News: Page (1) of 1 - 03/17/03 Email this story to a friend. email article Print this page (Article printing at MyDmn.com).print page facebook

Worley Updates Taft Collection for LightWave

New version gets bug fixes, cross-platform improvements By Dave Nagel
Worley Laboratories has released an update to its William Howard Taft Collection. "Taft" is a set of tools and functional enhancements for NewTek's LightWave 3D. The update includes bug fixes and improvements to interoperability between platforms. It's available now for Mac OS X and Windows.

Taft includes six individual tools for LightWave, including Camera Match, which is designed to match photographs with LightWave's camera view; Sticky Front Projection, which allows for image-based rendering for moving around photographic scenes in LightWave; Whirley Points, which offers real-time soft dynamics; Tracer, a tool for launching projectiles; HeatWave, which generates hot water vapor distortion effects; and Hoser, which is designed for adding flexibility to hoses, ropes and the like without the use of bones or IK.


The new update to Taft, version 1.0-HC, offers several bug fixes. These include:

  • Video card issues resolved on the Mac version;
  • Whirleypoints now maxes out at 60 FPS to conserve CPU usage;
  • The Windows version now loads all Taft settings from objects created with the Mac version;
  • Hoser has been fixed to bend the last vertices of a finely divided mesh correctly;
  • CamerMatch gains improvements to accuracy;
  • Sticky Front Projection and Hoser now behave correctly when the pivot is moved;
  • HeatWave's special buffer now works in versions of LightWave subsequent to 5.6.

The William Howard Taft Collection 1.0-HC is available now as a free update for current users. The full version runs $199. For more information, visit http://www.worley.com.


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 dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

Page: 1


Related Keywords:Worley Updates Taft Collection for LightWave

HOT THREADS on DMN Forums
Content-type: text/html  Rss  Add to Google Reader or
Homepage    Add to My AOL  Add to Excite MIX  Subscribe in
NewsGator Online 
Real-Time - what users are saying - Right Now!

Our Privacy Policy --- @ Copyright, 2015 Digital Media Online, All Rights Reserved