HtoA 1.2.0

4 February 2015

This is a feature release, with much improved instancing performance.

Installation
  1. Get the install files on  Solid Angle Downloads.
  2. Follow these installation instructions.
Compatibility

This release uses Arnold 4.2.3.1 and OpenVDB 3.0.0.

Binaries available for the following Houdini or Houdini FX production builds:

  • 14.0.201.13
  • 13.0.665
  • 13.0.621

and for the following platforms:

  • Linux x86_64 (gcc4.4)
  • Windows 7 x64 (vc11)
  • Mac OS X 10.8+

 Please note that Houdini Apprentice and Houdini Indie do not support third party renderers and thus cannot run HtoA.

Arnold 4.2.3.1 highlights
  • Faster curves: Up to 40% faster hair/curve rendering performance, up to 20% memory savings and 10% faster preprocessing.

  • Faster volumes: About 2x rendering speedup with little to no quality degradation.

  • Parallel node initialization/update: Initialization and update of scene nodes can now be multi-threaded to lower the scene preparation time in complex scenes with many objects, shaders or lights.
  • User normals in linear subdiv and displacement: User-specified polymesh vertex normals are now preserved and respected during displacement, and also when using linear subdivision.
  • Autobump support for meshes with no UVs: The autobump detail enhancement now works for procedurally displaced polymeshes even when there are no UV texture coordinates.
  • RGBA AOV composition: The A channel of RGBA AOVs is now fully composed as an additional alpha channel per AOV.
  • Up to 128 threads: Arnold now allows for rendering with up to 128 threads (increased from 64).
HtoA Enhancements
  • Complete rewrite of the instancing code for a 26x speedup (#474)
  • Support for shared instances among multiples Instance OBJ (#474)
  • New Arnold properties for instances (#474)
  • Port to Houdini 14 (#414)
  • Upgrade to OpenVDB 3 (#415)
  • Shader categories submenus (H14 only) (#434)
  • Support OGL viewport properties on Arnold shader networks (#502)
  • Display Standard material properties in viewport (#502)
HtoA Fixes
  • Exception when no geometry is generated (#486)
  • SEGFAULT when translating degenerate primitives (#504)
  • Spaces not supported in AOV names (#503)
  • Fast instancing fails when instance point normal is zero (#496)
  • Transparently prefix "name" attributes (#494)
  • RGB, RGBA and array of RGB or RGBA shader parameters should always be linear (#508)
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