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sandip patel
06 June 2007, 10:10 PM
Digital-Tutors Releases The Artist's Guide to MEL®

Latest training provides an artist-driven approach to learning and incorporating MEL for an array of creative uses.

For Immediate Release

Oklahoma City, OK - June 13, 2007 - Digital-Tutors, an Autodesk® Authorized Publisher, today announced the availability of 'The Artist's Guide to MEL' ( - the latest release in a growing library of interactive training for emerging digital artists using Maya 8.5, the award-winning 3D modeling, animation, effects and rendering solution used in feature films and next-generation games. ‘The Artist's Guide to MEL’ ( delivers 4 hours of project-based training and an artist-driven approach learning how to gain greater flexibility and automation in any workflow. Artists both new and experienced with MEL will learn time-saving scripting techniques and processes for automating workflows, creating custom user interfaces, and building custom tools for a multitude of practical uses.

"Leaving one's comfort zone is undoubtedly difficult, so we have taken an artist-friendly approach to explaining, teaching, and demonstrating MEL," said Sunder Iyer, director of R&D for Digital-Tutors. "Once artists learn how to extend their skill-sets and incorporate scripting languages such as MEL for automation and flexibility, they can truly focus on creativity and ultimately learning how to more effectively use their craft in any setting," added Iyer.

Highlights from ‘The Artist's Guide to MEL’ ( include: creating if/for loops, storing scripts as procedures, sourcing and executing, multi-line MEL scripts, opening external applications with MEL, building custom marking menus, variable naming conventions, understanding variable types, building an incremental save script, concatenate strings and integers, getting attributes into variables, using if statements, creating expressions with expression editor, creating ScriptNodes, accessing array contents, building user interfaces, building custom tools, using match and substitute strings, and additional lessons developed to teach artists creative uses for MEL.

About Digital-Tutors

Digital-Tutors is an internationally known innovator of interactive training whose client list includes thousands of students, professionals, Fortune 500 Companies, U.S. government agencies, schools and nonprofit associations from across the globe. Digital-Tutors develops award-winning training solutions for emerging digital artists using a unique teaching approach designed by university professors and industry professionals. Recognized as the largest resource for free online training, Digital-Tutors delivers intuitive project-driven training for artists of all levels. Learn more at (

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