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Shawn Farrell
10-02-2009, 11:46 PM
I Digiview and Digipaint 1.0 so that make me ANCIENT! (Sasquatch):newtek::vticon::lwicon::tcicon:

DiscreetFX
10-03-2009, 08:57 AM
We started with DigiView too. It's easier to get photographs into computers now.

:)

DigiView & DigiPaint were great for the time.

cresshead
10-03-2009, 10:37 AM
how long ago is that then?...year, ?
i got onboard with inspire3d for windows back in 1997

http://www.lightwiki.com/images/thumb/4/4f/Inspire3d_box.jpg/107px-Inspire3d_box.jpg

http://www.lightwiki.com/images/thumb/8/8e/InspireL.png/770px-InspireL.png

then bought lightwave 7.0 in around 2002
http://www.lightwiki.com/images/8/84/2001-LW70-box-s.jpg

i also have lightwave 5.6 kicking around as newtek shipped an install disc for so so i could connect lightscape to it.
http://www.lightwiki.com/images/thumb/a/a3/LightWave56_front.jpg/105px-LightWave56_front.jpg

http://www.maxinkcafe.com/ProjectIMG/press/lightscape_image_400.jpg

http://www.abcdown.net/uploadImages/2007-7-4/2007741651151696.jpg

JMCarrigan
10-03-2009, 10:42 AM
Since about 92? The early 90's anyway.

erikals
10-03-2009, 11:20 AM
http://www.lightwiki.com/images/e/eb/1997-LW55-box-s.jpg
LW5.5

http://www.lightwiki.com/LightWave_History

DiscreetFX
10-03-2009, 11:42 AM
@cresshead

How long ago was DigiView? We started using it in 1988.

erikals
10-03-2009, 11:57 AM
ah... Lightscape, the Max/LW plugin that autodesk bought and put down...
once again, thank you AD.

clintonman
10-03-2009, 04:44 PM
When the price dropped to $895, ver 8.5 was bundled with Vue 5 and the upgrade to 9.0 was free. So about 4 years?

virtualcomposer
10-03-2009, 05:17 PM
I've been with LW since 8.0 and loved it ever since!! I guess that was 2004 or so. Glad I did to since autodesk is the Antichrist of 3d software now. Lol!

digefxgrp
10-03-2009, 06:36 PM
My first Newtek product was DigiView. Then DigiPaint. Then (6) VideoToasters.

JamesCurtis
10-03-2009, 08:22 PM
The original Amiga and the Video Toaster and Lightwave 3D. Since 1991?

virtualcomposer
10-04-2009, 01:36 AM
The original Amiga and the Video Toaster and Lightwave 3D. Since 1991?

Wow. Guess that still classifies me as a newby. Lol

akademus
10-04-2009, 02:14 AM
http://www.lightwiki.com/images/e/eb/1997-LW55-box-s.jpg
LW5.5

http://www.lightwiki.com/LightWave_History

Same thing. 1997. LW 5.5 Aaaw good times!

erikals
10-04-2009, 03:26 AM
i know, we also had 5.0, i started at 5.5. though,
and by that was lucky enough to see the bridge between wireframe only (5.0) and OpenGL (5.5) :)

edit: hm, looks like 5.0 had OpenGL too? didn't recall that...

h2oStudios
10-04-2009, 08:36 PM
Wow, some real vets here! As for me - LW 7.5 Jan 2003, I had to bid for it on Ebay neck and neck with some other thirsty cat (refresh page, refresh page, refresh page, 10 secs left, refresh page, BID! Hahaha!:dance: Got it for $860, at that time LW was still $1595). Got every upgrade since and never strayed.:newtek::lwicon:

Cheers!

shrox
10-04-2009, 08:43 PM
1995 with a Dec/Alpha from Amblin and Lightwave 4.

Philbert
10-04-2009, 09:03 PM
Boy you guys are all so hard core. lol I had never even heard of LW until I started looking into The DAVE School in 2002 So my first foray into LW was with 7.0 I got sweet deal too, then school sold me my first copy for $300. Although when I was in college before DAVE as a film / animation major I had seen the Video Toasters they had at the school. So technically I did know about NewTek first.

colkai
10-05-2009, 02:01 AM
Long enough ago that I should be considerably better at 3D than I am :p

LW4.0 for the PC on 2 floppies was my first install, though to be honest, it just sat installed and unused for many a year on and off. Went from 4.0 to 5.6, then up through 6, 7, 8 and 9.X Still rubbish at it though! :D

lwaddict
10-05-2009, 08:36 AM
1996 and climbing...

steamthunk
10-05-2009, 12:00 PM
DigiView Gold at a World of Commodore Amiga in Toronto in Fall of 1989. Everyone in my dorm thought it was the coolest thing.
My first lightwave 3d was version 8 in 2005.

Intuition
10-05-2009, 12:26 PM
1995 with a Dec/Alpha from Amblin and Lightwave 4.

Did you work at Amblin?

John Lima and Ron Herbst are here at DD. :D

shrox
10-05-2009, 12:41 PM
Did you work at Amblin?

John Lima and Ron Herbst are here at DD. :D

I worked at Rainbow Studios in Phoenix, but I went over to Amblin a few times while my boss was negotiating a deal, and I hung out at the CG studio during SeaQuest and Voyager. I took a DEC with LW4 on it back to Phoenix while the rest of the studio at Rainbow beta tested 3DMax, with had just evolved from 3DStudio. We had just done "The Hive" in 3DStudio, and The Hive 2 was coming into production to be done in Lightwave.

Larry_g1s
10-05-2009, 12:41 PM
I've been using it sense the year 2000 & LW v6.0. Still a fan. :jam:

radams
10-05-2009, 12:50 PM
Well, I've been around awhile :)

I started with Digi-Paint...and had a .9 Toaster/LW.
Though I started with Amiga's before NT shipped those.

I was one of the first to use LW and VT for broadcast uses :)
I blew away the Engineers at the TV station I was working at.
They wouldn't believe me that this could be done with a simple computer and at the costs. They put the VT up to the scopes...and kept scratching their heads going wow....wow.

From that moment on...every NAB the whole Engineering team would go drool over Kiki ;) and check out what NT was doing :)

Though for me NT is just part of my toolkit (a major part)...I fill in where there are holes...or other needs I have...such as Fusion as my compositing, etc...

Cheers,

Intuition
10-05-2009, 02:10 PM
I worked at Rainbow Studios in Phoenix, but I went over to Amblin a few times while my boss was negotiating a deal, and I hung out at the CG studio during SeaQuest and Voyager. I took a DEC with LW4 on it back to Phoenix while the rest of the studio at Rainbow beta tested 3DMax, with had just evolved from 3DStudio. We had just done "The Hive" in 3DStudio, and The Hive 2 was coming into production to be done in Lightwave.

Nice, I had a flyer far a DEC alpha raptor at one point from 95 or 96.

btw, did you ever see Mars Underground? I used some of your models for it back in 2003. We finished up in early 2004.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKvQPrHneVY&feature=related

Heh, I was pretty happy with the renders at the time. Now they look really dated. It was right before the LWF world.

kfinla
10-05-2009, 03:00 PM
'99 For myself..

beverins
10-05-2009, 07:42 PM
Digiview on Amiga, then Digipaint... then Lightwave 4 on Amiga

ted
10-05-2009, 10:07 PM
I played with the origional Toaster at the TV station I worked at and while doing weddings way back when. But I only invested in the VT when my Trinity/GlobeCaster got stuck in the Globalstreams swamp. :stumped:

But as soon as I "interviewed" the NewTek gang in San Antonio I knew they were a company I could put my trust in.
Soon after that I started throwing parties in Vegas for them.
They have proven again and again that they are worthy of my trust and investment. I can't think of any other company I buy products from that have treated me and my company better.
Here's to many more years of a great relationship! :thumbsup:

wp_capozzi
10-05-2009, 11:35 PM
1993. I watched the "Revolution" demo video and was hooked. I immediately bought the Video Toaster and an Amiga 4000 just to get Lightwave 3.0. It really lit a fire in me. Haven't stopped creating since.

Silkrooster
10-06-2009, 12:11 AM
I started the same time I joined the forum. Which was version 7.5c with version 8.0 on the way when ever it got done. Seamed like a long wait at the time, but I never regretted the decision.

Philbert
10-06-2009, 12:21 AM
huh Silk, for some reason I always expected you were around here longer than me.

JonW
10-06-2009, 01:09 AM
6.5 on a Mac & was using Studio Max & AutoCad. Now only doing LW stuff & mostly on a PC.

Sarford
10-06-2009, 04:20 PM
1988 I think, with Digiview. You could make stereo pictures (red and green/blue) with it which was cool. I've made many stop-motion animations with that thing. All in B/W though, couse changing the color wheel could mess-up the camera position, which gave unusable images, plus took three times as long.
I went with huge stacks of floppy disks to school to transfer them to Umatic so I could see what I'd done. Transfering images to Umatic took about 30/40 seconds per image. Every floppy contained about 6 or 7 images if I recall corectly, ahhh fun times.

v1u1ant
10-06-2009, 05:22 PM
I think i first tried LW in version 4. Just looking at my bookshelf it was the year before id bought my first Studio Max books which were 1996. Dont use Max anymore.

BigHache
10-07-2009, 09:02 AM
Digipaint, Amiga 2000, around 1991 I suppose. I was pretty young. I didn't even know what Newtek was back then. Got my first view of Lightwave at 5.6?

Chrysolithos
10-07-2009, 09:10 AM
1992 VT 1.0 in an accelerated Amiga 2000. I got the newer toaster when the 4000 came out, then the Flyer (flooby cal anyone), Frame Factory for the jump to the PC, then finally PC Toaster #1 (which has since died) and PC toaster #2 with SX-84 and RS-8.

dweinkauf
10-07-2009, 09:45 AM
Since Digi-view, then Digi-Paint, then Toaster, Flyer (beta-tester), Calibar, original VT up through VT5, Lightwave on the original Toaster through 9.6. I guess that about covers it.

AdamAvenali
10-07-2009, 09:54 AM
lightwave 7.5c or d? was there a d? i dont even remember haha i guess i'm a newbie compared to others around here :D

digitaldoc
10-07-2009, 09:55 AM
7.5 - 2002 at the DAVE School

davalvideo
10-07-2009, 09:56 AM
I've also been with Newtek since the original Video Toaster back in '91. Been a great ride ever since.

Teruchan
10-07-2009, 10:32 PM
Same as many, also started with the original Digiview and Digipaint on the Amiga. 4096 COLORS!!!! That was the most amazing thing I had seen.

Had the first Toaster also.

radams
10-08-2009, 12:20 AM
Same as many, also started with the original Digiview and Digipaint on the Amiga. 4096 COLORS!!!! That was the most amazing thing I had seen.

Had the first Toaster also.

Hi Terrence,

You to are giving your age away :)

How are you going? It's been ages....drop me an email or pm.

Cheers,

BeppeTurbo
10-08-2009, 03:09 AM
I started with LW v4.0 on PC back in 1996. Bought my own copy of version 8.3/Vue Bundle.

Mats

archijam
10-08-2009, 03:31 AM
When I used it or owned it ;) ?

Made my first models for Tom in 2001.. Though I may have modelled some parts in autocad..

So.. 7.5 ? :)

Continued to use MAX (and HATE modelling in it) at work.. Until about 2004?

2005 convinced my office of the time to let 3DS die and buy LW instead..

-EsHrA-
10-08-2009, 05:19 AM
it feels like far too long..

mlon

shrox
10-08-2009, 08:24 AM
it feels like far too long..

mlon

What about all those years I wasted not waiting for 3Dmagix?

mosconariz
10-20-2009, 09:10 PM
11 or 12 years...:thumbsup:

SBowie
10-21-2009, 07:02 AM
How long is it since 3.5 came out? I had my nose pressed to the glass for years before that, but 3.5 was my first NewTek product.