This article contains answers to questions about the CheckMate Pro v2 specification, which went goes into effect on June 15, 2013.
How does CheckMate Pro v2 differ from CheckMate Pro?
The main differences between the original CheckMate Pro specification (now called CheckMate Pro v1) and the v2 specification are topology and object naming requirements. You can read about all the differences in detail here. You can also see Meeting the CheckMate Pro v2 Topology Requirements.
Why was the CheckMate Pro specification updated?
The CheckMate Advisory Board specifically recommended these improvements to the CheckMate Pro specification. These updates are in keeping with TurboSquid’s goal of keeping the standard current with industry developments and customer needs.
Can I submit my model for Pro v1 instead of v2?
No. Any models submitted to CheckMate Pro after June 15, 2013 must meet the CheckMate Pro v2 standard.
I have a lot of Pro v1 models that will pass the v2 specification. How do I resubmit them?
You can trigger a submission for Pro v2 by reuploading the native file for your Pro v1 model. If you have a lot of models to resubmit, you can open a support ticket with the subject “Upgrade Pro v1 to v2” and list the product IDs you want to upgrade.
I submitted my model for CheckMate Pro certification prior to June 15, 2013. Does it still have to meet the v2 specification?
No. Models submitted before June 15, which pass by July 15, only have to meet the Pro v1 specification. On July 15, the grace period ends, and any models submitted to Pro at any time in the past must meet the v2 standard.
Why are the CheckMate Pro v2 topology requirements for subdividable models so stringent?
Models made with perfect edge flow are much easier to edit, re-texture, rig, animate, and subdivide.
It will take too long to fix my models, and I’m not convinced it will be worth it.
Creating models to this standard is not difficult if you model in this way from the beginning. We agree that updating existing models might be time-consuming. We believe that offering models with clean edge flow will raise the quality of models and improve your sales. However, in the end it’s up to you to decide whether you want to participate in CheckMate Pro v2.
I have been modeling for years, and my customers have never complained. Why does CheckMate Pro v2 demand this kind of modeling?
The field of 3D modeling has evolved a great deal over the past 20 years, and will continue to evolve. For the past few years, our customers have been demanding better topology and cleaner edge flow, and the CheckMate Advisory Board confirmed this with its recommendations. When we released CheckMate Pro v1 in August 2011, we hadn’t yet nailed down what customers were asking for. Now that we have this information, we want to provide our customers with the best models possible, and also provide our artists with the information and tools to meet the new standard. Adhering to the topology standards for CheckMate Pro v2 ensures your model will be the highest quality possible.