June 1st, 2005

abLightTweaker is a streamlined light manager that offers a great deal of flexibility and control when setting up lights.

  Some of the features include the ability to:

  • Easily adjust the most important light attributes.
  • Save light setups, as "Light Sets," to either a shelf button or optionVars.
  • Activate/deactivate/solo lights with real time viewport feedback.
  • Assign individual lights adjustable false colors to determine their contribution to a scene.
  • Adjust intensity globally, or on specified lights.
  • Copy and paste light colors.
  • Easily Export light related overrides to Andrew Chapman's Render Passes plug in (in version 1.2 only).


Update/Bug Fix
June 2nd, 2005 Added three levels of attribute detail to save: 1:Basic, 2:Common, 3:Extended (Mental Ray).  Inactive lights on save now stay off on restore.
Update/Bug Fix
June 6th, 2005 Can now create overrides for Andrew Chapman's Render Passes for Maya plug in.  Added other various bits of functionality.
Update/Bug Fix
August 24th, 2005 Updated previously connectControlled popUpMenus to work in Maya 7.  Removed Render Pass plug in support in this version with the upgraded capabilities of Render Layers.
Update/Bug Fix
September 26th, 2005 Added "Drop SpotLight" to tools menu.  Use it to quickly create a spotlight at your current persp view camera's position and orientation.  You can also call it directly from the command line with "abLiTwDropSpot".
Update/Bug Fix
June 8th, 2006 Cleaned up some of the light linking bugs.  Now works with lights in sets.
Update/Bug Fix
September 12th, 2006 Updated to work in Maya 8.

"abLightTweaker" was posted on June 1st, 2005 under Mel Scripts.  It was created using Maya.

This entry was last updated on September 12th, 2006.

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November 11th, 2005 said:

Hi, I like your abLightTweaker 1.3.1!!!!! I wont tell you because abLightTweaker 1.3.1 dont create the control of more than 23 lights and this is importan for me because I have 40 lights in my scene. If you have some information please email me at noolloon@hotmail.com

P.D: Sorry for my English, I am from Barcelona (spain)

November 16th, 2005 said:

Hi noolloon,

I tested abLightTweaker out on my computer with thirty lights in a scene illuminating a sphere and it worked for me, although the UI was really slow to update.  Unfortunately I didn't really build it with that many lights in mind, so it doesn't scale very well.

Sorry I can't be of more help.

just say it


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