Alxoverhaul - Simplify Blender

by Valeria Bosco in Addons


Version: 0.5.5 - stage 5

Development Playlist : For Update Previews and new feature showcases(YT)

Update Quick Recap:
Marvelous Designer Aid Tool set:

  • Retopology Aid - Extract Mesh UV map islands to mesh
  • Retopology Aid - Vertex Group and sculpt mask from seam edges (AlxSeamGroup, AlxNonSeamGroup)


Blender Versions Supported [3.6, 4.0, 4.1, 4.2]

Features:

Unlocked Modes Pie Menu [Tab]:

  • Object Mode
  • Vertex/Edge/Face: Edit Mode for meshes
  • Sculpt Mode
  • Auto Pose Mode: selects automatically the armature of the active mesh
  • Auto Weight Paint: selects automatically the relative armature of the active mesh, gone is the minute long search for the right objects

Scene General Pivot [shift + S]:

The Snapping Panel, Transform Pivot and Transform Orientation have been merged together, the old cursor menu has been moved to [shift + alt + S] and the incremental save keybind is automatically disabled

Alexandria Tool Menu [ctrl + alt + A]:

  • Armature Pose Position: Automatically checks for an armature on the context object, it does not need to be in the selection at all!
  • Object And Collection Isolator: Automatically hide any object or collection not relevant to the current selection, both Viewport or Render
  • Scene Overlay Toggle: Toggle all scene overlays, already in blender, just annoying to reach
  • Split X-Ray For Bone And Mesh: gone is the armature pose to edit mode back and forth to get the right transparency option active
  • Retopology Overlay Toggle: Retopology on active editing object, already in blender just hidden in annoying menus
  • Wireframe Overlay Toggle: Wireframe on every object, already in blender just hidden in annoying menus
  • Easier Smooth Buttons: The Object Menu is way too crowded, now it's easier too use, with also an Auto-smooth angle property
  • Quick Wireframe Toggle: More annoying menus out of the way
  • Quick Render Properties: Even more annoying menus made unnecessary
  • Pin Boundary: the boundaries of the selected faces can be: creased and or assigned to a pin group (Read Documentation For Details)
  • IK Symmetrize: Clone the ikĀ  from ik bones and relative chains from left to right (Read Documentation For Details)
  • Assign Armature To Selection: Assign automatically an armature and modifier to selection (Read Documentation For Details)
  • Modifier Panel(early stage): Quickly create, change visibility and reorder any modifiers on the entire object selection
  • Properties Quick access For Selected Objects: [in front, axis, wireframe, name, color] for respective objects that support it
  • Scene Property List: for all the relative mode options tucked away in all kinds of menus
  • Shrinkwrap Replace: applies and replace shrinkwrap modifier, usefull to reset the accumulated displacement when retopologizing

Alx Unlocked Modeling (editmode) [middle mouse]:

  • Settings Panel [ Middle mouse]

Left Click Selection Replacement:

Additional forced extension of selection

  • Standard Selection
  • Loop Selection
  • Linked Selection

Right Click Tool:

  • Edge Mark
  • Delete/Dissolve Poly
  • poly paint [vertex/face corners] for [float color/byte color] with a color attribute selector


Extensions:

over time a few stand alone scripts where made, so i combined them into the add-ons that can be activated in the AlxOverHaul Preferences

[3.6]Batch Stanford .ply exporter: A Selection Based Single-Mesh-Single-File exporter with automatic folder creation in the specified directory
[removed temporarily due to 4.0 crashes]



There are a lot of things that can be quite distracting, i found myself loosing more time navigating menus than making progress in my models, what pushed me to make an add-on was weight painting, going back and forth between modes and having to constantly re-select the same thing over and over just to switch between Pose and Rest Position for a small change made rigging an immense time sink, after that adding new things became a habit and from being originally a personal add-on it grew enough that i ended up deciding to make it public after ~2 months

It became quickly routine, and i can not work without, i use this add-on myself pretty much everyday, i do my best to keep it bug free but i can't find everything myself, Report Anything you Encounter Here (github)

More To Come Soon
While The Current Features are functional and bug tested, new things can always be optimized with new ways to speed up work being added frequently, everyone's workflow is different and might not be covered yet, Don't refrain from Making Feature Requests Here


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Published 5 months ago
Blender Version 4.1, 4.0, 3.6
License GPL
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