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Product details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; Pap/Dvdr edition (13 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 032176661X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321766618
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.1 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,140,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What's covered in the book is covered well, but most of the more useful/powerful commands are just not there.

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.
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Good introduction to Lightwave 3D V10, nice writing style and CD is added bonus.
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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I've been an avid reader of all of Dan Dablan's Lightwave 3d books and found them to be extremely intuitive and easy to read with an abundance of training exercises. His latest book 'Inside Lightwave v10' is no exception, like all the other books Its brilliant with step-by-step exercises detailling new tools and tips with a dvd included. I am waiting for the launch of the Lightwave Core app which Dan will be covering on his website when the Core is released.
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If you know lightwave its okay Its more if you are not used to lightwave Has I said its to early for a proper review.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9880f474) out of 5 stars 27 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98824eb8) out of 5 stars Excellent book for newbies to Lightwave 10! 6 May 2011
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Great book with a lot of great examples as to how to start using Lightwave 10 and just enough to get your feet wet. I wish there were a little more meat in some of the chapters, but the content from the DVD more than makes up for that. I would have no problems recommending this book to someone getting into lightwave and needing to learn more about it's features and how to get started in modeling an object, texturing it, lighting it well, and finally animating it. All of these make for a great introduction to Lightwave 10.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98ae2bf4) out of 5 stars Definite Guide for Beginners 21 Jun. 2011
By Duque - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very good book indeed for any entry level. Not only the author Dan is very knowledgeable about Lightwave, he's been using it for almost if not 20 years.
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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98ae2af8) out of 5 stars Lightwave 3D 10 Good to get you going 26 April 2011
By R Magee - Published on Amazon.com
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This book should get you going. Although some things had to be pulled before shipping, but other than that it will get you up to speed in no time. The writing is good and you can understand it.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b8b2520) out of 5 stars Missing Manual 28 May 2011
By Todd C. Steen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very solid overview of Lightwave 10. It does not go in depth in any one particular area, but it is a great companion to the pdf manual that comes with Lightwave. The exercises that go along with each item are valuable in that they walk you thru a practical exercise with many aspects. I would have liked to see a deeper dive in certain areas, but overall it is a fairly solid addition to Lightwave 10 learning lineup.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98e8041c) out of 5 stars One Word: PITHY 30 April 2011
By J. Frith - Published on Amazon.com
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I've owned every book in this series, and Dan has never disappointed me until now.

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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