Release Notes

Blue Pencil

Version History

v2.01a (April 23, 2015)

  • Maya 2016 support

v2.01 (April 21, 2014)

  • Maya 2015 support
  • Initial support for new VP2.0 API (Maya 2014+)
  • Added VP2.0 OpenGL drawing
  • Updated transform tools for VP2.0
  • Updated Windows build environment for Maya 2015
  • Updated OS X build environment for Maya 2015

v1.52 (May 26, 2013)

  • Added Transform Tool
  • Added Transform Tool context menu
  • Transform selected region (translate, rotate and scale)
  • Cut, copy and paste a selected region
  • Holding 'b' key while LMB dragging changes pencil/brush/eraser diameter
  • Added option to draw on previous key if key doesn't exist (when autokey disabled)
  • Added keyframe operations to Blue Pencil context menu
  • Restore cursor after context menu closes (OS X specific)
  • Improved help line display

v1.51 (March 28, 2013)

  • Added Layers
  • New Layer Types: Animation, Draw and Fill
  • Added Layer Manager
  • Added Preferences dialog
  • Added layer reordering
  • Added legacy 1.0x to 1.5 node converter
  • Added right-click context menu (viewport)
  • Added layer selection to viewport context menu
  • Removed draw button from Toolbox (activate draw context by clicking the tool)
  • Added right-click context menu to lightbox buttons on the Toolbox
  • Selecting a tool selects the active layer node (configurable)
  • Selecting a layer selects the active layer node (configurable)
  • New MEL commands for creating, querying and editing layers
  • Increased maximum canvas size
  • Added user configurable default layer settings
  • Cut, copy and paste keys between layers
  • Added layer visibility toggle

v1.05 (February 2, 2013)

  • Fix incorrect drawing when displaying a copy of the the Blue Pencil viewport
  • Performance improvements

v1.04 (September 22, 2012)

  • Added auto-key functionality
  • Lightbox color override for pre/post frames
  • Increased lightbox transparency
  • Added alternate site license method

v1.03 (August 14, 2012)

  • Performance updates
  • Linux version released
  • Added optionVar to move Blue Pencil menu to Animation menu set
  • Added optionVar to increase the maximum canvas size (unsupported)
  • Fix incorrect dialog positions on Maya 2011

v1.02 (July 12, 2012)

  • Added Color Palette command
  • Added Color Palette main menu item
  • Added Color Palette menu item to the Toolbox context menu
  • Added Blue Pencil Floating Viewport command
  • Added Floating Viewport main menu item
  • Delete All command removes floating viewport camera
  • Changed "Layer 1" to "Foreground" in main menu
  • Label change on Retiming Tool

v1.01 (June 25, 2012)

  • Initial Release

Known Limitations

  1. Maya 2011 Service Pack 1 is required due to a bug in earlier versions of Maya 2011.
  2. Blue Pencil icon is not displayed on the toolbar with Maya 2011
  3. On OS X, the cursor doesn’t always return to a crosshair in the viewport after interacting with different UI elements in Maya. Clicking on the viewport toolbar prior to drawing restores the cursor.
  4. In VP 2.0 on Maya 2016, draw orders do not match the legacy viewport. BP layers are displayed underneath geometry. The legacy viewport should be used.

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