BroTools Changelog

2021.10.18

Core

improvement

fix

2021.10.13

Hotfix release triggered by necessity to address a critical bug in the floating licensing system. But it also brings a long awaited feature for BroDynamics Batch simulation mode!

Core

fix

BroDynamics

2021.10.11

Core

improvement

IKFKSwitcher

new

improvement

fix

2021.10.4

Hotfix release aimed at adding a workaround for licensing server connectivity issues caused by Let's Encrypt's root certificate issues.

Core

improvement

fix

2021.9.27

Hotfix release that fixes critical bugs in the licensing system in Maya 2022 with Python 3. Also added an option to run euler filter in IKFK Switcher.

Core

improvement

fix

IKFKSwitcher

new

2021.9.23

A small release that improves Gravity workflow in Chain (nHair) mode with Collisions enabled and tweaks licensing system to more reliably detect server connection.

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Core

improvement

BroDynamics

fix

2021.9.15

A small release with some important hotfixes for Renamer and Auto Euler option added to Tweeener

Renamer

fix

2021.9.10

BroDynamics

improvement

Renamer

new

improvement

2021.8.17

This release is not as large as the previous one, but it has some useful improvements and important bug fixes. This release is most recommended for MacOS users as it fixes the incorrect HardwareID detection in licensing system and for people writing scripts and automating their simulation workflows with Python, as logging and Python API documentation were improved.

Core

improvement

fix

BroDynamics

improvement

fix

2021.6.30

This release is a rather big one and has a lot of focus on improving BroDynamics, fleshing out existing features and adding new simulation mode to BroDynamics as well as two completely new tools - Renamer! You can read more about it below.

For those people who prefer to own their software and not pay for a subscription I also have good news - Lifetime purchase option is coming back in this release in a form of lifetime version which is limited to 1 year of updates. It will cost more, but I've decided to give a fair discount to everyone who already bought BroDynamics 2.x in the past.

Another very important part of this update is of most interest to studios, thanks to LimeLM BroTools now has support for Floating licenses. Floating licenses also come in a form of subscription or lifetime.

I decided to rename simulation modes to make their naming more transparent and intuitive to what they do. Documentation was updated to reflect this change as well, however there may still be traces of the old naming here and there. If you notice any, please, report so I can fix it.

Another big addition to the family of BroTools is a new Renamer tool. It's modular and is inspired by tools like Advanced Renamer for Windows. The best way to describe it is to check out some screenshots and a video which you can find in Documentation here

I'm also further improving BroTools UX around updating and licensing. For example in previous updates I've introduced pre-update backup, allowing users to restore to previous version in case there is an issue with an update. But you had to manually find and extract a zip archive which may've not been very convenient. So now I've added a restore_backup.mel script which you can drag and drop into Maya's viewport and it will do it for you. It has to be a separate script, because of an assumption that if an update failed then BroTools might not even be able to load a menu.

There was also a critical bug concerning MacOS and Linux users that was making BroTools to not properly detect hardware IDs, and this change may require re-installing your licenses. Sadly it's not possible to auto-correct it in this case like it happened before.

Core

new

improvement

fix

BroDynamics

new

improvement

Renamer

new

2021.5.26

BroDynamics

new

improvement

fix

2021.5.22

Core

improvement

fix

AnimationToolbox

new

fix

2021.5.18

Core

fix

BroDynamics

new

AnimationToolbox

improvement

2021.5.16

Core

improvement

fix

2021.5.15

Core

improvement

2021.5.14

Core

new

improvement

BroDynamics

fix

2021.5.10

Core

fix

2021.5.5

Core

improvement

2021.4.30

Core

improvement

2021.4.28

Core

fix

2021.4.26

Core

new

improvement

BroDynamics

improvement

AnimationToolbox

new

2021.3.18

Core

fix

2021.3.13

Core

improvement

fix

2021.3.10

Core

new

improvement

fix

BroDynamics

new

improvement

fix

AnimationToolbox

new

IKFKSwitcher

improvement

2.3.0

Core

improvement

BroDynamics

improvement