NewTek Inc. announced on Wednesday that
LightWave 3D , the new version of its 3D animation tool, is now shipping. The upgrade introduces a better character animation system that features faster inverse, forward kinematics, character rig import/export and the ability to quickly cut, paste and adjust hierarchies; new bone editing tools; enhancements to the cloth and soft body dynamics tools that include a “sewing” feature which realistically tears clothing in response to events; a new scene editor; and more.
Registered owners of LightWave 3D [7.5] or earlier can upgrade to the new version for US$495, while the full edition is $1,595. System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.3.3, a G4 processor (G5 recommended), 512MB RAM (1GB recommended), 230MB hard drive space and 64MB video RAM (128MB recommended).