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HeadLight is LightWave Layout tool to quickly create alternative ambient lighting.

HeadLight is adding new Area light parented to currently active camera. Position is reset to 0, so light position and direction are exactly the same as camera. Geometry seen directly from camera receive the best lighting.

It can be used in scenes which don't have any lights (because they're using environment lighting or luminous or light emitting polygons and Global Illumination). When you need to tweak surface(s) of such scene, you need to add light to see surfaces without GI to have fast preview. With HeadLight tool you will do it with just single key press.

After installing plugin in Layout you should make short-cut for HeadLight in Edit Keyboard Shortcuts or button in Edit Menu Layout, and press once when needed to activate, and second time to deactivate (it will search for light named HeadLight and make item not active).

Download HeadLight v1.0 for Windows 32 bit (39083 bytes).

Download HeadLight v1.0 for Windows 64 bit (32291 bytes).

Download HeadLight v1.0 for Macintosh 32 and 64 bit (22441 bytes).

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Changes made in the 1.0 (11-Dec-2010)

  • The first official Windows release.

Minimum Windows Requirements

  • LightWave v9.6+
  • Pentium or better
  • Windows 32 bit

Installing the product

In order to install the program, please extract the archive to some location on your hard disk.

On Windows ®, the archive is in the ZIP format. You will need 3rd party software such as WinZIP, which you can download from http://www.winzip.com (it's not included in the package), or other compatible software to decompress the archive.

Windows XP ® has built-in ZIP support (simply right click on the archive’s icon, and choose ‘Extract all files...’).

On Macintosh ®, the archive is in the SIT format. You will need 3rd party software such as StuffIt, which you can download from http://www.stuffit.com (it's not included in the package), or compatible software to decompress the archive.

The LightWave ® plugin does not require files to be in specific locations, which is a very nice feature. But for easier file management it is recommended that the plugin files (i.e. those with .p extension) be copied to your LightWave ® plugins folder (f.e. LightWave\Plugins\).

Installing LightWave ® Layout Plugins

Run the LightWave ® Layout executable. Select pop-down menu Layout > Utilities ® Add Plugins..., then find the folder containing the new plugin files and select them. You should see a message from LightWave telling you that the plugins have been added successfully. The changes will be saved to your configuration file when you quit the program.

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Uninstalling the product

Uninstalling LightWave ® Layout Plugins

Run the LightWave ® Layout executable. Select pop-down menu Layout > Utilities > Edit Plugins..., then select the plugin files and press the Delete button. The changes will be saved to your configuration file when you quit the program. Now you can safely remove the files from your hard disk.

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