Setting a Project
Maya 8.0 Tutorial
How to Set a Maya Project
This feature is handy if you have an existing project on your computer. By setting the project, you are telling the program to use an existing project and all of its sub folders. For more information on projects, see the Project (Start) topic.
Launch Maya and choose File > Project > Set.
Navigate to an existing project folder. This is the folder that contains all the project sub folders. Click the Choose button to set the project.
Now when you choose File > Open Scene, Maya will look in the selected project's scenes folder.
All of the project's assets can easily found in the appropriate folders.
Five Reasons to Use Projects
Projects are the best way organize your Maya documents and are always recommended because:
1 - Maya knows where to place your rendered movie files.
2 - Your textures now have relative links.
3 - You can easily find your textures and Illustrator files for editing.
4 - Backing up is easy because everything is in one folder.
5 - Collaborating with others is simple because everything is organized.
Making Sure the Project is Set
To verify that the project is set, open the Render Settings. At the top of the panel, Common tab, you can tell that the project is set by noting the path to the project's images folder.
You can also tell if the project is set by choosing, File > Project > Edit Current. The current project is listed at the top of the panel after the Name title.