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    LWCAD tools feedback.

    Dear LightWave and LWCAD users!

    I've decided to start this public discussion, because I am going to reduce some abundant tools in LWCAD and need your feedback.
    This thread is ONLY about LWCAD 3.x tools! (actual version is beta 3.592)

    Please let me know your opinion about following topics:

    1. Which tools in LWCAD are unuseful and should be totally removed.
    2. Which tools should be merged into multi-function tools.
    3. Which are the most useful tools in LWCAD for you.

    Please try to be brief as possible as you can. And if you have any question which is not related to previous three point, please start a new thread or use support link on wtool3d.com.

    Thank you for your help!

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    Viktor-

    First off I’d like to say I use a lot of LWCad in every modeling session.

    Also, most of what I do is “entertainment” based, not arch-viz.

    Most used LWCad Tools:
    Snap Panel
    Snap Move
    Snap rotate
    Snap Scale
    Snap Mirror
    Vector Clone
    Knife Tool
    Line, Rect, Rect3P, Circle, Curve, and Arc tools
    Trim
    Merge, Reduce, Close, Explode, and Join Curves
    Extend
    Fillet
    Boolean 2D
    Engraver
    Profiler
    Extrude
    Offset and Mass Offset
    Mass Round
    Curve-to-Poly
    Curve-to-LWCurve
    Curve-to-PolyLine
    LWCurve-to-PolyLine
    Box and Box 3P
    Bool
    Cap Hole 2
    Fix poly
    Pattern 1D and 2D
    USC Face and 3pt
    Shape library


    Occasionally used:
    Point
    Pline
    Elipse
    Chamfer
    Thickness
    Handle
    Pipe
    Cylinder
    Tube
    Drag and Weight
    Array Tool
    Radial Clone
    Rail Clone
    UCS Edge
    Delete

    Never used:
    Roof
    Floor
    Window
    Door
    Fence
    Stairs
    Nail
    Road, Road Lines, or CrossWalk
    USC or Line Magnet
    Jitter Tool
    Select Random
    Select Surface
    Volume
    Area
    Make Convex
    Analyze Curves
    Point
    Star
    Ngon
    DXF import/Export


    Tools that could be merged together:

    Circle and Ellipse
    Fillet and Chamfer
    Pipe and Handle
    Box and Box 3P
    Rect and Rect 3P
    Window and Door
    Roof and Floor

    Thanks again for creating this fantastic suite of tools for LW!!

    -Craig Paup
    DigEfxGrp
    Last edited by digefxgrp; 07-18-2010 at 02:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by W-Tools View Post
    Dear LightWave and LWCAD users!

    I've decided to start this public discussion, because I am going to reduce some abundant tools in LWCAD and need your feedback.
    This thread is ONLY about LWCAD 3.x tools! (actual version is beta 3.592)

    Please let me know your opinion about following topics:

    1. Which tools in LWCAD are unuseful and should be totally removed.
    2. Which tools should be merged into multi-function tools.
    3. Which are the most useful tools in LWCAD for you.

    Please try to be brief as possible as you can. And if you have any question which is not related to previous three point, please start a new thread or use support link on wtool3d.com.

    Thank you for your help!
    question: is LWCAD a plug in that gives lightwave an ability to support NURBs?

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    I use all tools in the CadArchViz menu.

    I use all the tools in the Cad Edit Modify and Multiply sections. Also the Reality tools.

    I do not use so much the Edit (cur-pol) and Edit (cur) tools.

    Fix and Analyze tools I do use, except for Analyze Curves.

    I use all tools in Cad Primitives, but Primitives 3D not so much.

    I use the Convert (cur) and Convert (pol) alot.

    I think consolidating some tools is a good idea, like LW itself, in the name of efficiency. But I am dubious about ditching tools because everyone does everything sooner or later, and even the odd mostly unused tools are better there than not, because if they are not matched by some core function in LW, it would be a shame to lose functionality.

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    I'd like to see an option to replace standard LightWave tools in the process of installing LWCAD - I hate trying to remember why the snap isn't working because I'm just using the standard move tool instead of the LWCAD one. I don't mean to delete that functionality - it's not possible anyway - just to replace those tools in the menus and keyboard shortcuts, in short to make a LWCAD-optimised Modeler menu system (shame you can't add a preset to those Configure windows).

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    PS. Thank you Viktor for the excellent tools. Like Julian, I think consolidation could bring some benefits but would hate to say any deletion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by W-Tools View Post
    " . . . , because I am going to reduce some abundant tools in LWCAD and need your feedback. . ."
    Viktor: which tools are you intending to "reduce"? You post leaves me hanging on a limb because you request our input and do not counter with your own specific thoughts.

    btw, I downloaded the beta a few hours ago, and will give it a going-over. Especially since I have needed to do work-arounds so that can make proper use of some tools such as mass round.

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    Thanks Viktor for a great set of tools. Our shop does not use LWCad for archviz work. As it turns out LWCad is very useful in the furniture design field! It would be nice to see a few more developments to assist in that area. Number one would be having the ability to dimension objects and then create a .pdf, or adding the ability to create "drawings" similar to Inventor and SolidWorks etc. Also it would be nice if your tools remembered their last used parameters and by pressing the "n" key fired the tool with those last used settings, similar to just about every standard LW tool with the few exceptions like MultiShift.

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    it would be nice if your tools remembered their last used parameters
    YES...YES...YES!!! This is a feature that is most needed I must say.

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    I don't own LWCAD, but I've been considering purchasing it. I can see that in addition to archviz, there are many features that would be useful in logo design and general modeling.

    I bet there are many free tools that are only available in 32 bit (like some pixtrix plug-ins), or only available in Modo - or only partially supported or no longer supported at all - that provide unique features and ease-of-use for general Lightwave users.

    It would be great to have those 64 bit and well supported.

    As I'm just learning, I'm not the proper one to comment. But ... I bet most heavy users have their lists of non-CAD features that are 'must-have'.

    LWCAD isn't an inexpensive product, and having more general modeling features (after all the must-have archviz features are implemented, of course), would certainly help tip me into purchasing mode.

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    Hello Viktor, and first of all, thanks for this great plug-in.
    I'm modeling almost exclusively historical architecture, but mainly for hobby purposes.
    Thus, LWCAD is clearly my primary tool in LW, especially since the beta has gone 64-bits on Mac !

    To the topic :
    - Tools I'd like to be removed : none

    -Tools I'm using all the time :
    all tools in primitives tab
    all tools in arch viz tab
    almost all tools in edit tab.

    -Tools I'm not using so often :
    fillet, chamfer, blend in edit (cur).
    analyze curves

    I have just downloaded the latest beta and not yet tested the new stairs tool, but I can already know it will come in handy for me !

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    Most used:
    Cad Primitives:
    -Arc ,line,rectangle
    -Curve to poly

    CAD EDIT:
    -all the modify tools
    -vector clone
    -Mirror tool
    -mass round

    CAD ARCHIVIZ:
    -Engraver
    -Profiler
    DXF Import

    I use Lwcad every modelling session .Great plug-in.

    Gianmarco

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    First thanks for this great set of tools and your hard work.

    I really cant find any tools i dont use sometimes, perhaps with the exception of only Dimensions and DXF tools. All tools inside LWCAD are useful.

    A tool i miss i some kind of mixed poliline tool, like you have in Autocad. The tool could work like line tool, but with the ability to switch to curve or arc with OpenGL buttons, to draw complex polilines.

    Best,
    Juan J. González
    Juanjo Gonzalez
    Computer Graphics Software Developer

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    Quote Originally Posted by octopus2000 View Post
    question: is LWCAD a plug in that gives lightwave an ability to support NURBs?
    LW specific 'non-uniform rational basis splines' AFAIK... lwcad is modeler on Steroids

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    There's no tools I'd like to remove. No way. The new beta looks awesome too with the new and updated tools. Good job!
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