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What kind of VS project are Maya plugins?

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I can finally build Maya example plugins so I'm ready to start trying my own. When I go to create a new VC project, I don't know which type is appropriate for Maya plugins? The choices are:

Class Library, CLR Empty Project, CLR Console Application or Windows Forms Application

And what about for "My Templates"?

Thanks

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manny
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I was able to copy an example project and related files and just change the names of the files. And then I edited the vcproject file and the sln file. I guess this is one way to get started. But it would be nice to know how to start from scratch.

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ultragotcha [ Editor ]

Maya actually ships with a plugin wizard (now OBSOLETE).

Have a peek in your installed path:

C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Maya2010\devkit\pluginwizard

BUT this version hasn't been updated and was made for Visual Studio 8.

Fortunately, here's a kind soul who seems to have fixed it:

http://www.creativecrash.com/maya/downloads/applications/syntax-scripting/c/maya-plugin-wizard-for-vs-2008--2/description#tabs

Someone reviewed it and said:

I'm an artist with some Mel but no plugin experience. I wanted to compile a 7.0 plugin for 2009 X64, but had a tough time with the included Wizard. After using your VS 2008 Wizard and replacing "2008" with "2009" in the html files I was able to compile the plugin with relative ease today.

Let me know if it works for you.

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manny
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Ultragotcha, I’m having no problems building/compiling. Maybe I got lucky. :) I was just curious about starting a project from scratches as opposed to copying and hacking. Thanks though.

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