Best Choice For Budget Conscious
I am a long time Lightwave user. That said I thought about switching to Maya this time. Maya is all around a better program. The only reason not to switch is the cost. After much thought, I simply couldn't justify the expense of a few thousand dollars every couple of years when Lightwave still meets my needs. So for me it was all about price point, but that is why Lightwave is still around and will be for the foreseeable future. It is the only reasonably well supported (by vendors) $1000 software package.