View Full Version : LightWave 3D v9.6.1 Open Beta Launched

10-14-2009, 11:48 AM
Dear LightWavers:

NewTek is pleased to announce the launch of the Open Beta for LightWave 3D v9.6.1. This new version of LightWave 3D brings a full 64-bit version of the application to the Mac platform, and a host of stability enhancements to all platforms. All registered LightWave v9 owners are eligible to sign up and participate.

If you have participated in a previous round, you already have forum access, and may also see the Open Beta section in My Downloads once it is activated; if you are new to Open Beta, you need to sign up in Registration to activate the Open Beta section of your My Downloads page, and will be set for Open Beta forum access within a couple of working days.

Getting Started: If you are not seeing the Open Beta v9.6.1 files in your My Downloads area, then you need to sign up for the v9.6.1 Open Beta. A banner to allow this shows on your entry page when you first log in to Registration, if you are a registered v9 owner. Click the Banner, and agree to the NDA.

When you agree to the v9.6.1 Open Beta NDA, an email with all the rest of what you will need to know is sent to you, and the Open Beta section should appear on your My Downloads page. The email includes a serial number, and complete instructions for downloading and setting up v9.6.1 for safe testing (you do not want to mix up configs with your current v9 installation). A copy of that email is provided below for your reference.

Please note that you should refer to the Build Announcement posted in the NewTek Announcements section of the LightWave Open Beta Forums for additional information on the files that are provided and how to set up for Open Beta. The files for the initial builds will be an archive of folders that you can unzip and place as needed.

You will need to get your Open Beta Temporary Key from the Registration system in order to run this Open Beta version of LightWave 3D. As with previous Open Betas, it does not use the permanent v9 key while in beta. When we reach the Release build, it will be changed over to run with the permanent v9 key.

A great deal of additional useful information is posted as "Sticky Threads" in the LightWave Open Beta forums sections. When you have access, it would be good to first review those posts. Among other important information, Mac users need to check the posts about the Cocoa builds and the dongles - Rainbow Eve3 Dongles will need to be exchanged, and Rainbow Duo dongles will report a different ID with the 64-bit application than with the 32-bit application. Complete details are posted in the Open Beta forums.

We look forward to working with those of you who join the Open Beta!

Open Beta Email:

Dear (Your Name will be here),

Thank you for joining the LightWave Open Beta program.

The LightWave Open Beta program software will be available for download from the following location: (The v9.6.1 Beta Download Page will be linked here)

After downloading the appropriate file, use it to set up LightWave Open Beta on your system.

Warning: do not overwrite v9.0 or any previous version that is on your system. The file is an installer; run it to install the LightWave software on your computer. Please note that this software will install into a new directory, but before running it you should review the instructions below to set the software up to generate new configuration files that do not affect any existing installations of LightWave 3D. When you have finished the install process, a dialog box will pop up telling you the 'Product Lock ID' for the dongle. The dongle is required to run the LightWave software. Write down the 'Product Lock ID', as you will need this to register your software.

Your LightWave Open Beta program serial number is (Serial Number will be here).

Use this serial number to register your LightWave Open Beta program software at http://register.newtek.com
1. Log-in to your NewTek product registration account.
2. Select the LightWave v9.6.1 Open Beta from the Product drop-down.
3. Click on 'Register Now'
4. Enter your LightWave v9.6.1 Open Beta serial number in the text field.
5. Click on "Register"
6. Select your dongle type from the Dongle drop-down.
7. Enter your dongle ID in the text field under 'Lock ID'.
8. Select your processor type from the Processor drop-down.
9. If necessary, repeat steps 6-8 for additional platform installations.
10. Click on 'Register'

Once you have registered, your temporary License Key will be available online in your registration account. You will need the license key to operate the beta software without restrictions for the length of the program.

Important! Do NOT open LightWave until you have finished following these instructions.

You will need to make preparations for the Open Beta LightWave applications to create a set of custom config files before you open them.

For Windows XP and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

1) Locate the folder where you installed the LightWave software.
2) Open the Programs Folder
3) Create a new folder named 'Configs'.
4) Open the Configs folder and copy the path.
5) Go up one level, back to the Programs folder
6) Find the Lightwav.exe file.
7) Right-click and choose Create Shortcut
8) Right-click on the new shortcut and choose Properties
9) For Target, go to the end of the path and type -c
10) Paste the Configs path to the end of -c. If you have any spaces in the Config path, put the path in quotation marks. The path should look something like this (your exact path may be different):

C:\Program Files\LightWave_v9.6.1\Programs\lightwav.exe -c'C:\Program Files\LightWave_9.6.1\Programs\Configs'

11) Repeat steps 6-10 for Modeler.exe
12) Use the shortcuts you created each time you open the Open Beta software.

Note for Windows Vista and Windows 7 Users

Vista's virtual store redirects files away from the traditional C:\Program Files place where LightWave sits by default. LightWave does not recognize the Virtual Store so there are two things that can be done. One is to install LightWave in a non-traditional location, such as C:\NewTek\LightWavev9.6.1, the other is to temporarily turn off UAC. To do this, open your Control Panel and just type UAC. You don't need to click anywhere to do it. This will open up a window asking if you want to leave your computer unprotected by turning off UAC, but you only need to do it for registering LightWave. This will require a reboot of the system. Alternatively, you can hit the Windows-r keyboard shortcut, type "msconfig" and go to the Tools tab in the window presented and select Disable UAC.

Then you can load Layout (with the red icon) go to the Help menu and choose Enter License. Once you have pasted your license.key number in (16 digits, with dashes between each four like so: 1234-5678-9012-3456) and restarted LightWave you can turn UAC back on.

Now you are ready to run LightWave and create the license.key file you will need to run v9.6.1.

Creating a License Key file from within LightWave:

1) Open Layout.
2) From the Help menu dropdown, select "Enter License".
3) In the input field, paste in or type in the license key number provided by the registration system.
4) Click "OK". LightWave will add the new key entry and save the file.
5) A requester should open to report "License.key successfully written. Restart LightWave to end Discovery Mode." Click OK to close the requester.
6) Quit and restart Layout. The program should now open in licensed mode.

Creating a License Key file manually:

1) Open a text editor such as Notepad.
2) Type your permanent license key on the first line.
3) Save the file and name it 'license.key' (do not include the quotation marks) in the LightWave Programs folder.
4) Close the text editor.
5) Open Layout to confirm that the key worked.

Mac Universal Preferences and License Keys

The license.key file for a single user, and user-specific settings should go in:


Any license.key file you want all users to have access to, and machine-specific settings should go in:


Third party plug-ins for the user (as they start showing up) should probably go in:

~/Library/Application Support/LightWave3D/Plugins/

Third party plug-ins you want all users of your machine to have access to should go in:

/Library/Application Support/LightWave3D/Plugins/

The Extensions configuration file used to contain a list of all of the plug-ins you're using. Since we're using an automatic search now, the Extensions file will be empty by default. If the user manually adds a plug-in via the Add Plugins command, or by any non-automatic means, it will show up in that file. We're trying to move away from this mechanism, but we've left this capability in, in case you really need it.

Any objects or scenes you drag and drop into LightWave windows will not change the content directory.

For this phase of the LightWave v9.6.1 Open Beta you will need to create a new license.key file.

Creating a License Key file from within LightWave:

1) Open Layout.
2) From the Help menu dropdown, select "Enter License".
3) In the input field, paste in or type in the license key number provided by the registration system.
4) Click "OK". LightWave will add the new key entry and save the file.
5) A requester should open to report "License.key successfully written. Restart LightWave to end Discovery Mode." Click OK to close the requester.
6) Quit and restart Layout. The program should now open in licensed mode.

Instructions for manual creation and placement of the license.key file in the Universal Binary:

1) Open TextEdit.app
2) Paste your permanent key on the first line
3) Select the 'Make Plain Text' item in the Format menu
4) Save the file. Name the file 'license.key', and place it in any one of the following folders...

* SharedSupport folder, which is in the main LightWave program folder, next to Layout, Modeler, and other LightWave tools.

* ~/Library/Preferences/LightWave3D/

* /Library/Preferences/LightWave3D/

5) Open Layout to confirm that the key worked.

Please note that at this time we are not suggesting that our Universal Binary customers use the -c command line switch.

It may take up to two business days for your NewTek Discussion Forums account to be modified to allow you to see the private section for the LightWave Open Beta program area. Please go to the forums often, log-in, and scroll down to find the section entitled 'LightWave Open Beta'. This is the only area where you are allowed by your NDA to discuss the open beta program. Once you are able to see this section on the forums, you will be able to start participating immediately.

For answers to frequently asked questions about the open beta, please visit

Thank you for being part of the LightWave Open Beta Team!

NewTek, Inc.