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    Boughen literally wrote the book on LW lighting...

    Boughen literally wrote the book on LW lighting ("Lightwave V.{7.5,8,9} Lighting", great book, still available occasionally), and his "Making Materials" and "Practical Lighting" tutorials are...
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    Answering/responding for bug tickets could...

    Answering/responding for bug tickets could literally just mean adding "we'll pass along to development" responses (where ticket then sits in a development queue lacking anyone to address), while the...
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    Deuce's LW role via LinkedIn is "Beta / Customer...

    Deuce's LW role via LinkedIn is "Beta / Customer Service Lead", and his experience is in Graphics Arts / 3D DCC, with no software development experience or skills mentioned. Are you saying he's also...
  4. Can you clarify whether you're rendering for...

    Can you clarify whether you're rendering for animation or stills?
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    Roy, will you please clarify whether "responding...

    Roy, will you please clarify whether "responding and answering support tickets" includes developing and releasing bug fixes?
  6. And uses Metal for viewport, and Redshift shortly...

    And uses Metal for viewport, and Redshift shortly using Metal for rendering. MAXON supports Mac well.
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    Whether it "still works somewhat" isn't the...

    Whether it "still works somewhat" isn't the point, though. The point is that Newtek clearly ended Chronosculpt development and support long ago, and never bothered to tell existing customers, nor...
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    Given an absolute minimal set of features, with...

    Given an absolute minimal set of features, with barely-usable UX, and as long as you're using a version or two behind current LW (LW2015 usually better), maybe. Even then, "good results" is pushing...
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    Except they didn't "get the bugs worked out". ...

    Except they didn't "get the bugs worked out". Around half the lights were broken in LW2018 at release not working with shading/surfacing or GI. Standard material was crashy, and refl/refr wasn't...
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    Don't bother. At this rate, v3 will be generally...

    Don't bother. At this rate, v3 will be generally usable shortly after the glaciers re-cover most of N America & Europe.
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    Four now, at least: Lino G, the Metamorphic guy...

    Four now, at least: Lino G, the Metamorphic guy (Jay/Jamil H), Mark G, and now Antti J (according to his LI profile).
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    Newtek almost never declares software products...

    Newtek almost never declares software products "dead" -- witness Aura, 3D Arsenal, SpeedEdit, Chronosculpt, Nevron, etc. In a few cases, years later they've tacitly acknowledged there's no...
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    Okay, I'll try to answer in sequence... 1. ...

    Okay, I'll try to answer in sequence...

    1. Possible to get LW scene into Vray? Perhaps, haven't tried with Polytrans, but if it can covert LWO+LWS to Melange (C4D) or LXO (Modo), then should be...
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    Mac or Win? And how does the device manifest...

    Mac or Win? And how does the device manifest under USB? As a composite HID device or...?

    Use "lsusb" or OS-appropriate equivalent to enumerate USB until you find it and see what it says.
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    Yep, LW never made the migration to Py3.

    Yep, LW never made the migration to Py3.
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    Yeah, C4D's and Redshift's progress with Metal...

    Yeah, C4D's and Redshift's progress with Metal are both quite impressive, and I'm sure Modo will support Metal soon enough. Once Metal dev gets a bit further, I'll be able to break my CUDA...
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    Agreed 100%, and realistically, in your situation...

    Agreed 100%, and realistically, in your situation and fairly limited requirements (just still renders, etc), Blender very well might make more sense in the long run. I've been using Cycles4D on C4D...
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    I'd argue Modo's already well-embedded into that...

    I'd argue Modo's already well-embedded into that product design segment, or at least a decent share of it, as evidenced by the existing use credits regularly appearing of late.

    As for animation,...
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    If that's what you need to believe, so be it. ...

    If that's what you need to believe, so be it.

    Unfortunately, LW was hemorrhaging double-digit percentage points of users long before there was any indication Blender was addressing their UI...
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    Keep in mind it gets used a lot for 3D printing...

    Keep in mind it gets used a lot for 3D printing where manifold (closed) meshes are basically required -- not exactly surprising that it has trouble with open meshes.
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    I was playing more with LW2019 for a while, but...

    I was playing more with LW2019 for a while, but now find myself back in LW2015 more and more. LW2019.1.5 isn't as bad of a "minefield" as LW2020.0.2, but it's kind of a "lesser evil" comparison in...
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    Unless they've really done something insane with...

    Unless they've really done something insane with it internally (not impossible, but unlikely), it's most likely a standard USB composite HID device. They might not provide the software to let you...
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    The whole bit about calling Bullet RBD "complete"...

    The whole bit about calling Bullet RBD "complete" without constraints, then selling Bullet constraints as a "big feature" in LW2015 paid version upgrade didn't sit well with many LW customers. ...
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    Yeah, not only great for Resolve and other...

    Yeah, not only great for Resolve and other timeline-edit-y apps (video, audio, you name it), but can easily imagine how right mapping would give utility in 2D/3D apps etc. as well.
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    Getting decent results out of FFX requires a...

    Getting decent results out of FFX requires a major time investment into trial and error exploration. FFX use is a bunch of work(around)flows avoiding crash landmines that have been discovered over...
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