NewTek Inc. has reached an agreement with the software team of H2MW to collaborate in the management, further development and support of LScript, LightWave 3D's scripting language. LScript provides the ability for users to easily create scripts that automate all functionality of LightWave, ranging from simple and repetitive tasks to highly specific and complex applications. H2MW will work closely with the LightWave 3D development team to advance the current capabilities of LScript and provide a wide variety of support services to the LightWave community, including: online troubleshooting, regular participation in NewTeks LScript mailing list, updated LScript documentation and new example scripts posted on the NewTek Website each month.
The LScript capabilities of LightWave 3D make it possible for LightWave users across the spectrum from high profile Hollywood film and television visual effects producers, to game developers, motion graphic artists and print graphic designers to customize the software to meet their particular needs.
"We have a long history of working with LightWave and the LightWave community and are very excited about the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of LScript," said Art Howe, H2MW coo. "With LScript, the capabilities of LightWave 3D can be tailored to exactly what a LightWave artist or facility needs on a day-to-day basis."
"We are very excited to have the caliber of talent provided by H2MW to work with us on the advancement and support of LightWaves LScript," said Andrew Cross, NewTek svp of software development. "LightWave users, particularly those in high profile television and film visual effects production, will benefit from the resources and support that the H2MW team provides for the development of custom LightWave scripts."
LightWave 3D  is available for a suggested retail price of $1,595. Registered owners of LightWave 3D [7.5] or earlier are eligible to purchase a LightWave  Electronic Upgrade Pack for $495. To locate the nearest authorized reseller or distributor, see the reseller locater at www.newtek.com.
With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is a leading provider of full-featured video editing, animation and special effects tools, including VT and LightWave 3D, winner of the 2003 Primetime Emmy Engineering Award. NewTek launched the desktop video revolution in 1990 with the release of the Video Toaster. Recent projects include SPIDER-MAN 2 and DOOM III.
H2MW (www.h2mw.com), founded in 2002, has been providing contract support engineering services for LightWave-based production facilities, from the largest visual effects houses to the independent producer. Art Howe, former LightWave product manager, Brian Marshall and Scott Wheeler, founding members of H2MW, are responsible for the development of a wide variety of LightWave LScript tools currently available, in addition to the creation of the present LScript documentation.