Re: All those cool max plug ins we lost....
on 02-13-2005 10:28 AM
To take skrubbles' tip one step further, if you want a toggle for the animation timeline instead of just turning it off, use this script:
val = trackbar.visible
trackbar.visible = not val
timeSlider.setVisible (not val)
statusPanel.visible = not val
Copy and paste the text into a new script window (MAXScript > New Script), highlight all the text, drag and drop onto a toolbar. You've just made a button you can click whenver you want to show or hide the timline area.
And about having to run it everytime you start Max, if you set the UI just like you like it, and save a max file called MaxStart.max in the Scenes folder, it will load that file every time Max starts ups and you'll start with that instead of the default layout. This include units setting, render settings, viewport configuration, material editor settings, etc.. You could even set it up to always start with a light and camera in the scene, or a ground plane, or whatever.
I just did a test and the Status Panel will always show up when you restart Max, whether or not it was hidden when you save the MaxStart.max file. If you always want it hidden, do what skruggles said. But personally I like to keep it showing so I can type in short scripts and manually change the PRS values of objects without bringing up the Transform dialogue. If you want to keep it open, but still hide the timeline, just delete the statusPanel line from the script.