With the emergence of the App store, I thought the ADN Plugin of the Month technology preview had run its course. So last month I was pleasantly surprised when Senior Manager of DevTech Americas, Stephen Preston, shared a new plugin with me for posting to the Autodesk Labs site. This month he provided me with another one for Maya:
This month's plug-in was written by Manager, Cyrille Fauvel, from the Autodesk Developer Network team. From the read me:
"This plug-in can be used in place of the Maya 'Expression' system. Maya's evaluation of 'Expressions' depends on the contents of the expression – sometimes you have to force evaluation - whereas, for a node, the Maya DG will always do it for you when needed. Debugging a Maya 'Expression' is not easy either (no tools are available), and requires a knowledge of MEL. Using the MathNode plug-in, you can use a Python debugger to debug the Node evaluation (see the Blog post for instructions on how to do that. In any case, it is always preferable to use self-contained nodes and connections over expressions whenever possible."
You can find all past plugins on the catalog page. The plugins provide functionality as supplied and also include the source code, so you too can consider developing your own plugins. If you like this plugin or have suggestions to make it better, please contact us at [email protected].
Math is alive in the lab.