Using The Add-On¶
Below is an image of the plugin being enabled and configured. The main thing is to check the addons tab to ensure all required plugins are present. Hard Ops is able to be used without it however it does affect what options are available.
- Pro Mode - this enables additional options that will be explained throughout the guide. Leaving this unchecked is recommended for beginners however enabling it enables all the options.
- Extra Options - this is a series of options ranging from right handed mirroring to additional pie menu preferences such as a ghost button and the addition of the F6 menu. The F6 pie options is enabled by default. So really extra options is just for pie menu users.
- Pie: F6 Option at Top - adds F6 to the top of the pie menu. Enabled by default.
- Pie: Add Boolean Options - adds boolean options to the pie menu for cases in which more than 1 mesh is selected.
- Asset Manager Expansion - for those who purchased the asset manager have the option to allow it to connect to hard ops for easier usage. This options is considered depreciated and may be changed in future releases.
- Enable tool overlays - enables the display of the drawing notification system we use for operators. Csharpen / SSharpen / Cstep / Sstep / Merge / Mirror all have a notification drawing system to allow you to see what is going on and then proceed with working.
Here’s an example of the drawing system as of version 8 of Hard Ops.
Below are 3 buttons for themes you can use for Hard Ops.
- Hard Ops - My theme for Hard Ops. The default color system.
- AR - Adrian’s Theme for Hard Ops. He uses a much plainer system of display with his hard ops.
- Themegrabber - My favorite. This one will color Hard Ops according to your personal theme. I recommend clicking this then saving user settings so the theme is based on you.
You also can set the colors yourself manually and we have put forth many options to customize. The idea was to make this something you can customize and make your own.
This area contains just a note from me.
This area tells you that Q is the basis of Hard Ops and that is pretty much it there.
In the rare event you need to change the keymap you can drag the keymap.py file into a text editor and edit the hotkey. Or use the button like the following gif.
The hotkeys as of this writing are.
- Q - Hard Ops Menu
- Shift + Q - Hard Ops Pie Menu (may be changed in the future)
- Ctrl + ~ - Modifier/Material/Misc Helper
Add Ons Tab¶
Hard Ops has become great due to the support of many great tools already existing that are used to minimize certain tasks. Clicking these buttons will link you to downloading them.
These plugins are highly recommended¶
- BoxCutter - is a separate plugin to Hard Ops created by AR and is a secondary project focusing on just cutting alone. I was not the creator of this project and therefore I was unable to add it into Hard Ops.
- Mira Tools - Mira Tools is a great too for managing lines of complicated points via curve based interpolation. This hosts a plethora of immensely useful tools and is worth checking into on its own.
These plugins are not required but are recommended. They dont get checkboxes.¶
- Batch Operations - Batch Operations is a one stop shop for managing multiple objects worth of modifiers, materials, groups, and more. This is another tool that should be default in Blender but is worth looking into just on it’s own. Not to mention the creator has assisted our team with Boxcutter and many other fine contributions.
- AutoMirror - Lapineige is the creator of this fine tool and is just the finest mirroring solutions. My favorite aspect of this behavior is the bisect and deletion of one half in order to set up the mirroring. This has been integrated under meshtools for quick access. This is one of my favorite tools. However all of these tools are my favorites. Hence my efforts to put them together.
- EasyLattice - Lattices are not the easiest thing to add to objects. This tools makes lattice application as easy as it would be to add a booltool.
- Blender Updater - This is for windows users. Its just a quick updater for Blender. I love it. This is not an addon. This is an application.
- Edge Equalize - This is just an add on for equalizing edges. It has it’s uses. I have come to enjoy it and recommend it as well.
The rest of these links also point to their respective pages and provide links to acquiring them. Having these present in hard ops will make the tools even better and we seek to support even more. When it comes to making tools it became apparent that investing in remaking the wheel when one already exists is less than optimal in the scheme of things.