Small Annoying Things to fix in Maya forum

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  1. Ability to Disable 'Change Workspace' Hotkeys

    Certain hotkeys, default or custom, will at times trigger the workspaces to change, usually when the mouse has clicked somewhere particular. In my case, it's often B, where I've mapped the play button. However this tends to change the Workspace to the Bifrost setup, which disrupts everything. I'd like to be able to lock the workspace so it can't be changed with a keystroke, or an option to outright remove those hotkey shortcuts so I don't keep changing when I have just so happened to click the wrong segment of the window

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  2. Hide ortho camera in the outliner and any default stuff in any view

    Like the four cameras (prep,top..),lambert1...,defaultobjectset,intialstuff
    Also if show dag objects disabled, basically any object start with default

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  3. Sequence in shortcuts

    In each new version of Maya appear new tools with their respective menus and submenus, so many that you can no longer assign simple shortcuts
    My solution ... make shortcuts possible in sequence, something like has implemented sublimetext
    for example
    Ctrl + K, K delete from cursor to end of line

    Or zbrush to select brushes

    B, I, N inflate brush
    B, P, L planar brush

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  4. 2017 Save folder

    My maya2017 keeps saving my scene files to my sourceimages directory, even though i have my project set to the main directory.

    Im on 2017 update 3

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  5. Give warning when a Time Warp is active

    Animator A creates a time warp for some reason, saves the scene and goes off for holidays.
    Animator B keeps working on the scene and finds something is not working well. Takes long hours to find out the reason and it could be avoided if he had a warning message when opening the scene that a time warp is active.

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  6. decimal precision

    when very far from the origin, there are artifacts from decimal precision in the viewport, and likely other areas. (Things start to jitter like crazy) I suggest making a control to extend decimal precision with the warning and disclaimer that it would have an adverse impact on RAM and file size. It can save your project sometimes!

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  7. Camera far and near clip to all cameras at once

    I would like to have the ability to change the near and far clip of all cameras at once. Maybe you guys can add a checkbox applying to all cameras. It is anoying once you have to do several times a day and sometimes a week changing the near and far clip of all cameras over and over again.

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  8. Shortcut Hotkeys for Center Pivot and Freeze Transformations.

    Very useful shortcuts for them could be key combinations that can quickly be used after the Delete History command (Alt+Shift+D), like:

    Alt+Shift+(a letter key)

    The letter key can either be one close to the D key, or one that can intuitively be associated with the respective command, like C or P and F or T.

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  9. Remove the "Active stereo does not work with Aero enabled. Active stereo has been disabled"

    Just error when someone tries to switch to a stereo view. The average user doesn't need this functionality and doesn't need a warning every time Maya is started.

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  10. maya custom standard browse

    In settigns we should be able to change what browser to use. Right now my Maya 2017 uses IE regardless of what my standard browser is on the system.

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  11. Make acwebbrowser.exe go away!

    RAM gets filled with 6 copies of acwebbrowser.exe becoming a resource hog, eating CPU and RAM uselessly. Make acwebbrowser.exe go away! or at least so we can __completely switch it off__ in Preferences.

    "c:\Program Files\Common Files\Autodesk Shared\CLM\V3\MSVC11\cliccore\acwebbrowser.exe" And its pals.. in CLM\V4

    Verse1:
    Tell us how to inactivate acwebbrowser.exe,
    Because we want it Go Away..

    Chorus:
    acwebbrowser.exe, Go Away, Go Away,
    So we can never see you again..

    Verse2:
    Tell us how to inactivate acwebbrowser.exe,
    So we can have an undisturbed workflow..

    Chorus:
    acwebbrowser.exe, Go Away, Go Away,
    So we can never see you again..

    Sing it together..

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  12. crash and better save

    Man, Maya need urgent a better way to handle crashes and saves. I lost overtime my last moments just because this is not write correctly. Look to apple products, they don't need me to save, they save automatically. and if a crash occurs (and i can say occur a lot, LOT #$%#$%), they came back with all save. With Maya, even knowing i have auto save, incremental save each 10 minutes, i already lost more than that time. It's annoying. And fix this dam crashes! All! Make it stable. This is the most important thing, more important then keep putting…

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  13. Set Project location is remembered when a file is re-opened

    Currently the scope of the set project function is only within the current working session. Every time a file is opened - regardless of which location was chosen previously as it's working project - it is set to whatever was in use by the previous maya scene that was open in that session. Aside from rendering the function essentially useless, it creates a mess when rendering using scene tokens. unless you set the path explicitly the render will always into the project that was set when the file was saved... even if it hadn't been set in that working session.

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  14. Display border edges by default

    Display border edges by default on all polygon object by default, and with width of 3 which is more clear to view.

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  15. Prevent pivot orientation from changing on curves

    My curves pivot orientation keep on changing when I change the pivot orientation on my other curves. Don't know if I'm doing something wrong but I'm having a hard time tying to set up rig controls. Thank you

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  16. Options for the .mayaSwtaches folder

    Would it be possible to have some sort of options for what to do with the .mayaSwatches folder? Maybe just have a default directory where they all get saved, instead of creating a new one in nearly every folder that gets used for a project. Or have the option to not create the folder at all.

    8 votes
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  17. Protect history

    Provide us any way to protect the history of some nodes when we use Edit>Delete all by type>History.

    Specially when we have some kind of compex system, not only with deformers (I menction it for Edit>Delete all by type>Non-Deformer History option).

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  18. Default grey Lambert shader that is being auto applied to new objects. It would be nice to be able to set a different default material.

    It looks really ugly and rough, it would be nice to have an option to apply a different shader as a default.

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  19. Fix cameras when changing from Y-up to Z-up

    When switching between files created in a Y-up (default) to a Z-up (Game engines) coordinate system, the default cameras and zooming/framing behaviors get all screwed up. The current fix or workaround is to create a new scene and import the entire old scene, so you're using the new scene's default cameras. Maybe coordinate system settings should be saved within the .mb as well.

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  20. some animation friendly shortcuts to add

    put a keyboard shortcuts to (for the graph editor /channel box)
    -add keyframe to selected channel, (K)
    -to toggle lock/mute on channel(s) (L/M)

    (for the timeline)
    -Delete keyframes ( so as not to need to right click every time)

    Less clicking-->better life

    This is so as to not have to right click on the channel box a million times and look for a menu entry.
    Currently it's not easy to add that stuff if you are not a mel wizard.

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