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lwnewbie
04-03-2005, 08:10 AM
I'm going to purchase lightwave 8. I live in Jersey, and was wondering about how much should I expect to pay for lightwave 8 at a computer show. There are serveral coming up in my area. I heard that it runs under $1,000.00 at shows. Is this true? I really don't want to pay full price for it, but will if I have to. Any reply would be appreciated. Thanx. :)

private
04-03-2005, 08:47 AM
Take advantage of the special offer they have right now. I heard that you can get TrueSpace free. Then use that to get an upgrade for $495.

Other options, if you're not going to be using in commercially would be to get some training when you make a purchase. I still think this is the best route for most people, especially people who are going to learn and won't be making money using the software any time soon. Purchase one of the training packages from Dan Ablan or SplineGod and get the academic version for $295 or whatever it is now.

Spend some time reseaching. Newtek has the best policies for people learning and educational users. They will make their money once you're hooked on the upgrade $$.

Fausto
04-03-2005, 09:21 AM
Newtek's current offer is terrific right now but there's other options as well; from time to time you'll find someone here has posted a thread for selling their spare seat or for some other reason is offering LW up. Some that I've seen posted here, on CGTALK, SpinQuad or others usually have some bundled plugins, and educational stuff.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=188&item=7146280824&rd=1

Here's one example..

lwnewbie
04-03-2005, 03:18 PM
I checked out ebay at the link, Fausto, and saw a copy was sold for $395. Not bad. I remember seeing it at a show about a year ago for $895.00 and I think it was the academic version. 1 question though, is there a difference in the academic version and the so-called full version? Thanx for the replies guys. I appreciate it.

kml12
04-03-2005, 04:24 PM
The Educational version is not intended for commercial use, while the full version is intended for commercial use...
The current deal is tempting for those of us that already have LW :cool:

Guartho
04-03-2005, 06:20 PM
I checked out ebay at the link, Fausto, and saw a copy was sold for $395. Not bad. I remember seeing it at a show about a year ago for $895.00 and I think it was the academic version. 1 question though, is there a difference in the academic version and the so-called full version? Thanx for the replies guys. I appreciate it.

I'm trying to learn LW 8 via the edu version. I believe the only difference between the edu and full versions is that if you make money using the edu version then you're in violation of the license. Someone can correct me, but I think they are identical as far as capabilities go.

My academic version says nothing on the box, discs, etc about being an academic version.

lwnewbie
04-03-2005, 07:51 PM
I'm not trying to make any money from it, just want create. Thanx for the reply.
I saw it advertised at a site http://www.idesignsol.com (http://www.idesginsol.com) for 299 but you have to be a student.

private
04-03-2005, 08:59 PM
I'm not trying to make any money from it, just want create. Thanx for the reply.
I saw it advertised at a site http://www.idesignsol.com (http://www.idesginsol.com) for 299 but you have to be a student.

Dude, buy one of Ablan's or SplineGods course for around $250 and you are eligible to purchase the educational version. No brainer. If you're not going to use it for making money yet, you get a full seat with training for around $500 or so.

lwnewbie
04-04-2005, 07:44 AM
Dude, buy one of Ablan's or SplineGods course for around $250 and you are eligible to purchase the educational version. No brainer. If you're not going to use it for making money yet, you get a full seat with training for around $500 or so.

I'm considering it. It seems to be one of the best routes to take.

mattclary
04-04-2005, 10:12 AM
I'm pretty sure Newtek does not have a "you can't make money with it" policy. If you meet the qualifications as a student, I don't think they care if you make money with it. When you go to upgrade and you are no longer a student, you will need to pay the regular upgarde price.

I suggest taking advanatge of the competitive upgrade. Buy XSI for $495 them LightWave for $495. You get two killer apps for cheap.

Chuck
04-04-2005, 10:53 AM
The educational license is not to be used for commercial purposes, i.e., to make money, but for educational purposes only. We do offer upgrade to commercial licenses - terms depend on the particular educational license purchased, as we now have more than one option for educational licenses.

Klowno
04-05-2005, 06:05 AM
Take advantage of the special offer they have right now. I heard that you can get TrueSpace free. Then use that to get an upgrade for $495.
$$.

Just out of curiosity, is this true? Just get the free version of truespace and then Lightwave for 495$? Because I was myself thinking that people would do this but then it would be the same as selling Lightwave for 495$ without any requirements of
owning specific 3d software.

private
04-05-2005, 06:46 AM
http://newtek.com/buynow/lw_products.html

Please Note: You must own one of the following competitive products to qualify for this offer. You will be asked to provide proof of ownership before shipping.
Maya™, Softimage™ XSI, 3ds max®, Electric Image™, Strata Studio Pro™, Cinema 4D™, Truespace™, Hash Animation Master™, Autocad®, Pro/Engineer® and SolidWorks®

Klowno
04-05-2005, 07:28 AM
Hmm yes you are right. but checking truespaces site they are sellin version 5.2 for 89$ right now till 15th april. 495$+89$=584$

It's still cheap :)

Karmacop
04-05-2005, 12:16 PM
I think chuck has already said the free version doesn't count.