The second release of 2019 is now available. Significant features and enhancements have been added.
Modular vehicle systems are now available as part of the Vortex Content package. These templates of prebuilt components allow you to tune and test chassis, engines, transmission, differential and wheels more easily by using only important parameters exposed through a VHL interface. Custom template creation is also more easily done with the prebuilt vehicles also included with Vortex Studio: hatchback, sedan, truck and trailers, etc...
A new Deformable Terrain can now be used on terrains and is an important element in achieving simulation's realism. It allows the deformation of the surface using digging tools (bucket, blade). Vehicles' wheels also interact with this terrain to deform it on every pass, creating ruts and graphical marks modeled on a specific texture.Simulation performances have been optimized and are generally better than the Earthwork Zone tool.
Better depth perception can now easily be achieved with the addition of an advanced parallax mapping feature. Materials can have a pronounced depth 'look' while still being a 2D element. A Self Shadowing option is also available for materials with a height map. These two features require much less processing power than what an equivalent 3D element would require to achieve the same visual result.
Vortex Studio Editor
There have been several changes and improvements in the creation tool of Vortex Studio:
Vortex Remote Debugger, a new application in Vortex Studio: The Vortex Remote Debugger allows the dynamic monitoring of mechanisms in a Vortex simulation running anywhere on a network, without interfering with it. This application is similar to the Vortex Player but does not require to be part of a distributed simulator. The 2019b version supports the dynamics display of collision geometries, inertia, center of mass, part origin and contacts between objects.
For the full list of features and improvements available in Vortex Studio 2019b, consult the complete release notes. As always, don’t forget to post your questions, feedback, or ideas on our Community forum! The Vortex Studio team is always listening to your feedback and comments.
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