LightWave 3D Group, 3rd Powers at SIGGRAPH with plug-in bundle

The LightWave 3D Group, a division of NewTek, and Japan-based software developer 3rd Powers have teamed up to offer a creative plug-in bundle featuring a new full license of LightWave 2015 and a complete suite of plug-ins for LightWave by 3rd Powers.

LightWave 3D software supports an end-to-end production pipeline in which to model, animate, capture, retarget, render and input/output to 3D, including 3D printing. It allows artists to control simulations with new bullet constraint types such as point-to-point, hinge, slider, cone twist, spring and six degrees of freedom (DOF).

Importance sampling offers users the ability to improve the quality of scenes lit by GI and HDR images or background lighting. Users can match plates and simply place or sync objects in photographs with the match perspective tool. The software’s Genoma 2 complete rigging development kit (RDK) enables rapid rigging of 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 and enhancements to the viewport preview renderer (VPR), as well as new features such as interactive dynamic parenting, textured falloffs in Modeler, fiber FX, a GoZ multi-tool and Unity 5 support. It also supports the latest interchange formats such as Alembic 1.5 and FBX 2015.

The LightWave/3rd Powers plug-in suite includes LW Brush, Cage Deformer, Lattice Deformer, Meta Mesh, Boolean Tool and Heat Shrink Plus.

More specs and a full-feature trial version of LightWave 2015 are available at

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