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Chapter 2. Navigating and Changing the Interface

Chapter 2. Navigating and Changing the Interface

Maya's interface is set up to be fully customizable (Figure 2.1). You can change the layout of the interface to best suit your current project as well as your workflow. You can hide each menu and window until you can see only one pane—a panel or window in which to work—and the rest of the interface is hidden. Even when all of the menus are hidden in the interface, you still have full access to them through the Hotbox (Figure 2.2). This customizable interface can help speed the workflow of any user.

Figure 2.1. The Maya interface can be changed to suit each user.

Figure 2.2. The Hotbox is a set of menus that appear where your mouse is when you hold down the .

Along with hiding or showing menus, you can also hide and show specific object types in a pane using the Show menu. Once you are viewing the object types you want in the pane, you can dolly, track, and tumble around the objects to get a better, more three-dimensional view of them. Dollying, tracking, and tumbling are terms also used in film for moving the camera in a specific way or direction.

Maya provides many ways to accomplish the same end result, which helps speed a user's workflow. Each user will use Maya a little differently. If you like to use hotkeys (keyboard shortcuts), there are hotkeys that are associated with the more commonly used commands and can be added to almost any other command for which you would like to have a hotkey.

This chapter discusses the ways you can change the interface and navigate around the scene.



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