Boxcutter 716 could easily go down as the most difficult release to date. The initial release plan was for 2 months ago. While much has been done I’ll keep it cursory for simplicity.
I am happy to announce the release of Boxcutter 716 : Catlin.
Active Tool Icon Info
The active tool of Boxcutter now has information on version.
Top-Bar Quick Options
As we go on the top-bar must continue to evolve. This release was no exception.
Next to certain categories in certain modes users can now toggle various modes and behaviors. This aims to make it more accessible to certain things when needed
This aims to make BC able to be used more swiftly for certain actions. View align as a toggle button was sorely missed by myself.
Mini helper for ctrl + D is also now able to be accessed via the cut drop down.
Line – Box (shape mod states)
In this version we introduce the concept of mod states. These are special versions of a shape with different goals in mind.
Line box was a request formerly under LineBox Extrude. With line box the alignment of a box can be better perfected prior to extrusion.
As of now, linebox is still experiential. This means due to how it works some oddities can occur but we aim to make it feel at home as time goes on.
This whole release is a welcome to Linebox as well as modshapes.
Rigid Body Support
Boxcutter is now able to cut rigid bodies. Of course rigid body rules apply. Cutting in the middle of a simulation is problematic for obvious reasons.
A quickswitch for knife from cut is also now present in the topbar.
Release Lock Mini Panel
Shift + click the release lock button will now display a mini helper for configuring the release lock to the desired result.
In addition to some organization with the behavior panel. Auto wire was also added.
Custom tabs can be specified and used.
Both the N panel and the status area now contains more detailed hotkeys on usage.
Edit Mode Revamp
Edit mode now supports all cutter types.
Mirror toggle during Knife
Knife would have issues with mirrored meshes so knife is equipped to toggle mirror during operation.
Cyclic Line Improvements
Cyclic Ngon was conceptual before and hard to understand. Improvements have been made to make it more useful for users.
During cyclic thickness can be adjusted with T.
Dots : Multiple Viewport Support
Dots and multiple viewports were a focus for us and while the issue isn’t solved perfectly. Users can now adjust dots in their original viewport of origin.
X – Hotkey improvements
The button K and I are rather far and difficult to hit at times.
Ctrl + X will toggle to knife when needed.
X will toggle between cut, slice, inset
The hotkeys of K for transition to knife and I for transition to inset still exists. We just wanted to make the keys easier to use.
View Align Toggle
A toggle for view align cutting has also been added to topbar to make utilizing view and object much easier.
View align is still automatically utilized by drawing off of the surface
View align allows for permanent view aligned cutting even on the surface.
2d Shape Support
2d shapes are now supported in BC.
Self.cut via custom as well.
Font cutter was also added to this latest update. Setting a text shape as the cutter will allow for text cutting when utilizing custom.
Like I said at the beginning. I’ll keep it cursory to show the most relevant things that should be noticed. I apologize for the lack of momentum in the verbiage and delivery.
We are aware fade is missing. It will be returned. We just want it as fast as possible.