Friday, October 8, 2010

Bonus Tools with Maya 2011 Subscription Pack

Autodesk has recently released Subscription Packs to a few of their softwares, including Maya, Softimage and Mudbox.

If you're a Maya user, and have the Bonus Tools in previous versions, you might have noticed that they don't load smoothly into the Subscription Pack Maya version.

To remedy this, follow the following steps:

(Assuming that you installed the Bonus Tools here --> C:\Program Files\Autodesk\MayaBonusTools2011)

  1. Go to  your new Maya Subscription Pack installation folder and create a new folder called "modules". It's usually found in C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Maya 2011 Subscription Pack".
  2. Open Notepad - or any basic text editor - and add the following line (including the + sign): 
    + MayaBonusTools2011 1 C:\Program Files\Autodesk\MayaBonusTools2011\
  3. Save the text file as "MayaBonusTools2011.txt" (minus quotation marks).
  4. The bonus tools should be loaded in Maya 2011 Subscription Pack next time you open them. If not, edit your userSetup.mel file to include the command "bonusToolsMenu;" (minus quotation marks)
That should fix it.