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  09 September 2013
Gaffer - Image Engine's open-source look dev app / app framework

I've just stumbled upon an extremely interesting project called Gaffer coming from Image Engine's open-source kitchen. It's an application framework focused on writing node-based VFX apps under the surface and a look dev/lighting/compositing app very similar in concept to Katana on top of it. It's based on Cortex and Python and provides 3Delight, Arnold, Alembic, OpenColorIO and OpenImageIO support amongst other things. Similar to Katana, it can handle complex scenes gracefully, loading only those elements that are active for viewing/editing at the moment and it can be integrated for an interactive workflow with other apps (for ex. acting as a shader authoring tool or lighting tool for Maya). While it may seem pretty rudimentary at the moment, it shows quite a potential down the line.
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