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    Quote Originally Posted by erikals View Post
    it's true, 100%
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    strange date, but hey.

    If you are coming with such a statement, you should include direct link...
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    Andrew Cross posted in the Tricaster section. https://forums.newtek.com/showthread...=1#post1568273

    Hopefully they'll talk about what it means for LW soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensei View Post
    you should include direct link...
    thanks, fixed.
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    Well VizRT sure didn't buy NT for LW. So it remains to be seen if they even need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensei View Post
    The future will be bright when the Sun will turn to red giant, which will grow, and emit enormous amount of light..
    lighten up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Parsons View Post
    This makes sense as Tim Jenison probably wanted to retire at some point. These things never happen on a whim so that kind of explains the firings of Rob and gang - they were making the books look good for LW. So I guess we can be grateful they got canned - lose a few to save the many as well as the product.
    Can I just say, as someone conversant with most aspects of the matters you raise, that this - and the similar post by another correspondent - are by far the least accurate suppositions I've read this month (and I read a LOT).
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    Havent seen a single mention about Lightwave. I wouldn't think Lightwave could work as a standalone company

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3D Kiwi View Post
    I wouldn't think Lightwave could work as a standalone company
    The all LW devs could fit in my apartment with beds for them...

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    Well VizRT sure didn't buy NT for LW. So it remains to be seen if they even need it.
    I agree, that is the BIG question mark. If Lightwave has not been bundled up and sold off to another company in the next few years and current development is at least maintained then it will probably be fine and will stay the course for years to come. I sure hope things go well for Lightwave under this change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensei View Post
    The all LW devs could fit in my apartment with beds for them...
    Was that an offer :-)

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    Thank god we snuck through this not subscription. Lightwave is something to keep alive for a little while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBowie View Post
    Can I just say, as someone conversant with most aspects of the matters you raise, that this - and the similar post by another correspondent - are by far the least accurate suppositions I've read this month (and I read a LOT).
    Yep - just speculation for sure, but it fit.
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    LW has been around for a while, and since this is a broadcasting focused company it would make sense to rebrand it, or just make it fit better into a motion graphics pipeline. But hey, just my guess.
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    Feel sad...

    Reading this news, I look back at a quarter of a century of on and off experiences with Lightwave. I recall my first outings with a hacked (sorry!) version of VideoScape on the Amiga near the end of the eighties of the last century, and the stunning unicycle and red lotus animation, which I must have watched at least 20 times the first time I saw it.

    And I also are left feeling a deep sadness, because all things must change and inevitably all things end. I said goodbye to Lightwave a little over a year ago, but kept track of the development here. In my mind Lightwave still needs a good kick in the butt to get it up to par with the competition, and unification is of primary importance to make that happen.

    The acquisition of Newtek by Vizrt doesn't bode well for Lightwave, in my opinion. As was stated by Steve (Bowie), Lightwave wasn't part of why Vizrt bought Newtek. Other 3d apps already cater very well for the VfX and motion graphics markets, although I have no idea if Vizrt is interested in competing with their own 3d app (Lightwave).

    If Lightwave is to survive, it will probably take a quite different direction. Game asset generation seems the last thought on Vizrt's mind, for example.

    Perhaps Lightwave will be given away for (almost) free, similar to Davinci and Fusion? Who knows.

    Tim always was, I feel, a large driving factor behind Lightwave: when I watched his Vermeer documentary, I could just tell his passion for Lightwave is real. He is getting on, so I don't know.

    I do know I feel depressed about all of this, even though I left Lightwave for my own work (although still fire it up occasionally for the odd thing here and there).

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