Wednesday, December 08, 2010

RIBMosaic : Now part of Aqsis


I am sure some of you are thinking this. Yes, it is true. RIBMosaic is now a part of the Aqsis project and the current official "home" of the new add on.

The back story goes like this. Eric Back emailed a certain select few last month (around the time of the last post here) and told us that he would no longer be developing the recoded Blender plugin. He was "orphaning" the code as it was on Sourceforge and anyone could come and pick it up. Knowing that RIBMosaic was important for Aqsis it was decided that the developers would adopt the code as it last was and continue development with the intention to bring Aqsis closer to Blender.

From the developer mailing list :

Eric has given his agreement that this should be the 'home' of RIB Mosaic now, and understands that we will focus on the integration of Aqsis specifically into Blender, while endeavouring to ensure that nothing we do will intentionally preclude support for other compliant renderers. We as a team will probably not be able to focus any effort on supporting other compliant renderers, beyond possibly testing regularly to ensure that existing functionality still works. Of course, we will assist and encourage anyone who wants to work on support for other renderers should they wish to do so within its new project space.



In a way this would be a "RIBMosaic for Aqsis", while other developers could make a RIBMosaic for say 3Delight, or AIR or even PRMan.

So now RIBMosaic is now a part of Aqsis and will be packaged with the renderer from now on. A lot still has to be completed and there has to be some serious testing done in order to accomplish this in a timely manner. In order for Project Widow to continue, the tools need to be upgraded as well, it was bound to happen and now is the time.

Thank you Eric for bringing this idea to full steam, without your efforts and help it's hard to imagine being this far by now.


  1. blendpolis_blenderartists_planetblender8/12/10 22:43

    Cool, seems there gonna be lot's of updates to ribmosaic now
    and thats much better than very dead pixie renderer!
    Congrats for providing first class to renderman compliant renderer using arists.

  2. That is a bad news in some way :(
    I'm starting to see some problems with open sourcing (RIBMosaic, Pixie, Ramen).. the code some times are attached to people's life, and the life is always in change.
    The privative software have the advantage to be supported by companies, and the companies are (more or less) endless.
    The software must be in hand of communities. The communities and foundations last more than a single person.

    So its important to make communities of software I think.

  3. Which is why RIBMosaic is now under Aqsis, where it CAN continue to be developed by more than just one person now. So i don't see how this can be a bad thing. If Aqsis would not have taken RIBMosaic then it would have gone elsewhere, in fact there are 3 git repos of RIBMosaic. There is no private control and Aqsis is not a company so there is no reason to not do this.