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Maya: King of the cus­tom tool­box

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The na­ture of Maya is one that has meant many stu­dios, not just the big play­ers, have adapted it through sim­ple cus­tomi­sa­tion – from script­ing through to full-on butcher­ing – to make it do what they want, fit­ting it into their own pipe­lines. Some­times this has meant that Maya has be­come some­thing other than what was orig­i­nally de­liv­ered. This is no bad thing as it means that many of these cus­tomi­sa­tions are avail­able to the wider Maya com­mu­nity. How­ever, it’s im­por­tant to note that you will need to check com­pat­i­bil­ity with your ver­sion when us­ing a script or plu­gin. Don’t be put off by one cre­ated for an older ver­sion as of­ten these will still work. The flip side of this is that not every­body has joined the rush to have the lat­est ver­sion of Maya, so even if you are still us­ing Maya 2007 there will be plenty of lit­tle tools to help you on your cre­ative jour­ney.

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