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    Arrow Lightwave 8?

    I'm doing my hit-and-run forum visits today and I was surprised to see a couple of anonymous posts that say Lightwave 8 will be out soon. I'm not in a hurry for 8 - I just hadn't heard it from any LW users I know. Bunk or garbage?

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    Just rumor at this point Frank.

    Newtek has hinted at a big LW related announcement to be let out at Siggraph. People have assumed this means 8 but nothing is concrete and nothing has been let out officially.

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    Here is some of the recent grist for the rumor mill:
    • The HP workstation promotion mentions a free upgrade to LightWave 8.
    • Amazon lists a new edition of Dan Ablan's Inside LightWave (ISBN 0735713685), due in October.
    • Jim Plant has said that LightWave users should look forward to Siggraph.
    • NewTek no longer sells a stand-alone version of Aura, leading some to speculate that LightWave is next. The "half-full" crowd speculates that Aura will be bundled with LightWave.
    • NewTek recently posted several openings for programmers.

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    Cool title! I wonder if it's the real title or just a place holder?


    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...706997-2383301

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    I would assume it's just a placeholder. After all, it has the same cover as 7 and I don't think he'll make the next book with the same cover. Besides, X stands for 10 and that might seem a little silly. But who knows? Maybe.
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    It's almost certainly a place holder, as there is a similar listing for Inside Maya.

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    Hmmmmmm.... good thinking, maksei! Oddly, LightWave8.com does not exist... I'm thinking X might mark the spot.

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    Why is everyone so eager to get the latest version of LW?

    7.X works fine, unless you are a mac.

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    Originally posted by hrgiger
    I would assume it's just a placeholder. After all, it has the same cover as 7 and I don't think he'll make the next book with the same cover. Besides, X stands for 10 and that might seem a little silly. But who knows? Maybe.
    Back in high school algebra they used to tell us "X" represents an unknown amount. Dan might have a contract to write a book for the current version every few years when a release is expected by a company such as a book publisher. Since most software evolves quickly, a new release could be expected every few years. Especially when a track record has been "established".

    On the other hand...Newtek might be thinking about a name change. I'm not so sure it would be announced though Amazon first though.

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    Originally posted by Rei
    Why is everyone so eager to get the latest version of LW?

    7.X works fine, unless you are a mac.

    Rei
    Yeah, why aren't we all still using v3.5? Who needs volumetrics or NLA or OpenGL or anything to make your job easier.

    Sorry, I just get tired of the 'Learn what you have 100%' arguments. There are quite a few things LW 7.5b still doesn't have. I'm also sure I'm not pushing character animation capabilities of 7.5 to their limit but I understand someone else's wish to see newer better tools.

    All the people that have jumped to Maya or XSI or even Max ( I know) Must have done it for a reason. Maybe Maya's cloth sims were better than Motion Designer. Maybe XSI allowed them to replace the render engine. Maybe Max....Maya's Fluids offered, well fluid effects. If LW offered some of these peolpe might be able to work in LW.

    I'm learning Maya because no one in the area uses LW anymore (besides me)

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    The reason I am anxious for 8 is because I am on 6.5. I know what I'm missing. I was going under the plan to hit every other upgrade, but I assure you, that silly crap is going out the window after I buy 8 (or whatever it's called). I will be forking out the cash everytime Newtek is kind enough to accept it!

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    Why is everyone so eager to get the latest version of LW?

    7.X works fine, unless you are a mac.
    Because... I like shiney new things!!!
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    Originally posted by mattclary
    I will be forking out the cash everytime Newtek is kind enough to accept it! [/B]
    I hear ya!

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