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Tony3d
07-28-2012, 07:21 AM
When will we get an official word on Lightwave's compatability with Mountain Lion?

Iaian7
08-02-2012, 06:38 PM
Not sure about official word, but there's already a thread discussing user experiences in Mountain Lion. http://forums.newtek.com/showthread.php?t=129503

I haven't tested it extensively, but preliminary work so far is been just as stable as Lion, and the OS itself is certainly much better (Lion is Apple's own Vista, Mountain Lion isn't as awful - I upgraded for that reason alone).

Tony3d
08-02-2012, 09:21 PM
Not sure about official word, but there's already a thread discussing user experiences in Mountain Lion. http://forums.newtek.com/showthread.php?t=129503

I haven't tested it extensively, but preliminary work so far is been just as stable as Lion, and the OS itself is certainly much better (Lion is Apple's own Vista, Mountain Lion isn't as awful - I upgraded for that reason alone).

I got a free copy of Mt. Lion with my new 12 core. Been afraid to install it because Lightwave 11 runs very well under Lion. What is so much better about Mt. Lion over Lion?

Iaian7
08-03-2012, 09:43 AM
It smooths some of the rough edges, generally running faster and with fewer hiccups in my experience. I also switched computers recently, though, so maybe it's just the new hardware? Anyway, Lion always felt half-baked and unsure of itself (just try to switch spaces...wow...), whereas Mountain Lion behaves more reliably. There are plenty of new features too, of course, but the biggest upgrade for me was just the feeling of more stability and polish. I did install Mountain Lion fresh, however, and I suspect that makes a big difference too (instead of upgrading over an older OS).

It's entirely superficial, but the new dock is nice enough I don't have to immediately replace it like the old style 3D docks with that awful curved line. :P

brunopeixoto
08-03-2012, 10:10 AM
It smooths some of the rough edges, generally running faster and with fewer hiccups in my experience. I also switched computers recently, though, so maybe it's just the new hardware? Anyway, Lion always felt half-baked and unsure of itself (just try to switch spaces...wow...), whereas Mountain Lion behaves more reliably. There are plenty of new features too, of course, but the biggest upgrade for me was just the feeling of more stability and polish. I did install Mountain Lion fresh, however, and I suspect that makes a big difference too (instead of upgrading over an older OS).

It's entirely superficial, but the new dock is nice enough I don't have to immediately replace it like the old style 3D docks with that awful curved line. :P

Agree.

Tony3d
08-03-2012, 10:31 AM
So, do you think Lightwave is running good enough to upgrade? I'm almost always busy with jobs, so as long as it's running stable this would be as good a time as any.

Iaian7
08-03-2012, 03:53 PM
Only you know your schedule, and it's really up to you and what feels comfortable (as they always say, never upgrade in the middle of a production). I haven't extensively tested Lightwave in Mountain Lion, but so far so good - I ran through basic fracturing, dynamics, lighting, rendering - no issues, no crashes.

If you have the time to do a fresh install, everything will feel a lot cleaner as well (just make sure to deactivate Adobe and similar products first, I've learned that the hard way before!). And as a side note, syncing via Dropbox (http://db.tt/MmW20O9) has made moving between machines SO much easier for me! All my Lightwave plugins, along with a ton of other apps and resources, are stored in the Dropbox folder and seamlessly sync across all computers. I wrote a basic blog post about how to set it up (http://iaian7.com/blog/SyncingviaDropbox), but they have actually added the ability to sync folders outside the Dropbox directory now. I still prefer the symlinks, myself. :)

brunopeixoto
08-03-2012, 05:20 PM
A good idea: install ml on a separate partition or drive with lightwave to test.

Markc
08-04-2012, 05:35 AM
What's your hurry to upgrade?
I go by the old expression, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
I especially wouldn't upgrade at the first point version, wait till a couple of updates are released (let the early installers iron out the bugs for you).
Also be aware of some software which may not be fully tested/functioning in ML (check out http://roaringapps.com/) :)

CaptainMarlowe
08-05-2012, 12:12 AM
What's your hurry to upgrade?
I go by the old expression, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
I especially wouldn't upgrade at the first point version, wait till a couple of updates are released (let the early installers iron out the bugs for you).
Also be aware of some software which may not be fully tested/functioning in ML (check out http://roaringapps.com/) :)

Yep, that's just why I stick to Snow Leopard, until changing my computer. Especially since I have discontinuied apps (like Quidam) which I don't know if they will run under ML or not (they should, being intel-based, but...).
On the French app store, Mountain Lion is severely bashed by disappointed customers. On a more general note, I find that the Apple philosophy of getting the mac looking like a giant iPad with it's closed way of working (next step : you must go though the app store to add apps to your computer ?) is not good. I have been using Mac for a very long time, now, but my laptop has already switched to Linux. Next time this could be my main computer if OS X continues this route.