I'm still hoping for Blackmagic...
I've only seen reference to Vizrt pulling the plug in comments. Is there a specific announcement or communication I can read to see exactly what they're saying?
#Limbowave seems to be our normal state.
I don't understand what is going on here. I have been upgrading LW for many years and like the 2020 version. I see all this death talk on the net. I pulled up the best 3D apps for 2022 and LW wasn't included. Several folks that have great LW tutorials have jump ship to Blender. The list gone on and it makes no sense. To learn an app like LW, it take hours and years. I have a good portion of my life invested here. Why the hell all this dooms day talk.This message is for the heads of NewTek and VizRT.
The LightWave community is full of enthusiasts, occasional users, freelancers but also professionals, agencies and production studios and last but not least, developers. I'm not talking about our clients who want to see their project done with LightWave (there are some).
To you NewTek, you have put your heart, energy and resources into creating and delivering a wonderful tool that is LightWave 3D for decades.
Ever since VizRT entered the "circle," LightWave has been left behind, and now seems to be dead. As of today, there has been no clear news on the fate of LightWave. Your policy of silence is killing not just LightWave, but its community.
Are you proud to see this community disintegrate?
Are you proud to see users tearing their hearts out migrating to other software in the meantime?
Are you proud to drive users into the ground, since many use LightWave to support their families through their work!
Are you proud to see the death of a tool that has been around since Amiga?
Please be responsible, clearly state if you are still developing and supporting LightWave; if not, sell LightWave to those who see a future for this great tool, or make the code available as open source.
I realize that I am not going to convince you as I write this but I love LightWave, I use it every day. It is not a toy to be thrown in the trash, but a fabulous creative tool for artistic and professional work.
NewTek, please do all you can to ensure that your "child" named LightWave stays alive...
Praying never has and never will help anyone for anything.I don't understand what is going on here. I have been upgrading LW for many years and like the 2020 version. I see all this death talk on the net. I pulled up the best 3D apps for 2022 and LW wasn't included. Several folks that have great LW tutorials have jump ship to Blender. The list gone on and it makes no sense. To learn an app like LW, it take hours and years. I have a good portion of my life invested here. Why the hell all this dooms day talk.
I have been using LW to engineer welding projects lately and it is good. There are a couple of things that would make it better, but paying Autocad almost 2 grand a year for a subscription sucks. A least we get to own Light Wave. Maya, seventeen hundred a year for a subscription. Bender free, but all I see there is a sea of cartoon character. LW is a serious 3D app. And I do have to agree that the developers have dropped the ball in areas. NevronMotion in particular, this is a grand idea but using an old Mircrosoft game device and leaving Mac user behind isn't cool. I just loaded Adobe's Character Animator 2020 and you can make your characters dance a jig with your usb camera.
I don't know what the basic argument is here. NewTek's product page for LW2020 looks great. Someone here was complaining about the price. A thousand dollars these days is pennies. That will let you rent Maya for half a year. I would love to fuss around with Maya, but I am a little guy, and there is no way I can throw that cash out there and buy food and pay rent at the same time.
What I am saying here is: we should be counting our blessing that we still have access to a powerful app like Light Wave. If it drops off the radar I for one will have to grin and bare it. Use what I have on my machines now, because I have to much time and equipment invested to do anything else. My part is to forget all this negative crap, and pray to God that there is LW 2022 on the horizon. Wz/Desert Wind Productions
No..You can´t put much trust in that, well you could, but I would certainly not, if he´s still in a major position in that Lightwave group, I wouldn´t excpect anyone in such position to bring forth such fuzzy statements, rather work with the rest of the Lightwave group or Vizrt group and do something about their communications on their blog where it should be.Thanks prometheus.
I saw the cryptic message from Andrew, and it's nice to have hope, but I don't feel like I can get excited until we hear more.
I have invested 25+ years in Lightwave, and have two LW2019 licenses. I'm bracing myself to learn blender, but I'd much rather continue to use Lightwave as the tool I rely on for 95% of my job.
In my opinion this is probably the only way Lightwave will live on in some way is if it's sold to another company. That could take a while so in the meantime we are left waiting and wondering.Vizrt has pulled the plug on LW and there are some rumors of a sale of LW to another party but nothing concrete except for a few leaked e-mails. LW still works for the time being and works well, so continue to use it and maybe learn something else on the side while you are at it.
I do not know who Promotheus is, some other god perhaps promoting itself, I just steal things , and I tend to knit pick (to everyones delight of course) too often as is evident with this replyThank you Promotheus