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    Where and how to learn Lightwave 2018?

    With the following in mind, "There's a lot new to learn. There's gonna be a lot of old to unlearn... ugh...", peruse the following at your leisure:
    2018
    A Devver's view on the new LW2018 Render Engine: Antti Järvelä
    RebelHills LSRLW 2018 Foundation Training
    A general search on youtube for "Lightwave 2018"

    Nodes
    RebelHill’s Nodal Tutorials
    Probiner’s Nodal Training for LW

    VFX
    Making Fireworks: Use this for learning to use the volumetric system with particles; and heck, who doesn’t need fireworks!?

    There will probably be a lot more training coming out. Drop the info below, please.

    Oh yeah, Don't forget to do these things as you learn:
    - Read the manual: https://docs.lightwave3d.com/display...LightWave+2018
    In particular, look at the user tips and suggest your own.
    - Use every tool available to tell them what you (fill in the blank)
    * There is a feedback option in the docs
    * Every chance you can, send the crash data
    * Tell the devs how GREAT the tool is, THEN ask for your FR - Tell'em it works, ya know, then add some meat to it.
    - Share what you've learned
    - Play for that is how humans learn best.


    Hope this helps someone.
    Robert

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    Thank you.

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    A .pdf for keyboard mapping and html site for older versions of LightWave 3D

    Thank you Robert,

    I'd like to offer my two cents.

    I purchased a gaming keyboard and am mapping hot-keys/keyboard shortcuts, macros, and have a gaming mouse for the same use. If you don't have a tablet (Wacom or otherwise) I'd recommend that users might want to look into it. I started looking at ways to shave precious time off of my own workflow and now that I'm learning LightWave 3D 2018 I've found that the hot-keys/keyboard shortcuts haven't changed.

    Here is a .pdf I found while scouring the internet: Lightwave3D-Shortcuts.pdf

    So far they all work and it shows hot-keys/keyboard shortcuts for both Modeler and Layout, along with a handy refraction index for materials. I think this will be particularly useful with their new materials setup!

    There is also an html link but I believe it's referencing older versions of LightWave 3D, referencing use with 5.6 and 7.5. I have no idea how many different versions there are of this software but I want to learn it more than anything and it offers more detailed information. Some of the image links are broken but what I have found is very interesting. If you haven't moved to 2018 yet or would like to be able to decode some settings in older versions this may be of use to you.

    http://www.g-3d.com/Lightwave_I.html

    Please note that I can't seem to find the actual site where I pulled the LW 3D shortcuts from so I apologize in advance for not giving credit where it is due and I want to emphasize that these are not my documents nor my html code, but information I found useful and would like to share with other users.

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    This link doesnīt point to any fireworks video, besides, fireforks with the new system I wouldn recommend, thereīs nothing new in there to really make that advance anything more than what already can be done in lightwave 2015, andw with 2015 easier access to sprites and hvīs, there isnīt any sprite mode with the new volumetrics, neither is there any particle advancements either, so better to stick with old techniques.
    Correct me if I am wrong.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA7vcQFv1Vw

    Ya, I see where this went: it picked up the link before. Try the one above.

    Sure there is. And at this juncture, even old tasks feel anew because they work better, smoother or at all.

    Whether you are wrong or not is irrelevant. Whether others can learn from it is relevant. Try not to dampen the zeal with which they might approach their learning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnCommonGrafx View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA7vcQFv1Vw

    Ya, I see where this went: it picked up the link before. Try the one above.

    Sure there is. And at this juncture, even old tasks feel anew because they work better, smoother or at all.

    Whether you are wrong or not is irrelevant. Whether others can learn from it is relevant. Try not to dampen the zeal with which they might approach their learning.
    I am not intentionally damping new learning, just pointing to facts, besides ..The thread title refering to learning Lightwave 2018 ..is a bit misleading to any new user, where your link intially went to something wrong, then to an old lightwave 11 tutorial, I wouldnīt make any fuzz about it unless that was the case.
    fireworks in all honour, but we have a lot of those threads where it belongs with the old system and old tutorials, the new lighwave 2018 doesnīt really advance fireworks in any form ..in fact a step back, since if you want the nice sprites, it takes a bit of employing the old hv system.

    As for me being wrong or not as irrelevant, that pertains only to wether someone wantīs to learn the old way, itīs relevant however to point out the differences.

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    Perhaps, once your myopic view on the one link subsides you'll give due credit to the other links.

    Perhaps not.

    If you'd like to continue this conversation, pm me: I don't see this adding to the worth of this thread. Thanks,
    Robert

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    Can we dial back the personal remarks, please. I appreciate you taking this offlist, Robert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnCommonGrafx View Post
    Perhaps, once your myopic view on the one link subsides you'll give due credit to the other links.

    Perhaps not.

    If you'd like to continue this conversation, pm me: I don't see this adding to the worth of this thread. Thanks,
    Robert
    I am sorry robert for coming across as obnoxius, trying to lecture on what link is relevan etc, I recognize your good will to refere to good links in general.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDiainyPHys


    Here's the guy that wants you both, to talk to him but to never talk to him. He's the Bug Catcher: takes our reports on bugs and works to squash them.
    Watch him working with 2018, conversing with the community.
    Enjoy.
    Robert

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    https://docs.lightwave3d.com/display...LightWave+2018

    Thank you, Joe Lertola! (And you, Ben, for getting it online in such a nice fashion.)

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    There's a way to export the complete Confluence Space to PDF but visitors/guest do not have access to that function.

    I don't know if opening that feature would lead to extra security or functions being exposed, but it would be nice to get this nice work bundled into a multipage PDF

    (even if page imposition is not ideal, its still less problematic than having to go through one by one and export...)

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