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Features

What's new in Alias 2021

Alias® 2021 industrial design software introduces new SUBD and immersive VR sketching tools to expedite design themes and Shotgun project management software to help creative teams focus on important tasks.

  • Subdivision modelling improvements

    ALIAS 2021.2

    SubD modelling improvements include diagnostic shade, specific menus and a shelf for the SubD workflow. (video: 1:17 min.)

  • Alias Create VR with SubD

    ALIAS 2021.2

    Another step forward in Alias Create VR, the implementation of SubD modelling in your VR workflow. (video: 1:12 min.)

  • Dynamo Player

    ALIAS 2021.2

    Get an interactive UI to work with and modify Dynamo Scripts. Improve speed of design automation. (video: 1:46 min.)

  • Enhancement

    Improved design efficiency

    ALIAS 2021.2

    This update includes enhancements to the tool finder, variant lister and freeform blend tool. (video: 1:18 min.)

  • History visualiser

    Provides a new way of visualising the flow of construction history in your Alias files. (video: 1.02 min.)

  • Alias assemblies

    Additional enhancements to reference workflows including a true assemblies workflow. (video: 1.07 mins)

  • SUBD ReTopo tool

    Generate subdivision topology by placing CVs and building SUBDs on a reference mesh or NURBS geometry. (video: 1.04 min.)

  • Selection sets

    Create, modify and select objects and components using selection sets. (video: 53 sec.)

  • SUBD user profile

    Subdivision modelling workflow includes a customised SUBD Marking menu and dedicated SUBD shelf set. (video: 2.18 min.)

  • Dynamo drop and drag

    Save Import Dynamo sample file locations so that you can drag and drop scripts to a shelf. (video: 1.13 min.)

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  • Enhancement

    Surface fillet

    G2 curvature/Arc creates a fillet that has curvature lead-in and maintains a more arc-shaped section. (video: 59 sec.)

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  • Enhancement

    Proportional Crown

    This capability has been added to Skin, Surface Fillet, Multi-Surface Draft and Free Form Blend. (video: 57 sec.)

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  • Dynamo Wheel Arch script

    Quickly create wheel arches using a Dynamo sample file, saving you time when building a new vehicle concept model.

  • Enhanced | Transform tool

    Modify components such as CVs, hulls and edges. Transform entities without moving off the selected plane.

  • Enhanced | SUBD Align to Curve

    New options allow for better control over how subdivision CVs align to curves and surface boundaries.

  • Enhanced | Visual Clip

    A visual clipping plane tool now exists in Alias Concept for quick visual sectioning and clip of geometry.

  • Enhanced | Anti-aliasing

    A supersampling option increases the anti-alias quality by a factor of 4, resulting in a quality of up to 64x.

  • Enhanced | Replace shader by name

    The ability to replace shaders by name when you import Alias supported geometry with shader assignments.

  • Enhanced | Create VR

    An immersive conceptual design tool that lets designers explore form in 3D using simple curve and surface tools.

  • SUBD and Dynamo tutorials

    SUBD and Dynamo tutorials and exercises for Alias, including example files and three special Alias 2021 scripts.

Previous releases

Alias 2020

  • Subdivision modelling tools

    Subdivision surfaces in Alias integrate the strengths of adaptive subdivision with native NURBS surface technology.

  • Layer operations

    Copy/paste a layer within a folder to be outside or inside of the original folder structure.

  • File > Share view

    Disable the share view option using an environment variable.

  • Enhanced | Save file author options

    DESIGN, CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE

    Save the file author information under the save information section when saving or exporting a file.

  • Enhanced | Pick behaviour improvements

    Pick a curve by selecting on a hull or CV; selecting directly on the curve is no longer required for certain tools.

  • Draw style options

    Draw style options for the subdivision surface geometry and control cage manipulator support new SUBD features.

Alias 2019

  • Virtual reality with Alias

    CONCEPT, AUTOSTUDIO, SURFACE

    Enhance design reviews with virtual reality. Explore your design to scale using a HMD in VR.

  • Photoshop live link

    Sketches from Photoshop can be linked to Alias. Changes to sketches are dynamically updated in Alias.

  • Computational design in Alias

    Quickly generate complex repeatable patterns and enable rapid design iterations and exploration.

  • Marking Menu editor

    More easily customise Marking menus with a new selection of styles.

  • Design model share

    Design on a single Alias model in the cloud. Review, mark up and collaborate via the web and on portable devices.

  • Offset tool

    Offset command ensures that offset CV layout quality is maintained, enabling a semi-automated, time-saving workflow.

  • Look around feature

    Fly to a point of interest immediately. Enable immediate navigation to a point in the design.

  • Canvas pivot function

    Manipulate Canvas layers like any other geometry type – scale, snap and pivot images in real time.

  • Performance improvements

    Multithreading implemented for File I/O for Alias reduces File Open and Save times by an order of three.

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