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LightWork to Unveil New Technologies at SIGGRAPH

Latest renderer includes interactive rendering, HDRI, SDK, and more (July 29, 2004)

LightWork Design, the world's leading supplier of rendering solutions for developers of advanced 3D computer graphics software, will be exhibiting at this year's SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Exhibition in Los Angeles, California. Visitors to the LightWork Design booth - 1130 - will see some exciting new technological developments which will be released in the coming months.

Powerful, easy-to-integrate, cross-platform rendering solution
LightWorks, the industry's leading rendering engine, is embedded in over 80 software applications and used by more that 1 million users worldwide. It is structured as a comprehensive suite of component products, each focusing on a specific area of rendering functionality, including: photorealistic rendering, lighting simulation, real-time rendering and non-photorealistic rendering.

High Dynamic Range Images (HDRI) for real-world lighting
LightWorks now supports high dynamic range images for easy creation of subtle and real-world lighting set-ups and image based lighting. This lets users create more accurate images faster. LightWork Design has partnered with some of the world's leading HDRI suppliers to give customers and their users an unprecedented level of quality and realism in their renderings.

Advanced, hybrid technology for seamless software-hardware rendering
The latest release of LightWorks contains revolutionary new technology which enables the interactive rendering of high-quality images using portable LightWorks shaders that operate seamlessly in both hardware and software rendering. LightWorks Real-time breaks through the limitations of today's graphics hardware and provides the power to support LightWorks shaders on both Cg and OGLSL graphics hardware.

Customizable user-interface layer for fast integration
The LightWorks GUI Framework is an innovative solution that enables LightWorks customers to develop a complete, easy-to-user rendering application in as little as 5 days! It contains a flexible user-interface to the advanced rendering capabilities of LightWorks that can be easily integrated with the host application.

Cross-platform plug-in shaders for easier application upgrade
LightWorks now allows new bytecode and native shaders to be plugged directly into applications without customers having to recompile their software. Bytecode plug-in shaders are platform independent and are encapsulated inside the LWA format.

New LightWorks Plug-in SDK and new LWA Authoring products
The LightWorks Plug-in SDK supports the writing of custom shaders and new modules that can be plugged-in to LightWorks-based applications and includes compilers and tools for creating cross-platform, plug-in bytecode shaders, plug- in native DLL shaders and plug-in LightWorks modules. The LWA Authoring product contains a comprehensive set of interactive and batch-oriented tools for authoring all types of LWA content.

Real-world materials and Content ... going beyond 'pretty pictures'
The LightWorks Content programme increases the power, value and ease-of-use of rendering applications by enabling user to create accurate images using real- world materials, lights, 3D objects and other Content. LWA is a platform- independent and application-independent file format for the distribution of Content. It gives architects designers and engineers access to high-quality, real-world materials and other visual elements, for increasing the realism of rendered images and helping them to make accurate design and styling choices. There is a wide range of real-world products, materials, lights and other LWA Content available from

About LightWork Design
LightWork Design is the world's leading supplier of rendering solutions for developers of advanced 3D computer graphics software. Established in 1989, LightWork Design has continually developed LightWorks to provide customers with innovative and market-focused solutions for the creation of powerful and easy- to-use rendering applications. Renowned for its physically accurate visualization of real-world objects and environments, LightWorks is the ideal choice for applications targeted at the AEC, Automotive, Industrial and Graphics markets. LightWorks is supplied as a complete solution which includes the SDK, support, training and consultancy services, to give customers fast and efficient access to leading-edge rendering technology, resulting in shorter development cycles, faster time-to-market for new products, and lower software development costs.

LightWorks is embedded in over 80 software applications and used by more than 1 million users worldwide, far more than any other renderer. Applications that incorporate LightWorks include: Alibre Design from Alibre, ArchiTrend from Fukui Computer, Cobalt from Ashlar, Configura and InstantPlanner from Configura Sverige AB, form.Z from auto.des.sys, ICEM Surf from ICEM, Madric from CPU, MSC. visualNastran from MSC Software, NX from UGS, Presenter 3D from Digital Immersion, PowerShape from Delcam, Pro/CONCEPT, Pro/DESKTOP and Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire from PTC, Solid Edge from UGS, solidThinking from solidThinking Ltd., ThinkReal from Think3, trueSpace from Caligari, VectorWorks from Nemetschek NA and products from many other major CAD vendors.

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Related Keywords:LightWork Design, SIGGRAPH, interactive rendering, HDRI, SDK, 3D computer graphics, cross-platform rendering, photorealistic rendering, lighting simulation, non-photorealistic rendering, HDRI, shaders, LWA,

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