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  1. Free up the Nodes !

    Why doesn't Maya free up various features that are tied to specific modules ( n cloth, xgen, Mash ) and have them as free-floating tools that can be plugged into other workflows that they weren't traditionally designed for?

    I was watching the wonderful tutorial series by Drayl Obert [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isZkn-XlYh4] and this video reminded me of one of my pet peeves with Maya.

    Over the years many plugins have been bought and bolted onto the Maya platform and often these plugins have a workflow that isn’t consistent with the rest of the app. The really cool MASH plugin adds…

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  2. better "quick select set" manage in Outliner.

    When some faces (or vertex and edge) are set to "Quick Select Set," I want this "Quick Select Set" appear under the Shape node, making it easier to manage and more reasonable. When you delete a model, it's "Quick Select Set" is also automatically deleted.

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  3. Add shelves to maya modules

    It will be nice if a "shelves" folder created in a maya module can be automatically added to the MAYA_SHELF_PATH, or at least have the ability to set the variable within a ".mod" file instead of using env var.

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  4. Content Browser needs following context menus

    - Open Asset (which will open the file containting the asset)
    - Open Asset in new instance of Maya (so that we can work on the asset, save it and then reload the reference in the main scene)
    - Show Asset in OS explorer

    Also, when importing the asset to the scene with the CB, it should be selected so that we can drag and drop into the scene rather than trying to find it once imported.

    5 votes
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  5. Shape Editor should have a "New target from current values" (duplicate and merge)

    It would be helpful if the blendshape node had a new option "New Target from current" which evaluated the current total output for the blendshape and made a new target with those values.

    Why?

    When creating face morphs it is useful to create a set of base shapes and apply them in various amounts for the mouth shapes. In order to "bake" these shapes a set of duplicate and merge operations must be made with the dumber of duplicates matching the number of targets you use. This take a long time.

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  6. XGen feathers and scales

    I'm happy now with the new XGen interactive grooming but here's an idea to improve upon. How about focusing on creating feathers and scales within XGen.

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  7. Skip existing frames

    All type of render should have the “Skip existing frames” option as the Maya default render have.

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  8. animation layer editor layer grouping

    It recently happened to me that my animation layer count increased. When there are more than some some layers, some type of organisation is necessary. I would suggest a functionality where layers which belong to the same logic group can be added together and hidden under some sort of animation layer group node. Moreover, its currently not possible to make animation layers of referenced files be a child of another layer. This should be fixed, too.

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  9. Add spanish language pack

    Add spanish language pack localization,
    Currently these are the ones you have: English, 日本語, 简体中文

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  10. Improve the UI for the layered Texture node

    Currently the layered texture UI is clunky and its not intuitive when moving layers around and you can quite easily create new layers by accident. It would be nice to get this refined more, maybe have the layers vertical instead of horizontal, layer renaming etc.

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  11. Get Rid of Paint Effects

    Paint Effects is a useless tool, great for wowing people in demos but essentially useless for any sort of real production. Just take it back behind the barn and shoot it!

    Replace it with an L-System generator with a bunch of presets.

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  12. Allow independant aspect ratios etc for multiple cameras in same scene.

    It would be great if you could have multiple cameras in one scene with the option to have different aspect ratio's/ render resolutions etc.

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  13. Volumetric skin painting/smoothing

    An option to have Volumetric skin painting/smoothing would be extremely helpful as skins are getting more complex all the time. Soft Selection already has similar Falloff modes which you can toggle.

    And if we could also have an option to paint/smooth skin weights across multiple skin objects, the volumetric feature would be even sweeter.

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  14. Hobbyist pricing for Maya, and other products.

    If you're a student, you get Maya free for three years. After that, there is a considerable jump in price - thousands of dollars.

    I'd like to see low cost options for those who don't make any money with Maya, with increments for those who do, based on the amount of money they make with it. The game engine Unity3D works this way. It's free until you make $100k per year. Unreal charges 5% of your income, but only if you make a certain amount.

    A sliding scale for Maya would allow students to continue to use the product long…

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  15. Interactive Bevels in Maya

    Having interactive bevels on selection like this video shows it's possible with the addition of some Soup nodes, would be a major improvement to Maya modeling workflow. Being able to add and subtract bevels on selected edges on the fly , would make for a 10 stars addition to Maya's modeling toolset. Please consider this!
    https://vimeo.com/146695098

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  16. Ncloth using patterns

    I like ncloth and the only problems i have with it is that it's slow, it isn't as interactive as Marvelous Designer and doesn't have tools for creating patterns like MD, i know it's easier to model clothes directly but by creating patterns and sewing them ( like how the old cloth system worked in Maya in the old days) will give you nice wrinkles in default bind poses. Can you guys bring back the option of creating patterns ( other example are Qualoth and jc.clothes 2), MD is great but it's lacking features that Nucleus has and vice versa…

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  17. Camera Improvements, height, tilt, overlay info, frustrum, metadata, etc

    Was working on previz for a real world project and found maya cameras to be really unfriendly.

    I suggest the following improvements:

    1. Camera tilt - angle to horizon, no matter what the rotate x,y,z are.
    2. Camera height - set whatever ground plane and get realtime height.
    3. Change lens and have the "Camera Aperture" update to keep the same framing.
    4. Change "Camera Aperture" and update the lens to keep the same framing.
    5. Link/Unlink the "camera aperture" to lens.
    6. Rename "camera aperture" to sensor size?
    7. Have a customizable UI overlay for viewport which can be…

    10 votes
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  18. a unifying TAG system

    allow us to tag any object or material or node of any kind and view the outliner, node editor, hypershade , layer editor based on those tags and hide anything not in the selected tags. make life more manageable

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  19. Support Extension BVH

    Support Motion File (BVH)

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  20. Deformer like curvyEdges Script

    http://polycount.com/discussion/131990/curvyedges-maya-script

    Would be super useful. The Maya Wrap deformer can't even hold a candle to this.

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