SIGGRAPH WEEK 2015 Burbank, CA – August 11, 2015 – The LightWave 3D® Group, a division of NewTek, Inc., has teamed up with Japan-based software developer 3rd Powers to deliver the Powerful Creativity Bundle, featuring a new full license of LightWave 2015 and a complete suite of plugins for LightWave by 3rd Powers.
During the week of August 10-17, 2015, artists who buy LightWave 2015 for $995 (USD) will receive free of charge the entire suite of 3rd Powers plugins for LightWave valued at more than $600 (USD). These include LW Brush, Cage Deformer, Lattice Deformer, Meta Mesh, Boolean Tool, and Heat Shrink Plus. This offer is only available on the LightWave website at www.lightwave3d.com.
Registered owners of LightWave can upgrade to LightWave 2015 for $495 (USD) during the August 10-17, 2015 time period and receive free of charge the 3rd Powers LW Brush plugin, valued at $169 (USD).
Artists are always looking for powerful and creative ways to work in 3D,” said Rob Powers, president, LightWave 3D Group. “We are excited to team up with 3rd Powers to deliver the Powerful Creativity bundle for SIGGRAPH Week 2015. It offers artists the opportunity to pair our award-winning LightWave 2015 3D software with some of the most impressive plugins on the market today at no additional cost. It’s an offer that benefits everyone interested in being creative with 3D.”
The LightWave Advantage
Created by artists for artists, LightWave 3D is intuitive, award-winning software that offers an end-to-end production pipeline for artists and designers to model, animate, capture, retarget, render, and input and output to 3D, including 3D printing.
With the various features of LightWave 2015, artists can take control of dynamic simulations with new Bullet constraint types such as Point-to-Point, Hinge, Slider, Cone Twist, Spring and six degrees of freedom (DOF). Use Importance Sampling to greatly improve the quality of scenes lit by GI and HDR images or background lighting. Match plates, simply place, or sync objects in photographs with the Match Perspective tool. Take advantage of the Genoma 2 Character Rigging System, a rapid modular rigging system that at its base level is a complete rigging development kit (RDK) to quickly rig characters for animation without the need to set up complex rigs from scratch. It also supports the use of Math Expressions and Scripts and includes new and improved human, feline, and arthropod preset rigs.
LightWave 2015 includes Edge Rendering, Patch Border Rendering, Edge Buffering, 64-bit QuickTime Support, as well as new enhancements to the Viewport Preview Renderer (VPR). It also introduces many new features and improvements such as Interactive Dynamic Parenting, Textured Falloffs in Modeler, Fiber FX, GoZ Multi-tool and Unity 5 support, and more. It also supports the latest interchange formats such as Alembic 1.5 and FBX 2015.
3rd Powers Plugins
3rd Powers is a group of artists and engineers immersed in software development for more than 10 years. Recently the company released a suite of advanced plugins for LightWave that are designed to extend creativity for artists. The plugins being offered in the Powerful Creativity Bundle include:
LW Brush: 14 modeling tool plugins for mesh editing such as, translating, rotating, grabbing, sliding, smoothing, pushing, pulling, drawing, cutting, extending, and more.
Cage Deformer: An intuitive animation tool that allows artists to freely edit the mesh deformation of an object by wrapping it with a low-resolution cage-like geometry.
Lattice Deformer: Distort and animate objects in the lattice by grabbing, stretching, rotating and distorting.
Meta Mesh: A new modeling technique to interactively weld and hollow an object in the viewport; Subpatch objects can also be welded and hollowed without harming the model.
Boolean Tool: An interactive version of Boolean that creates a new object from the overlapping portions of the foreground and background objects.
Heat Shrink Plus: A modeling tool that dynamically combines a foreground polygon mesh to a background object, similar to wrapping an object.
Artists are invited to test drive a full-feature trial version of LightWave 2015 at www.lightwave3d.com/try_lightwave.
For more information about LightWave 3D software or the LightWave 3D Group, please visit www.lightwave3d.com.
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