LightWave is well established as a 3D workhorse. Its native rendered is unparalleled and serves as the centerpiece in the production pipeling of many facilities both large and small. Render nodes are free and set up is quite straightforward. LightWave Modeler excels both as a subdivision surface and a polygonal modeler, fast, efficient and again, straightforward in functionality. In addition, an industry leading node-based texturing and shading system allows you to create any look you desire - quickly and easily.
or the individual artist,or artists working in small groups:
LightWave is your entry point into a whole new world. You get a ton of cool and useful features right out of the box that puts the competition to shame. No "unlimited" this or "advanced" that, no up sell and no extras. Everything you need is in the box when you buy. Of course, there are many cool third-party add-on products available, some freebies, and some not, but the point is, you can get a long way before you may need any. And, with free render nodes, LightWave grows with your business, and you.
System RAM: 512 MB minimum requirement, 1 GB recommended
Graphics card: nVidia FX 5200 series (minimum) or ATIFireGL V 5100 (minimum)
Graphics support: Full OpenGL (OpenGL 2.0 support, or ARB_shading_language_100 OpenGL extension in earlier versions, required to use GLSL features)
Graphics driver: Latest from chipset manufacturer
Dedicated video RAM: 64 MB per display minimum requirement, 128 MB recommended
Minimum resolution: 1024x768 minimum requirement, 1280x1024 recommended
Hard drive space: 230 MB for program installation (not including content
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