View Full Version : Your Very First Purchased 3rd Party Plug-In?
03-15-2004, 07:19 PM
With all the hoopla of late with the release of Worley's FPrime it got me thinking:
What was everyone's first plug-in purchase?
What was it, the price, and what made you decide to buy it?
For me, it is in fact FPrime. I haven't received it yet as I'm still in the order queue. I think the main reason I decided to buy it was the hype and excitement of other LW users here on CGTalk. The FPrime render examples look gorgeous. The special offer of $279 was just the icing on the cake so to speak. So I thought "What the hell!".
The day after placing the order for FPrime I decided to also get the Polk Collection at that incredible offer of 99 smackeroos.
How about you folks?
03-15-2004, 07:51 PM
Particle Storm 2.5 and Lume Tools.
Then Taft and Sasquatch!
Looking back my first two purchases were not long lived. We should have another thread about plugins you bought and don't use anymore.
03-15-2004, 08:13 PM
ekis plugpak...its very usefull, especally as a beginner...and, right after buying lw, it was affordable :) now fprime wich is only my second commercial plugin!
Well, as a poor student I haven't bought any plugins, except UV Edit Pro if you can say I bought it since I bought LW8 and got it that way :)
03-15-2004, 09:27 PM
FPrime! :D The first, and I'm sure it's opened the floodgates for me personally. I think it's time I bought Eki's plugin pack too.
03-15-2004, 09:48 PM
Like many others here, FPrime is my first plug-in purchase, and I decided to bite the bullet and plunk down the cash for Sasquatch while I was at it. Been playing around with Sasquatch over the weekend and boy is it fast! :) Still waiting for my license key for FPrime though! :scream:
Project Messiah 1.57 for LW 5.6 :applause:
03-15-2004, 09:58 PM
Rounder. $40 or so dollars. Good stuff. It's in LW8 now, but I don't imagine I'll be upgrading so no loss there.
03-15-2004, 10:10 PM
Project Messiah 1.5, then Messiah Studio (although its stand alone) then FPrime. But i'm so happy we have so many generous 3rd party developers. Without them i would have to spend a fortune in little plugins, or do many months of additional work.
03-15-2004, 10:41 PM
Fiber Factory for LW 5.6 was the first plugin I ever bought and then Sasquatch came into existence and I bought that. I've never touched Fiber Factory since.
03-15-2004, 10:45 PM
Wowza....lotsa newbies to the plugins world :-)
My first plugin was Particle Storm 2 Jr. The full version didn't work with Inspire 3D, which I was also purchasing at the same time (couldn't afford LightWave back then!).
I've bought several since then that I've found to be really worthwhile. FPrime is my latest purchase and looks to be very useful as well. :bounce:
03-15-2004, 11:55 PM
The embarrasing part is that I voted "too expensive" in another Sasquatch thread here on CGTalk :blush: But hey, I can change my mind right? :)
Next one? Maybe FPrime, X-Dof, Hoser, RandomCloner, or Fire&SmokeGenerator (polas.net).
Myeah, guess that's it. Realflow would've been cool, but too $$$.
03-16-2004, 12:19 AM
Lock & Key (http://www.dynamic-realities.com/support/onlinedocs/LockNKey/help.htm).
I thought I needed it when I was learning LightWave 5.0/5.6. I paid about $99 or less for it.
03-16-2004, 12:41 AM
Joe Alter's Shave and a Haircut (Shave Extreme), which included LipService and a giant parallell dongle made in Romania all for $99.
Then the price for LightWave went down, and the price for its plugins went up, and Joe Alter ran away.
But LipService has yet to be matched by any facial animation plugin since.
I was one of the few who bought Particle Storm Pro, and then saw Lightwave 7's PFX make it obsolete.
Messiah 1.5 was my other purchase, and one I shall always be grateful for!
03-16-2004, 01:45 AM
I came from Impulse Imagine (http://www.coolfun.com/html/imagine1.html) (well, also Softimage but that was at work), so my first plugin to LW was IFW Textures (http://shaders.org/) which was originally made for Imagine For Windows (IFW) - a bit a trivia for some.:)
03-16-2004, 02:31 AM
X-Dof from Evasion3D was my first and only purchase...until fPrime materialized.:buttrock:
well...wait...i did get Rounder...so i've only purchased 3 plugins to date.:applause:
03-16-2004, 05:31 AM
fPrime for me ! ! !
03-16-2004, 05:53 AM
Rounder, Wrinkle, and FPrime. I wasn't so happy with Wrinkle, but they apparently have an update coming.
03-16-2004, 08:13 AM
What a bunch of rookies:)
Early LW plugins for me were:
Motion Master I & 2
Dynamic Motion Module
Other early LW related tools that come to mind are:
Anyone out there remember "Newtons Law"?
How about the ShaBLAMM card or Rendersaurus?
Thems were the days:rolleyes:
03-16-2004, 08:27 AM
fantastic app that did the same thing as puppet master but cheaper (it was $50 i think) and the whole setup process was much better thought out too.
nik lever is a god in my book....
it's the app that made 5.6 era lw character animation a possibility... actually, there's still a lot to like about this process over weightmapping to bones imo.
03-16-2004, 09:38 AM
It was so long ago. But it must have been a DR plugin me thinks. Probably Impact 1. Remember I needed the simulation for a gig I was doing then.
Or it could have been Superglow, remember getting that at around the same time, had to render an animation with field rendering and lot's of glows in it, and because of LW's glow field bug I got SuperGlow.
03-16-2004, 02:33 PM
IFW textures and Sasquatch on the same day :D
Eki's Plugpak then
Polk & G2 when G2 was released
All great tools. Can't afford to get FPrime but its certainly
on my list.
All the best,
Gryphon Designs Ltd (http://www.gryphondesigns.net)
03-16-2004, 03:49 PM
Eki's Plugpak, then Messiah Animate, and finally Fprime, and they're all great!:bounce:
03-16-2004, 06:00 PM
First was weighter
Then I got
I'm trying to work out FPrime now before the deal ends
Oh I just ordered Taft. I was trying to get it a few months back so the deal is just in time.
03-16-2004, 07:12 PM
I can't quite remember the order... but..
Shave and a Haircut
all worth the money... and yes sad Joe ran away :hmm:
03-16-2004, 07:24 PM
FPrime is my first. I was about to get Eki's Plug Pack, but I couldn't miss this opportunity. Hopefully EPP will be later this week:)
03-16-2004, 08:28 PM
First and Favorite
ACS4. I love it, love it, love it.
Of course I doesn't mean anything until I actually finish a @#$%^ animation.
03-16-2004, 08:33 PM
Particle Storm ... 2 Pro
03-16-2004, 08:48 PM
Relativity 1.0 beta was the first plugin I purchased. Closely followed by SE/DSFX. I still use them every single day - except now they are the 2.0 betas.
Also regularly used are :
01-17-2006, 06:00 PM
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