Here are the main controls. There are four
sections: Line Types, Line Color, Filter Parameters and Laser
Output. The controls in each section have been carefully considered,
so you have maximum flexibility with minimum complexity.
Draw objects in a variety
The Line Types settings specify how lines are
drawn. You can pick the method(s) that will work best for your scene
The screen shots below
depict the original shaded objects, then how they look with a simple
silhouette, and finally how they look with folds or contours added
(click pictures to enlarge):
If you need more control, you can specify how
objects are drawn on an object-by-object basis. Here are the
settings (they appear as part of the object's properties, not within
the renderer itself):
In the screen shots below, the soccer ball object
has different parameters assigned to it. You can see how Lasershow
Converter MAX is extremely flexible. Whether you need to portray a
solid, a wireframe or a transparent object, Lasershow Converter MAX
can handle it.
Notice that color is automatically generated.
This is useful, since some other methods of generating laser artwork
from 3D programs create only white lines.
In the Line Color
section, there are four ways of coloring lines. Usually you'll
choose the object's diffuse color (what it looks like under diffused
white lighting). The other options give added flexibility.
with Filter Parameters
Some objects can generate unwanted short lines or
dots when converted to laser. Lasershow Converter MAX takes care of
this with the Filter Parameters settings. These include how large of
a gap to jump over, whether overlapping lines are removed (to
eliminate duplicates) and how short a line can be.
The Laser Output section automatically assigns
text notes to each generated frame. This helps you later locate the
frames on your computer, using Lasershow Designer's
"Search" feature. In addition, you can specify the
starting laser frame to write, and whether you see the results on
the laser as the frames are generated.
If you have experience with 3D Studio MAX, you
can get started right away with Lasershow Converter MAX. The plug-in
works like other 3DSM controls. You'll soon find that it is the
easiest way to make high-quality laser show artwork. Lasershow
Converter MAX truly revolutionizes laser shows!