A couple of webinars coming up.
1. Reallusion have a free “Importing & Animating DAZ Genesis 8 Characters in iClone” webinar on 11th September 2019. Update: YouTube link.
2. Carrara and Vue webinars from DAL, on 21st and 28th September 2019.
Excellent news from Silvio Grosso, who linked to a job advert in July (now sadly expired)…
the French G’MIC team has hired a developer who will make G’MIC with Photoshop. Starting work 1st October 2019 and with the post sponsored for a year.
G’MIC is the excellent filter set in GIMP, and (as a Krita-specific fork) in Krita.
More news on the forthcoming Poser 11.2 ‘bridge’ update, found at the end of an interview on Renderosity…
Starting Sept. 16 , if you do not update, your Poser may not work because the licensing system will not be able to complete the over-the-Internet check needed to confirm your license key. That means you must update.
Official Poser news on the latest Poser developments and near-future.
* Poser 11.2 will be a ‘bridge release’ to swop over people’s licenses to Renderosity. No new features with 11.2.
That makes sense. One clean sweep to swop people over.
* Once that’s done, onward to a “64-bit update for Windows” and updates that “stay current with both Windows and Mac [OS] builds”.
Nice for the Mac people.
* New “integrated marketplace search” inside Poser.
I’m not keen on the “integrated marketplace search” but as long as it’s just a discreet search-box and doesn’t flash or chirp or have pop-ups every hour with a day-glo yellow strip, then I can ignore it.
* Now that La Femme is the G8F-equivalent flagship figure for Poser, she needs a suitable mate. “Le Homme” is in development.
Presumably he might ship with Poser 12 only, and thus be a selling-point for Poser 12 buyers? Just my guess.
* Selective installers.
So it sounds like you can selectively install only what you want from the free content bundle, rather than clutter your hard-drive with 5Gb of unused stuff. That makes sense if all you want is Robo-Kitty, some legacy characters and a few of the animals.
Nothing about a future subscription model. I do hope they don’t go with subscriptions.
The Dream is Over: 34 years in the making, Striker finally bows out. Striker was a 3D football (soccer) comic, which I assume was made with Poser. It appeared for decades in the biggest of the British ‘tabloid’ newspapers. All mainstream newspapers are cutting back these days, and the expensive trimmings such as daily comic-strips are often the first to go.
But there’s good news too. The same writer’s comic strip Psycops appeared in the same newspaper and is now to be collected in full. Not 3D, despite the partly 3D front cover, but nice artwork after some early wobbles with other artists.
It’s a sci-fi detective-adventure serial which ran in The Sun from July 1994 to the start of 1999. A female private detective and her partner Gabriel, who is actually a telepathic alien in disguise, battle various ingenious enemies in thriller-style situations.
The adventures are being reprinted in their entirety for the very first time in a 304-page book available as a softcover version. … Psycops will be available to buy exclusively from our online shop from early July … with shipping mid August 2019.
The SFX magazine review of the collected Psycops gave the new book a healthy four stars. “The enthralling pace never slackens … stories actually now seem quite prophetic … elegant lineart” in a Modesty Blaise style.
An interesting British sci-fi curiosity, which collectors will probably want as it may not be available forever.
Shipping now is HitFilm 13.0, the budget $299 video editing, compositing and effects software. It’s basically a cut-down After Effects for VFX-heavy film makers on a tight budget. Lots of camera matching upgrades, plus new colour-grading tools, and an interesting “Remove Stock Background – for compositing stock video footage without manual keying”.
This week everybody seems to be announcing their software will support real-time ray-tracing for those with “Nvidia’s new RTX GPUs”, which at the consumer level means the GeForce RTX gaming graphics cards. Including DAZ Studio 4.12 (already enabled), Blender, and KeyShot (in the forthcoming version 9 in Autumn/Fall 2019).
In DAZ Studio 4.12, with “RTX On” according to DAZ you get…
RTX-accelerated ray tracing for both the interactive viewport and final renders … [with a claimed] 140 percent more performance in final frame rendering compared to previous generation GPUs, and an incredible 10.5x faster than CPU-only rendering.
Looks nice, but Amazon tells me that even a low-end budget gaming “GeForce RTX” is likely to cost me around £350, and that’s without a Power Supply Unit (PSU) upgrade to run it. Still, for a small commercial studio, that sort of amount could be written off against tax. Although I think I’d really need a new PC to go down that route. And that’s still some years away.
Blender 2.8 final (really final) is out. I gave it one last chance. But I got the same instant display-driver crash on loading as I had with the late beta(s), and then just hanging for 30 minutes, while loading no interface at. It won’t even show the splash screen. Who releases a software where you can’t even see the UI and then choose what render-engine you want to run?
Oh well… so I can definitely no longer run Blender. Despite being free, it seems it’s now a software for those who can afford expensive graphics cards and the PSU to run them.
Neobarok. The alpha for 2.0 was previewed a year ago. 2.0 is now being trailed on the site.
Totally free open source software, from one developer. Intuitive modelling and sculpting, with easy boolean and also paint.
It has good video reviews, and it looks quite promising for 2.0. There’s .OBJ export, but so far as I can tell there’s no in-software rendering of what you see to a big 3000px .PNG file. The best you can get there is switch to hi-res, go fullscreen, and take a PrintScreen screenshot.
The most vital first-step in using it is quite tricky, until you get the hang of it. To rotate:
1. First press down and HOLD the RIGHT mouse button.
2. Then do the same with LEFT mouse button, so that both buttons are held down.
3. Then move the mouse to rotate the view.
Do not just press both buttons simultaneously, as that won’t work.
It’s not insanely complicated like some software, although the basic camera and move controls are not initially very intuitive or standard. Let’s hope 2.0 has a camera widget like Poser.
Some release notes of interest, re: recent releases in budget/free software and/or comics and non-photoreal rendering.
* The latest version of PD Howler is available, as Howler 2020 (Windows only) at $77 before discounts. The big changes seem to be a revamp of the legacy brush engine, new paper textures, and rationalised de-cluttered media presets.
* The free Krita 4.2.3 (17th July) is only a minor update, but makes the 4.2 (May 2019) brushes even slicker.
* Just released, a new version of Cinema 4D 21, although I can see nothing on the feature list to interest Poser users or users of C4D’s Sketch & Toon module. However, it’s important to note that there’s now no more confusion between Prime / Visualize / Broadcast / Studio / BodyPaint editions of C4D — they’re all gone. Everything is now in the one edition. Apparently Internet access and online log-in is now required with each launch, with this edition.
* The Release Candidate for Blender 2.8 is now available, as Blender continues to grind its interminable way to the final final really-final-we-mean-it-now honest-it’s-here-at-last 2.8 release.
A free Visual Narratives Workshop on making digital comics, with Digital Art Live. This coming Sunday, 28th July 2019.
Wow, even Corel Corp. is not immune to being purchased. A big investment firm has just bagged Corel for an undisclosed sum. The press-release mentions Parallels, which was purchased by Corel in 2018, and one suspects that this was the main prize rather than the Corel’s creative tools…
“Parallels enables seamless delivery of virtual desktops and applications to any device; running Windows on a Mac; Mac management with Microsoft SCCM; remote access to PCs and Mac computers from any device”
It also mentions…
“ClearSlide, a sales engagement platform leader that enables sales, marketing, and service teams to drive more successful customer interactions.”
Again, something purchased by Corel relatively recently in 2017.
Sounds to me like these generic ‘doing business’ tools were what the investors were after, and not the ageing graphics software such as Painter, PaintShop Pro, and CorelDraw.
Just released, an interesting new “tint transfer” engine for Photoshop called MagicTints 1.0. I especially like the apparently semi-generative ability to…
“iterate through moods, matte color spaces and ideas”
It needs a later CC 2014+ versions of Photoshop and it works as a Panel. There’s a 15-day demo.
I’d just suggest that someone wanting to save $39 could probably wait six months on this. To find that something very similar has been added to G’MIC, and thus to Krita, for free. G’MIC already has 2D style-transfer, auto-colour of line-art, and automatic greyscale-to-colour (see below)… and thus instant-and-acceptable tint-transfer between 2D pictures can’t be far behind.
Whatever you may think about ‘the ultimate price-tag’ on Reallusion’s software, or the radical UI makeover and new render-engines in iClone, as a company they do provide excellent support and tutorials. And the new Cartoon Animator 4 is fine software which is also useful for comics makers of a certain type. Today Reallusion uploaded an hour of detailed new tutorials on the vital skill of how to set up a “360 head” in their new Cartoon Animator 4 software…
There’s also a new 20 minutes video that dives into the details of all the Face Key Editor Enhancements in CTA4, which offers the user detailed creative control over the resulting frame-by-frame animation.