Using Autodesk Maya? Here’s How You Can Improve Productivity & Focus On Creativity

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Autodesk Maya is an industry-leading 3D animation software popularly used for rendering high-quality 3D cinematic animations in films, animated films, video games, and television programs. It has a whole set of digital drawing papers, colorful brushes, different sized pencils and erasers.

The history of Maya dates back to 1998 when it was originally designed by an independent software engineer, Alias Wavefront. It was in the year 2005 that Autodesk acquired this software and rebranded it as Autodesk Maya.

Maya is notedly used in some of the most popular computer games Halo, Call Of Duty, and award winning international films Rango, Hugo and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Most of the creative content, television ads, character animations, 3D and 2D effects that we watch in films are produced using Maya. Many realistic environment elements in the video games such as trees, roads, rocks are built using Maya.

The powerful toolkits in Maya simplify the entire procedure of drafting complex creative animation scripts which are far more difficult to produce by hand. This saves your time, energy and increases the efficiency.

Regularly Track Down Duplicates To Save Time & Increase Productivity

It’s common to accumulate duplicate files when you copy something from your USB stick or digital camera. It is possible to download the same file over and again from the Internet. This is why you would see a lot of files with (2), (3) prefix at the end.

If your files are disorganized, it may increase the risk of working on the same project over and again. You will soon start seeing too many files with same name but different location. This will make it difficult to find the right file and affect your productivity.

It is therefore important to regularly search for unwanted versions of original Autodesk Maya projects. This will free up your storage space and make it easy to manage a large chunk of information.

Fortunately, there are ways to tackle the problem of duplication. Clone Files Checker is a small yet powerful duplicate file identification utility from one of the most reputed software developers, Sorcim Technologies.

It uses the widely popular and accurate scan algorithm MD5 hash to compare your files. The files are grouped together by their common hash, making it easy for you to review them and take an action.

Clone Files Checker allows you to customize the scan by applying directory filters, file type filters, and file size filters to eliminate any unwanted entries. For example: If you have too many large files located in one directory which could increase the scan time, you may add these directories to the Excluded List.

Similarly, if you have individual file types (images, videos, music, archives and documents) in mind that you would rather not want to scan at this time, you may simply untick those checkboxes. The File Size Filters allow you to specify minimum and maximum range to get results of your choice. That is to say, you have full control over the entire scan procedure, and you may even decide not to delete/ move any duplicates, if you wish.

CFC allows you to export the list to a comma separated file, view additional details about the identical files, open them directly or load their parent directory.

Let us now learn how to scan for duplicate Maya files safely and securely:

  1. Download Clone File Checker from the Internet. Install and run the program.
  2. You will want to specify which directories to scan, and which ones to exclude.
    • Add Folders to Scan: First and foremost, you will want to specify the directories that you want the program to scan for duplicates. This may include folders, sub-folders, partitions of your hard drive, any external media connected to your PC. To add the folders, click on the Add button and select the target folder.
    • Add Folders to Ignore List: Similarly, you can create an ignore list of all folders that you do not want the program to scan at all. To do so, click on the Exclude Files tab, and independently select those folders.
  3. Next, select a Scan Mode.
    • Use the default Full Scan mode for an all-inclusive scan that includes all file types.
    • Or if you want to restrict the scan to only certain file types, you may want to try out the Custom option.
  4. Once the scan mode is selected, you can set the optional File Size Filters.
    • Mark the Ignore files larger than checkbox ticked if you wish to eliminate large files above a certain limit.
    • Similarly, use the Ignore files smaller than option to eliminate smaller files below a certain size.
  5. Now, start the scan using the Start Search button and wait for some time. The scan might take time if you’ve a large chunk of data.
  6. Once the results are displayed on your screen, you will be asked to choose one of the following options:
    • Quick-Fix: This option initiates a wizard-based interface that guides you throughout the automatic selection of your duplicates. You can save time by specifying the kind of files you want to retain in each group (Newest/ Oldest). At the end, you will be prompted to select an action of your choice (Move to Recycle Bin/ Move to Folder). Be sure to use the in-house Automatic Backup feature to prevent loss of crucial information. To restore your files at a later point of time, go to the History tab and use the Restore option.
    • Review & Scan: The Review & Fix option allows you to view all duplicates on your screen with added information about the actual locations, file sizes, file types, and so on. You may individually select each file, or use the automatic selection functionality to bulk select with single click. The selection criterias include Retain newest files in each group, Retain oldest files in each group, Mark/ Unmark files by their location, Deselect all. Finally, click on the Select Action button and choose what to do with your duplicates.