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Electric Rain Ships Swift 3D LW 2.0

New LightWave plugin supports textured output to SWF format By Dave Nagel
Electric Rain has released Swift 3D LW 2.0, an update to the company's plugin for NewTek LightWave. Swift 3D is designed as an export model for LightWave 6.5 and higher that outputs 3D animations to the Flash (SWF) format. The new version is available now for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows.

The new version of Swift 3D LW supports raster and vector output to a variety of formats, including SWF, Adobe Illustrator, EPS, SVG and Toon Boom's PNT format. New features include transparency, reflectivity, advanced specularity (for gradated specular highlights) and multiple shadows. It also includes SmartLayer technology for rendering colors, outlines, shadows and highlights as separate layers. Static and moving objects can also be rendered to separate layers. Finally, version 2.0 also supports full-texture raster renderings to the SWF format.


Electric Rain Swift 3D LW 2.0 is available for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows for LightWave 6.5 or later. The full version runs $295. Through Dec. 20, upgrades run $129. After that, an upgrade will cost $149. For more information, visit http://www.erain.com.


Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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