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kurv
11-26-2003, 09:17 PM
Wordware Publishing would like to announce a new up coming title, LightWave 3D 8: 1001 Tips and Tricks!

This book has become more than a normal Wordware title to everyone here. It has truly become a labor of love and the focus has shifted from normal manuscript management to shaping the books "life" as the book has taken on a life of its own.

We started over a year ago with the idea to bring 15 of the best LightWave artists together on a book that would change the LightWave community. After signing 10 of the best, hands down artists in the industry, word of this book grew. Even though we have had NDA's in place people started emailing us wanting to be a part of this "special" book they heard a little bit about.

This book is going to change everything! As a publisher, we have done something that no other publisher would do, allow the authors to have complete control of the book. The entire book is a product of the wide range of talented authors. They created the books structure and have continued to mold it as NewTek updated us on LightWave 8.

To read more about this book please visit our LightWave 3D 8 1001 Tips and Tricks web site located at

www.wordware.com/tnt (http://www.wordware.com/tnt )

http://www.wordware.com/tnt/images/Tips-Cover-100.jpg

PS: William "Proton" Vaughan is one of the 30 authors on this title!

Thanks everyone!!

julos
11-26-2003, 09:23 PM
That's an interesting idea !
You can always learn from the pros, i look forward to look through this book.

julos
11-26-2003, 09:32 PM
I just saw the cover of the book on your website, i'm not found of it, it doesn't look as pro as the content pretends to be.
Anyway it's what's insides that counts (but it's ironic for a book on graphics....).

riki
11-26-2003, 11:30 PM
Sweet idea, can't wait to get my hands on a copy. I have to agree with Julos about the cover.

kurv
11-26-2003, 11:43 PM
Thanks folks for your comments.

Just FYI, William "Proton" Vaughan has given us a $50.00 Tim Buck for every pre-order customer (William is also an author on the book BTW).

So if you pre-order, you now get:

25% off of any product at http://www.3dtrainingonline.com !
$50.00 Tim Buck from NewTek!
AND, a 40% off coupon from Wordware Publishing on any other books.!

Thanks everyone!!!

WCameron
11-27-2003, 03:58 AM
quick question Wes, if we preorder now, when would we get the
25% off Larrys training materials?
I'm planing on getting some for christmas...

- Will.

danilo
11-27-2003, 04:28 AM
Who are the 15 of the best LightWave artists together?
danilo

cresshead
11-27-2003, 05:39 AM
this looks very cool

similar to the lightwave 3d book called "tips, techniques and ready to use objects" that came out ages ago and was for lightwave 4 and 5..and that was a great book to to have a book that possably like it but updated for lw 8 will be a STUNNER!

does the book come with a cdrom of the content in the book?

i'll be ordering this one for sure!

steve g

TyVole
11-27-2003, 05:41 AM
You should really consider contracting out your book covers to specialists in that area. There are many excellent ones out there.

This isn't your only title that suffers from this. Objectively compare your covers with those from New Riders and Charles River.

It's said that you can't judge a book by its cover; but unfortunately, people do.

Good luck -- it seems that a great offer.

cresshead
11-27-2003, 05:46 AM
i like the cover..it's simple but well done...in a bookshop you'd take a look thru the book and on amazon you'll be looking for sample pages so the cover whilst interesting isn't "the book"
...they could use a block blue and white text..no picture and i'll still be intetested in looking in the book!..esp with a book that covers so many areas it must be difficult to find a illustration to depic it on one cover...i think they did quite well actually.


maybe a couple of sample pages or parts of would help people to decide...also if it has a content cdrom or not.

steve g

kurv
11-27-2003, 09:06 AM
WCameron - You can save right now if you pre-order :)

danilo - see the site, www.wordware.com/tnt (http://www.wordware.com/tnt)

cresshead - yes and we are giving the authors their own folders on the CD to add content they want to add.

TyVole - we are working very hard on making our covers better, this cover is really nice. We will look into it :)

cresshead - Maybe we should explain the covers meaning more and that would answer a lot of questions about it...

Thanks everyone!!

Matt
11-27-2003, 09:08 AM
Glad to see Carl Merritts name on there, his plugins save my life daily!

:)

kurv
11-27-2003, 09:10 AM
Carl, is awesome!!!!! We are honored to have him aboard!

bloontz
11-27-2003, 09:51 AM
Can the Tim Bucks be applied toward a LW8 printed manual?

WizCraker
11-27-2003, 11:23 AM
Wes,

Is the book going to be wider than the usual style? It makes it difficult to lay the book out while going through the techniques when it is so slim.

SplineGod
11-27-2003, 01:49 PM
Originally posted by WCameron
quick question Wes, if we preorder now, when would we get the
25% off Larrys training materials?
I'm planing on getting some for christmas...

- Will.

Yes, and that is 25% off ANY CD, Course or Module. :)
Just contact me directly after you purchase the book
at [email protected]

cresshead
11-27-2003, 05:03 PM
wow! larry, that's one heck of a deal !
..now you got me thinking!

steve g

SplineGod
11-28-2003, 01:29 AM
Thanks Steve! :)
I think it is a good deal too. Im just excited to be apart of a book like this. When Wes told me how it was going to be handled and who was on board I couldnt resist.

Wes is also taking my courses. If youve seen what hes been able to do in 3 short weeks of using LW its amazing.

Christmas is coming up and I thought this would be a good way to share my excitement about the book. :)

WCameron
11-28-2003, 01:55 AM
sweet.


- Will.

erich
11-28-2003, 09:28 PM
Hi Wes.

When will the book be released for purchase?

Thanks.

boardom
12-01-2003, 03:06 PM
Hi Wes

I've sent you 2 emails in the last couple days, regarding a billing query. I'm not sure whether you're getting them or not, thus this post. Is your email link on your site working?

Not trying to pester you, just want to join The Order of the Pre-orderers!

kurv
12-01-2003, 03:42 PM
Larry - Your course is in one word amazing, I am working on the texturing sections now :)

WCameron - I highly recommend Larry's course.

erich - We expect Feb

boardom - Sorry, Thursday was a holiday here, Thanks Giving, so I was not checking email all weekend and today I have a lot to go through. I will get to yours ASAP, promise.

More to come!

kurv
12-02-2003, 07:55 AM
I wanted to start posting some information about our authors. I will post Nicholas Boughens information first. This information impressed me a lot!!

Nick - I was tasked with what was thought to be the impossible job of matchmoving 500 talking dog-head shots for this feature. There was no existing technology other than the age-old technique of sticking the geometry on the background plate and keyframing it one frame at a time to match up.
Over the course of several months, I developed a technology and trained a team of eight artists to output a minimum of 20 shots per week averaging 80 frames per shot. If you have ever done any animal matchmoving, you’ll know that a team of eight producing 20 shots per week seems ridiculous. Nonetheless, we attained this goal, and in one banner week produced 36 matchmoves. It was a combination of some really good R&D time, the refusal to believe that it couldn’t be done better and faster, and a seriously dedicated team, not to mention unequivocal support and commitment from Rainmaker’s management staff, especially our Digital Supervisor Jason Dowdeswell (previously of ILM) and our Director of Digital Imaging Brian Moylan. Faced with the option of out-sourcing 500 matchmoves, I’d imagine our team saved Rainmaker considerable expense by keeping the work in-house. The company now sports a matchmoving team and technology capable of matchmoving anything anywhere, probably faster and better than anyone else in the world. That may be boasting, but I’d stack our team up against anyone.

We are honored to have Nick as one of the Tips and Tricks authors.

You can read more about Nick at www.wordware.com/tnt (http://www.wordware.com/tnt)

VWTornado
12-02-2003, 09:23 AM
Originally posted by TyVole
You should really consider contracting out your book covers to specialists in that area. There are many excellent ones out there.

This isn't your only title that suffers from this. Objectively compare your covers with those from New Riders and Charles River.

It's said that you can't judge a book by its cover; but unfortunately, people do.

I agree with TyVole here 100%. Your book covers are pretty bad considering the talent inside the books. New Riders makes VERY nice covers for there books. The first thing you see is the cover in a store, if the cover is halfassed, why shouldn't we think the information inside is just as bad? With all the great artists and authors you have writing things for you, I would think your covers would be much better. I want to get the Lightwave lighting book, but the cover is less than attractive and certainly doesn't show the most dramatic lighting scene it could...and thats what the book is about. Honestly the book cover is the entire reason I haven't bought the book already.

Steve Warner
12-02-2003, 11:00 AM
Shaun, I saw your post on CGTalk. No offense taken. For everyone else who has commented on the cover and not seen the CGTalk post, here's a copy:

Each author is responsible for providing imagery for the cover of their book. In the case of Tips and Tricks book, there are 30 authors. As an author and editor on the book, Wes turned to me to tackle the cover.

I am an award-winning graphic designer with more than ten years of experience. In that time, I have designed book covers, product manuals, instructional guides and CD covers. I have illustrated entire books, and have worked as the lead artist on a number of national advertising campaigns. As a designer and an artist, I am a minimalist. I believe that every element in design should have a purpose and I believe that good design is more about concepts and ideas than pretty pictures. This cover is a conceptual piece of minimalist design, and not a singular work of 3D art. In that regard, I believe that it is strong and successful.

I approached Wes with this concept and told him that I wanted to do something drastically different. Something conceptual and something with a sense of humor. It was a risk, but Wes took a chance and went with it.

Here is the creative rationale that I gave to Wes:

Tips and tricks are a form of wisdom. That wisdom is coming from those who have "arrived." Those who are enlightened. And it is being imparted to those who are still on the path. To those who seek enlightenment.

The buddah figure represents all LightWave users. There are three distinct (but subtle) parts to him. They are the feet, the hands, and the head. If you look closely, you'll see that the feet are more detailed than other parts of the body. They're more worn. The feet represent those who have walked the path for some time. They are experienced users, but they are still seeking knowledge. The hands are slightly less detailed than the feet. They are still mature, but not as time-worn. The hands represent the intermediate users who are still learning. Those who have an element of experience, but have not yet grasped all that the software has to offer. Finally, if you look at the head, it shows the least amount of wear. It is the face of a young child, and it represents the new users. Those who have very little experience with the software at all. These three parts, the head, hands, and feet, represent LightWave users at all stages. And in this one body, they signify that all users can benefit from the wisdom that this book imparts.

If you look at the buddah character, you will see that he is holding the LightWave logo. The swirl of the LightWave logo, reminiscent of primitive drawings (which themselves represent spirituality and life (http://www.rotten.com/library/occult/sacred-geometry/)), is held at the center of the character. The inside tip of the LightWave swirl leads you directly the belly-button of the character. The belly button is the source of life and nourishment for us as we develop. And the significance here is that LightWave is a source of life for us. And it provides us with the nourishment we need as we grow as artists.

Moving to the bottom of the book, you see the list of authors. These are the "ascended masters." Those who have attained enlightment and are now reaching back to those still on the path to aid them in their growth. This "reaching back" is visually represented by the light of fire (a biblical symbol of wisdom and spirituality (Acts 2:3)) seen at the lower right corner of the book. This fire is bursting out from the authors, winding up in a reverse "S" pattern through the title of the book, and coming up to encompass the character. From there, it encircles the LightWave logo and the center of the character's being (seen in the faint circle). Finally, it comes in contact with the character's head. This progress signifies the path that the tips and tricks - the knowledge - take on their way to impacting the reader. It starts with the authors. They impart their wisdom. That wisdome comes to us through the book (represented here by the title). It impacts the reader at his center, feeding his desire for LightWave. Once ingested, the information in this book sparks his mind, and he is enlightened. Simply put, the wisdom of the masters is imparted to us, enlightening even the youngest LightWave user.

It's the subtle symbology that makes me so fond of this piece. There's a lot there. More than meets the eye at a casual glance. But like any good piece of art, the more you look, the more you can derive from it.

Here is our cover:

http://www.wordware.com/tnt/images/Tips-Cover-300.jpg

It has a subtle, quiet dignity. And it has a strong concept. It is not a framegrab from some Hollywood production. But not everyone on the Tips book works in Hollywood. I produce Air Combat Training Simulations for a large government contractor. Carl Merrit works for a college. So does Leigh. We all work with LightWave and we all have knowledge to impart. This cover is about passing that knowledge on.

I told Wes that this was a risky cover. And he trusted me with it. If you are unhappy with the cover, do not blame Wes. And do not blame Wordware. Blame me.

Best regards,

Steve

erich
12-02-2003, 11:21 AM
To me a cover is a cover. I tend to look at the contents, specifically the table of contents, and the authors biography as well as the description on the back of the book, to aid in my decison about wether to buy it or not. Everyone has different ideas about what is art or even "good art." I think we should respect that and not "judge the book by the cover." The only people you really hurt are yourselfs in doing so. I respect the decision of the authors and publishers to do what they think is right. I don't mean any disrespect to anyone here, but I simply think all these negative comments are rather a shallow way of looking at things.

I have found that as I grow older, I tend to be not so quick to judge something even before I have had a closer look. I have learned that to not do this, only means that I miss out on opportunities.

Perhaps we can all begin to be a bit less condescending and grant a bit more grace before we go around judging something that none of us have had a chance to even see up close yet.

Regards.

SplineGod
12-02-2003, 02:51 PM
To be honest I think the cover has a nice simple design and fulfills the criterea Steve set out to do. I would NEVER base my decision to buy a book simply because of the cover. If Im in a book store and see a new Lightwave book I go thru the table of contents, go to a chapter or two on things Im interested in and see what kind of things are in there. I also look at the author list.
I think the only Lightwave book Ive ever bought was Lightwave applied simply because I know a couple of the authors personally and know that theyre experts on what they know.
At that time Dave Jerrards info on Texturing was what I needed.
This tips and tricks book would be one of those I would buy simply because you have 30 authors, all professionals who are sharing secrets. Ive done a lot of Seminars with Lee and without failure its the tips and tricks that get people excited about the software. The only people Ive seen who seem to have a problem with the book covers are people in the graphics arts industry. I think the average user wont have issues with the cover and I think the cover is distinct enough to make it easy to spot.
Good work Steve. :)

R-6
12-04-2003, 04:22 PM
"Art" is subjective by nature.:p

Alan Daniels
12-05-2003, 10:40 AM
Since everybody's chiming in on the cover, I'll toss in my own opinion on it, seeing as how I'm part of the potential customer base for the book: I like the overall design and color and layout, and I like the mood that it's intended to convey, as described by Steve Warner in the earlier post. The themes of ascension and enlightment are *perfect* for a boot like this. But, I'd suggest that the actual model of the "Enlightened One" :cool: on the cover isn't up there with what I'd consider to be the fine-detail work that can be accomplished in Lightwave. The overall smoothness and minimalist detail of the model appear more to be typical of the work produced by 3D apps like Animation Master or TrueSpace.

It's a book about Lightwave; dazzle us! Show the potential buyers (like me) that Lightwave is capable of detailed, photo-realistic work, and that the book can show us how to accomplish this. Show us textures, details, fine hair generted in sasquatch-lite, etc. Finally, take the names at the bottom and scrunch them down a bit, devote more room to the Enlightened One in the center, and show him in detailed, artistic glory.

Then again, I'm some guy in a forum, and not a graphic designer, so my opinion is worth as much as it cost. :-)

kurv
12-05-2003, 10:55 AM
Alan, thanks!!

We are going to texture and light Herman (my nick name for him)...

I think he will look amazing :)

hrgiger
12-05-2003, 11:03 AM
I have to agree with Alan on this. I don't want a cover to make me feel at peace with myself or give some meaning to me on my spiritual journey on becoming a Lightwave Kung-Fu master, I want it to look amazing and inspire me to make something great in Lightwave. I'm sure that Steve Warner is a fine artist but the cover doesn't do much for me. Like Larry said, I'll look through a book's table of contents and decide ultimately if the book is worth buying or not but that doesn't take any importance away from giving a book a good cover.
Speaking for myself, I want to see wireframes, or radiosity renderings, or dynamic simulations, or any number of things that Lightwave can do. Basically, all the things that get me excited about being a Lightwave user.
Dan Ablan's inside Lightwave books have great covers, so do Timothy Albee's. A cover might not ultimately matter if the content of the book is good, but if I was making a choice between 2 books, I might end up buying the book with an impressive cover just because it will stay in my mind and I'll be more likely to look for it in a bookstore.
But if it's a good book, I'll buy it.

Paul_Boland
12-05-2003, 12:27 PM
I just wanted to say that I think the cover is fantastic as it stands. It really grabbed my attention on seeing it.

Any chance of a look at some sample pages? I'm new to Lightwave (don't even own it yet, waiting for release of version 8 before I buy), so a look at one or two pages would be good.

kurv
01-09-2004, 03:35 PM
We have done some real updating to our author list and I think you are going to like it a lot...

Our latest author addition is Kevin Phillips

We are truly honored to add Kevin Phillips to our list of authors, Kevin is going to add tremendous value to this book.

Kevin’s Bio,

read more about Kevin here (http://www.wordware.com/tnt)

Kevin Phillips has a well-rounded knowledge of LightWave. He currently works half-time as a "LightWave artist" at Flux Animation Studios, and the other half as "Teacher" at the National College of Media and Design (NatColl).

Over the past few years, he has developed several plugins (which gained favour with the LW Community back in the 5.5 days, plugins such as the "Lampy" translucency shader, and the strangely popular "Head-Up Display" image filter). Kevin founded, and still runs, the New Zealand LightWave Users Group, fondly called 'KiWavers' (Kee-Wayvers) where he demonstrates techniques, gives tips and shares his extensive knowledge with others. Starting back in 1998, this group has monthly meetings - 2004 will be its 6th year in existence.

Kevin has freelanced over the last 7 years, assisting clients to spruce up their 'boring business presentations' with 3D animation, modeling virtual stage sets for music videos, creating logos and titles for Video products, 3D visualizations for medical products, logo print work and video editing small productions.

As well as freelancing, Kevin has also lectured on 3D Modeling and rendering, and has written, developed and run a short-course "Introduction to LightWave" for the Auckland University of Technology.

kurv
01-09-2004, 03:36 PM
New complete author list:

Timothy Albee, Gerald Abraham, Patrik Beck, Wes Beckwith, Deuce Bennett, Nicholas Boughen, Richard Brak, David Ebner, Jonny Gorden, Todd Grimes, Jennifer Hachigian, Erkki Halkka, Rich Helvey, Dale Hendrickson, David Jerrard, Geoffrey Kater, Arne Kaupang, Brad Krause, PiSong, Mike Pauza, Kevin Phillips, Rob Powers, Emanuele Salvucci, Larry Shultz, Lee Stranahan, Leigh van der Byl, William Vaughan, Steve Warner, Scott Wheeler, Policarpo, Robin Wood

kurv
01-09-2004, 03:53 PM
Okay, word just came in....it is a go!!!

WE GOT LEE STRINGER!!!!

If you have been under a rock somewhere...Lee is the lead CG Supervisor at Zoic responsible for the Sci-Fi Battlestar Galactica mini Series.

Lee will be providing us some special material specific to BSG for the book. Look out folks this one smokes!!!!

Lewis
01-09-2004, 04:39 PM
Very nice set of authors Wes !

Will you have enough pages at book to let them all write something :) :) :)?

js33
01-09-2004, 04:44 PM
Hehehe. Man, Wes this book is going to be 2000 pages by the time each author puts in his/her contribution. :D

Maybe you should break it up into a series of books for 8. :D

Cheers,
JS

kurv
01-09-2004, 04:48 PM
So just in case your new to the NewTek forum or have not been watching this thread…

Pre-order you copy of Wordware’s LightWave 8: 1001 Tips and Tricks today (http://www.wordware.com/tnt) and here is the list of what you will get…

35% off of the retail price from Wordware AND free shipping if you are in the continental US (This means the book only costs you $25.97!!)..

and....

25% off of 3D Online Training Material!

Receive 25% off of any or all 3D Online Training Courses. These courses come highly recommended, so much so I myself am currently using them to learn LightWave 3D. I could not be happier with Larry Shultz (Spline God) course. If you are trying to learn anything in LW from Modeling (Spline, Organic, Head, much more), Texturing, Lighting to Animating and Rigging YOU NEED THIS COURSE!
http://www.3dtrainingonline.com

also……

$50.00 Tim Buck from NewTek!

You will receive a $50.00 Tim Buck good towards any product from NewTek, including the incredible, highly anticipated LightWave 8! Use this Tim Buck to upgrade to 8, or just buy yourself and a few friends some cool NewTek gear like hats or shirts. You can spend this $50.00 on anything you like at NewTek!

and now!!!!

ResPower
was gracious enough to join us on the promotion. They are offering EVEY pre-order 100 GHz Hours on their render farm. This is an outstanding offer and if you have never used ResPower before and experienced the speed and professionalism this is your chance. ResPower did not just stop their though, they are going to hold a random drawing of all the pre-orders and give one lucky winner 2000 GHz hours. When we heard this our jaws dropped!

http://www.respower.com

Place your orders now!!! (http://www.wordware.com/tnt)

siproductions
02-19-2004, 06:03 PM
I have been meaning to get this book and I finally got around to it. I just want to say that it looks like it will be very useful and look, It's worth it just for the free stuff that you get. Thanks to Wordware for such a great deal. :)

Am I hired Wes?? :D

TSpyrison
02-19-2004, 06:27 PM
ok, ok, ok...

I just ordered mine...
Im gonna go broke buying books for lightwave 8..

kurv
02-19-2004, 06:39 PM
Originally posted by siproductions
I have been meaning to get this book and I finally got around to it. I just want to say that it looks like it will be very useful and look, It's worth it just for the free stuff that you get. Thanks to Wordware for such a great deal. :)

Am I hired Wes?? :D

You are hired my friend!!

Thank you... I have been compiling this manuscript from the hundreds of docuemnts sent in from the authors... This book is going to be so good. We have way more than 1001 tips!!

I am so excited about it, the authors did such a great job but I should not be so surprised as they are the best in the industry...

It just goes to show you how in depth LightWave actually is...

Thanks everyone!!

siproductions
02-19-2004, 10:37 PM
:D No problem. And yes LW is indeed very in depth. I'm excited about this book. Just the one example you posted shows that these guys aren't just showing you how to do basic stuff. They are going to the more advanced techniques, and that is a good thing if you ask me. :) However if I know these folks they will make the advanced stuff easy to understand even for someone just starting out. I have to say that this is a great idea and I certainly look forward to the reading. I am excited. *Did I already say that* :D

kurv
02-20-2004, 07:06 AM
Originally posted by siproductions
:D No problem. And yes LW is indeed very in depth. I'm excited about this book. Just the one example you posted shows that these guys aren't just showing you how to do basic stuff. They are going to the more advanced techniques, and that is a good thing if you ask me. :) However if I know these folks they will make the advanced stuff easy to understand even for someone just starting out. I have to say that this is a great idea and I certainly look forward to the reading. I am excited. *Did I already say that* :D

lol...

Yes we have added a Newbie section (where my stuff is :) ) but we did that to keep the beginner stuff there and BTW, those are NOT included in the 1001 count.

The tips are from beginner to advanced but in putting them in the book the majority are intermediate and NOT things from a manual or that you can find online... we worked RALLY hard not to have that problem...

We are also working with a new person negotiating (but it is basically a done deal) to get LScripts written for as many of the tips in the book as we can before it ships. We thought this was a fantastic idea!!!

So, moving rigth along here...

Thanks everyone!!

jin choung
02-20-2004, 10:33 PM
hey wes,

i had a question about the pre-order and tried to contact you twice through the order website but no response. what's the best way to get in touch with you?

jin

jjburton
02-20-2004, 10:48 PM
I just ordered:)

kevinmcpoland
02-21-2004, 02:03 AM
Wes,

I may have missed this but prior to submitting an order and my credit card details I couldn't see the postage costs for the United Kingdom...

Could you confirm what postage options we have overseas so we know how much it will cost in total.... (so many companies charge between figures like $12 and $60 for the same thing, it never seems to make any sense!)

If the details are on the web page then just let me know and accept my apologies...

Thanks,

Kevin McPoland
[email protected]

Hervé
02-21-2004, 02:42 AM
many many many books around lately, but so much to pay...; and here we dont have credit cards... ( we do but in fact it is more of a simple payment card.... hehe.... lucky US users....:D

kurv
02-21-2004, 06:56 AM
Originally posted by jin choung
hey wes,

i had a question about the pre-order and tried to contact you twice through the order website but no response. what's the best way to get in touch with you?

jin

email me at [email protected] or ICQ me at 216954.

I have spam software running and although it 'should not' have deleted your email it is possible :(

Please try again :)

kurv
02-27-2004, 01:20 PM
I wanted to post our TOC for the LightWave 3D 8: 1001 Tips and Tricks book here...

for more information please go to www.wordware.com/tnt

Price - 39.95 US, and get it for 37% off at www.wordware.com/tnt, also check out the pre-order specials, expiring soon :)

Wanted to post our latest TOC, Steve and I are working hard to finish up the book, if anyone has any questions feel free to fire away!!

Chapter 01 – SAGE ADVICE

Chapter 02 - Design, Pre-visualization and Prep
General Tips
Project Goals
Reference material
Pre-visualization
Design

Chapter 03 - Program Setup Pages
Install and Configuration
Interface Adjustments
Menu Layout
Keyboard Shortcuts
Interface Navigation
General Options
Modeler
Layout
Display Options
Modeler
Layout
Hub
Plug-ins
Import/Export

Chapter 04 – Modeling
General Tips
Scanning and Setup
Object Construction
Object Enhancement
Surfacing
Weights
UVs
Endomorphs
Gons
Skelegons
Luxigons
Powergons

Chapter 05 – Texturing Pages
General Tips
Basic Attributes
Image Maps
Gradients
Procedurals
Advanced Attributes
Environmental Attributes
Shaders
Presets
VIPER
Image Editor

Chapter 06 - Staging/Digital Cinematography

Chapter 07 – Lighting
General Tips
Global Illumination/Radiosity
Flares
Volumetrics
Shadows

Chapter 08 – Animating Pages
General Tips
Basic Principles
Keyframes
Inverse Kinematic
Expressions
Deformations
Bones
Morphing
Endomorphs
Displacements
Character Rigging
Motion Designer LW 6.0 – 7.5
Basic Principles
Simulations
Line Like Objects
Cloth Like Objects
Solid Like Objects
Collisions Basic
LW 8 Dynamics
Hard Body Dynamics
Soft Body Dynamics
Cloth Dynamics
Particle Simulation
Simulation Basics
Editor Windows
Scene Editor / Dope Sheet
Channels/Graph Editor
Spreadsheet Editor
Motion Mixer

Chapter 09 - Special Effects
General Tips
Volumetrics
Fog tips
Hypervoxles
Worley's Sas Lite
Environments
Skytracer
Textured Environments
Image World
Filters

Chapter 10 – Rendering Pages
General Options
Previews
Network Rendering

Chapter 11 – Compositing Pages
General Tips
Splitting Renders into layered elements
Exporting Channels (Depth/Spec/etc.)
Digital Fusion
After FX

Chapter 12 - Scripting Pages[
Lscript
Scripting Expressions

Chapter 13 - LightWave in Print
LightWave section for graphic designers

Chapter 14 - Troubleshooting LightWave 3D
LightWave 3D Troubleshooting

Chapter 15 – Bonus Material Pages
Bonus Material from David Ebner of CafeFX
Bonus Material from Jack "Deuce" Bennett
Bonus Material from Lee Stringer of Zoic Studios

Total Page Count 540 Manuscript - 39.95 US, and get it for 37% off at www.wordware.com/tnt pre-order specials

kevinmcpoland
02-27-2004, 01:51 PM
Wes,

Although I haven't e-mailed you I'm starting to feel like Jin did, as you haven't replied to my post above...

All I'm trying to find out is what your international post costs are to the UK...

I've posted here again as you state your spam system may stop e-mails.

Thanks,

Kevin McPoland
[email protected]

kurv
02-27-2004, 02:47 PM
Sorry, been really busy... ;)

When we process international orders we will email you with your cost of shipping and give you the option of shipping methods.

Method 1: A Traceable tracked method, this will cost a minimum of 30 - 40 dollars based on where you are in the world.

Method 2: A basic shipping method, cheap, not traceable, not guaranteed. Usually around 16 - 19 dollars.

The difference:

If we can not track the shipment and prove delivery we will not replace the book free of charge if it does not make it. We simply can not pay for replacements when shipping a method we can not track and get our money back on. So if you choose to ship the cheaper method, if the book is lost, you will have to pay for a replacement.

We will prove we shipped the product via paper work and billing.

The other alternative would be to order from Amazon UK and take advantage of there shipping costs, but loose the pre order specials.

I apologize and understand your frustration, I wish there was something better we could do.

riki
02-27-2004, 11:57 PM
I orderred a copy last week, but have no idea if the order went through as I didn't get any kind of confirmation email etc.

badllarma
02-28-2004, 07:54 AM
Originally posted by wordwarepub


Method 1: A Traceable tracked method, this will cost a minimum of 30 - 40 dollars based on where you are in the world.

Method 2: A basic shipping method, cheap, not traceable, not guaranteed. Usually around 16 - 19 dollars.

The difference:

I apologize and understand your frustration, I wish there was something better we could do.

Yikes This don't sound so good $30..00 shipping :(

Wes I've email you direct to cancel the preorder still buying the book but from a different supplier, need to save a little cash as I'm buying a few of the LW 8 books coming out :)

kurv
02-28-2004, 02:42 PM
Originally posted by riki
I orderred a copy last week, but have no idea if the order went through as I didn't get any kind of confirmation email etc.

riki, you should have recieved a thank you email, I send them out personally.

Email me at [email protected] with your name and address, I will check it.

badllarma, I will look fro your email...thanks!!

Hervé
02-28-2004, 11:52 PM
One question : are you talking about F_Prime in your book...?

I mean this masterclass plugin changed a lot of aspect of LW....

If not, you'd better add a..... addendum... he he

kurv
02-29-2004, 08:47 AM
Originally posted by Hervé
One question : are you talking about F_Prime in your book...?

I mean this masterclass plugin changed a lot of aspect of LW....

If not, you'd better add a..... addendum... he he

I will see what I can do... Steve is VERY busy! He has already seen the book and loves it!!!

kurv
03-04-2004, 04:20 PM
Just wanted to give everyone a heads up, we will be discontinuing the pre-order specials on this book on March 12th 2004

www.wordware.com/tnt

questions - [email protected]

Thanks everyone for your support!!

siproductions
03-04-2004, 11:07 PM
Buy it now guys. It's a great deal. :)

pauland
03-05-2004, 01:27 AM
This brought a smile to my face: on amazon.co.uk

Light Wave 3D 8: 1001 Tips & Tricks

"Availability: This item is not in stock. If you would like to purchase this title, we recommend that you request it used. "

Paul

kurv
03-05-2004, 06:43 AM
Thanks SI... Yes we were keeping it a secret for a long time and did not release the info to Amazon as we would any other title ;)

I will have one more surprise today for all of you on this book... kind of a last hooray so to speak...

Hang on to your seats, more good stuff coming, just gotta read the details...

kurv
03-05-2004, 01:35 PM
I wanted to let everyone know we got a new sponsor for the Tips and tricks book.

So now not only will you get:

1 - 25% off of any 3D Training Online Courses, the best in the business!
2 - $50.00 Tim Buck good for anything from NewTek.
3 - 100 GHz Hours at ResPower

and, drum roll please.....

4 - 15% discount off of your next model order with 3D Art To Part, details below.

In appreciation for your recent preorder with Wordware Publishing, 3DArtToPart would like to offer you a 15% discount off of your next model order. To use the discount just enter this discount code (Tips & Tricks), into the Promotional Code section on our web site "Get A Quote" page. Please note that this discount applies to the model price only.

To learn more about our services and see some of our work or to request a quote please visit us at www.3DArtToPart.com (http://www.3DArtToPart.com)

If you have not seen what these guys can do with your models, you have got to check them out, making your own toys is awesome!!!

http://www.wordware.com/tnt/images/ninjjalwo.jpg http://www.wordware.com/tnt/images/ninjainhand.jpg

For more information please visit www.wordware.com/tnt

siproductions
03-05-2004, 09:42 PM
Great. I look forward to using that. Thanks a bunch :)

kurv
03-05-2004, 10:12 PM
Great you will have to check there site out what they can do is amazing!!!

kurv
03-15-2004, 10:47 AM
Hey wanted to give some more good news for the artists who have worked so hard on this book..!!

We made 3D World Magazine!!!!

Check out this month’s issue, #50!!

We decided to give 3D World 50 of our tips for there 50th issue, seemed fitting to us.

They were so impressed they gave us 8 pages instead of 6!

Check it out, we even threw in a few special prices to 3D World readers!!

http://www.kurvstudios.com/mylightwave/3dworld.png

You wanted a sneak peak of the book, you got it, 50 full tips!!!

Let us know what you think.

grundgedanke
03-15-2004, 11:30 AM
received my mag on saturday. awesome tips!!! must have the book...and by the way...those shortcut cards are really nice too :) even if they are not related to wordware

Netvudu
03-15-2004, 11:32 AM
Well, this weekend I purchased Wordware´s LW8 lighting (it will still take some time to recieve it I suppose) and "Exposé" (not from Wordware, I know :p ), plus I bought Albee´s "LW7 character animation" some time ago (not online though, on a bookstore) so it will still take a few weeks until my credit card allows me to buy this one, but it looks like a must buy. I´m really eager to read more advanced books, such as scripting stuff and the likes.

By the way, I think Wordware are releasing some really cool titles, but for the love of god....you gotta find a way to make shipping overseas a bit cheaper. I live in Europe (Madrid, Spain) and your shipping prices are way too high. I´m very sorry to say this, but I´m buying books from other overseas publishers and they don´t charge nearly as much...


...on the other hand, your books are way cooler than theirs :D

kurv
03-15-2004, 12:50 PM
Originally posted by Netvudu
Well, this weekend I purchased Wordware´s LW8 lighting (it will still take some time to recieve it I suppose) and "Exposé" (not from Wordware, I know :p ), plus I bought Albee´s "LW7 character animation" some time ago (not online though, on a bookstore) so it will still take a few weeks until my credit card allows me to buy this one, but it looks like a must buy. I´m really eager to read more advanced books, such as scripting stuff and the likes.

By the way, I think Wordware are releasing some really cool titles, but for the love of god....you gotta find a way to make shipping overseas a bit cheaper. I live in Europe (Madrid, Spain) and your shipping prices are way too high. I´m very sorry to say this, but I´m buying books from other overseas publishers and they don´t charge nearly as much...


...on the other hand, your books are way cooler than theirs :D

First of all thank you!!!

I totally understand... we do what we can, we are not even up charging it to you... that’s what we get hit with...

The real issue is this... I sent some books to South Africa and Mexico last month. Neither shipment has made it yet and I did not send it a guaranteed method so now I have to resend them...

If you can love with no guarantee shipping we can lower the costs... but if they do not make it we can not be held responsible. Shipping over seas is a crap shoot at best it seems, but it can be done inexpensively.

Your best bet might be Amazon UK :)

Doing what we can ;)

kurv
03-17-2004, 02:58 PM
Though I wouls share this with you guys...

Here is the TOC fro the Tip and Tricks book in detail...

TOC File, click here (http://www.wordware.com/tnt/Manuscript-TOC.pdf)

as you look at it here is a key to the info that is important. Next to each chapter title is a 0001 - 0044 T - 27 MS for example. That means this chapter includes Tips number 0001 through 0044 and it is 27 manuscript pages long...

Take a look at chapter 4 - 8 whew... oh and take a lok at the last chapter to see the full page and tip count ;)

Let me know if you have any questions :)

Wes - :D

siproductions
03-17-2004, 03:08 PM
WOW!!!:eek: That's a lot. I can't wait.:D

lasvideo
03-17-2004, 03:34 PM
Look at that. They even have Fprime in there!

kurv
03-17-2004, 03:39 PM
Originally posted by lasvideo
Look at that. They even have Fprime in there!

Thanks SI...

lasvideo, don't expect to much from the FPrime section to be honest... There is not much that needs explaining about FPrime other than buy it, it works, it's awesome, and now.... it's 399 :)

But I felt it was a good topic there is a few good tips on it... and a few you shouldl have bought it while it was 279 tips... :)

siproductions
03-17-2004, 03:47 PM
Originally posted by wordwarepub
There is not much that needs explaining about FPrime other than buy it, it works, it's awesome, and now.... it's 399 :)


Boy that's the truth.:D

kurv
03-17-2004, 03:52 PM
Originally posted by siproductions
Boy that's the truth.:D

Well what more can I say ;)

lasvideo
03-17-2004, 04:00 PM
Well, all I can say is I DID buy it when it was $279 (spoke to Steve last Tues. morning at 9AM Vegas time)....and have been having LOTS of fun since. Its ironic to flashback to Amiga days when similar rendering was an all night vigil...Now its momentary Fprime.

lede
03-17-2004, 04:31 PM
OT: The good old Amiga day's when a render would take hours and hours. Now with FP we can get results in seconds. Your right about this is almost a must have.

Anyways back on topic. Wes, the book keeps grabbing my attention with all the cool gift you have, it is almost a deal we shouldn't pass up.

-Lede

kurv
03-17-2004, 07:19 PM
Well you better hurry... the 50.00 Tim buck has expired now... but the others are still good until the book is in print...

Larry's Coursware
ResPower
3D Art to Part 15% off

Wes-

lede
03-17-2004, 07:30 PM
Just did. Took me a little while to find your secure transaction on your site though :)

-Lede

TSpyrison
03-17-2004, 07:43 PM
At the risk of sounding like another "When" person...

Any idea when we might excpect the book on our doorstep??

omeone
03-18-2004, 01:50 AM
Originally posted by wordwarepub
... the 50.00 Tim buck has expired now...

hi Wes
What do you mean by expired?

riki
03-18-2004, 02:05 AM
I think he means that the deal has expired, rather than the actual Tim Bucks themseleves. At least I hope so, since I haven't recieved mine yet.

BTW what can we use Tim Bucks for?

Hervé
03-18-2004, 02:20 AM
Maybe a strawberry pie.... hummmmm, so hungry right now....:D

omeone
03-18-2004, 02:36 AM
Originally posted by riki

BTW what can we use Tim Bucks for?

some out of date 'gear' ? (http://www.newtek.com/buynow/gear/index.html)
half a printed manual?
a tenth of an upgrade?
or some strawberry pie.... :)

Im hoping they will update the shop, and I'll get a t-shirt or something...

I'm guessing that's what Wes means aswell, just wanted to make sure.

Hervé
03-18-2004, 03:31 AM
an old nab 2001 t-shirt for 80$.... sure gimme a dozen.... ha ha:D

riki
03-18-2004, 03:37 AM
I've got a feeling stuff on the Newtek site is for US custommers only. Can you use Tim Bucks with my local dealer?

omeone
03-18-2004, 05:00 AM
looks like you're right riki, and with the major price hikes you guys suffer in austrailia.... maybe you could get a key ring or something ;)

Miles
03-18-2004, 11:58 AM
Out of curiosity: How much of the book covers LW8 examples and how much is past app versions examples?

Why in the world would you take credit card info without a secure web page? I finally found the link to a secure page (thanks to the heads-up in a previous posting here), but it blows my mind the main page is set up to take such info on a non-secure web page. I would've likely ordered the book sometime ago had I spotted the secure ordering area first, FWIW... Now that I see one is available, I'm not clear about shipping addresses. It almost appears as though oversea orders should not use a PO address, but then again, it could be you won't do the same for the US orders either. If you can't ship a book to a PO in the US that will kill my ordering as well. Just would like to be clear on the above points before actually trying to place an order.

Thanks...

lede
03-18-2004, 12:04 PM
Miles,

Yeah I agree with you that I would have order the book ages ago if the main order page was on a secure form. I didn't notice that "Secure" link until the other day. Glad I'm not the only one that had a hard time finding the secure link:)

-Lede

badllarma
03-18-2004, 12:20 PM
1151 pages !
wow I thought it be like Lightwave Applied (725 pages) size so theres another one I will not be able to read in the bath :D

Lightwave 7.0 Manual, DFX reference manual Inside Lightwave 7 soon to add Inside Lightwave 8 & of course 1001 Tips and Tricks
I need to invest in more shelves :) Strong ones with that as well :D

gjjackson
03-18-2004, 01:11 PM
I ordered some time ago. I didn't see any secure link either, unless recently added. So I went to Amazon and put in the order there, along with Ablan's new book, both ordered on Feb 2.

Bones_3DFC
03-18-2004, 08:45 PM
Uh hey -
I'm trying to order now -
The drop-down for US State does not include Wisconsin.

It has WA for, I assume Washington.
But not WI for Wisconsin.

What have you got against Wisconsin? ;)
We're cool, us people here in Wisconsin, eh?

I don't know what to do. Woe is me in Wisconsin.
Hey - Beck lives here.

Am I the very first Wisconsinite to want a pre-order?
:)

kurv
03-19-2004, 09:53 AM
WOW, how did I miss all these...

Okay here we go...

lede - Sorry, tried to make it easy but there is a lot of text on the site... it is right next to the secure image...

Also, fyi, even though the SITE is not on a secure page the post command of the site uses a secure portal so the information IS sent securely to us. But we also have that secure link as well...

TSpyrison - We hope to be shipping the books out around April 16th but with the pre-orders we have it will take a week for us to get them all out... :)

omeone - only the offer, not your Tim buck... those wil get shipped out to you with the book, either from us or from NewTek. We have not worked those details out yet. Some vendors have decided to extent there offers but the Tim Buck offer has ended... You can use them on anything at NewTek :)

riki - yep, thanks!! :)

Hervé - Mmmmmm sounds like a plan..

Miles - Umm, wow, that’s hard to say off of the top of my head, we have been VERY careful to label each of the 1300 tips as to what version the cover. I would say about 500 cover all versions, 200 - 300 are 7.5 and older, and the other
500 are LW 8 specific.

Also the post command is sent securely so the info being sent IS secure.. :) and we had a secure page link as well... :)

Bones_3DFC - Sorry yes we care about you folks in Wisconsin... maybe I subconsciously block you because I am a Cowboys fan :/ no seriously it was a mistake in the Java code I wrote, sorry... I was only shoing 49 states and had 52 in the code... so not only was I blocking WI, but WV and WY as well, but fixed it now... on all pre order pages...

www.wordware.com/texturing
www.wordware.com/lighting
www.wordware.com/3dworld
www.wordware.com/cartoon
www.wordware.com/cgifilm

Thanks everyone!!

riki
03-19-2004, 03:54 PM
Also the post command is sent securely so the info being sent IS secure.. and we had a secure page link as well...

When people clieck on the 'Preorder Now' link it might be a better idea to take them directly to the HTTPS version of page so that they can see the Secure Icon. I'm sure it would be less confusing and give some people peace of mind. Even if both versions are secure.

This
https://www.wordware.com/texturing/pre-order.shtml

Rather than
http://www.wordware.com/texturing/pre-order.shtml

kurv
03-19-2004, 04:07 PM
Originally posted by riki
When people clieck on the 'Preorder Now' link it might be a better idea to take them directly to the HTTPS version of page so that they can see the Secure Icon. I'm sure it would be less confusing and give some people peace of mind. Even if both versions are secure.

This
https://www.wordware.com/texturing/pre-order.shtml

Rather than
http://www.wordware.com/texturing/pre-order.shtml

riki, I understand but there is so much code on that site that is pulled from a database that it pops up saying do you want to view unsecure items... and that makes people nervous as well...

So this was the better of the two...

I understand what secure pages are and how to do them :)

it is just tough when we have so much being pulled form databases to get the secure site to actually show the lock...

I do understand the concern and if folks are still concerned I would say respectfully :) order from Amazon... I just do not have the time to redesign our entire web system and do my other 5 jobs here... :(

Thanks riki!!! Please do not read this as me having an attitude with you thats why I tried to use the -> :)

Thanks!!!

riki
03-19-2004, 04:22 PM
Cheers thanks for the reply.

BTW have you ever used Miva Merchant? I'm keen to check them out as my server 'Dreamhost' is offerring a special deal. US$19.95 per month basically a deal taylored for ecommerce sites. The deal includes Miva which I think is normally worth about US$600

re: Dreamhost (http://www.dreamhost.com/rewards.cgi?suture)

kurv
03-19-2004, 04:31 PM
Originally posted by riki
Cheers thanks for the reply.

BTW have you ever used Miva Merchant? I'm keen to check them out as my server 'Dreamhost' is offerring a special deal. US$19.95 per month basically a deal taylored for ecommerce sites. The deal includes Miva which I think is normally worth about US$600

re: Dreamhost (http://www.dreamhost.com/rewards.cgi?suture)

Yeah I own a hosting company and we offer and I program Miva Merchant....

email me off list and I can help you :)

[email protected]

Bones_3DFC
03-20-2004, 06:16 AM
We have a BIG problem!
Cowboys suck.
Go Packers!
:)

Problem solved
book pre-ordered.

Thanks, wordware.
You've been great.

Now... We just have to get Pat Beck to admit he knows me
(inside joke)

Thanks!

kurv
03-20-2004, 07:26 AM
Originally posted by Bones_3DFC
We have a BIG problem!
Cowboys suck.
Go Packers!
:)

Problem solved
book pre-ordered.

Thanks, wordware.
You've been great.

Now... We just have to get Pat Beck to admit he knows me
(inside joke)

Thanks!

Cool...

I talked to Patrik and he said he does not know any Packers fans... hmmm. ????



JK, I know Patrik is a huge Packers Fan...

Great glad we got your state on the list :)

Miles
04-12-2004, 03:49 AM
Originally posted by wordwarepub
Miles - Umm, wow, that’s hard to say off of the top of my head, we have been VERY careful to label each of the 1300 tips as to what version the cover. I would say about 500 cover all versions, 200 - 300 are 7.5 and older, and the other
500 are LW 8 specific.

Also the post command is sent securely so the info being sent IS secure.. :) and we had a secure page link as well... :)Okay, You talked me into buying the pre-release, but I did it through Amazon only because I felt better about using them and I was also buying Dan A's LW8 books. I'm now officially 3D upgrades budget broke... :rolleyes: No more dimes, left for FPrime... :mad:

BTW, do the bonus items apply to your book being purchased through Amazon?

Regardless, hope the purchase helps support the effort you've all made in developing the book... ;)

Mikeface
04-12-2004, 11:02 AM
Any update on when the book is shipping? I already pre-ordered and I'd like to put my $50 Timbuck towards a Lightwave 8 manual.

I'm really looking forward to the book and am just trying to get an idea of the relative timing of the book's release and LW 8's release.

Barred
04-12-2004, 11:39 AM
Tried ordering it from Amazon.co.uk today but they are not taking orders for it. There is a wish list option and a recomendation to buy it 2nd hand !!!

I would order it direct from Wordware but the shipping cost to the UK will be as much if not more than the book.

blabberlicious
05-09-2004, 12:22 PM
They are now.

Anyone got a copy in the uk???

cresshead
05-09-2004, 12:40 PM
they are now what????

bit confused...
wordware are shipping??
amazon are shipping?
wordware are now cheaper in shipping to uk....??

help!

Barred
05-09-2004, 04:03 PM
Managed to order it now :)

lesterfoster
08-01-2004, 11:27 AM
Got my copy of 1001 tips & Tricks last Thursday. This book is like no other. It is filling in the missing peaces of all the other books.

It is well lade out. Good to all who contributed to it.:)

riki
08-01-2004, 06:40 PM
Has there been any word on the free Respower Hours and free Tim Bucks for people that pre-orderred?

Netvudu
08-01-2004, 07:32 PM
yeah, it´s a tough book to buy. I tried through Amazon UK because the shipping was way more expensive here (Spain) through Wordware.
I´ve been waiting for more than a month and a half for the book to be dispatched and this week I received an email for them telling me the order will be delayed a further 1-2 weeks. :(

anyways....it will all be worth it if the book´s as good as other Wordware stuff.

SplineGod
08-01-2004, 11:09 PM
The book is definately worth that wait. :)

Netvudu
08-02-2004, 05:33 AM
Larry, your opinion is biased :D






j/k I´m sure it´s a pretty cool book

Barred
08-02-2004, 11:57 AM
Mine is not :)
It is worth the wait :)

siproductions
08-02-2004, 12:07 PM
Mine is very biased based on merit, and it's worth the wait. :D

Grace
08-04-2004, 09:22 PM
This book is very good! I have quite a few LW books and in the few chapters that I've already read, it's found a spot on my 'favorites' shelf. I've bought some post-it-notes flags and am flagging the tips of interest. The book is starting to look like a porcupine with all the little flags sticking out! The format is easy to read...if you have even just a few spare minutes, just pick up the book and absorb a few more tips...it's kind of like nibbling your way through a dessert buffet!

Anyways...highly recommended and to echo others well worth the wait.

Hervé
08-04-2004, 11:06 PM
funny enough, this book seams to be more recomended than the Dan Ablan's book....:) :cool:

art
08-13-2004, 08:50 AM
Have any of you tried to access the link for errata and additional files given on the back cover of the book and in some other places inside? I'm getting "page not found" error.

The link given in the book is
http://www.wordware.com/files/tnt

By the same token, any idea when the additional files for inside lw 8 book will be posted on Dan's website? It says there "this week", but I think I remember seeing the same message over a week ago. The book has been out for a while, too.

kurv
01-18-2005, 08:47 AM
With NewTek releasing an update to LightWave 8 Wordware would like to celebrate by offering a special on the Tips and Tricks book.

For a limited time, use the following coupon and receive 40% off the retail price of 39.95.

NewTek-8-2

Not sure if you really want this book..? Check out Amazons best selling 3D Graphics titles.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/new-for-you/top-sellers/-/books/4135/ref=pd_ts_b_nav/103-9719350-9497407

Wanna see it for your self, go to www.amazon.com click on TOP SELLERS then choose BOOKS on the left under DVD, then choose Computers & Internet > Graphics & Illustration > 3D Graphics

BTW, out of the top 20 best selling 3D Graphics books, Wordware books still owns 9 slots.