OpenFX (software)

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Original author(s)Dr. Stuart Ferguson
Initial releaseJanuary 15, 2001; 18 years ago (2001-01-15)
Stable release
2.4 / October 24, 2013; 5 years ago (2013-10-24)
Written inC
Operating systemWindows
LicenseGNU General Public License

OpenFX is an open-source, free modeling and animation studio, distributed under the GNU General Public License, created by Dr. Stuart Ferguson. He made the decision to release the source code to the public in the middle of 1999 and released a stable version a year and a half later. The product, formerly named SoftF/X, was renamed to OpenFX.

The OpenFX featureset includes a full renderer and raytracing engine, NURBS support, kinematics-based animation, morphing, and an extensive plugin API. Plugin capabilities include image post processor effects such as lens flare, fog and depth of field. Animation effects such as explosions, waves and dissolves add to the flexibility of the program. Version 2.0 also features support for modern graphics cards with hardware GPU acceleration.

OpenFX supports the Win32 platform, including Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and 8. It can run under Unix-based platforms by using the Wine compatibility layer.

Release history[edit]

Version Release Date Changes
Beta January 15, 2001 First Public Beta
1.0 February 9, 2001 Initial Release
1.1 July 22, 2004 Stereo hardware support
Stand Alone Model Viewer (OFXVIEW.exe)
A Stereo Movie Viewer (GGPLAY.exe)
A fullscreen flc and avi player (DDPLAY.EXE)
1.5 September 22, 2005 Better Wave Simulation Plugin
Cubic Environment Support
Removed vertex cap
Bug fixes
1.7 November 3, 2006 Fixed anti-aliasing problems
2.0 September 15, 2007 Hardware rendering support
Video software, such as GenArts Sapphire or RE
Vison Effects which adds a wider variety of effects to a host application.

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