comet poseDeformer for maya 2016

david | maya,plugins | Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Another maya version, another plugin update. When I updated the archive I noticed that it contains a version from 2005 that works in maya 5. I wonder if anybody in the world is still using maya 5. From what I can tell, people still use the poseDeformer though. For 10 years I've been able to recompile against each new maya version with minimal to zero changes to the source code. I'm not sure how much longer that will be true. With 2016 comes viewport 2 and parallel evaluation as new defaults. The poseReader cone does not display in viewport 2, and performance of the deformer may actually be worse in parallel evaluation mode than it was before (I may be jumping the gun on that last conclusion since I'm still in the early stages of testing, so let me know if your results prove otherwise).

You can grab the update from my downloads page. Its windows only so far. If anybody wants to send me builds for other os's I'll add them to the archive. Alternatively if anybody wants me to link to versions they are hosting, then I'll do that too.

fStretch plugin for maya now gnu gpl

david | maya,plugins | Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Matthieu Fiorilli from http://www.cgaddict.com has just released v2.0 of fStretch for Maya as "Donation Based" under a GNU General Public License.

"The idea behind the plug-in is to be able to drive blendShapes that are turned on
and off based on the tension and angle change that happens on a geometry.
These blendShapes are sculpted to adjust the deformations."

 

The plugin is nicely integrated into maya, comes with well written documentation and is multi-threaded.

Not only that, Matthieu has put together a series of videos showing usage examples, code explanations and "how-to" tutorials for compiling windows, osx and linux versions, making it an amazing resource for anybody interested in learning how to write C++ deformers for maya.

For the full story, head over to cgaddict.com.

My compilations for maya 2014, 2015 and 2016 (windows) are available on my downloads page.

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