What's New in 7.0

Release News on Official Website: http://www.basefount.com/miarmy-70.html


Universal Rig Support

Standard Bone Tree Builder
In the early versions, albeit we support variety types of rig, there still are some limitations such as we need a non-break full-bone-chain joint tree on the rig, so you might have to modify the rig. From now in the new version, we provided a bone tree builder which allow us to rebuild a standard joint tree cling on the original rig even if it contains overall scale, bone scales or break joints. Then we can use the new generated bone tree to generate Original Agent (OA) and bring it into the crowd pipeline without modifying the original rig. (Read More)

​Original Agent (OA) Checker

After converting the rig bones and use it generating the Original Agent (OA), we continually need to handle the geometries of character rig, we provided a full set of auxiliary tools (Skinning, UVs and materials checkers) which able to correctly transfer rig geometries to OA. This makes sure we can smoothly finish the OA building and bring the assets into next stages such as real time display and render.

  • UVs checker
  • Models checker
  • Skin weight transfer
  • Bone checker
  • Face material splitter



OpenGL Rewrite

​Viewport 2.0 full support
Utilizing the latest OpenGL, we rewrote all display part of the Miarmy nodes and make it better compatible with viewport 2.0. It is more stable and faster than before, also more intuitive on agent selection.
​​Better Geometry Real time display
​Nowadays, the previs quality requirement is much higher, for meet the needs of the customers, we rewrite the real time display feature with the newer instance and GPU features of OpenGL, made it able to display tens of thousands agents in a single scene fast and smooth.

Realtime Display a Stadium Crowd



Render Rewrite

Procedurals
The procedurals of each popular renderer (Arnold, Redshift, V-Ray, 3DS Max V-Ray and PRMan) has been rewritten. Comparing with previous version, it’s faster because we utilized better renderer API and organize the data better and remove the bounding box in the new version render API, and it’s more stable (especially the random shaders part) and more intuitive (automatical export render contents)

Texture and Shader
We redesigned and developed the textures and shaders variation pipeline and tools, now it’s easier and more comfortable to work with. We can control the shader and texture randomize with weights and variables easily and add/remove variant directly in GUI. Everything can be customized now, for all renderers.

Material binding
With above material pipeline, when rendering the scene, all render procedurals’ shaders are binding to the shaders in Maya scene. It reads the materials directly in scene when rendering rather than export the materials info outside Maya. This optimized the material pipeline and made everything more stable, get rid of any trash nodes creations. Additionally, the Alembic export uses the same workflow.



Better User Experience

Render Automation
In the newer version, we can render the agents just like the elements of Maya, get rid of the older exporting and render workflow, most of the render setup and works can be automatically setup. We need to setup renderer correctly first.


New and Better UI and Icons
We updated and created more than 70 icons and node splitters (4K hi-res screen supported), optimized more than 20 UI and window widgets, changed all progress bar and some prompt dialog and file browser version. Made the software more comfortable to work with.


Scene Inspector
Scene Inspector is able to easily search and list scene elements like roads, zones, spots ect, allow users easily allocate and find the stuffs in scene and control them in a higher level.


Logic Inspector
We can use the keywords to search and list the target decision nodes in a heavy scene which contains a lot of logic decision nodes. This facilitates the agent brain debug and logic parameters tweak.

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Action Inspector
We can easily check whether the actions and their original agent bone structure and name match

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OA Bone Attribute Inspector
We can use this tool to find the bones which turned on some specific attributes. This allow us inspect and debug our OA much easier when the OA has a large number of bones.

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Upgrades

  • Maya 2019 Support
  • Better auto avoid geometry (direct logic)
  • Random left/right when face to wall 10/-10
  • Smarter self clone for fish simulation (random amplitude, time, phase, drag, ect)
  • Smarter self clone with factor, affected by number of nearby agents
  • Drive shell can save agent scale
  • 3d creature flag of direct logic now is controlled by logic sentences.
  • Both agent match and character cache support action-based blendshape
  • Collision speed input language
  • Add python command evaluate support after dynamics
  • Renew tool upgrade for car/quadruped non flipping creature
  • Continue baking after bake some frames
  • Check if geometries collapse when maya version changed.
  • Geo visibility control by action upgraded


Bug Fixes:

  • Repeated name
  • Assign shader by SG node instead of shader nodes in some cases
  • Add diffuse reflection option in Arnold render
  • Manually setup agent variable and render with run-time var mode and a bug.
  • Lock/unlock cache translate feature
  • Switch the clear trash shader codes with Maya build-in codes
  • Bake feet locator issue, attribute type id not setup correctly
  • Trash global node deal with
  • A bug when using Mesh Drive with geometry with SG nodes but shader
  • Turn off problematic parallel compute (Advanced Skeleton) before creating OA and action
  • Attach terrain supports disable left/right or front/back
  • Real time display mark only non-cloth object, UI changed
  • Trim action bug when self-cycling.
  • Auto scale CCT radius more than 0.3 if less than that (Or it crashes Maya)
  • Layer cache terrain adapt added (previous it only support regular agent cache)
  • Fix all dialog UI to the newer version (Maya issue)
  • Crash when setup disable dynamics on the second bone from root bone.
  • Agent precision error when distance from origin more than 100M
  • Fix character cache reading
  • Offset redundant when layer cache drive
  • Fix agent match error when using dynamics
  • Crash when enable agent clone avoid collision while simulation clone (without logic)
  • Agent match no need scale compensate
  • Redshift memory leak cause crash
  • Renderer disordered geometry (need turn off real time display)
  • Direct logic in 3d space the priority issue of spot/road/zone
  • Bug fix for the 2-sided road
  • Major bug of UV reading, change all MFnMesh to itMeshPolygon
  • Fixed the brain data value in Maya 2018 (different)
  • Remove redundant warning when drive shell
  • Timer and Ping-Pong, better time distribution and randomization