LightWave 10 supports 3Dconnexion 3D mice

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NewTek has integrated 3Dconnexion 3D mouse support into LightWave 10, giving digital 3D artists the ability to more easily navigate through virtual worlds, interact with models, and control cameras and lights in real time.

3D design professionals in all disciplies use LightWave from NewTek. (Source: NewTek)

“LightWave 10 delivers a set of groundbreaking new tools for 3D artists, and the integration of 3Dconnexion 3D mice support enhances the level of design interaction with models and animations,” said Rob Powers, vice president of 3D software development, NewTek. “Plain and simple – 3D mice help our customers create animations faster, easier and with more comfort, all critical needs in today’s fast-paced design environment.”

3Dconnexion 3D mice complement the entire creative workflow in LightWave 10, from creating assets with Modeler to controlling lights, cameras, objects, or time lines in the Layout module. In addition, 3D mice offer directors and artists limitless potential to explore their creativity using LightWave’s Virtual Studio tool when working in virtual 3D sets.

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How 3D mice work with LightWave

Specific ways in which LightWave users can take advantage of using a 3D mouse:

Creating 3D models—In LightWave Modeler, a 3D mouse gives artists the freedom to navigate views of models while simultaneously selecting commands and editing models with a traditional mouse.

Navigating views—In LightWave Layout, a 3D mouse gives designers another level of control over 3D scenes and views with three possible modes: walk, fly, and orbit. Whether showcasing scenes or doing an architectural walk-through, a 3D mouse enables users to seamlessly switch perspective views, and seamlessly pan and zoom.

Controlling animations and timelines—In LightWave Layout, 3D mice movements allow designers to select an object, such as a camera, light or bone, and place it within a 3D scene as if they were holding the model in their hand. Additionally, users can effortlessly move back and forth through scene time lines with a simple twist of the 3D mouse cap.

Producing virtual sets—With LightWave’s Virtual Studio tool and a 3D mouse, digital artists can create and interact with a virtual 3D set in real time, controlling characters through 3D mouse movements. For example, twisting the 3D mouse cap left or right makes the avatar’s head look left or right. For added control, multiple 3Dconnexion 3D mice can be used to manipulate several characters and their traits.