LightTools Enewsletter

June 2019

Service Release: LightTools 8.7 SR 1 Now Available

We are pleased to announce that LightTools 8.7 Service Release 1 (SR1) is now available. The release includes several bug fixes.

Software and License File Instructions

Direct-Sales Customers

Software and license key files for LightTools direct-sales customers are available on the Synopsys SolvNet website. 

Distributor Customers
For customers working with distributors, you will continue to obtain your software and license keys from your local LightTools software distributor. See the Synopsys Optical Solutions Group Global Contacts page for contact information. If your country is not listed on the Distributors page referenced above, please contact us at for instructions. 

For More Information

LightTools 8.7 Release Notes are available on our Customer Support Portal.

LightTools Support for Windows 7 to be Discontinued

In January 2020, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7. Therefore, LightTools 8.8 and 8.8 service releases will support Windows 7, but LightTools releases after version 8.8 will not support Windows 7.

For information about LightTools hardware and system requirements, see If you have additional questions, please contact

Save the Date: Join Us for the LightTools User Group Meeting

Please note the following dates for our annual LightTools User Group meetings:

  • September 10, 2019 - Mountain View, CA
  • September 12, 2019 - Chicago, IL

What topics would you like to see discussed? What features in LightTools would you like to know more about? How could we help you be more productive in LightTools? You have an opportunity to help determine the topics during the annual LightTools User Group meetings. We welcome all ideas and will take those into consideration as we plan for the user group meetings. Help us make the user group a truly worthwhile event for you.

Send your topic ideas to, or join our LightTools Group on LinkedIn to submit your ideas there. We look forward to hearing them!

Register for LightTools Training

We are taking registrations for our upcoming LightTools training sessions. Visit our LightTools training page for more information and to register online. Seats are limited, and minimum enrollments apply.

Introduction to Illumination Design Using LightTools

July 15-17, 2019
Pasadena, CA

Calendar of Events

For the latest event calendar, please go to our Events page.