NewTek has released Lightwave 3D version 8. According to the company, this latest version offers significant enhancements including a wide range of new character animation tools and dynamics. Among the advanced features supported are character animation system with inverse and forward kinematics, Rigid body dynamics, Cloth and soft body dynamics, and more. The company also claims that rigging in LightWave 8 is now much faster, with flexible and intuitive control of character animation. Lightwave 3D 8 is available in the US now for $1595 (around £880).