Actually, Wings3d does not aim to compete with Blender
I know it very deeply. Have been using it since its beguinings.
I first tried Blender long years ago…'96, perhaps. But was only able to understand it 8 months ago, when I really started to use it. And I think I was able as I had used max at the game company, and many other softwares. (I didn’t really read the Blender doc, which would have been th esolution at any moment. But first moments, there wasnt the doc freely available…I had to dig for inet tuts…quite hard for me, then…)
I use Wings3d for modelling, and Blender for game character animation or rendering stuff. And is a great combination.
When I tested Nendo (initial inspiration of Wings3d) I didn’t like it either. Indeed, is these days Wings versions which really worth it.
Wings only models, but how.
Maybe after 1.0, or in 2.0 (and it takes years for a full number) it may add bones… in 2 years… I don’t know.
It just concentrated in being a modeller. That’s all.
I model with it and uv map with Ultimate Unwrap. And I’m really satisfied
To sum it up: I like Max, Blender and very specially , Wings. And I tend to see in each comunity is rare to see people using several softwares at a time. I encourage people to do so. Is good. You then can use the best of each. But i’m feeling a bit alone in this.
When I go to max forums, all people say max rules and is the king, and free software is not professional (there’s always a pair of cleverer minds) .At other forums happens the same with their package…
At wings forums, instead, I see since always a very positive concept of Blender…Some of the best are indeed old blender people that keep using both…
I know at least several people here that like Wings3d.
Blender has a point to point modelling that Wings3d lacks a bit. And Wings has other things that any 3d artist would like to know and use.
So…most tools are great but some are specially great
I’m liking a lot blender weighting, bones features, etc.
And yep, many Maya professionals I am aware they use Wings3d for modelling
IMHO the two of them are two jewels we’re lucky to be able to use.