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Old 10 October 2012   #1
Maya 2013 Extension Rant

Ok is it just me or others finding these issues?

Installed 2013 suite educational. Then I had to uninstall maya - ok.. but leaving behind folders and broken links because it doesn't uninstall cleanly - not cool.

Installed 2013 extension. Fire it up... 2012 splash screen for a 2013 package - On a computer that's never even seen 2012. Nice! Top QA there.

Imagine my surprise when I realised I need all new compiles of my plugins like vray.
This 2013 extension contains "service pack 2", which in turn is actually 2013.5. A completely new version of maya.

Sorry Autodesk. This is bollocks.

Anyway - A warning to those that haven't made the move yet. DONT get 2013 extension unless all the new compiles of your tools are available.



Rant over...
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Old 10 October 2012   #2
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Originally Posted by revilo3D
Imagine my surprise when I realised I need all new compiles of my plugins like vray.
This 2013 extension contains "service pack 2", which in turn is actually 2013.5. A completely new version of maya.


It was explicitly stated that the 2013 Extension was not binary compatible with 2013 for a number of reasons. While it's unfortunate and means a recompile of plug-ins for people it would also mean not being able to include certain features if we didn't rev the API.
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Old 10 October 2012   #3
Sorry Shawn I missed this then.

I don't see that stated on...
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servle...112&id=15500357

which leads me to go here:
http://subscription.autodesk.com/sp...774&id=20566462

and I even went here to "Read This First" before i install.
http://scfiles.autodesk.com/sc/file...a9dac583be0ae27

From here its a download and install.

Did I miss something?

If the API revision is for features - then is it the extension that versions it? Or would just a service pack 2 install do the same?
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Old 10 October 2012   #4
I agree that it's a bad idea to do this for .5 Extensions. I'm on subscription but can't use 2013.5 because I have a bunch of plug-ins, none of which are updated for .5
 
Old 10 October 2012   #5
At least with 2013 Extension being a separate install there's nothing to prevent you having both that and 2013.0 installed so you can use the older version on projects where you need plugins.

In another app I use plugins break pretty much every version (often due to API changes, not just that they need to be recompiled) so I guess I see it as part of life. I try to avoid plugins if I can though as it gets to be a nuisance chasing updates all the time.

Cheers,
Brian
 
Old 10 October 2012   #6
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Originally Posted by Horganovski
At least with 2013 Extension being a separate install there's nothing to prevent you having both that and 2013.0 installed so you can use the older version on projects where you need plugins.


Not really suitable solution for a "build" thats going to be rolled out to over 100 machines.

Does the non extension SP2 download keep Maya as 2013?
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Old 10 October 2012   #7
With respect, I'd imagine that in any studio where there are going to be 100 workstations updated the people responsible for that would do extensive testing to make sure it's not going to impact their pipeline first. From what I've read most studios are pretty slow to update for this reason, if it ain't broke...

Cheers,
brian
 
Old 10 October 2012   #8
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Originally Posted by Horganovski
From what I've read most studios are pretty slow to update for this reason, if it ain't broke...

Cheers,
brian


Yep. Still using 2011 at work.
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Old 10 October 2012   #9
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Does the non extension SP2 download keep Maya as 2013


Yes, same API as 'vanilla' 2013 I believe (plugin away).
 
Old 10 October 2012   #10
Haha I'm that person responsible for testing and im not in a studio, but an educational environment.

This machine is then for next year.

EDIT: Thanks Faux
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Old 10 October 2012   #11
Ok, so we're about to upgrade to 2013. We need all plugins to work properly. Does this mean that Maya 2012 SP1 is the version we should use?

Is SP2 the same as 2013.5?
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Old 10 October 2012   #12
2013 sp2 is a bug fix release and will use the same plugins as 2013 sp1 and 2013.

2013.5 is a new version and, like every other new version, needs all plugins to be recompiled. It includes roughly the same bug fixes as are included in sp2, but it also has extra features like directx11 viewport and scene assembly. (these are not in 2013 sp2)

You will need to remove earlier versions of 2013 to install 2013 sp2.

2013.5 is a complete new version so you can install it on the same machine as 2013. ie you can have both installed.

If you are upgrading from 2012 or earlier I would go straight to 2013 sp2. It seems pretty stable so far. You may as well get the latest bug fixes. As we've seen in the past, there is always the chance someone will find a show stopper bug tomorrow, but hey... life's like that too.

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Old 10 October 2012   #13
Thanks for the info David.

EDIT: nvm, found the info myself.
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Old 10 October 2012   #14
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Originally Posted by djx
As we've seen in the past, there is always the chance someone will find a show stopper bug tomorrow, but hey... life's like that too.

David


In life you also don't have a save, things don't always work the way you want, and you can expect different results for the same action. Are your expectations from a computer program as same as your life, or are they just from maya?
 
Old 10 October 2012   #15
but maya is my life

David
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