Houdini Main Changelogs

Houdini 4.9.538 Putting a little cross at the "hotspot" of the hand cursor. This way you can till what geometry is beneath the cursor when you right-click on it. Mon. November 19, 2001
Houdini 4.9.535 Adding keyframes should work again after resizing the channel graph editor window. Fri. November 16, 2001
Houdini 4.9.535 Fixed crashing bug with brush symmetries on non-polygonal objects. Fri. November 16, 2001
Houdini 4.9.535 The Edit Capture Weights spreadsheet has been fixed to match the speed of the slider handles in the viewport. Fri. November 16, 2001
Houdini 4.9.534 Problems with the CapturePaint brush ghosting the old geometry after a frame change resets the deform orientation should be fixed. Thu. November 15, 2001
Houdini 4.9.534 Pasting operators (especially objects) are a lot faster now. Thu. November 15, 2001
Houdini 4.9.534 Undo and redo of operator creation, deletion, pasting should work now. Thu. November 15, 2001
Houdini 4.9.534 Fixed bug with not being able to render the default scene using mantra 5. Thu. November 15, 2001
Houdini 4.9.534 Brushes on NURBs, Bezier, and Mesh surfaces should have their normals oriented the right way.

Brushes in general should be less flighty with their normal directions.

Thu. November 15, 2001
Houdini 4.9.534 Fixed a bug with the SOP viewer where changing it to a network pane and deleting the sops and then switching back to a viewer would result in a crash. Thu. November 15, 2001
Houdini 4.9.533 Assigned a volatile hotkey ('b') to the Transform state at the Object level. The hotkey appears in the title of the Ctrl+RMB menu of the Transform state. There's no easy way to change the hotkey other than by opening up the hotkey dialog and searching for "volatile", then editing the appropriate hotkey entry.

Since the Transform state is also the default favourite state at the Object level, you can use 's' to enter it in non-volatile mode. And if that's not enough, you can Alt+Ctrl+Shift on the Transform icon on the viewport's toolbar and assign a unique key specifically to the Transform state.

The SOP-level Transform state is not affected by this change.

Wed. November 14, 2001
Houdini 4.9.533 Default orientation in the Grid SOP is now ZX. Wed. November 14, 2001
Houdini 4.9.533 When the UpVector type is Stroke Direction in Brushes (the default), the cursor's orientation should be less jumpy. Wed. November 14, 2001
Houdini 4.9.533 The IsoSurface SOP takes a ref input to determine its size. Wed. November 14, 2001
Houdini 4.9.533 PolyExtrude local symmetry option is now off by default. Wed. November 14, 2001
Houdini 4.9.533 There is a new button on the selection toolbar which changes the selection connectivity between { Viewport, 3D, UV }. This button is respected by the point, edge, primitive, and vertex connected selections.

The connectivity types are as follows: 3D - uses shared point topology to determine connectedness UV - uses vertex UVs to determine connectivity Viewport - connectivity is context sensitive. In a vertex UV viewport, use UV, otherwise use 3D

The default value is Viewport. Feel the power!

Wed. November 14, 2001
Houdini 4.9.532 The dopesheet and table now display channel colors. Tue. November 13, 2001
Houdini 4.9.532 You can now create a floating pane at any time. Choose "New Floating Pane..." from the "Dialogs" menu, or press Alt+W. This is useful for quick previews/changes. Tue. November 13, 2001
Houdini 4.9.532 The Brush SOPs (Comb, Sculpt, Paint, CapturePaint) again have their Operation parameter visible. This is required as this is what is used, not the Ctrl-RMB operation, when one hits the "Apply To All" button. Tue. November 13, 2001
Houdini 4.9.532 The CapturePaint operations now automatically renormalize the weights after painting. Thus, painting a point with a weight of one will set the other bone's weights at that point to zero. Tue. November 13, 2001
Houdini 4.9.532 Organized items in the "Dialog" menu. Tue. November 13, 2001
Houdini 4.9.531 MPlay and COP Viewer transparency option and background image support added. This feature allows you to do implicit over's without needing a final composite COP (or simply makes it possible in MPlay's case). Mon. November 12, 2001
Houdini 4.9.531 Mousewheel will now zoom in the SHOP previewer. Mon. November 12, 2001
Houdini 4.9.529 MPlay improvements:
  • New Settings dialog for Playbar options and other global options
  • Ability to toggle off all extra UI (default key u)
  • Regions of files can now be selected using a drag SHIFT-LMB, so that only that portion of the file loads (not applicable for rendered images).
  • The Sequence List dialog now has a Sequence Start option per image sequence, so that sequences can be shifted to any frame regardless of their actual frame range.
  • Added an option in the Sequence List to collapse all black frames, which will remove any missing frames from the sequence.
Sat. November 10, 2001
Houdini 4.9.528 Remember cpio_expand and cpio_collapse? Forget them! They are now hexpand and hcollapse, and the old names are just plain aliases that will go away in the next major release. By default, neither uses the old "cpio" prefix any more, but the new -p option will bring back the prefix for those with big stuffy scripts written ten years ago. Also updated the Usage text. Run hexpand and hcollapse to see it. Fri. November 9, 2001