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  Lightwave 3D V7
LightWave 3D Seven is a great 3D modeling and animation program. The modeling part of this software comes with features such as: subdivision surface modeling, airbrushing between morphs, combination move/ rotate tool, rail modeling tools, rotate and stretch, and VMap and UV Map controls. As you might have noticed, the modeling software that comes with LightWave 3D Seven is a little more complicated to use then say Rhino 3D, but it seems to be more popular with more hardcore animators.

Now I’m going to talk about the part of the program I played around with the most, the animation part. If you’re moving from LightWave 3D Five to Seven, then you’re going to be in for quiet a bit of a change. There are still things that I knew how to do with Five that I still haven’t been able to figure out in Seven. Although, there is an option that rearranges some of the toolbars to look more like version Five, it is still hard to find certain things.

LightWave 3D Seven has some very awesome tools and abilities. Some of these include: hair and fur rendering, VIPER rendering (which is a great way of previewing something quickly, volumetric lights (which make it easier than ever to create a realistic flame), Particle FX, and many more. It also has the ability to add sound to your animations. Once you learn this program, its quiet easy to use. LightWave 3D Seven also comes with a ton of license-free objects, images, textures, and scenes.

The system requirements are:
• Windows 98, Me, 2000, or Windows NT 4
• 128 MB of available RAM
• 32 MB Available hard drive space
• CD-ROM for installation
• Minimum screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels

• Power Macintosh Processor (G3 or higher recommended)
• Mac OS 9 or OS X (OS X is recommended)
• 384 MB of Available RAM for Mac OS 9
• 128 MB of Available RAM for Mac OS X
• 32 MB Available hard drive space
• CD-ROM for installation
• Minimum screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels

Review ID Number: 314
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Review Date: 2002-12-24
Reviewer: Nick Sardy
Rating: 8 out of 10
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