Matt Chaput

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Learning Houdini - Steep Learning Curve June 11, 2018, 5:39 p.m.

Not to be defensive, but unfortunately we have a huge mountain of docs that were traditionally written by the programmers, and a shockingly small team trying to keep them up-to-date. If you look at some newer documentation, you can at least see where we're trying to get to:

http://sidefx.com/docs/houdini/nodes/sop/polybridge.html [sidefx.com]
http://sidefx.com/docs/houdini/nodes/sop/boolean.html [sidefx.com]
http://sidefx.com/docs/houdini/nodes/sop/polyextrude.html [sidefx.com]
http://sidefx.com/docs/houdini/nodes/sop/polybevel.html [sidefx.com]

Besides (or because of) being complex, we don't really have the wide variety of 3rd-party websites that explain things in different ways and make lots of videos, like Maya and Max do. Houdini hasn't been mainstream/required in the industry for all that long (I remember the time when no-one had even heard of it). Hopefully that will slowly improve.

Terminology is a definite problem. Houdini can be set in its ways, and programmers like to call the same thing by three different names. Whenever we have a chance to redo things, I take the opportunity to try to pull us toward mainstream conventions and more consistency.

Regarding C4D's docs, I took a quick look at https://help.maxon.net/#1001 [help.maxon.net] and I gotta be honest, it looks just as bad as Houdini's docs to me. Is there a section that's particularly good I should look at, or a different set of docs somewhere else that I missed?

Thanks for all the feedback so far! Houdini's bread-and-butter is technical improvements and new features, but behind the scenes a lot of us are working long-term on making it easier to use and improving the documentation and tutorials. This feedback helps us out a lot.

Matt

(Novice Q.) 16.5 has removed the 'For Each Subnetwork', what should I use instead? Jan. 2, 2018, 2:28 p.m.

Hi, sorry that bit in the What's New is missing more information and a link, it slipped through the cracks.

To see the “modern” way to do looping, check out http://www.sidefx.com/docs/houdini/model/looping.html [www.sidefx.com]

Node Help button question - can you link to external website, or add to the path that Houdini is using to look for the help files July 19, 2017, 12:28 p.m.

1. Right click an instance of the asset and choose Type Properties.
2. Click the Help tab.
3. At the bottom turn on Use this URL and enter the URL you want the help button to link to.