Starting with Autodesk® Maya® 2017 Direct Connect has been replaced by ATF (Autodesk Translation Framework). ATF in the Maya implementation has some limitations relative to Direct Connect.
ATF was introduced with Maya 2016 Extension 2 but the Direct Connect plug-in was kept for users with a previous Direct Connect install. Since Direct Connect is not available for new Maya 2017 users, the plug-in was removed in the latest version.
This plug-in is here to fill the gap with the previous implementation. It is a python plug-in which can work with an existing Direct Connect on all supported platforms.
Available on Windows, and Mac OSX