LightWave 11.5 Software Now Available

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The LightWave 3D Group, a division of NewTek Inc., has introduced LightWave 11.5, the newest version of its 3D modeling, animation and rendering software for artists and designers.
“Leveraging the rich collection of new tools in LightWave 11.5 allows us to continue to deliver movies on time and on budget,” said Scott Wheeler, visual effects supervisor at Rogue State and LightWave beta team member. “No other software gives us the scalability to do small team projects while still being capable of handling major studio effects movies quite like LightWave. It’s a must have in our CG arsenal.”
LightWave 11.5 includes new features that enhance creativity and streamline productivity, according to NewTek.
Soft Body Bullet Dynamics includes dynamics for effects such as cloth, rubber, jelly or other deforming properties. Bullet meshes are also reactive to bone deformations and wind forces can be added for rippling effects.
After Effects and ZBrush interchange tools offer a “LightWave to After Effects” shortcut button that enables users to select elements in a scene and then view them in Adobe After Effects. The After Effects camera can also be exported to LightWave to take advantage of the Camera Tracker and to provide matching between the two programs, the company says. GoZ technology for Pixologic’s ZBrush enables users to send models to and from LightWave with automatic node flows for textures and normal maps, and ZBrush styling tools can also be imported.
Additional interactive modeling tools provide new functionality and architectural advancements in Modeler for faster interactivity, performance and tool development. The upgrade adds UV Unwrap, Edit Edges, Place Mesh, Slice, Thicken and Heat Shrink.
NewTek says LightWave 11.5 also expands the software’s suite of virtual studio tools and adds support in the Viewport Preview Renderer for depth-of-field motion blur, node-edge rendering and stereoscopic 3D, as well as new functionality for Flocking and Instancing, as well as workflow enhancements.
The company says LightWave 11 customers can upgrade free of charge online, and educational pricing is also available. Alternatively, click here to download a free, 60-day full-feature trial of LightWave 11.5.


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