Anthony McLin

New Photography

Just a few quick updates and I'm off to bed. I've added some more content to my photography portfolio, namely some miscellaneous photographs I wasn't quite sure on how to group (including this incredible night shot of the San Diego skyline) , and some family portraits.

Dynamic Mondrian

In December '08, my employer KAA Design Group held an art show to showcase the work of its staff, family, and friends. My contribution was an interactive digital installation titled Dynamic Mondrian

New York Photography

The redirects are now in place for those of you who are searching for the VRay Light Lister or J-AMFPHP.

I've also uploaded the first set of photographs into my portfolio. A small collection of pictures I shot in New York City in 2004. I was shooting with my 35mm SLR at the time, and the film itself probably wasn't in the best of conditions. It adds a nice grain effect to many of the shots that was unintended. Check out the latest addition in the portfolio.

New Site Launch

I've finally gotten around to rebuilding my site, and this time, I have a design that was relatively easy to implement and works well for the nature of my content. There should be quite a few updates in the near future as I fine-tune settings and styles, and add enhancements and features.

I was able to collect and consolidate all the content from several previous iterations of this site. The new site runs on Joomla 1.5, which is much better for the structure and layout I wanted than Joomla 1.0. Unfortuneately, this rebuild does mean that old links are most likely broken, even though the content has not been removed. I'll do my best to get redirects in place for the common requests (like the 3D Studio plugins) as quick as I can.

In the meantime, here are a couple of the most popuplar pages that you may be looking for:

VRay LightLister 1.5 for 3D Studio Max
J-AMFPHP for Joomla

And yes.... I shot all the photography on this site.

Switching Hosting Providers

So I'm quite upset with my webhosting provider, Hostway. Out of the 15 or so clients I have setup with them, at least 7 have been having problems in the past few months. They used to be the best of the best, but their service has drastically degraded, and getting someone on the phone for tech support is a nightmare. This site has had all kinds of outage issues, and I've had open trouble tickets for months now trying to get back-end issues resolved. I'm not wasting any more time with them.

I'm switching to MediaTemple. (If you follow my lead, please put as your referrer when you sign up). I have already switched my email to go through MediaTemple's servers, and I'm in the process of setting up my site. I figured while I migrate, I might as well setup Joomla 1.5... so there's some extra work going on in the transition. 

Rounded Corners

So, the current bane of any web developer's existence is rounded corners on graphical elements. Every designer wants them, and from a coding standpoint, they're one of the most difficult tricks to pull off.


Wow, this is turning out to be much more succesful than I ever imagined. My LightLister for VRay has reached over 3000 downloads. The newest release has had over 450 downloads in just a couple weeks. I never expected this of my little script.


I have had some bugs reported to me regarding using it in conjunction with RPM Manager. I'm looking into them. It appears that if you put a VRay Light in an RPM Manager grouping, there will be a script error if you launch the light lister. I'm hoping there is a workaround 

VRay Light Lister 1.5 now available

So, now that the final release of VRay 1.5 is out, I've gone ahead and updated my Light Lister. Version 1.5 is now available for download. The two new features are:

  • Checkbox added for Affect Reflections for VRay Lights
  • Checkbox added for Shadows for VRay Lights 

VRay Light Lister 1.5

This script replaces the built-in light lister with one that incorporates support for VRay Lights and VRay Suns.

VRay 1.5 is out!

So I've been spending the the last few days in San Diego attending SIGGRAPH 2007. Last night was the ChaosGroup event. Announced was the final release of VRay 1.5. No more beta!


At the event someone asked about having the VRay lights show up in 3D Studio's Light Lister. This gave me the perfect opportunity to plug my VRay Light Lister.


Now that VRay 1.5 is finalized, I'll need to go through and take another look at the light lister code, especially since there's some new features added to the VRay Lights. Stay tuned for a new version of the VRay Light Lister.


In somewhat related news, Autodesk announced 3D Studio Max 2008 (aka 3DSMax 10). Incorporated in it will be a new name-based scene explorer. It apparently replaces the Select / Hide / Freeze by name listers. It may also replace the Light Lister. Since I haven't been able to play with it yet, I don't know.