The note wrapped around the rock said
but she was paying me a hundred bucks a day to find out about the
comp.graphics.apps.lightwave connection. It was Wed, 19 Nov 1997
01:17:40 GMT, and it was raining again...
> >I have been considering the purchase of Lightwave but in my research
> >found a review in the Nov 5, 1996 issue of PC Magazine. The review was
> >not very flatering. Among the problems they sight are :
> >1. Poor user interface.
> >2. Non consistancy between Modeler and Layout.
> >3. Too confining.
> >4. IK tool does not allow you to constrain location or translation.
> >5. No scene wide way to manage links and parent - child relationships.
> >(This was for LW 5.0)
> >Although, they gave LW 'Good' marks for most of its features, they
> >gave TrueSpace 2.0 'Excellent' marks in many of the same categories.
> >I currently use TS 3.1, how does LW compare to this. I'd hate to be
> >moving backwards.
> >Is V5.5 worth the extra cash?
> >Any other views, comments or suggestions would be appreciated.
> You would be moving Light Years forward by going to LW 5.x! TS is
> fine for fooling around, but if you are serious about
> animation/modeling, go get LW. It is well worth the extra $$$$
Not entirely true, Hogi. TS3's IK and physics dump all over LW, IMHO.
That said, Lightwave is a superior product, without a doubt.
To answer Al's question, LW is worth the extra cash provided that:
a. You don't mind the steep learning curve.
b. You find TS3 is holding you back in some areas.
c. You like hearing people say "Wow" when they see your latest work. :)
If anything Al, LW is harder work than TS3, so if you do make the switch
don't expect everything to get easier all of a sudden - it doesn't. What
you will find is that LW will reward your hard work, patience and
frustration - but ultimately it's only a tool that depends on the
craftsman to make it work.
Today isn't going to be as good as you'll think it was in the future.
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