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RELEASE NOTES FOR MARI 2.0V2
Release Date
13 August 2013
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2.0v2
• Caching and uncaching multiple selected layers now works on all selected
layers instead of the last selected layer only.
• Add Mask Stack and Add Adjustment Stack buttons have been added to
the Layers palette.
• New functions have been added to the Python API and the API
documentation has been updated.
System
Requirements
Officially Supported Operating Systems
• Windows 7 (64-bit) or above
• Linux 64-bit operating system (Fedora 12 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5.4)
NOTE: Some newer Linux distributions have changed their network device
configuration handling and won’t work with Mari without some
configuration changes. Known affected distributions at this time include
Fedora 16, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, and CentOS 6 on certain, notably
Dell, hardware. Please see our FAQs for more information:
http://www.thefoundry.co.uk/support/faqs/#question_97
Minimum Hardware Requirements
• Quad-core processor
• 250GB disk space available for caching and temporary files (or a
minimum of 50GB if you're working on a small project)
• At least 4GB RAM
• Display with 1680 x 1050 pixel resolution
• An NVIDIA or AMD graphics card with at least 1GB of RAM and OpenGL
3.2 support (see Tested Graphics Cards below)
NOTE: Displacement preview is currently only available on the cards and
drivers that support OpenGL 4.0 or newer.
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System Requirements
Virtual Memory Requirements
It is recommended that virtual memory be available for Mari to use,
especially when handling large projects. The use of virtual memory improves
stability, helping to prevent data loss on large projects.
Tested Graphics Cards
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
NVIDIA Quadro (Fermi Series) 4000
NVIDIA Quadro (Fermi Series) 5000
NVIDIA Quadro (Fermi Series) 6000
NVIDIA Quadro K2000
NVIDIA Quadro K4000
NVIDIA Quadro K5000
AMD FirePro W7000
AMD FirePro W8000
AMD FirePro W9000
AMD Radeon HD 7850
AMD Radeon HD 7950
Please download and install the latest graphics driver for your card from the
NVIDIA or AMD websites.
NOTE: Ensure that you are using 8.982.8.1 (AMD Catalyst 12.10) drivers
or higher for AMD cards.
Due to the number of cards available in the market, we are unable to test
every card and, therefore, cannot officially qualify all of them individually.
However, if your machine/GPU specifications meet the requirements
mentioned, theoretically Mari should work fine for you. If you encounter any
issues, please contact support@thefoundry.co.uk.
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New Features
New Features
There are no new features in this release.
Feature
Enhancements
• BUG ID 33877 - The Layers palette has been extended and now includes
buttons to Add Mask Stack and Add Adjustment Stack. This makes it
easier than navigating through several menus.
• BUG ID 34818 - Share As Channel has been renamed to Share Layers As
Channel, which now shares all selected layers into a new channel.
Bug Fixes
• BUG ID 34619 - On some operating systems, when creating a new Ptex
project, Mari lost its ability to use OpenGL.
• BUG ID 34674 - Windows: Channel Presets did not generate the correct
templates when scanning directories.
• BUG ID 34700 - Caching and uncaching multiple selected layers only
cached or uncached the last selected layer instead of all those selected.
Cache Layer and Uncache Layer have been renamed to Cache Layers and
Uncache Layers respectively. They now operate on all selected layers
instead of the current layer only.
• BUG ID 34885 - The Run Script action in the right-click menu in the
Image Manager was missing.
• BUG ID 35050 - Pressing the corresponding modifier keys while the
mouse button or tablet pen were held down did not engage navigation.
• BUG ID 35082 - When shader creation failed it sometimes caused Mari
to crash.
• BUG ID 35094 - Mari sometimes crashed after flattening a layer.
• BUG ID 35218 - Channel Presets always resized the images to fit the
patches, regardless of the setting in the dialog.
• BUG ID 35237 - Import into New Channel did not correctly set the
default resolution for the new channel when the Resize patches to fit
images option was selected.
• BUG ID 35242 - Share Layers as Channel did not correctly set the
default image resolution for the new channel.
• BUG ID 35728 - Undo stopped working after using the Paint Buffer
Transform tool.
• BUG ID 35745 - Flattening or merging layers sometimes caused Mari to
crash.
• BUG ID 36033 - Patches were being rendered with no color bleed when
layers were flattened or cached.
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Known Issues & Workarounds
• BUG ID 36393 - Some combinations of Bake Render Size, Virtual Texture
Size, and assets, when cached or flattened, produced incorrect blocks of
color.
• BUG ID 36399 - A progress dialog appeared during Python export
function calls.
• BUG ID 36484 - In certain instances, baking was corrupted when
navigating when Auto Bake and Clear was active. Made the canvas
widget track the modifier keys used in triggering the various navigation
tools, and made it call bake when the corresponding keys are held down,
and the auto bake and clear setting is enabled.
• BUG ID 36701 - Converting a layer to paintable with different sized
patches caused Mari to become unresponsive.
• BUG ID 37288 - When using the tow brush, shader baking, such as layer
caching, flattening, and grouping, resulted in patches not bleeding
correctly to expose UV seams.
Known Issues &
Workarounds
Mari Tools
• BUG ID 15810 - The black borders at the edge of the canvas in
Perspective view are selected, if an object overlaps the borders when a
selection is made using the Marquee Select tool, with the selection mode
set to Magic Wand.
• BUG ID 13640 - The Blur tool can be slow to use on the initial stroke.
Wait for Mari to process the blur before applying a second stroke.
• BUG ID 13481 - Making a selection using the Marquee Select Tool with
the selection mode set to Magic Wand sometimes ignores regions that
are completely surrounded by other selected regions, despite differences
in color.
• BUG ID 13394 - Using the Select Items tool with the Facing set to Front
to select and hide a portion of faces causes some of the faces within the
selection to remain visible when zoomed in.
To catch all selected faces, either:
• select Facing > Through instead of Front,
OR
• zoom in closer to the object.
Shaders
• BUG ID 34729 - Mari displays a rendering error on the canvas when it is
unable to create a shader. More information has been included to help
you determine the cause of the error. Some solutions might be to hide
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Known Issues & Workarounds
groups and layers, or to cache parts of your layer stack until a shader
can be created.
• BUG ID 34679 - On extremely large projects, issues can arise with
shader limits and reaching the maximum allowed texture slots available.
To avoid reaching these shader limits on large projects, try the following
workarounds:
• hide groups and layers, or
• cache groups and layers.
Layers
• BUG ID 34690 - Flattening or caching layers or channels on complex
projects may cause Windows to reset the graphics driver due to the long
processing time. To work around this issue, you can try to flatten or
cache fewer layers at a time, or reduce the value of the Max Render Size
For Baking setting. This setting can be found under Preferences > GPU >
Baking and Projection.
Reducing this size breaks the flattening or caching operation up into
smaller pieces, which individually take less time to calculate, and thereby
avoids a Windows graphics driver reset.
• BUG ID 26460 - Painting a mask in a Mask Layer Group sometimes
results in unexpected paint results. To prevent this from happening,
either:
• Use a white “color” layer at the bottom of your mask stack. Any layer
used over this initial “color” layer should then be fine,
OR
• If you want to create a mask in a Mask Layer Group, simply add
another layer on your Mask Layer Group instead, and paint white into
it to create a mask.
Importing and Exporting
• BUG ID 29386 - When using the Export for Maya script, Maya’s viewport
may incorrectly show some patches as transparent. This can be resolved
by selecting High Quality Rendering or Viewport 2.0 from the Renderer
menu within Maya.
• BUG ID 16324 - Windows only: you cannot currently import an image
into a channel using a relative file path. To work around this, use an
absolute path when importing images.
• BUG ID 14985 - There may be a slight pause after importing textures
when creating new projects while Mari saves the project.
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Known Issues & Workarounds
Nuke<>Mari Bridge
• BUG ID 23010 - Nuke<>Mari Bridge: If Mari crashes when receiving
incoming components from Nuke when the Virtual Texture Type is set to
Float, lower the Virtual Texture Size to a value below 8192x8192.
• BUG ID 19829 - Nuke<>Mari Bridge: Unprojecting a displaced piece of
geometry does not project correctly in Nuke.
• BUG ID 19780 - Nuke<>Mari Bridge: A projector created in Ortho view
in Mari does not re-project correctly in Nuke.
Python
• BUG ID 16616 - Python: PythonQt sometimes crashes when adding
temporary objects to layouts, or compound widgets such as
QTreeWidget. This is because of incorrect reference counting. To work
around the problem, always store a reference to every GUI item until you
are sure it is no longer needed.
• BUG ID 15491 - Python: PythonQt bindings are missing for some
enumerations and types such as QFileSystemModel. For enumerations,
you can usually work around the problem by passing in the integer value
instead.
Ptex
• BUG ID 17626 - It can take a long time to import very large or very high
polygon count Ptex models.
The workaround is to assign a small uniform face size (1x1 or 2x2) on
import, and then increase the resolution of the relevant bits of the model
as necessary after loading.
• BUG ID 17618 - Ptex does not bake properly if the resolution of the face
is too small.
The workaround is to increase the resolution of the selected faces you
are having problems with.
Graphics Cards
• BUG ID 34804 - An infrequent issue on Windows AMD graphics card
drivers causes shader baking actions, such as flattening, merging, and
caching, to swap around parts of the texture. We’re working closely with
AMD to resolve the problem.
If you do find this occurring, increasing the Max Render Size for Baking
setting under Preferences > GPU > Baking and Projection may help
reduce the frequency of this problem.
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Known Issues & Workarounds
• BUG ID 18457 - Using NVIDIA graphics cards from the Fermi series with
drivers older than version 270 results in various rendering issues when
the Virtual Texture Type is set to Half or Float.
To resolve this, please download and install the latest graphics driver for
your card from the NVIDIA website.
• BUG ID 12567 - Enabling Sync to VBlank in NVIDIA settings can
drastically reduce Mari’s performance. If you experience very slow
interaction, even with low-polygon models, on one of the Tested
Graphics Cards, navigate to:
• Linux: NVIDIA X Server Settings > X Screen 0 > OpenGL Settings and
turn off Sync to VBlank.
• Windows: NVIDIA Control Panel > 3D Settings > Manage 3DSettings >
Vertical Sync > Force off
Then, restart Mari.
Miscellaneous
• BUG ID 33293 - Linux: Launching Mari with the language set to one
without certain character symbols resulted in Mari failing with an error
that the specified transform could not be loaded.
To work around this, set the locale (language) to English.
• BUG ID 31946 - Sometimes paint is not baked because of memory
management issues on the graphics card. This can be due to issues such
as a high resolution paint buffer, a high bit-depth paint buffer, large
virtual texture size, or even a large scale value on the paint buffer
transform. These issues can usually be identified by glError: 0x505 out
of memory messages in the log.
Try reducing any or all of these values to prevent it happening. Graphics
drivers are continually improving, so it’s also worth checking whether
upgrading your drivers resolves the problem.
• BUG ID 20510 - If you find that the startup time for Mari is longer than
usual, please check that the LIC files in your RLM licensing data folder do
not refer to obsolete server ports. If they do, place them in another
directory and restart Mari.
• BUG ID 20021 - Textures in the canvas intermittently switch between
lower and higher resolutions.
This issue is more likely to occur if your virtual texture resolution is low,
and you're working on a complex model with displacement. Possible
work-arounds include increasing your virtual texture size, reducing the
number of channels Mari has to access at once (for example, by reducing
the number of channels required for the current shader), to reduce the
patch resolution of patches in the channels used in the shader, or to use
a smaller canvas window or monitor.
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Known Issues & Workarounds
• BUG ID 14201 - Linux only: Mari becomes unresponsive after the system
is woken from sleep.
• BUG ID 13700 - Adjusting the Camera > Perspective settings for a
Projector is not reflected on the canvas until the Projector is made
Current.
• BUG ID 13571 - Launching a new version of Mari for the first time, when
a config file exists from a previous version, sometimes results in an
object not appearing in the Ortho view.
To solve this, close Mari, delete the following config file and relaunch
Mari:
• Linux: ~/.config/TheFoundry/Mari.conf
• Windows: C:/Users/<login>/.mari/TheFoundry/Mari.ini
• BUG ID 13294 - Windows: Mari sometimes crashes when trying to load
data on large projects due to the program exhausting all Window
manager objects.
To reconfigure the user object limit:
• Open regedit and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\NT\CurrentVersion\Windows, and
• Edit USERProcessHandleQuota to a larger number.
If this number gets too large, you may also have to modify GDIProcessHandleQuota.
• BUG ID 12102 - Current brush settings do not get saved as part of the
project. Instead, Mari reverts to the default settings when you close and
relaunch it.
• BUG ID 11874 - Mari doesn’t recognize 3-digit padded .obj sequences as
animation.
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Developer Notes
Developer Notes
These are the changes relevant to developers.
New Features
• BUG ID 35012 - The mari.Channel.setName() and name() functions have
been added to the Python API.
• BUG ID 35941 - The Channel and LayerStack classes are now derived
from the Metadata class, so that metadata can be added to a channel, as
in earlier versions.
• BUG ID 36142 - The Layer.siblingSharedLayerList() function has been
added. This function returns the list of other layers that share resources
with this layer.
• BUG ID 36165 - The following functions have been added to the Python
API:
• AdjustmentLayer.primaryAdjustmentType()
• AdjustmentLayer.secondaryAdjustmentType()
• ProceduralLayer.proceduralType().
These provide a reliable way to retrieve the types of adjustment or procedural layers, and in a form that is more consistent with other functions. The existing similar functions, such as proceduralName(), have now
been deprecated.
Feature
Enhancements
• BUG ID 34698 - The Layer.setName() function has been added to the
Python API.
• BUG ID 34727 - The LayerStack.exportImages(),
LayerStack.exportImagesFlattened(), PaintableLayer.exportImages(), and
ProceduralLayer.exportImages() functions all accept an optional list of
UV indices to export.
• BUG ID 34805 - The Added Layer.nameChanged, Channel.nameChanged,
and Shader.nameChanged signals have been added to the Python API.
• BUG ID 35031 - The Shader.setName() and name() functions have been
added to the Python API.
• BUG ID 35142 - The Indices page of the Python API documentation now
appears on a single page, as it was in pre-2.0v1 versions.
• BUG ID 36169 - LayerStack.adjustmentLayerTypeList() and
LayerStack.proceduralLayerTypeList() are now static, so they can be
called through mari.LayerStack instead of requiring a LayerStack object.
• BUG ID 36250 - Metadata can be added to shader classes in the Python
API.
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Developer Notes
• BUG ID 36252 - The GeoEntity.shaderStandaloneTypeList(),
GeoEntity.shaderDiffuseTypeList(), and
GeoEntity.shaderSpecularTypeList() functions have been made static.
This allows them to be called without a specific GeoEntity object.
Bug Fixes
The Foundry
• BUG ID 15922/36208 - The ImageSet.importImages() function did not
properly handle $CHANNEL and $LAYER token replacements in file names
during imports.
The ImageSet.importImage() function can now be called with a file name
template and an optional list of UV indices to import images for.
• BUG ID 35294 - Adjustment layer vector parameters, such as in Grade
adjustments, were not properly processed through Python.
These can now be set from lists or mari.VectorN objects, and are
returned as lists.
• BUG ID 35940 - The Channel.flatten() function did not return the
resulting layer.
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