fxT_dotLinker v1.1


 
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Contributor: Tor Andreassen
Customized Dot to easily connect to any nodes in your nukescript in a very neat and efficient way. Toolset/python tool. See video for demonstration.
Requirements:
12.0, 11.3, 11.2, 11.1, 11.0, 10.5, 10.0 or later
Linux, Mac, Windows
26 Apr 2020
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Customized dot to easily connect to any nodes in your nuke script in a very neat and efficient way.
Like to hide inputs? Don't go nuts hiding everything obviously.. but if you like using dots to connect to nodes, then this is for you.

Video demo here: https://vimeo.com/fxtor/dotlinker 

 

ChangeLog:

v1.1: Error making the tool break on a render-farm (tractor), was fixed. The tool now fully works with renderfarms in studio envionmets.
Remember to replace both the python file and and the toolset when updating.

v1.0: First release.

 

FEATURES

- super lightweight (driven by external python file to reduce filesize and make sure tool is efficient
- production safe (works with renderfarms. It's not needed to install this studio-wide for it to work, just render as normal)
- quick connect list (easily connect to the most used nodes in the nukescript)
- auto generate quickList if you already created the list once
- option to connect by typing the nodename (textfield)
- very clear what is connected
- hidden input by default (contollable by checkbox)
- lets you choose label type (node-name or input-label, extra label option)
- global quicklist to easily generate the quick list
- full control over quicklist (add, remove, clear, reload button)
- zoom buttons to eaily navigate between input node and the dotLinker
- colorized dot (same as input node color), serves as an extra cue to what is connected
- toolset, but will open the node on creation just like a installed gizmo


PS: If a nukescript using this tool is opened on a computer that don't have the tool installed; the dotLinkers will just behave as a regular dot (buttons won't do anything). If you prefer, there is a button to strip them from the script and replace them with regular dots, or you can install the python file to take full advantage of the tool. However, no errors will occur due to missing installation if someone opens a nukescript that includes this tool.

 

INSTALLATION 

Installation notes in top of the python file, just open the file with a text editor to see the simple install notes.

 

THANKS 

Thanks to Adrian Pueyo for allowing me to use his idea and for pointers on specific nuke-bugs while writing the tool.
(fxT_dotLinker is of based off the same idea as Comma by Ardrian. It's written from scratch 
and works in a different way both visually and technicly, though the base idea  of what the tool does came from Adrian's tool called Comma).

A thanks also goes to Wouter Gilsing for helping with certain specific python workarounds in Nuke. 

 

COMPATABILITY 

Tested for Nuke 11 and 12 on all platforms. However, as its a pure Toolset referencing a python script and should therefore work on all versions.

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