[Sidefx-houdini-list] Autodesk bought Softimage

Ihab Abdel Razek ihab.razek at gmail.com
Thu Oct 23 21:44:03 EDT 2008


Now the thought that sends shivers up my spine..... Will Houdini be  
next?



On Oct 24, 2008, at 2:53 AM, "Pablo Giménez" <pablogipi at gmail.com>  
wrote:

> 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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