Anyone have experience w/World Construction Set (or Lightwave)??

in Mac Software edited January 2014
Here's the deal. Sadly I have to run this in OS 9 as there is no OS X version yet. I have the demo version as I havent been able to find the full version anywhere online, and it costs like $700. This program can crank out some amazing stuff, and thats why I would like to use it. Trouble is, this sh*t looks REAL hard to use and I dont have a manual to go by. So Im wondering if anybody uses this program and can guide me along/tell me where to start.

Here's some stuff that was made using this program (WCS 5):

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Im wondering if there any OS X-native apps that would also suit the purpose of my use (designing a golf course). I can think of Lightwave, but thats more of just 3D animation right? I can think of Vector Works/Render Works....thats more architectural.


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    ghost_user_nameghost_user_name Posts: 22,667member
    I use LightWave, but I don't do that kind of work. There might be a plugin that helps faciitate that, but not out of the box. LightWave has a pretty steep learning curve if you're new to 3D
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    tigerwoods99tigerwoods99 Posts: 2,633member
    So does this thing lol. I m just looking at all the tools and wondering "How do I even start?". Maybe since you know Lightwave you might be able to decipher between things in this program. I think I need the full version nywayz, so I still gotta find that somehow.
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    trowatrowa Posts: 176member
    Actually World Construction Kit is probably your best bet, considering that is what it does and it does it well. In terms of Lightwave there are a few plugins that may help you.

    X-Frog (Maya, Lightwave)

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    Tree Designer/etc. (Lightwave)

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    You may be hitting into some more trouble though if you start adding plug-ins to an already complicated application (ie Lightwave).

    Another app you should look at is Maya. Maya has Paint Effects built in. You can just paint trees and grass. Although you will have to painstakingly draw each detail. Not really suitable for designing golf courses.

    I'm not sure if those plug-ins above work with Mac OS X. But in my opinion, you may be better off with World Construction Kit. The output is actually pretty decent, and it seems to mostly suit your needs. Every app you use is going to have a learning curve.

    - trowa
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    tigerwoods99tigerwoods99 Posts: 2,633member
    World Construction KIT? So you mean thats something completely different than World Construction Set 5 ( I know that WCS 5 allows you to import stuff from Lightwave & other programs, but its for OS 9. Give me some more info on World Construction Kit if its not the same.
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    tigerwoods99tigerwoods99 Posts: 2,633member
    I just found VectorWorks LANDMARK, which is for OS X (a major plus), but Im not sure if it does the 3D modeling I want. Anyone know anything?
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