Thanks for the reply Ron.
I know about keeping config files safe; have mutpile copies around. I don't think that's the problem here. I didn't do any customizing on this new install of 8.5 except putting in the MW plug-in. It seems more to me like some OS code not working within the MW plug-in. I really thought/hoped installing the C++ package (talked about in other posts here) was going to fix it, but
I mean, everything with this LW works fine, opens fine, except within the MW plug-in's material editor. Clicking on things there, which are fully visible, has no effect (such as "Remove layer"; clicking it does nothing?? and I know how to use that button; works perfectly on my LW8.3 32-bit/MW set-up). I might just need to do a re-install of Win XP-64 and LW 8.5 64, but I have an alternate workflow that is just easy enough to keep me from wanting to go through that much trouble.
I do think that 8.5 was the most stable version of LW. The 9+ versions have been buggy as hell and I know at least one developer that still uses 8.5.
Yeah, from hearing that continual complaint over the last couple of years, I actually still have not upgraded to 9.
I'm mostly in 8.3 land (on my older machine -- my new machine is where I'm doing 8.5, or trying to anyway). I'm one of those guys who customized my set-up so much that I just don't feel like re-doing it all for even v8.5 (yet) let alone v9. While I'm here, I'll ask: I assumed I couldn't just re-use the same config files from 8.3 in 8.5 (from my looking at them both in notepad and seeing how really different they look). Do you happen to know if that would work -- just copy/overwrite my 8.3 configs into 8.5 64-bit Lightwave (and copy the related plug-ins into the new folder of course)? I got that sense that wouldn't work, but I haven't tried it (and I'm kinda scared to!
I have my gripes with LW 8.x, but modeler especially (and Layout's cool too), all the tools you can have set-up with all the many very neat little outside plug-ins out there
, it's great
! (But without a lot of those plug-ins, not quite
as good, to me anyay -- but the plug-ins are
) And our current plug-in for MW, it is a thing of beauty to me, is wonderful