View Full Version : Looking for recommendations

10-27-2005, 10:34 AM
I am looking for good companion software to go with LightWave. Can anyone make a suggestion, and tell me why it goes well with LightWave?

(LOL The company gave me money to spend and I've run out of things to spend it on!)

Thanks for any help!

10-27-2005, 10:36 AM
Zbrush is a good little piece of software useful for painting with..

10-27-2005, 11:23 AM
If you don't already have FPrime, get it!


10-27-2005, 11:23 AM
depends on what you're using Lightwave for.

10-27-2005, 01:06 PM
What is the best beveling tool out there?

I have added FPrime to the order. Looking a ZBrush now.


10-27-2005, 01:42 PM
What is the best beveling tool out there?

For what its worth, I have friends who can't live without VertiBevel (http://www.skstudios.com/VertiBevel.htm). Nothing I do right now requires it, though, so I have not yet purchased or tried this $150 modeling plug-in.

I'll second somnambulance. Buy only what you need. :)


That said, visit Flay's plug-in search engine (http://flay.com/getentry.cfm) and check out all the free stuff. PICTRIX (http://www.pictrix.jp/lw/index1.html), FI (http://f23.aaa.livedoor.jp/~fisjunk/plugin/plugin.php), DStorm (http://f23.aaa.livedoor.jp/~fisjunk/plugin/plugin.php), StudioHiro (http://www.studiohiro.com/) and many others have some awfully cool stuff for free.

Darth Mole
10-27-2005, 04:04 PM
I don't know if it's just me, but Vertibevel hasn't ben working properly on Mac LW for ages. Also, I think Multishift in 8.5 pretty much makes it obsolete (or at least is a decent, free alternative). You should also have Richard Brak's Rounder in LW by now which is amazing.

ZBrush is great, but it depends what sort of work you do - and you definitely need to buy a tablet to make the most of ZBrush. Personally, I found it to have the steepest learning curve of any app I've used - possibly bar Maya!

FPrime is a no-brainer; doesn't matter what you do, and with G2 together it changes the way you use LW. Anyone doing stills should definitely buy them. It makes lighting and texturing a breeze.

If you can afford it, C4D R9.5 is a great partner app which complements some of LW's weaknesses. It's better for motion graphics, has better cloth, and has some stunning modules, like Sketch&Toon. Also, C4D has sub-poly displacement and so actually works better with ZBrush than LW does (for the time being). Also you can import/export LW models which works really well.

All IMHO, of course...

10-27-2005, 04:08 PM
I find Bevel++ does the job and it's only $20. Look for it on www.flay.com :)

Darth Mole
10-28-2005, 01:38 AM
Bevel++ is PC-only :thumbsdow