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T-Light
08-06-2005, 07:01 AM
Not a release date question.

Anyone get to play with 8.5 at Siggraph? News has been thin on the ground with all of the attention going to v9.

In the Lightwave Newletter (25th Aug) the feature set included...


New OpenGL Hardware shader option using the hardware renderer in OpenGL video cards to display many of the render functions in real-time. Lights, light falloffs, blending images on surfaces, per-pixel lighting will all be available in real-time, with an option to turn this feature on and off.

New Parts-to-Surfaces tool allows for easier integration of 3D objects created in other applications.

New Multi Shift allows the user to do multiple shifts in a single edit with a history profile that can be saved and applied to other meshes.

Dynamics now launch a control window that allows you to switch to other applications while calculating dynamics in LightWave.

Particle dynamics have been improved for accuracy, including interaction with collision planes. A new algorithm also allows large dynamic scenes to load up to 10x faster.

104 new configurable keyboard shortcut options.

There was some talk a little while ago that there would probably be more features than this in 8.5, anyone know any different or is this pretty much all inclusive?

coremi
08-06-2005, 08:25 AM
i think so, cause as u can see in the videos Lightwave 9 is 3 max 4 month away, so there is no way u get a huge update with 8.5 and a few things with lw9 :)

T-Light
08-06-2005, 08:37 AM
That's what I'm thinking Coremi, still, it's none too shabby and the OGL update's a boon. :thumbsup:

coremi
08-06-2005, 11:32 AM
can't wait either, but will also have to upgrade to LW9, is way too cooool.