Doing manual hand placing in Houdini can be a bit fastidious with the default handles…
That’s why I ended up creating TM Smart Placer !
Easily layout objects in Houdini’s viewport using a “mouse follow” behavior and powerful features like Snap and Orient to Surface or Quick Duplicate.
Follow Mouse position
Snap to Surface Collision
Orient to Surface Collision
Rotate with Mouse Wheel
Scale with CTRL + Mouse Wheel
Quick Duplicate with SHIFT + LMB
Control Rotation and Scale Step behaviour
The tool has been primarily built for environment tasks like manual Set Dressing/Layout of multiple objects in a room or on a terrain. It can however be used in any other scenario where you would need to hand place objects wether it would be on the default grid plane or onto specific objects/surface.
As you can see in the video example, the tool doesn’t suffer any particular slow down with heavy geometry like scans (as moving object or as collision surface)
Few things to know before buying it :)
TM Smart Placer is Shelf Tool Button (Basically a Python Script)
It works at OBJ level, in other words, it can’t and won’t work in LOP or SOP level.
You will need at least SideFX Houdini 18.5 or newer to use it.
Thank you !