[Sidefx-houdini-list] Autodesk bought Softimage

Pablo Giménez pablogipi at gmail.com
Thu Oct 23 20:53:00 EDT 2008


Hopefully the God of 3D will hear you Peter ....

2008/10/24 Peter Bowmar <pbowmar at gmail.com>

> Well I remember lots of speculation when Autodesk bought Maya (end of
> Houdini!) and then Autodesk bought 3DS (end of Houdini!) and now XSI,
> yet Houdini is still here and the user base is growing!
>
> Remember that Soft had problems getting XSI out to market and handed
> the whole market to Alias (at the time) and that could well happen
> here if their next-gen app takes forever to come out.
>
> Personally, to me, it means very little other than some sadness for
> the Softimage employees that will be laid off, not the programmers,
> but lots of others.
>
> A lot of FX companies are afraid of behemoth monopolies and I bet will
> invest in Houdini (since there is nothing else!) as safety as well.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Peter B
>
> 2008/10/23 Pablo Giménez <pablogipi at gmail.com>:
> > Sad but truth.
> > I think that the thing that autodesk is going to sell is a complete
> pipeline
> > of tools that work well together and then say to studios ok you can save
> > money because is easy to find artists for our tools we own the whole
> > pipeline so our tools talk together perfectly.
> > So I think that SESI will ensure for the future a perfecto connectivity
> with
> > Autodesk tools and then learn to coexist cos the 3D big brother is there
> and
> > you can't beat him but you can try to live with him.
> > Anyway for Houdini is a challenge because now you have to justify the
> > investement in the tool with more arguments:
> > - How are you going to deal with the interconectivity (that means that
> the
> > support for FBX should be as good as possible for example to be able to
> > coexist)
> > - How are you gong to growth you user base? Now autodesk owns al the
> tools
> > that 99% of the schools/universities taugh, definitely a challenge for
> the
> > future.
> >
> > Long life houdiniks .....
> >
> > 2008/10/23 James Rutherford <JRutherford at stclaircollege.ca>
> >
> >> Yikes
> >> I wonder if this is good or bad for Houdini...
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> > Pablo Giménez
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