Some folks over a Newtek forums, responded on an official comment from newtek, they seem to think it was good news and sort of more projected a feeling that development is currently very vibrant and ongoing, while I see it as not the case at all, they refuse to say anything about future development, they make that very clear in to paragraphs.
About the staff leaving, they are simply stating there is a change in the sense that the LW dev team will be a part of the Global product line team, which could of course mean both dismantle and move of Lightwave tech to their other brands, but no real Lw development, and it could also mean better things.
That´s the sum of their lack of transparency and ambigous statements.
I wrote this on newtek forums as response…
"They do not talk about future plans or development, ergo…we will not find out unless betatesting perhaps or from any maybe future release.
And no…I do not see it in the cards that something will be released, the support and reference to previous sale in this summer, that is not about any development going on as I understand it, they support bug and plugins, but they can not allow themself to simply just say, yes…we are continuing right now to work on the next release, that is all they have to do…not when it will be or what part will be adressed, though the later would be of value for many.
Should we interprete 3D technology as important for them to equal Lightwave? that is not what they are saying though, while they really could.
Feels like there´s true slippery politician in the end of the communication, to not be clear on what to expect, you can then not be held accountable for any direction taken later.
The statements of intergrating the LW team to the global product team, could be great…but for us as customer to respond to it´s cryptic message, could also be a speculation that Lw will not get much attention while they
may extract part of it in to their other product line.
I am very sure that I am not a fraction of the LW user group that will have this feeling, thanks to the uncertainty of wether or not there will be future development or not, they do not answer at all on that.
O well , I am just a bit dissapointed with such cryptic messages and non transparency that just keeps customers in the dark over again, so I guess I am just too tired of it and have to back of from future comments on this and follow my
***other plans, it will show in time anyway and in Lightwave releases where the engagement is in, so it may very well be that they can prove something in the end. ***
I do not see it as any particular good news, just more cryptic calming, anything related to future development, or current except bug fix and support, it just put in an ambigous context.
As for the change in staff, it is a bit clarified that the LW team now will be included in the global product line development, which could affect Lightwave negatively as well as positively,
***it´s open for a customer speculation pick with such policy of communication transparency around their development. ***
To me I do not see they did a statement they consider Lightwave as part of their future, that is not what they really say, they just recognize their recent sales and it´s importance, for future development they say absolutely nothing, that is mention in two paragraphs, including a direct answer to…“will they continue to develop lightwave” where the answer is neither no or Yes.
Supporting it is a bit different from developing, they can at least reveal that, but makes sure they have an opening for something around development, add to that the fact they are bringing the LW team to be a part of their global product line, and what that possibly could mean for the LW development.
So No…I don´t have a good feeling about that communication, though it was good they said something, while not really being transparent about it.
I simply loath people being ambigous, as well as a company and it´s leader having such policy approach, it never instills any trust personally or for me as a customer. "
For me, all this just sums up that I should continue to focus more on blender, and possibly houdini and other vector, fractal art, and let Lightwave stay in the closet of unknown future event, until I get some abstinence for certain task in 3D I think Lightwave does nicely, then I may fire it up…but I will not even go through the hoops of checking out the latest releasel properly, nor upgrading, nor making Lightwave vids.
Basicly though, I think vizrt doesn´t know what to do with Lightwave yet, themself not really sure wether to deprecate it fully, or to sell it, or to transform it completely.
Right now it seems they need to re-organize their staff and see where they fit best in for the overall productline, then they would need to replace Lightwave coders that just left, and ergo…they can not be sure of what to do.
That´s what I guess.