Using The Plug-In Manager
This is part of a beginner's learning guide for Maya. Tutorials in this series are short but cover a single topic in each one.
What's A Plug-In
A plug-in lets you add additional features to Maya without having to rewrite the entire program. Example: Mental Ray is a rendering software plug-in; it's not actually a built-in feature in Maya. Plug-ins can be loaded into Maya and unloaded into Maya via the plug-in manager.
To load a plug-in, simply check "Loaded". When a plug-in is checked "Loaded", that means it's loaded in the current scene. When a plug-in is checked Auto Load, this plug-in will load every time you re-open Maya. The plug-ins end with a .mll extension because these are actual files located on your computer. You can find these files at: