What's New in API in Maya 2016 Extension 1

The following changes apply to Maya 2016 Service Pack 3 and Maya 2016 Extension 1 + Service Pack 3.

API compatibility

Maya 2016 Extension 2 is not binary compatible with Maya 2016. To obtain the Maya 2016 and Maya 2016 Extension 1 API Guide, see http://www.autodesk.com/me-sdk-docs-2016.

C++ plug-ins that were compiled against Maya 2016 or Maya 2016 Extension 1, including Maya 2016 service pack releases, must be re-compiled against Maya 2016 Extension 2 in order to be recognized by this version of Maya.

In addition, plug-ins compiled against Maya 2016 Extension 2 will either not load or exhibit unpredictable behavior if loaded in Maya 2016, Maya 2016 Extension 1, or any Maya 2016 service pack release.

Maya Viewport 2.0 whitepaper

The Maya Viewport 2.0 whitepaper can be found at http://www.autodesk.com/developmaya.

This document is divided into two parts. The first (Viewport 2.0 API Porting Guide) is an overview of Viewport 2.0 and outlines the differences between the legacy default viewport and Viewport 2.0. The second part (Viewport 2.0 API Porting Guide Details) is more detailed and specifies the recommended interfaces and provides code examples for common tasks.

Maya animation performance whitepaper

The Improving Performance with Parallel Evaluation whitepaper can be found at http://www.autodesk.com/maya-docs.

Refer to this document for information on how to use the new Evaluation Manager feature to improve playback and manipulation of your animated scenes through scene-level graph analysis and parallelization. In addition, it provides information on the API extensions that your plug-in can implement to take advantage of these features, as well as guidelines on how to use the Profiler to evaluate performance in your scene.

Maya Developer Kit

The Developer Kit is available online at Autodesk Exchange at https://apps.exchange.autodesk.com/MAYA/en/Home/Index.

Hardware selection

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New class for curve attributes

Functions to display manipulator plane handles