What's New in Flix 6.5

Flix 6.5 brings new fully customizable features and improved automation so artists can have the freedom of choosing how they tell their stories and sharing them securely. This release introduces an overhauled Management Console for granular control over permissions for admin users, customizable contact sheet templates, improved panel browsing, and more.

Note:  See the navigation bar on the left for links to specific release notes by version.

Flexible Group and User Management

Flix 6.5 brings a new permission system based on groups and roles, allowing admin users to manage, access, and share information with the most relevant team members.

Users can now be assigned roles within multiple projects and groups. The new, fully customizable permission system is integrated with the LDAP setup so that studios can incorporate Flix into their own company-wide permission and security system.

See Control User Access with Group and Role Permissions for more information.

Studio Wide Contact Sheets

Streamline your review process and easily share work from story to editorial, production or external stakeholders with Flix 6.5.

Contact sheets are now more flexible and diverse, allowing users to have access to multiple templates and to select which template to use from either the Publish modal or the Export modal. Adaptable to every studio’s needs regardless of its size and easily customizable, the improved contact sheets allow for better cross-pipeline integration.

See Customizing Contact Sheet Templates for more information.

Related Panels Implementation

Currently in Flix the user can only see one of the panels involved in the new composition, and they have to manually figure out what the other panels are and where they are, or the editor needs to make a note for story.

It's very frequent for the editors to create new panels in editorial using existing panels and comping them together (i.e. "Picture in picture"). Those panels are then sent back to story artists to be properly re-created. So they need to know all the panels that the editors used to create the new one.

Flix 6.5 is now able to record, store the correct data, and correctly and precisely show all the related panels used when editorial creates new panels. This feature gives easy access to all the panels used to compose a REF panel. Artists can now easily see them all and easily recreate that composition in the original PSD files. This feature guarantees smoother collaboration and feedback and allows full trackability of panels used in any new boards, and compositions, made in editorial.

See View Related Panels from Editorial in Flix for more information.

Media Relinking for Panels in Flix

Adopt and implement Flix in your pipeline at any time regardless of the stage of the production process with the new media relinking and versioning system in Storyboard Pro for panels originated in Flix. Whether a panel is ingested for the first time manually or from editorial, Flix can maintain tracking and versioning, allowing for a smooth round-trip from one department to another. The improved versioning system and its interoperability with Storyboard Pro gives more freedom to artists who can now open their workflow to more apps.

See Smart Panel Relinking Between Flix and Storyboard Pro for more information.

New Panel Versioning System for Files Originated in Flix

Smooth out inter-software processes within the story department with the new panel versioning system for manual import. In Flix 6.5, users can now have their panels automatically versioned when they manually import them from apps other than Storyboard Pro, Photoshop, Avid, and Adobe Premiere. This release allows artists to make the most out of an even stronger versioning and asset tracking system Flix offers.

See Smart Panel Relinking Between Flix and Storyboard Pro for more information.

Managed Source File Support for Storyboard Pro

Make the review process and data management easier with the introduction of managed source file support for Storyboard Pro.

Brought to you in Flix 6.5, this feature enables users to store their .sbpz projects in the server and use them as source files for easy retrieval. Having to remember the locations or names of the files is now a thing of the past thanks to the easy access to main source files this addition facilitates. Collaboration between story and editorial is improved and artists can focus on creativity rather than administrative work.

Panel Browser Search

A sequence can contain hundreds of boards and in Flix 6.5 you can search by panel ID in the dedicated search bar.

Enter a string and press enter and Flix selects any matches in the sequence. It does not filter out the other panels in the revision.

See Quickly Locate Panels Using the Panel ID for more information.

API Implementation and New Documentation

In Flix 6.5, user experience is massively improved as artists have easier API access and a more comprehensive documentation. Finding the exact match for a panel ID in the panel browser is only one click away. This release welcomes wider scripting and opens infinite possibilities of customization.

The more complete and comprehensive documentation provides a great guide to technically savvy users (especially TDs), and allow for infinite customization possibilities.

See http://docs.flix-dev.com/ for more information.

Webhook System

Eliminate repetitive work and save time with the Webhooks System brought in Flix 6.5. The power of custom event-based triggers helps users automate standard processes and take action when a certain process happens, from importing and publishing to exporting and creating a new entity. This new system allows for increased capacity and effectively reduces costs.

See https://pypi.org/project/flix-sdk/ and http://docs.flix-dev.com/#tag/Webhook for more information.

Apple M1 Native and Windows 11 Support

Flix Client will now run on Native M1 Apple Silicon and Windows 11.

See Installing and Launching Flix Client for more information.