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TrueMelt is LightWave ® Layout displacement plugin to melt object in animation.

Pick up object which will be melted, press Properties and in Deform tab add TrueArt Melt displacement from drop-down list.

Add Null item and place it directly below melted object, in center of geometry in X and Z axes. Position is very important. If melted object has many "legs" you will need to split object to multiple separate objects, and apply TrueMelt to every alone.

Pick up Null item in TrueMelt settings. Adjust other settings to your needs.

When melted object is moved below Null item, it's modified- object's points Y axis will be set to Null Y Position, and X and Z axes changed accordingly to simulate effect.

Download TrueMelt v2.0 for Windows 32 bit (44171 bytes).

Download TrueMelt v2.0 for Windows 64 bit (47491 bytes).

Download TrueMelt v1.0 for Macintosh UB (64175 bytes).

Download TrueMelt Example Scene (8813 bytes).

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Changes made in the 2.0 (31-Jul-2011)

  • Added nodal version of TrueMelt.

Changes made in the 1.0 (24-Jun-2011)

  • The first official Windows release.

Minimum Windows Requirements

  • LightWave v9.6+
  • Intel SSE2 processor+
  • 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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