View Full Version : The Plug In And Interface Thread !!

03-24-2002, 07:44 PM
After talking with friend's mike rb and loganarts, and seeing how well there post are going, I thought it would be a good idea to put a post up where everyone would post a pic of there interface along with the numbers for it! Also put up 1 or 2 links to your favorite or comonly used plugins (not just the name but a link also please ) im working on a different menu set up that mike and me are trying out! It is foar from done but if youd like to see where its going ill post my setting too !

Thanks i hope eveyone joins in and im pretty sure you r aboutto get 500 links c man you rock ! lol

ill post mine in just a few !

also ill make this sticky so everyone can pic up the interface colors and plugins easily

03-24-2002, 07:55 PM
BackgroundColor 150 142 175
StateButtonColor 055 055 075
ToolButtonColor 055 055 075
ActionButtonColor 055 055 075
DialogButtonColor 055 055 075
DragButtonColor 055 055 075
InfoAreaColor 033 035 041
InfoAreaTextColor 162 179 219

this is for the darker setting i have

Mike RB
03-24-2002, 08:07 PM
Low contrast interface

BackgroundColor 0 0 0
StateButtonColor 100 100 105
ToolButtonColor 100 100 105
ActionButtonColor 100 100 105
DialogButtonColor 100 100 105
DragButtonColor 100 100 105
InfoAreaColor 100 100 105
InfoAreaTextColor 0 0 0

03-24-2002, 08:09 PM
lighter set up and a tip after going back to a one monitor set up i need to find room so i usually open all my windows ill need statistics numeric surface editor etc then i edit my menu to have the float key on the botom task bar this way all i need to do is hit the float bar and they are out of my way also a good one for tool bar
the color picker i have can be found at this site cool for matching colors to specific pics textures etc

03-24-2002, 08:10 PM
MIKES is the coolest :) xsi X

03-24-2002, 08:12 PM
also a way to test your colors for your interface before hand though not always acurate

Mike RB
03-24-2002, 08:22 PM
plugins I cant live without:



Point Rail Select

03-24-2002, 10:43 PM
that's mine...

if someone was wondering, no, it's not a mac,
it's good old win2k with gui mod (

Others may not like the colors... i do...:shrug:
Here they are...
BackgroundColor 133 135 171
StateButtonColor 093 095 111
ToolButtonColor 093 095 111
ActionButtonColor 093 095 111
DialogButtonColor 093 095 111
DragButtonColor 093 095 111
InfoAreaColor 093 095 111
InfoAreaTextColor 162 179 219

03-24-2002, 10:59 PM
this is to show a new meaning of modular interface...
dedicated to all you who (as me) can't work in more than 1280x1024...
same as above...

03-24-2002, 11:30 PM
cool ! nice keep them coming guys /gals show us your stuff !::eek:

Mike RB
03-24-2002, 11:55 PM
dont forget to post the colors as well. Please edit your posts and add the color info. (you too cerreto, what about the tan and blue?)


03-25-2002, 12:15 AM
BackgroundColor 133 133 122
StateButtonColor 200 200 221
ToolButtonColor 211 211 221
ActionButtonColor 211 211 221
DialogButtonColor 211 211 221
DragButtonColor 211 211 221
InfoAreaTextColor 211 211 221
InfoAreaColor 111 111 111

this is a light tan color interface

thanks forgot mike haha:):wip:

03-25-2002, 01:27 AM
Thanks for reading my mind and starting this thread, Cerreto ;)
And nice looking colors to start it off with!
I don’t have anything to add at the moment… Currently I am a just trying to emulate guys like you, Mike, etc. :cool:

I would really like to see how that menu setup you mentioned is coming along. The one in your screen grab looks very interesting and useful. Your use of 4 perspective views is something I am looking forward to trying.


03-25-2002, 02:03 AM
something ive found useful is having difrent prefrences for myself for example i have a modeling prefrance where i edit my menu to have strictly modeling plugins and tools group them and put them in scrolling menus in the botom task bar i also make one for maping /morhing and texturing it keeps my interface clean and quick i use hot keys mostly and basicly only use about 5 tools when modeling but its nice when you need to look for them !

03-25-2002, 02:38 AM
ok heres mine.
default colors(ok i know i suck, but IM USED TO IT OK????:confused: )

also. i dont use toolbars anymore. its all hotkeys and mouse pop ups.

by the way. I LIKE IT THIS WAY:)

03-25-2002, 05:41 AM
hei loganarts, that's a great idea!!!
very mayalike!
(gonna do a mix from your technique and the multi-setup tip from cerreto!!)
thx pals, i've got to try some...i'll let you know...

03-25-2002, 11:59 PM
does anyone know how to change your view mode (Wireframe, Flat Shade, Texture, etc) via a keyboard short cut?

I'm just trying to minimize everything to Keyboard shorts in order to reduce my Tab and button clicking. :)

Also...thanks for the post Loganarts....i'm now Hotboxing it as they say in Maya. :D


Mike RB
03-26-2002, 12:04 AM
crtl and numpad to assign preset. then use the numpad to activate preset

03-26-2002, 12:09 AM

you rock!!

thanks for the scoop!

woo hoo!


and congrats on getting the Moderator position.

03-26-2002, 04:13 PM
hi, perhaps that's a stoopid question, and i did RTM chapter 5,
but is there a way to use the mouse menus without holding down ctrl+shift? ('re the king of mouse GOTTA know!!)

I ask that because i just broke my left arm (3 cracks for the price of one fall...that's gonna be LOONG and BORING...:( ) and i cannot use the keyb + the mouse at the same time... i have a ms wireless intelliwhatever so i've got 2 more buttons on the side of the mouse, and i could set them to ctrl + shift, but i already used one for the Alt key and the other for the drag tool, so i'm out of buttons!!

i saw your timelapse on the first part of your march contest character (awesome modelling! i dont like the blend between the body softness and the wheel medallion hardness, but i know you're working hard, at least I HOPE, coz I WANT updates!!! and...well...would you care to do another timelapse?:p i'm learning lots from your techniques...).
Anyway, i just wanted to ask what's the function of the MOUSE button on your bottom menu...(right now i'm VERY interested in everything concerning mouses...:D)

OT: moderators, why don't you put a new sticky thread that goes like "TIMELAPSES" and you pros show us how you model? i think it'd be a GREAT thing... It's not a tutorial, (ok, you learn a lot with tutorials too) it's just some "fresh air", new styles...

thx anyway...
(a lil one-handed lightwaver...)

03-26-2002, 06:07 PM
Hi everyone,

i work for a long time with a reduced interface (in many programs). I think itīs very effectively.
But in LW-Modeler is a hitch for my personal workflow.

-- Without the toolbars on the left side (or right) the gridsize/data/coordinate system in the left bottom window (integrated i.t. toolbar) doesnīt appears.
But for a fast and simple visual check itīs helpful (in my opinion).

Have anybody a (improvement) suggestion to solve the problem ?

I wish a wonderful day.

03-26-2002, 09:01 PM
I can't figure out which of the settings effects the "wireframe color" of the wireframe SHADE mode :)

03-26-2002, 10:23 PM
i dont belive any of the setting effect the wire frame unfortunatly

Mike RB
03-26-2002, 11:31 PM
dies-irae: I don't think you can change the crtl-shift combo. But you may be able to setup some macro so that a single mouse button does both. That would probably be in your mouse configuration software and not LW.

And that mouse toggle at the bottom is for what center the operation will use, wether its selection center, mouse center, or origin center. It just dont like them in the modes dropdown as I cant see which is active.

I think the tutorial thread is good enough for both timelapse tutorials and html. :)

1-8-5: Dunno, ive never really paid much attention to that little info box

chlywly: you cant currently, any pics i post that look different are photoshoped to look how they do.


03-27-2002, 02:24 AM
Here's a link to Lukasz Pazera's very interesting site. He has a couple of very nice rigging tools plus a modeling tutorial and more.

03-27-2002, 02:49 AM
Very strange because normal lightwave colors the wireframe color is WHITE, when I changed it to YOUR darkish tone Furiouse, It changed to a dull grey! very hard to spot.

In cerretos beij color scheme its more of a yellow, I was trying to figure out what effects it hmm.

03-27-2002, 04:18 AM
Here is what I came up with so far...
Pay no attention to the menus. I am still working on them.
(Thanks to Mike for getting me started by posting his previous colors in another thread :) )
(The box shows the difference between these colors and the defaults)

BackgroundColor 120 120 120
StateButtonColor 140 150 160
ToolButtonColor 115 120 130
ActionButtonColor 130 135 150
DialogButtonColor 130 140 145
DragButtonColor 140 150 160
InfoAreaColor 115 120 125
InfoAreaTextColor 200 210 220

03-27-2002, 08:38 AM
Did u guys use this ColorPicker ( to make your color schemes or did u do the whole thing manually?

03-27-2002, 09:17 AM
Originally posted by AnimaLMotheR
Did u guys use this ColorPicker ( to make your color schemes or did u do the whole thing manually?

The colorpicker is useful, but only to a point. It helped me get started, but in the end I pretty much just used trial and error. And remember it doesnt give you a ToolButtonColor.

Be sure and post what you come up with :)

Mike RB
03-27-2002, 09:37 AM
one i found the grey i liked, it was pretty simple to just apply it to everything. :)

03-27-2002, 09:53 AM
mike rb: I was wondering, how did you get those extra tabs in lw. Ex; the sculpting menu. The ones that have like construct etc. I want to build my own. I cant figure it out either.


Mike RB
03-27-2002, 10:03 AM
modeler>interface>edit menu

then add a new group to the right section and rename it to what you want. IF you dont like the oder they are in you can drag them around in the LW interface afterwards.


03-27-2002, 10:54 AM
shibby! Mike RB is officially the lw king. i think anyways.

thanks !


03-28-2002, 02:44 PM
an edgetools question:

I saw in one of your time lapse videos, it looked like you were selecting edges and moving them, how did you do that?


Mike RB
03-28-2002, 09:37 PM
You cannot select edges and move them, which video was this?


03-28-2002, 10:23 PM
But u can select the points at the end of the edge and more them.. Same thing almost. :)

Mike RB
03-28-2002, 10:29 PM
thats only when your are creating them, you cannot edit existing edges... you can only affect thier end points, or the polys they border..


03-28-2002, 10:41 PM
Here's a shot of my current "purple/bluish" interface color scheme.

Mike RB
03-28-2002, 10:53 PM
what, no colors?


03-28-2002, 11:03 PM
Use these numbers to achieve the "purple/bluish" interface color scheme shown previously.

StateButtonColor 105 105 140
ActionButtonColor 105 105 140
DialogButtonColor 105 105 140
DragButtonColor 105 105 140
BackgroundColor 80 80 170
InfoAreaColor 100 100 130
InfoAreaTextColor 0 0 0
ToolButtonColor 105 105 140

03-29-2002, 12:43 AM
heres one using my tan and grey settings me and chewey have similar layouts eh !

03-29-2002, 12:45 AM
BackgroundColor 055 055 075
StateButtonColor 055 055 075
ToolButtonColor 055 055 075
ActionButtonColor 055 055 075
DialogButtonColor 055 055 075
DragButtonColor 055 055 075
InfoAreaColor 157 155 155
InfoAreaTextColor 055 055 075

03-29-2002, 12:46 AM
as soon as i get a decently orgaised set up ill upload my prefrances for my keeys and menus

03-29-2002, 02:18 AM
Here's a "copper/grey" color scheme

StateButtonColor 115 100 100
ActionButtonColor 115 100 100
DialogButtonColor 115 100 100
DragButtonColor 115 100 100
BackgroundColor 115 100 100
InfoAreaColor 105 100 100
InfoAreaTextColor 250 250 250
ToolButtonColor 115 100 100

03-29-2002, 02:31 AM
MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH modeler and layout combined ;)

03-29-2002, 02:59 AM
Ha! You guys are on a roll :thumbsup:
Can't wait to try these out.

And I'm looking forward to the prefs, Cerreto. They look great.... from what I can see :)

...Especially that last combo :shame:

03-29-2002, 03:10 AM
THIS ( just showed up on Flay today....

Lightwave Roamer (new, Intel) is a login/profile system for Lightwave. It will allow one user to use multiple config files or many users to select their own on one machine.

03-29-2002, 03:51 AM
wow ceretto, that is nice. How did you do that? i want the configs too please!


03-29-2002, 04:40 AM
Psst.... that's all Photoshop sk1llz. If only we had the option to run them separate/combined. *dreams of modeling with real bone deformations of the mesh*:p

03-29-2002, 04:53 AM
HAH yeah as mark pointed out its just ps thats what the laugh and wink were for but it ould be nice i would like the configuration i made personaly !

03-29-2002, 09:49 PM
here is my interface:

My lw interface (

btw: how do you post images or attachments with your posts? i never can. It always says the image file is too large or it just doesn't work.


03-29-2002, 10:23 PM
you need to reduce the file size to 50K or less. I use photoshop to reduce the overall pixel height and width and also reduce the quality of the jpeg compression.

03-30-2002, 02:18 PM
It's stupid question time!! How do I go about implementing these color schemes? tried adding it to my cfg, but it didn't work. Now I feel like an idiot. Happy? :D

03-30-2002, 03:04 PM
dont feel bad lol make sure when you add them and save them that hub and all the lw apps are closed then save the file ad re open them ! just add to lw hub file thats the only one

03-30-2002, 04:39 PM
Got it :)

Is there any way to change my perspective wire shade color? Right now it's silver and it's blending into the model...would like to change it to black.

03-30-2002, 09:31 PM
i have a question now, why is it that every time i startup lw the colors go whacky? like i will set the config to the dark scheme then after i close it and open it again one set of colors will turn to the original colors. Why is that?

03-30-2002, 09:52 PM
Be sure that before you open, change, and save the config that you have exited both modeler and the hub.

This happened to me a couple of times and I think that may be why.
Let us know if that doesn't work.

also: be sure there are no extra spaces or typos.

03-30-2002, 10:45 PM

Eki's PlugPak is a compilation of LScript utilities that try to make your LW life just that little bit easier. The PlugPak currently includes the following:

Overcaster V5.12 - Fast fake radiosity with spinning lights (New version)

SkyGen V2.0 - An alternative for Lightwave's Sky Tracer (New version)

RefGen V3.0 - Render panoramas from your favorite LW scenes (New version)

Fakemetric Camera V1.0 - Render fake isometric projections from your scenes

NewProject V2.0 - Set up all the necessary directories etc. (New version)

this was posted in a thread in the forum ! please have a look and giv him some feedback im posting this here so we can get some more plugins in this thread !

04-05-2002, 06:35 AM
Ok, still can't get the colors in.
I have a fresh install of LW 7.0b, and there are no cfg files in the directory structure at all. What is the name of the file I'm looking for, and where would it normally live?

Any assistance would be most appreciated.


Ok, found it now. RTFM d'oh!

04-05-2002, 07:04 AM
you cannot find the cfg inside the lightwave directory tree because they aren't there.

they're kept on c:\documents and settings\username\ if you're using win2k and perhaps winxp (i don't remember i hated XP so much i hadn't the time to install lightwave before i was reformatting to put a nice slim fast and stable win2k...), on c:\windows if you're on win9x.

do a simple win+f and find lw*.cfg

04-05-2002, 08:59 AM
just do a search for LWHUB.CFG

04-08-2002, 08:25 PM
I didn't know you could do this with Lightwave. Sorry, i'm a n00b who just got 7.0 3 days ago ^_^.

Would it be possible for people to upload a color style so i could slam it into my directory or will this mess everything up??:wip:

04-08-2002, 10:37 PM
are you in the asian market 7.03 ?

04-08-2002, 11:06 PM
i mean i got 7.0 three days ago....

04-24-2002, 11:00 PM
Hi, does anybody know of any good free plugins for Lightwave, and maybe a URL for the file too? I'm using Lightwave 7. Answers to my question would be appreciated :thumbsup:

04-24-2002, 11:04 PM
go to flay .com all the free plug ins you need plus check cmans thread soem of the best free plugins around

11-03-2003, 02:10 AM
Where is lwhub.cfg for the mac? I did a search and cannot find it, I like the low contrast settings in the first thread and would love to do it!

Triple G
11-03-2003, 03:27 AM
The reason you can't find it on a Mac is because it's called "Lightwave Hub Prefs", and it can be found in your User:Library:Preferences folder. I would make a backup copy of the current file before you go mucking around with changing anything, just in case.

I think I may have posted this already, but here it is again just incase anyone cares...:p My personal favorite color scheme for LW:

ActionButtonColor 143 143 143
BackgroundColor 143 143 143
DialogButtonColor 194 194 194
DragButtonColor 155 155 165
InfoAreaTextColor 0 0 0
InfoAreaColor 143 143 143
StateButtonColor 194 194 194
ToolButtonColor 194 194 194

Triple G
11-03-2003, 03:47 AM
Guess you can't attach an image when you edit a message. Anyway, here's what that last color scheme I posted looks like:

11-03-2003, 12:35 PM
I want mine to look like MikeRB's first scheme posted, I cannot get it to work on a mac.

Mike RB
11-03-2003, 03:42 PM
i actually use a scheme thats a bit lighter and a bit bluer these days:

BackgroundColor 0 0 0
StateButtonColor 130 135 140
ToolButtonColor 130 135 140
ActionButtonColor 130 135 140
DialogButtonColor 130 135 140
DragButtonColor 130 135 140
InfoAreaTextColor 255 255 255

11-03-2003, 04:50 PM
Where can I download this "color picker" plugin to change my interface?

thank you all

Mike RB
11-03-2003, 04:53 PM
you don't need it. Just close down the hub.exe TSR and add the color lines to your HUB.CFG file.


11-03-2003, 05:14 PM
So to edit my color interface. Once I open LWHub.CFG with notepad.....where do I paste the color scheme number that some
of you guys have posted?...because am a little confused how to actual do any help would be great.


Mike RB
11-03-2003, 05:14 PM
right at the top is fine, just push everything else down.

11-03-2003, 05:19 PM
Sweet, absolutely GREAT! I love this......

thank you Man!:buttrock: :thumbsup:

11-04-2003, 12:25 AM
Any mac ppl able to do this?
I want mine to look dark like Mikes frist one.

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