Originally Posted by strangerthings
More sculpting stuff
Some nice render farming
Nice renderer improvements
Nice modelling and selection tools
Fit deformers automatically to objects - oddly most excited by this!
OpenGL improvements better be massive!
Text stuff looks useful
No node material editor - c'mon you could build it into expresso and it could be awesome!
No mograph enhancements
No xpresso enhancements
Desperately needed particle enhancements
I love c4d but Maxon do like to add stuff that NO one is asking for and not improving the things that matter.
I'm pretty sure Maxon is listening to everyone the thing is, you can't please everyone all of the time and I'm sure they're using very specific customer data and requests to plan out these updates. What they did update I think was absolutely necessary you can't fit everything into one release. They still have managed to squeeze more into releases than their competitors as of late.
IIRC. a lot of the deformers are multithreaded now too which directly impacts things like mograph particularly the fracture object with big performance gains there.
In regards to particles there are inexpensive 3rd party options that are worlds better than the native solution and are interoperable with xpresso, mograph etc.. x-particles and effex 2.0 is out now too. I think Maxon should just buy one and get it over with and integrate it lol
Viewport performance due to other changes under the hood are seemed great to me. At Siggraph Imaginary Forces had some very dense ILM Kaiju models from Pacific Rim (many of them at once) flying around in the viewport no problem. All be it viewport performance was never as bad as people said it to be in the first place except with very heavy/complex character rigs especially with lot of live deformations..gets scary there.
With all that said I'd love to have node-based material editing and xpresso updates myself but at least with xpresso gaps can be filled with python if its not doing something you "need" it to.
I for one wish I could hibernate until Sept. and start using it immediately.