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12 December 2010, 12:06 PM
Hello everyone!

I'm new to Maya API and I'd be thankful for some piece of advice.

I used to script using MEL and in further work it appears that I'll need more complex custom window with my own UI elements.

I have started to get to know with Maya API specification and OpenGL and as far, as I understood:

-In maya API I can only create windows and UI elements using MEL commands or Qt libraries

My questions is:

Do I really need to buy Qt commercial license (plugin will be used by a company in which I work) or is there another way to go with my problem?

I have created simple window by executing MEL commands in code:

#include <maya/MSimple.h>
#include <maya/MGlobal.h>
DeclareSimpleCommand( ApiWindow, "", "2011");
MStatus ApiWindow::doIt( const MArgList& args )
MString okienko("window");
MString rezultat;

MGlobal::executeCommand(("showWindow "+rezultat),true,false);

MStatus stat = MS::kSuccess;
setResult( "ApiWindow command executed!\n" );
return stat;

So, is it possible to achieve the same thing without MEL and Qt?

greets Szymon K.

12 December 2010, 12:10 PM
When you write a plug-in you can use whatever you like. For example if you use C++ on windows, you can use glut, winapi, mfc, even the open source QT for opening windows or do whatever is on your mind. Basically you are not limited only to maya environment.

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