Small Annoying Things to fix in Maya forum

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  1. Please, Modernize the old MESH CLEANUP

    At this time, it will be convenient to have a more "visual" and more "user friendly" tool for dectecting and repairing topology and other non- manfiold troubles on our meshes. I think something like the "mesh checking" allowed by Maxon Cinema 4D will be great.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS-Ya5HcLdE

    Thanks.

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  2. Using orientation of live surface object, not default grid

    It would be nice to use object orientation (not default grid) when i make it live surface.
    For example, in 3ds Max, when I create a user grid, I can use his coordinate system.

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  3. Multi Cut Angle vs Percent Choice

    I would like seperate settings for Multi-cut for inserting edge loops and cutting, vs angle steps when holding shift. It's really annoying to set the snap to 25% or 50% when inserting edge loops, or placing cuts by clicking, but when trying to cut a straight line in top view I have to go and change the snap to 45% or 90%

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  4. Error with Ptex maps in Xgen

    When painting a region map, Xgen doesn't save the ptex file in the directory it says it does, so region maps essentially don't work. Well, they work half the time. If you paint a map manually in Mudbox and save as a Ptex file, then you can load it in Xgen. This is EXTREMELY annoying and causes lots of lost time...

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  5. Make polycount HUD display the actual number of verts like Unreal and Marmoset Toolbag.

    The Maya polycount HUD does not display the actual number of verts your model will be once it's imported into a game engine or any other real time rendering solution. This can be quite misleading when you import your 900 vert mesh from Maya into Unreal and it becomes 1400 verts. The reason for this appears to be the fact Maya does not take into account UV splits and hard/soft edges. In game engines these all add extra verts, please add an option, or another print out in the existing HUD which tells you the total number of verts like…

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  6. Quad Draw has slower performance when the low mesh gets heavier than 4k polys

    Retopology becomes a slower process in Maya when the mesh you are working with gets denser while you retopo. Whenever i go over 2-3 k polys the tool becomes visibly laggy. It's processing too many points on live mesh i guess. That live mesh algorithm might be too old and unoptimized and it's slowly killing Quad draw. I have Maya 2017 U4 and a powerfull machine. Yet, whenever i work on an object lower than 2 k polys the tool, works faster. In the same scene obj with more than 4k polys are slowing oen the Qdraw tool. We have…

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  7. transfer vertex normals on selected vertices does not work

    using the Transfer Attributes to transfer vertex normals on just some selected components does not work or does not behave as expected. We need to be able to copy vertex normals between meshes on neck seams for example. I need to copy the normals to be identical only on the seam vertices. Transfer Attributes vertex normals works only on entire meshes right now in Maya 2017 U3 and probably the same in 2018. Please make this work simple and great or make a new tool for copying vertex normals between selected components like this one: https://vimeo.com/126980056

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  8. baking custom pivot to object pivot for heavy meshes (40k+) takes forever

    Please optimize the baking pivot command. It is very important and it should be integrated in the tool settings menu and marking menu for easy access. It take for ever to bake pivot on high poly meshes. Say you want to orient the pivot on a 40k+ poly mesh, to snap to a face. You want that pivot to be the inherited object pivot from now on so you need to bake it down. The baking command take minutes to process. That is not acceptable. Please optimize that command for heavy meshes. Thanks.

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  9. Fix Bridge behavior for negatively scaled meshes

    When using bridge on a mesh with a negative scale, the result is flipped and cannot be fixed with adjusting the direction parameters.
    The attached screenshot shows the same mesh and Bridge settings on a mesh with frozen transforms (left) and one negatively scaled on the X axis (right).
    This only happens when using the "Blend" curve type, "Linear" works just fine!

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  10. Shift extrude scale does not uniformly extrude the face.

    The new shift extrude is great, but when using it on the scale tool it produces unwanted results. See image attached, when extruding non-symmetrical faces such as a rectangle, the extruded face is not symmetrical so you have to go back to the old extrude method and use the offset slider to get the result you want. Please make the shift extrude tool always scale like the extrude offset tool does.

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  11. Multi_Cut_Improvement

    Multi_Cut (Delete Faces) Option DO NOT WORKING BY SYMMETRY

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  12. Undo smooth mesh destroys UV's

    In Maya 2018 undoing a smooth mesh will destroy the uv's for that mesh. No amount of undo will return it back to normal.

    Operation:
    Select object
    Mesh > Smooth
    Undo

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  13. Extrude_Improvement

    Shift + Scale Extrude Face, + (Undo) Shift + Scale Extrude Face Created Bad Geometry

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  14. Fix new Crease Set Editor issues

    While most of the old issues with creases being lost when doing certain operations have bee addressed in 2016 Update 2, there are new issues with the new system:
    1. The new Crease Set Editor has debug output that cannot be turned off which decreases the performance when working with creases. Please add the option to disable this debug output.
    2. Sometimes the logic that keeps the crease sets between operations will not work unless the Crease Set Editor is open! Which of course forces debug output in the Script Editor which reduces overall performance.

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  15. Merge vertices - specify resulting normals

    When merging vertices it would be great if I could choose for the resulting vertex normals to be split or average.

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  16. 14 votes
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  17. RMB marking menu freezes Maya 2017

    Trying to switch to components via RMB marking menu freezes Maya randomly or once in a while . This never happened before in the other versions of Maya. I have updated to latest Nvidia driver and still the same problem. This is a major blocking . Please address this very annoying Viewport 2/ RMB marking menu bug.Thanks.

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    UPDATE 1***
    Thanks to help from one of the voters, DavidDeacon, the culprit has been identified: Navigate Graph in Bonus Tools 2017. This is a bonus tool that activates itself by default on installing the set of bonus tools, and by removing it, this particular memory leak issue disappears. So the good news is that you can still use Bonus Tools 2017 – you should just disable “Navigate Graph” (buildTraversalMM) watch this video to find out how to do so: .https://youtu.be/z71NeX03lOY?t=294

    We’re continuing to investigate this on our end, but I thought I’d share David’s discovery with the rest of you.


    ORIGINAL REPLY***
    Thanks for bringing this up and for those who voted it up.

    We’re seeing reports of this, but we still haven’t been able to reproduce the issue on our end. And so without being able to reproduce the issue, we can’t identify what’s wrong and more…

  18. Return the plane cut tool

    The plane cut tool was very handy on cutting polys from the ortho views.

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  19. 2 votes
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  20. Remember Caddies last settings

    Every time modelling, the caddies dont remember the last settings, so for example, I'm doing bridge and I every time I have to reduce the number of edges to 1.
    I can use the shortcut G but I dont just do the same operation over and over, I would like them to remember last settings, and also have a reset settings buttons

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