Parent class descriptions

 
 
 

Twelve different parent classes are defined from which you can subclass a new node. Each parent class specializes in a different functional area of Maya. The parent classes are:

Name Description

MPxNode

Allows the creation of a new dependency node. This is derived from the most basic DG node in Maya and has no inherited behavior.

MPxLocatorNode

Allows the creation of a new locator node. This is a DAG object that does not render, but which is allowed to draw into the 3d views.

MPxIkSolverNode

Allows the creation of a new type of IK solver.

MPxDeformerNode

Allows the creation of a new deformer.

MPxFieldNode

Allows the creation of a new type of dynamic field.

MPxEmitterNode

Allows the creation of a new type of dynamic emitter.

MPxSpringNode

Allows the creation of a new type of dynamic spring.

MPxManipContainer

Allows the creation of a new type of manipulator.

MPxSurfaceShape

Allows the creation of a new DAG object. This is often used to create a new type of shape (i.e. something other than a NURBS or mesh surface), but can also be used in many other ways.

NOTE: there is now a related class MPxComponentShape which derives from MPxSurfaceShape that provides basic support for custom shapes with components.

MPxObjectSet

Allows for the creation of a new type of set.

MPxHwShaderNode

Allows the creation of a new hardware shader.

MPxTransform

Allows the creation of new types of transformation matrices.

MPxConstraint

Allows the creation of new types of constraint nodes

MPxFluidEmitterNode

Allows the creation of new types of fluid emitters.

MPxImagePlane

Allows creation of new types of image planes.

MPxParticleAttributeMapperNode

Allows creation of new types of per particle attribute mapping nodes.