[Sidefx-houdini-list] Shelf Question

Nicholas Pliatsikas nick_p102 at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 17 09:48:16 EST 2008

I also dont see the hate/ big problems that people have with shelfs. From what i have seen the shelfin houdini is much more flexible then with mayas, due to the combination of using houdinis great digital assets with custom python code, that can easliy have access to certain data to change the way the tools work. Maybe there needs to be more expansion on the python tools modules. But its works as I expected, with the standard houdini python modules giving you access to do what ever you need, using custom gallery based networks, digital assets and nodes hooked up anyway you need with a single button press.
Of course you can improve on it, just like everything else. For me I would like to see closer intergration on shelfs that act like the tab menu with digitals assets. I.e on digital assets you have tools options to define that this digital asset will appear in the tab menu subfolder. This could also create a shelf with the same subfolder and script tied to the digital asset its self to define how it acts as an asset, or specifically on the shelf. This system does pull up other problems but it would create a tighter relationship between digital assets and shelfs by default. You can have custom shelfs that save to shelf file, and Digital asset shelfs created on the fly, or appended on the fly to existing shelfs that never get saved to a spefic shelf.
But im not saying that shelfs are useless due not having this, as thats far from the case. Especaily when they currently shelf tools tie into the tab menu, so you dont even need the shelfs apart using it as a method of stroing tool sets.
> From: jc at axyzfx.com> To: sidefx-houdini-list at sidefx.com> Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2008 08:58:45 -0500> Subject: Re: [Sidefx-houdini-list] Shelf Question> > On Monday 17 November 2008 08:50, John Coldrick wrote:> > Agreed. I don't understand all the hate over the shelf. Use it. Don't. > > Actually, just to maintain my grumpy old man status, I would point out > that 'making things easier' is more acceptable to me with the shelf because > you can simply stow it away if you dontt want it, and the wasted real estate > isn't very painful. OTOH(here we go), I still maintain a huge hatred for the > bundling of stuff like newbie user transform jacks that are forced on you > because they are bundled into a tab which has absolutely critical functions > on it like render, etc. That stuff still really grinds my gears.> > Cheers,> > J.C.> > -- > John Coldrick www.axyzfx.com Axyz Animation> 416-504-0425 477 Richmond St W> Toronto, ON Canada> jc at axyzfx.com M5V 3E7> -----------------------------------------------------------------------> It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up > it.> - Henry Allen> > _______________________________________________> Sidefx-houdini-list mailing list> Sidefx-houdini-list at sidefx.com> https://lists.sidefx.com:443/mailman/listinfo/sidefx-houdini-list
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