Autodesk Toxik is out

loocas | opinions,software | Sunday, May 10th, 2009

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I’ve given Toxik a spin and I’ve found it unusable for my particular needs (but that was kinda obvious almost from the very begining).

The cons were namely:

  • Awkward user interface
  • Strange and unfamiliar compositing paradigm
  • Owned by Autodesk
  • Dubious future
  • Newly revamped compositing package from a dead end concept
  • Seemed to be aimed at larger, primarily 2D, post-houses

While the pros were:

  • Built-in revision and versioning system
  • Built-in connection to Oracle database (perhaps other DBs were supported as well?)
  • Collaborative compositing design
  • Fresh, modern architecture with HDR and 32bit compositing in mind
  • Python scripting
  • Seemed very robust and fast

As I said, those pros or cons reflect my particular needs. While others might or might not agree with me, it’s their problem :) I found Toxik unusable for my needs and thus I ruled Toxik out of my pipeline development process.

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