Houdini Main Changelogs

Houdini 5.1.31 Drag ops/channels onto the channel viewport Drag ops/channels onto the channel group area. Drag ops/channels onto the channel scoper area.

  eg: drop a parm/op/jive-channel into the scoper,
          drag a scope channel into a parm/jive-graph, etc
          drop an op (or more) onto the channel group area.

Scoper now has an extra column square which is the draggable
          component of the sheet.
Thu. February 21, 2002
Houdini 5.1.31 The parm chooser in the custom panel UI builder now allows restricting the displayed parms by type. Thu. February 21, 2002
Houdini 5.1.31 The SOP RMB-menu now has a new "Save Texture Image..." entry, allowing the saving of the UVs to an image file for later painting. Thu. February 21, 2002
Houdini 5.1.30 The attribute pop now recomputes the offset of its attribute every cook since the existence of a softbody pop can cause the offset to change. Wed. February 20, 2002
Houdini 5.1.30 The softbody POP can potentially change the attribute offsets for the user-defined variables in POPs. These attribute offsets are now recomputed in this case. Wed. February 20, 2002
Houdini 5.1.30 gicon now uses the z depth of the primitives to sort the drawing order. .icons can now be made with multiple layers in an intuitive fashion. Wed. February 20, 2002
Houdini 5.1.30 The support CD installer for NT has been changed to use .hgz files rather than a flat directory structure to get around a bug with early versions of Internet Explorer. It also now hard codes the install sizes rather than calculating it at run time, avoiding expensive seeks across networks or CDs. Wed. February 20, 2002
Houdini 5.1.29 The default value for the material parameter in Geometry objects is now the empty string as opposed to "_no_mATERIAL". Houdini will convert _no_mATERIAL to the empty string if it finds on the first cook of the Geometry Object. Tue. February 19, 2002
Houdini 5.1.29 Particles can now be drawn as points. Tue. February 19, 2002
Houdini 5.1.28 Added drag-n-drop functionality for the persistent handle group manager. Added drag-n-drop functionality into the textport. Mon. February 18, 2002
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