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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

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 [email protected].

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