Newtek has posted LightWave [7b], an update to its high-end 3D modeling and animation application for Mac OS and Mac OS X. The new version adds AltiVec optimizations, improved OS X rendering performance, improved overall performance from OpenGL optimizations, expanded multiple processor support, and TrueType font support under Mac OS X. The update is a free download; LightWave [7] sells for US$2,495.