NO MORE NEGATIVE!
Right now I’m doing what most newbies do, that is try out ALL these fancy programs and figure out which one I’d like to devote my time, effort, and money towards. I’ve tried them all so far and I cannot make up my mind! It seems like I change my mind 2-3 times a day. It’s really frustrating.
I know you shouldn’t judge software by the artwork that the artists have made with it, but I’ve seen some really impressive stuff done with Lightwave (Kaze: Ghost Warrior, anyone?) Yes, I’ve seen great stuff done with other programs like Maya or XSI (don’t get me started on 3ds Max… almost every GREAT picture in the gallery was made using it) but to think about how much LESS Lightwave artists pay to get the tools to make this great artwork I’ve seen is great! For this fact alone I want Lightwave to succeed. Me and a couple of friends are wanting to eventually try to make some kind of short film ourselves, and it seems to be a pretty rare thing to see people using other software packages and succeeding at this.
So, lets all make a list of what Lightwave needs to improve. We can all discuss it here, and then when we get a list we all can agree on we could submit it to Newtek, with our names attached, and then they’ll know exactly what to do! That’s why all the c4d artists are so happy right now. Maxon implemented EVERYTHING the customers asked for in r9.
First of all, I think it’s safe to say that almost every feature in Lightwave needs an overhaul. I think when it comes to the modeler, Newtek needs to look at c4d r9 and/or silo/wings and implement those features and try to surpass them. They need edges… most Lightwave users are used to working without them, and it doesn’t seem to have kept them back. But I think it would add an advantage for anyone coming over from another app.
I think some people like the fact that modeler and layout are seperate apps, but maybe they could at least have an option where it would put the two under one window somehow? Sort of how different programs… lets use c4d as an example, since I’m most familiar with it… they have different modes which change the layout of the program depending on what you’re doing. They have standard, modeling, animation, even a seperate layout for use with bodypaint. Perhaps if Lightwave implemented a feature like this, it could keep the interface from becoming crowded, while still keeping all features inside the same app.
As for Layout, they need to overhaul the character tools and try to meet and surpass something like Messiah. I think you’d see a LOT of people happy with something like that, since probably a majority of Messiah users are using it in conjunction with Lightwave anyways.
They should overhaul the dynamics, particles (hypervoxels), cloth, hair, fluids… I personally think they should try to get Sasquatch FULL integrated instead of Lite. It’s way better than Shave anyways. As for cloth, you’ve got two competitors now… c4d’s clothilde and Syflex. Again, Lightwave should try to meet and surpass both of these. No less than MEET the features and functionality. As for fluids… maybe you’d be better off with something like RealFlow anyways? Maya’s fluids I hear aren’t even that good, so who knows. Maybe if Newtek had time, lol… they could try to meet and surpass RealFlow, or even just MEET Maya’s fluids.
The interface… I think a lot of people could care less, but I think it really does make a difference. First off, in my opinion, they need to design the interface so that it looks and FEELS like it belongs on Windows XP or OSX. It just looks so old. They need to streamline the workflow, and get rid of that “bolted on” feel that it has. The interface should be customizable, too. C4D can be made to look like any program you want it to. Not that I would ever make C4D or Lightwave look like Maya or XSI, but it gives you the flexibility to layout it all in whatever you want it to, whatever way it helps you work faster and more efficiently.
And of course the renderer. It needs to be FASTER! They need to bring it up to speed and features so that it can really compete with Renderman and Mental Ray.
That’s my list I guess. It’s pretty generic I know, but maybe you guys can fill in the details! I just thought I’d hit all major points to get the ball rolling. BTW, don’t take any of this as an attack on Lightwave. I REALLY want Lightwave to be on top again, and KEEP that hansom price, lol. For an all-in-one solution, Lightwave’s by far the cheapest, and it could be the best again!