs US$695.
Acquiring the free version of modo requires users to register an account on Luxology’s Web site, if they have not done so already, and fill out a survey. Users can then download the evaluation version and license key. The software download itself comprises a 38MB application file and 371MB media install.