Maxscript Sal Pose Manager
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for 3Ds Max 2011 and above
works fine on windows 7
This version Do NOT supoort CAT controls

download and unzip the script files
copy them to 3Ds Max startup script directory
like this one
C:\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max 20XX\scripts\Startup
or this one
C:\Users\--User Name--\AppData\Local\Autodesk\3dsMax\20XX - 64bit\ENU\scripts\startup
 
 
 
 
open 3ds Max and you will see Saltools as a new menu you will find Sal Pose Manager in this menu
- I have done two versions of this script in Maya before  it goes to 3Ds Max,  but  I wasn't happy with the design, after that I have redesigned it and when I want to create a new version for Maya, but I have started in a company that use 3Ds Max for animation series, so I had learnt Maxscript and created a complete version in 3Ds Max, so this script is my first Maxscript , I find this journey funny somehow :D ,
 
this is the Maya version on this script, I am planing to release it after I release all my 3Ds Max scripts I am working on
 
Now it's time to talk about the script in details
 
- This script creates folders for Characters and inside those folders there are folders for Pose Groups inside those you will find the poses you have created.
to change character directory you can simply copy from windows explorer and pasted in Directory field in the script, I use this way the most for browsing folders since I don't like 3ds Max folder browser
- you can choose your character from here, your selection will be save if you closed the script then opened it .
to create character folder you can just type it's name in the field below then press enter
to delete character folder you can double click then press yes,
to perform other operations, like copy and rename or whatever you can do it on folders in windows explorer
- you can set your current pose group here, it chould be a whole body (Except for CAT objects, I am working on them to be in for the next version of this script) , Face, Mouth , Eyes or any group of controls you wish to control alone,
to create pose group simply type it's name in the field below then press enter
to delete pose group folder you can double click then press yes,
to perform other operations, like copy and rename or whatever you can do it on folders in windows explorer
 
- to create your first pose, you  must select the pose group members that you want to have in this specific pose group, for example select all face controls or all mouth controls then write the pose name, I recommend that the first pose you make is your default pose, you can change your pose group selection later using Set Selection button, to create your pose library just move your controls and create your pose by typing it's name, this script doesn't save attribute holder attriubtes for now and doesn't save any attribute properties,
- to set the pose just click on the button that hold it's name not on the image , image is just for display purpose , setting the pose also create key on the pose group controls, to access pose options press on the 'O' button next to it
-ALL POSE OPERATIONS , CREATING, DELETING, RENAMING, AND RETAKING IMAGES CAN'T BE UNDONE, SO PLEASE KEEP A BACKUP OF YOUR CHARACTER FOLDERS
 
- Delete is simply deleting your pose forever
- Retake Image is just retaking your image either from viewport or render based on your settings,
- Retake Image ALL will do retake image but on all your poses in this page, if you have more than one page you need to take all image for each page,
- Retake Pose you would probably need to change your pose or something like that, and you want this current state to be this or that pose, by pressing Retake Pose it will save this current state to the pose, and retake image also
- Rename will simply rename your pose
 
- you can control many characters of similar rigs using Name Change, your rig controls must have the same naming with different prefix that usually is the character name,
to create new naming write it's name in Create New field and press enter
to rename name change edit Name field and press enter
to delete name change erase it's name in the Name field
you can change to current naming in the Name List box in the Name Change ui or it's instance in Sal Pose Manager main ui.
you can see how your name change is checking in Current Selection those are the pose group members
and see below the original and the resolved names and if they has been found or not
- to select your controls you might simply press select, but you might  forget to add a control to your pose group,or  remove control  from it, or make you may want to reset control in your pose group in all your poses to certain value, to do that you can just use Set Selection
 
To add a control to your pose group
   1- press Select to select your pose group
   2- hold Ctrl then click on the controls you want to add to your pose group to add them to your selection
   3- press Set Selection then your current selection will be your pose group, your new controls values when you pressed Set Selection button will be added to all your poses in your pose group
 
To remove control from your pose group
   1-press Select to select your pose group
   2- hold Alt then click on the controls you want to remove from your pose group to remove them from your selection
   3-press Set Selection then your current selection will be your pose group, the controls you have been removed also their data has been removed from all your poses, if you added them again you will not have your old values

To reset control in your pose group to a certain value
   1-press Select to select your pose group
   2- hold Alt then click on the controls you want to reset from in pose group to remove them from your selection  then press Set Selection
   3- change those controls to the value you want to reset them at
   4-press Select to select your pose group
   5- hold Ctrl then click on those controls that you want to reset to add them to your selection
   6- press Set Selection again, this will re add your controls that has been changed to your pose group with their a new values that has been reset to
 
I wanted make separated button for each oppretation that would have been 5 proccesses, but I had re tought about that, I don't want to make more buttons to confuse the use of something that might not use, and 2 buttons will do the trick, if you disagree with me tell me please,
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Maxscript Sal Pose Manager
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Maxscript Sal Pose Manager

this is script to be released for free hopefully soon
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