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LightWorks Sketch Integrated Within RenderWorks 11

Supports artistic rendering for conceptual design (June 23, 2004)

LightWork Design, the world's leading supplier of rendering solutions for developers of advanced 3D computer graphics software, announces that its LightWork's Sketch product has been licensed by Nemetschek NA and integrated into the latest release of RenderWorks.

LightWork's Sketch is a unique technology that supports artistic rendering for conceptual design and also allows the easy creation of impressionistic and stylized presentations at any point during the design process. It works directly from the 3D model to give designers the ability to instantly generate non-photorealistic and hand-drawn images that can very quickly be re-rendered from any viewpoint, without having to use other tools.

Artistic RenderWorks is a new rendering mode in RenderWorks 11 that creates artistic renders of 3D models with soft, hand-drawn effects. There are twelve sketch styles available: cartoon, color wash, contour, tapered lines, hatch, ink print, lines and shadows, mosaic, oil painting, overlapping lines, soft lines and stipple. Artistic RenderWorks was introduced because many RenderWorks customers want to produce soft, hand- drawn or artistic renderings of their 3D designs - which were hitherto impossible.

As Richard Diehl, CEO at Nemetschek NA commented; "We integrated LightWork's Sketch within RenderWorks because we wanted to provide each and every customer of RenderWorks with a facility to produce non- photorealistic renderings of their projects - for the conceptual design phase as well as their final client presentations. Conceptual rendering allows the designer to get the idea across to the client using handsome and informal imagery." He went on to say; "We are very happy with the way LightWork Design worked with us for the 11.0 release; the response of the LightWorks support team, as well as the developers, was simply superb."

"The flowing, sketchy images created using LightWork's Sketch are ideal for showing the 'concept' of a design to clients" added Clive Davies, Partner Program Manager for LightWorks. "Because designs visualized using LightWork's Sketch do not appear 'finished', we`ve found that it enables more open discussions between the designer and their clients - leading to more 'buy-in' from clients and so more successful results. As LightWorks Sketch is included as standard with RenderWorks, were looking forward to seeing some great images from users."

What other features does RenderWorks 11 offer to designers? In addition to artistic effects, RenderWorks 11 now renders QuickTime VR object and panorama movies, supports multi-processor machines using LightWorks advanced multi-threading, EPIX export, and dynamic in-document texture editing (instead of a dialog-based UI) based on LightWorks IIR technology. Artistic RenderWorks is accessible simply as a new rendering mode, so that there is no learning curve for end-users. Users select the mode from a list of modes and then specify the style and style-specific settings. For each style a quick preview is generated and the parameters of each style can be easily changed to customize the appearance.

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 and ICEM Style 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, 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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