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SideFX Houdini - History Houdini 15.5 2016-MAY-19 Modeling New PolyBevel 2.0 SOP New PolySplit 2.0 SOP New Dissolve 2.0 SOP TopoBuild tool (phase II) Variable width offsets in PolyExpand2D Double-click for edge loop selection Double-click for point and primitive island selection Crowds Advanced locomotion controls Direct FBX Imports for agents Vertex normal support for deforming crowd agents New Agent CHOP New Terrain Adaptation SOP Improved crowd steering behaviour Accurate foot planting Mocap Biped 3 with library of motion clips UVs Triplanar UV projection VOP Curvature support for UV Bake Tighter UV island packing in layout Lighting and Rendering Third Party Rendering Support in Houdini Indie - Today: RenderMan, Arnold, and Octane - Coming: Redshift, V-Ray and Maxwell New VR Camera built using new VR lens shader DOF and Motion Blur in OpenGL ROP Overscan rendering support and crop window fixes OpenGL displacement mapping in viewport "Render to Disk in Background" button on SOHO ROPs Photon tracing control in Mantra User Experience Better Euler tumbling in viewport 3D handle enhancements File chooser enhancements Improved geometry snapping Multi row/column pasting in Parameter Spreadsheet Help system enhancements Character "Delta Mush" deformation support Multi overlapping selection in Dopesheet Hair and fur grooming enhancements Performance Faster VEX function loading and more efficient memory use Faster saving of large geometry HQueue performance optimizations Volumes OpenVDB 3.1 Interoperability Many Alembic enhancements Houdini 15.5 Price (as of2016-FEB-06) Package Type Node-Locked Floating Subscription Houdini FX Commercial $4,495 $6,995 Perpetual Houdini Commercial $1,995 $2,995 Perpetual Houdini Engine Commercial $499 $795 Annual Houdini Indie Limited Commercial $199 --- Annual Houdini Engine Indie Limited Commercial FREE --- Annual Houdini Education Non-Commercial $75 --- Annual Houdini Apprentice Non-Commercial FREE --- Monthly Houdini 15.0 2015-OCT-15 UI GGX and PBR in viewports XML Menus Geometry PolyBridge Block Begin/End Looping Paste at cursor Animation Onion Skinning Character Picker Pane Pose Library Pane Dynamics FLIP handling 2B+ particles Crowds Rag Doll States Rendering Principled Shader (Disney) Shader Layering in VOPs Viewport Normals Material Stylesheets Update IPR Render times info Read PSDs in COPs Bake Textures Houdini 14.0 2015-JAN-15 UI Qt for GUI Visualizer New Color Picker (TMI) Animation Editor (Channel Editor) Workflow Improvements Dynamics Point Based Dynamics (PBD) Crowd Simulation Gas Curve Force Hair Grooming Material Stylesheets Bunch of New Nodes Attributes can now hold Arrays Mantra license now per-machine (previously per-CPU) Houdini Engine for UE4 2015-DEC-03 Houdini Engine for 3dsmax 2015-NOV-06 Houdini Engine 2.0 2015-OCT-15 Houdini Indie 2014-AUG-07 Houdini Engine for Cinema 4D 2014-APR-23 Houdini Engine for Unity 2013-NOV-20 Houdini Engine for Maya 2013-NOV-20 Houdini 13.0 2013-OCT-31 Particles Particles as DOPs VEX-based (Faster) Stream Concept Dynamics Finite Element Solver New Fluid Surfacer Debris Shelf Tool Packed Primitives OpenEXR 2 (ILM) OpenSubdiv (Pixar) OpenVDB (Dreamworks) Update VEX/VOP Can now create geometry Linear Workflow Data Tree Houdini Engine Introduction 2013-JUL-11 Maya Cinema 4D Houdini 12.5 2013-MAR-14 FX CloudFX OceanFX OpenVDB Sparse Volumes Primitive (Dreamworks) OpenCL DOP FLIP Animated Densities, Viscosities & Timescales Bullet Concave Geos New Bullet RBD Constraints Lighting Volume Lights Independent Env Light Workflow Alembic Updates Alembic Procedural Shader File SOP/DOP Create Dirs Geometry PolySoup Primitive Remesh SOP Wrangle Nodes UI Group visualization Coincident Points Bind VOP Houdini Master Price Drop - $4,495 2012-AUG-07 Houdini 12.1 2012-AUG-07 Edge Grouping OpenVDB Initial Integration Alembic update "Houdini FX" Naming Orbolt Smart Asset Store Tetra Primitives Houdini 12.0 2012-MAR-01 Simulations Faster (Pyro, Cloth, FLIP, Hair/Fur) FLIP Viscosity PyroFX 2.0 Re-written core OpenCL/GPU simulation Clustering Pyro Shader SOP Solver Bullet (now default) RBD Rendering PBR for Volumes IES Lights OpenGL ROP Point Instance Procedural Shader Viewport Rewrite - OpenGL 3.2 Performance Monitor New geometry core (GA library replaces GB library) Houdini Master Price Drop - $6,695 2010-JUN-10 Houdini 11.0 2010-JUL-27 Simulations FLIP Solver - See History Dynamic Fracturing (Voronoi) SPH Speed Up Improvements on Fur/Cloth Volume Nodes Shader Building Material Shader Builder Delayed Load Procedural VOP Ptex Uniform Volume Property (PBR/RT) VOPs Shader Effects Collapse/Peg Debug/Bypass Viewport OpenGL Effects (Volumes, Lights, Normals) 11.1 Alembic Support Extended Support for OpenEXR & Field3d Houdini 10.0 2009-APR-16 Simulations Distributed Sims Smoke Up-res Rendering Progressing Interactive Photo-realistic Rendering (IPR) PBR Multi-threading Engine now implemented in VEX Deep Camera Maps Dynamics RBD - ODE Cloth Crumpling/Tearing Misc Stereo Support Sticky Notes Shaking Disconnect Shift/Ctrl movement shortcuts MotionFX Houdini Apprentice HD - $99 2008-JUN-12 Houdini 9.0 2007-SEP-20 Fluid Dynamics Solver Liquids Smoke & Fire (PyroFX) New User Interface Tool Shelf Parameter Interface Mantra PBR & Volume Rendering Volume Primitives Python Support 9.5 Mac Support (2008-JUN-12) FBX Export Houdini Master Price Drop 2007-MAR-01 Node Locked - $7,995 Floating - $9,995 Houdini 8.0 2005-OCT-06 New Dynamics Architecture DOPs Light Linking and Interactive Photorealistic Rendering (IPR) Character Workflow Improvements Irix Support Discontinued Disney's The Wild, C.O.R.E. (3 Years - 2006-APR-20) 8.1 Auto Rig Muscle Houdini Master - $17,000 2005-OCT-06 Package Floating Node-Locked Houdini Select $1,299 $1,599 Houdini Halo --- $2,999 Houdini Escape $1,999 $2,999 Houdini 7.0 2004-SEP-20 Takes Manager RSL VOPs Channel List / Dope Sheet Documentation File Loading Free HDK Houdini Escape (Model, Anim, Texture, Light, Render) - $1,999 RenderMan Support Character Tools Improvements Houdini 6.0 2003-MAY-08 Digital Assets (OTLs) 6.1 UV Pelt (2003-JUL-23) Syflex Plugin (2004-FEB-09) - $2,200 Character Workflow Improvements Houdini Master 2002-JUN-28 Houdini Halo (Comp) 2002-JUN-22 Houdini Escape (Character) 2002-JUN-22 Houdini Apprentice 2002-JUL-09 Houdini - $15,999 2002 Houdini Select - $1,299 2002 Houdini 5.5 2002-MAY-14 64-Bit Support [*] New COPs (COP2) Deep Raster VOPs Major new Character Tools Houdini Community Section on website X-Men 2 BAMF - Vijoy Gaddipati, Lead FX TD, Cinesite. (Released 2003-MAY-6) Houdini 5.0 2002-MAR-12 Mental Ray (2001-JUL-11) Viewport Modeling Solaris Support (Later dropped) Houdini Select - $1,999 2001-AUG-13 Houdini 4.0 - $17,000 2000-JUL-24 [*][*][*] Resizable Panes VEX (Mark Elendt) [*] Mantra Updates Linux Port [*] 4.1 TouchDesigner was derived from this version. [*] Houdini 3.0 1999-OCT-02 [*] Motion Capture (Mouse, Keyboard peripherals) Subdivision Surfaces Higher Order Rational Curve Networks WREN Houdini 2.5 1998-MAR-28 [*] POPs CHOPS Windows NT Port Houdini 2.0 1997-AUG-05 [*] UI Enhancements Four View Modeller Advanced OpeGL Display (Transparency & Projected Spotlights) Mantra 4 Fast Motion Blur Lens Flare Built-in Network Rendering Modeling Surface Pasting Animated Trim Curves Nested Intersection Trim Loops Clay Tool Sleletal Capturing and Deformation Tools Operator Subnetworks Houdini 1.0 - $9,500 1996-OCT-02 [*] First Non-linear 3D Environment (Procedural) 3D and 2D tools Integration Nurbs RenderMan Front-end Scripting and Expression Language PRISMS Short History [*] DATE VERSION UPDATES 1998 PRISMS 7.0 Final Ship 1997 PRISMS 6.4 SGI O2 Compatibility 1997 PRISMS 6.3 RenderMan Interface 1996 PRISMS 6.1 Optimizations (Houdini 1.0 at SIGGRAPH) 1995-JUN PRISMS 6.0 Introduction of Sage, the node-based package for modeling. This was the prototype of Houdini. 1995-JAN PRISMS 5.5 L-Systems 1994-JUN PRISMS 5.4 MOCA, TIMA 1993-DEC PRISMS 5.3 MOJO, ICE, Metaballs 1992 PRISMS 5.2 FPaint Added (new C++ UI libs) 1991 PRISMS 5.1 Full-width Graph 1991 PRISMS 5.0 Crystal2 Renderer Eliminated 1991 PRISMS 4.5 Particles 1990 PRISMS 3.0 Mantra Raytrace Renderer Added 1989 PRISMS 2.0 Patch Support, Deformation SOPs 1988 PRISMS 1.5 Initial SOPs, Light Editor 1987 PRISMS 1.0 New motion editor and modeler combined to form action. Installer File Size * I set some parts to BOLD to emphasize particular version highlights. * References: Google, OdForce Wiki, SideFX Press, Houdini Help Docs, CG Channel, CG Press. * For those interested, I also posted a Houdini FLIP History blog post here.