One thing I like about Blender is just how customizable it is. Here’s some add‑ons that I made that made my life easier when I’m making animations. I released all of these in MIT License so feel free to make use of them!
ToggleGhostFrames.py: Re-assignable hotkey for toggling visibility of Ghost Frames for current Armature. By default it’s assigned to F. I use this to quickly see if the arc of my weapon swings look right. I got tired of having to use the GUI for this, cause it’s taking me out of the zone when I want to concentrate on the animating, so I made a hotkey for it.
RestPoseToggle.py: Re-assignable hotkey for toggling between Rest and Pose Mode for selected Armature. By default it’s assigned to Shift-Q. This is just one of those things that I felt like having when I’m working on the rig.
SelectedKeyframesLength.py: Show number of frames of selected keyframes. Info is displayed at the rightmost area of the Dopesheet Header. I use this to check how long my attack swings or recovery periods are, so when I’m making an attack combo where I want the swings to take the same time, I use this.
- Open your User Preferences window
- Go to the Add-ons tab
- Click on the “Install from File…” button at the bottom and choose the file. It may be a .py file, or a .zip or .rar archive (you can select archives and Blender will extract it automatically for you).
- To see the new addons, you may need to view only the “Testing” level add-ons. Or you could search for it by name using the search textbox at that upper-left area.
- Once you find the add-on you want, click on their checkbox at the upper-right corner to enable them.
- Click on “Save User Settings” so that Blender remembers your enabled add-ons.