Houdini Main Changelogs

Houdini 4.9.434 Previously sesictrl used the value of the SESI_LMHOST variable to figure out which license server to communicate with. Now, sesictrl will query hserver (if it's running) to find out the license host. If this fails, then the value of the SESI_LMHOST variable is used. There is now also a command line option to override the behaviour and specify the license server host manually. For example:

        % sesictrl -i -h someserver

will query the licenses on the host someserver without querying hserver or using the SESI_LMHOST variable.

Tue. July 31, 2001
Houdini 4.9.434
  • The Comb SOP now can affect arbitrary attributes.
  • The Paint and Sculpt SOPs now have a "Apply to All" button which applies the effect across the selected geometry.
  • The Paitn SOP has merge modes that allow you, for example, to paint with hue or saturation only.
Tue. July 31, 2001
Houdini 4.9.434 It is now possible to get the version of sesinetd which is running by running the command:

        % sesictrl -v

This will print out the version information of sesinetd. If, instead of getting the version information, a list of licenses are printed out, sesinetd is an earlier version than 4.9.433.

Tue. July 31, 2001
Houdini 4.9.434 "make Version" should work on Solaris now. Tue. July 31, 2001
Houdini 4.9.434 Viewport types and names are now saved to the help file as well. Other saved data associated with the viewport name will now no longer fail to load just because the viewport names in the current Houdini differ from those when the hip file was saved. Tue. July 31, 2001
Houdini 4.9.434 Added new viewname command which allows the renaming of viewports, as well as the new expression function vpname which takes a viewer name and a quadrant number and returns the viewport name. Tue. July 31, 2001
Houdini 4.9.434 The key to change to the "favourite" state is now 's'. Pressing escape in the geometry viewer will enter the view state now, regardless of the setting of the "favourite" state. Tue. July 31, 2001
Houdini 4.9.434 The cplane right-mouse menu now has an option to revert cplane to defaults. Tue. July 31, 2001
Houdini 4.9.434 New preference in Viewports dialog allows the user to choose between the classic Houdini homing style and the new tilted homing. Tue. July 31, 2001
Houdini 4.9.433 Greatly improved the speed of locating in the PolySplit state. Mon. July 30, 2001
Houdini 4.9.433 Viewlayout is saved to the hipfile. Does not correctly handle viewport types and names yet. Mon. July 30, 2001
Houdini 4.9.421 Floor handle improved.
  • XCF over tumble knob rotates around the zaxis of the viewplane
  • XCF numbers for scaling are correctly taken into account
  • Scalers follow the mouse more closely and are much smoother
  • Handle behaves correctly in both world and object spaces
Mon. July 30, 2001
Houdini 4.9.433 Fixed bug with the viewlayout command when using the -s (single layout) option. Mon. July 30, 2001
Houdini 4.9.430 PolySplit SOP has new option "Path Type". When Path Type is set to "Shortest Distance", it behaves as it has in the past. If it is set to "Refine Quad Strips", it will try to perform something like an insert isoparm, but on polygons. The Quad cut won't work through vertices and through anything other than quads. Also, a Quad cut that crosses itself will probably give undesired results. Fri. July 27, 2001
Houdini 4.9.430 Fixed bug where opening the sop preview window would crash houdini. Fri. July 27, 2001
Houdini 4.9.430 Added several COPs:
  • Contrast
  • Corner Pin
  • Delete
  • Quantize
  • Sequence
  • Swap
Thu. July 26, 2001
Houdini 4.9.430 Fixed crash when displaying the preview window. Thu. July 26, 2001
Houdini 4.9.430 Ctrl+Alt+Shift clicking on a button or menu entry will bring up the hotkey manager for it. Thu. July 26, 2001
Houdini 4.9.430 The pane command now takes a -o option to create a copy of a pane. The -t option now works as advertised (tearing away and replacing a pane). Thu. July 26, 2001
Houdini 4.9.430 The conversion utilities on NT hanged when multiple command line options were combined within a single hyphen (-). For example, "giges -vr ..." This is now fixed. Thu. July 26, 2001
Houdini 4.9.430 Added support for the following environment variables back to the RIB output driver:

        HOUDINI_RI_SHADERPATH (previously RMAN_SHADERPATH)
        HOUDINI_RI_TEXTUREPATH (previously RMAN_TEXTUREPATH)
        HOUDINI_RI_EYESPLITS (previously RMAN_EYESPLITS)

Please see hconfig for more help.

Wed. July 25, 2001
Houdini 4.9.430 Transparency should now be fixed in the viewports. This includes geometry being drawn transparent with transparency toggled off as well as shaded transparent geometry disappearing entirely, as well as shaded transparent geometry disappearing entirely and taking the wireframe with it. Wed. July 25, 2001
Houdini 4.9.430 The hconfig command now has an option to print out path information. For example:

        % hconfig -ap

will print out all the paths which Houdini uses and the directories which will be searched for finding files.

Wed. July 25, 2001
Houdini 4.9.430 All channels are created with the "Extend" behaviour rather than "Hold" behaviour. This means outside their defined frame ranges the closest segment's expression is evaluated instead of just propogating its last value. This is very useful for many expressions which are frame independent. Tue. July 24, 2001
Houdini 4.9.430
  • The PolySplit SOP should now run quite a bit faster.
  • Fix bug: when cutting across a vertex, some polygons in between may have been missed.
  • Fix bug: when doing a complicated cut with many possible paths, sometimes a good path node was being erroneously deleted.
Tue. July 24, 2001