NewTek Inc. announced at SIGGRAPH 2007 in San Diego the availability of LightWave v9.3, the second in a series of free updates to the Emmy award-winning 3D application. LightWave v9.3 features a number of significant improvements, including the ability to render lines with photorealistic motion blur; two new sub-surface scattering shaders that are significantly faster than earlier shaders, and higher quality as well; various performance enhancements throughout the product; and numerous maintenance improvements. Advancements in the LightWave software developerâs kit and scripting language provides greater access to third parties and artists for creation of custom plug-ins and effects. LightWave v9.3 is available free to all registered owners of LightWave v9.
âLightWave v9.3 represents the continuation of the course we established with the initial release of LightWave v9,â said Jay Roth, president, NewTek 3D Division. âWeâre delivering free updates frequently and openly so that LightWave artists do not have to wait for the next major product release to enjoy the benefits of our development efforts.â
NewTek's 3D Division delivered LightWave v9.3 closely after the release of LightWave v9.2, which offered enhanced performance in a number of areas including improved global illumination with higher quality and faster rendering, expanded OpenGL capabilities with new depth of field preview, and advancements in the new camera tools and the node and materials editing system. LightWave's world-class rendering system and other capabilities were exploited in such recent major film projects as 300, THE GUARDIAN, THE DA VINCI CODE and MR. AND MRS. SMITH, and the TV shows BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, CSI, CSI Miami and others.
As a special promotion, through October 31, 2007 NewTek is offering LightWave v9 and its nonlinear editing program SpeedEDIT as a bundle for $895US, a savings of $495US. Registered owners of LightWave 3D  or earlier are eligible to purchase an upgrade to LightWave v9 for $395US including SpeedEDIT, a savings of $495US. For more information or to purchase, visit www.newtek.com/lw-se or call NewTek Sales at 1-800-368-5441, for international inquiries dial +1-210-370-8000.