User Group meeting at SIGGRAPH 2014 will preview Fabric Engine 2.0 and demo Splice for 3ds Max.
Montreal – Fabric Software, the company behind Fabric Engine, the development framework for high performance visual effects tools, announces two major developments – visual programming and Splice for 3ds Max. Both features will be previewed at a SIGGRAPH user group on Tuesday, August 12, along with zero-cost GPU acceleration, released last month.
Visual programming, coming in Fabric Engine 2.0, to be released later this year, will enable TDs to learn and use Fabric Engine even more easily because the code is represented as graphical elements that can be manipulated in a visually interactive way. FE 2.0 will build on the GPU compute capabilities released last month that allows for the same code to be executed on both the CPU and GPU, without the need for additional coding.
The Splice API allows studio teams to expose Fabric to other applications, such as Autodesk’s Maya, Softimage, and now 3ds Max, as well as renderers or their own in-house custom dependency graphs. It enables artists to benefit from Fabric Engine’s high performance tools and real time rendering capabilities without learning a new application. Splice support for 3ds Max will be available in version 1.13, currently in beta testing and with general availability planned for August.
Fabric Software will be hosting a SIGGRAPH user group at the Vancouver Convention Centre (Room 306) on Tuesday August 12, 10:00am-6:00pm. Sessions will cover characters and crowds, use case examples from MPC and Hybride, as well as visual programming and deep technology dives. See www.fabricengine.com/siggraph for schedule.
Source: Fabric Software
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.