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    LightWave 3D 2019 is Now Available - Official Discussion Thread

    NewTek is pleased to announce the release of LightWave 3D 2019, a new edition of the production-proven graphics and animation package that refines the artist’s workflow to make creation of complex, photo-real animation and imagery faster and more efficient. Leading the list of improvements are the revolutionary new integration tools with Unreal Engine for real time data transfer to the world’s leading game engine. The system performs automatic discovery to make the workflow entirely seamless.

    Another major advance for LightWave users is the new Metamorphic system, which brings multipurpose animatable mesh sculpting and painting to Layout. Fully multi-threaded for fast operation, Metamorphic includes a wide range of brush options and controls, multiple animation modes, nonlinear interpolation, motion blur support and much more.

    Additional Highlights:
    • New UV mapping and UDIM tile mapping tools and capabilities in Modeler
    • Smoothing Groups in Modeler for fine-tuned control of contours in models
    • Limited Bones mode
      • Set the number of bones that affect a given point to match the target game engine
      • Real-time optimizations to better match the bone system performance expected in game engines
    • Interchange Bridge for interactive FBX interchange; support for more FBX attributes
    • Shading Model Customization Tools
    • New Shape Primitives and tools
    • OpenVDB creation tools
    • Shading and Rendering Enhancements
      • Edge Shader Node simulates beveled or rounded edges without geometry
      • Patina Node adds wear and dirt to surfaces to give your world that lived-in look
      • Procedural Shader Node wraps classic LightWave™ procedural textures for Node Editor
      • NVIDIA OptiX™ Denoising for still images (requires NVIDIA graphics card)
      • Despike can reduce or eliminate artifacts for a render that has “fireflies”
      • Scientifically-accurate Physical Sky shader and SunLight light type.
    • Workflow and UI:
      • Display Scaling Options for high-resolution monitors and multiple monitor setups
      • Expanded Layout Undo System
      • Popup Menus now support mouse wheel, navigation keys, search and more
      • Node Graph controls for grid size, snap to grid, grid brightness and color, Tidy Nodes
      • Online Documentation adapts to the screen format of any device
      • “Managed portal” licensing option for large facilities. Purchase by special arrangement.



    Availability & Pricing
    LightWave 3D 2019 for Windows and Mac OS is available now for USMSRP $995.

    Registered owners of any previous version of LightWave 3D can upgrade to LightWave 2019 for US$395, through March 31, 2019.

    LightWave owners who are eligible for special pricing under the terms of a previous purchase will need to contact LightWave Customer Services directly for their purchase arrangements.

    International pricing may vary.

    Educational pricing is also available. Visit www.lightwave3d.com/buy-lightwave/ to purchase or to locate an authorized LightWave reseller.


    New Features Page (with videos)

    LightWave 3D 2019 Tutorials
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    We've added links to help you check out the new features page and the tutorials. The Tutorials are also on our YouTube account.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    We've added links to help you check out the new features page and the tutorials. The Tutorials are also on our YouTube account.
    Sorry Chuck, I hope I didn't spoil the surprise yesterday. I was just excited to see new videos on your Youtube channel. Now I can go watch them.
    Congratulations on the release of LW 2019.

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    Quote Originally Posted by js33 View Post
    Sorry Chuck, I hope I didn't spoil the surprise yesterday. I was just excited to see new videos on your Youtube channel. Now I can go watch them.
    Congratulations on the release of LW 2019.
    Not a problem, our bad, we had a new guy loading up the videos, wasn't familiar with the public/private toggle. A little advance buzz is probably a good thing! Thanks for your patience!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    Not a problem, our bad, we had a new guy loading up the videos, wasn't familiar with the public/private toggle. A little advance buzz is probably a good thing! Thanks for your patience!
    I have been in the Houdini and Blender worlds for awhile but I feel LW calling me home again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by js33 View Post
    I have been in the Houdini and Blender worlds for awhile but I feel LW calling me home again.
    I'm feeling the same too. Downloading the trial now.

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    Just got my discount request from my account.
    Does this also expire 31 march?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markc View Post
    Just got my discount request from my account.
    Does this also expire 31 march?
    That's not a question we can answer for you here, if you mean that you have a discount based on the terms of a previous purchase. You'll need to contact LightWave Customer Services for that information. We're honoring any terms we've previously set forth, but that's not something we're going to try to work through with people on the forums or on social media.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    That's not a question we can answer for you here, if you mean that you have a discount based on the terms of a previous purchase. You'll need to contact LightWave Customer Services for that information. We're honoring any terms we've previously set forth, but that's not something we're going to try to work through with people on the forums or on social media.
    Hmmm I'd like to know the same thing about my upgrade price. But logging into my account and trying to submit a 'contact us' question about my account / version upgrade leads me to an error page. Couldn't get it to work. Would I have to call NT to get this info?

    Ha.. .sorry.. didn't see others had the same issue. I was lazy and didn't read.

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    Nice to see that the OpenVDB implementation supports a lot of the OpenVDB functionality.

    I implemented the filters and the CSG in my own plugin a long time ago, but it would be a lot nicer if I could just create the levelset and let LW (or the user) take it from there. In the video there is also an input/output for a particle system, is this documented anywhere? Are these the "classic" LW particle systems?

    thanks

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    Im having issue with applying for a discount "sorry, an error occurred" and registering the trial... i'll wait a few days #mantears

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    Quote Originally Posted by creacon View Post
    Nice to see that the OpenVDB implementation supports a lot of the OpenVDB functionality.

    I implemented the filters and the CSG in my own plugin a long time ago, but it would be a lot nicer if I could just create the levelset and let LW (or the user) take it from there. In the video there is also an input/output for a particle system, is this documented anywhere? Are these the "classic" LW particle systems?

    thanks

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    Yes the particle system in OpenVDB nodes input/outputs uses the "classic" LW particle system with position, size, velocity, enable, etc. A particleFX system can be also selected as a source.
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    Great to finally see some UI / Undo / workflow enhancements. I installed the demo...

    ...seriously NewTek?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marander View Post
    Great to finally see some UI / Undo / workflow enhancements. I installed the demo...

    ...seriously NewTek?

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    Sorry, that's not something we managed to address for this release. In other news, PMERIFE is the name of my new band...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    In other news, PMERIFE is the name of my new band...
    LoL, Thanks, today's first laugh!  
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