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NewTek To Preview LightWave 8

New version expected to ship in fourth quarter By Dave Nagel
NewTek today announced that it will be previewing LightWave 8 at the upcoming Siggraph convention July 29. This is the first time NewTek has revealed publicly any of the new feature information about the next major release. The company says it expects LightWave 8 to ship in final form by the fourth quarter, and those who purchase version 7.5 now will receive a free update at that time.

Details about the forthcoming release are scant at the moment. But according to NewTek, version 8 will focus on workflow and user interface improvements. LightWave 8 will also "include enhancements to character animation ... and game development tools, as well as improved integration with other production tools and with third-party addons."

We'll bring you more information as it becomes available. Those who purchase LightWave 7.5 between April 1 and the release date of version 8 will receive the update at now additional cost via download. LightWave currently sells for $1,595 for the full version and is available for Mac OS X and Windows. For more information, visit

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, Mac OS, 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 [email protected].

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