Jonathan de Blok

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Modeling primarily in Houdini Jan. 31, 2019, 4:22 p.m.

@gfxfx: I'm not sure I agree with that. Yes, of course houdini ‘a strength is that it’s procedural to the bone. And because of that it is basically horrible for non procedural stuff, same as destructive software is bad at procedural stuff.

Ideally I don't want to go back to Max for basic modeling and polydraw is a good step in that direction.

There are already quite a few destructive things in Houdini beside modeling. All the paint tools, manual selections, grooming etc. So I don't see the problem to beef up destructive modeling abilities.

And yes, if I'd model dental stuff, or chimneys, all the time I'd make a kickass HDA for it but for one-offs it's really not worth the time. I think it's a good thing to have a workflow choice, use the one best for the job at hand.

Modeling primarily in Houdini Jan. 31, 2019, 3:17 a.m.

Coming from 3dsmax the polydraw is a great step in the right direction. Procedural modeling is nice but it can get in the way as well. And still with polydraw you can determine which and where the history points are by putting multiple polydraws in sequence. Yes it will break when you change things upstream but you can rewind modeling steps that way or branch of variations.

That being said, the two things I'd really like to see added are:

-shift-drag selection to clone selected items. (think modeling teeth in a jaw, I had to do 5 different ones, but similar in topo structure, shift-drag it and then reshaping it would have been the fastest way)

-ability to do simple extrude/bevel/insert ops. (basic box modeling tools)

Again, I think it's a great start and I hope it will keep being developed!

Zooming in/out + panning on Camera backplate, SI style? Jan. 28, 2019, 3:35 a.m.

The image drift issue in H17 has been fixed by SideFX and ProNavigator ( is working as expected again in build 459 and above.

from the change log:

Houdini 17.0.459 Corrected screen projection of BG image when either the camera screen or the display option screen isn't (0,0)-(1,1). Thu. January 10, 2019