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sanderdes
12-30-2003, 07:05 AM
Hi,
I'm starting to get familiar with the environment of LW, and I'm abled to make nice things, but I still have many questions....therefore I thought it was a nice idea to buy a book about LW. But I have 2 questions:
- Does a book serve any more information than the (great) manual provided with LW ?
- What book is the 'best' book out there for LW ?

Sander

Dodgy
12-30-2003, 07:30 AM
There are a lot of really good books out there. They often fill in the gaps in the manuals.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-form/103-3662419-9087002

The inside LW series is very good, from personal experience, and essentials is also supposed to be good.

There should be a new Inside Lw 8 book out in the near future if you want to wait for that.

Xacto
12-30-2003, 07:47 AM
Essential Lightwave 3D 7.5 is a fantastic book for beginners... it has many tutorials that will get you going in no time. Here is a link:


http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1556222262/qid=1072795416//ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i3_xgl14/002-2530974-8157655?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

sanderdes
12-30-2003, 08:12 AM
Thanks guys, I'll take a look at it.

Grtz,
Sander

Tesselator
12-30-2003, 09:59 AM
Originally posted by sanderdes
Hi,
I'm starting to get familiar with the environment of LW, and I'm abled to make nice things, but I still have many questions....therefore I thought it was a nice idea to buy a book about LW. But I have 2 questions:
- Does a book serve any more information than the (great) manual provided with LW ?
- What book is the 'best' book out there for LW ?

Sander


Yes it sure does! The manual is mainly for reference with
some simple proceedures and techniques explained. It's
pretty darn good for what it is but it doesn't get too deeply
into the almost infinite amount of technique that's possible.
By "technique" I mean using any number of tools in sequence
or parallel to produce a particular result. That's where books
(and videos) come in and is one reason they're so thick.
This is personal choice from research on your part.
I think (?) the best selling book at this time is Dan Ablans
Inside Lightwave books. I've read his last 4 or 5 cover to cover
and they're pretty good as App Instruction books go!

Zach
12-30-2003, 12:12 PM
Anything by Dan Ablan is good.

Also, Check out www.desktopimages.com, www.3dGarage.com (Ablan's video series), and www.classondemand.net (more of Ablan as well as some Strannahan stuff) if you like videos(I like videos) Anything from Stranahan as far as intro stuff is concened is top notch. I went to one of his Lightwave Training courses in Portland, and there are a lot of tricks you can learn early on that help the learning curve.

Plus go to the links page http://vbulletin.newtek.com/links.php?action=viewlinks&catid=1 for tutorial sites on the web.