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saranine
06-17-2014, 07:15 AM
I have a bit of a philosophical objection to the threads that say Lightwave should be like Cinema 4D etc. Do we want all 3D software to be the same? Anymore than even the most devoted Mercedes Benz fan would want all cars to be a Mercedes?

So I thought: if Lightwave is a car then what sort of car?

My answer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWS_%28trolleybus%29

SWS [1979] trolleybus. Good performance. Versatile. Lasts a long time. But certain mechanics need further development.

Kaptive
06-17-2014, 07:45 AM
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It goes over most terrain, but still struggles with water.

OnlineRender
06-17-2014, 12:17 PM
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It goes over most terrain, but still struggles with water.

QUOTE OF THE YEAR ! coffee-monitor winner of 2014

shrox
06-17-2014, 12:33 PM
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It goes over most terrain, but still struggles with water.

Excellent personification.

cresshead
06-17-2014, 02:16 PM
not built for comfort, likes to go off tangent with work arounds a lot but usually 'gets you there' it's not a not a car to impress your date with but reliable enough to pick her up
when she breaks down and can't get home in her fancy pants "drive" ! ! !

3DGFXStudios
06-17-2014, 02:38 PM
I Like to compare LW to the KTM x bow

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- It has a good engine.
- It's fast
- It looks different than the rest
- It missing some parts
- It relatively cheap for what it can do

erikals
06-17-2014, 10:44 PM
http://customcars.1pages.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/hot-roddownload-hrdp-1001-wallpaper-1600x1200-wallpoper-c1fkqaf7.jpg

spherical
06-18-2014, 03:24 PM
Now yer talkin'!

jeric_synergy
06-18-2014, 04:07 PM
Nothing witty to say, except I don't especially want LW to be "like" C4D, except I want it to be clever, consistent, and stable.

Wickedpup
06-18-2014, 04:08 PM
Obvious....

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RebelHill
06-18-2014, 05:20 PM
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erikals
06-18-2014, 05:55 PM
LoL, hey, that's mean... http://erikalstad.com/backup/misc.php_files/biggrin.gif

m.d.
06-18-2014, 06:44 PM
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erikals
06-18-2014, 06:49 PM
nah,... if it was that bad you wouldn't be using LightWave... http://erikalstad.com/backup/misc.php_files/047.gif

hrgiger
06-18-2014, 06:50 PM
Good one Wickedpup.

erikals
06-18-2014, 07:07 PM
airbrushed...

http://www.erikalstad.com/cgtemp/Hot-Rod.jpg

Ryan Roye
06-18-2014, 08:04 PM
If I were to picture Lightwave as a vehicle, it'd be a moped. It's lightweight, moves easily through congestion, really handy on projects consisting of 1-10 people on the team. Maneuverable, versatile, economical, practical.

http://kidsonroll.com/images/150cc4strokemoped/moped-150-1_2.jpg

Perhaps there are projects that demand a "tank" or "racecar", but the moped gets me where I need to go just fine :D

Gotta admit, the split vehicle posts are hilarious... try explaining THAT make to the DMV!

P.S. Mopeds are awesome. I dun care what anyone sez.

shrox
06-18-2014, 08:32 PM
Lightwave is a scooter with a jet pack. Better wear a helmet.

50one
06-19-2014, 01:50 AM
Currently I see Lightwave as this:

http://piximus.net/media/8458/romanian-tuning-of-daewoo-matiz-2.jpg
http://piximus.net/media/8458/romanian-tuning-of-daewoo-matiz-2.jpg

Basically a tiny engine car with some flashy toys, still incapable of doing 0-60 in less than 20 seconds.

pinkmouse
06-19-2014, 02:29 AM
I'm with Ryan, definitely a scooter:

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But I see it as a Vespa, ancient technology at the core, but with loads of flashy bits and bling added. They look good, but don't actually make the basic scooter any better.

safetyman
06-19-2014, 05:36 AM
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So all that bondo represents either the numerous patch updates or the plugins necessary to keep it competitive?

I see it more as a fast, no frills car, like maybe a '69 Camaro. It can get you where you want to go quickly, but you don't have bluetooth or navigation or some of the other bells and whistles that other cars have.

Surrealist.
06-19-2014, 07:02 AM
If LightWave was a car, it'd be sitting in my garage next to my Muscle car from the 70s. Because while they were both awesome in their day, due to the current much more efficient fuel-consumption technology and the cost of gas at the pump I, rarely take the muscle car out of the garage other than to wax it. Though me and my beer drinking buddies do occasionally hang out in the garage and play darts, look at it fondly and talk about the good old days. My wife still thinks I am silly for hanging on to it and she is sure that it is only a mid life thing when I do occasionally take it out for a spin around the block. She is understanding. But I now travel to work in an overpriced high-tech fuel efficient car. Ah... well. It saves money because it is after all great on gas. But those monthly payments are killing me.

spherical
06-19-2014, 08:14 AM
Well, now that you mention is, I guess you've got something there as far as similarity between LW and muscle cars. I still have my 1968 Corvette Coupe. Ordered it from the factory, been driving it ever since. Changed out some of the stock parts for racing bits left over from the TransAm program at Penske. Even got one of the last three frames the factory had. With the competition suspension set up, it's so low a pack of cigarettes (not that I smoke but it's a good measurement) laying on its side would get crushed if I ran over it. Around here, on these mountain roads near the coast, I gotta be really careful how I thread small rocks that have fallen in the road. There's a single tunnel on the left side of center that is high enough to pass a 4" object. Anywhere else is curtains for either the rock or the headers. Speed bumps are murder to get over. Have to go at them at an angle to keep one wheel on it for as long as possible. Handles like a dream at any speed. My baby. :)

vncnt
06-19-2014, 11:31 AM
How about a DAF Siluro:
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Nicely designed (1968) car. One of the first wedge shaped cars. Incl. an ingenious continuously variable Variomatic transmission but never a blockbuster.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-1ynUOmh7c

m.d.
06-19-2014, 12:15 PM
So all that bondo represents either the numerous patch updates or the plugins necessary to keep it competitive?

I see it more as a fast, no frills car, like maybe a '69 Camaro. It can get you where you want to go quickly, but you don't have bluetooth or navigation or some of the other bells and whistles that other cars have.

bit of a joke....slightly harsh

69 camaro is not a bad analogy...
i am thinking more a hopped up el camino.....ugly, fast, and can carry a small load. (although only AM radio and 1 signal light is out)

cagey5
06-19-2014, 12:24 PM
If it's a scooter then I would go with this one.

http://scooterlounge.com/blog/2012/05/great-sidecar.html

Basically it's got too many wheels.

fazi69
06-19-2014, 02:44 PM
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Mr_Q
06-19-2014, 02:56 PM
Odd, coincidentally I posted about a metaphor relating LW to a car just today on my Facebook wall. "Lightwave, the 1993 Mustang GT of 3D software."

jasonwestmas
06-19-2014, 07:21 PM
LW can process and burn jet fuel just fine just not very efficiently and without manual control in some areas. One must decide if those areas are going to become a problem.

djwaterman
06-20-2014, 05:50 AM
Well, now that you mention is, I guess you've got something there as far as similarity between LW and muscle cars. I still have my 1968 Corvette Coupe. Ordered it from the factory, been driving it ever since. Changed out some of the stock parts for racing bits left over from the TransAm program at Penske. Even got one of the last three frames the factory had. With the competition suspension set up, it's so low a pack of cigarettes (not that I smoke but it's a good measurement) laying on its side would get crushed if I ran over it. Around here, on these mountain roads near the coast, I gotta be really careful how I thread small rocks that have fallen in the road. There's a single tunnel on the left side of center that is high enough to pass a 4" object. Anywhere else is curtains for either the rock or the headers. Speed bumps are murder to get over. Have to go at them at an angle to keep one wheel on it for as long as possible. Handles like a dream at any speed. My baby. :)

Hmmm, love to see photos, sound pretty spectacular.

wesleycorgi
06-20-2014, 05:35 PM
I'm with Ryan, definitely a scooter:

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But I see it as a Vespa, ancient technology at the core, but with loads of flashy bits and bling added. They look good, but don't actually make the basic scooter any better.

I can buy into the Vespa analogy, but perhaps with a more positive spin. I had a '79 P200 that cars decided was a "moped" and would try to cut me off or race in front of me, not knowing that I could outrace them off the blocks.

My wife still has a '77 Rally. Though she rarely rides it now, I remember chasing her in my truck on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, where she was going 75-80mph on those 10" wheels and two-stroke engine.

The analogy would be: although it may be "ancient" and perhaps underpowered, there's still plenty of "punch" there.

shrox
06-20-2014, 07:30 PM
For you Lightwave scooters, you really should get the jet pack.

saranine
06-21-2014, 04:08 AM
The scooter's engine manual was lost in the sands of time. The inner workings of the scooter are arcane, occult knowledge.

wesleycorgi
06-21-2014, 04:55 AM
The scooter's engine manual was lost in the sands of time. The inner workings of the scooter are arcane, occult knowledge.
Now that sounds like LW! :)

(Also sounds more like the 67 Lambretta Li 150 Series III that I had - a beautiful scooter but very hard to maintain, especially with parts being rarer than vintage Vespas)

Shnoze Shmon
06-21-2014, 01:47 PM
The scooter's engine manual was lost in the sands of time. The inner workings of the scooter are arcane, occult knowledge.

So... your also sacrificing a cat every time you prepare to use rounder? I've always wondered how much the cat actually helps.

jeric_synergy
06-21-2014, 02:32 PM
Well, it's obvious we DO need fewer cats.