SOuP-dev.com is place where artists and programmers can come together to discuss and share ideas. Its purpose is to build new tools and develop existing ones and make them widely available to the user base. With this in mind, we invite you to join our community.

SOuP is a collection of nodes for Maya that are based on the principles of building a flexible, non-destructive procedural pipeline. Many of the nodes are designed to work at component level allowing the artist to extract specific data, alter it and pass it on. Its this level of design that allows SOuP nodes to work seemlessly within Maya's existing architecture.

Learning SOuP gives you insight on the inner workings of the dependency graph and how data flows from one node to the next. This knowledge is very powerful and gives you the ability to create effects and solve problems more efficiently whether you are using SOuP or not.

SOuP is freely available to download from the tools page. There is also a collection of pre-built Maya scenes to help get you started.

The SOuP project is developed and supported by Peter Shipkov. Contributors include Jeremy Raven, Maxim Kotrolev, David Schoneveld, Sergey Tsyptsyn, Ivan Turgeon, David Corral, Jack Straw, Michael Tuttle, Alex Smolenchuk.
Evgeny Grebennikov develops and supports the OpenVDB plugins.

OpenVDB plugins for Maya and Arnold.

pointCloudFluidEmitter - added support for auto-resizing of fluid containers.

Morph - complete integration of inbetween and combination targets.

BlendShapesManager - a whole new approach to working with blend shapes.

mirrorMesh - powerful tool for mirroring of mesh objects.

Viewport 2 is now supported in SOuP.

Kwai Bun (manymany) provided two excellent videos showcasing some of the main Morph features:

smoothSimple - fast and multithreaded smooth deformer. It is similar to the original smooth node but lacks the volume preservation features (that prevented me from speeding up the original one).

smooth - optimized connectivity lookups, volume preservation and few other minor things.

group - added useInComponents options under the "depth" section


Thanks to Cinemotion, SOuP-dev.com has a new clean look. We would also like to take the chance to say thanks again to all those who have donated money, this means we can keep the site up and running.


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Peter Shipkov ©2011 (pshipkov@yahoo.com)