Issue: Volume: 23 Issue: 9 (September 2000)

Spotlight: News - 9/00

The new viewsets were developed to better represent tasks that today's graphics workstations might be expected to perform. They include, for example, larger window and model sizes, and multiple textures. The new benchmarks are available at

This month, we list the scores from the six workstation and graphics card combinations that have posted results for the newly upgraded Lightscape viewset (Light-04) of the SPECviewperf benchmark, version 6.1.2. The Lightscape viewset consists of walkthroughs in four differently rendered environments.

The mean scores represent the combined, weighted results of the tests, measured in the number of frames per second the machines were able to execute. The larger the number, the better the score. To see other test results, visit

Dassault Systemes (Suresnes, France) has announced that it has agreed to acquire Safework (Montreal). Safework develops turnkey human modeling software that features anthropometrically correct mannequins....Dassault will also acquire the 3D software business of Spatial Technologies (Boulder, CO), developer of the ACIS 3D geometrical modeler. The amount of the transaction is $21.5 million in cash....Self-described e-commerce visualization vendor MetaCreations (New York), the former vendor for graphics tools such as Bryce, Kai's Power Tools, and Painter, has agreed to acquire Viewpoint Digital (Orem, UT) a 3D digital content vendor and subsidiary of Computer Associates. The acquisition will take place through MetaCreations' subsidiary, Metastream. Two weeks prior to this announcement, Viewpoint had announced its merger with Multigen-Paradigm (San Jose, CA), and the subsequent renaming of the company to Viewpoint Visualization. The Viewpoint-Multigen merger is no longer in effect.

News is written and compiled by Jenny Donelan.