Mac OS X install instructions 

- Copy the included 'vHelix.bundle' to your Autodesk Maya 
'bin\plug-ins' directory, usually under the path:
'/Applications/Autodesk/maya2016/Maya.app/Contents/MacOS/plug-ins/'

- Notice that this usually requires root access, if that is not a
possibility, see instructions below

- Start Autodesk Maya 2016

- In Maya, select 'Window' > 'Settings/Preferences' > 'Plug-in Manager'

- In the newly opened dialog window, locate the 'vHelix.bundle' at the
bottom of the list under 'Other Registered Plugins' and make sure the
checkbox 'Loaded' is enabled

- If you want the plug-in to automatically load upon starting
Autodesk Maya 2016, make sure the 'Auto load' is enabled

- The plug-in is now loaded and a new menu item named 'Helix' should have
appeared in the Maya main window

If you are, for example using a public computer, and not able to move files
into the 'plug-ins' directory, you can still load the vHelix plugin using a
MEL command. To do this:

- Open up the 'Script Editor' by clickin on the icon in the bottom right corner
of the Maya main window or click 'Window' > 'General Editors' > 'Script Editor'.

- In the 'Script Editor' window that just opened, in the box labelled 'MEL',
enter the following command:

loadPlugin "/Users//vHelix.bundle"

using the path to where you saved the downloaded vHelix plugin.

- Click the arrow shaped button 'Execute' on the upper row of the
'Script Editor' window.

- Note that you can save the command as a shortcut icon on any panel by
chosing 'File' > 'Save Script to Shelf...'

- When the command is executed, the plug-in is loaded and a new menu item named
'Helix' should appear in the Maya main window

Maya 2016

In maya 2016 "legacy viewport" needs to be activated for vHelix to function properly:

- In Maya, select 'Window' > 'Settings/Preferences' > 'Preferences'

- Under the category 'Display' change 'default viewport' to 'Legacy Default Viewport'

- You may need to restart Maya for this change to take effect.

 

 

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Maya 2018

In maya 2018 "legacy viewport" needs to be activated for vHelix to function properly, to enable this option, the "Maya.env" file needs to be edited. It is found in /Users/username/Library/Preferences/Autodesk/maya/2018 

- Open the Maya.env file with TextEdit and add the line  "MAYA_ENABLE_LEGACY_VIEWPORT=1"

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- In Maya, select 'Window' > 'Settings/Preferences' > 'Preferences'

- Under the category 'Display' change 'Rendering engine' to 'OpenGL -Legacy' and  'default viewport' to 'Legacy Default Viewport'

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- You may need to restart Maya for this change to take effect.