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galagast

Houdini History

Yesterday, I got curious and searched for particular features Houdini added to the software for the past few iterations. My goal was to have an idea on Houdini's background and evolution.

 

It started with this thread from SideFX (via google). A link from within it also led to a deprecated site here in odForce's wiki. But I found a cached version here. I also read through the "What's New" sections of the Help docs to pick out features that I think is note-worthy.

 

I jotted all of these down.. and it grew to quite a lengthy one. So I figured it might be worth to share in here. Given my short history in using the software, some of the guys here might help fill some notable gaps. :D

 

Addendum/Sources:
[2012-FEB-27] Side Effects Software - 25 Years On @ FX Guide by Mike Seymour
[2013-JUN-04] Old School (Jeff Wagner) has posted a bit of history in this post.
[2014-NOV-18] Some good links at the SideFX Forums
[2014-MAY-13] Facebook Houdini History Lesson showing PRISMS on Octance
[2015-MAR-14] PRISMS Review

Edited by galagast

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Thanks for info, it is pretty interesting to see how the software has evolved over the years.

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whats also you can get some information about houdini on the archive.org website.

 

H1:

https://web.archive.org/web/19970205095134/http://sidefx.com/press_houdini2.html

Introduction price: 9500$

H2:

https://web.archive.org/web/19980205080226/http://www.sidefx.com/SIG97_houdini2_press.html

https://web.archive.org/web/19980205080211/http://www.sidefx.com/SIG97_houdiniNT_press.html

H4:

https://web.archive.org/web/20010412232931/http://www.sidefx.com/houdini/sales.shtml

 

H7:

https://web.archive.org/web/20050211212321/http://www.sidefx.com/sales/pricing/index.html

Product
Node Locked
Floating
Houdini Select
$1,299 USD
$1,599 USD
Houdini Halo
-
$2,999 USD
Houdini Escape
$1,999 USD
$2,999 USD
Houdini Master
-
$17,000 USD
Houdini Developers Kit (HDK)
Free
Free

 

there are a lot of informations available for a History of Houdini slides.... :-)

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Houdini 4.0: Resizable panes

Houdini 5.0: Major new character tools

Houdini 7.0: RSL VOPs

Houdini 12.0: New geometry core (GA library replaces GB library)

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  • Updated: Added Houdini 15.5 to the list
  • Reworked formatting. Added Tables/Coloring.
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Hi Emmanuel, thanks! I updated the post now with splash screens and UI. But I only have versions 8 to the latest. I'm amazed that those old installers still work! UI grabs are all from windows 10.

* I also added a file size history for my saved installers.

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Added short history on prisms from this thread.
Added Info for Houdini 4.1 (TouchDesigner was derived from this version)
Added a few additional sources on the 2nd post.
 

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Added current H15.5 prices.
Added link/info to a post on my blog on an unofficial Houdini FLIP update history.
Minor cleanups/corrections.

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Wow good old times, I still remember Houdini 5.5 PDF reference manual, and the little tutorials from version 4. No you have Vimeo, things has changed a lot 

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I love this post!

Seems like this should be on wikipedia or something...

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Haha great idea, I'll look into creating a wikipedia entry with the above info (I haven't done anything of the sort before).

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