A plug-in is an add-on module that extends Maya’s capabilities. File translators are plug-ins you use to import and export
various file formats. You can create or purchase specialty plug-ins to customize Maya for a specific job.
Some features that can be added through plug-ins are:
- File translators for new file formats.
- New tools, menu items, and MEL commands.
- New object types (nodes).
- Drivers for new devices.
To load or unload plug-ins
- Select Window > Settings/Preferences > Plug-in Manager.
- Do any of the following:
- Check the box next to a plug-in to load the plug-in.
- Check the box next to a plug-in to always load the plug-in when you start Maya.
- Click the icon next to a plug-in to view the window and find additional information about the plug-in, for example the version number and any MEL commands it adds to
You cannot load a plug-in for any version of Maya that predates the Maya version the plug-in was compiled for. For example,
you cannot use a plug-in compiled with the Maya 6 API in Maya 5. You can check the number in the window.
For more information on default plug-ins included with Maya, see List of plug-ins included with Maya.
Force Maya to unload a plug-in being used in the current scene
If you try to unload a plug-in that is providing functionality in the current scene (for example, the scene contains a node
type that is provided by the plug-in), Maya warns you and gives you the opportunity to force the removal of the plug-in.
If you select to force Maya to unload the plug-in, Maya converts any nodes in the scene provided by the plug-in to the “Unknown”
node type. Even if you reload the plug-in, the nodes remain Unknown.
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