Introduction
Usage
History
Requirements
Installation

SpreadSurface is LightWave Layout command to copy specified surface to the whole scene or selected object's surfaces.

It can be used to quickly spread Ambient Occlusion node settings to the entire scene.

It's suggested to use together with our other tools
SaveSceneAndAllObjects and SaveSceneAndAllObjectsIncrement.

On the above image you can see the plugin control panel.
You can optionally click on Item drop-down control to restrict list of surfaces to just one object.
Then use Surface drop-down to pick up surface from entire scene or object's surfaces.

Filter Item and Filter Surface allow optional restricting spreading surface just to items and surfaces listed in them. You can specify multiple elements, separating them by commas. They are case sensitive. If you don't want filtering, leave them empty.
f.e. you have surfaces Wall,Wall Left,Wall Right. If you want to copy specified surface to them, use Filter Surface: Wall, the all other surfaces will remain untouched, because they don't have 'Wall' string in name.

Download SpreadSurface v2.1 for Windows 32 bit (40024 bytes).

Download SpreadSurface v2.1 for Windows 64 bit (41309 bytes).

Download SpreadSurface v2.0 for Macintosh UB (23213 bytes).

Changes made in the 2.1 (19-May-2012)

  • Fixed working with TrueArt's Global Materials.

Changes made in the 2.0 (29-Sep-2010)

  • Added Filter Item option.
  • Added Filter Surface option.

Changes made in the 1.0b (23-Jan-2009)

  • The first official Windows 64 bit and Macintosh UB release.

Changes made in the 1.0 (7-Jan-2009)

  • 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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