2021.1 Release Notes

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Key Changes

Incremental Gains

Having said that the intent here was to address disparate, but valuable, tickets a theme did nevertheless emerge: the API and scripting. Some highlights:

  • Create meta-nodes from Lua scripts: allows the creation of custom data structures within the tree structure in the most optimised form.
  • Create/observe settings using the C API: it’s now much easier to create a GUI in which you can enter some configuration details (perhaps the address of an external web server) or present the information from such a server back to you.
  • Downloading data describing geometry or textures from a server, adding them to a scene or animating geometry in a scene is now much more efficient.
  • More generally, you should find using the script API engine a more rewarding experience.

Beyond this domain, we’ve improved the way the PRS manipulator scales and added some new setting options to Tools/Pivots. It’s also now possible to ‘un-isolate’ geometry from the toolbar. We had received feedback that it could be difficult to remember which nodes had been isolated in order to go back and un-isolate them. This enhancement will un-isolate any nodes in the scene that have been hidden.

Figure 1 The 'Un-isolate' feature

Resolved Issues

Defects, or bugs, are an unfortunate, but inevitable occurrence in any software product. At Virtalis we work hard to maintain and improve the quality of our codebase and resolve as many reported issues as we can, as quickly as we can. We have identified and resolved 21 issues as part of our internal testing for the 2021.1 release. This number includes the 12 customer issues detailed in the below table. 

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Summary

9768

Create button in Animation Sequencer causes crash

9685

Use of extended ASCII characters on GUI elements causes a crash.

10028

HOOPS importers failing to import on German PCs

8668

Size on Drop setting does not seem to do anything

9995

Deformable meshes still selectable with a disabled system collision override

9991

JT file fails to import with JT importer

9720/10220

Point-cloud path not retained between 2020.2 and 2020.3

9693

Errors relating to voice chat should only appear when networking and voice chat is enabled

9581

HMDs default to rotate around controller

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