In its first update in over 2 years, MikuMikuDance has finally received another updated release on June 1st, 2013. Development for the highly popular animation tool was ceased in mid-2011 by its creator, Higuchi U, after he added support for PMX format models. This sudden announcement comes as surprising news indeed. Perhaps he may pick up further development of the program.
Not much is known about the update, except for a few things:
• Improvements to program speed and response time.
• Improvements to stability, bug fixes.
• MMD now remembers your last open and save folder locations.
WARNING: THERE IS A REPORT BY HIGUCHI U OF AN ILLEGITIMATE COPY OF THE NEW MIKUMIKUDANCE FLOATING AROUND CONTAINING A VIRUS. PLEASE ONLY DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM FROM ITS OFFICIAL SOURCE, LINKED BELOW!
The new program version is labeled as MikuMikuDance 7.39ｍ, and can be downloaded from the same site as its predecessor. This is the official website by Higuchi U himself: http://www.geocities.jp/higuchuu4/index_e.htm
For those who use MikuMikuMoving, an MMD alternative that is also in constant development, the program recently updated to version 126.96.36.199 on June 2nd, 2013. You can download the updated version from here: https://sites.google.com/site/moggproject/mmm_eng