[Sidefx-houdini-list] Announcing new HDK Documentation!

brian goodwin brian.r.goodwin at gmail.com
Fri Aug 28 13:27:03 EDT 2009

Awesome :)

Thanks for that SESI !

On Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 5:24 AM, Robert Magee <rmagee at sidefx.com> wrote:

> As many of you know, the Houdini Developer’s Kit [HDK] is a
> comprehensive set of C++ libraries which give studios and third party
> developers access to Houdini's API. Instead of being limited to a subset
> of the API like most SDKs, the HDK provides virtually the same level of
> access available to Side Effects developers.
> With the HDK, you can create plug-ins to customize virtually all aspects
> of Houdini. Some examples include:
> - add custom expression functions
> - add custom commands to hscript or hython
> - add custom operators (SOPs, DOPs, POPs, etc)
> - add output to 3rd party renderer, geometry or games engine
> - add custom lighting or atmospheric effects
> The new HDK docs were written with a practical philosophy in mind. First
> they identify the main task a programmer would encounter when
> customizing Houdini using C++, eg: data I/O, creating new operators,
> extending the UI, rendering. Next, each process is explained in-depth
> and well-documented sample code is provided to illustrate the
> application of key concepts. Node organization in Houdini is then
> discussed along with how to work with nodes and their parameters, and
> how to create new nodes in each of Houdini's operator contexts. The new
> docs also cover the main HDK classes such as OP_Network and SOP_Node, as
> well as, important utility classes such as Houdini’s very efficient
> Matrix classes, Multithreading classes and Vector Math (VM) classes.
> Our developers have been working hard to make this material available
> and will continue to add to and enhance this material over time. With so
> many studios looking for ways to incorporate Houdini into their
> pipeline, these new HDK docs will play a key role in that process.
> To access the new docs, visit www.sidefx.com/docs.
> Enjoy,
> Robert
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> Robert Magee
> Product Marketing Manager
> Side Effects Software Inc.
> www.sidefx.com
> 416 504-9876 x327
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