Inside LightWave 3D V10 (Inside (New Riders)) Paperback – 13 Apr 2011
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If you're a complete novice, this book will get you going. If you have previous Lightwave/3D knowledge I'd suggest sticking to Newtek's forums. The only chapters I found useful covered particles and skelegons.
The DVD is a nice addition and has it's uses, mainly as a coaster for me now.
Okay that was all a bit negative I know, but to be fair Dan's writing style is fine and easily understood.
What lets the book down is the poor quality of the images showing the screen shots, to small and dark.
CD includes higher resolution images but its a pain to load then to follow on the book.
A book about graphics should include good quality visual images for the reader to follow on.
Dan's writing style and presentation on the CD videos is top notch, could listen to him all day.
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The chapters are well organized and I actually prefer this version of the book if compared with the previous Lightwave book versions. You can skip chapters and dive right into the subject of your interest. This book doesn't go beyond the abis depths, but it certainly teach you the ins and outs of Lightwave. I'm new to Lightwave and I'm always keep going back to this book for any reference.
I don't need a bible of 1000 pages unlike other reviewers, I need a well organized and straight to the point book and Inside Lightwave 10 does precisely the job.
Strongly recommended for any beginner to Lightwave.
The included DVD has some great vids on it which should help to get you started. CORE is not ready yet, so ignore the reference to it until later this year when they release it.
Wished they had a good chapter on UV but then again you can't have everything.
This book focuses on the intricacies of LW10 Modeler and Layout, including chapters on texture creation, lighting, cameras, animation, particles, hard and soft-body dynamics, rigging, rendering, plug-ins, and of course, modeling a fruit bowl.
If you were expecting a phone book, you might be pleasantly surprised by its pithy 386 pages, but it's safe to say the rest of us were expecting a bit more depth.
Since CORE hasn't officially been released yet, I can't fault Dan for shortchanging us a couple of hundred pages... but at only 386 pages, less than a third of Inside LW7... are you kidding me???
Inside LW7 = 1166 pages, LW8 = 948 pages, LW9 = 722 pages, LW10 = 386 pages.
Are you noticing a trend here? Is it possible that Lightwave has been dumbed down with each successive release?
UPDATED: Ok, Dan thought my review was overly harsh, and he's probably right. My review was based on my initial reaction, and I was feeling somewhat cheated. It's true that the included DVD does add value and once CORE is released, Dan will post additional chapters online (hopefully to be included in a second printing). So I've added one star and changed lazy to PITHY.
UPDATE #2: Dan seems like a nice enough guy and he mentioned that early reviews can really affect overall sales. Some things were beyond his control, such as publishing constraints and the state of flux that LW10 is in. Therefore, I've decided to add a second star to my initial two star review. After all, this is still the best LightWave 10 book currently available.
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