NewTek has released the Universal binary version of its award-winning 3D video software, LightWave 3D.

LightWave 3D for Intel Macs fully exploits Apple's advanced OS to offer "major" speed and performance improvements for Mac users, the company explained.

“With the Universal version we've enhanced LightWave 3D to take maximum advantage of the new OS and system capabilities, to squeeze every bit of power out of multi-core processors and high-performance OpenGL displays. With this combination, the improvement in workflow and render speed is mind-blowing,” said Jay Roth, president, NewTek 3D Division.

The software offers better OS-based menu handling and screen drawing to deliver Intel Mac users a faster and more responsive user experience.

A new audio core with audio scrubbing capabilities is also among the major improvements within the application. This feature should make it much easier and faster for users to match their animations to their audio tracks.

The software also supplies a range of workflow optimizations and significantly faster rendering speeds.

The Universal version of LightWave 3D is now available at no additional charge to registered owners of LightWave.