Wednesday, September 28

Wallpapers getting lost in OSX 10.7.1 Lion - Fixed!

Wednesday, September 28 0
So it would seem that OSX Lion has a minor bug while recursing directories looking for wallpaper.

After boot you find that the wallpaper is gone from your desktop!

The suggested workaround for now is to put a wallpaper directory (or whatever you want to call it) directly in your user folder.

Here is snippet you can use if you want to.

Open the (its defaulted in Applications/Utilities)

then type the following:

mkdir ~/wallpaper

The ~ tells terminal that you want it created in your user directory.

Now in finder you will find a wallpapers directory in your user folder.

Put your wallpapers in the root of this directory and it should fix your issues.

Hopefully this gets hot fixed in the next release.

Friday, September 2

iPad painting

Friday, September 2 0
Just trying to learn to paint with Artrage for iPad. Still lots to learn.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Location:Vassar, mi

Wednesday, July 27

Install Maya on OSX Lion!

Wednesday, July 27 3
Hey everyone, long time no speak!

To install Maya on OSX Lion you do the following:

- Open a terminal window

- Browse to your maya installer (in my case cd /Volumes/Maya)

- Type sudo open "Install Maya"/ (including the / at the end)

- Lion will authenticate the installer with your password credentials

- Installer will begin!

I had an error with direct connect 6, but otherwise it installed. I will update if I find any issues with Lion.

Thursday, June 3

Not Dead

Thursday, June 3 0
Hey world,

I know its been a very long time since I have posted. With the birth of my second child, Ben, things have been very busy. But I hope to get back on the blog horse and share some things with you all.

Stay tuned!


Tuesday, November 10

Converting a file path from Python to MEL

Tuesday, November 10 1
I was working with a user who wanted to define a global MEL variable from Python for things like persistent file paths in UI elements.

The key is to convert the Python friendly c:/ into the MEL friendly c:\\.

Here is the code I use:

#Import the MEL library
import maya.mel as m

#Define your filepath (this is often the result of a fileBrowserWindow)

#Replace the forward slash with FOUR backslashes (the eval will ignore every other one)
a=a.replace('/', '\\\\')

#This is optional but I like to build my command first

#Note the placement of the double quotes, this is important.
cmd='print "' + str(a) + '"'

#Call your cmd string and see the result

Friday, October 23

Using Python to determine if a file reference is currently loaded.

Friday, October 23 0
So tonight's menu consisted of trying to figure out how to parse if a file has been loaded as a reference for my new scene configuration tool inside Maya 2008 with Python.

A couple of things I found out that may be of use for someone out there.

*Note: I apologize but I am still getting used to the blog composer. Make sure you pay attention to the indents I have included below.

To get a list of all files referenced in a scene:
---------------Code Begin------------------------

#Do your imports!
import maya.cmds as c

#Returns a list of all referenced files in the scene
references=c.file(list=1, q=1)

#now references is a python list of all the full file paths
print references

#Parse through the file list
for reference in references:

#dr is "deferred" as in "not loaded"
#so if the command returns True then
#the file is currently unloaded
if c.file(reference, dr=1, q=1):
print reference + " is currently unloaded!"
print reference + " is currently loaded!"

------------------End Code-------------------

So using this methodology you can easily test for the status of all the references in your scene.


Thursday, October 22

Storyboard template

Thursday, October 22 0
Today I finally found some refreshing creative inspiration. Now I need a storyboard template!

I decided to put some time into one, I thought I would share it with the community.

Of course I began my search on google images as usual for production storyboard templates to use in Sketchbook pro. I didn't like many of them due to lack of details for production logging that I was raised to respect.

In Illustrator I put together the following:

  • At the top you can name your production
  • Above each frame you can log Scene# Shot# and Duration
  • Notice the polygons on each side of the frame. If you draw a line through these (horizontally) you will change the frame aspect from 1:85 to 2:35 depending on your destination format for your project. Thanks to J.R. Hudson for this idea.
  • Below the frames is for notes
  • On the bottom of the page there is space for general notes
  • In the footer there are spots for your name and page count.
 Download from my account in the following formats: jpg(72 or 300dpi), AI, or PDF.