comet poseDeformer for maya 2015

david | maya,plugins | Monday, June 9th, 2014

I've updated the downloads page and added my compile of the poseDeformer and poseReader for maya 2015 to the archives.

maya he3d

Since I don't get the time to update this blog much anymore, I thought I'd just drop in quickly to recommend a google groups mailing list that I have been contributing to for a while now. If you feel like some question/answer type discussions focused specifically on problem solving in maya this might be the place for you. There are a great bunch of knowledgeable people posting there already from time to time, but more will always be welcome. Just enter "maya he3d" in the google groups search.

MFnMesh.getClosestPoint using Maya Python API 2.0

david | maya,OpenMaya,python,tutorials | Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Yesterday I wrote about my experiences with the OpenMaya modules for python in maya, and showed some code to get the closest vertex on a mesh from the position of a locator. Today I'm going to show the same code, rewritten to use the new Maya Python API 2.0, which, according to the intro in the manual, " is a new version of the Maya Python API which provides a more Pythonic workflow and improved performance." (more...)

get closest vertex in maya using python

david | maya,OpenMaya,python,tutorials | Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Recently I was writing a python function where I needed to find the mesh vertex closest to a locator. I already knew how to get a list of vertices from my mesh, how to get their worldspace locations and how to iterate through them calculating the distance between each one and the locator to determine the closest. But the brute force approach would have been pretty slow on a dense mesh.

I'm not very familiar with the OpenMaya classes, but I was pretty sure one of them would have a method that would make this task much faster, so I began to google the problem.

Here is what I found... and what I had to do to get it to work. Advanced coders will probably find this trivial, but I'm guessing there are others like me that will find it interesting. (more...)

poseDeformer for maya 2014

david | animation,dj mod,plugins | Sunday, April 14th, 2013

I added the 2014-x64 (windows) version of Michael Comet's poseDeformer to the downloads page.

I recently discovered a potential problem when using the poseDeformer in maya 2013 and 2014. The problem occurs due to changes brought about by the introduction of the node editor in maya. I've modified the poseDeformer code to work around the problem, but for any one who is interested, I'll describe it in more detail below.

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djPFXUVs with history

david | animation,python,tutorials | Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

A few people have asked me if there is a way to use my uv layout script, djPFXUVs, on a paint FX mesh that is animating. The answer is "yes". Keep reading if you are interested in knowing how...

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money for jam

david | opinions,python | Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

While browsing the interwebs recently, I noticed that for $20, you can buy something called "universal uv randomization script" on creativecash. Seeing this made me realize I should give my scripts way cooler names from now on. So get in quick and grab a copy of djPFXUVs, while it's still free. Soon it will be simply called "XP€N$IV $H1T".

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djPFXUVs for maya now has a UI and does grass

david | python,rendering | Saturday, July 28th, 2012

A while back I posted a script called djPFXUVs that could be used to quickly re-layout uv's for paintFX leafs to help with the task of building and assigning more interesting textures. Today I thought I'd share an updated version of that script, which as you can see here, even has a UI.

djPFXUVs UI

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more maya 2013 script and plugin updates

david | dj mod,mel script,plugins | Thursday, April 19th, 2012

I've updated the downloads page to include maya 2013 versions of the following:

spReticle plugin by Sony Pictures that gives you the ability to add customizable viewport overlays like gate masks and safe guides and much more.

showEditor.mel modification to enable the notes tab to be toggled on and off

hyperShadePanel.mel modification to enable thumbnail updates to be toggled on and off, and to fix a bug where the create tab sometimes covers most of the window.

 

poseDeformer maya 2013

david | animation,mel script,plugins | Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

I've recompiled the poseDeformer and poseReader for maya 2013-x64 (windows). I've only tested it very briefly. Let me know if you discover problems.

If you are looking for other flavors, then keep checking back. Usually someone ends up sending me their compiles and if they do I'll add it to the download and leave a note here.

downloads

 

25 May 2013: 2013-x32 (windows) compile added, thanks to Scott Englert

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