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andrew_y
08-12-2008, 04:52 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


NewTek Releases LightWave 3D® v9.5 for Windows® at SIGGRAPH 2008

Achieving new levels in animation, illumination, hair and fur, rendering and workflow



SAN ANTONIO, Texas – August 7, 2008 – NewTek Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, today announced the release of LightWave® v9.5 for Windows®, a major update to its award-winning 3D application, LightWave 3D®. LightWave v9.5’s new capabilities include FiberFX, a complete hair and fur solution, a new lighting system and many improvements to animation, rendering and workflow. The update is available to registered owners of LightWave v9 series at no charge. SIGGRAPH attendees can see LightWave v9.5 demonstrations at NewTek booth #159.

“With so many features and enhancements in LightWave v9.5, users suggested that we could release it as v10. Customer feedback has been positive,” said Jay Roth, president of 3D division, NewTek. “LightWave is the application choice of Emmy® winners, and is seeing increasing use in feature film projects. With this new version, the LightWave community is experiencing a renaissance."

A highlight of LightWave v9.5 is FiberFX, a proprietary polygonal fiber modeler for creating realistic hair, fur and feathers. It provides artists with a full suite of tools to model and style each fiber, create volumetric shadows, render-in reflection and refraction and more.

LightWave v9.5 also offers improved rendering quality and speed, with major upgrades to the radiosity sampling system and interpolated modes. Also, there are new disk-based caches for radiosity: the Static Cache, for animations where only the camera moves; and the Animated Cache, where any element of the scene can move. Both types allow the user to pre-render the cache and apply the solution when doing the full scene render – either locally or across a render farm. LightWave radiosity can now be rendered at reduced resolution and applied to the full size final render, providing a higher quality output with even faster render times, a huge benefit for today's time-pressured production environment.

LightWave v9.5’s IK and animation system includes numerous improved character animation controls. Adding to LightWave’s z-axis bones, artists now have joint-type bones, which is more familiar for users of other programs with joint-based metaphors. It also adds a "stretchy bones" capability to LightWave.

The lighting system is now a plug-in API, allowing third parties to create custom lights and lighting plug-ins. IES lights have been added with a thumbnail preview of the luminaire with other information and controls. Also available are new size-selectable spherical lights and dome lights.

LightWave v9.5 allows the import and export of FBX and Collada scenes and objects. This greatly improves compatibility with other 3D applications, as you can now seamlessly transfer meshes, rigs, materials and animation information. The LightWave OBJ I/O plug-in now provides extended import capability for this file type.

LightWave v9.5 Update Includes:

Character Animation Enhancements

* Hair and Fur System
* Collada, FBX and OBJ I/O support
* Enhanced IK and Animation Systems

Lighting, Rendering and Surfacing Enhancements

* Lighting System is now an API
* IES, Spherical and Dome Light types
* Enhanced Area and Linear Lights
* Faster and higher quality GI Rendering
* Disk-Based GI Caching

Static Cache (only the Camera moves)
Animated Cache (anything moves)
* Interpolated Soft Reflections/Refractions for Node-base surfacing
* Oren-Nayar Shading Option for Many Materials
* Optimized Materials and Shaders

SDK and LScript Improvements

* Light Plug-in Class for Third Party Lights and Light Plug-ins
* SDK Support for New GI Functions and Disk Cache
* SDK Support for New IK and Animation Capabilities

UI and Workflow Enhancements

* Composition Tool Overlays in Camera View
* OpenGL GLSL Enhanced View for New Lighting System
* Audio Waveform in the Graph Editor

NewTek will be providing a free trial edition of LightWave v9.5 on disc and by download. Artists should note that there are now more than 24 hours of free LightWave training at www.lightwave3d.com, in addition to an extensive library of printable tutorials.

Numerous visual effects projects benefited from LightWave's world-class capabilities such as “Iron Man,” “The Dark Knight,” “Hancock,” “Jumper,” “The Ruins,” “300,” “The Guardian,” and Visual Effects Emmy-winning “Battlestar Galactica.” LightWave has been used in other hit shows, including, “The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “Jericho,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI Miami,” and “Dogfights.”

Pricing and Availability
LightWave v9.5 for Windows is available now as a free update to registered LightWave v9 owners. The LightWave v9.5 Mac open beta program is currently available until upcoming final release. LightWave v9 owners can participate by registering at: http://register.newtek.com/. LightWave v9 is available now at the suggested retail price of US$895. Registered owners of LightWave v8 or earlier can upgrade to LightWave v9 for US$395. For more information or to purchase, please visit newtek.com or call NewTek Sales at 800-368-5441, for international inquiries dial +1-210-370-8000.



About NewTek
With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is an Emmy® Award-winning and leading provider of full-featured animation and special effects tools, video editing, live production and presentation, including LightWave 3D®, LightWave Rendition™ for Adobe® Photoshop®, TriCaster™, TriCaster PRO™, TriCaster STUDIO™, TriCaster BROADCAST™, VT[5]™, SpeedEDIT™ and 3D Arsenal.™

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* LightWave and LightWave 3D are registered trademarks of NewTek.
* The TriCaster family of products include: TriCaster, TriCaster VM, TriCaster PRO, TriCaster STUDIO and TriCaster BROADCAST, which are trademarks of NewTek Inc.
* TimeWarp, LiveControl, SpeedEDIT, VT[5], iVGA, LiveSet, LiveMatte, LiveText, 3D Arsenal and LightWave Rendition are trademarks of NewTek Inc.
* All other products or brand names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

andrew_y
08-12-2008, 04:52 PM
enjoy =D

shrox
08-12-2008, 05:05 PM
I am on it!

Matt
08-12-2008, 05:30 PM
Congratulations! Quite simply an awesome update! Respect to the whole team!

BigHache
08-12-2008, 05:30 PM
Thanks! Just downloaded it.

Cageman
08-12-2008, 05:56 PM
Nice!

Thanks for a great LW-release. ALOT of good stuff! :thumbsup: A great way to end LW9.x series (apart from some bugfix releases maybe). :)

Respect to the dev team!

meatycheesyboy
08-12-2008, 06:04 PM
Just installed it, my permanent license key doesn't work. Anyone else having this problem?

Hopper
08-12-2008, 06:08 PM
Just installed it, my permanent license key doesn't work. Anyone else having this problem?
I was expecting to have an issue with it, but I simply copied my license.key file from my 9.3.1 installation and it worked flawlessly.

Matt
08-12-2008, 06:12 PM
Just installed it, my permanent license key doesn't work. Anyone else having this problem?

Try what Hopper did, it should work fine.

meatycheesyboy
08-12-2008, 06:27 PM
The mistake, it was user error. I accidentally used my 64 bit license key on my 32 bit install. I wonder why the permanent keys have a different numbers for 32 bit and 64 bit but the betas can use the same key?

The Dommo
08-12-2008, 06:32 PM
I'll download this later and have a play. Well done Newtek! :D

alvin_cgi
08-12-2008, 09:29 PM
Running 9.5 now, so far as good.:D

beverins
08-12-2008, 10:06 PM
Happy to report that 9.5 works with VueXstream 6.6. The betas crashed instantly.

beverins
08-12-2008, 10:08 PM
Whoops typed too soon... anything more complicated than a simple scene.. BOOM.

I guess e-on has to fix that, its their plugin causing the crash.

Limbus
08-13-2008, 02:45 AM
Nice update! Thanks to the whole team.

It would be nice if we could get an updated "What is new" guide.

Cheers, Florian

hydroclops
08-13-2008, 05:48 AM
It would be nice if we could get an updated "What is new" guide.

I got a nice 80 page pdf file "What's new in LW 9.5"

What I didn't get was any reference for fiberfx. There's a shortcut in my start menu for "FiberFX help" but there's no pdf anywhere...

FiberFX did install though and seems to work ok...

Limbus
08-13-2008, 06:03 AM
I got a nice 80 page pdf file "What's new in LW 9.5"



Found it too. I first just saw the rather old PDF in the download section.

Matt
08-13-2008, 07:03 AM
What I didn't get was any reference for fiberfx. There's a shortcut in my start menu for "FiberFX help" but there's no pdf anywhere...

I have no idea why they weren't included, but you can get them here:

http://www.newtek.com/forums/showpost.php?p=732895&postcount=29

The other manuals are missing too, maybe they just forgot in the rush for SIGGRAPH.

The "What's New" manual needs some serious work too.

GCL
08-13-2008, 07:18 AM
I have no idea why they weren't included, but you can get them here:

http://www.newtek.com/forums/showpost.php?p=732895&postcount=29

The other manuals are missing too, maybe they just forgot in the rush for SIGGRAPH.

The "What's New" manual needs some serious work too.


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GCL
08-13-2008, 07:22 AM
Probably an obvious question.
Is 9.5 a new "fresh" install (standalone) or do I need an older version for an upgrade ?
I know the old license will work by copying, etc.

hydroclops
08-13-2008, 07:26 AM
My new (9.5) start menu has 5 shortcuts that point to nothing: FiberFX Help, Layout Help, Modeler Help, Shade and Render Help, Lightwave 3d Flash Help. The first four are pdfs.

I do have the What's New pdf.

Is this what everyone is not finding in the download?


Yeah, I "cannot access page" either

Matt
08-13-2008, 07:48 AM
Sorry guys, that page points to the Open Beta page, I'll check with NT to see if I can post them elsewhere, or whether they plan to do it themselves anyway.

metahumanity
08-13-2008, 07:59 AM
Congrats NT

Is there a video of the CA and bone enhancements somwhere?
I`d like to see those new bones.

Andrewstopheles
08-13-2008, 08:07 AM
happy happy joy joy ;-)

MachineClaw
08-13-2008, 08:13 AM
I only have the one 9.5 install file listed for windows, nothing else is on my download page.

I'm sure Newtek will fix it later and add all the guides but little rushed in getting this out.

Skonk
08-13-2008, 10:18 AM
Seems this official release version doesn't come with the documentation (ffx etc) that it creates the shortcuts for in the start menu.

Becomming a bit of a running trend with Newtek's last few patches, initial installers released having glaring errors in them.

Larry_g1s
08-13-2008, 11:05 AM
Congratulations! Quite simply an awesome update! Respect to the whole team!Just got back from Siggraph where I got to see some of the new features demo'd one-on-one, and I've gotta agree...great update!

Thomas M.
08-13-2008, 11:13 AM
Why don't they post the demos on the web?

beverins
08-13-2008, 02:23 PM
Why don't they post the demos on the web?

<sarcastic rant>because their all-in-one webstreaming Tricaster doesn't work when coupled with lame excuses covering up poor planning and marketing. </sarcastic rant>

steve0077
08-13-2008, 05:22 PM
Should I still change or is it still necessary to change the shortcut target to

"C:\Program Files\NewTek\LightWave 3D 9.5\Programs\lightwav.exe" -c"C:\Program Files\NewTek\LightWave 3D 9.5\Programs\Configs"

for both modeler and layout shortcuts like I did in previous installations of Lightwave if I want to keep other versions loaded and also create a Configs folder in the Lightwave programs folder.

evolross
08-13-2008, 07:25 PM
Awesome free update! Way to go Newtek. I'm hoping they'll be posting the SIGGRAPH 08 videos like they did last year. I found those to be very cool and informative.

Demo videos of the new features would be sweet too. A lot of other companies do this.

:thumbsup:

akademus
08-13-2008, 07:30 PM
awesome!

DiscreetFX
08-13-2008, 08:13 PM
Congratulations NewTek.

Jockomo
08-13-2008, 09:56 PM
Congratulations guys; looks like a great update. I think you guys are headed in the right direction.

ken_g9
08-14-2008, 01:14 AM
Thanks Newtek!! :thumbsup:

arrow1234
08-14-2008, 11:00 AM
congrats, LW mate, congrat

adamredwoods
08-14-2008, 11:12 AM
Let me know when we can bring our LW9.5 rigs and plugins into the open.

starbase1
08-14-2008, 11:43 AM
Is there any ready made content that shows off the new features or us to play with?

adamredwoods
08-14-2008, 11:56 AM
NOt that I know of.

But we should have a mullet contest to show off the new FiberFX.

Cohen
08-14-2008, 12:18 PM
Thanks Newtek for all the hard work. This is a terrific update to say the least.

geothefaust
08-14-2008, 12:36 PM
Thanks NT. Great update, I am looking forward to testing LW10 soon! ;)


Now all that is left (for me) is LWCAD3.