So Ive spent a shocking amount of time today trying to import some NURBS curves from Maya 2015 into Maya 2008.

I started a project on my work machine and want to continue at home with my older version.  And of course, Maya is having none of it.  I exported & imported the curves in every damn format that suposedly supports them to no avail.  In desperation I tried Maya’s own .mb format knowing full well there is ZERO backward compatibility, and it didnt work.

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Then a highly cynical thought occured. Is the reason for the import error actually due to an unrectifiable technical problem? Or a pathetic attempt to force people to fork out another couple of grand for latest version. Frankly the newer versions rarely have useful new features and generally are just cosmetic changes like a tweaked UI. Hence why I’ve stuck with 2008.

So! I exported the file as Maya Ascii and opened it in notepad++. And there at the top was the version number… Could it be that easy? I changed the version date to 2008, tried an import AND… it worked………….

notepad

Success

success

Seriously, screw you autodesk.

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled

Plutarch

 

Chris on March 20, 2015 at 9:40 am

Photo of the slightly underwhelming eclipse 2015

Every life comes to an end when time demands it. Loss of life is to be mourned, but only if the life was wasted.

Spock

RIP Leonard Nimoy

Men and women range themselves into three classes or orders of intelligence; you can tell the lowest class by their habit of always talking about persons; the next by the fact that their habit is always to converse about things; the highest by their preference for the discussion of ideas.

Henry Thomas Buckle

 The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.

Fourth Doctor

I’ve just used dictation.io to dictate a 3000 word brochure to text in less than half an hour!

So that’s about 100 words per minute, faster than most professional typists I would guess…

The only issues were some difficulty with proper nouns and I think I overran the buffer once… Apart from that I’m very impressed!

dictation.Io

Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.

Mark Twain

Birdman 8/10

4 Stars

Excellent!

You’re doing this because you’re scared to death, like the rest of us, that you don’t matter. And you know what? You’re right. You don’t. It’s not important. You’re not important. Get used to it.

Keaton’s performance makes this film… A stunning portrayal of a damaged soul, haunted by his past. This is the definitive proof that Michael Keaton should have been the new Batman..

Chris on December 5, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Apparently the best in the world at processing 3D scans for print…

If you know what you’re looking for, it ain’t research

Albert Einstein… maybe… probably not… still good tho

Spongebob Squarepants

spongebobAnother speculative piece for ASDA 3D printing.