Newly updated for MODO 902 and 10, Zen is a popular collection of toolbars and layouts to make your workflow faster, more fluid, and generally more awesome. Its main feature is the 'V' key, which brings up Zen’s comprehensive hand-crafted tool palette. The newly added 'G' key provides quick access to floating palettes.

Requirements: MODO 902 or 10



I'm in the process of reworking Zen for use with modo 902 and above. That process involves stripping out much of what was there before and replacing it piece by piece. Let me know if you see any issues.

  • One Toolbox – You’re going to love the ‘V’ key. It brings up a single toolbox–the same toolbox found in every tab in the Zen UI–for clean, consistent access to a logical, task-oriented toolbox. It's even context-sensitive, displaying only the tools relevant to the current selection mode.
  • Floating Palettes - The 'G' key gives you quick access to all of your favorite modo palettes from any layout, anytime. Remember: you can alt-click these for floating palettes, or control-click to replace the viewport under the mouse.
  • Clean Universal Layout - The power of the zen toolbox makes traditional modo layouts unnecessary. One clean layout for modeling, retopology, rigging, animation, and rendering. It's a beautiful thing.
  • Mini Toolbar - A miniature version of the V key toolbar on the left of the screen for minimal distraction with maximal access.
  • Little Stuff - Hit 'enter' to rename things in the items list and shader tree. Hit ctrl+D to duplicate in the shader tree. Middle-click on anything in the items list, shader tree, or 3D viewport for item properties. Niggling preferences, settings, shortcuts, all carefully preset for maximum awesome.

Keyboard Shortcuts

I try to keep most of the default MODO keyboard shortcuts intact. There are a few new ones, however, that will help power users move more quickly in the app.

  • V for Toolbox
  • G for Palettes
  • J for Join (Averaged)
  • ctrl + escape - Drops everything: falloffs, action centers, tools, and selections.
  • ctrl + R - Frequent and Recent tools
  • alt + W - Workplane pie menu
  • alt + X - Snapping pie menu
  • alt + F - Falloffs pie menu
  • alt + A - Action Centers pie menu
  • shader tree > ctrl + D - Duplicate
  • items list, shader tree > enter - Rename Selected
  • item list, shader tree, 3D viewport > middle-click - Properties popover


Manually installing kits in MODO is ridiculously simple.

Install a Kit

  1. Open MODO
  2. Menubar > System > Open Content Folder
  3. Drop kit folder into the ‘Kits’ folder
  4. Restart MODO

Disable a Kit (temporarily)

  1. Open MODO
  2. Menubar > System > Kit Toggle Enable > (Kit Name)
  3. Restart MODO

Uninstall a Kit

  1. Open MODO
  2. Menubar > System > Open Content Folder
  3. Open ‘Kits’ folder
  4. Remove kit from Kits folder
  5. Restart MODO