updated 04:00 pm EDT, Tue July 29, 2008
LightWorks talks SIGGRAPH
LightWork Design has announced LightWorks 7.9 will debut at next month's SIGGRAPH computer graphics exhibition. The company is also promising a new progressive rendering technology and an update to its LightWorks Studio Edition. LightWorks is a 3D graphics rendering toolset. Version 7.9 adds Ambient Occlusion, which adds ambient lighting features for 3D images. New to v7.9 are Complex Reflective Shaders for generating realistic material effects, including reflectance shaders like Glossy Reflections, Frosted Glass, Enhanced Car Paint and others. There are extended CgFX material effects added to v7.9, as well as refinements to Specular Final Gather that provide faster rendering.
The Studio Edition will reach v2.0 at SIGGRAPH, adding new functionality for exterior and interior rendering, and LightWork Design will demonstrate new technology in progressive rendering, which the company says is still under development.
The SIGGRAPH2008 conference takes place Aug. 11-15, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, focusing on computer graphics and interactive technologies.