View Full Version : Are there any Hidden Experimental Features in LW 8.3?

05-21-2005, 09:37 PM
Just like the topic says. Are there any experimental features in 8.3? Can anyone tell me?

05-22-2005, 01:14 AM
Probably the same experimental features that have always been there (ctrl + shift + F1) :)

05-22-2005, 01:20 AM
how long have they been experimenting ? and what are those features anyway? :)

Captain Obvious
05-22-2005, 09:14 AM
Probably the same experimental features that have always been there (ctrl + shift + F1) :)
Pardon my ignorance, but what changes when you activate those features?

05-22-2005, 10:38 AM
The experimental features become active ;)

I'm not sure really, they are never documented. I remember in older versions there was an option to change the accuracy of the IK and I think once it changed how things were rendered (not in a good way), but I haven't found anything in LW8, or heard of any. It may just be left over from past versions and it doesn't actually activate anything.

05-22-2005, 11:12 AM
If you enable the experimental features you can hit ctrl + alt + F3 to change the IK accuracy. There used to be some other stuff it did but hard to remember anymore :)

05-22-2005, 01:39 PM
its a left over from the old days - i mean some of those experimental features eventually became part of the program proper.
i think on the amiga version 5 you could get non-modal panels, and on another verson i think it gave you the ability to load an audio file in the scene editor.
in 5.6 you could change the particle line size, which is also now built into the object properties panel.

in direct answer to the original question, no i havent noticed anything new..

just some sample quotes regarding this feature in previous lightwaves:

May 1998
From: [email protected]
Date: 1998/05/09
Subject: [LW] unsupported experimental features

... the main problem is that when we do
document experimental features, (as we did in the 5.5 readme that was on
the cd), there is implied support even though we have included a disclaimer
saying that in fact there is none. A *lot* of tech support calls resulted
from documenting those in 5.5 from people trying to use the features with
no luck or undesirable results. This then resulted in upset customers
because they were told on the phone "That is an experimental feature and we
dont' support it."

The reasoning behind not documenting them is to avert needless tech support
calls that affect the phone queue times for customers with legitimate
problems. As far as getting feedback on the "hidden" features, yes, we
always want to hear from our users on what they like and dislike about
existing and/or new features, but they are "hidden" because they are still
in testing and our legion of LightWave 3D beta testers are putting them
through their paces, giving us feedback.

Art 8)
LightWave 3D/Inspire 3D Q/A Manager

Experimental Features in 7 04-Sep-01

Here's a tip useful to some people. In Lightwave 7.0, you can enable experimental features and get a head's up on your rotational values. Simply press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F1 (or equivalent on the Mac I assume) to enable them. Now, I'm not sure what else this starts up but when you rotate an object from there on in, you get to see the rotational values displayed! Any more out there? Email me.

Mouse Wheel Zoom
About five e-mails straight away on this one. With the experimental features enabled, you can use the wheel on your mouse button to zoom in and out in the viewport! This tablet user didn't have a chance :-).

OpenGL Ghosting
Some lucky OpenGL accel owners can see a ghost of the object when rotating, scaling or moving it (I'm not a lucky one).

Change IK Settings
Press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+F3 to change IK settings.

Newsgroups: comp.graphics.apps.lightwave
From: tra...
Date: 1996/04/01
Subject: Re: experimental features?!?

> Okay, so I've pressed Ctrl-Shift-F1 and seen the experimental features
> enabled dialog box. What are the features, and where can I find out
> how to use them??

objects panel shift ctrl f2 multiple targets SINGLE ENVELOPE
objects panel shift ctrl f3 cell look<use with cartoon shader plug-in>
images panel shift ctrl f2 field mapping for selected image