ATOM, which stands for Animation Transfer Object Model, is a new xml based import/export mechanism for transferring animations and attributes between Maya scenes. It provides a very flexible way of externalizing and transferring base animation, anim layers, driven keys, constraints, static values and more.
This is a continuation of last week's Attribute Editor Customization post. If you're interested in experimenting with the scripts and scene files that were shown in last weeks demonstration movies you can get them here.
There are some new features available in Maya 2013 that may change how you use the Attribute Editor. With Custom Attribute Editor Attribute Views, you can use template files to customize the Attribute Editor for specific tasks, projects or artist type.
At long last Maya BonusTools 2013 is out the door. Check out a couple of the new tools that are in this latest release.
Check out my new Maya 2013 webcast later this week. I'll be covering a bunch of new features in the context of creating animation for game characters.
Check out a quick demo of the new Heat Map Skinning method in Maya 2013. This new algorithm resolves many of the inherent problems that exist with the previous skinning methods and in many cases allows you to get murther further along in the skinning process with on simple click.
At GDC 2012 I demonstrated the latest incarnation of Project Skyline along with an internally developed game called Hyperspace Madness. You can see a recording of one my live demos here.
GDC 2012 is right around the corner. For this blog post I've put together a short overview movie of some of our current Gameware tools. But also be sure to check out some of the live demonstration that will be streamed on the Area during the week of GDC.
Looking for an artist-friendly way to learn more about Python in Maya? Check out this Master Class by David Lightbown.
Check out a quick demo of the Paint Geometry Tool which can be used to quickly populate a scene with objects. In this example I'll discuss placing trees on a terrain.