toggle hypershade thumbnail updates maya 2012

david | dj mod,mel script | Friday, May 20th, 2011

A while back I did a mod for the hypershade window to add a button for toggling the updating of the thumbnails. Turning off updates can improve performance when you are modifying complex shader networks. I've just added a version for maya 2012. The hyperShadePanel.rar on the downloads page now contains 2 new hyperShadePanel.mel versions - for 2011 & 2012 mel script (put the one you need in your local scripts folder) and 2 new bitmaps in the png format (put both of these in your local icons folder).


update: added 2011 version to the rar file, as well as fixing a small autodesk created bug in the 2012 version where the width of the create tab always took up half the window when first opened (bug fix thanks to Ingo Clemens). If you downloaded in the last last 24 hours you may want to get this update.

update 2: Added improved thumbnailUpdatesGreyed.png icon for the button disabled state - created by Mike Smith-Kennard (thanks MSK)

update: added 2013 version



  1. YES, Thank-you SO much for this and all the wicked scripts!


    Comment by MSK — May 20, 2011 @ 1:13 am

  2. Thanks for the update David. It was very needed here.

    I commented on another page as well.

    Comment by sundevildave — May 21, 2011 @ 9:10 am

  3. nice update david, thank you for sharing.
    I just want to ask if it's possible to remove the warning message in show bar:
    // Warning: thumbnail updates have been disabled //
    // Warning: thumbnail updates have been enabled //

    Comment by rachid — May 24, 2011 @ 1:33 am

  4. Sure. Open the script in a text editor and search for "thumbnail updates have been". (Don't include disabled or enabled in the search). Then just comment out that line by adding //

    If you want, you could change "warning" to "print" and you will not get the yellow flash!

    Comment by david — May 24, 2011 @ 9:27 am

  5. Interesting without the yellow flash. Thanks for the type david

    Comment by rachid — May 25, 2011 @ 7:14 am

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