cMuscleCreatorUI.mel modification

david | dj mod,mel script | Sunday, April 6th, 2008

I've been playing with the new maya 2008 ext 2 muscle system. The old ext 1 muscles are now refered to as "simple" so I was not surprised at the apparant complexity of the ext 2 Muscle Creator UI. It's going to take some getting used to.

One thing that bugged me right from the start was the size of the frames in the lower half of the "Edit" tab of the UI. The default muscles have 5 basic controls but the frame only shows 2 and you need to scroll to get to the others, as you can see in this snapshot of part of the UI

cMuscleCreatorUI_before.jpg

I found this to be a major stumbling block as I tried to navigate my way around the various muscle cross-section curves and controls.

To make it easier I had to edit cMuscleCreatorUI.mel and now the same part of the UI looks like this

cMuscleCreatorUI_after.jpg

This makes it much easier to find things.

You can get my modified cMuscleCreatorUI.mel from the downloads page. It's not quite perfect though. I struggle a bit with the mel for formLayout. If you collapse one of the other tabs in the UI those fields will revert to their smaller size. To get them back again you have to close and reopen the UI. Oh well. Better than nothing.

Downloads it here.

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