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  1. See all menu on my 15 inch monitor

    I want be able to see all menu on my 15 inch monitor due to low resolution, I don’t like the hotbox very much

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  2. 4 votes
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  3. Set to default setting for each node

    I hope every note have a button to set to default setting. So once I messed up settings, I can be back. (Nuke kind have this feature, you can even undo every node)

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  4. I want a tool to easy control hair or fur with UVs

    The fur and hair are base on uv, it is very hard to control direction using brush.

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  5. Make Component Editor like Microsoft Excel

    I want to be able to
    - color texts and cells
    - sort rows
    - cut/copy/paste values
    - access to RMB menus
    to name a few.

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  6. Lose the Output Window

    I don't need another Window on my desktop - please re-route the message to a different log somewhere/

    48 votes
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  7. Maya should be able to take any resolution image to generate thumbnails, not just less than 2K.

    Maya don't auto-generate thumbnails for images higher than 2K, which sounds very 90s.

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  9. I'd like a proxy system that works easily.

    And lastly I'd like a proxy system that works easily. Vray makes this incredibly easy why does MR have to treat this like we are all TD's.

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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  texturing & materials  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Have photoreal trees/vegation presets

    It's good to have artistic toony trees and vegetation but it's also better to have photoreal trees/vegation presets, just check Alessandro Prodans work 5 years ago, isn't it a shame that from million of Maya users, we only have one descent example

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  12. Extend tool for open edges

    With the Extend tool you can work on the open edges of the object; those on the border of the surface that have only one polygon attached. Following are the different functions of the Extend tool:
    Normal Drag a border vertex to create a polygon.
    Shift Drag a border edge to create a polygon.
    Ctrl+Shift Drag an edge to extend the entire loop on which the edge resides.
    Ctrl+Alt Drag between two edges to create a polygon.
    Ctrl Click to delete a polygon and its isolated vertices.
    Ctrl+Shift+Alt Drag a vertex to move it around on the grid or surface

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  13. have profiler tool also record rendering and give us information

    It will be cool if Profiler can show us which element or shader in the render is talking more time.. then we can try to optimize it better..

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  14. Builds a quad ending to two parallel loops based on the vertex or edge selection

    Builds a quad ending to two parallel loops based on the vertex or edge selection

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  15. Builds a quad corner based on the vertex or edge selection to make an edge-loop turn

    Builds a quad corner based on the vertex or edge selection to make an edge-loop turn

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  16. Change the cursor mouse in mode drag selection tool to base cursor.

    Change the cursor mouse in mode drag selection tool in base maya cursor, that there were no differences between the modes dragSel & PickSel.

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  18. Better Lightning Effect

    The lightning effect hasn't change since the Alias days, would be nice if Autodesk could create a more realistic lightning effect with main lightning strands and secondary lightning strands,the ability to control thickness(for main and secondary),lenght(main and sec),curv resolution and also a more lightning look rather than a uniform deformation. Here is a good example but would be nice to go even further.
    https://vimeo.com/30047441

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  19. Soft Select Upgrades(center the falloff depending where the manipulator is)

    One major upgrade for Soft Select would be to affect only selected components and to center the falloff depending where the manipulator is. Look at Modo's Fall Off tool set, it's extremely powerful and can be applied by upgrading Maya's current Soft select tools.

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  20. Previewable 4:3 ratio while in 16:9 camera view

    It'd be nice to have the option to preview both 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios while in looking through a camera view. Currently Maya cameras only support one of these.

    Something like pro cameramen have: http://i.imgur.com/IV3qUaf.jpg

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