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Worley Updates Polk LightWave Collection

Minor release fixes bugs, improves interoperability By Dave Nagel
Worley Laboratories has released an update to its James K. Polk Collection, a set of plugins for NewTek LightWave. The update comes on the heels of another product update earlier this week for the William Howard Taft Collection. It includes minor bug fixes and is available now for Mac OS X and Windows.

The Polk Collection offers 23 individual plugins for LightWave 5.0 and higher. These include Acid, a shader that allows for changing the surface texture and bump map based on effectors; Poke, a displacement plugin; Blink, for motion effects; Lens, for correcting or adding lens distortions; Wheelie, for rotating wheels automatically; Dangle, which automatically animates dangling chains and ropes; and several others. (A complete list with descriptions can be found on Worley's Web site.)

The new release fixes two bugs--one that would cause some settings saved on a Mac to be lost when opened on a Windows system; and one that fixes a load from scene issue that would cause Polk to lose some item references.

The update to version 1.0-HC is available now free for current users. The full version of Polk runs $199 and supports Mac OS X and Windows. For more information or to download the update, 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, 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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