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

Dan Schneider eyevex at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 31 09:37:21 EDT 2009


Much appreciated. Can't wait to go through it.
Thanks

--- On Fri, 8/28/09, Robert Magee <rmagee at sidefx.com> wrote:

> From: Robert Magee <rmagee at sidefx.com>
> Subject: [Sidefx-houdini-list] Announcing new HDK Documentation!
> To: sidefx-houdini-list at sidefx.com
> Date: Friday, August 28, 2009, 1:24 PM
> 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
> 
> -- 
> Robert Magee
> Product Marketing Manager
> Side Effects Software Inc.
> www.sidefx.com
> 416 504-9876 x327
> 
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