CTN is always a good time for us to reflect, be inspired, and try out new ideas. This year is no different and we have decided to make all characters on the site FREE.

Any registered member will have access to all characters as of this morning. You should not have to do anything other than restart maya and open a rig.

Happy Animating!

It’s CTN time of year again! We love this show, we always leave creatively inspired. If you are here stop by the Booth and say hi! B-41.

New and FREE character rigs are now available. All of our Mechanix characters are going to be free to all registered members. That’s it. Register, install the tools plug in and you should have access to Mechanix Man, Woman, Muscle Man, Cat and Monkey. Man and Woman are already online and available for download. We will be posting Muscle, Cat and monkey over the coming weeks as we monitor for any issues and required updates.

In order to download the new characters you will need to register with the new site.

New site? Yes.

new.animationrigs.com (just click the link “register” in the top right and confirm by clicking the link sent to you in email).

We have updated our servers for soooooo many reasons. The hope is the new servers are faster and more reliable.

The mechanix is just the first step. We have been working to make available permanent access to premium characters on an individual basis based on member feedback. That means if you just want Zsarok, you can just elect Zsarok.

Full site membership will still be an option for those of you that prefer all access.

Why do you want to register during CTN? Character tokens. What’s a character token? It gives you free permanent access to any premium character of your choosing regardless of price. All the details of character tokens are still being working out. We know for sure registering during CTN earns you a free token. We’re considering random chances to earn a free character token with each membership, give aways and rewards. If you register you will be able to see your tokens on the dashboard (click the small circle on the right near the top to show your account screen).

We are looking for feedback on all of this. We want ARigs to be geared toward our members as much as possible and your feedback is a vital part in this process.

Here are some additional things to know.

*The old servers will remain online through the end of the year. After which we will need to have everyone migrate to the new site. We’re working to make the transition as smooth as possible but appreciate your understanding as there always seems to be fun bumps along the way.
*We are initially releasing Windows plugins as our test group. Mac is coming soon though.
*When you install your plug-in you need to have at least version 8.0
*Premium Characters will start being posted after the first of the year and will include various current characters with some updates as well as new characters we are creating.
*Current Members! After you register for the new site, please send mail to support@animationrigs.com so we can update your account. The new plugin will work with all your old scenes. There is a little manual work on our end to make sure everything copies over correctly.
*AM STUDENTS! If you want to register for the new site, please do NOT do so at the above address. Simply download the plug-in from the install page and setup your AM tools as you would normally and send and email to support@animationrigs.com to receive your character token.

Feedback is very important to us. Please stop by the booth and give us your thoughts and ideas as well as register at the table. If you aren’t at CTN, no problem, just send an email to support@animationrigs.com with the email address you used to register and we will setup your token.

We are so psyched and proud to be kicking off this new phase. Thanks to all our members and friends!

CTN is here and we are SUPER excited to see you all as well as launch the new site! Keep an eye out for more details, but the quick version is:
-New Site
-Free Characters
-If you register at CTN you receive a free character token for premium characters (when they come online).
-we’re hungry for feedback and ideas as we kick this off so stop by the booth!


After much coding ‘fun,’ we are happy to post 2016 Mac OSX plug-ins to try out. Quick testing shows most everything is up and running so you should be able to Animate and use your tools.

Please use the support system animationrigs.zendesk.com to help us track any issues you might find as you move over to 2016.

It’s time. We have too many things we would like to do and fixes that need to be made to the tools, characters, site and pipeline. It’s just been too long and we’ve been too slammed. We have always been committed to continually provide fresh and quality characters and tools. In order to do that we need to take some time to revamp EVERYTHING without worrying about new character deadlines and Maya releases.
So what does that mean for members?
It means that we will be providing temporary permanent access to ALL characters for all current paid Members as well as all those Members who were active in the last 3 months. We will also NOT be accepting new recurring Memberships.

How long will this go on?
Until we feel we have a sufficient backlog of new characters ready to go for our members and all the tools have been updated for various new Maya versions.

What is going to change about my current characters and tools?
Right now, nothing. You just aren’t going to be charged any more. We are canceling all recurring memberships and extending your site memberships through January 2016 (at that time we will reassess current status/state of the character/site).

What if I still want to sign up for a Membership?
You may do so, but please understand that during this time we may not be providing new characters every quarter as we have done in the past. We will still be providing updates, maybe adding new characters, as well as improvements, just no guarantee on new character releases.

When will this start?
As soon as we can finish the updates to the site membership pages and cancel all recurring memberships.

Windows Maya 2016 64 bit builds are now available for Tools For Animators and Anim-Mates.

Please use the support system animationrigs.zendesk.com to help us track any issues you might find as you move over to 2016.

We are working on Mac builds as quickly as possible.


Mouth DCtrl fixes
control visibility updates
IK Tail fixes

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Not sure exactly what happened, but for those of you that don’t follow facebook, the Iblis went online just in time for New Years! Check him out.

We’ve update various pages that weren’t displaying the latest news items properly

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