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This window lets you manage operator type libraries and set options for how Houdini handles assets and operator type libraries.
Colors of definition names
If an operator definition name is written in black, the current definition is being used for that operator type. Names in yellow are also being used as the current definition for that operator type, but there is a more recent definition available in another operator type library. Names in red are not the current definition for the specified operator.
Changing your color scheme will change these colors.
To make a definition current for an operator type, click on the operator and choose Use This Definition. This setting overrides the global preferences on the Configuration tab, and are stored in a hip file. An operator type definition that has been given these overrides are green. To removed the override, click on the operator and choose Clear Definition Preference.
The text box below the tree view lets you to search for operator types by name. You can find the current definition, latest (last modified) definition, or next definition in order. You can use wildcards in the name.
For example, to find the current definition of an operator named
*Brain* and click Current
HDA file context menu
Operator context menu
The options on this tab control how Houdini chooses between multiple versions of the same operator type.
Give Preference to Definitions from Index Files
Operators defined in index files (SHOPsurface, SUBobj) have priority over operators defined in HDA files.
Give Preference to Definitions Saved in Hip File
Definitions embedded in the hip file have priority over definitions stored on disk.
Give Preference to Definitions with Latest Date
Use the operator with the latest "last modified" time. This means the latest date stamp that the asset definition inside the HDA library file has, not the date stamp of the HDA library file on disk.
If you have more than one of the priority options turned on, the options higher in the list have priority over the options lower in the list.
Save Operator Definitions to Hip File
Embeds copies of the HDA definitions used in the current hip file in the hip file. This makes the hip file larger but means the custom operators the hip file depends on are always available.
Save Definitions of Unlocked Assets to Hip File
If this option is turned on, definitions of assets with unlocked instances in the hip file are saved to the hip file, even if Save Definitions to Hip File is turned off.
This option is irrelevant if Save Definitions to Hip File is turned on because that option always saves all definitions to the hip file.
Display Warning for Out of Date Operators
If you load a hip file (or use otrefresh) and an active operator is out of date, but Give Preference to Definitions with Latest Date is not on, Houdini will pop up a warning.
Display Warning for Operators With Incomplete Definitions
Generates a warning if you load a hip file containing a node with an incomplete asset definition because a complete definition is not available.
Create backup files when saving libraries
Saves a backup copy of the old version whenever you modify an operator type library file.
Safeguard Operator Definitions
Removes the Allow Editing of Contents and Match Current Definition menu items from the node tile context menu. Turning this option on can protect users from modifying operator definitions.
Leave Values When Defaults Change
Don’t update the parameter values of existing nodes when you change an operator’s defaults.
Use OPlibraries Files to Find HDAs
This option exists for backward compatibility. If this option is turned on, Houdini scans the HOUDINI_PATH for files called OPlibraries which contain a list of HDA files to load. This is what was done in previous versions. If this option is turned off, Houdini scans HOUDINI_OTLSCAN_PATH for *.hda and loads all matching HDA files.
If only HOUDINI_PATH is defined, then Houdini always uses the most recent .hda in the path, not the order they are defined.
Operator Type Bar
Controls the visibility of the Operator Type Bar that appears at the top of Parameter dialogs. This bar shows the path to the HDA file that defines the node pointed to by the Parameter dialog.
The Operator Type Bar can be hidden completely, or it can be in a read-only mode where it simply displays the HDA path, or it can be in a mode where it presents a menu listing all HDAs that contain a definition for the asset.
Displays the value of the HOUDINI_OPNAMESPACE_HIERARCHY used to build the namespace hierarchy and sort the operators with the same base name.