So I just upgraded last week to the new 2018 version of Lightwave 3D by NewTek.
I have to say, being a long time Lightwave user (1.0) this is by far the hardest version to use. I feel like they have exposed nearly every control to the user in a very 'programmerly' way. Maybe like they threw all the renderer's functionality into a bucket, swirled it around, and dumped it on the screen.
I am sure it's new features are robust, but learning to use them is very counter intuitive especially for old school Lightwaver's. NewTek has lost their user-friendliness on this application.
I'll also mention that the online documentation leaves a lot to be desired as well. Nearly all of my reading trying to learn the 'new' application has left me with partially documented panels and large wholes that just don't explain much of anything.