Courtesy of, and © Copyright 1995 A. J. Diamond, Donald Schmitt and Company, Toronto
Lightscape for Windows NT -- Now Available From Designers' CADD Company
San Jose, Calif., December 18, 1995 -- Lightscape Technologies,
Inc., a leading producer of Visual Reality software, today announced the availability of
the Lightscape Visualization System for Windows NT. Lightscape is the first full-featured
rendering application offering advanced radiosity technology combined with user specified
physically-based lighting and an integrated ray tracer. This unique combination offers
unparalleled image realism, interactivity and performance to the design, entertainment and
Unlike other rendering technologies, Lightscape's radiosity
technology accurately simulates the interaction of light among surfaces in a model
producing significant lighting effects such as indirect illumination, soft shadows and
color bleeding. In addition, radiosity precalculates the lighting of a scene and stores
this information as a part of the 3D model so that users can interactively display a fully
rendered image from any point of view. Highly interactive and flexible, users can make
changes on the fly and adjust lighting and material combinations throughout the rendering
"We are very excited about Lightscape bringing their advanced
radiosity software and unique visualization capabilities to the world of designers and
content developers who do their work on PCs. The Lightscape Visualization System is an
excellent example of the class of applications that are rapidly migrating to the PC,"
said Ronald J. Whittier, senior vice president of Intel's Content Group. "The power
of advanced PC microprocessors like Intel's Pentium and Pentium Pro processors, plus a
32-bit operating system like Windows NT, have made the PC a compelling platform for the
kind of 3D graphics tools that previously ran only on expensive workstations."
The design market applications include architecture, interior and
product design, and visualization and lighting design and analysis. Lightscape's
physically based radiosity and ray tracing technology offer a better representation of
what an environment or product would look like under specific lighting conditions. A
variety of industry standard lighting formats, such as IES are supported. "Virtual
prototyping" with Lightscape can provide designers meaningful information early in
the design process and shorten the design cycle by reducing the need for physical
prototyping. Currently, the software is used by Teague/Boeing in the design of aircraft
interiors and by Fluor Daniel, Inc. for producing virtual walkthroughs of architectural
"After using Lightscape for Windows NT I now have higher
standards for the quality of architectural 3D images I can achieve on a PC," said
Greg Pyros, principal, Pyros Pictures, an award winning 3D animation studio in Newport
Typical applications in the entertainment market include virtual
sets, special effects, interactive games, web sites and location-based entertainment.
Using Lightscape's integrated animation tools, high quality frames for film or video can
be rendered in a fraction of the time required with traditional techniques. Lightscape's
output can also be exported for use in real-time virtual reality applications as well as
VRML and Quicktime VR applications. The software was recently used by Matte World Digital
to recreate the 1970's Las Vegas strip in Martin Scorsese's film, Casino.
"The difference between using Lightscape as opposed to anything
else on the market is like the difference between a high school degree and a Ph.D.,"
said Dwight Lind, president of Land Engineering, a VAR based out of Tucson, AZ.
"Lightscape fills an important need in the 3D market by combining superior radiosity
rendering with animation for unprecedented realism."
The suggested U.S. domestic retail price for Lightscape for Windows
NT is $2995. Please call Designers' CADD Company at 617-868-1921 today for actual pricing.
A Pentium based personal computer with 32-64 megabytes of RAM is recommended.
Lightscape supports OpenGL compliant 3D accelerator boards.
Lightscape takes advantage of the enhanced 32-bit and floating point performance of the Pentium Pro processor.
The software imports Autodesk 3D Studio 3DS files as well as DXF
files. Headquartered in San Jose, California, Lightscape
Technologies, Inc. develops Visual Reality software products for the design and
entertainment markets. Lightscape products supporting the full line of Silicon Graphics
workstations and servers are distributed worldwide.
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