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    Unreal (2.24.2) Bridge to LW?

    Just trying to link to Unreal Engine 2.24.2 - but 'LightWaveBridge' is still at 2.23. any update available yet ?
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    Is there a particular feature you need from that version? If the answer is no, then i'd recommend against using the latest version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Roye View Post
    Is there a particular feature you need from that version? If the answer is no, then i'd recommend against using the latest version.
    Hi Ryan
    I was going through your Tutorials and I had already updated Unreal to 4.24.2 before I got your training, assuming latest is best.
    don't think I can back-date to earlier Unreal.


    I assuming I have to wait for LW to update the Bridge.

    Are - hold on, just found I can re-install 4.23.1 - will have a go at that
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevbarnes View Post
    I was going through your Tutorials and I had already updated Unreal to 4.24.2 before I got your training, assuming latest is best.
    Unlike most other programs, latest in Unreal is usually not best unless it fixes a specific issue you require or adds a critical workflow element that you currently need. You're safe sticking with the version that Lightwave supports, you're not missing out on anything substantial... at least for now. I'm certain periodic Lightwave updates will be done to maintain support for Unreal bridge as needed to take advantage of emerging tech.

    Fortunately, Unreal made it easy to jump between versions using the Epic Games Launcher. See image. You can also click the down arrow next to the "Update" text to set any one of those versions to your default.

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    ok - thanks for that, I just jumped straight in with an update - I'm now installing 4.23 so I should be able to set up with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Roye View Post
    I'm certain periodic Lightwave updates will be done to maintain support for Unreal bridge as needed to take advantage of emerging tech.
    It's March 2020, UE 4.24 previewed in Nov 2019, was released in Dec 2019, and there's still no LW bridge update for it. The available evidence doesn't support your position. UE 4.25 is in preview already, as well.

    When it comes to "keeping up" with regularly-advancing 3D formats/libraries, the LW devs historically haven't done well -- consider Alembic, or Collada, or even FBX (or OBJ), for that matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwiede View Post
    It's March 2020, 4.24 debuted in Nov 2019, was released in Dec 2019, and there's still no bridge update for UE 4.24. The available evidence doesn't support your position.
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    Ok I am confused.
    I am installing UE for first time from Epic launcher, the version it shows is 4.22.3.
    But just looked in the pull down and there is also 4.24.3.
    Which version will work with latest LW 2019?
    It’s a big download so don’t want to repeat it.
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    Unreal Engine should have 4.23 available for download. The latest version of Lightwave 3D is compatible with that.
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    Does that mean 4.22.3 doesn’t work.....?

    Well I gave up.
    Installed 4.22.3 after about an hour.....downloading, installing, verifying, what a palaver.
    Launched from Epic launcher.....stuck at 18% initialising....

    Too much hassle for me...
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