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  03 March 2013
Stop Staring 3 Shelf Mel Does Nothing

Hi there. I've recently purchased 3rd edition of Jason Osipa's "Stop Staring: Facial Modeling and Animation Done Right" and it's been a really good read.
Until that is when i tried to load the script file "ss3_controls.mel" included in the book to which nothing happened.
The command line clearly reads "ss3_controls;" so the script it self was properly loaded.

There's also a similar thread posted here by joel3d a few years back. He had the exact same problem but with the 2nd edition. The thread concludes with joel saying he found the SS2 shelf in the scripts folder. I don't know what he meant by that because there wasn't any scripts folder in the resource folders nor in the project folder.

I have no idea whether it's a problem in the script itself or some other steps i should be doing.
I assume that there are many others who have read this wonderful book and if so a simple guidance would be greatly appreciated.

P.S. The software is Maya 2012
  07 July 2013
Hi Zixess, im having the exact same problem than you, I was wondering if you found the solution and could finally get the ss3_shelf to do something
thanks! I'd appreciate your answer
  07 July 2013
Hey, PandaCG.
I've been recently fiddling with this problem and found a way for the shelf tool to start working, so here it is.

First, you need to put all the python file ( etc) in the proper directory because the MEL script needs to import these files in order to work.

To know which directory Maya references, execute the following python script in the script editor. Source:

import sys
import pprint

This will print a bunch of paths. The final path, which should be something like this

[Username]/Library/Preferences/Autodesk/maya/scripts (Mac)
[Username]/Documents/maya/scripts (Win)

is the directory we want to put the python files. I haven't tested this on windows so no guarantee.

Now, all you need to do is load the shelf_SS3.mel, execute, and then enter


in the command line and voila, all the tools will appear in their new shelves. If not, they might appear below the script editor for some reason. Happened to me anyway.

I've tested the "inv" and "top" tool and there seems to be some problems in the inverse blend weight procedure in the python file. I might look into it when i have more time.

Hope this helps.
  07 July 2013
Thanks! it finally loaded correctly, a little bit strange because all the icons appeared in the script editor but I just put them all in a shelf and they work perfectly.

Thank you Zixess
  07 July 2013
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