LightWave 3D 7.5

Mike Hearn m.hearn at
Mon Mar 10 03:31:50 CST 2003

> Visually and User Interface wise, some issues I see right off the top 
> are things such as:

Doesn't LightWave use its own widget library? I seem to recall it's not
a "native windows app" in that respect.

> The Hub application is also a bit problematic as it resides in the 
> tray.  It does sit in my KDE 3.1 tray, which is neat, 

It does? Looks like KDE kept backwards compatability with the old
protocol then. Interesting.

> but when I right 
> click it and tell it to exit, it does not quit so I end up having to 
> kill all wine processes manually.  But the hub is the least of my 
> concerns :) and I realize that tray apps don't work quite right yet.

They should work fine, at least in KDE. That sounds more like a problem
with quitting than the tray.

> I would be very happy to provide input, test and debug fixes if someone 
> is able to provide patches and help for these issues.  I am using a cvs 
> version of wine from about 1.5 weeks ago.  I have also tried winex cvs 
> and it exhibits many, if not all of the same issues.  Winex may be 
> slightly faster in terms of its directdraw functionality as LightWave 
> uses directdraw.
> Please advise if someone is willing to work through these issues with 
> me and I will be happy to go out an acquire any information needed to 
> get started.

To be honest, debugging is something best done by somebody familiar with
the app, and who actually has a copy. I don't know how much experience
with coding you have, but I'd suggest you read the the wine users guide
and developers guide, those give an intro to debugging and sit down and
work through the problems. For crashes, try using winedbg to get a
backtrace, if you can get a good backtrace that can help with crashes.
They look like:

==> 1) function call ..... ebp=....
    2) another function call ..... 
    3) etc etc

Otherwise try filing bugs in bugzilla related to the individual issues.
Unless there is a demo version somewhere, it's unlikely any of us have
a copy of LightWave, so you're the best person to debug it :)

thanks -mike

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