Last edited by jwiede; 03-19-2017 at 01:09 PM.
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actually I sort have to disagree, sites like foundation 3d, cg architect, cgtalk and a lot of others have been declining drastically, poor old foundation that once was one of the best forums out there has got to just a handful of diehard users.
it may be true that some product forums may be more active as there is not as much of a response on social media.
also worth noting, the main LW product FB page has 20,000+ followers where as Modo have 400, maya has 500, 3d max only has an unofficial page and the last official post on that was October last year although it has slightly more followers than LW, but only 10,000 more, I would have expected that number to be higher, maybe it just shows LW users want to be more social than autodesk/other app users, auto desk only really use their social pages for advertising and not engaging the public like LW group do,
The foundry's website isn't exactly bustling these days either. And their re-design of the site has worsened it.
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I think social media paints a good and different picture than the forums do, the more you look at the statistics the brighter LWs future looks, its about level pickings with Zbrush, only just bellow blender who I would expected to be a lot more social, there are also the unofficial LW groups which again beat the MODO maya groups by large margins,
Worth to mention is also the noise to signal ratio within followers, having 10000 followers on FB is amazeballs but a lot people there, follow for no reason, look fir jobs etc. How many of them are active users who invested or invest into software?
That's my observation based on the past couple of years working indirectly with folks from social media industry.
I have looked into FB LW account few times and not surprisingly it was prety much the same folks who hang around in here, maybe couple more unfamiliar faces(to me at least).
Maya is much more widely adopted by folks who are older and probably don't care or don't have time to spend it on FB. That's kinda me included, work, family, spending weekends away and I have no idea how people have time to waste it on social media be it twitter, facebook or whatever.
To me forums are much better format to catch up and post info that you can always find some time later on.
Last edited by 50one; 03-20-2017 at 06:15 AM.
I rarely post anything anywhere anyway. Perhaps the Modo forums will pick up once 11 is announced or released.
Huh...have to visit it and see, otherwise the gallery section was superior before to what we had here, and thus I rather go there to look at 3d works than here, but if it has gotten that worse, then I am better of not visiting it..as well as reduce time here on the forum and skip facebook, and voila...I have more time for actuall hobby work, or do tutorials now with a voice since I finally got me a headset.
I suspect that, like the Core debacle, LW3D dev team may have bitten off more than they could easily chew, with the rewrite of the most basic elements of what any 3D app must address. (I'm no developer, so this is only a guess.) There are MANY separate parts to LW, many of them written years ago, many of them using "easy way out" methods, and each one must be adapted to any new basic stuff. I imagine the job would be endlessly HUGE.
In light of these probabilities, I imagine we're in for a much longer wait than we anticipated at the beginning of this journey. I just hope LW3DG can survive the financial stress of it.
I sure don't know about how C4D forums perform, but if I take into consideration the ones I use to fequent, almost all of them have declined or died in the last years. This is not related to Lighwtave, for sure. In France, there are almost no 3D forums left without more than an a few regular users when there were quite a lot ten years ago. I meet much more more creativity and help on FaceBook than on any forum, now, even if it took me a lot of time to create a FB account. But now, I'm glad I did.
Maybe the forums that can use tapatalk on mobile devices managed to keep a community, like 3D-coat, I don't know.