Lightwave developer, Newtek on Monday announced at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas, NV, a forthcoming update to its 3D animation, bringing it to version 8.3. Among the many features available in the update Newtek said that the new version would include support for multi-core processors.
According to NewTek, multi-core processor technology will provide the power of two processors on a single chip, allowing LightWave to leverage system resources to significantly improve workflow, performance and the speed of the 3D rendering process over the current generation single-core processor systems.
In addition to multi-core support, Lightwave 8.3 will also include a revised PSD Import/Export to include a variety of new options, filters and controls, as well as enhanced processing of LightWave’s internal buffers for better compatibility on export; New “Text Layers” tool for creating text with a variety of controls and options; Improved Vector Blur routines; New “Relative Particle Age” gradient option for HyperVoxels; New “Blending” surface-tension control for HyperVoxels; HyperVoxels now work in combination with fog; HyperVoxels refraction now works in combination with dissolve and fog; and the Point limit per polygon has been increased from 1024 to 16383.
The update will be available free for current users from the company’s Web site in the next few days.