NewTek Inc. on Tuesday introduced
LightWave 3D 8.2, an update to its 3D animation software that features a redesigned UV engine, the incorporation of new anti-aliasing technologies in the renderer core, new options for image reconstruction filters and more. In addition, the LightWave software development kit (SDK) has been improved with 22 new functions and enhancements for third parties that develop new LightWave tools. Uogrades are US$495 while the full software is $1,595. NewTek will include copies of RealViz’s ImageModeler 4, a $1,380 value, with all full copies or upgrades of LightWave 8.2, while supplies last. Mac OS X v10.3.3, a G4 processor, 512MB RAM (1GB recommended), 230MB free hard drive space and 64MB video RAM (128MB recommended) are required.