Easy Rigging Tool – My MEL Rigging Tool

Updated in 2016 Feb 10:

Hello Friends:

Sorry I did not update my Maya Tools long time. Today I come back to fix the broken links in all my old Maya Tool Blogs. I might find spare time to learn newer Maya and maybe update my tools if I think it is necessary, but I can not guarantee I have time soon.

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September 2, 2005 (published GoGoToTo.com on May 2008)

When I did my Demo Reel in the Seneca College, I found I had to rig characters again and again. For me, rigging is a boring works, and hard. I tried to find some rigging tool for my characters. I used Final rigging, advanced skeleton tool, but I found they were all too complex for my own characters, and, I found if I wanted use them, I had to spend more time to learn how to use them correctly. These were not what I wanted.

So, I thought, why I did not write my own Rigging tool so that I can use it and control it easily?

Then, Easy Riggint Tool was born.

My teachers Mr. Martin Mayer, my classmates and good friends Eric Stinnissen, and Martin Geiger gave me lots of helps and directions. Thanks them very much!

My teacher Mr. Mr. Sean Craig asked me published my Rigging tool about 1 month ago, but, I did not. The first reason is I had to test this tool by myself; the second reason is I was really busy for my Demo Reel works; and the third reason is : My computer crashed and crashed since I added some new hardware devices. I am trying to find what lead this big problem. but, no result by now

So sorry about that.

Anyway , today I can find a chance to publish it! I am happy.

Download here:
Download jsyeasyrigging10.mel

Let me provide some some descriptions for my Easy Rigging Tool:
1: I did most of rigging steps followed Alias’s book ” Learning Maya 5: Character Rigging and Animation”;
2: I added some new rigging options by my classmates’ help (Martin and Eric);
3: It is only used for biped characters by now. I will improve this tool later for all kind of characters (let me try )

If you have more questions, pls give me Email or ask Martin Geiger and Eric Stinnissen directly. I think they are more professional on rigging.

Here are usage guide:


Improving MJ Poly Tools (updated on June 18, 2005)

Updated in 2016 Feb 10:

Hello Friends:

Sorry I did not update my Maya Tools long time. Today I come back to fix the broken links in all my old Maya Tool Blogs. I might find spare time to learn newer Maya and maybe update my tools if I think it is necessary, but I can not guarantee I have time soon.

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This MEL plugin was created in 2005, June. I just move my weblog here.

(June 13, 2005:)
I like MJ Poly Tools. I think it is great. It is very useful when I do modeling.

One day I asked my MEL teacher Mr. Martin Mayer to give me some suggestions for my MEL studying. He told me I can design and make some custom selections tools, because MJ Poly Tools doesn’t has these functions. For example, it just can select entire ring or entire loop. Thanks Martin, I think it is a very good idea, and then, I can get more contents for my graduate Demo Reel.

I spent one completing weekend to do this. right now I finished. I sent a Email to the author of MJ Poly Tools to ask him give the new version of MJ Poly Tools a new name, I hope he can let me add my name to the menu title 🙂

There have been newer version out. please read the detail.

June 18th, 2005:
Today I finished to fix several bugs of my previous improvement version on MJ Poly Tools 1.3. I almost re-write all my code for these bugs.

The original creator of MJ Poly Tools replied me, I can published it freely. And I named the new version “MJPolyTools (JSY) 1.5“, ” (JSY)” is me.

Later I will find time to add my script into the OMT. But I can not find time recently, I have to do my assignments for my graduating Demo Reel for my studying and that my teachers assigned.

If you find the inverse functions can not work sometimes, that’s because some components of objects that Maya created (i.e the index number of Vertexes and edges are not on a regular order sometimes. if you check several index numbers on a sphere bottom including the bottom top vertex, you will find it). I can not find a way to resolve this problem now, and I don’t have more free time recently. But you can choose the “inverse ” option to resolve it sometimes.

Right now this condition can work:

Add I give more illustrations:

June 13, 2005:
I like MJ Poly Tools. I think it is great. It is very useful when I do modeling.

One day I asked my MEL teacher Mr. Martin Mayer to give me some suggestions for my MEL studying. He told me I can design and make some custom selections tools, because MJ Poly Tools doesn’t has these functions. For example, it just can select entire ring or entire loop. Thanks Martin, I think it is a very good idea, and then, I can get more contents for my graduate Demo Reel.

I spent one completing weekend to do this. right now I finished. I sent a Email to the author of MJ Poly Tools to ask him give the new version of MJ Poly Tools a new name, I hope he can let me add my name to the menu title 🙂

The following are some illustrations for the new functions I did based on MJ Poly Tools 1.3. And I passed the testing under Maya 6.0.1.

The menu items I added.

1. Single edge selected for Ring Selection with interval:


2. Ring select edges between two edges:


3. Two edges, inverse ring selection:


4. Multi Ring Selection:


5. Multi two edges Loop selection with interval:


6. Multi two edges Inverse loop selection:


7. Multi Objects multi selections:

I will publish the new tools later, right now I am waiting for the reply from the author of MJ Poly Tools, I asked him give this tools a new name. If you guy like those functions mentioned above, and you know my Email Address. Just Email to me. maybe I will send you this new version before I get the new name. If you are my classmate of Seneca College, sure you can get it , maybe tomorrow.

Download from here (If you feel it is helpful, You might like to click some Google advertises on this page. Thanks!):

MJ Poly Tools Plus By JSY

Please wait, my blog moved and moved, so I have to find a way to put my tools and let you guys download for free.


EasykeysTools (updated)


New feature:


One click to select all objects that you have keyed.

But for our talking ball assignment , don’t care the following condition, they are not the objects what you have keyed.


Hi! Guy!
What did you think after you finished your “LiftGuy” animation assignment?
You set many keys in your file, right? like me did it:

Then, How did you select some range keys of frames ? (for example if you wanted to select the keys from 655 to the end frame because I wanted all of them move backward to 20 frames) ?
And, later you found you had to them forward a little, or move another range keys to somewhere.
How did you do?
Yes, you can input MEL scripts to accomplish the above task.
But, You really want to input MEL commands again and again for this task?
No? OK, just use EasyKeysTool I wrote, it is very convenient to select a range keys. it is 1.0 version now, I will expand its functions in the future.

Usage:
1. Right mouse click following URL and select “Save target as” to save it under your any folder of PC, but after you save it you have to delete the extension of this file .jpg because I only can upload a file have .jpg or others image file extensions onto this webspace:
http://ok100.blogsome.com/uploads/ok100/easyKeysTool.mel.jpg

2. You just neet to source it one time through Script Editor, If you don’t want souce it again , you just check the “Add to Custom Shelf” and press “OK” when you use it on the first time.

The tool will be added into your “Custom” shelf in Maya, then you can click it to re-use later.

3. If you want to select a range between a specified frame to the end frame key, and you don’t know what number the end key frame is, nothing, you just input any number that bigger than the end frame.

A MEL tool for Maya – Shader Transparency Tools

A MEL tool for Maya – Shader Transparency Tools (I modified a little)

I modified it base on the tools that teacher provided. It can slide transparent object. The difference is mine can be minimized and maximized. It is more convinient when you modeling. Because the old one always display on the top screen, you have to move it frequently when you modeling if your screen is not wide enough. It can be placed in any folder.

After download, you must use Unzip tool (ie: winrar) to unzip it.

Download tp2_yjs