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dragAttrContext( [name] , [connectTo=name], [exists=boolean], [history=boolean], [image1=string], [image2=string], [image3=string], [name=string], [reset=boolean])

Note: Strings representing object names and arguments must be separated by commas. This is not depicted in the synopsis.

dragAttrContext is undoable, queryable, and editable.

The dragAttrContext allows a user to manipulate the attributes of an object by using a virtual slider within the viewport. The virtual slider is used by dragging in a viewport with the middle mouse button. The speed at which the attributes are changed can be controlled by holding down the Ctrl key to slow it down and the Shift key to speed it up.

Return value

stringThe name of the context created

In query mode, return type is based on queried flag.


connectTo, exists, history, image1, image2, image3, name, reset
Long name (short name) Argument types Properties
exists(ex) boolean create
Returns true or false depending upon whether the specified object exists. Other flags are ignored.
image1(i1) string createqueryedit
image2(i2) string createqueryedit
image3(i3) string createqueryedit
Contexts support up to three icons that represent the tool associated with the context.
history(ch) boolean create
If this is a tool command, turn the construction history on for the tool in question.
name(n) string create
If this is a tool command, name the tool appropriately.
connectTo(ct) name createqueryeditmultiuse
Specifies an attribute to which to connect the context. This is a multi-use flag, but all attributes used must be from one object.
reset(r) boolean createedit
Resets the list of attributes to which the context is connected.

Flag can appear in Create mode of command Flag can appear in Edit mode of command
Flag can appear in Query mode of command Flag can have multiple arguments, passed either as a tuple or a list.

Python examples

import maya.cmds as cmds

cmds.polyPlane( w=10, h=10, sx=3, sy=3, ax=(0, 1, 0), tx=1, ch=1 )

cmds.dragAttrContext( 'myDragAttrContext' )

# Example 1: Move along X direction and rotate around X at the same time.
cmds.dragAttrContext( 'myDragAttrContext', edit=True, connectTo=('pPlane1.translateX', 'pPlane1.rotateX') )
cmds.setToolTo( 'myDragAttrContext' )

# Example 2: Extrude a face and then modify the distance that it is extruded by.
cmds.polyExtrudeFacet( 'pPlane1.f[0]', ch=1, kft=0, pvx=-1.633333373, pvy=-1.111623654, pvz=3.142515589, tx=0, ty=0, tz=0, rx=0, ry=0, rz=0, sx=1, sy=1, sz=1, ran=0, divisions=1, twist=0, taper=1, off=0, ltz=0, ws=0, ltx=0, lty=0, lrx=0, lry=0, lrz=0, lsx=1, lsy=1, lsz=1, ldx=1, ldy=0, ldz=0, w=0, gx=0, gy=-1, gz=0, att=0, mx=0, my=0, mz=0, sma=30 )
cmds.dragAttrContext( 'myDragAttrContext', edit=True, connectTo='polyExtrudeFace1.localTranslateZ' )
cmds.setToolTo( 'myDragAttrContext' )

# Example 3: Do a wedge face and modify both the number of divisions and the
# angle at the same time.
cmds.polyWedgeFace( 'pPlane1.f[0]', 'pPlane1.e[30]', ws=1, wedgeAngle=90, divisions=4, ed=30, ch=1 )
cmds.dragAttrContext( 'myDragAttrContext', edit=True, connectTo=('polyWedgeFace1.wedgeAngle', 'polyWedgeFace1.divisions') )
cmds.setToolTo( 'myDragAttrContext' )