Tra i plugin storici nel panorama della computer grafica un posto in piano lo merita certamente LWCAD, che introduce Lightwave 3D una serie di strumenti specifici per la visualizzazione architettonica

LWCAD non è prodotto direttamente da Newtek, ma dalla software house indipendente WTools3D.

LWCAD 5.2 costituisce l'ultimo aggiornamento per quel Lightwave 3D probabilmente scivolato un po' in secondo piano, almeno in Italia, ma che vanta tuttora una solida base di utenti storici, conquistati da qualità che ne fanno una soluzione solida e affidabile in produzione.


Major Updates

  • Smart Selection - LightWave selectiontools with smart selections are initialized with LightWave selection
  • NURBS offset algorithmimproved precision of end point tangents (interpolation mode)
  • NURBS extrude algorithm improved precision when extruding NURBS surface (interpolation mode)
  • Clone Tools - instancesnew clone tools supporting LwCad instances
  • Clone Tools - random modulenew random functions included in all cloning tools
  • Clone Tools - collisions modulenew collision functions included in all cloning tools
  • Point Clone - new clone tool for cloning to certain point with rotation possibility
  • Line Clone -new clone tool for cloning along line,curve or spline (partially replacing Vector Clone)
  • Array Clone - completely rewritten array clone tool with new pivot and bounding modes
  • Radial Clone - completely rewritten radial clone tool
  • Surface Clone - new clone tool for cloning on polygons and nurbs surfaces (replacement for Spray Clone)
  • Uv Random - new tool for UV maps randomization
  • Snap Panel - new INST snappingparameter, snaping to important points on instances from Shape Library
  • Automatic installer - installer is able to do automatic installation even if LightWave doesnt have configuration files
  • Options Panel - new precision parameter, drawing dimensions in viewport with custom precision


Minor Updates

  • Move Snap - new clone mode triggered with holding SHIFT key (replacement for previous Vector Clone)
  • Rotate Snap - new clone mode triggered with holding SHIFT key (replacement for previous Radial Clone)
  • Mirror Tool - new clone mode, tool moved to Modify section
  • Line,Arc,Spiral,Rectangle Stair,Fence - steps count visible in viewport when step snap enabled
  • Line,Pipe,Wall,Line Stair,Line Roof,Fence - new Angle parameter, tools can adjust the angle between between last and previous last segment
  • Stair Tools - new Reduce parameter
  • Stair Tools - new Geometry Type parameter
  • Pipe, Profile - rail freeze parameter replaced with Rail Divisions parameter (polygons and NURBS mode)
  • Profile - pivot parameter is replaced with Pivot X and Pivot Y percentage parameters
  • Profile - new Keep Curves parameter
  • Offset,Round,Extrude,Profile - new Show Handles parameter, enable-disable drawing of handles in viewport
  • Extend - new Reduce option parameter, extended segment is automatically reduced with original curve
  • Convert Curves -NURBS Curve option updated to convert poly-line to nurbs curve
  • UCS grid + constraint + angle snap - updated snapping when snap event occurring on surface in perspective viewport