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Maxon Ships Enhanced BodyPaint 3D Plugin for LightWave

Plugin free for BodyPaint, LightWave users By Dave Nagel
Maxon Computer has released an enhanced version of its BodyPaint 3D Exchange plugin for NewTek's 3D modeling and animation package LightWave. Maxon says the new version allows users to add surface detail to their 3D models more easily. It also includes support for both Mac OS 9 and OS X and LightWave 6.5b and 7b.

The BodyPaint 3D <-> LightWave Exchange plugin, according to Maxon, "allows seamless transfer of all relevant model and texture data between LightWave and BodyPaint 3D." The plugin allows the user to transfer a model from Modeler directly into BodyPaint 3D, which then imports the model with UV tags. Once the objects have been textured in BodyPaint 3D, the user selects the BodyPaint 3D Exchange plugin to return the textured model to LightWave.

The BodyPaint Exchange plugin is free for users of BodyPaint 3D and LightWave. It's downloadable from

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

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