This was my 3D modeling Software, when it was in version 7. And the 3DS MAX version 5 days. So Lightwave will always hold a special place for me. It was ahead of the game back in the day, with it's renderer. And was widely used for films, among other things. Though it hasn't advanced much in the mod...
ProBeen around for years, and is still capable of good animations, and great renders.