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    LightWave v9 Status Update from Jay Roth - 12/21/05

    Dear LightWavers,

    We are now at the end of the year 2005, and it has been a great year for LightWave. The new team is well entrenched and committed to making LightWave the innovative 3D package you expect. With each release this year, LightWave has gotten better and better. We know that you demand a rock-solid, outstanding LightWave, and so do we, as we have demonstrated with LightWave v8.3 and v8.5. In addition to adding some cool new features, we have done a great job at stomping many of the older bugs that haven’t been addressed in years.

    In the spirit of demanding that LightWave be ready for prime time, I have to inform you that LightWave v9 is not up to our standards for delivery, just yet. The LightWave beta team has been fantastic, championing the cause for a better product and workflow, and helping us to resolve many long term issues. We still have a couple of key elements that need to be addressed before we can release and many bugs yet to kill. NewTek wants this version of LightWave to be the best ever, and we need more time.

    So, what does this all mean? It means that LightWave v9 will be shipping in early 2006. Does that mean that you will have to wait a long time before you can use LightWave v9? In a word… no.

    We are putting the finishing touches on a public beta program for LightWave v9 that will be open to any customer eligible for an upgrade to 9. As we are effectively in the holiday season now, we will not be starting this program until after the first of the year. Eligible participants will be receiving information about participating in the plan soon. LightWave v9 has some big changes under the hood and we want to make sure that we get everything right before we release the final product. We believe that the public beta program will not only be a great way to ensure that we ship a quality product, but will also allow us to give you an early look at the great new features and improvements in LightWave v9.

    Thank you for your commitment to LightWave and your continued support. Please rest assured that the commitment and support runs both ways… we are continuing to innovate, develop and support LightWave to bring you the best possible 3D program on the market.

    Best wishes for a great holiday and a Happy New Year from all of us on the LightWave team.

    Jay Roth
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    Thanks for the information, I applaud both the decision not to release until LW9 is a solid product and also the public beta programme which will give us the oportunity to play with all the new toys, excellent news! - Baz

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    Oh well, merry Christmas everyone!
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    Oh that`s nice with a beta
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    Thanks for the update. Looking forward to the beta!
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    Aye, I think most of us expected the release to be pushed back, of course, we now will endure the multitude of threads complaining about slipped release dates etc..etc..etc..

    For all folks were not impressed with the LW6 release, I for one was glad of the public beta phase of it and I think this is a good step for those wanting to help Newtek make the next LW release a more robust one for "the general public".

    Happy holidays to y'all and we await the news in the new year.
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    Actualy colkai I think you're wrong there- I can't recall a single post in fact where people were complaining 9 was going to be late- quite impressive really.

    A number of people, including my self, complained about lack of communication, but thats been dealt with. The only thing i would take issue with now is the abscence of a confirmed feature list, but I guess that may not yet be set in stone, so again I'm happy to wait.

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    Public beta is good.

    Happy Christmas to all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderpup
    Actualy colkai I think you're wrong there- I can't recall a single post in fact where people were complaining 9 was going to be late
    Heh, trust me, they're out there

    The only thing i would take issue with now is the abscence of a confirmed feature list, but I guess that may not yet be set in stone, so again I'm happy to wait.
    Yes, I am somewhat of an optimist and like to believe what we have seen is a preliminary list and is not an exhaustive list of what we may yet get in LW9.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colkai
    Yes, I am somewhat of an optimist and like to believe what we have seen is a preliminary list and is not an exhaustive list of what we may yet get in LW9.
    At the LA LW User's Group meeting last month, Jay Roth said the preliminary feature list is a 9.0 list. Still more will come out for LightWave during the 9.x cycle, just as more stuff came out for LW during the 8.x cycle.
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    Thank you Chuck. I am glad to see NewTek is doing things the right way by keeping the customers informed. I wish more companies would do this.

    I am relatively new to lightwave and the users here are very talented and helpful.

    Wohoo

    Merry Christmas people and Happy New Year.

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    cool !

    y'all have a great christmas,
    hope to hear from you soon.
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    Ah! A masterful tactical move! Has someone at NewTek been reading Sun Tzu? You give bad news and yet make a LOT of people happy with the public beta announcement.

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    Well, that sounds good to me! Thanks Chuck.

    Happy Festivus, everyone!

    Edit: Woops, I should have taken the chance to use this emoticon...

    It doesn't get any better.
    Last edited by geothefaust; 12-21-2005 at 10:46 PM.

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