Been using LW since v6. It is not my primary application as I use to support video/multimedia projects. Therefore I stuck with it until v11. It has remained unchanged for the most part. I model in CAD/Rhino and import, using LW mostly for Layout and rendering. However, I can no longer toss coin onto their plates. v2018, with it’s new rendering engine was actually slower for my needs.
I feel that in order for Newtek to make a comeback, a completely new package is in order? However, I also feel that the energy within the community and devs has gone, (it appears that NT has their interests squarely in the hardware/video market and LW is to take a backseat)? It’s time to move on to something that has a heart beat and a possible future with regards to mobile tools and Linux.
I see that Blender is about to release 2.8, should I wait until it’s release, or is 2.79 similar enough to start the learning process?
I’m not sure if I want to bring over or inject my LW experience, making BL work like LW, and just start anew. Has anyone found this to be true?
I see that BL is trying to be all things with a video editor and compositor. Is that been useful or too much to undertake? Granted, I will take advantage if I know these areas will grow. I could shed some other tools.
I see that BL will accept LW model files, any tips or things I should know with regards to surface and textures maps?
Is there a reference I can consult for my case?