LightWork Design provides higher performance photorealistic rendering
LightWork Design enhances multi-threading support with release of
LightWorks 7.7

SHEFFIELD, UK (17 April 2007) – LightWork Design, the world’s leading
supplier of rendering solutions for developers of advanced 3D
computer graphics software, has announced the release of a new
version of LightWorks. LightWorks 7.7 builds upon the success of the
existing LightWorks product with the addition of a number of
enhancements to provide even higher-level performance photorealistic

“We continue to work closely with our technology partners to ensure
that our customers can deliver applications that take full advantage
of the latest advancements in computer hardware. Our LightWorks 7.7
multi-processing is designed for the latest generation of multi
processor and multi-core systems and it delivers even higher
performance photorealistic rendering”; commented Nick Lightfoot,
Sales and Marketing Director at LightWork Design.

Key developments within LightWorks 7.7 include:

* Enhanced Multi-threading Support – enhancements have resulted in
performance improvements, with considerable speedups in rendering
times. For example Ray traced rendering is now between 3 and 4 times
faster on a quad-processor than on a single processor and between 1.5
and 1.8 times faster on a dual processor, with a speedup of over 6 on
eight processors;

* Advances to LightWorks Final Gather – functionality has been
increased meaning that LightWorks can match the fastest and best
global illumination solutions. Support for multi-threading has now
been included making LightWorks Final Gather noticeably faster than
it has previously been on multi-processor machines;

* Support for Microsoft Vista;

* Enhancements to LightWorks Real-time – addition of new shaders,
with real-time programmable shading support.

Partners and customers of LightWork Design have been encouraged by
the latest developments in LightWorks and are confident of the value
which these will add to users of LightWorks-based rendering
applications, particularly the enhanced multi-processing support:

Dr. Rainer Zeifang, Director of R&D at CoCreate Software GmbH,
commented, “Our recent integration of LightWorks allows CoCreate
OneSpace Modeling to take advantage of the new breed of multi-
processor systems as well as the latest graphics cards. We are
confident that our continuing partnership with LightWork Design will
allow us to keep ahead of hardware developments while continuing to
deliver state of the art visualisation to our customers.”

As Intel pushes the boundaries of chip technology, LightWork Design
continues to respond to this challenge with graphics software that
unlocks the full power of Intel multi-processor systems for both
design professionals and those who need high performance
visualisation. “Through its membership of the Intel Software Partner
Program, LightWork Design has been able to capitalise on Intel
multi-core platforms to make the latest technology available to
application developers,” said Andrei Mazanov, EMEA Director, Intel
Software Partner Program, Intel Corporation. The Intel Software
Partner Program ( provides a framework for
collaborative solution development around Intel architecture among
the ISV community – from business planning and product development to
marketing and sales.

For more information about LightWorks 7.7 go to the Latest Release
page of the LightWork Design website:

About LightWork Design
LightWork Design is the world’s leading supplier of rendering
solutions for developers of advanced 3D computer graphics software.
Established in 1989, LightWork Design has continually developed
LightWorks to provide customers with innovative and market-focused
solutions for the creation of powerful and easy-to-use rendering
applications. Renowned for its physically accurate visualization of
real-world objects and environments, LightWorks is the ideal choice
for applications targeted at the AEC, Configuration, and Industrial
markets. LightWorks is supplied as a complete solution which includes
the SDK, support, training and consultancy services, to give
customers fast and efficient access to leading-edge rendering
technology, resulting in shorter development cycles, faster time-to-
market for new products, and lower software development costs.

LightWorks is embedded in over 80 software applications and used by
more than 1 million users worldwide, far more than any other
renderer. Applications that incorporate LightWorks include: 3CAD from
In.tres srl, Alibre Design from Alibre, ArchiCAD from Graphisoft,
ARCHline.XP from CadLine, ARCHITREND from Fukui Computer, Cobalt from
Ashlar, Configura and InstantPlanner from Configura Sverige AB,
form.Z from auto.des.sys, ICEM Surf from ICEM, JetStream Presenter
from NavisWorks, Lumen Designer from Lighting Technologies; Madric
from CPU, MSC.visualNastran from MSC Software, NX from UGS, OneSpace
Modeling from CoCreate, PowerShape from Delcam, Pro/CONCEPT, Pro/
DESKTOP and Pro/ENGINEER from PTC, Solid Edge from UGS, solidThinking
from solidThinking Ltd., ThinkReal from Think3, trueSpace from
Caligari, VectorWorks from Nemetschek NA and products from many other
major CAD vendors.

LightWorks, the LightWorks logo, LWA and LWA-Enabled are registered
trademarks of LightWork Design Ltd.
The LWA-Enabled logo, Interactive Image Regeneration, IIR, A-Cubed,
Feature-Following Anti-Aliasing and FFAA are all trademarks of
LightWork Design Ltd. All other trademarks, images and logos remain
the property of their respective owners.