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We’re excited to announce the release of our new ftrack Connect Framework, designed for pipeline support in the creative industry. This significant upgrade brings forth a suite of enhancements tailored to meet the evolving needs of your pipelines today. With the new Framework, you’ll receive new, streamlined ftrack Studio integrations with Photoshop, Maya, and Nuke and a set of simplified building blocks to build your own DCC integrations.

We’re pleased to announce that the updated ftrack Connect Framework is now available. The new Framework makes connecting ftrack Studio with your favorite tools, such as Photoshop, Maya, and Nuke, more flexible and intuitive.

At ftrack, we want to ensure production tracking doesn’t interfere with your creative workflows. From day one, we’ve worked to make it easy for you and your artists to move work from creative apps into ftrack Studio for tracking, review, and approval. However, as technology progressed, our older integrations started feeling a bit cumbersome and were difficult to extend to your studio’s needs.

So, in our continuous effort to evolve and adapt to the ever-changing landscape of creative software integration, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of the new Connect Framework along with Connect 3.0.

This latest version marks a significant leap forward, offering new and improved integrations with industry-standard tools such as Photoshop, Nuke, and Maya. (And with a Houdini integration to come soon) We’ve meticulously engineered these updates on a robust foundation, laying the groundwork for future innovations while ensuring close compatibility with both your current and forthcoming workflow needs.

With the new Connect Framework, we’re not just responding to the demands of today’s digital environment—we’re anticipating the needs of tomorrow, ensuring that our integrations remain at the cutting edge, empowering creatives with unparalleled flexibility and efficiency.

So, whether you’re seeking efficient out-of-the-box solutions for publishing and review in DCCs or want to expand your pipeline with new custom integrations and features, our updated Connect Framework is built with the simplicity and scalability to adapt to your needs.

The transition to the new Connect Framework marks a pivotal change for ftrack and will make it much easier for you to integrate workflows. However, given the scope of the change, it’s important to note that the Framework introduces a new system that is not backward compatible with its predecessor (Connect [pipeline]). We understand the importance of a smooth transition for our users, so below, you will find detailed guidance on migrating to the new Connect Framework without disrupting your workflows.

Let’s take a closer look.

Introducing the new ftrack Connect Framework

In a nutshell, the ftrack Connect Framework is an open-source pipeline toolset. It makes it easier for pipeline TDs and developers to write and install pipeline integrations that support your team in sharing updates and collaborating on work across a production. Think of it as your behind-the-scenes pipeline toolset for using and crafting tailor-made integrations. It also enhances how out-of-the-box integrations like Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk Maya, and Foundry Nuke work hand-in-hand with ftrack Studio.

The Connect Framework is designed to be highly extensible and customizable. We built it on the concept of extensions, which empower you to align and customize the Connect Framework for your specific needs and projects. Using this set of tools, you can make the exchange of information between DCCs and other software with ftrack smooth and straightforward.

You may just be searching for practical, ready-to-use solutions for publishing, review, and approval, which you can learn more about below. But if you’re looking to grow your pipeline with custom integrations, the Connect Framework lays down a solid foundation upon which you can build. You can customize tools to fit your studio’s precise requirements and workflows—the power is in your hands to mold the Connect Framework to your vision!

Whatever you’re looking to do, the heart of ftrack’s updated Connect Framework is all about flexibility, scalability, and adjusting to your requirements.

Learn more about the Connect Framework

New integrations with ftrack Studio

Leveraging the new ftrack Connect Framework, we have built new, out-of-the-box ftrack Studio integrations with Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk Maya, and Foundry Nuke, making them more adaptable and straightforward.

Note: Side FX Houdini support will come later this year.

The essence of the workflow remains unchanged: artists working in Photoshop, Maya, or Nuke can access a native ftrack panel within their DCC software. This panel is their direct line for publishing scene files and reviewable assets to ftrack Studio for approval.

For example, an artist might receive some feedback in a review session. Using the Connect Framework Open UI, which allows the user to select a previously published version for review, they can open that file safely in their DCC and address the notes before submitting it back for review and approval in ftrack Studio. The integrations ensure that creative flow is uninterrupted, with an easy back-and-forth between the DCCs and review and approval workflows in ftrack, ensuring your team and clients stay in sync and on track to hit project milestones.

The ftrack Connect Framework will remain consistent across all applications, no matter the DCC you’re using.

To go into more detail, here is a walkthrough of Connect 3.0 and the new Connect Framework in action, using Photoshop as an example:

A new way to work with ftrack

The new ftrack Connect Framework and Connect 3.0 are all about smoother and more intuitive workflows. These updates emphasize customization and provide the flexibility to create powerful integrations that work the way you need them to.

For now, we’ve focused on making integration with popular DCC tools like Photoshop, Maya, and Nuke as straightforward as possible, closing the feedback loop and meaning less hassle and more time for what really matters: creating.

The Connect Framework has much more to offer, though, so watch this space for updates and integrations soon. This advancement underlines our commitment to scalable, customizable pipeline solutions. More integrations and extensions, including a new Houdini integration, are planned for this year.

We’re excited about these updates and how they can help improve your workflow and creative process. But what truly matters to us is what you think. We’re all ears and keen to make these tools as beneficial for you as possible. Drop us a line with your thoughts, experiences, and suggestions. Your feedback is invaluable in shaping the future of ftrack to suit your needs better. Get in touch at [email protected]

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