OpenID bug fixed when syncing
Posted on Sep 27, 2012
    You may have experienced a strange OpenID authentication error when attempting to sync assets from Houdini, particularly when logging in with your account, but we have fixed that error.

Rate it: Hot or not?
Posted on Jul 02, 2013
    Hot or NOT? Rate an asset today! Or PM the author with feedback. Authors need to know that we're checking out their work. Who knows, you may just get an upgrade. Multiple ratings help set other's expectations before downloading an asset. Your ratings and feedback count!

Author Page Enhanced: change icon, add screen shots, rename asset...
Posted on Sep 14, 2012
    The author page has been updated with several new options. You can now add/remove screen shots, change the assets store icon, and rename your asset.

VOP Support
Posted on Sep 14, 2012
    VOP support has been added so uploading should work fine now. Try it out and let us know if you have any issues.

Add movies - Include a Vimeo or YouTube URL at upload time
Posted on Sep 27, 2012
    You can add a Youtube or Vimeo URL to your asset! It will show up in your assets gallery alongside your screen shots. If you need to add the video URL after the fact, or add a second URL, simply re-upload the same otl file. The store will recognize it (you'll know because many of the entry fields will be pre-populated with your previous answers).

We now support copy-protected free assets
Posted on Sep 27, 2012
    Free assets can now be compiled. Use the checkbox to enable this option when you upload your asset

Please upgrade to a new build of Houdini 12.1
Posted on Sep 27, 2012
    Please upgrade to Houdini 12.1.65+ fixes. This build fixes a bug with the following scenario: - You install the trial of asset A. It depends on asset B so Houdini downloads the trial of asset B. - You install the commercial version of asset A. The Orbolt store will also give you the commercial version of asset B. However, Houdini won't download the commercial version of asset B because it believes that asset B is already installed (becaues the trial version is installed) For those of you on Linux, there is also a fix for a problem where VOP nodes would fail and Mantra would not start when launching example files from the Orbolt store.

Press Release: Orbolt Smart 3D Assets
Posted on Sep 27, 2012
    TORONTO: Aug 7, 2012 - Side Effects Software Inc. and Orbolt™ Inc. are proud to announce the beta launch of the Orbolt™ Smart 3D Asset Store which gives digital artists access to world-class 3D assets from a source they can trust. Unlike ordinary 3D assets, smart 3D assets are infinitely adjustable and can be animated and rendered in Houdini™, a procedural node-based animation and VFX tool created by Side Effects.

    With CG projects under significant cost and deadline pressures, 3D artists need access to a wide variety of 3D assets. From fully-rigged props, to render-ready visual effects, to animatable characters, to game assets, Orbolt holds the key to a whole new way of working. At Orbolt, members of the global Houdini community apply their knowledge and expertise to deliver a growing set of completely customizable 3D assets.

    “The Orbolt Smart 3D Asset Store leverages the collective expertise of Houdini artists worldwide,” says Kim Davidson, President and CEO, Side Effects Software. “Houdini is used by top studios to create the best animation and VFX for feature films, commercials and video games. Now that knowledge can be wrapped up and shared with the wider CG community.”

    One of the key goals of Orbolt is to bring together talented CG artists to create smart 3D assets using Houdini’s Digital Asset technology. Artists can join the Orbolt community and become asset authors. They can set their own prices and let Orbolt deliver the assets to the world. Smart 3D assets can be authored using either a commercial version of Houdini or the non-commercial Houdini Apprentice edition.

    “Smart 3D assets can be built using sophisticated techniques that are wrapped up into a single node with an artist-friendly interface,” says asset author Kim Goossens, from the NHTV University of Applied Sciences. “Artists can then adjust the controls to make the asset their own. And for asset authors, the Orbolt store offers a great way to share knowledge while benefitting financially.”

    As each asset is uploaded, the Orbolt team tests and verifies it before publishing. This process ensures that assets work properly and can be trusted by the community. Only the best quality assets will be made available for sale. To join the beta program as either an artist or asset author, visit the Orbolt website and register. All CG artists are encouraged to join this exciting new site and see what smart 3D assets can do for you.

Posted on Aug 02, 2012
    We're live (in beta)!

    Welcome to the all-new Orbolt smart 3D asset store. We're excited to see what the Houdini community can do, so if you don't have it already, download Houdini and start creating.

    Things to do:
    • 1. Make an account.
    • 2. Download an asset.
    • 3. Download another asset.
    • 4. Upload an asset.

    Have fun!

    If you have any questions, or if you need help, contact us at

    The Orbolt Team

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