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Scene Tools 2.4.1 for Maya (maya script)

Modeless Maya File Browser and custom Open Scene Dialog with scene thumbnails and note display. Tools for dealing with playblasts, references and more...

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Operating Systems

  • Linux
  • Mac
  • Windows


Last Modified:09/05/2017
File Size: 684 KB

Version History

Version: 2.4.1
Date: August 31, 2017
    - Fixed Bug introduced by Maya 2018 support (Export All/Selected... tool and others)
    - Minor UI tweaks
Version: 2.4.0

Date: August 8, 2017

    - Renamed CharlieWales' File Browser to Maya File Browser

    - Maya 2018 Support

     - UI tweaks


Version: 2.3.5
Date: September 17, 2016
    - Maya 2017 Support
    - UI Tweaks

Version: 2.3.4
Date: June 1, 2016
    - Maya 2016 Extension 2 Service Pack Support

Version: 2.3.3
Date: April 30, 2016
    - Maya 2016 Extension 2 Support
    - Added size presets for the Playblast/Shot Window
     (right-click on the Display Options button)
    - Minor bug fixes

Version: 2.3.2

Date: January 19, 2016

    - Open Scene Custom Dialog: Bug fixed, multiple playblasts not showing

Version: 2.3.1
Date: January 12, 2016
    - CharlieWales' File Browser: Bug fixed, project folders buttons did not work if folders were
       outside project's root directory

Version: 2.3.0
Date: January 4, 2016
    - Playblast / Shot Window: VRay RT support (Maya 2014+)
    - CharlieWales' File Browser: Added color coding to thumbnails without image and new icons
    - CharlieWales' File Browser: Added buttons to view thumbnails window (open, import, reference, view playblast)
    - Bug fix: Scene Info HUDs not updating when playblasting (frame, time)
    - Added support for multiple playblasts per scene

Version: 2.2.1
Date: November 9, 2015
    - Save Scene As Tool: added button to set output path
    - CharlieWales' File Browser: fix big and huge thumbnails sizes not showing properly
    - CharlieWales' File Browser: fixed Projects containing "." did not show up in Projects List
    - CharlieWales' File Browser: file note is now loaded as annotation in thumbnails view
    - Minor UI tweaks.

Version: 2.2.0
Date: November 1, 2015
    - Merged all versions (2015- and 2016+) in one file
    - Fixed bug in CharlieWales' File Browser: Set Project Folders Window didn't
      increase size when adding project folders
    - Export All/Selected: added button to set output path
    - Minor UI tweaks.

Version: 2.1.9
Date: October 6, 2015
    - Fixed bug: Export All/Selected did not accept windows file paths

Version: 2.1.8
Date: May 22, 2015
    - CharlieWales' File Browser: Fixed bug. Render thumbnail from Scene Info buttons

Version: 2.1.7
Date: April 17, 2015
    - Added Maya 2016+ version
    - CharlieWales' File Browser: Added 2 new thumbnail sizes
    - Added angular unit to working units menu       
    - Added World Coordinate System menu       
    - Added mel file type to reference types
    - Added In-view messages / headsUpMessages to some operations
    - Playblast creation defaults to MOV and now checks if Quicktime
      is installed on Windows, otherwise creates AVI files

Version: 2.1.6
Date: February 7, 2015
          - Fixed bug in CharlieWales' File Browser: when saving scene the file
            filter string is cleared. Added predefined filters on right-click menu.
            (*.abc,*.fbx,*.ma, *.mb,*.obj)

Version: 2.1.5
Date: January 27, 2015
          - Fixed bug: if 'Update Thumbnail 0 on File Save' was OFF and no
            thumbnail 0 existed it was not created.
          - Minor bug fixes

Version: 2.1.4
Date: January 26, 2015
          - Added option: Update Thumbnail 0 on File Save (OFF by default)
Version: 2.1.3
Date: January 23, 2015
          - CharlieWales' File Browser: Added RealFlow SD file format to the thumbnails view
          - CharlieWales' File Browser: Fixed 'Open current path' not working on windows
          - Added in view messages to the Reload Textures tool (Maya 2014+)
          - Minor bug fixes

Version: 2.1.2
Date: December 17, 2014
          - CharlieWales' File Browser: Fixed bug. When in thumbnail mode, right-click on icon, "View Thumbnail" didn't work if the                  file name contained more than one dot "." (ex:

Version: 2.1.1
Date: December 16, 2014
          - Fixed issue with Maya using Simplified Chinese language

Version: 2.1.0
Date: December 15, 2014
          - Playblast / Shot Window: Added button to set viewport renderer (persistent option via optionVar)
          - Playblast / Shot Window: Added button show/hide viewport bar (persistent option via optionVar)
          - Playblast / Shot Window: Added button to save/restore viewport settings (persistent option via optionVar)
          - Fixed bug in "Save Scene As..." tool, changing file type did not work and thumbnail was not created
          - Minor Bug fixes
          - Minor UI changes

Version: 2.0.10
Date: May 10, 2014
         - CharlieWales' File Browser: Added View Thumbnails Window to the thumbnails view (right-click menu)
         - CharlieWales' File Browser: Added PSD image format to the thumbnails view
         - CharlieWales' File Browser: Added TXT extension to the thumbnails view

Version: 2.0.9
Date: Frebuary 19, 2014
         - CharlieWales' File Browser: Thumbnails view mode (small/medium/big)
         - CharlieWales' File Browser: Added shortcut to the Scene Info folder [system > Scene Info Data]
         - CharlieWales' File Browser: Create thumbnails for (obj, fbx, dae, abc, sd, ai, atom, 3ds)
         - Custom Thumbnails and notes path [Scene Tools > Scene Info > optionbox]
         - Scene Info HUDS changed
         - Bug fixes

Version: 2.0.8
Date: October 14, 2013
         - Fixed bug caused by the Recent folders feature.

Version: 2.0.7
Date: October 9, 2013
        - CharlieWales' File Browser: open RealFlow Scene Files (flw)
        - Windows UNC paths supported

Version: 2.0.6
Date: October 6, 2013
        - CharlieWales' File Browser: added Recent folders list (up to 20 folders)
        - CharlieWales' File Browser: added support for importing RealFlow SD files and BIN and RPC
          sequences (double-click a BIN file, this requires RealFlow Plugins).
        - Small fixes to 'Save Scene As' tool.
        - General bug fixing.
        - Minor UI changes.

Version: 2.0.5
Date: May 29, 2013
    - Fixed a bug introduced in 2.0.4 when fixing another bug.

Version: 2.0.4
Date: May 28, 2013
    - Fixed a bug in CharlieWales' File Browser when going to parent folder
      in certain situations.

Version: 2.0.3
Date: May 26, 2013
    - Added 'Open/Import/Reference Path...' tool. Paste a file path into
      the field for opening, importing or referencing file. Pressing
      Numpad ENTER opens the path and closes the UI.
Version: 2.0.2
Date: May 25, 2013
    - Now 'Save Scene As...' and 'Save Scene Version' add the output file
      to the recent file list
Version: 2.0.1
Date: May 24, 2013
    - Fixed minor bug on Linux
Version: 2.0.0
Date: May 23, 2013
    - NEW!! Added CharlieWales' File Browser tool (non-modal file browser)
    - NEW!! Save Scene As... dialog (avoids having to open the sometimes sluggish Maya Save As Dialog)
    - NEW!! Export All/Selected... dialog (avoids having to open the sometimes sluggish Maya Export Dialog)
    - Playblast creation now works on Linux!!
    - Updated the Filter/Select Nodes Tool. Now lists all loaded nodeTypes.
    - Minor UI tweaks.

Version: 1.1.6
Date: April 10, 2013
    - Added -ignoreVersion flag to the OpenScene procedure.

Version: 1.1.5
Date: March 30, 2013
    - Small fix. On linux complains about not finding a menuItem, not anymore.

Version: 1.1.4
Date: March 23, 2013
    - Now, Reload Last Opened Scene tells you which scene is going to be reloaded.

Version: 1.1.3
Date: Frebuary 3, 2013
    - Fixed a bug that caused the thumbnails not being created when the scene
      name contains more than one dot (ie:

Version: 1.1.2
Date: January 31, 2013
    - Fixed a bug that caused the thumbnail number 0 always to be recreated when
      saving a scene. Now if the thumbnail 0 exists it is not recreated.
Version: 1.1.1
Date: January 28, 2013
    - Fixed a bug that prevented keys from being selected in the Graph Editor
      while the Referenced File Editor is running.

Version: 1.1.0
Date: January 13, 2013
    - Changed the name of the storage directory, now is ".craData".
      On Linux and OSX dot starting directories are not shown by default,
      on windows the hidden attribute is set. Previous version thumbnails will
      not work unless "PROJECT_ROOT/data/craData" directory
      is renamed  to  "PROJECT_ROOT/data/.craData"

    - Added an option to choose where to store the thumbnails and notes data.
      You can now choose to set it relative to the current project root (Only one
      directory per project) or you can set it relative to the scene file
      opened (One directory per scene location, this allows to view thumbnails
      of files outside the current project but creates as many .craData directories
      as different scene locations)
     - Scene Info HUDs state mantained between maya sessions (via optionVar)

Version: 1.0.1
Date: January 11, 2013
    - Update Scene Info Window Note when creating note from Open Scene Dialog
Version: 1.0.0
Date: January 10, 2013
    - First Release
- Added option: Update Thumbnail 0 on File Save (OFF by default)