Esri CityEngine is a three-dimensional modeling software application developed by Esri R&D Center Zurich. It is specialized in "creating huge, interactive and immersive urban environments in less time than traditional modeling techniques".
| USD Importer
The new veision, after USD export was added in CityEngine 2020.0 earlier this year,CityEngine 2020.1 is adding the new USD ( Universal Scene Description) importer, including both static models and USD assets with existing CityEngine CGA rules. It allows users to import assets in USD format for VFX and animation work.
| LOD for Export to Unreal Engine
CityEngine’s Datasmith exporter, used for exporting assets to Unreal Engine for visualization, previs or game development work, now supports levels of detail (LOD) driven by CGA rules.
LOD assets are now exported automatically from any CityEngine project with proper LOD rules in place. However, the exporter is currently Windows-only.
| Improve Footprint Drawing
CityEngine’s drawing toolset has add more tool options including using numeric values for distances in the Offet Shapes and Polygonal Street Creation tools to make precision drawing easier.
Other improvements including CSV data handing, better rendering of transparent objects in the viewport, and better integration with Esri’s ArcGIS Urban city planning software.
You can find a full list at the 2020.1 release notes.
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