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Old 12 December 2011   #1
HDRLabs - sIBL_GUI 4

sIBL_GUI 4.0.0 Alpha For Windows, Linux And Mac Os X


Hi,

Notice that this announcement is cross posted on multiple boards.

HDRLabs, Christian and myself are happy ( And proud ) to announce that after more than 7 months of intense and hard work, lost hairs, etc ... sIBL_GUI 4 is finally out!

With over 1250 commits, this release is certainly sIBL_GUI biggest and most important one. Virtually every line of code has been affected in a way or another. sIBL_GUI weights now nearly 60000 lines ( 25000 logic code lines / 35000 code documentation lines ).

* * * Important Notices * * *

"sIBL_GUI 4.0.0" preferences are now stored per version in a directory following this structure : "./HDRLabs/sIBL_GUI/$MAJOR_VERSION.$MINOR_VERSION".

Previous Maya, Softimage / XSI and 3dsMax Helper Scripts are not compatible with sIBL_GUI 4.0.0 and need to be updated if you use them.


Here are some visible highlights:
  • New unified dark themed Ui.
  • New Inspect layout to browse your collections using large images preview.
  • New "Edit" layout featuring Umbra Script Editor to interact directly with sIBL_GUI and the various resources files.
  • Support for Ibl Sets plates has been added, although not in Templates yet.
  • Startup speed has been dramatically increased ( Between 4 to 6 times faster, the first launch sIBL_GUI will have to compile the bytecode and will be a bit slower to start ).
  • Templates settings are now stored / restored for each template.
  • Maya templates have been ported to Python and feature a cleaner code.
  • 3dsMax and Softimage / XSI templates have been refactored and feature a cleaner code.
  • 64bit release.
  • The Api has been added using Sphinx documentation system: http://kelsolaar.hdrlabs.com/sIBL_G.../Api/index.html

I have much more good stuff planned, stay tuned

Here are some screenshots of the new Ui:

sIBL_GUI - Sets Centric Layout


sIBL_GUI - Inspect Centric Layout


sIBL_GUI - Edit Centric Layout


sIBL_GUI - Templates Centric Layout


sIBL_GUI - Preferences Centric Layout


And for the full Change Log:
  • sIBL_GUI is now built around **Umbra**: https://github.com/KelSolaar/Umbra
  • sIBL_GUI now features a refreshed new dark Ui theme with new logo, splashscreen and more!
  • x64 is the default new sIBL_GUI architecture, there won't be anymore support for x86.
  • sIBL_GUI 4.x.x preferences a now stored per version in "./HDRLabs/sIBL_GUI/$MAJOR_VERSION.$MINOR_VERSION" directory.
  • A new "Inspect" layout has been implemented, it makes use of the new "PREVIEWfile" attribute of .ibl files and allows you to browse your collections using large preview images.
  • A new "Edit" layout has been implemented, it features **Umbra** **Script Editor** component and allows you to directly edit Ibl Sets or Templates files and interact with sIBL_GUI.
  • Support for Ibl Sets plates has been added (Templates don't create them in scenes yet).
  • Major parts of the underlying architecture have been rewrote for better evolutivity and feature a cleaner code base.
  • Startup speed has been dramaticaly increased (Non frozen application version is more than 4 times faster).
  • sIBL_GUI can be toggled to fullscreen using the related option in the "Custom_Layouts" menu.
  • A patches mechanism has been implemented to allow migrations between sIBL_GUI versions.
  • The "logginWindow" component has been replaced by the "scriptEditor" component that allows direct interaction with sIBL_GUI.
  • The "databaseBackup" component has been integrated into the "db" component.
  • A database migration mechanism has been implemented using SQLAlchemy Migrate, it should allow database structure manipulation for future releases.
  • A new "databaseOperations" component has been introduced to allow manual database synchronization.
  • Adding / Renaming a collection using an empty name was possible, this incorrect behavior has been fixed.
  • A "Logging Formatter" preferences option has been added, allowing to choose between different logging formatters.
  • Added support for Templates strings: "nodePrefix = @nodePrefix | __Prefix__ | String | Node Prefix".
  • Added "-f / --loggingFormatter" command line parameter allowing logging formatter choice.
  • Added "-x / --startupScript" command line parameter allowing execution of an user script on startup.
  • Added "-t / --deactivateWorkerThreads" command line parameter allowing Worker Threads deactivation.
  • Renamed "-s / --noSplashScreen" command line parameter to "-s / --hideSplashScreen".
  • Package directories structure has been deeply reorganized.
  • Documentation has been updated and converted from textile to reStructuredText and is available in different flavors:
  • Sphinx documentation with chapters and API.
  • Inline monolitic file for HDRLabs.com.
  • A "defaultScript.py" file is provided to showcase a few high level API features.
  • Templates settings are now stored / restored in preferences folder for each template release.
  • Most Maya templates have been ported toward Python for better maintainability and performance.
  • 3dsMax and Softimage / XSI templates have been refactored for better maintainability.
  • Most Templates allows the user to define the prefix the setup will use for better customization.
  • The Maya, 3dsMax, Softimage / XSI helper scripts have been refactored to be inline with sIBL_GUI 4.0.0 release.
  • A donations page has been added and is available here: http://kelsolaar.hdrlabs.com/sIBL_G...A_Donation.html

Maya, Softimage / XSI and 3dsMax Helper Scripts have been respectively refactored, updated and are available here:
http://www.hdrlabs.com/cgi-bin/foru...=1271609371/1#1

With this release I decided to add a donation page so that if you like the software and think it's worth something you can contribute to it's development: http://kelsolaar.hdrlabs.com/sIBL_G...A_Donation.html

Here is the related developpement thread : http://www.hdrlabs.com/cgi-bin/foru...num=1271609371/

And HDRLabs Website Url : http://www.hdrlabs.com/

Downloads:

Voila

Enjoy!

KS

Last edited by Kel Solaar : 12 December 2011 at 07:27 PM.
 
Old 12 December 2011   #2
This looks really good! Is there any chance of Blender support coming?
 
Old 12 December 2011   #3
Originally Posted by Rezonance: This looks really good! Is there any chance of Blender support coming?


Definitely considered since Cycles renderer has been integrated

KS

Last edited by Kel Solaar : 12 December 2011 at 06:22 PM.
 
Old 12 December 2011   #4
Awesome! Looking forward to that. Why is this application free btw?
 
Old 12 December 2011   #5
Originally Posted by Rezonance: Awesome! Looking forward to that. Why is this application free btw?


Cheers,

Well I never wanted to receive money for something I'm doing on my free time and I would unable to provide a quality support Although there is a donation page now
If it was to have a price, certainly less of people would use it resulting in an inferior quality product because of a lack of feedback.
In a similar fashion the same question could be asked about the fact it's Open Source ( https://github.com/KelSolaar/sIBL_GUI ). Although nobody really directly contributed to sIBL_GUI itself, a lot of people helped on its Templates, providing me fixes / updates and suggestions, which should be hard without an access to the code source .

Voila

KS
 
Old 12 December 2011   #6
I just checked out your Resume and portfolio. Really impressive both as a programmer and an artist! Do you have a twitter/googleplus account that I could follow?
 
Old 12 December 2011   #7
Thanks kel .
It would be geate if you add a support for Vray for softimage .
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Old 12 December 2011   #8
Originally Posted by Rezonance: I just checked out your Resume and portfolio. Really impressive both as a programmer and an artist! Do you have a twitter/googleplus account that I could follow?


Cheers

I have no twitter account and I don't really use the googleplus one

Originally Posted by EternalArt: Thanks kel .
It would be geate if you add a support for Vray for softimage .

I have planned to add support for Blender Cycles, Arnold for Maya and VRay for Softimage Although I can't really give an ETA.

Some users reported issues with the Windows installer, I rebuilt one using another tool and it should fix any problems.

Voila!

KS
 
Old 12 December 2011   #9
Looks like a fantastic update. I am really hoping to see a Lightwave update as well sIBL and VPR are already a match made in heaven.

Again, hats off on some fantastic work!

AF
 
Old 12 December 2011   #10
Hi,

I just released updated Lightsmith Ibl Sets and their Templates, you can grab the Templates using sIBL_GUI Online Updater and the Lightsmith Ibl Sets here: http://kelsolaar.hdrlabs.com/?dir=....Sets/Lightsmith

Christian will upload them in HDRLabs Collection later.

Voila

KS
 
Old 01 January 2012   #11
Hi,

If you have 30 seconds: http://kelsolaar.polldaddy.com/s/si...es-usage-survey

Cheers for your time

KS
 
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