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michal traplay
Obsessive-Compulsive (I) Inmate

From: San Diego, CA, USA
Insane since: Dec 2001

posted posted 01-05-2002 07:44

I just put lightwave 6 back on my system and was trying to ad the plugins going by the instructions on the read me file and I ran into some trouble so I called a tek that said my 6.5 beta was out dated from 11-2000 but they no longer have a newer one at their site. They only have the new one for lightwave 7. Any sugestions as to how I could get it would be great.

Thanx

Fig
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Houston, TX, USA
Insane since: Apr 2000

posted posted 01-05-2002 08:26

send Newtek a check.

chris


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moaiz
Maniac (V) Inmate

From:
Insane since: Nov 2000

posted posted 01-05-2002 10:42

What an abstract concept chris...so you mean if you want a program you are supposed to buy it??? I am surprised that when you called a 'tek' michal they didnt make that sublte suggestion to you. Mabye you can sign up for the Lightwave 7.5 beta test...

Relain
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: westernesse
Insane since: Jul 2000

posted posted 01-05-2002 20:14

by the way, lightwave max or rhino for the hobby user who wants to turn pro when he grows up? i was planning on getting a student version of Max 4 with reactor and stuff for my 18th, which is $900. but i was wondering about getting lightwave 7 or whatever. also rhino now has a nice render engine and i could pick up a student package of rhino and the render engine for like $400 but would it be as good? i use max at school so im at home with it now, whats it like making the shift from one package to another? what kind of things would i loose if i went for lightwave as opposed to max?
thanks for the help guys


Fig
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Houston, TX, USA
Insane since: Apr 2000

posted posted 01-05-2002 20:42

moaiz, I tend to think outside the box and come up with these weird, abstract concepts like purchasing software

As far as which package, there's lots of things to consider there. Rhino, while a great modeler, doesn't have any animation features so if you want do anything aside from model I'd rule that out. Lightwave and Max are both quality packages, they've both got their advantages. I personally prefer LW, I find it to be a bit more intuitive and love the renderer and modeling tools. Max's renderer has also improved a lot in recent versions tho. As a loose rule LW is used more in tv and film where Max is used a lot in games, but that's also been shifting recently and you'll see Max used more in tv and film work. As a rule it seems like people tend to like one or the other tho, either LW or Max will just "fit" them a bit better. I'd suggest, if possible, finding a computer lab that has LW installed or "acquiring" a version to use temporarily (and actually wanting to try out a piece of software before purchasing it is the one instance where I will advocate this) and check out a manual or some tutorials and see how you like the workflow of the program. If you already work well in Max there's not really a good reason to switch, but if you think you might want to try something else it's worth a shot. Hope that helps...

Chris


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Dark
Neurotic (0) Inmate
Newly admitted
posted posted 01-06-2002 03:54

I actually intend to buy the software at first, but usually end up getting a copy from a friend of mine that buys every program known to man, even if he doesn't need it.

michal traplay
Obsessive-Compulsive (I) Inmate

From: San Diego, CA, USA
Insane since: Dec 2001

posted posted 01-06-2002 09:17

Hi Michal here again incase you did not read the question I already own lightwave 6. 6.5 was a free down loadable upgrade unfortunately the one I have is out of date the tek said I should be able to get it from New teks site but it is not there. If you buy lightwave 7 they have a beta pach fix or what ever for it that is free. That is what 6.5 was so you don't have to send them a check.

Porkchop
Obsessive-Compulsive (I) Inmate

From:
Insane since: Jan 2002

posted posted 01-06-2002 18:47

http://www.lightwave6.com/downloads/updates/win/

6.5b upgrade.

-PORK!

Fig
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Houston, TX, USA
Insane since: Apr 2000

posted posted 01-07-2002 00:04

If you used a bit better grammar and didn't use massive run-on sentences we might've understood that And Porkchop just solved your problem.

Chris


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Das
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Houston(ish) Texas
Insane since: Jul 2000

posted posted 01-08-2002 16:53

"whats it like making the shift from one package to another?"

I own both Max and Lightwave (and Rhino 1.0, for that matter - need to upgrade that).

I've used Max for years, but only bought Lightwave about 6 months ago. I still have trouble using LW for anything serious. I fight the interface to do anything.

Admittedly, I'm only a hobbyist, so I don't put a whole lot of time into it, but it can be quite difficult to make the transition from one app to another.



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Relain
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: westernesse
Insane since: Jul 2000

posted posted 01-08-2002 20:32

hey das, yeah that interface is a killer compared to good old max. going from somethign that looks like a proper windows application [like photoshop] to something which just looks like an old dos app is a bit confusing. i still can't get my head around modelling in one thing and setting everything else up in the other. s'only a demo though. anyone got any good into tutorials they could point me to?

thanks guys

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Fig
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Houston, TX, USA
Insane since: Apr 2000

posted posted 01-09-2002 08:21

The thing with LightWave is that is isn't a "windows" interface, which is what i like about it. It was actually born out of a production environment and is an amazingly fast workflow when you get into it. The basic mindset is something like "what do i want to do to this object?" which is when you pick a tab up top. Just kinda narrow down from there till you reach what you want. If that made any sense

As far as tutorials i know of a few good books but nothing online. LightWave Applied and Inside LightWave are both really good.

Chris


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