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“Meet me at the Abandoned Warehouse…”

Yet another great new scene from Stonemason, in his growing abandoned city series. Abandoned Interiors: Warehouse joins the set.

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50% off at Xurge3D

There’s a big 50% off sale of Daz and Poser content, mostly fab SF and fantasy armour outfits, over at Xurge3D.com. Ends midnight on 2nd April 2014!

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PzDB fails again

Sigh… The PzDB software, which serves as a handy outboard content library for DAZ and Poser, has reverted to a trial version again. It appears that the software just can’t handle Windows 8.

In this circumstance you have to go through the really clunky process of emailing the maker and asking for yet another reset on software you purchased long ago. I’m fed up of being a paid-up user who gets seriously inconvenienced by Rocketship’s home-brew attempt at DRM.

Sadly there’s no real alternative — it’s the awful DAZ or Poser native content library managers, or PzDB. It’s difficult to believe that we’re in 2014, and yet there’s no useful desktop 3D library content manager software other than PzDB. And yes, I had a really good search for it. Nothing, unless you count dusty old antiques like P3dO. Not even an all-formats model indexer for users of high-end software like Maya etc. There appears to be a massive gap in the market for a really good standalone solution to the “huge legacy DAZ / Poser library” problem, and which would render a useful preview of all the other formats too.

 
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Firefox gets native 3D via bundled Unreal Engine 4

A new Firefox feature is rather cool…

“You’ll soon be able to stream and play highly realistic three-dimensional video games from within the Mozilla Firefox [Web] browser. … Firefox’s gaming capabilities don’t even require a Web browser plugin to function … ability to run the Unreal Engine, even the new Unreal Engine 4″

Firefox joins Google Chrome in this, as Chrome has had the same HTML5 3D gaming ability for a while now.

Given the pace that Firefox is developing it can’t be long until we see it in the latest Firefox downloads. In fact, those with the 64-bit developer Nightly build of Firefox can already play Monster Madness. Or, they can if they play it if can get past the dreadfully unintuitive UI interface which serves to hide the buttons that actually starts the gameplay. I clicked the main play button, but was then presented with nothing that would actually start the game. Though the game’s interface elements loaded fine…

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Such teething problems aside, we’ve come a long way from those far-off years when a clunky Java browser applet would load… and load… and then… crash and freeze your entire PC.

 
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Falloff glows in Carrara

10 Reasons You Need a Falloff Shader Plugin for Carrara. Including to do faux glows, which follows from my recent tutorials here on the subject of doing spillover glow in Carrara…

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Heavy Metal puts Poser on the cover

This is great to see, and shows the graphics world what DAZ Studio and Poser content can do in the hands of talented artists. The famous comics magazine Heavy Metal has used a Poser render created by Isikol, on the latest issue’s cover no less! #268 is the April 2014 issue.

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His foreground character was rendered in Poser. The background is Stonemason’s The Enchanted Forest + Return To The Enchanted Forest + Jungle Ruins, all rendered in Vue. Then the two renders were composited together in Photoshop.

 
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Carrara 8.5 Pro at half-price

DAZ’s Carrara 8.5 Pro is currently nearly half-price on the store…

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The Octane renderer for DAZ Carrara is due sometime this Springtime. Back in early February 2014 Octane was announced as “a few weeks” away. Octane is a GPU (graphics card) based renderer, and here’s a Jan 2014 preview. It’s not iClone — in terms of true “what you see is what you get” real-time rendering — but for a viewport updater it’s still pretty impressive, and is apparently even doing automated replacement of the textures with Carrara shaders…

 
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Poser and Daz: new releases round-up

After a break from 3D for a couple of weeks, I’ve been looking through all the new DAZ Studio and Poser content that’s been released recently.

I’m pleased to see that FoRender is creating more 3D characters, and what amazing movie-quality characters they are! I’d guess that Guillermo del Toro himself would be pleased to put The Syntheth characters for V4, M4, A3 on the big screen…

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Oskarsson’s Neon character is another movie-quality character, a more organic looking variant of one of his earlier characters, and one that could be an interesting biotic adversary in a story featuring FoRender’s Syntheths…

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Stonemason keeps delighting 3D sci-fi artists, and he has a new robot out called Prototype. This character has a nice “Iron Man meets the school science project” feel to it.

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The Prototype could look rather good in Dreamlight’s new The Pit sci-fi environment…

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This large-scale environment probably works best with Dreamlight’s Light Dome PRO-R lights/render/composite system, so you can get the distance fogging (this requires Photoshop and the ability to use it).

Rather more twee, but also of amazing design quality, is The Unicorn from LittleFox. There are also poses and there’s already a small avalanche of texture addons for this one! Just search RuntimeDNA for “unicorn”.

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Also rather unusual is Moscowich’s Shamaness (for Poser) which is a semi-toon standalone character. She might work well with some of Nursoda’s standalone characters.

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Let’s not forget steampunk. The Steamway (for Poser) is a nice bit of quality steampunk transportation, with a number of different configurations.

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Steam-heads should also take a look at the new Technomancer Mask, for which there’s also a Victoria 4 edition

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On a more mundane level Loft for Lease looks like a very useful multipurpose environment. Suitable for everything from a H.P. Lovecraft “Shadow Over Innsmouth” comic, through to just about any city crime stakeout scene.

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Loft for Lease can also be given a makeover to make it into a very nice looking Dance Studio or Gym Hall

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And last, but not least, Millenium Cat aniblocks animations. Go, kittee!

 
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Poser – Service Release 3.1 just released

Published on 7 March 2014 by in Poser

The Service Release 3.1 patch for Poser has just been released.

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Animations Backgrounds returns

Glad to see that the Animations Backgrounds blog is back in action. Just the backgrounds / backdrops / mattes / backplates, whatever you want to call them. Usually from old animations.

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Lots of inspiration here for artfully arranging the backgrounds of your Daz and Poser scenes.

 
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Sixus1′s Void Prime: Dakari

Cool new alien 3d figure for DAZ Studio / Poser, from Sixus1: Void Prime: Dakari.

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Octane for DAZ Carrara

DAZ Carrara 8.5 Pro users will shortly get an Octane renderer plugin in “Windows 7 & 8 … 64-bit”. Apparently it’s now only “a few weeks away”.

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Scene it all

Renderosity has a big 50% Off architecture and scene sale for Daz and Poser users, 3rd – 9th February 2014.

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Above: 1971s, Mechanic House.

 
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Live!: A History of Art for Artists, Animators and Gamers

Free Coursera online course, Live!: A History of Art for Artists, Animators and Gamers. 8 weeks, starts 24th February 2014.

 
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