Houdini Main Changelogs

Houdini 5.1.28 Added a Zcomposite COP, which composites 2 images using their depth information. The result is similar to an over, where alpha is defined by (z2 < z1). Supersampling produces smoother edges at the geometric intersections of the images. Mon. February 18, 2002
Houdini 5.1.28 When collapsing or extracting a CHOP subnet which has its override flag on, we no longer generate an override conflict. Mon. February 18, 2002
Houdini 5.1.28 Added drag-n-drop receiver ability to op group spreadsheets which allow create/add/remove/set selection functionality. Only applicable menu choices are given. Mon. February 18, 2002
Houdini 5.1.28 You no longer have to wait one minute on Linux before restarting sesinetd or herver. Mon. February 18, 2002
Houdini 5.1.28 Fixed bug where changing the delete script from the parameters pane or dialog was not undoable. Mon. February 18, 2002
Houdini 5.1.28 When creating a refernce copy of an operator, we no longer cause a stream of undos that make it nearly impossible to undo except by deleting it. Mon. February 18, 2002
Houdini 5.1.28 The DSO search order is now as it was in 4.1. .sos in the $HOME directory will override those in the $HFS directory using the default search path. Mon. February 18, 2002
Houdini 5.1.28 The Houdini DSO search order is now the way one expects: .so in your $HOME directory will override those in your $HFS directory. Mon. February 18, 2002
Houdini 5.1.25 Everyone take a deep breath: the default scene with the logo, ground, and sky is no more. Houdini now starts with a clean slate -- just three lights, an ambient and a camera. Fri. February 15, 2002
Houdini 5.1.25 Added the HOUDINI_UI_SATURATION environment variable, which reduces or increases the color saturation of Houdini's user interface. The default is 1 (as is), values less than one reduce the coloring of the UI, 0 produces monochrome UI and values greater than 1 super-saturate Houdini. Fri. February 15, 2002
Houdini 5.1.25 Swapped some of the view control buttons below the viewport for a better look when some of them are disabled. Fri. February 15, 2002
Houdini 5.1.25 Drag-n-drop between shops and the viewport (from the object level). Shops are stuffed into the appropriate object parameters. Drag-n-drop betweeen palette and the viewport (palette is first loaded into a new shop, then the object parameter is stuffed with its location). Fri. February 15, 2002
Houdini 5.1.24 It's a cleaner new world (to the user, at least): the MAT, TOP, and COP entries have been removed from the navigation menu. To enable them, you must set an environment variable called HOUDINI_COPTOPMAT.

The three editors are still there even if not visible. By Houdini 6, however, they (and the whole code behind them) will be completely removed from the software. Then we will also eliminate the HOUDINI_COPTOPMAT environment variable.

Thu. February 14, 2002
Houdini 5.1.24 Added the "Object Scene" OP to the list of available output drivers for Houdini Select. Thu. February 14, 2002
Houdini 5.1.23 The Houdini user interface can now be customized using the environment variables:

        HOUDINI_UI_GAMMA
        HOUDINI_UI_CONTRAST
        HOUDINI_UI_BRIGHTNESS

By default, they are all set to 1 and applied to the UI colors in the order listed above. Only UI gadgets are affected; all viewports, previews, ramps and color indicators are not modified.

Wed. February 13, 2002
Houdini 5.1.23 Adding points to a Ramp COP is now done by pressing SHIFT+LMB rather than just LMB, to avoid accidently point additions when trying to pick ramp handles. Wed. February 13, 2002
Houdini 5.1.23 Fixed memory leak with the VertexSplit operation. Wed. February 13, 2002
Houdini 5.1.23 Added -u option to wren renderer. This option will replace the position of the points with a named attribute for rendering. The render window will be automatically converted to orthographic rendering with the bottom left corner mapping to (0,0) and the top right corner mapping to (1,1). This option allows users to render the texture-space representation of polygons. Wed. February 13, 2002
Houdini 5.1.23 Added channel output driver for batch saving of channels from a CHOP. Wed. February 13, 2002
Houdini 5.1.22 The wren renderer now supports rendering from orthographic cameras. Tue. February 12, 2002
Houdini 5.1.22 Added drag-n-drop support between the shop palette and worksheets (either list-mode or tile-mode). Also ops are now drag-n-droppable, though they are only swallowed up by string fields or the aforementioned shop palette. Tue. February 12, 2002
Houdini 5.1.22 Wire width is now also used for hidden line and wire over shaded display modes. In addition, wires over vex shaded now display much better. Tue. February 12, 2002
Houdini 5.1.22 Modified click-orienter event consumption rule. We no longer just pass control through to view states, but to any volatile state. Tue. February 12, 2002
Houdini 5.1.22 The $MASS local variable now works in SOPs. Tue. February 12, 2002
Houdini 5.1.22 Split POP now supports user-defined variables from the attribute POP. Tue. February 12, 2002