A Windows Shell Extension for the Pixar USD file format.

Overview

Activision USD Shell Extension

A Windows Shell Extension for the Pixar USD file format.

Windows Explorer Features

  • Hydra Realtime Preview
  • Thumbnails
  • Context Menus
  • Metadata Properties

Windows Search Features

  • Metadata Search

More details available here.

Goals

There are several goals that this shell extension tries to adhere to and takes extra precautions to meet.

  • Performance
    It is important that the shell extension not stall Windows Explorer.

  • Stability
    Instability in the shell extension will take down Window Explorer and/or the entire desktop.

The mitigation strategy is to run the majority of the shell extension asynchronously out of the Windows Explorer process.

Dependencies

The following dependencies are required:

Required Microsoft Visual Studio Components:

  • Desktop development with C++
  • C++ ATL
  • Windows 10 SDK
  • Windows Universal C Runtime
  • Python language support
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Comments
  • View command not showing model preview

    View command not showing model preview

    Hi, my colleague, a 3D artist, asked me to build this awesome tool for him.

    I've managed to get all the way through, so the extension and the installer build without errors, the extension is properly installed and new commands are available for USD, however, when I choose the view option, nothing happens.

    There's no error, I don't see anything in the Event Log. The usdview works correctly when invoked directly from the command line. Other extension actions like crate seem to work, as new files are being generated as a result.

    I'm using Python 3.6 with USD built using build_usd.py with the parameters described in the docs.

    I'd appreciate any tips as to what I might be doing wrong. Thanks!

    opened by sebastianewak 4
  • Browser shell?

    Browser shell?

    Is there any way to preview a USD file inside a browser?

    Could this be forked to do that?

    Or would you need WASM compiled version of USDView?

    Im trying to make GLTF and USD work side by side in browser seamlessly.

    File type wars significantly degrade user experience and I am looking for a solution.

    opened by jeffscottward 2
  • Bug Fixes and Updates

    Bug Fixes and Updates

    Bug Fixes

    • Search for existing Python install in registry under HKLM in addition to HKCU. To help resolve issue #1.
    • Search the registry for Python 2.7 as well. Previously only 3.x was searched for. To help resolve issue #1.
    • Fixed Per Monitor DPI scaling issues in the preview pane with Python 2.7.
    • Fixed UsdView sometimes displaying behind Windows Explorer. Current fix is a workaround. Opened issue 1535 on USD github.
    • Fixed Edit sometimes displaying the editor behind Windows Explorer.

    New Features

    • Added Camera context menu in the preview pane. It is only displayed if the USD stage contains cameras.
    • Added Python configuration page to the installer. To help resolve issue #1.
    • UsdView will now use a usd icon for its window icon.
    opened by pmintus 0
  • Shell integration not active

    Shell integration not active

    Howdy, very excited to see this project. I tried installing on Windows 10 and I can't get the shell extension to actually activate. USD is working fine. I have all the PATHs and such set correctly. After many reboots and many reinstalls it just won't work.

    I find no sign of USD Shell Extension in the Windows Event Viewer. If I go to the default programs configuration page in Windows there is no option to add "Activision USD Shell Extension." Nor is that available through right click > open with. There are three applications in the install folder: UsdPreviewLocalServer, UsdPythonToolsLocalServer and UsdSdkToolsLocalServer. Associating with any one of those does nothing.

    Any ideas what I can do to get up and running? Thanks!

    opened by BrianHanke 5
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