View Full Version : Lightwave falling behind on drivers

03-30-2004, 03:51 PM
I have been wanting Spaceball drivers for lightwave for years.
3Dconnexion (3Dconnexion.com) has come out with drivers recently for just about every major 3D Modeling/animation package out there except Lightwave. I sent an email (see below) to both 3Dconnexion and newtek and it seems the hold up is on Newteks end. I encourage everyone to e-mail newtek at [email protected] and request that they work with 3Dconnexion to give us this capability because once you've used a spaceball you will never want to use anything else for 3D rotation.

e-mail I sent below:

How about it Newtek, we (your Lightwave Customers) have been waiting for
this capability (using a spaceball with Lightwave) for a long time.

I contacted 3Dconnexion at [email protected] and [email protected]


Hi Rob,

Thanks for your interest in our product. We have become more aggressive
in the animation market space, as you've noticed. However, at this
time, we are not working on Lightwave. We are definitely interested in
making something happen, but require support from Newtek. If you can
make a similar request via their support line at [email protected], I hope
they can see that there is customer demand for support and that'll help
shape priority...

Pratish Shah [[email protected]]

-----Original Message-----
From: Rob
Sent: Tuesday, March 30, 2004 10:57 AM
To: info
Cc: sales
Subject: Lightwave Drivers

I see you have been adding several 3D Modeling/Animation Software
for your FLX 4000 & 5000 spaceballs. (Maya, cinema 4D, Softimage XSI,

Are you planning on adding Lightwave in the near future? There is a
user base that would love this capability.


03-30-2004, 04:00 PM
Um..what is a spaceball?
And how do I know if I want one?

03-30-2004, 04:54 PM
I loved spaceballs. Lord Helmet was my favorite, followed closely by Colonel Sanders.

Seriously, I'll send in the request.

A Mejias
03-30-2004, 06:04 PM
"SpaceBalls" stunk and so did "Ice Pirates!" :P

03-30-2004, 07:26 PM
Spaceball is a mouse-like device with 6-axis of motion. You can rotate, zoom, pan etc by manipulating a ball affixed to a small platform.

I use my spaceball for 3D cad work. Definitely very cool and efficient for 3d work.

They cost about $600 (I think) but I got mine on ebay for $140 a couple of years ago. At the time there were quite a few for sale at similar prices.

Lightwave would certainly benefit by having drivers for this device.


03-30-2004, 10:09 PM

There is a Layout plug-in written by Joe Angell that does give some Spaceball functionality.


It's kinda cool, but a native driver would be better, not to mention that with the current SDK it is impossible to write a similar plug-in for Modeller (where it would be best used IMO).

I used a Spaceball for years doing design work in Unigraphics, and later managed to pick up a used 2003 for $50. Works great with Rhino.