The Fabric Engine team is beta testing Splice for Softimage
, the Softimage integration of Splice. Splice is an integrated scripting-like environment for authoring topo/deform operators which run with multithreaded C++ speed and are fully portable to other DCC apps. Splice includes its own custom tool to maninpulate Splice gizmos. From http://fabricengine.com/splice/
[..] High-performance for everyone - Splice offers TDs and programmers an easy way to start working with our core in a highly integrated manner, providing an easy way to access the exceptional performance that we offer. Our Kernel Language is a dynamically compiled language, so you get all of the flexibility and ease of use of a high-level language and all of the performance of multi-threaded compiled code. If you can write code in Python or MEL, then you can write KL code. In this video, you can see the comparative performance between Python in Maya and Splice in Maya.
Portable, reusable, cross platform code - Writing custom tools for multiple applications is expensive and time consuming. One of the biggest benefits of Splice is that your KL code can be written once and deployed across multiple platforms and applications. This significantly reduces the cost of supporting multiple DCC applications, as well as making it a lot easier to transition between applications should productions require it. [..]
Splice for Softimage is currently in closed beta. Apply for the testing group following the instructions on the splice page linked above.
Demo Videos for Splice for Softimage: Basic Overview
/ Procedural Geometry
/ Spliced ICE
/ Additional Samples
/ Splice Manipulation in Softimage
Tutorial Videos for Splice for Softimage by Daryl Dunlap: Part 1 (Intro)
/ Part 2 (Splice In, Out and I/O params)
/ Part 3 (ICE to Splice)
Helge will be doing a presentation on the SOFTIMAGE|ÜberTage Meeting
on September 13th. Note that once Splice is released, it will be free as a 1-per-person license as part of the Fabric Engine distribution. Free 1-year/2-per-company licenses are also available - for other licensing options, see here