View Full Version : Article on LW 10 @ Arstechnica

07-28-2010, 10:18 AM
Short and not overly flattering...


07-28-2010, 10:26 AM
Not overly flattering indeed. It almost seemed a bit belligerent.

07-28-2010, 11:01 AM
Publications that still speak to the lux thing surely are carrying a grudge...

And it seems the grudge is mostly against NewTek... The marketing machine needs to quell such old, conjured concerns of NewTek's parting with the past.

Come live in the present, as it were...

07-28-2010, 11:25 AM
harsh but fair!

07-28-2010, 03:51 PM
I believe when you are naming features already existing in other apps, you will always get a luke warm response. The competition is fiercer than ever these days, and LW is trying to do everything (as opposed to the diverse specialist apps of Autodesk.)

The announcement of new combinations of technologies, or nodal workflows, would certainly not be ignored (look at the mention of linear workflow). They look now for the exceptions, not the rule.

On the other hand, in the article they still call modo a modeler ;) ...

I would say that the last time the editor looked at either package was a while ago. Sounds like a Maya user ..

07-28-2010, 04:21 PM
sounds like a journalist :), i.e. under deadline to write something meaningful about something he/she knows very little, but just enough to get by, about.

imho, 'bout the only consolation thedeacon can get out of this national-level article is the old saying, there's no such thing as bad p.r.; if people are talking about you, that's a good thing.

in fact, looking at the comments for this article, there seems to be a quite level-headed 3d software user (3dguy) making some strong and balanced observations about lw.

will it affect sales of lw? will it affect a potential customer's decision? prolly not.

should it be taken seriously by lw/newtek management as a mirror-reflection of their mis-management of this important transition? ab-so-imho-lutely.

07-28-2010, 04:29 PM
Boring read.

07-28-2010, 06:00 PM
He appears to be a Mac Maya user, I was certaintly expecting a more technical article rather than a summary from a press release (coming from arstechnica). The author does seem to have more in depth (non-Lightwave content) in his blog though.

Nicolas Jordan
07-28-2010, 06:08 PM
He says Lightwave 10 is light on new features and I would have to agree with him to some extent but the truth is that it isn't any lighter than a Maya release for new features.

07-28-2010, 07:16 PM
I bet he was just as upset when XSI 1.0 came out and you had to use Softimage 3.5 for certain things as well.

True, LW10 (Can't we just call it LWX?) does appear to be light on new features, but the future looks pretty bright from my point of view.

Nicolas Jordan
07-28-2010, 07:33 PM
I think the limited amount of features is evidence of much more work going on behind the scenes laying the foundation for Core and I would guess we won't see the results of that work for some time to come.

07-29-2010, 11:08 AM
harsh but fair!
Be realistic - Don't expect reviews to be overly positive on 1st release. There are the good and bad points mentioned and they are not inaccurate. It's going to take a little more than one release to undo the number of years LW was allowed to flounder. I wouldn't expect any objective reviewer to put an overly positive spin on the 1st outing. That's the job of NT marketing.