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ShowWeights is LightWave ® Modeler plugin to show the all mapped vertex map values numerically near vertex position in view ports. It gives you chance to edit VMap with never seen before in LightWave precision, quickly and efficiently. Thanks to ShowWeights you will never again touch non-interactive Info just for checking whether weight map point has exactly wanted by you value, or whether it's mapped to specific VMap at all!

This is TrueArt's second after VirtualMirror plugin that uses newly introduced in LightWave v8.x PolygonHandler class, therefore the latest v8.5 is strongly recommended; and v8.3 required at least!

To use this plugin just add it using Add Plug-Ins, assign key to ShowWeights and press it when needed to activate and once again to disactivate. Pretty similar to how Sub-Patch works.

It's advised to download videos to disk using Save File As... and watch in off-line movie player.

WeightPolygonGroups interactive tool and ShowWeights at work. Change YouTube quality to Full HD!

Download 1st animation (82.410 MB) illustrating WeightPolygonGroups and ShowWeights plugins at work!

WeightPolygonGroups interactive tool and ShowWeights at work. Change YouTube quality to Full HD!

Download 2nd animation (43.504 MB) illustrating WeightPolygonGroups and ShowWeights plugins at work!

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Changes made in the 3.1 (5-Dec-2009)

  • Fixed issue with LightWave v9.6.

Changes made in the 2.0 (16-Feb-2006)

  • Changes to make it working on Macintosh.
  • Added offset to position where weight map value text is printed. Offsets are calculated from point normal vector and average polygon size. Thanks to this new feature values are almost never printed inside object surface! And you will not need to rotate object to see truncated text!
  • Plugin now instantly reacts on changing currently active object without leaving strange phantom in the background.
  • Plugin now instantly reacts on changing currently active layer without leaving strange phantom in the background. You could have multiple ShowWeights in background layers displaying weights presents in them, and another one in foreground layer!
  • Plugin now instantly reacts on changing currently active weight map! No more need to turn ShowWeights off and on just to refresh display in the all possible case!
  • Large speed increase thanks to using binary-tree for searching point in the list.

Changes made in the 1.1 (11-Dec-2005)

  • Fixed issue with Sub-Patch Weight.

Changes made in the 1.0 (11-Dec-2005)

  • The first official Windows release.

Minimum Windows Requirements

  • LightWave v8.3+
  • Pentium or better
  • Windows 32 bit

Recommended Windows Requirements

  • LightWave v8.5+
  • x86 compatible CPU 3.0 GHz or better

Minimum Macintosh Requirements

  • LightWave v8.3+
  • PowerPC or better
  • MacOS X

Recommended Macintosh Requirements

  • LightWave v8.5+
  • PowerPC G5 2.0 GHz

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 ® Modeler Plugins

Run the LightWave ® Modeler executable. Select pop-down menu Modeler > Utilities > Add Plugins..., then choose the folder containing the new plugins and select them. You should see a message from LightWave 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 ® Modeler Plugins

Run the LightWave ® Modeler executable. Select pop-down menu Modeler > 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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Price

The price for a single license (product installed on the one machine) is 300 USD (United States Dollars).

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