View Full Version : Anyone has a script to share which would show time in seconds the way as is polycount

02 February 2009, 07:08 PM
Hi guys,

I thought that this could be rather useful feature to more people so maybe there is a chance that someone already has it and I don't have to go through all those scripts and figure out how to maxscript this.

What I'm looking for is a script, that would display current time in minutes, seconds and miliseconds in viewport in a similar way as polycount stats work.

It would be great if someone has even something similar that would be easy for me to modify for my needs :D


02 February 2009, 07:26 PM
going with some of the stuff outlined here:

From the other thread, a function to draw up some text at a specified location (supports multiple lines)

fn drawText str pos:[16,16] col:(color 0 0 0) lineSpacing:-4 = (
-- split up into individual lines
local lines = filterString str "\n"
local lineHeight = (gw.getTextExtent "`j").y
local strExtent = gw.getTextExtent str

local verticalOffset = 0

for str in lines do (
-- draw the text
gw.setTransform (Matrix3 1)
gw.wText [pos.x,pos.y + verticalOffset,0] str color:col
strRect = (Box2 (pos.x + 1) (pos.y - lineHeight) strExtent.x (lineHeight + 2))
gw.enlargeUpdateRect strRect

-- increment the offset
verticalOffset += lineHeight + lineSpacing

Draw the time on viewport redraw:

global drawTime
unregisterRedrawViewsCallback drawTime
fn drawTime = ( drawText localtime pos:[16,128] col:yellow )
registerRedrawViewsCallback drawTime

02 February 2009, 07:34 PM
Thanks, that will help me much. You know, i'm the kind of a scripter who when needs a script has to dig through lot of samples, through maxscript help file for almost every line of code and it takes ages to make something :D

Now I have noticed.... stupid me, i didn't mean that kind of time, rather time on which time slider is. I think that should be rather easy to calculate from current timeslider frame and framerate in scene.

Thanks again.

02 February 2009, 08:36 PM
just replace the 'localtime' with '(slidertime as string)' - should do the trick if you're already working with time settings set to natural time.

though.. why show that in the viewport, if you can already see that on the timeslider itself? ;)

02 February 2009, 08:53 PM
Thanks again.

I need this because it seems to me that non of the 4 options for timeslider display time in format like this: mintues:seconds:milliseconds. But especially I need this for easy navigation to specific frame (so timeslider in frames) and than I need to read what time is this in seconds:milliseconds. I know it's not a big deal to do the math in head, but if you need more of this, it can become boring not to mention possible different frame rate which you would have to check in time configuration dialog.

02 February 2009, 09:27 PM
true, there is no minute:second:millisecond display. Note that I think you typically won't get millisecond-accurate results anyway; there are always 4800 'ticks' per second.. it doesn't divide too nicely to 1/1000ths of a second :)

Anyway - sliderTime plus a bit of math it is, then

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