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07-17-2003, 03:01 PM
Hi all. I am new to lightwave. I have been using Max for a while. Is there a way to select the edge of a poly, like in max? In LW, I can only select a face or verts(points). I'm havin some trouble with thier interface. Thanks for any help.

07-17-2003, 03:17 PM
Nope . . . LW doesn't natively support edges. However, you can get a sweet plugin called "EdgeTools" over at, which'll suit your needs just fine . . .

07-17-2003, 03:20 PM
No edges in LightWave. What are you trying to do with the edge? Try searching for "edge" on, there's probably a tool to do what you want;


07-17-2003, 05:34 PM
lou.cifer I would suggest registering at and look in their downloads section. They have 9 free lighwave videos you can grab, and it covers all the basics over lightwave (going through the interface, some terminology, etc). It's really quite good for beginners to LW.

07-17-2003, 07:27 PM
Thanks for all your quick responses. In Max, I have a way of modeling that fits me well. I start with a single plane and shift drag an edge to make polys. It seems slow, but I find it easier than splines or box modeling.

07-17-2003, 07:46 PM
you should try extender, or better search for extender at, "these extra script are better than the standard," that's the same way !!!
Check out a few modeling tutorials, you will discover all the great modeling tools in Lightwave very fast !!! :thumbsup:

07-17-2003, 08:11 PM
I tried extender,and is seems like it works, but after I extend an edge, I get polys on both sides. As for edge tool on Flay, I dont know how to install it because I cant read the instructions.

07-17-2003, 09:01 PM
Get this one, FI's_OEXtender;

You shoule be able to get the LW documentation in pdf format from NewTek's site, there's also a html help file that's worth getting.
I don't have the links handy but they should be easy to find...


07-17-2003, 09:18 PM
hey ekram(lou cifer)
i think u are m.ekram
have u decided to reurn to lightwave again
i think 3dbuzz
is great

07-17-2003, 11:31 PM
I downloaded those plugins. But how do I install them? I copy the plugins into the "plugins" directory in lightwave. Then I go to MODLER>ADD PLUGINS. It brings up the selected plug in, but after that, I can't find it on any of the menus. HELP!

P.S. Sorry tejani, but I am not ekram.

Steve Warner
07-17-2003, 11:34 PM
You'll find them in the Construct --> Additional menu. If you want them on a button, you'll need to assign them manually. :)



07-18-2003, 01:27 AM
Great! It worked! Thanks ! I am using the FL's OEXtender Plugin, Which is doing what I want it to do, but I noticed that I have to weld the points every time I extend. It is a pain. Any suggestions???

Steve Warner
07-18-2003, 04:18 AM
I haven't used Fi's OEXtender. But you shouldn't have to be welding after each extend. If you're just getting multiple points which occupy the same place in space, then use the Merge tool. It's like an automatic weld. If that's not it, try utilizing one of the other Extenders, such as David Ikeda's Extender (PC Only) (

Hope this helps!


07-18-2003, 08:26 AM
He Lou,
I have some free tuts you can take a look at HERE (

07-18-2003, 03:53 PM
Wow! Thanks for the tuts page Spline God. And thanks Steve for your help, as well as all who helped. I like knowing that LW has such a big user base and everyone is willing to lend some expierience to a newbie. Thanks everyone!

07-18-2003, 09:37 PM
Hey Lou,
Youre more then welcome. :)

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