Hi all,


Beta versions should be production ready but may not have all the features or a final user interface.

Bongo 2.0 Beta 8 is now available from here.

This is the eight Beta version of Bongo 2.0 for Rhino 4.0 and 5.0.  The beta is open – you no longer need Bongo 1.0 to run it.  We’ve been working hard on this, and we think the new features are a great addition to the product, but there’s still some way to go, so please let us know if you find any bugs or if there are features that you think we should still be considering.

The full documentation isn’t there yet, but you’ll find a number of tutorials on the new Bongo website at https://bongo3d.ning.com/ which demonstrates the power and flexibility of the new features.  Let me know if you find them useful!

Have fun!

-          Marika

New Features in Version 2.0: 

    - Mechanical constraints (Inverse Kinematics)
    - Morphing
    - Multiple animations per file
    - New curve editor
    - Improved UI including keyframe editor and timeline
    - Parameter animation for materials, environments, sun, textures and many more features.
    - Expressions

Rhino versions supported:  Bongo 2.0 requires a Rhino 4.0 CD key on the download page.  Bongo 2.0 Beta testing is limited to Rhino 4.0 and 5.0 users.  Rhino 4.0 Service Release 5 or later is required to install Bongo 2.0 and can be downloaded fromhttp://www.rhino3d.com/download.htm

Notes:  Bongo 2.0 is a complete re-write of the Bongo plug-in.  Most of the functionality of Bongo 1.0 has been replicated, but there may be some areas where Bongo 2.0 does not yet match the 1.0 functionality.  Please let us know if you find these issues.

Notes:  This is the current beta release of Bongo 2.0 for Rhino.  Bongo 2.0 will read Bongo 1.0 files, but will save Bongo 2.0 data only.  This data cannot be read by Bongo 1.0, so please backup any files before using them in Bongo 2.0.

Notes: The Bongo Video texture feature has not yet been implemented in the 64-bit version of Bongo 2.0.

Notes: There is currently no support in the 64-bit version for writing video directly from the Render Animation dialog box, but you can write single frames and make video files using the Bongo Video Encoder.

The complete list of changes in this Beta release is below:

2011-12-09: Public Beta 8

Bug Fixes:

  * Parent child connection display updates during child selection in LinkChain command.

  * BongoMatchAnimationProperties command copies expressions and parameter weight.

  * Joint section works for multiple selected objects now.

  * Cancelation of the IK precalculation will reset the IK and ask the user if he wants to disable IK.

  * Events added for Animation Set changes.  [internal]

  * Items in the Animation Manager are all listed under Animation Set root item.

  * Double clicking a keyframe pops up the Keyframe Editor with the right item pre-selected.

  * Minor selection bug in animation manager fixed.

  * Animation Set: Duplicates are made from the current selection in the list.

  * Constrain to original position object IK option fixed.

  * Copy/Paste an animated object updates the animation manager.

  * Changes to constraint tweeing are taken in count now.

  * Weighting disabled when expression usage set to "added".

  * Expression on boolean parameter (e.g. visibility) works.

  * Changes to constraint tweeing are taken in count now.




  * Object Look Along constraint with curve normal stabilization added.

  * Command added to reset IK BongoObjectResetIk.

  * IK enable/disable button added to the timeline.



  - Marika

Marika Almgren
Bongo Product Manager
Robert McNeel and Associates

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