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sami
12-05-2012, 11:46 PM
Just a question that popped into my head after tracking down an old plugin.

Over the years, since the very start there seems to have been a strong and talented community of Japanese-speaking Lightwavers contributing greatly to the usability of LW by creating so very many LW plugins of high quality or unusual feature sets. There are too many to name, however, not being a native speaker, it's often hard without translate.google.com to locate and figure out what exists these days and what is actively developed.

Does anyone here (possibly fluent in both languages) or who is in the know, have any information on exactly how Newtek deals with this community, if there are even any Japanese account managers or bilingual Newtek employees who help cultivate that local LW community and share their talent with us unfortunate monolingual English speakers? I could have missed it, but I haven't ever seen anyone from Newtek or in the forums here actively pursuing a bridge between our two cultures to further help the brilliance that comes from Japan be more usable for people with that language barrier.

Does anyone have a list of the major Japanese individuals or companies that are STILL actively creating plugins or supporting/tweaking/fixing old plugins? And if so, is there any effort to do proper English translations of any docs or roadmaps etc.? It seems silly to have such a valuable group of contributors seemingly cut-off (and this just may be my perception since I don't know of a single integrated language/country portal to Japanese LWers). I would hope Newtek would help cultivate this part of the LW community and we all can benefit from such new found cooperation. I mean, I've been to Tokyo a few times and I'm not even sure how strong a market LW is in Japan anymore.

What do you guys think? I'm personally very enamored of the awesome plugins over the years, that only google translate and occasionally posts here and (back on Flay or now in Lwplugindb) have helped bring to light. I'm sure there's much more hidden and it would be great if we could reduce the barriers and foster this. Even if this means making better multilanguage e-stores so it's not so tricky to purchase stuff from Japan


(I say all this somewhat selfishly as I've love many many plugs over the years whether D-Storm or FI's amazing Bezier Bend etc etc)

erikals
12-06-2012, 08:24 AM
Commercial Plugins, still developed >
Ino Daisuke (http://www.dstorm.co.jp/dsproducts/plugins/index.html) (currently works at Dstorm, developer of Liquidpack, and older IKBooster, discontinued)


Commercial Plugins, discontinued >
Ogo "Akihiro Ogoshi" (http://lwplugindb.com/Search.aspx?At=OGO)
Takahiko Date (http://lwplugindb.com/Search.aspx?At=Takahiko+Date)
though not further developed, they still sells theirs, who knows, maybe they could be interested in upgrading the plugins?


Free Plugins, still developed >
Ruro "3D Cel" (http://lwplugindb.com/Search.aspx?At=3D+Cel) (developer of BandsawEX, Layout Weight Paint, Sketch Mesh, Layout Mesh Edit)
"D-creation" (http://lwplugindb.com/Search.aspx?At=D-Creation) (unReal Xtreme2)
PicTrix (http://lwplugindb.com/Search.aspx?At=PICTRIX) (many great plugins)
Akira Asagi (http://lwplugindb.com/Search.aspx?At=Akira+Asagi) (many nice ones)


Free Plugins, discontinued >
Otsuka (http://lwplugindb.com/Search.aspx?At=Hiro+Otsuka)
Tabo "Y. Ume" (http://lwplugindb.com/Search.aspx?At=Tabo+%28Y.+Ume%29)
Fujio Ichikawa (http://lwplugindb.com/Search.aspx?At=Fujio+Ichikawa)
but it's a long time since they made any plugins, so i think that train has left... (?)
Fujio had some great ones, i'd really like to see them ported if possible.
his older email failed - [email protected] (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=73640)

p.s. a close to complete JP plugin developer list > http://lwplugindb.com/AuthorList.aspx
there is also automaton > http://noboyama.sakura.ne.jp/index.html




Does anyone have a list of the major Japanese individuals or companies that are STILL actively creating plugins or supporting/tweaking/fixing old plugins?
no, but afaik the above is a somewhat close match.



Does anyone here (possibly fluent in both languages) or who is in the know, have any information on exactly how Newtek deals with this community.
i'd like to know too... also are there any Japanese LW forums out there?

(Japanese Books > http://search.books.rakuten.co.jp/bksearch/nm?sv=30&g=000&b=1&sitem=lightwave)

dwburman
12-06-2012, 11:18 AM
I remember Rob going to Japan after he joined Newtek, so there may be some bridging work going on, but I'm not in the know for any of that.

robpowers3d
12-06-2012, 11:41 AM
Hi Sami,
We have a very strong LightWave Distributor in Japan and we have great contact with him. His group not only translates our marketing and PR materials into Japanese but also creates a localized Japanese language version of LightWave. Actually we have a great interview with the studio SUNRISE in our upcoming newsletter which is one of the most amazing Japanese studios. The LightWave work that they do is fantastic! Additionally our Japanese Distributor DStorm had a very nice event just after Siggraph in August and we will look into adding those great interviews to our OfficialLightWave3D youtube channel. They are in Japanese but the visuals are incredible especially the section from SUNRISE and their character animations.

50one
12-06-2012, 11:52 AM
Hi Sami,
We have a very strong LightWave Distributor in Japan and we have great contact with him. His group not only translates our marketing and PR materials into Japanese but also creates a localized Japanese language version of LightWave. Actually we have a great interview with the studio SUNRISE in our upcoming newsletter which is one of the most amazing Japanese studios. The LightWave work that they do is fantastic! Additionally our Japanese Distributor DStorm had a very nice event just after Siggraph in August and we will look into adding those great interviews to our OfficialLightWave3D youtube channel. They are in Japanese but the visuals are incredible especially the section from SUNRISE and their character animations.


Is it that studio that the video you've got on your Ustream chanel? Boy, I would love to have that video in a proper res!
Can't wait!

sami
12-06-2012, 07:34 PM
Hi Sami,
We have a very strong LightWave Distributor in Japan and we have great contact with him. His group not only translates our marketing and PR materials into Japanese but also creates a localized Japanese language version of LightWave. Actually we have a great interview with the studio SUNRISE in our upcoming newsletter which is one of the most amazing Japanese studios. The LightWave work that they do is fantastic! Additionally our Japanese Distributor DStorm had a very nice event just after Siggraph in August and we will look into adding those great interviews to our OfficialLightWave3D youtube channel. They are in Japanese but the visuals are incredible especially the section from SUNRISE and their character animations.

Thank you for taking the time to respond.

To this date there are several Japanese made plugins that although made for very old versions of LightWave, still function great and there is nothing comparable in any other plugins. I feel there is an originality in and brilliance with some of these developers in Japan - they seem to just approach a problem from a whole different vantage point which really drives innovation. I'm looking forward to reading the newsletter and although not as interested in what others have done/can do (reel-wise), but rather what they've done or what tools they create that is directly applicable to my workflow.


As a customer (and as a business owner from the US but who works in several international markets), I would ask you to please continue with this relationship with Japan (and other countries) and do what you can translation-wise and promotion-wise to make the world a smaller place for LightWavers to benefit from each other. I know too well that many US companies often ignore international markets since it can be a minor percentage of revenue, either that or some US companies just assume the world doesn't exist outside the US or employ region-control for what they perceive to be a head-ache free way of eking out whatever possible from other regions with this old school distributor business model. Other companies like Unity get it right and foster just that - unity - among their customers by ignoring borders and enabling customers to benefit from each other, thereby strengthening their core business. I recognize that many companies also just inherit these region issues and it's really just something that falls between the cracks as they get on with their business at hand.

Clearly I don't know anything about how NewTek deals with things internationally (except over the years having had to replace dongles in different local regions in different countries while travelling - and that user experience wasn't fantastic dealing with low-budget distributor "warlord" types ;-) ), all I'm asking is that you keep this in mind as I see gems of opportunity in places like Japan for LightWave in general. And for LightWave to really thrive, being split up into localized pockets isn't going to help. I'm sure there are some quick wins in here somewhere and I'm confident you will see them and hope you will take advantage of them for the benefit of your users and bottom-line.

I'm keenly excited for LW 11.5 and what you have in store next. Keep up the good work and don't forget about innovative ways to leverage LightWave's international appeal, by bringing the market in different regions together.

sami
12-06-2012, 07:38 PM
Commercial Plugins, still developed >
Ino Daisuke (http://www.dstorm.co.jp/dsproducts/plugins/index.html) (currently works at Dstorm, developer of Liquidpack, and older IKBooster, discontinued)


Commercial Plugins, discontinued >
Ogo "Akihiro Ogoshi" (http://lwplugindb.com/Search.aspx?At=OGO)
Takahiko Date (http://lwplugindb.com/Search.aspx?At=Takahiko+Date)
though not further developed, they still sells theirs, who knows, maybe they could be interested in upgrading the plugins?


Free Plugins, still developed >
Ruro "3D Cel" (http://lwplugindb.com/Search.aspx?At=3D+Cel) (developer of BandsawEX, Layout Weight Paint, Sketch Mesh, Layout Mesh Edit)
"D-creation" (http://lwplugindb.com/Search.aspx?At=D-Creation) (unReal Xtreme2)
PicTrix (http://lwplugindb.com/Search.aspx?At=PICTRIX) (many great plugins)
Akira Asagi (http://lwplugindb.com/Search.aspx?At=Akira+Asagi) (many nice ones)


Free Plugins, discontinued >
Otsuka (http://lwplugindb.com/Search.aspx?At=Hiro+Otsuka)
Tabo "Y. Ume" (http://lwplugindb.com/Search.aspx?At=Tabo+%28Y.+Ume%29)
Fujio Ichikawa (http://lwplugindb.com/Search.aspx?At=Fujio+Ichikawa)
but it's a long time since they made any plugins, so i think that train has left... (?)
Fujio had some great ones, i'd really like to see them ported if possible.
his older email failed - [email protected] (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=73640)

p.s. a close to complete JP plugin developer list > http://lwplugindb.com/AuthorList.aspx
there is also automaton > http://noboyama.sakura.ne.jp/index.html




no, but afaik the above is a somewhat close match.



i'd like to know too... also are there any Japanese LW forums out there?

(Japanese Books > http://search.books.rakuten.co.jp/bksearch/nm?sv=30&g=000&b=1&sitem=lightwave)

Thanks for the list erikals! Please post back here if you find any Japanese (or other international) Lightwave forums/portals/blogs that are useful...

erikals
12-06-2012, 07:50 PM
will do, but haven't found any japanese forums so far... :

\ :]

papou
12-06-2012, 09:01 PM
studio Hiro > Discontinued
3Dcg Kaizokuya S-Abe> Discontinued
Wasabi SAW > Discontinued
Tama > Discontinued
Mumu > Discontinued
Bcon > Discontinued
Yahma's LightWave PLUS DProject> Discontinued
Yoichiro Vmall > Discontinued
Y.Seki Wada WadaCraft > Sleeping
nifty CGG > Sleeping
Kenichi Watanabe Spce KW > Sleeping
Noboyama > Sleeping
D-Creation > Sleeping

erikals
12-06-2012, 10:02 PM
yep,...

still, remember that several of these are more than 10 years old...

it might seem like there are tons of more English plugins than Japanese,
but it's important to remember that many of the "English" plugins actually are "international" with English text.

but it doesn't change the fact, we want more great and updated Japanese plugins! :]

papou
12-07-2012, 12:01 PM
Yep, tryed to be more dramatic than it need... hehe.. but we lost a lot of good script base like yamha's (just a few safe on LW Database)



Some of them were impressive but we hadn't the chance to touch it! like onion's skin one from shadows of Colossus
(http://www.gameanim.com/2007/09/18/shedding-light-on-the-shadow/)
or the Dstorm Lw to Kinect i can't find anywhere...

Last time i was in Japan, i havent see a strong lightwave community... (no more lw book in bookstore etc...)

erikals
12-07-2012, 03:14 PM
well, as for books...
not many English LW books these days either, people tend to create video tutorials instead...

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again, i'd love to know if anybody have a link for a Japanese LW forum... [hey]
haven't found One so far... :/ [ugh]

omichon
09-04-2013, 07:49 AM
A bit old but still interesting and valid thread.
I also miss lots of them (FI's, etc.)
One more to the list : The CoolMuseum (http://colm.jp/plug/) (great additional cameras)