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Chrizto
02-11-2009, 05:16 AM
Now my mind starts playing tricks on me, telling me to use plugin x and y and whatnot.

Is it wise to learn LW without any plugins first, or is there like "oh you didn't use the plugin that 99% of the rest of us do" kinda thing going on?

If so, what are the essential (preferably free) plugins that are useful, even for a newcomer to LW as my self?

There are lots of plugins! Jeez... :help:

:bump:One more thing: NewTek's Texture Collection... Is there a place to download the whole enchilada as a zip file?

:lightwave

Lewis
02-11-2009, 05:20 AM
You can do everything in LW without plugins but some of them make your life much easier and faster to finish job so it's really up to you will you use them or not :).

Fadlabi
02-11-2009, 05:24 AM
TrueFillet
http://www.trueart.eu/?URIType=Directory&URI=Products/Plug-Ins/TrueFillet

Sande
02-11-2009, 06:55 AM
Is it wise to learn LW without any plugins first, or is there like "oh you didn't use the plugin that 99% of the rest of us do" kinda thing going on?

If so, what are the essential (preferably free) plugins that are useful, even for a newcomer to LW as my self?

If you plan on doing UV-mapping I would suggest the use PLG-plugins. (http://homepage2.nifty.com/nif-hp/index2_english.htm) They are free and very, very useful.

Ones that I use most often are:
UV Mapping (Unfolding, Unwrapping) Edit Plugin - basically a pelt-mapping plugin - a must have.
UV Chart Direction Aligning Plugin - rotates your UV charts.
UV Charts Packing Plugin - packs your UV chart and, more importantly for me, can scale all your UV-islands to match each other in size (as I often break my objects to smaller pieces for uv mapping.)

There is also a good polygon reduction plugin there which preserves your vertexmaps (like weight and UV maps.)

Matt
02-11-2009, 06:57 AM
http://www.newtek.com/forums/showthread.php?t=92147

Chrizto
02-11-2009, 07:40 AM
http://www.newtek.com/forums/showthread.php?t=92147

Probably a nice listing, but I have no idea as where to get them and if/why I should. hence this new post was aimed at collecting suitable plugins for me (and others) as a beginner(s) in LW.

I haven't even started to use Layout... :jester:
I focus on modeling first. :goodluck:

Karma first:
Chris

Lewis
02-11-2009, 07:45 AM
for plugins List go to www.flay.com

SplineGod
02-11-2009, 07:45 AM
Theres just too many plugins to list and everyones got their workflows and favorites.
I would suggest picking a project to do. When you run into problems determine if the problems stem from not knowing what tools you have vs possibily a lack of tools that can be fixed using a plugin.

Chrizto
02-11-2009, 08:09 AM
OK. Guess that is the answer I was looking for in the first place.
Learn to use the basic tools, then, turn to extensions as needed.

I'm going to buy LWCad though, as I'm planning to do some arch wiz stuff...

And the JettoBevel2.1 was a cool addition, and True Fillet!

Thanks!

Sande
02-11-2009, 08:29 AM
Most of the modeling can be done quite easily with LightWave's native tools. Probably the best "single" addition is LWCad, so if you buy that you are pretty well covered when it comes to basic modeling. :)

As part of my job I model various objects pretty much every day with LightWave and I almost never need any 3rd party plugins when modeling, besides that forementioned LWCad...

Chrizto
02-13-2009, 12:00 AM
Just to blow fresh air into this balloon, I've discovered two more Modeler plugins that is absolutely awesome imo:

EasySplit 3.2 for 64bit (How did I model without it?)
Wrinkle 2.5 for 64bit (Very nice for organic modeling)
Both from TrueArt bundled for 90$

I haven't bought LWCad yet, as I think it is a tad expensive (not that it isn't worth it, but my economy stinks).
Does anyone have a decent (lesser costly) alternative to recommend?
I'm using 64 bit, so I can't use many of the Pictrix plugins. Yet.

As I should have mentioned earlier I'm primarily interested in plugins for Modeler for the time being.

And I use 9.6 so some plugins may be unnecessary as lots of nice tools have found their way into LW.

With metta (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metta):

Chris