GS CurveTools v1.2 - Maya Plug-in. Curve Controlled Hair Cards, Pipes and more.

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GS CurveTools v1.2

New Major Update is here!

V1.2 New Features:


V1.1 New Features:

V1.0 Full Tutorial:


GS CurveTools is a powerful tool used to create and manipulate geometry cards and tubes (Curve Cards and Curve Tubes). GS CurveTools can be used in numerous workflows, from hair card creation, to creation of complex procedural braided cables and much more.

The main power of GS CurveTools is its ability to quickly create complex network of nodes, tailored for fast manipulation of geometry in a smooth and natural way.

One of the main focuses of GS CurveTools is Hair Cards workflow. Almost every game out there uses some form of hair cards to create complex and beautiful hair styles for its main characters. To be able to quickly create new hair cards, convert curves to hair cards and quickly change its parameters is very important part of GS CurveTools workflow.

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If you have any issues with the UVs in Maya 2020-2022, this is totally fine and fixable. 

Here's how to fix UVs: LINK

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Online Documentation

New Features v1.2: Blog Post

New Features v1.1: Blog Post

Quick Tutorial v1.0: Blog Post

Main Features of GS CurveTools:

  • Full support of High DPI resolutions (from 1080p to 4k+)
  • Fast creation of procedural geometry cards and tubes
  • Conversion of already existing curves to curve cards/tubes
  • Ability to quickly populate empty spaces between curves with new curve cards/tubes
  • Advanced control over geometry. Twist and change Width at any point on the curve!
  • Combine multiple cards and tubes and control them with one curve using Warp function.
  • Intuitive and fast controls for created curves
  • Powerful layer system for create curves/tubes
  • Fast selection and grouping of curves
  • Transfer of attributes and UVs between curve cards
  • Interactive rebuild of existing curves for additional complexity or vice versa, to simplify control.
  • Duplicate entire network of curves with one button
  • Randomize created curves to add realism
  • Smooth/Extend/Reduce created curves
  • Control multiple curves with Control Curve deformer
  • Custom window for all curve controls

INSTALLATION:

  1. Unpack gs_curvetools.zip and copy gs_curvetools folder to:
    • Windows: Documents/Maya/{Maya_Version}/scripts/

    • Mac: {Your_Mac_Name}/⁨Users⁩/{User_Name}/⁨Library/⁨Preferences⁩/⁨Autodesk⁩/⁨maya/{Maya_Version}/scripts/⁩

  2. Run Maya
  3. Copy and paste this command to Python Command Field (Switch from MEL by clicking on it) or to Script Editor (Python Tab):

import gs_curvetools.init as ct_init;from imp import reload;reload(ct_init);ct_init.Init();

IMPORTANT: There should be no spaces or tabs before this command!

      4. Run the code (Press Enter if using the Python Command Field or press on triangle if using Script Editor Window)

Installation with screenshots: LINK

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COMPATIBILITY:

  • Tested and supported: Maya 2017-2022 for Windows
  • In Beta: Maya 2017-2022 for Mac
  • Not tested and not supported: Linux and Maya LT

UPDATE INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Delete the old gs_curvetools folder and replace it with the new one.
  2. Repeat the installation steps.

UPDATE PRICE:

All future updates are free!

Release Notes

GS CurveTools PATCH v1.2.3

Recommended for all users

Improvements:

  • Added a warning message about Maya 2020-2022 UV bug with the link to the fix documentation.

Bugfixes:

  • Only for Maya 2020.4. Unbind fixed. New cards will have the fix built-in. Old cards must be fixed using Fix Maya 2020.4 Unbind Function from the Options Menu. 
  • Unbind Fixed for Extrude Cards/Tubes
  • Duplicate Progress Bar bug was fixed in all versions of Maya.
  • Fill function will no longer throw an error if user selected incompatible curves. Those curves will be ignored.
  • Progress bar on Fill function was fixed.

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GS CurveTools HOTFIX v1.2.2

ONLY for MAYA 2020.4 users!

Ignore this update if you had no issues with the plug-in.

Bugfixes:

  • New Warp Curves created in Maya 2020.4 will now behave like intended.
  • Maya 2020.4 Twist and Inverted Twist attribute fix added. To use the fix, run the command in Options -> Fix Maya 2020.4 Twist Attribute

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GS CurveTools HOTFIX v1.2.1

Ignore this update if you had no issues with the plug-in.

Bugfixes:

  • Maya 2017 and older 2018 updates (<2018.6) errors fixed

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GS CurveTools MAJOR UPDATE V1.2

NOTE: Although this version is backwards compatible with older projects, please finish your current projects in the old version before updating. To update delete the old folder and repeat the installation steps.

New Features:

  • Fully Reworked Main UI.

  • Fully Reworked Curve Control Window

  • Full support for Python 3 and Maya 2022 (also supports python 2 compatibility mode for 2022)

  • Bind and Unbind functions (former Warp function). You can now unbind already bound cards, change them, add new cards and bind back to the original curve.

  • Curve attributes retention. Curves will now remember their attributes even if you unbind them. Binding back will restore the previous attributes. Can be disabled in options.

  • New Fill function. This function works similar to Add Cards/Tubes, but also supports custom bound cards/geometr. All card types are now supported, including Bound cards.

  • New Subdivide function. This function will subdivide any selected Card/Tube and replace it with copies of itself based on the Add slider. Increase the density of your cards with ease!

  • New Card to Curve function. This function will try to replace any selected cards (one sided geometry) with curves based on their topology. Only one sided cards are supported at this moment. Tubes and other complex shapes will not work.

  • New Regroup by Layer function with color mode and custom naming support. Organize your scene in one click!

  • New Mirror function. Mirror or Flip your cards.

  • New Inverted Twist attribute. Twist the root of the curve (Fully compatible with normal Twist and Twist Graph)

  • New Profile Graph. Change the profile of the card along the length of the curve!

  • New H-Flip UV Attribute. Horizontally flip UV on any card!

  • New UV Editor Window. Interface for all your UV editing needs. No more sliders!:

    • Change UVs on any number of selected cards
    • Full support of Bound (old Warp) curves. Change UVs without unbinding.
    • Select, Move, Rotate, Scale multiple UVs
    • Draw UV rectangle to quickly change UVs
    • Horizontal or Vertical Flip of UV card
    • Selected UVs List.
    • Reset UV, Focus View, Isolate Select and Show All functions
    • Supports TGA, PNG and JPG(JPEG) texture maps. Other formats may be supported with minor updates.
  • New Import and Export Curves function in the Options menu. You can now safely export and import your curves to be stored as presets!

  • New Alt Mode for Layers. Hold Alt + Click to quickly show/hide layers.

  • User can now switch between 20, 30 and 40 Layers mode. Twice as many layers to work with.

  • Layers can now be used in Numeric Only Mode. A-J letters can be dynamically switched to 10-19 layer numbers.

  • New Custom Colors Window. Colorize your Layers, Save as global Preset, Load on any project, Apply Colors to Layers, Gradient and Randomize functions.

  • New Color Functions. You can now Sync your Layer Color to the Curve Color and sync your Layer Color to the Outliner (Regroup by Layer function will apply colors)

  • New dedicated Color Picker for Curve Color.

Improvements:

  • Renamed Warp Function to Bind.
  • Bind (old Warp) now has an option to Duplicate before Bind. This will leave the original cards behind and create a duplicate for Binding.
  • Bind will now duplicate original cards if Shift button is pressed with the Bind button.
  • Redundant UV attributes were removed (still available for old projects). Rotate Tip and Rotate Root attributes were deprecated.
  • Numerous rewrites and code improvements.
  • Warp Mode is now the default mode for curve creation.
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