That's a great idea swami. I would suggest taking some measurements of actual building materials because your proportion are way off in the one you posted.
cgswami said:Sorry to be rude but are you guys are retarded, yes the tutorials are not perfect, but you don't NEED a tutorial to figure out how to use basic straight foward tools, sasquatch maybe, ogo taiki maybe, LW CAD the program is straight foward and i was able to handle pefectly the tutorials. You ladies bitch about everything ..
2021 and LWCAD the software is great.
The documentation is still horrible.
There is no one place, updated manual & reference (say... like most every piece of software, like Lightwave itself) Instead, it is a collection of disjointed YouTube videos and various versions of the software, which at different times and places gives references to features that have changed, been removed or updated, but.... some of the under lying concepts are not clearly addressed. If I want to find out a specific featured function in a panel the best hope I have is a google search that may, or may not bring up one of the many iterations of the free wheeling YouTube demos, a forum post or a reference that may or may not be pertinent to the current version.
Example: went to google, typed in lwcad UCS.
Results from first few entries in order.
1-sites.google version 5
2-sites.google version 4.5
3- wtool3d (old site) opens a link to a pdf for version 4
4-YouTube channel learn3dsoftware (some older version)
Next couple of links pitching sales
I've tried just biting the bullet and going chronologically through the help that opens when you request it from the options panel, but it suffers from the same disorganized approach. Feature is referenced her, changed there, etc.
It is a chaotic mess of numerous links, to different versions and relies way too much on video. For example, in Lightwave I can query the rounder tool and find all the info right there, with an explanation and sometimes there are useful links. When working, either using or trying to dive deep in training I have been stymied at every turn by this LWcad mess.
PS I have learned & used many software/plugin packages, so please don't go for the "user error" answer. It's not. It is poor documentation structure. My guess, is that Viktor is the kind of genius (and I mean that seriously) who is so busy engineering the excellent tools, that the drudgery of compiling decent documentation isn't his thing. When I'm doing post work I hate writing out long detailed notes, but i do it anyway because it's necessary.
Additionally, if you go searching for answers (google, forums, etc) you will find many posts where people are trying to figure out something they can't find in the formal documentation, and instead trying to find in forums.
Sincere, not just bitching but seeking resolution.
and I have written Viktor several times (not so pointed & frustrated in tone) about this several times
Yeah, it's kind of unfortunate how the perception has formed that LWCAD is heavily "architecture-focused". I think a lot of the "LWCAD for Architecture" perception stems from so many of the docs/examples focusing on archviz and architecture-type assets. Looking at those does tend to give a sense "this is mostly about architecture", but the same tools and features benefits many other modeling genres as much as architecture. In that sense, I believe Viktor unintentionally "undersold" the value and utility of LWCAD by focusing so narrowly on archviz type examples and models, when he could as easily have used examples of prodviz, scifi ships for CGFX, etc.Appreciate that. I love the software and it definitely is useful for a lot more than Architecture. It's snap panel, modifiers, live boolean, etc expand it well beyond house building
I am only using a small portion of it's goodness due to the convoluted documentation.
If you're expecting more communication on LW than you've already received from VizRT, you're setting yourself up for disappointment.I to am really waiting to see if Vizrt is going to kill off, overprice, etc.