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NewTek and REALVIZ Offer Free Photo-based 3D ModelingREALVIZ ImageModeler 4.0 provided free with LightWave  purchase (November 08, 2004)
NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, and REALVIZ, a leader in image processing software development, today announced a special offer providing purchasers of NewTek's Emmy Award-winning LightWave 3D with the latest version of REALVIZ's ImageModeler for the Windows or Macintosh platform, at no additional charge. ImageModeler 4.0, a $1380US suggested retail value, if purchased separately, is available free with LightWave  full-version and upgrade purchases for a limited time.
"LightWave 3D is already the most complete and cost-effective 3D animation software on the planet," said Donetta Colboch, vice-president of 3D Marketing for NewTek, Inc. "Including a free copy of ImageModeler, worth over $1300, makes this an unbeatable combination. Delivering this kind of value is what NewTek has always been known for."
NewTek's LightWave 3D combines a state-of-the-art photo-realistic renderer with intuitive and powerful modeling and animation tools. It is used worldwide as a complete 3D production solution for broadcast graphics, games, print, web, and visual effects for film and television. Improved features for  include Soft Body Dynamics, Particle System Tools, and anti-aliasing. New features for  include Hard Body Dynamics, Dope Track, and Import/Export RIG for reusing and sharing character animation skeletal rigs.
REALVIZ ImageModeler 4.0 uses advanced algorithms to extract 3D information from stills to help measure the 3D space created and construct accurate 3D models with highly realistic textures. The resulting model can be exported to LightWave's model format. ImageModeler 4.0 provides enhancements including easy 2D/3D integration, an improved calibration engine, a Texture Mapping Editor, and the capability to import and export DWG files. New features to be found in ImageModeler 4.0 include: imported 3D object integration tool, planar and survey point constraint options, and definable locators for calibration.
"We are delighted to be working with NewTek to bring this amazing offer to their client base," said Dominique Pouliquen, REALVIZ CEO. "Using our unique image-based approach, the REALVIZ ImageModeler offers a new level of accessibility to photoreal 3D modeling and texturing. This offer, combining NewTek's LightWave 3D product with a brand new edition of our award-winning application, brings an incomparable value in content creation tools to these users."
Pricing and Availability
LightWave 3D  is available now for Mac and Windows platforms for $1595US full-version and $495US upgrade. For a limited time, 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: http://www.lightwave3d.com/partners/realviz or call NewTek Sales at 1-800-368-5441, overseas callers dial +1-210-370-8000.
REALVIZ is a leading developer of image based creation software based in Sophia Antipolis, France, with U.S. operations in San Francisco, CA; and satellite sales offices in London, Paris and Berlin. REALVIZ develops a suite of image-based content creation solutions for the film, broadcast, gaming, digital imaging, architecture and Internet communities. Derived from years of research efforts at the renowned INRIA Lab in France, the company's applications enable 2D and 3D artists to easily and cost effectively tackle complex digital imaging projects. REALVIZ' award-winning products are in use by leading production and effects houses, web design, game development and architectural companies worldwide including Cinesite, Framestore CFC, Sony Imageworks, Warner Brothers Animation, Electronic Arts, Buf Compagnie and many others.
For more information about REALVIZ see http://www.realviz.com.
About NewTek, Inc.
With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is a leading provider of full-featured video editing, animation and special effects tools including VT(TM), 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 "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.
For more information visit www.newtek.com.
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