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NewTek Releases Free Feature Update to LightWave 3D

Major changes to modeler and renderer cores add innovative technologies (January 18, 2005)

NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, today announced the release of a major feature update, version 8.2, for LightWave 3D. The update includes major changes to the renderer core to implement new technologies for anti-aliasing, as well as new options for image reconstruction filters that can be applied to the final image to offer further control and enhancement of render output. The new LightWave Team has also implemented a completely redesigned UV engine in the geometry core, which affects both Modeler and Layout, to make creating and editing UV maps easier and more powerful.

"We're extremely pleased to bring this suite of enhancements to our LightWave user community," said Dr. Andrew Cross, PhD, senior vice president of engineering for NewTek. "The exciting new technologies that we've developed for anti-aliasing and the addition of reconstruction filters to our render core continue our tradition of innovation in this area. LightWave's new solutions for UV mapping subdivision surfaces offer flexibility and power not found in any other 3D application, as well. Our team is committed to developing leading edge technologies, and will be building on these to bring our users more power and more value with every new release of this award-winning, industry-standard production tool."

LightWave 8.2 New Features:

Completely Redesigned UV Mapping Engine:
* New UV Map Interpolation modes for Subpatch objects
* New UV tear-off function to eliminate the need to unweld points for most UV edit functions
* Multi-selection of UV Maps for editing interpolation mode, etc.
* User-selectable wireframe colors for UV Maps

Render Core Improvements:
* New Pixel Lattice Deformation anti-aliasing technologies
* Implementation of state-of-the-art Reconstruction Filters - Box, Gaussian, Mitchell, Lanczos
* New "Mosaic" render mode for VIPER Preview system

IK Booster System Improvements:
* IK Booster Ghost Mode user selectable "onion skin" feature
* New and improved functions for loading, saving, copying motion data among hierarchies
* New DopeTrack functions to support IK Booster

SDK Improvements:
* 22 new functions and enhancements that boost the power of third parties to develop new LightWave tools and access LightWave's powerful core.

"I love the way the new UV tools, particularly the 'Free Move' tear-off mode, improve my workflow for game production," said Pancho Eekels, Lead Designer for Digital Extremes. "The new features in 8.2 are major enhancements to the product that benefit LightWave users by speeding up the way they work in modeling, texturing and animating, and giving them better results faster at render time. NewTek is clearly committed to giving customers value beyond their expectations."

Pricing and Availability
LightWave 3D [8] is available now for Mac and Windows platforms for $1595US full-version and $495US upgrade. While supplies last, purchasers of LightWave 3D full seats or upgrades in North America and participating regions will receive REALVIZ's ImageModeler 4, a $1380US value, at no additional charge, on CD with electronic documentation. For more information on the items offered, to locate a reseller, or to purchase direct from NewTek, visit: or call NewTek Sales at 1-800-368-5441, overseas callers dial +1-210-370-8000.

About NewTek
With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is a leading provider of full-featured video editing, animation and special effects tools including VT[4], and LightWave 3D®, winner of the 2003 Primetime Emmy® Engineering Award. NewTek launched the desktop video revolution in 1990 with the release of the legendary Video Toaster®. The company's products are used worldwide on projects ranging from home video to feature film. Recent television and film projects using NewTek software include Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, "I, Robot", Spiderman 2, The Manchurian Candidate, Exorcist: The Beginning, Garfield, Hellboy, Van Helsing, Triplets of Belleville, The Last Samurai, Torque, Children of Dune, Battlestar: Galactica, Firefly, Taken, Smallville, Star Trek: Enterprise, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Matrix Reloaded, Collateral Damage, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Agent Cody Banks, Daredevil, Spy Kids II, Oscar®-nominated Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Final Fantasy, Blackhawk Down and Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Directors Edition DVD. Recent game titles include Doom III, Unreal Tournament, Serious Sam for XBox, Age of Mythology, Civilization III, Dead to Rights, Baldur's Gate II, EverQuest and Escape From Monkey Island.

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