sIBL_GUI For Softimage



sIBL_GUI 4.0.2 just came out of the oven!

This release is considered as stable, bringing new features and fixing some issues. I’m putting the development in maintenance and will only release for blocking issues for a few months since I have some others personal projects to run!

The main feature of that build is the new notifications manager that will lead to a reduced number of clicks, and less clicks is better :slight_smile:

[left]sIBL_GUI - Notifications Manager[/left]

and a development video:

It’s now possible to search in various locations in the Script Editor Component, that should be handy while editing a lot of .ibl files at once.

[left]sIBL_GUI - Search In Files[/left]

Here is the complete Change Log:

sIBL_GUI 4.0.2 - Stable - Milestone:

Umbra 1.0.1 - Stable - Milestone:

[li] Implemented notifications manager code.
[/li][li] Implemented Search In Files in Script Editor Component.
[/li][li] Implemented matching symbols pairs highlighting in Script Editor Component.
[/li][li] Implemented occurences highlighting in Script Editor Component.
[/li][li] Implemented Duplicate Line(s) methods in Script Editor Component.
[/li][li] Implemented Delete Line(s) methods in Script Editor Component.
[/li][li] Implemented Move Up / Down methods in Script Editor Component.
[/li][li] Implemented Font Size Increase / Decrease methods in Script Editor Component.
[/li][li] The FAQ have been moved into the documentation:
[/li][li] Added support for command line files arguments.
[/li][li] Refactored the layouts management code.
[/li][li] Optimized Search Database Component speed.
[/li][li] Online Updater Component now correctly reports networks errors.
[/li][li] Rolled back to Qt 4.7.x thanks to Jens Lindgren.
[/li][li] Fixed an exception in Inspector Component when an Ibl Set is modified and reloaded on Windows Os.
[/li][li] Fixed an exception related to drag’n’drop in Collections Outliner Component.
[/li][li] Ensured workers threads are properly closed on application exit.
[/li][li] Handled exception when “FreeImage” library cannot be loaded.




Am I understanding this correctly, is this free of charge, donations only?


Exact :slight_smile:



Bumping sIBL_GUI threads to avoid archiving.

I’ll probably start tackling VRay for Softimage Template this week.



Good news.


Hey Thomas,

Is 2013 supported by the server and the helper addons?
They keep throwing incompatibility errors when installing them.



Are you running the old server addon, or the newer Python script version?

The first isn’t supported anymore, use the script, it’s version independent.



Do you have a link or something, because all i can find on the repository are the old addons.

PS. i did manage to install it, but keeps throwing some errors. Ill figure it out.



Should be there:;action=display;threadid=46343




thanx man



sIBL_GUI 4.0.3 is out!

While the minor version has only been bumped by a digit ( 4.0.2 to 4.0.3 ) this is actually an important major build code wise.
A lot of stuff have been reworked under the hood, sIBL_GUI is faster, cleaner and better.

Improvements have been introduced here and there making it more user friendly:

[li] New slick Ui theme.
[/li][li] Yes / No To All for various dialogs.
[/li][li] Ability to purge the Database from invalid entries.
[/li][li] Views default message.
[/li][li] Wizard when no Templates are found.
[/li][li] Support for multiple concurrent instances ( Although it’s not recommended for Database integrity ).
[/li][li] Exceptions reporter.

sIBL_GUI can now act as a TCP server and / or client and be remote controlled or remote control other TCP servers through the new TCP Client Ui and TCP Server Ui Components, for instance I use it at work to communicate with Katana and Maya.

An exceptions reporter that will keep us informed whenever the application encounters an unhandled exception using has been implemented.

sIBL_GUI is now also a proper Python Package available from here:

If you have Python, PyQt and pip, you can install it issuing:

pip install sIBL_GUI

Now for the fun stats, this release represents:

[li] Around 580 commits over 5 repositories ( Not accounting the various tests not version controlled or discarded ).
[/li][li] Around 275000 lines changed.
[/li][li] Took around 6 months to complete ( Although I had a quieter rhythm compared to the 4.0.0 release ).

Here is the complete Change Log:

sIBL_GUI - 4.0.3 - Stable:

sIBL_GUI 4.0.3 - Stable - Milestone:
Umbra 1.0.4 - Stable - Milestone:

[li]Implemented an unhandled exceptions reporter connected to
[/li][li]Ensure that sIBL_GUI frozen version doesn’t require administrator rights on Windows.
[/li][li]Overall Ui style update ( ScrollBars, Icons, etc… ).
[/li][li]Add wizard for case when no Templates were found.
[/li][li]Loader Script Component now uses TCP Client Ui Component interface.
[/li][li]Implemented mechanism to flush invalid / missing Database entries in Database Operations Component.
[/li][li]Implemented Yes to All / No to All buttons in relevant dialogs.
[/li][li]Implemented Trace Ui Component.
[/li][li]Reloading a Component will reload its dependencies in Components Manager Ui Component.
[/li][li]Implemented command line support for modules execution tracing through -t, --traceModules parameter.
[/li][li]Implemented support for per instance logging file.
[/li][li]Views display user friendly default message.
[/li][li]Rename Db Component to Database.
[/li][li]Rename Database Browser Component to Ibl Sets Outliner.
[/li][li]Add support for Python 2.6.
[/li][li]sIBL_GUI is now a distributable Python package:
[/li][li]Dropped support for XSI_Arnold_Dome_Light, XSI_Arnold_Standard and XSI_MR_Standard Templates.
[/li][li]Dropped support for 3dsmax versions prior to 3dsmax 2010.
[/li][li]Dropped support for Maya versions prior to Maya 2011.
[/li][li]Disable mentalrayGlobals.passAlphaThrough attribute in Maya_MR_Standard and Maya_MR_Lightsmith Templates.
[/li][li]Fixed various widgets classes, implemented small ui test cases.
[/li][li]Fixed inconsistent Ui startup verbose level.
[/li][li]Components are properly displayed in Components Manager Ui Component.
[/li][li]User Templates are properly imported into the user Collection.




What’s the reason of dropping the MR standart template and the Arnold ones?



Its for XSI versions prior to 2011, before the rendering API changes. You still have the Softimage ones ( 2011 to 2013 ). The reason for dropping them is that I have only limited resources and time to allocate to support various 3D package versions, I prefer implement support for VRay for instance than maintaining support for XSI 2010.

However if it become an issue, and on a per case basis I can bug fix if it becomes a showstopper for people dependant on old 3D package versions.

Hope it makes sense!




There is currently an encoding related issue that may prevent the software to work, the root cause is known and a hotfix release will be deployed tonight.




I just released sIBL_GUI 4.0.4!

This is hotfix that should address the 3 exceptions I got reported in the 4.0.3 build, especially the encoding related one that made the 4.0.3 pretty much unusable for some users.

Here is the complete Change Log:

sIBL_GUI - 4.0.4 - Stable

sIBL_GUI 4.0.4 - Stable - Milestone:
Umbra 1.0.5 - Stable - Milestone:
Foundations 2.0.5 - Stable - Milestone:

[li]Fixed the encoding related issues preventing the application to work properly.
[/li][li]Fixed ui related exception in Online Updater component.
[/li][li]Prevented exception in TCP Server Ui Component when requested address is not available.

Don’t hesitate to let me know if any issues or whatever!




Thanks for the feedback and the bug fix. My question was just to understand the reasons to where technology was going.


Oh ok :slight_smile: Hope it makes sense :smiley:




The Crittercism reports are working quite well and allowed me to iron out another batch of issues for sIBL_GUI 4.0.5! Hopefully you should see the reporter popping less and less.

Here is the complete Change Log:

sIBL_GUI - 4.0.5 - Stable:

sIBL_GUI 4.0.5 - Stable - Milestone:
Umbra 1.0.6 - Stable - Milestone:
Foundations 2.0.6 - Stable - Milestone:

[li]Implemented a better version rank calculation definition allowing to properly compare various version formats.
[/li][li]Ensured Reporter is not initialising the Crittercism Client API 2 times.
[/li][li]Handle Templates with no attributes sections.
[/li][li]Fixed Online Updater Component exception when trying to install the Templates in an user defined directory.
[/li][li]Fixed Templates Outliner Component exception when selected Template has no help file.
[/li][li]Fixed Search And Replace dialog patterns related exception.
[/li][li]Fixed Softimage_MR_Standard Template issue related to mia_physicalsun shader intensity being affected by sIbl_Feedback rotation.





Some users have been reported that sIBL_GUI stopped working for them yesterday, apparently an Avast update was the cause, if it happens to you, double check that your antivirus software is not in cause.

sIBL_GUI access the Web for two things ( It’s maybe that behaviour that gets flagged as dangerous by Avast ):

[li]Online version checking.
[/li][li]Exception / crashes reporting.





sIBL_GUI 4.0.6 is out!

This release is mainly a maintenance release ironing out some issues reported through Crittercism.

A first pass at a Softimage VRay Template has been done and is available with this build.

Windows build now also have a Console executable that will come handy whenever sIBL_GUI doesn’t start.

Here is the complete Change Log:

sIBL_GUI - 4.0.6 - Stable:

sIBL_GUI 4.0.6 - Stable -
Umbra 1.0.7 - Stable - Milestone:
Foundations 2.0.7 - Stable - Milestone:

[li]Add console support to Windows and Darwin Oses builds.
[/li][li]Replaced Py2App with Pyinstaller on Darwin Os.
[/li][li]Improved symbols expanding behavior in Script Editor Component.
[/li][li]Improved various dialog button sizes.
[/li][li]Darwin Os build should properly raise upon startup.
[/li][li]Fixed exceptions raised by actions triggered in Inspector Component when no active Ibl Set is defined.
[/li][li]Fixed exception in sIBLeditUtilities Component when attempting to edit an Ibl Set and nothing is selected.
[/li][li]Fixed exception in Database Operations Component raised while updating an Ibl Set file location.
[/li][li]Fixed shutil.copytree related exception in Database Component.
[/li][li]Fixed AttributeError exception in Inspector Component.
[/li][li]Fixed Qt related RuntimeError exception in Preview Component.
[/li][li]Fixed exception in Loader Script Options Component when an attribute has undefined type.
[/li][li]Fixed Python 2.6.x related exception in Inspector Component.
[/li][li]Fixed duplicated languages on Windows Os build.
[/li][li]Handled gaierror exception in Tcp Client Component.
[/li][li]Fixed Script Editor Component Save File As action unexpected behavior.
[/li][li]Fixed Script Editor Component searchAndReplace replace method.
[/li][li]Fixed slowdown when switching editor in Script Editor Component.
[/li][li]Fixed symbols matching in Script Editor Component.
[/li][li]Fixed socket module related exceptions in foundations.common.isInternetAvailable definition.
[/li][li]Handled non existing files and directories in foundations.pkzip.Pkzip.extract method.