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TrueTypeText is LightWave plugin to generate and render TrueType text directly in Layout.

Use Items > Add Null to make empty object in scene. Open Object Properties window. Then in Object Replacement pick up TrueArt's TrueType Text entry from drop-down list and press Options.

Once text is generated, use File > Save > Save Current Object.. to save object to disk. This will make sure that surfacing data will be stored.

On the left image you can see the plugin control panel.

Text parameter is single row of text. It'll be disabled in multi-row text editing mode.

Text Editor button press to open multi-row text editor.

Filter allows reducing quantity of fonts in drop-down list. Enter partial or full name of font. It's case-sensitive.

Font drop-down list of the all available TrueType fonts or filtered.

Previous Font and Next Font buttons allow quickly cycle through fonts without using drop-down list.

Size of generated text in meters.

Extent is depth of generated text in meters. Set 0 for flat text.

Rounding Distance of generated text in meters. Set 0 to disable rounding.

Rounding Segments of generated text. It's is used only when Rounding Distance is higher than 0.

Bold, Italic, Underline and Strike Out are options defining font style. If there is no appropriate font available in the system, text won't be generated.

Pitch can be Fixed for the same width for the all characters, or Variable for using internal font's character width.

Height can be Fixed for the same height for the all rows, or Variable for using internal font's character height in single row.

Horizontal Spacing added to each character in text.

Additional Spacing added to spaces in text.

Vertical Spacing added to each row height.

Align can be Left, Center, Right or Justify. It controls how to align rows with smaller width than maximum width in multi-row text mode.

VAlign not implemented yet.

Handle X can be Left, Center or Right. It controls how to interpret Null's item X position.

Handle Y can be Top, Center or Bottom. It controls how to interpret Null's item Y position.

Handle Z can be Near, Middle or Far. It controls how to interpret Null's item Z position.

Multi Row Text Editor

Clear button clears the all text.

Delete button deletes currently selected single row of text.

Load button opens file-requester to pick up file to load and append to text.

Save button opens file-requester to pick up file and save all text. Use .txt extension in file name.

Up button moves currently selected single row up in text.

Down button moves currently selected single row down in text.

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

Changes made in the 1.1 (21-Apr-2016)

  • Fixed issue with multi-row editor on Windows 64 bit.

Changes made in the 1.0 (3-Feb-2016)

  • The first official Windows release.

Minimum Windows Requirements

  • LightWave v11+
  • Pentium or better
  • Windows XP 32 bit

Recommended Windows Requirements

  • Windows 7 64 bit or better

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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Price

The price for a single license (product installed on the one machine) is 50 USD (United States Dollars).

On-line ordering

This is the preferred ordering method. It has several advantages:

  • Easy. You just need to type your personal and credit card details into the order form, and you will receive your goods within max. 48 hours.
  • Fast. Usually, you will receive the purchased products within an hour (depending on the time difference between where you live, and the hours we are working)!
  • Safe. You are sure your order won’t be stolen in transit, or held up by postal strikes etc.