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01-06-2005, 11:55 AM
Hi gang,

I'm a Carrara user that's looking for a new 3D app that plays nicer with other apps, and also has better animation capabilities. I've narrowed my choices down to Lightwave and Cinema 4D.

My interests lie mainly in 3D modeling and animation, with the intention of applying my 3D elements in video footage. I plan on using Luxology's modo for modeling in the near future.

What does Lightwave offer out of the box, compared to the Cinema 4D (R9) XL Bundle? Also, how is the learning curve with LW?

I was hoping for a demo of LW but I didn't see one here. Thanks everyone!


01-06-2005, 03:00 PM
Go to this link for LW's product info page on NT's web site. http://www.newtek.com/products/lightwave/product/index.html
On the right you will see a link for viewing video demo's of LW.
If you can get your hands on a copy of Inside LW 7 or Essential LW 3D 7.5, both books have a copy of ver 7 or 7.5 demo of LW or as they call it the Discovery edition.
I never used Cinema 4d so I can't do any compare them.

01-06-2005, 06:45 PM
I just found 7.5 discovery edition on SafeHarbor's web site for $3.00+s/h
The link is http://www.sharbor.com/products/NTKN0300061.html

01-06-2005, 07:02 PM
You don't need to pay for the discovery edition... You can download it from the Newtek site.

look at ftp://newtek.com

01-07-2005, 08:18 AM
Thanks gj & Silk, I appreciate your advice and help.

gj, I tried to access the ftp link you posted but I received a password error - any clues?


01-07-2005, 08:31 AM
That should be:


Here's the discovery edition, not very easy to get to if you ask me!


Edit: Darn it! Just downloaded it to check it was what I thought it was - it's not! :( It's the Flash movie not the Discovery Edition of LightWave.

Have to say, I really don't understand why NewTek don't offer a _proper_ (easily accessible from the website front page) demo of LightWave.

01-07-2005, 08:46 AM
The 7.x updates run (and install without a dongle) in Discovery mode. I have 7.5d on my machine here at work in Discovery mode. 14.5mb


01-08-2005, 07:47 AM
Thanks Matt,

Your updated ftp link worked great, but, no luck in finding the Discovery Edition. Also, I'm a Mac guy, so if the Win version is this hard to find, I'm probably out of luck. Guess I'll just have to check out all the video demos instead.

I'm pretty excited about the new LW8 + Image Modeler 4 offer too. Thank everyone for your assistance. :)