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ige
03-24-2018, 09:28 AM
I have upgraded from LW2015 to LW2018. To me it seems that it is "just" like LW2015. Can somedbody tell me the advantage of LW2018 vs LW2015.

Axis3d
03-24-2018, 09:59 AM
The main difference is that the renderer has been totally rewritten to be a physically based renderer (PBR), much like Arnold, Vray, Octane, etc. There are other additions, but that is the main one.

prometheus
03-24-2018, 10:04 AM
I have upgraded from LW2015 to LW2018. To me it seems that it is "just" like LW2015. Can somedbody tell me the advantage of LW2018 vs LW2015.

Did you really upgrade without actually reading up on what the changes would be?

Boris Goreta
03-27-2018, 04:54 AM
If you use LW for a living you upgrade no matter what.

Ztreem
03-27-2018, 07:23 AM
If you use LW for a living you upgrade no matter what.

No, you look around of all other offers and test them to find what suit you and your workflow the best,

raymondtrace
03-27-2018, 08:34 AM
If you use LW for a living you upgrade no matter what.


No, you look around of all other offers and test them to find what suit you and your workflow the best,

There's a balance between these. Certainly, you should evaluate a product prior to purchase. However, there is also a need to keep developers working. That's why many are offering subscription pricing. If someone is still using LW 8 or 9, they would have no ground to complain that development may be stunted.

(It is difficult for established users to do comparative shopping in this market)

Qexit
03-27-2018, 09:02 AM
There's a balance between these. Certainly, you should evaluate a product prior to purchase. However, there is also a need to keep developers working. That's why many are offering subscription pricing. If someone is still using LW 8 or 9, they would have no ground to complain that development may be stunted.

(It is difficult for established users to do comparative shopping in this market)In one respect, LW does still have an advantage with regard to generating revenue: it doesn't have to keep feeding insatiable shareholders in addition to paying starving developers :D So LW doesn't have to generate as much revenue to keep going :)

MonroePoteet
03-27-2018, 09:44 AM
I have upgraded from LW2015 to LW2018. To me it seems that it is "just" like LW2015. Can somedbody tell me the advantage of LW2018 vs LW2015.

You might take a look at the various new LW2018 features described on the New to 2018 documentation page:

https://docs.lightwave3d.com/display/LW2018/New+to+2018

Also, watching the Blender Principled BSDF video posted here was informative:

http://forums.newtek.com/showthread.php?156573-Show-me-that-Lightwave-2018-s-new-render-engine-is-a-worthy-successor-to-2015&p=1541666&viewfull=1#post1541666

It explains some of the rational behind going with a "physics based renderer" in LW2018.

mTp

Greenlaw
03-28-2018, 01:32 PM
I have upgraded from LW2015 to LW2018. To me it seems that it is "just" like LW2015. Can somedbody tell me the advantage of LW2018 vs LW2015.

Actually, it's not just like LW2015 at all. As mentioned above, the shading and rendering system is completely bew and the final results can be more realistic with a lot less effort now. The 'downside' is that you'll need to re-learn how to set up and optimize your scenes. If you try to shade/light/render in LightWave 2018 using 'traditional' 2015 approaches, you'll be disapointed. Learning to 2018 use properly is totally worth the effort though.

BTW, if you qualify, be sure to take advantage of Rebel Hill's early bird training videos...they helped get me up to speed quickly. I don't think this course is available to the general public yet but if you're a previous customer you can get it now.

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I have upgraded from LW2015 to LW2018. To me it seems that it is "just" like LW2015. Can somedbody tell me the advantage of LW2018 vs LW2015.

Actually, it's not just like LW2015 at all. As mentioned above, the shading and rendering system is completely bew and the final results can be more realistic with a lot less effort now. The 'downside' is that you'll need to re-learn how to set up and optimize your scenes. If you try to shade/light/render in LightWave 2018 using 'traditional' 2015 approaches, you'll be disapointed. Learning to 2018 use properly is totally worth the effort though.

BTW, if you qualify, be sure to take advantage of Rebel Hill's early bird training videos...they helped get me up to speed quickly. I don't think this course is available to the general public yet but if you're a previous customer you can get it now.