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Elmar Moelzer
08-17-2011, 05:10 AM
Graz, Austria – August 17th 2011 – VoluMedic OG, a leading developer of custom LightWave plugins and 3D graphics software, today released VoluMedic 3.0, the next generation of the award winning software for the editing, viewing, rendering and analysis of volume data.
VoluMedic 3.0 is a free update for all current users of VoluMedic 2.0.
Among the many improvements in VoluMedic 3.0, is a completely rewritten OpenGL volume renderer that leverages the full power of the GPU for previewing volumetric objects inside LightWave's Viewports.
“The new GPU raycaster is able to deliver results that are very close to the final rendering”, said Elmar Moelzer, the product developer of VoluMedic. “Users can now interactively edit the opacity and color textures as well as many other parameters and see the result rendered in realtime at full screen resolution. Several quality levels ensure smooth performance even on somewhat dated graphics hardware.”

New Features in VoluMedic 3.0 Include:
◦GPU accelerated raycasting in LightWave's Viewports
◦New, streamlined user interface with less floating panels and more interactivity.
◦Slice views are now available inside LightWave's viewports, replacing the Slice Editor panel which is still available). The volume data is displayed and resliced according to three relative coordinate systems (dataset, object and world)
◦Painting, measurement and segmentation of volume data can now be done directly in the LightWave viewports (3D and 2D views)
◦Tools for automatic, semi- automatic and manual pre- orientation of volume data. This is particularly important if data always has to be aligned the same way for reliable measurement and analysis. Reoriented data is correctly resliced and displayed in realtime in the 2D and 3D Views
◦Eight new Shading Quality modes for the software renderer that do not only look better, but also render much faster than those available in version 2.0. The same Shading Quality levels also affect the new GPU- Raycaster, making a manual selection of shaders unnecessary.
◦New requesters for the reduction of dataset and OpenGL texture sizes make very large datasets viewable even on systems with otherwise insufficient memory (at a slightly reduced quality)
◦Improved support for the interactive ViewPort Renderer (VPR) in LightWave 10 and later. Switch between GPU and CPU rendering at any time! Use whatever fits your workflow and your hardware!
◦Faster, multithreaded filters and importers
◦New compressed VoluMedic format for more efficient storage, as well as faster loading and saving
◦Import of files in uncompressed NIFTI file format
◦Further improved Analyze and DICOM- importers

Link to VoluMedic 3.0 Presentation Video on YouTube (http://youtu.be/NesWKVvMqUw?hd=1)

About VoluMedic™
VoluMedic is a suite of tools for LightWave3D®, the award winning 3D animation software by NewTek Inc..
VoluMedic and LightWave3D together form a software package capable of loading, manipulating, measuring and rendering volumetric data from sources such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance tomography, 3D ultrasound, PET, SPECT, digital microscopy and more.
The vast tool set provided by VoluMedic and LightWave3D is unsurpassed by competing volume visualization software.
VoluMedic is flexible enough to be used not only for medical visualization, but also for material science, non destructive testing, forensic animation, biology, geology and even astronomy.
The combination of VoluMedic's excellent software volume renderer and LightWave's industry standard animation tools, allow VoluMedic to act as a leading tool in award winning TV and film productions, such as the Emmy award winning documentary "Inside the Living Body" (2008 Emmy for best visual effects in a documentary) by National Geographic Channel and "CSI:Crime Scene Investigation".

Pricing and Availability:
VoluMedic 3.0 is still available for a reduced price! The special will end on Friday,. August 19th, 2011.

VoluMedic: Plugin
Order VoluMedic: Plugin now for a suggested retail price of 1,599 Euro (USD 2,299)!
This version of VoluMedic is meant for existing users of LightWave3D who want to enhance LightWave’s toolset with the functionality of VoluMedic. The package includes VoluMedic installation CD, menu config files and printed manual.

VoluMedic: Complete
Order VoluMedic Complete now for a reduced price of 2,399 Euro (USD 2,899)!
VoluMedic Complete includes one seat of VoluMedic Plugin and one seat of LightWave3D in a single package. It is meant for users that do not own LightWave3D yet.
The Package includes VoluMedic installation CD, menu config files, manual and the full package of LightWave3D (installation CDs, content CDs, manual, dongle).

VoluMedic: System
A complete turnkey system. The Package includes VoluMedic installation CD, menu config files, manual and the full package of LightWave3D (Installation CDs, content CDs, manual, dongle) all ready to go on a high end workstation.
Please contact our sales department for up to date hardware specs and pricing information.

VoluMedic 2.0/3.0 Upgrade
Update any previous version of VoluMedic to VoluMedic 2.0 now for the reduced price of 890 Euro (USD 1,290) and get a free upgrade to VoluMedic 3.0 when it ships!

For more information or to purchase, visit: www.volumedic.com.
North American customers, please visit Safe Harbor Computers at www.sharbor.com.
Customers from Japan please contact D- Storm, Inc. for more information http://www.dstorm.co.jp

About VoluMedic OG
Funded in 2000, the company quickly evolved from an animation and media production company to a provider of specialized computer graphics solutions with a focus on the development of volume rendering software.
The flagship product VoluMedic™, an add- on for the Emmy award winning visual effects software LightWave3D by NewTek, is a leading software for the import, manipulation, analysis and rendering of three dimensional volume data.
The VoluMedic render- technology can be licensed separately and has been successfully used in FDA approved medical imaging software.
The VoluMedic OG also offers custom software development services in other fields related to computer graphics.
Clients include AVL- List GmbH, Pioneer Productions, Xvivo, Zizala Lichtsysteme GmbH and Zoic Studios.
Website: http://www.volumedic.com

About NewTek
With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is a leading provider of full-featured video editing, live production, presentation and visual effects tools including TriCaster™, VT[5]™, SpeedEDIT™, 3D Arsenal™ and LightWave 3D™.
Website: http://www.newtek.com/

VoluMedic is a registered trademark of VoluMedic OG.
LightWave and LightWave 3D are registered trademarks of NewTek, Inc.
LightWave 3D is a NewTek product and is used with permission by NewTek, Inc.
DICOM is the registered trademark of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association for its standards publications relating to digital communications of medical information.
All other trademarks or brand names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.