Free LOD plugin for Intel, Amiga and SGI...

Free LOD plugin for Intel, Amiga and SGI...

Post by Marvin Landi » Wed, 12 Feb 1997 04:00:00

Announcing another free plug-in currently available for Intel,
Amiga, and SGI users. It is a Level of Detail (LOD) object replacement
plugin for Layout.

Users in my lab have been asking for an LOD plugin lately, so I used
Jason Booth's BML LOD plugin as inspiration to write a C version that
could be used on our SGI machine. And anything I could do to make the
Amiga at home render scenes more efficiently seemed like it was worth
doing. Ernie Wright has also assisted by compiling the plugin for the
Intel platform (as well as providing other valuable assistance for
making my sample files PC friendly). If anyone would like to try and
compile it for the Alpha (and maybe even the Mac) I would love to know
about it.

Here is a short blurb about the plugin from the web page:

    As the camera moves farther away from an object in a Lightwave
    scene, the viewer can distinguish fewer details on the object.
    Therefore, an object far from the camera needs fewer details
    (smaller number of polygons, less surface texturing, etc.) than one
    that is close to the camera. This plugin uses Lightwave Layout's
    Object Replacement capability to allow an animator the ability to
    use multiple objects with various levels of detail in a scene.
    Based on the distance between an object and the camera position,
    this plugin replaces the current object with other user specified

If you are interested, you can find the web page at:

or find a link to the LOD page from my plugins page:

Marvin Landis
WWW Page:


1. A nifty plugin for Lightwave 4.0 or 5.0 (Intel, Alpha, Amiga, and SGI versions)

Oops!  I forgot to mention, the effect of Surface Effectors can
also be modulated using a fully animateable fractal noise texture
(by animateable, I mean rotateable, scaleable, and moveable during
the course of an animation).

-- Prem
Prem Subrahmanyam

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Official Title: Minister of Lightwave 3d Plugin Design Foolishness

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with little resistance, but from victories won against overwhelming

2. RE '95 conference - still time to register

3. qemLOSS - Free plugin for SGI, Intel, and Alpha

4. Can Corel Draw 8 read Claris Draw files?

5. DEMScape LW plugin for SGI and Intel (free!)

6. Horizon line

7. Announce: Layout Plugin (Intel + now SGI)


9. New! spline dresser (free plugin, intel)

10. ver.up info: spline deformer(free plugin for intel)

11. A simple colth simulator plugin(free, intel)

12. New Free DOF_Blur plugin for Alpha/Intel plus source

13. Intel claims LOD mesh ?