On July 11, 2013, Side Effect Software announced the Houdini Engine which allows deep integration of Houdini technology into a wide variety of Digital Content Creation tools. The Houdini Engine is described as a compact API which extracts Houdini’s core technologies into a powerful procedural engine for film and game studios to integrate into proprietary applications.
Side FX Labs are also developing plug-ins for popular DCC apps such as Autodesk®, Maya® and the Unity® game engine. The plug-ins should be released in the coming months in the form of experimental software. All CG artists interested in testing the plug-ins before they’re released to the market are welcome to sign up for the upcoming technology preview at: labs.sidefx.com