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MODO Steam Edition is for DOTA 2 enthusiasts, modders, and hobbyists who need professional polygon modeling and sculpting, streamlined UV editing, and an easy to use direct export straight into DOTA 2. Purpose built for the STEAM community, MODO Steam Edition delivers a complete content creation solution for Source engine games.
Release Date: Dec 10, 2013
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MODO Steam 801 Compatibility Kit is available!

July 10th, 2014

Do you own full MODO 801? The MODO Steam Compatibility Kit has been updated for compatibility. All registered 801 users can find the kit on the Registered Plug-ins page of your Foundry Community account.


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MODO Steam Edition Update (1.1)

February 24th, 2014

We are pleased to announce our first update to MODO Steam Edition. This update is also sequenced with a MODO Steam Compatibility Kit hat will be added to all MODO 701 user accounts on http://community.thefoundry.co.uk/. It's important to note these are two separate things but related in subject matter.

There are two main distinguishing features in these updates.

  • First we are adding the ability to export a (limited) OBJ file to MODO Steam Edition. This has the same limitations as the FBX exporter currently has.
  • Second we are adding the ability for content that was created and saved in MODO Steam Edition to be loaded by MODO 701.
Meaning that MODO SE users can now create and sell items for more games in the Steam Workshops and load the unlimited .blx data into full MODO.

MODO Steam Edition 1.1 update includes following fixes and enhancements:
  • New feature: OBJ export has been added to support exporting to additional Steam Games
  • Having foreign locales installed stops Modo Steam Edition from launching – fixed
  • Modo Steam Edition doesn't recognize russian language character sets in file names and paths – fixed
  • Having additional files present in 'extra' directory causes failure on startup - fixed
  • DOTA Content - Templar Assassin Joint is misshaped - fixed
  • Texture Replicator > Local Projection does not do anything – fixed
  • Exceeding max character limit when saving a brush preset crashes Modo Steam Edition – fixed
  • Missing Script: Create Close Layout/ Absolute – fixed
  • Updated DOTA2 heros list (dota2db.xml)
MODO Steam Compatibility Kit
  • A kit for MODO 701 customers that enables the ability to load native MODO Steam Edition files (.blx)

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“Modelling tools are best in class”

“One of the best tools that a 3D artist can have”
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“The best modeling tool on the market, and has been since its first release”

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About the Software

MODO Steam Edition is for DOTA 2 enthusiasts, modders, and hobbyists who need professional polygon modeling and sculpting, streamlined UV editing, and an easy to use direct export straight into DOTA 2. Purpose built for the STEAM community, MODO Steam Edition delivers a complete content creation solution for Source engine games.

MODO has the fastest, most advanced polygonal and subdivision surface 3D modeler anywhere. MODO’s flexible modeling tools are ideal for precision modeling of hard surface objects and environment structures, and for freeform organic sculpting of virtually any shape. The integrated multi-res sculpting tools work alongside traditional modeling and UV toolsets to offer a superior experience for game artists. The combination of modeling, sculpting and UV tools in a single application delivers a uniquely powerful content creation toolset.

Often used as the primary 3D content creation tool by professional game development teams like Valve. MODO is a favorite tool for game developers creating everything from DOTA 2 weapons to best-selling titles for desktop PC’s and consoles. Level designers, technical artists, environment artists, modders, hobbyists, and multimedia developers are creating 3D models, environments, and texture maps of all kinds for games and other real-time titles using MODO. Packed with many of the same powerful features as the award-winning modeling suite it’s based-on, MODO Steam Edition offers a more affordable, streamlined workflow for DOTA 2 item creation.

MODO Steam Edition Includes Features For:

  • Highly technical 3D modeling that’s undeniably fun
  • Dynamic sculpting tools for expert tinkering
  • UV Editing tools makes texturing objects in 3D a breeze
  • Texture baking lets you package everything quickly for export
  • Materials setup and painting gives you great artistic flexibility
  • Easy export to DOTA 2 and FBX output to other Source Engine games
  • Save and load from Steam Cloud

Key Features and Workflows Explained

Unhindered by polygon limits, MODO Steam Edition contains the industry-leading modeling toolset found in MODO 701. Leverage professional quality tools and streamlined modeling methods to produce the best DOTA 2 models out there. Easily create 3D-based details with instancing and bake to textures that standout from the rest.

Spend less time sending models back and forth between applications, as MODO Steam also contains powerful sculpting tools. Do you already have models created in another app? Don't worry, we have that covered too! MODO Steam is better at high resolution data exchange with other sculpting apps than most applications out there. Exchange models with almost 1 to 1 accuracy using vector displacement maps and convert to multiresolution.

Paint on a 2D plane or directly on the surface of your 3D model. From connecting to texturing, MODO Steam's robust painting tools can be leveraged to improve the speed and quality of almost every stage of the workflow.

UV's were never fun until now. MODO Steam comes complete with UV tools that allow for both accuracy and precision. Create that perfect, low-distortion UV map for when painting textures in 2D. Or create an efficient and compact uv map to capture extra detail for 3D painting and baking workflows. It's all about flexibility with MODO Steam and more importantly keeping technical tasks fun!

Too many polygons, no attention paid to surface topology? This and other things can lead to odd, unrealistic animations in DOTA 2. The solution is to 'retopologize' the model. MODO is known as the retopology tool of choice for professional game developers, and again MODO Steam also includes all of these powerful features.

Use Modo's Shader tree to develop high quality materials and aid in the creation of in-game textures. Full GI, ray-traced reflections and render outputs let you take your textures to the next level. You can even use MODO Steam to composite your shader mask layers together for even greater precision, or use advanced shaders like the occlusion shader to create painterly effects and add dirt/grime.

Quickly bake textures and visually get a feel for how your assets will look in context without having to jump into the game. Render layered shader mask outputs to streamline the baking process and provide you with more options to control your texture painting.

Leverage MODOs powerful rendering engine to preview surfaces and adjust lighting and shader setups directly in app. This allows you to easily visualize complex materials, such as fur, without the need to export to DOTA 2.

Streamlined asset packing:
When the creative vision is complete pack your assets, launch DOTA 2 and submit your model in just a few clicks. We've dramatically simplified the technical process for testing and publishing your items to the DOTA 2 Workshop, heck even Magi could do it!

Professional 3D authoring tools can sometimes take a career to learn and afford, with MODO Steam Edition everyone can learn the basics of game content creation without breaking the bank. Combined with MODO's exceptional community of learning resources and the future MODO Steam Workshop, hobbyists and independent content creators around the globe can grow their 3d skills and publish items in a few simple clicks.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8 (only 64-bit supported)
    • Processor: Intel Xeon/Core 2 Duo, Quad/Core i7 or AMD Opteron/ Phenom processor(s). Must support SSE2 instruction set.
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 accelerated graphics, at least 1280 x 800 resolution
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Mouse or pointing device, including pressure sensitive tablets or 3Dconnexion 3D mouse
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
507 products in account
1 review
157.0 hrs on record
Much easier to use than Blender. Also feels nicer to use. The video tutorials are excellent, ignore remarks about how they are too quick, that's what a pause/rewind feature is for. Could never fully understand Blender's materials/UV workflow, MODO is much easier to understand.
Posted: June 23rd, 2014
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
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2 reviews
3.9 hrs on record
The best program for people that want to make stuff for the steam workshop. A bit hard to learn though
Posted: February 18th, 2014
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
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6 reviews
1.2 hrs on record
This software is a bit etchy.

Its clearly for Dota 2 modding, but is extremely hard to use for someone new to a 3D Modelling/Animating work station. Its large price puts even more negative-ness on it.

Anyways, I played around with it for awhile. I started learning more, and little bit more, and more. I'm still not good with it. Right now, I'm happy to say, I can make about....a smiley face. I cannot seem to enter Dota 2 files in it, though.

You don't have to take my word, and you probably shouldn't, but its pretty damn hard to use.

On the bright side, eventually, when you(me) do eventually learn how to use it(as there are no guides yet on Youtube), it'll be quite fun, I imagine.
Posted: February 12th, 2014
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
44 products in account
1 review
1.0 hrs on record
С переводом конечно удобнее работать,но а оформление и удобность на 5+
Posted: February 25th, 2014
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692 of 871 people (79%) found this review helpful
142 products in account
2 reviews
17.3 hrs on record
If you plan to just make DOTA2 Items, MODO Steam edition may be a good option. But, if you plan to do a whole mod from a steam game like I did, with characters, maps, animation, rigging, and such, DO NOT buy this.

It is a great toolset, with so many limits that becomes useless for anything else than itens for DOTA2. I would ask for a refund, but given Steam no-freaking-refund policy, I can't.

Damn you Gaben!
Posted: December 16th, 2013
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MODO was a winner of the renowned Game Developer Front Line Award (Best Art Tool category) for 2006 & 2012, and was nominated as a finalist in 2009 as well.