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KAZOO DELIVERS 3D TO DIGITAL IMAGING/PHOTO-EDITING SOFTWARE.

LightWork Design Inc., Walnut Creek, Calif., has introduced release 2.0 of Kazoo(TM), its family of software technologies and services for creative, interactive 3D. Debuting August 10 - 12 at Siggraph '99, this new release of Kazoo brings 3D to application developers in the rapidly growing digital imaging and photo-editing markets.

With Kazoo integrated into their favorite photo-editing software, users can add 3D clip art to their photos - and also put photos directly onto 3D objects and characters.

Kazoo users can select from a wide range of 3D models, combine the model with their photo, then resize, rotate and zoom in on the model to get the perfect angle. Next, they just click to select the right lighting and add shadows. They can choose from the many artistic Kazoo styles to paint the 3D model, including cartoon, pen and ink, watercolor, mosaic and charcoal.

For example, users can add cartoon characters to a photograph of their children, or put their child's photograph on a pen-and-ink drawn television screen.

Kazoo Product Family

The Kazoo family of software technologies and services provides foundation 3D rendering for consumer-level applications. The product family includes the following:

Kazoo Viewer - Gives PC users the ability to manipulate 3D models and insert them in documents and presentations. The Kazoo Viewer includes a browser, for searching by keyword and selecting Kazoo 3D models from catalogs. The Viewer provides users with a range of artistic styles, including real, cartoon, oil painting and hand drawn, and controls to customize each style.

Kazoo Encoder - Converts 3D models into the Kazoo file format. Users of 3D modeling systems use the Kazoo Encoder (a Windows application) to convert existing 3D models into the Kazoo format, for use within the Kazoo Viewer.

Kazoo Toolkit - Provides application developers with the tools to add 3D capabilities to their products quickly and easily. The Kazoo Toolkit is a collection of high-level software components that enable software developers, content creators and system integrators to include Kazoo technologies within their applications and data collections.

Kazoo Style Packs - Additional collections of artistic styles, delivered to Kazoo users' desktops by Web download.

Kazoo Player - Viewing tool to allow Kazoo users to send models and images to non-Kazoo users for interactive viewing.

Kazoo is developed by the Kazoo Technology Group, a division of LightWork Design focused on development of partnership and market opportunities for new 3D graphics technologies, bringing high-quality 3D graphics to a wide range of markets and users.

For more information about what Kazoo offers software developers, 3D content creators and end users, visit the Kazoo Web site at http://www.kazoo3d.com

Pricing

Kazoo Toolkit - Development and run-time licensing terms subject to volumes.

Kazoo Viewer - Recommended retail price $30

Kazoo Style Packs - Starting at $10

Kazoo Model Packs - Starting at $10

Kazoo Player - Free

About LightWork Design

Based in Walnut Creek, California, LightWork Design Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of LightWork Design Ltd., developer of the world's leading core rendering engine for 3D design software applications. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, LightWork Design Ltd. has a global customer base that encompasses North America, Europe and Japan. The company's Web site is http://www.lightwork.com

For more information, call (925) 274-9855.
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Date:Aug 1, 1999
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