TORONTO – August 9, 2011 - Side Effects Software Inc. today announced the release of Houdini 11.1 in support of the Alembic 1.0 open source initiative. The Alembic project was initiated by Industrial Light and Magic and Sony Imageworks to provide the CG community with an open computer graphics interchange framework capable of handling production-quality data. With Houdini 11.1, studios will be able to import Alembic files for procedural processing in Houdini.
“With Alembic, ILM and Sony Imageworks have created an invaluable interoperability tool that fits perfectly into Houdini’s procedural philosophy,” says Kim Davidson, President and Chief Executive Officer at Side Effects Software. “Our tests have shown how efficient Alembic can be and we know our customers will be thrilled.”
Houdini 11.1 will incorporate the most recent third party libraries necessary for Alembic to run properly including Boost, which extends the functionality of C++. Houdini 11.1 will also include extended support for OpenEXR and Sony Imagework’s Field3D, a format for working with 3D voxel data.
“Houdini 11.1 will play an important part in the transition to Houdini 12,” says Cristin Barghiel, Director of Product Development at Side Effects Software. “It ensures compatibility for geometry files as customers beta test Houdini 12 and begin exploring the powerful new geometry engine.”
Houdini 11.1 will be available for download starting the week of August 15, 2011 at www.sidefx.com and can be downloaded by all Houdini and Houdini Apprentice customers.
Tonight at the Houdini User Group Meeting at SIGGRAPH 2011, Side Effects Software is previewing our next major version — Houdini 12 — with its focus on speed and performance. The new version will be in beta in late October and is shaping up to be one of the most important releases ever for Houdini users.
More information about the new release is available in this Sneak Peek.