LightWave 3D Reviews & Product Details

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. LightWave 3D 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.

USP : 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.

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NEWTEK LightWave 3D detailed analysis

Product Maturity
Company Maturity
Use Case Maturity
Most IMPORTANT
0.0
0.0
0.0
Product Features and Functionality
4.60
4.20
2.70
Breadth and Depth of Product Offerings
3.60
3.75
2.95
Delivery
3.65
3.35
2.60
System Requirement
2.50
3.75
2.30
Support and Services
2.35
1.70
0.90
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PARTICIPATING QUADRANTS

NEWTEK LightWave 3D has chosen it’s strengths in these 3 territories
  • Niche Quadrant

    All-Middle East and Africa

    8 Participants

  • Niche Quadrant

    All-Asia-Pacific

    13 Participants

  • Niche Quadrant

    All-Europe

    17 Participants

SECTORS
REGIONS
North America Middle East and Africa Latin America Asia-Pacific Europe
STRENGTHS
  • Product Maturity / Software / 3D Modeling
    Flexibility
    Newtek Lightwave is very flexible and versatile in terms of modelling, image correction, scene layout, texturing, lighting and rendering. Show More
  • Product Maturity / Software Features / Other Software featur...
    Innovative features
    The software comes with many innovative features such as built-in instancing, Bullet hard body dynamics, and Flocking along with new workflow options such as GoZ support for Pixologic’s ZBrush software and the Unity game engine development platform. Show More
  • Product Maturity / Software / 3D Animation
    Capable to implort open Vdb
    LightWave 3D 2018 has a capability to import and reduce an OpenVDB fog volume. LightWave 3D 2019 is a group of node tools that permits OpenVDB content creation. It can create OpenVDB grids from emmeshes, particles, and even the shape primitive distance estimator. Show More
  • Product Maturity / Number of Supported Platforms/OS / Others...
    Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG)
    The tool kit allows for live Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG) operations, grid filtering including level set tracking, smoothing, dilation and erosion. Show More
  • Product Maturity / End-Users / Animator
    Update the Material Tool Group
    LightWave 3D can pull the materials apart and develop them as per the requirement. It also provides the access to Fresnel Functions, Material Components and Material Integrators. It update the Material Tools Group with new nodes to support this capability. Show More
  • Product Maturity / Software
    3D Modeling
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    3d animation
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    3dModelling
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    3d Rendering
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    Digital Painting
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    Dynamics and Effects
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    Motion Graphics
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    Rigging
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    Sculpting
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    Shading
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    Simulation
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    Texturing
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    Other Software features offered
  • Product Maturity / Number of Supported Platforms/OS
    Mac OS X
  • Product Maturity / Number of Supported Platforms/OS
    Windows
WEAKNESSES
  • Product Maturity / Software / Other Softwares
    Separate Feature
    Lightwave is a bit out of date 3D animation software. The separate feature of Modeling & Layout creates has a big drawback in workflows. The software is full of legacy stuffs which results in a steep learning curve for beginners. Show More
  • Product Maturity / Software / 3D Rendering
    Software support
    Lightwave doesn’t support major 3d rendering software such as Vray. It also lacks the file type support of standalone 3d rendering software like Keyshot. Show More
  • Product Maturity / Software Features
    Pipeline Integration
  • Product Maturity / Number of Supported Platforms/OS
    Linux
  • Product Maturity / Number of Supported Platforms/OS
    Others(AmigaOS, AROS, MorpOS, FreeBSD, Android)
  • Product Maturity / Medium of Delivery of Support Services
    On-Site Support
  • Product Maturity / Services offered
    Consulting Services
  • Product Maturity / Services offered
    Integration & Deployment
  • Product Maturity / Software
    Other Softwares
  • Product Maturity / Software
    Special Effects
  • Product Maturity / Pre-Sales Support
    Dedicated Account Manager (DAM)
  • Product Maturity / Deployment Mode
    Hosted / On-Cloud
  • Product Maturity / Pre-Sales Support
    Software Requirement Specification (SRS)
  • Product Maturity / Mode of Delivery
    Full Time Equivalent
  • Product Maturity / Mode of Delivery
    Subscription / Licensing
  • Product Maturity / Frequency of Support Services
    Any other frequency of support services
  • Product Maturity / Frequency of Support Services
    Frequency of Support Services - Annually
  • Product Maturity / Frequency of Support Services
    Frequency of Support Services - Bi-Annually
  • Product Maturity / Frequency of Support Services
    Frequency of Support Services - Monthly
  • Product Maturity / Frequency of Support Services
    Frequency of Support Services - Quarterly
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Internal Analyst,MnM
Internal Analyst, MnM
#2 in 3D Animation Software 8 Reviews

“ Enhances the creativity process"

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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
#2 in 3D Animation Software 8 Reviews

“Flexibility"

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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
#2 in 3D Animation Software 8 Reviews

“Surfacing Capabilities"

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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.
Vice President,Company Name Classified
Vice President, Company Name Classified
#2 in 3D Animation Software 8 Reviews

“Easy and Simple"

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Lightwave 3D animation software is easy and simple to learn for a new user. It is very flexible and versatile and have a wide range of tools to convert your thoughts into reality.
Chief Product Officer,Company Name Classified
Chief Product Officer, Company Name Classified
#2 in 3D Animation Software 8 Reviews

“Support Third Party Software"

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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
#2 in 3D Animation Software 8 Reviews

“Best Feature"

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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.
Global Head - Service and Product Development,Company Name Classified
Global Head - Service and Product Development, Company Name Classified
#2 in 3D Animation Software 8 Reviews

“If budget is your concern, Lightwave is the product for you"

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Truth be told, I did consider switching to programs with better features and more all round benefits. But I could not seem to be convinced to shell out a high price for them. With LW, I get all the features that I actually need, at 1k. Would I like to have more? Of course! But not at such high a cost, definitely.
Other,Company Name Classified
Other, Company Name Classified
#2 in 3D Animation Software 8 Reviews

“Easy to use and flexible"

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Let me start by saying that though LW is not compatible with other 3D rendering software, that seems to be the only drawback for it. Because its own rendering is not very strong. And you have to convert files. Everything else works like a charm for me. It is simple to understand and use, especially for a beginner to 3D modelling. This is because, since you can work on different functions in different windows, you can get a better and clearer idea of your work.

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