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    Question LW2018 SDK improvements? What is newly possible?

    In light of Oliver Holtz's ( http://origamidigital.com/newtypo/in.../software.html) LW2018 offerings, it seems maybe some 3rd party* capabilities are now possible in LW that were not there before.

    Could knowledgeable people (i.e. plugin writers), within the limits of their NDAs, comment on what is newly possible?


    (NewTek/LWG: I suggest you allow this discussion to take place, to build some buzz about the product.)



    *and, of course, LWG itself.

    [Putting this right here as the best place for the answer: we're fine with the discussion. We have a lot of NewTek and LW3DG folks away for the holidays at the moment, but we will encourage folks to chime in as they become available. - CB]
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    I'd like to know what's new in the SDK also. Seems that the SDK is always overlooked when listing the new features of a release.

    IMO. They should have made LW 2018 Trial available for everyone to try over the holidays since they are off anyway and probably no more work will be done on the release anyway.

    If it's ready to go by Jan. 1, then it should be made available, after all, we have been waiting an extra long time!

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    I am also to need to know from LW2018 SDK, maybe a great jump for developer ?!

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    I hear there is a lot of change from SDK 2018 and maybe it keeps to comptability... You can make everything whatever you want so more possibility

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    Again deferring to Kat's wisdom on the matter:-

    "The LW SDK is accessible to Python. In full. Third party C/C++ developers writing .p plugins have for years taken what limited access they had via the SDK and made LightWave not only sing, but run circles around other apps while reciting bohemian rhapsody. The SDK has been expanded. Full support for python to that SDK. Watch what happens next."

    I'm no prgrammer, but that sounds good. Kat's full post is interesting. It feels increasingly like the beginning of some sort of renaissance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLexx View Post
    Again deferring to Kat's wisdom on the matter:-

    "The LW SDK is accessible to Python. In full. Third party C/C++ developers writing .p plugins have for years taken what limited access they had via the SDK and made LightWave not only sing, but run circles around other apps while reciting bohemian rhapsody. The SDK has been expanded. Full support for python to that SDK.
    Watch what happens next."


    I'm no prgrammer, but that sounds good. Kat's full post is interesting. It feels increasingly like the beginning of some sort of renaissance.

    I think once 2018 has been released they should bring out a video explaining the new SDK and how it has opened up the possibilties for future development. I would be really interested to see that.

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    For one thing: since the very beginning, b/c NewTek "rolled their own" UI kit (or something), there's been some oddball limitations placed on what 3rd party devs CAN do via the SDK. (The same handicap of course extends to the LWG devs.)

    What I'd like to know is: WHAT CHANGED? What can you do now, that you could not do before?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeric_synergy View Post
    For one thing: since the very beginning, b/c NewTek "rolled their own" UI kit (or something), there's been some oddball limitations placed on what 3rd party devs CAN do via the SDK. (The same handicap of course extends to the LWG devs.)

    What I'd like to know is: WHAT CHANGED? What can you do now, that you could not do before?
    +1.

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    you can write 2018 in the header instead of 2015?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLexx View Post
    "Third party C/C++ developers writing .p plugins have for years taken what limited access they had via the SDK and made LightWave not only sing, but run circles around other apps while reciting bohemian rhapsody. "
    Is he speaking about in-house tools, because I haven't seen any circle running or reciting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wickedpup View Post
    I haven't seen any circle running or reciting?
    Well the devs seem confident.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_co...&v=thyJOnasHVE

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLexx View Post
    Again deferring to Kat's wisdom on the matter:-

    "The LW SDK is accessible to Python. In full. Third party C/C++ developers writing .p plugins have for years taken what limited access they had via the SDK and made LightWave not only sing, but run circles around other apps while reciting bohemian rhapsody. The SDK has been expanded. Full support for python to that SDK. Watch what happens next."

    I'm no prgrammer, but that sounds good. Kat's full post is interesting. It feels increasingly like the beginning of some sort of renaissance.

    That's just ridiculous, he obviously has no clue what he's talking about and what is going on outside his little LighWave bubble. Of course other 3d applications have proper python and c++ sdk implementations. They allow plugins to be much better integrated since many years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marander View Post
    That's just ridiculous, he obviously has no clue what he's talking about and what is going on outside his little LighWave bubble. Of course other 3d applications have proper python and c++ sdk implementations. They allow plugins to be much better integrated since many years.
    Yes, perhaps he is over-enthusiastic in that particular comparison, though it's still good to read considering some negative LW Next stuff I heard attributed to him in the past. But on the basis of comparing Lightwave with itself, it does seem to be good news for 3rd party developers in the aftermath of the silence, like a balance between LW2018 release features and a chunk of invisible stuff achieved in the background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLexx View Post
    Again deferring to Kat's wisdom on the matter:-

    "The LW SDK is accessible to Python. In full. Third party C/C++ developers writing .p plugins have for years taken what limited access they had via the SDK and made LightWave not only sing, but run circles around other apps while reciting bohemian rhapsody. The SDK has been expanded. Full support for python to that SDK. Watch what happens next."

    I'm no prgrammer, but that sounds good. Kat's full post is interesting. It feels increasingly like the beginning of some sort of renaissance.

    A lof dumb commments there.
    Two comments are objective.

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