MayaLT 2016 broke everything.
With the release of MayaLT 2016, I've been forced by Steam to re-learn an interface that I had been familiar with for a long time, given absolutely no warning or option to revert back to Maya 2015LT. On top of that, I encountered a staggering amount of UI and usability bugs with a piece of software that, in it's 2015 iteration, was damn near close to perfect:
- Randomly my left click will act like a right click, so instead of being able to select something I can only access context menus. Sometimes, switching back and forth between tools fixes this, but other times I have to restart the software entirely.
- Undo is now horribly broken and practically useless. It arbitrarily undoes Hypershade node edits that Maya does automatically every time you adjust anything. This adds three to five extra "ctrl+z" that you have to press just to undo one action, and sometimes it completely skips the undo step you're looking for. Setting your undo cache to 'unlimited' seems to only exacerbate the problem.
- Seriously what did you guys do to Hypershade? You consolidated a bunch of tools into the window itself while still leaving them available in the Attribute Editor, so what was the point other than cutting out a fourth of the usable screen real-estate? Why did you, instead of improving upon a workflow that albeit dated, worked very well, decide to completely overhaul the material creation system and give us an interface that veterans will in no way be familiar with? Hypershade has been completely redone to be a more UE4-like node editor, but it throws you completely off your game if, like me, you've been using maya for the past eight years or more.
- F2 and F3 have been swapped. Minor annoyance but it adds up after a while
- Some tools, such as Bevel or Duplicate Face, work when they want to and not when you want them to. Bevel will sometimes act as if the mesh you're editing is made up of unmerged triangles or quads and give you horrible, broken results. There is no workaround for this other than doing the bevel yourself, edge by edge. Duplicate face will sometimes just duplicate the whole model, or whatever faces it deems worthy. It doesn't seem to matter if they're tris, quads, ngons, merged, unmerged, or anything else. I guess in the true Maya spirit it's still consistent in doing whatever the hell it wants.
- Transfer maps is gone. Really, Autodesk?
- Some tools have been moved to completely new menus, which will lead you to hunt and peck for them for far longer than any power user should. Others have also had their names tweaked slightly, so you'll REALLY have to hunt for some of them.
- Icons are very different, not just in overall UI design but in terms of what each icon shows up as. This is a personal preference, as I was accustomed to building my shelves and working by quick glances. Now I have to relearn over 50 icons. I'm sure most people won't be bothered by this but I was and still am.
I'm sure I'll keep finding more annoyances as I go. Everything I do seems to lead me into the arms of a big, work-stopping bug. After having used Maya for years I'm honestly considering switching my modeling and texturing/UV workflow over to Blender.