Houdini Main Changelogs

Houdini 4.9.563 When merging hip files, we no longer modify any of the animation settings such as current frame, frame range, etc of the hip file to be merged. Fri. December 14, 2001
Houdini 4.9.563 The Bones operation now has an option to parent chain roots to IK affectors. Fri. December 14, 2001
Houdini 4.9.563 Local variables such as $YMIN should be still available outside of the SOPs cooking. They will only be initialized AFTER the SOP has cooked, however. Variables such as $CR will still not be available. Fri. December 14, 2001
Houdini 4.9.563 Fixed bugs with the chop viewers number of graphs displayed options. Fri. December 14, 2001
Houdini 4.9.563 Textures failing to load in viewports should no longer pollute the network with false errors. Fri. December 14, 2001
Houdini 4.9.562 Square layout in the UV unwrap is now even more square. Thu. December 13, 2001
Houdini 4.9.562 Added a help button to the "Manipulator List" pane. Press the question-mark button to view the help. Thu. December 13, 2001
Houdini 4.9.561 Fixed crashes that could occur in the Bones operation if the current object parent was deleted or disappeared as a result of an undo. Similar fixes for the selected bone objects when adding kinematics (ie. deleting the first bone while selecting the second bone before completing the operation). Tue. December 11, 2001
Houdini 4.9.561 Fixed a bug with PolySplit which causes its output to vary with processor precision. Now it might change the output of its chain compared with earlier versions, however. Tue. December 11, 2001
Houdini 4.9.560 The brush selector now uses LMB to do replace, shift-LMB to do addition, and MMB to do removal of points. Tue. December 11, 2001
Houdini 4.9.560 The sop viewer will no longer cook template geometry if templates are not being displayed in any of its viewports. Tue. December 11, 2001
Houdini 4.9.560 Fixing a bug where executing shell commands from spy would crash the spawned process. Tue. December 11, 2001
Houdini 4.9.560 The direction of the fan POP when using a force object has been negated so that the fan points in the direction of the force arrow. Tue. December 11, 2001
Houdini 4.9.560 When viewing through a camera, the camera's pivot is now ignored for the purpose of calculating the view pivot to tumble around. This should make it again easy to set up camera paths in the obvious fashion. Tue. December 11, 2001
Houdini 4.9.560 The Extrude SOP has a "Convert Mesh to Polygon" flag which defaults to on. This must be turned off for backwards compatibility. Tue. December 11, 2001
Houdini 4.9.560 The Extrude Operation now has a Convert Mesh to Polygon option. This defaults to on and must be turned off in older .hip files. Tue. December 11, 2001
Houdini 4.9.560 Fixed projected textures in the viewport. Tue. December 11, 2001
Houdini 4.9.559 Added ability to quickly choose a light or camera to view from: in the viewport, press the right-mouse over the light or camera, then choose "View From Light" or "View From Camera" in the pop-up menu. Mon. December 10, 2001
Houdini 4.9.559 "Pivot about Group Centroid" is a new toggle in the Transform SOP. When enabled, it overrides the contents of the Pivot. Since pivoting about the group centroid is now the default, it must be turned off explicitly when loading pre-Houdini5 hip files. To turn this off in all the sops (not including subnetworks) use the command:

        ocd /obj
        opparm */* grppivot off
Mon. December 10, 2001
Houdini 4.9.559 Default grid orientation has been changed from XY to YZ. To get the old defaults, set the orientation to XY and "Save Permanent Defaults" from the parm dialog. Mon. December 10, 2001
Houdini 4.9.559 The settings information for handles has changed to a key-value system. This new system is more extensible and better adapts to future changes. This change means that loading hip files will likely generate many warnings saying "Missing value for setting <xx>". These warnings are harmless and the side effects should be minimal -- there may be some handles that used to be off that are now turned on, or some transform handles that are in a different mode from when they were last saved. Mon. December 10, 2001
Houdini 4.9.559 The Clip Operation now correctly interpolates vertex attributes. The Divide::bricker operation will also now interpolate vertex attributes. Mon. December 10, 2001
Houdini 4.9.559 Added a HOUDINI4_COMPATIBILITY flag which restores some of the quirks of Houdini 4. This is designed to ease the transition, and support of these quirks in later versions of Houdini is not guaranteed. Currently, it will undo the reversing of the distance parameter in the Clip SOP and the point order changes of the primitive SOPs. Mon. December 10, 2001
Houdini 4.9.559 All channels now default to the "Extend" mode. This means if you have a channel with sin($F) it will continue to evaluate the expression outside the channels range. There is no workaround to this. Mon. December 10, 2001
Houdini 4.9.559 The Facet::Consolidate Fast is now orientation independent. It now produces the same results as Consolidate Slow. There is no work around to this. Mon. December 10, 2001