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Turbo Squid Announces Support for LightWave and Alliances With Softimage and Right Hemisphere

(August 14, 2001)
Turbo Squid announced the upcoming release of a plug-in for LightWave that will enable users to have more convenient access to the rapidly growing number of 3D models and digital assets in the Turbo Squid system.

The plug-in enables users to launch Turbo Squid from a menu directly within LightWave and works with versions 5.6 and 6.5 of LightWave for both Windows and Macintosh. In addition to plug-in support, Turbo Squid has also ported thousands of its high quality models including vehicles, anatomy, animals and furniture to the LightWave format.

Turbo Squid allows users to purchase digital content, download it and import it directly into their projects. In addition to LightWave models, Turbo Squid users can acquire textures, motion capture files and materials.

Turbo also announced a strategic alliance with Softimage Co., the Montreal-based animation and special effects division of Avid Technology, Inc. Softimage will integrate Turbo Squid's web client with the SOFTIMAGE/XSI NetView feature, while Turbo Squid will host a collection of assets in Softimage's dotXSI format on its website at Using Turbo Squid as a content resource, XSI artists will have direct access to the world's fastest growing supply of 3D models.

The ability to access Turbo Squid's growing collection of 3D assets through the XSI NetView feature will provide a rich resource of content for Softimage's non linear animation system. Games developers and artists will be able to search the assets in the Turbo Squid library for 3D models, textures and shaders in the dotXSI format. Using 3D elements that have already been created saves an enormous amount of development time, streamlining the production process and allowing animators to focus on their creativity.

Agreement with Right Hemisphere Announced

The company also announced today an agreement with Right Hemisphere that offers direct access to the Turbo Squid marketplace for 3D content and digital assets and available from within version 3D Exploration.

Right Hemisphere's 3D Exploration 1.8 includes a direct interface to connect users to the Turbo Squid marketplace, and access a wealth of quality 3D content for use in any kind of 3D content creation.

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