360 Score: 3.14
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LightWave 3D Reviews & Product Details

  • San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • 1985
Education, Media and Entertainment
Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, North America
Company Overview
NewTek LightWave 3D enables organizations to excel 3D animation. This totally out-of-the-box 3D animation solution delivers real-time combined 3D interactivity through a bridge to Unreal Engine. It focuses on driving unreal changes iteratively. Numerous LightWave seats connect to the same Unreal Editor simultaneously to allow real-time collaboration among artists. It helps artists by providing them with Shading Model Customization Tools all updated with new nodes. The product also offers Display Scaling, which supports artisis in scaling multiple UI elements for HiDPI and large-screen displays. The product comes equipped with smart caching enabling artists to use them for textures and other uses, regardless of the memory in the computer system.

LightWave 3D has been used in film, television, motion graphics, digital matte painting, visual effects, video games development, product design, architectural visualizations, virtual production, music videos, pre-visualizations, and advertising. The platform offers a Noise Filter option that uses the NVIDIA OptiX™ library for AI-accelerated noise elimination when rendering still images. It also offers Online Documentation, that fits on any device that the users intend to use. The solution's OpenVDB Content Creation tool kit enables live Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG) operations.

NEWTEK LightWave 3D Popular Comparisons
Evaluated against 179 key buying criteria
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    Innovative features
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    Capable to implort open Vdb
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    Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG)
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    Update the Material Tool Group
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  • 3D Modeling
  • 3d animation
  • 3dModelling
  • 3d Rendering
  • Digital Painting
  • Dynamics and Effects
  • Motion Graphics
  • Rigging
  • Sculpting
  • Shading
  • Simulation
  • Texturing
  • Other Software features offered
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows
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“ Enhances the creativity process"

Newtek includes LightWave 3D, NevronMotion, and ChronoSculpt. It offers motion plugin, network software, and rendering tools to enhance the creativity process
Global Head - Service and Product Development,Company Name Classified
Global Head - Service and Product Development, Company Name Classified
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I like the simple process of creating and setting scenes. It allows a flexibility to work, one can apply different methods in order to complete the work quickly specially for visualization.
Business Analyst,Company Name Classified
Business Analyst, Company Name Classified
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“Surfacing Capabilities"

Lightwave 3D animation software has one of the best surfacing capabilities such as nodal editor, renderer and modelling. I personally like the separate screen for modelling and layout. The other thing which I like about the tool is the customization options.
Chief Product Officer,Company Name Classified
Chief Product Officer, Company Name Classified
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“Support Third Party Software"

The best part about the Lightwave 3D software is it supports third party software and addition of LW CAD tools as built-in tools.
Head - Product Management,Buyer Healthcare
Head - Product Management, Buyer Healthcare
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“Best Feature"

One of the best feature I like about lightwave was it has a distinct platform for rendering and animation. You can simultaneously work on different programs rather running the scene in one window. It make the entire editing process simple by drag and drop the model into an animation editor.
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NEWTEK LightWave 3D Presence in 3D Animation Software
NewTek’s LightWave 2015 offers enhanced rendering quality and speed, with major upgrades to the sampling system and interpolated modes. The company formed a LightWave 3D Group, which functions under NewTek’s top management. The major aim of the company is to accelerate its growth worldwide with newer product offerings, strategic partnerships, and targeted sales & marketing initiatives. LightWave 3D software caters to game developing, motion graphics, special effects, architecture, and advertising industries. NewTek is also expanding its business to extend its offerings to its clients with the help of third-party distributor’s community which provides plugins and assets for sale. In February 2017, NewTek signed an agreement with Force of Will Co. Ltd to use LightWave 3D software in production of its upcoming movie in a Tokyo-based studio called YamatoWorks. LightWave 3D Group continues to innovate and develop new products. For instance, in 2013, the company released ChronoSculpt offering 3D modeling, animation, and rendering solutions to production studios. Thereby, building and promoting an ecosystem for creativity and technology.
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#2 Software / 3D Modeling
#3 Software Features / Digital Painting
#4 Software Features / 3dModelling
#5 Software Features / Motion Graphics


NEWTEK LightWave 3D has chosen it’s strengths in these 3 territories
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    All-Middle East and Africa

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