NewTek Upgrades LightWave

NewTek is shipping LightWave 3D [8], the latest edition of its 3D graphics platform for film, broadcast, print and game and Web development.

The LightWave upgrade includes and enhanced character animation system with faster inverse and forward kinematics, import and export functions for character rigs that make it easy to apply rigs to new meshes, as well as the ability to cut, paste and adjust hierarchies with speed and ease.

The update also features enhanced modeling tools, including a variety of edge tools, filleting and chamfering via the new Rounder tool, and a variety of other ways to quickly create new geometry, for easy modeling of any needed form, organic, architectural or mechanical. Workflow has been enhanced with a new scene editor with spreadsheet and dopesheet, a dopetrack view, a node-based expression editor and enhanced OpenGL displays for the viewports in both Layout and Modeler.

LightWave 3D [8] is available for a SRP of $1,595. Registered owners of LightWave 3D [7.5] or earlier can purchase a LightWave [8] Electronic Upgrade Pack for $495.