Charcoal Editor 2

Maya Scripting Evolved

Today I'm pleased to annouce the initial release of Charcoal Editor 2.

Redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up to take advantage of the latest changes in Maya, while maintaining all of the features that made the original a success, Charcoal Editor 2 is a feature rich script editor replacement that offers a modern user experience.

For full details, and to give it a try, visit the Charcoal Editor 2 main page.

Blue Pencil 2

Advanced Grease Pencil for Maya

Today I'm pleased to announce that Blue Pencil 2 is now available.

Blue Pencil 2 is the successor to the popular Blue Pencil for Maya plug-in, originally released for Maya 2011 and 2012. There have been many significant changes to Maya since then, most notably Viewport 2.0, and Blue Pencil 2 has been redesigned and developed from the ground up to fully support these changes.

While maintaining all of the functionality that made the original a success, Blue Pencil 2 includes a wide range of new features including an extended toolset (text, line, arrow and more), layer states and timeline frame markers. Other notable enhancements include support for VP2.0 (OpenGL and DirectX 11) and Maya's 2D pan and zoom.

For full details, and to give it a try, visit the Blue Pencil 2 main page.

Keyframe MP v2 Beta (macOS)

Available Now

A public beta of Keyframe MP v2 is now available for Mac users.

Keyframe MP v2 is a complete update to the orignial media player. It is built using the same engine that powers Keyframe Pro and includes some major enhancements under the hood resulting in a smooth and seamless user experience.

Among the changes are the inclusion of an (optional) hardware renderer and user configurable hotkeys, both of which can be configured through the preferences. An updated decoding engine makes it possible to smoothly play most media files backwards and uncached seek times have been significantly optimized. The user interface has received a makeover and the original Maya sync script has been rewritten (it is now known as "Maya To Keyframe MP") to support the new client API. Updated instructions for setting up Maya to Keyframe MP can be found in the online documention.

To download the latest beta build for macOS and the Maya to Keyframe MP v2 script, visit the Keyframe MP main page.