qemLOSS (Lightwave Object Surface Simplification) is a free plugin
available for the SGI, Intel, and Alpha platforms. It is a Modeler
plugin that uses a surface simplification algorithm in an attempt to
reduce the number of polygons in a Lightwave object. The plugin allows
the user to rapidly produce good quality approximations of excessively
detailed polygonal models.
This plugin does polygon reduction similar to Decimate, but uses a
completely different algorithm that in most cases seems to work better
for objects that will be used for level of detail type applications and
objects that can be used as low-res stand-ins while doing scene layout.
Decimate was intended for applications where the object's topology needs
to be preserved (medical 3D isosurface reconstructions). qemLOSS does
not have the restriction of preserving the topology, and therefore in
most cases, will provide more reduction but still provide a good
approximation to the original object.
Thanks goes to Matthew Sorrels for porting this plugin to the Intel and
Alpha platforms, his assistance is always very valuable and greatly
More about this plugin, how to download, and its usage can be found on
this web page:
or you can get to it from my main plugins page at:
I'm always interested in hearing how people are using these plugins, so
if you use it drop me a line, or send a message to the newsgroup
describing what you've done.
WWW Page: http://amber.rc.arizona.edu/marvinl.html