I look at these sections a lot. I like many of the suggestions I have seen so far. This kind of thread can be very risky because it can go downhill very fast. There are always going to be issues regardless of the 3d software that is used. I know this because I have friends who use other 3d software, and they look at Lightwave and give me many compliments on it’s features. So I hope that this thread stays positive. I also hope that Newtek is reading these comments as well. I consider myself to be a relative newcomer to Lightwave. Even though I got into it around v4.0, I was out of it for along while. Even though I upgraded to v5.6, I didn’t have as much time to use it as I wanted to have.
Now, I upgraded to v8 and I am learning it again. Definately more complex than v4!<g> I’m really glad I upgraded, and I’m really glad I chose to upgrade as opposed to going with another 3d software. Even though I have a HUGE amount of respect for other 3d software I was looking at (Maya, Softimage), i’m glad I chose to stick with Lightwave. My goal is to improve my 3d skills to the level of being ‘very knowlegable’.
At any rate, I’ll throw in my two cents on whatI would like to see in Lightwave. Please make sure that the instructions in the ‘Help’ sections are correct!! There have been a couple times when I’ve gone to the help section to see how to do something, and the instructions were incorrect. For example, I’m working on several spaceships and I needed to measure them in order to make sure they were properly scaled in relation to each other. I went to the ‘Help’ section. The instructions gave me the worng tab to look under. I was confused for a few moments until I happened to stumble on the correct tab. I had to write this down so that if I forgot, I could find that info again with no problems. It makes me wonder what else in the help section could be wrong. If you’re a newbie like myself it makes learning the program harder. The other thing I would like to see is full-screen test renders. At the option for it. I remember this was the standard in v4.0. After that, the test renders were small screen only. However, my not getting full-screen test renders may be due to my own lack of knowlege about LW.
Another thing I would like to see improved is the renderer. Especially if there is an ability to use multiple cpus to develop one frame. However, I have a feeling that Lightwave is already working on the faster renders given that they hired two ex-Electric Image programmers.
Finally, I would like to see Newtek develop an even closer relationship with Worley Labs. His plug-ins are simply put ‘Fantastic’. Some of them need to be incorporated into LW as part of Lightwave. For example, Sasquatch. I’m talking about the full version here. Also, I would like to see the incorporation of Gaffer, and the Polk collection. I owuld also like to see Maestro incorporated into LW. I saw a friend of mine use this program, and I was sold. I’ll be purchasing it on my next payday. Newtek could have two versions of Lightwave in the same manner as Softimage and Maya have multiple versions of their wonderful software. This would allow for some scalability. Obviously, the price for this advanced version Lightwave would be higher. But, given the extra features that would be part of it, the higher price would be justified.
At any rate, that’s my $0.02 cents. Again, I hope that this thread stays positive. and constructive! The grass may seem greener on the other side, but I have friends of mine who pull their hair out with other programs as well. All these programs have their strengths and weaknesses. Best wishes and luck to all those in 3d. May you work hard, and realize your 3d goals!