After 10+ years (honestly, we’ve lost count), and 300 released versions, Gaffer has turned 1.0.
We’re extremely proud to announce the release of Gaffer 18.104.22.168, bringing significant improvements in usability and interoperability. Not to mention the first release of a major update to the Viewer providing support for hybrid rendering, allowing high quality preview of lighting and shading while interacting with scenes.
Gaffer 0.61 includes a significant overhaul of the Editor Focus Menu, which determines which nodes are shown in each editor panel. The slightly confusing “Follow Editor” options are gone, replaced with a new “Follow Focus Node” setting. This makes editor focus simpler to manage, but more importantly enables long-awaited new features…
Diego Garcia Huerta seems to be on a one man mission to integrate all of the things with ShotGun, I mean Autodesk ShotGrid. This time it is Gaffer’s turn, and he’s open sourced an integration with support for file management, asset loading and publishing and other goodies. Head on over to his GitHub repository to learn more and give it a whirl.
Hypothetical Inc. have developed Emulsion, a new product which extends Gaffer’s rendering capabilities to include the VRay renderer. Currently in public beta testing, Emulsion includes the features that VRay users have enjoyed throughout its 21 year history, including highly tunable render settings, fast GI rendering of interior and exterior scenes, extensive shader nodes and smooth handling of very large scenes.
Murray Stevenson, Image Engine’s resident Gaffer expert, has been curating an internal “Gaffer by GIF” page, highlighting lesser-known Gaffer features in 60 seconds or less. We’ve liberated as many as we can for this blog post, so check them out and give yourself a pat on the back if you knew them all already.