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    New In Qube! Core / Supervisor / Worker

    We have a variety of new features and additional platform support released with Qube! 6.8-0. One of the most exciting is the expansion of our the ArtistView UI to take on more functionality from the WranglerView UI. Once all functions have been moved over, we'll have a single UI running on the faster ArtistView architecture - the NEW Qube! UI.

    BETA - Job submission from within ArtistView for select packages

    The first ever support for job submission through ArtistView. With the 6.8-0 release, we'll only be supporting a limited number of software packages, but we'll be adding more and more every month after the release until we have covered all of the platforms we support.

    In this first BETA release, you can try job submission for After Effects, C4D, and for some Maya uses.

    Please take note of the more consolidated interface that should ease the pain of scrolling down a long list of submission parameters and help you skip to just those fields you need to edit for this particular job.

    BETA - Centralized preferences for job submission within ArtistView

    New in ArtistView and offered for the first time ever in a Qube! product, centralized preferences management for job submission. Now you can set preferences for job submission across the entire facility or a subset of the facility. With this level of control over job submission, you can reduce errors, reduce questions or ambiguity, and take another step closer to enforcing some of the process and data management policies in your facility.

    JSON ingest support in ArtistView

    Select and ingest JSON files in ArtistView to streamline your workflow for certain functions.

    Support for the VRED Sequencer

    Now you can schedule a job that uses the popular VRED Sequencer to string together frames or render a set of different VRED viewpoints.  Almost anything you can do in the VRED sequencer can now be done in Qube.

    Updated VRED submission interface

    Stepping away from our previous HTML version of VRED job submission, Qube has been updated to support the latest from Autodesk.  Users can now submit a job directly from inside VRED. 

    Please note that the VRED SR (Subscription Release) is not supported yet.

    WranglerView Performance Improvements

    Very few changes were made to WranglerView from 6.7-1 to 6.8-0, but since we did release some substantial (and noticeable) improvements to performance in the 6.7-1c release of WranglerView, we wanted to remind users those changes were made. With such a noticeable improvement occurring outside of a major release, it's important to note the changes were made in a maintenance release.

    New Job Type Support for ToonBoom's Harmony

    Submit jobs to Harmony for both the network and standalone versions of the popular software package.

    Requires Harmony version 12.2 or greater.

    Updated Windows Platform Support

    Officially supported on both Windows 8 and 10.

    Updated CentOS Platform Support

    Now supported on CentOS versions 6.7, 7.0 and 7.1.

    Updated OS X Platform Support

    Qube! comes to OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

    Updated Modo Support

    For Modo version 9.

    Updated Houdini Support

    For Houdini 14.

    Updated VRED Platform Support

    Both OS X and Linux OS's are now supported for VRED 2016.


    New In ArtistView

    Supervisor version


    Starting with v6.8, ArtistView will not work a supervisor older than itself (maintenance release number excluded). For example, 6.8 ArtistView will not work supervisor 6.7, but ArtistView 6.8-2 will work with supervisor 6.8-0.

    Newer, faster architecture

    ArtistView has been largely rewritten, boasting a newer, faster, caching mechanism; a new internal messaging system; a new system for retrieving and displaying job logs; a newer, much faster filtering and searching system; a faster EXR processing and general image caching system; and shorter startup times.  Despite its new features, ArtistView 6.8 is the fastest Qube GUI we've ever offered.

    Updated Look and Feel

    • Supervisor and license info now displayed in title bar
    • Filters for Pending, Running, Failed, etc are now labeled
    • Refresh button moved to the left, to mimic WranglerView
    • Frame/Instance list moved below job list to mimic WranglerView
    • Color palette chosen for ease of use and reduction of eye fatigue

    All-new job submission system with centralized preferences, exclusive to ArtistView (beta)

    With Qube 6.8, ArtistView now ships with a beta version of Qube's new submission system. This system is designed to be more flexible, easier to use, easier to extend, and has a built-in central preferences system that no longer requires the use of a centralized preferences file - all preferences for all users are now stored in a separate database on the supervisor.

    Key Features:

    • Central preferences/settings that work without any configuration.  If you can see the job list, you can also set/retrieve preferences. Preferences can be set for:
      • User, specific to a given submission UI; for example: Priority for my Maya jobs, or path to AfterEffects executable for my jobs.
      • User, common across all submission UIs; for example: Priority for all of my jobs, or default number of instances for all of my jobs.
      • All users, specific to a given submission UI; for example: Priority for all users' Maya jobs, or path to AfterEffects executable for all users' jobs.
      • All users, common across all submission UIs; for example: Priority for all users' jobs, or default number of instances for all users' jobs.
    • Central preferences can, for the first time, be mandated.  If a preference is mandated at the "ALL USERS" level, then a user cannot change the default value or the submitted value for the given field. The field will be visible, but grayed-out/inactive for the user.
    • Values that display in green are values that come from preferences.
    • Tabbed interface for less clutter - essential parameters are visible immediately.  Advanced parameters are located in tabs.
    • Submission UIs are driven by less complicated python scripts to make authoring new submission UIs easier (less complicated that the old "SimpleCmd" architecture found in WranglerView)
    • Access to Qube parameters (priority, instances, retry count, regex parsing, etc) is available from user-created submission scripts for the first time.  Previously, only application-specific parameters could be accessed from SimpleCmds, so there was no way to change, for example, Priority, from the submission script, itself.
    • Submission UI can "talk" to ArtistView to let AV know when a new job has been submitted.  This is true even when the submission UI is launched from an application like Maya or AfterEffects.
    • For the first time, the submission system has its own executable, "qubeSubmission[.app|.exe]," which makes bringing up submission dialogs from other applications much faster.
    • The submission executable supports ingest of parameters via string repr python dictionaries (as always, via --submitDict), python pickle files (via --submitPkl), and/or JSON files (via --submitJSON).
    • ArtistView is aware of which UI submitted each job in its job list.  If a resubmission is requested for a job it didn't submit, it will open a submission interface from WranglerView to run the resubmission.
    • See in the submission_scripts directory (File > Open Submission Scripts Dir) for examples on how to create your own submission scripts, if you choose to do so.
    • Coming soon: preference for parameter visibility - now parameters can be hidden for view from the common user, but still set by an admin and submitted with each job.
    • Coming soon: more granularity for preferences, i.e. show-based or role-based preferences.  For example: Lighters and modelers can have different settings for Maya, or ShowX can have different settings than ShowY when using Cinema4D.

    Non-destructive job modification: append or replace properties when modifying multiple jobs

    You can append properties to multiple jobs rather than replacing them.  For example, if several jobs have been submitted with various processor and/or memory reservations, but the user (or submission utility) neglected at add a global/license reservation, you can now multi-select several jobs and add the new reservation without interfering with the existing reservations (that may be different for each of the selected jobs).  Simply append to the string as shown above and Qube will do the right thing.

    Attributes that support "appended" in a job modify dialog are:

    • name
    • omit/hosts
    • omit/groups
    • host order
    • reservations
    • restrictions

    Display on the last X number of days' worth of jobs

    Rather than setting a hard limit on the number of jobs to display, you can now display the last X days' worth of jobs. 


    New In WranglerView


    Beginning with the 6.8 release, WranglerView will be entering a "sunset"phase. It will continue to ship until Qube v7.0.

    WranglerView will not have any major new features or functionality added to this or future versions.

    Any changes will be limited to bug fixes or minor feature additions necessary to facilitate customer needs until they can make the transition over to the new Qube UI.




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