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Old 15-12-2002, 01:58 AM   #1
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For those of you digging into low-poly modeling, here is a good MEL script that I use to display triangle counts for selected objects. It only works on poly surfaces, but it'll allow you to see accurate triangle counts for objects that contain quads and n-sided faces.

Note: This script is actually part of A|W's Bonus Game Tools. You can get the entire package in their Community downloads section.
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I give it a try=)
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Danny whats the right procedure to load thoughs plugins? I can never get them to work.
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Well, this a mel script and it works differently from plugins. In general, mel scripts go in your scripts directory (generally in My Documents -> Maya -> 4.5) and they are executed from Maya's command line or the script editor. Plugins get dropped in your plugins directory inside the main Maya program directory, and then you have to load them via the plugin manager preferences panel.

For this particular script, drop it in your scripts directory, and execute the script from within Maya (type toggleTriCountHUD in the command line and press Enter). What I've done is make a shelf button that executes this command. Most of the time, the name of the mel script file is the command you need to execute. Best thing to do is open the script in a text editor and read the comments.
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