When Lightwave comes with a “Hard Core”…

If you, like me, have been following the evolution around the next version of Lightwave, you also know that the details around the project, that the users (members) of the “Hard Core” community has been privileged to get insight in, is really promising.

I will not expose any of these materials in my blog, as they are “community only”.

Most of it will probably leek through via the wire elsewhere, but I don’t want to be the one to blame. One thing I must site from todays news update is not something that could be considered “exposure”, but maybe as a bait, or seed to grow confidence in a society that has kinda been an “underdog” in the sense of presence, at least for the last couple of years.

When I quote the words: “The Future is really bright for Lightwave”, and when these words comes from “the high order” of developers at Newtek, it should suffice.

As you see when visiting Newtek’s Lightwave web page, it’s Core we’re talkin’ here. A new way for developers and artists alike to build upon and take advantage of a product that has been tested by real users, flamed upon and beloved, constantly debated in a enthusiastic sub forum for registered users. Bugz have been corrected and through frequent “test releases”, the members have been able to actually use the upcoming product, from its infantile beginnings, all the way to the final release.

That’s pretty unique, if you think about it. I don’t know any other company (that does not operate with open source), that has enough guts to do a thing like this. But on second thought it makes perfect sense. It cuts development time and testing cycles, as most bugs and annoyances has already been seen and reported by loyal followers.

I must say, I look forward to the “New Standard”, that will actually change the possibilities in magnitudes, compared with todays work flow.

Thumbs Up, and good luck!

May the forces be with you.


7 thoughts on “When Lightwave comes with a “Hard Core”…

  1. I’m a hardCore member myself, and I agree with the fact that it’s a pretty unique move from Newtek to let subscribers share and “sneak” upon the entire development process.
    If the future is bright for Lightwave (Core) I really don’t know. My personal opinion is that Core is at VERY early stages: the actual beta build is extremely buggy, crashes very often and honestly has very few functionalities: at current stage you can just edit models, and most part of the tools to do it it’s seriously bugged. No animation engine, no render engine yet …

    It will be a long way to go before Core will be released, not sure Q4 2009 as stated in the homepage. However, I do hope myself LW will have a bright future, it seems to be the only valid alternative to Autodesk monopoly …


    • Oh, I totally agree. It is barely running at the time being, but, they have good faith… It wasn’t without reason that I ended the post with a “good luck” wink… I use both Maya, Modo, lightwave and Mudbox, plus compositing software and photoshop, so no matter what, I’ll manage. I have two seats here with the Autodesk Creative Bundle ( Maya, 3DsMax, Mudbox, Motion Builder, XSI, Sketch Book Pro, all in 2010 versions) so I think I have it covered, no matter what.

      But I must say, Newtek has some solid guts…


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  3. it is very interesting course but there is no any reference’s in the country that we are . I need your help to send me tutorials which help me in using the 3D animation world which is the dominant in today’s world


  4. I’ve been using Lightwave for 15 years, and from what I’ve seen in the demo videos, there is absolutely no resemblance to earlier versions of LW. Once core is released we’re essentially starting from scratch, and learning a brand new software… is this right?

    I’m on the fence right now. I figure if I’m forced to learn new software, maybe it’s time to go the Maya route… any thoughts?


    • Sure. Many thoughts… Maya is EXPENSIVE, and compared with the slight overhead of remapping some shortcuts in the new Lightwave Core, and choosing a theme and a workflow option in the preferences to make it work in the old Modeler/Layout way, I would say: if completeness, tradition and reasonable pricing appeals to you, go Newtek.

      If you want to be a sheep, or just going with the (cash)flow, go Autodesk.

      I use both, but I’m seriously looking forward to the final LW Core with the new Physics engine, enhancements in ALL areas of the program, excellent cross tool collada files, the list goes on.
      When Core is in its final, I’ll drop Autodesk completely.


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