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Maya subscription pack fixes for dumb 2011.5 names

If you downloaded the Maya subscription pack, you probably noticed that the install puts the app in a “2011.5” folder instead of “2011.” I assumed it was because they were using a new version Qt or something else that would break plug-in compatibility but after some testing, I found that’s not the case. Everything I loaded (V-Ray, Shave and a Haircut, The Setup Machine, Maxwell Render) all ran fine once I fixed it with some Terminal tweaks. If you have plug-ins that have installers, you’ll need to do this since they drop stuff in specific places. 

So here are the Terminal tweaks I ran (these are for OS X):

sudo mv /Applications/Autodesk/maya2011.5 /Applications/Autodesk/maya2011

Because of the permissions on the Maya folder, you can’t rename it in the Finder. You have to do that to rename the folder. After that, I installed V-Ray and it ran fine. Next up was forcing Maya 2011.5 to look in my Shared folder 2011 scripts, icons and plug-ins folder so that other things like Shave and The Setup Machine would run. After trashing the empty folders in /Users/Shared/Autodesk/maya/2011.5, I made symlinks (like aliases but they fool software, which is crucial here) to the old folders:

It’s easy to do this from the Terminal but I made a symlink creator for OS X’s Service menu a while ago. This lets me right-click a file or folder and make a symlink of it:

Grab the OS X Service here (place in ~/Library/Services/). After that, Maya looks in the 2011.5 folder and actually gets the contents of 2011, where all my stuff gets installed. The proof:

You can do the same for your user-level preferences since. After deleting the new 2011.5 preferences folder in my /User/me/Library/Preferences/Autodesk/maya/, I made a symlink that works fine too:

ln -s ~/Library/Preferences/Autodesk/maya/2011-x64 ~/Library/Preferences/Autodesk/maya/2011.5-x64

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