This version supports Maya 2022 (Python 3) and features six new tools. The Animation Toolbox which was previously named General Animation Tools has had a major upgrade.
New hotkeys are included and many bug fixes and improvements.
— Major Tool upgrade —
Animation Toolbox (Previously General Animation Tools)
Python 3 – Maya 2022 Support:
Zoo Tools fully supports both Python 2 and Python 3 versions of Maya. The installation remains the same and Zoo Tools 2.5.0 will work all versions of Maya 2017-2022.
New Tool – Randomize Objects:
Randomize Objects randomizes object’s position, scale and rotation. It can also be used to randomize other attributes.
Tool Update – Animation Toolbox:
Animation Toolbox (Previously General Animation Tools) has had a major upgrade. New buttons have been added supporting miscellaneous animation functions. Use this tool as a hotkey-trainer for common animation functionality.
New Tool – Graph Editor Toolbox:
Find common Graph Editor tools in the Graph Editor Toolbox . Use this UI as a hotkey-trainer for learning handy functions related to Maya’s Graph Editor.
New Tool – Animation Toolbox:
Bake Animation is a compact UI that combines Maya’s two bake tools, Bake Channel and Bake Simulation into one easy to use UI. Adds animation layer support to Maya’s Bake Simulation functionality.
New Tool – Numeric Animation Retimer:
Numeric Retimer time-scales animation between a start and end frame with automatic ripple offsets. Settings can be scaled in Maya units or as percentages or frames per second matching offline editing programs.
New Tool – Randomize Keyframes:
Randomize Keyframes randomizes the values of keyframes and adds noise and random offsets to animation curves. Random noise can be baked and added to animation layers.
New Tool – Scale Keys From Center Values:
Scale Keys From Center Values will value-scale keyframes from the auto-center of each curve. This tool is useful for adjusting animation noise that is not at the zero of world or local space.
New Functions – ACES and Linear Color Management Switch:
New color management settings for Maya 2022 are found in the Rendering Icon Menu > ACES and Linear color options.
Use Set Linear/SRGB to return to the most popular color management style found in the earlier versions of Maya. This setting fixes colour space for all our tools.
Use Set ACES/SRGB to use the new style color management in Maya 2022.
New Function – Create ZBrush Grid Ref:
Match models to ZBrush’s hardcoded scale size. Very handy for sending objects to ZBrush with GoZ from Maya. Find this setting under the Modeling Shelf Icon > Create ZBrush Grid Ref.
Multiple hotkeys have been added in this release and we’ve adjusted many of the existing hotkeys. The default Zoo Hotkeys will now automatically upgrade while installing upgrades, but only if the hotkeys are already installed.
— New Hotkeys —
Snap Keys To Whole Frames: (shift alt o)
Set Key: (s) Defaults to Zoo Tool’s key selected channel box or none selected will key all attributes.
Euler Filter: (ctrl shift alt g)
Bake Keyframes: (shift alt b)
Show Infinity Graph Editor: (shift i)
Cycle Graph Editor: (alt o)
Remove Cycle Graph Editor: (ctrl alt o)
Set Range Slider Start: (ctrl shift alt ,)
Set Range Slider End: (ctrl shift alt .)
— Adjusted Hotkeys —
Paste: (ctrl v) Has been returned to the default Maya functionality.
Align Selection: (shift alt p) Moved hotkey assignment and upgraded code.
Open Tool Windows: (misc) Open the Zoo Hotkey Editor to find hotkeys for opening all windows, see Zoo Tl Tool Name
Page Update – Zoo2 Hotkeys:
The Hotkeys Page had been upgraded. Use Help Icon Menu > Maya Hotkey List to visit the new hotkey page.
Enhancement – Light UIs
The HDRI, Area and Directional Lightem> UIs now update with mouse-over; this sync UIs if you’ve changed settings inside of Maya outside of our UIs.
Enhancement – Zoo Preferences Window
The Zoo Preferences Window now defaults to the Theme Color Settings
Enhancement – Hotkeys
Hotkeys now automatically upgrade with new versions of Zoo Tools. User Hotkey overrides are left intact.
Bug Fix – Spline Rig
OSX Spline Rig issues have been fixed.
Bug Fix – Directional Light
Suffix naming issues in the Directional Light UI have been fixed.
Bug Fix – Shader Presets
Select Object From Shader button is now working correctly.
Bug Fix – Toolset Window Size
Toolsets now reset their size correctly while opening.
Bug Fix – Text Boxes
Text boxes now correctly visualize the blinking cursor, was broken on certain text boxes such as search.
Bug Fix – Zoo Renamer
The suffix/prefix combo boxes in Zoo Renamer are working again.