Renderosity has some nice sales this weekend. Poser 11 is 15% off for the full version and the upgrades.
And a 40%-60% sale this weekend at the Maddelirium (‘MDD’) Store at Renderosity. Very high quality characters and skin MATs for V4 and G3/G8.
For those who are staying at DeviantArt and suffering, you’ll be needing a blocking-filter that’s better than the clunky native one. In which case you should know that the deviantART-Filter browser add-on has a new v6 ‘Alpha 1’ (14th April 2020) for testers. The add-on elegantly blocks users from your search results, and provides a discreet and hassle-free ‘block’ button. It can run alongside the UserScript dA_ignore which it seems doesn’t do blocking in search results, but blocks in other ways.
Why is this deviantART-Filter release important? Because version 6.0 ‘alpha 1’ works with the horrible new Eclipse UI, which regrettably we’re all being forced to use from 20th May 2020. The old version doesn’t work with Eclipse, and the new one is anyway a lot faster when scrolling through search-results.
Here’s the best way to go about getting the new deviantART-Filter…
1. First, don’t uninstall your old deviantART-Filter addon. First, export your old blocklist from it, as a .JSON file…
Then de-activate it, but don’t un-install your old copy just yet.
2. Now download, unzip and install the new version from GitHub. I manually installed the Opera version from the unzipped folders. That means I just went to: Extensions | Load Unpacked | and pointed Opera to the folder. I assume it’ll be much the same on other browsers.
3. Go to the new add-on’s dashboard, accessed via its red address-bar icon. Find the import panel and drag-and-drop your old .JSON blocklist into the import panel…
A ‘hive of scum and villainy’, installed and blocked. As you can see, I’ve been ban-happy over the years…
Now you can uninstall the old version, after backing up that .JSON file somewhere safe.
4. Now check it’s working. On searching you should see correctly-sized placeholders for blocked pictures…
Each remaining picture has a blocking ‘X’ icon placed in the top-left corner, which appears when you mouseover the picture with your cursor…
Click it, and the user is perma-blocked.
Update: 6.1 has a new way to filter a user – right click on a search result, “Create Filters…”.
A big advantage of the new v6.0 alpha in Eclipse is that it’s no longer ‘sticky’ to scroll down multiple pages of results, even with 1,600 permablocks at work in the background. If you only have a few hundred you may not even notice the occasional slowdown.
Incidentally, if you want to convert your exported .JSON file to a one-name-per-line list suited to dA_ignore, then Notepad++ and this Regex is your friend…
The place to then paste your list is your own personal Settings page at DeviantArt, into which dA_ignore will have plugged a new link and a listing page.
Ah, well… that’s DeviantArt ruined. They’re now forcing the appallingly un-usable new ‘Eclipse’ interface on everyone, from 20th May 2020. The new look is somewhat prettier, but is absolutely vile to try to use. Its poor usability and layout is just so bad, and in so many places, that it’s amazing how it all got past the beta testers. I can only assume they were all using tablets, not widescreen desktops. It’s so bad that I’m considering moving. Are there any real alternatives to DeviantArt, that are not the dour and fun-free ArtStation?
Lightwave 2020 has been released. The “what’s new” highlights for artists appear to be:
* Two new hair shaders in FiberFX, with “a simple artist-friendly shading option” which makes controlling and styling the strands easier.
* Tone mapping and better SSS.
* Improved workflow in the Scene Editor.
* “More features” are now supported in the FBX format.
* Updated OpenGL, for a “closer to final render” look in preview.
The last P3DO Pro update was December, with many new features added, and this new 2.8 is March/April 2020. Again, lots of new items added and other tweaks, on which the changelog is linked here. Much as I like PzDB as a Poser library manager, this new P3DO 2.8 has to be worth a mere $12.50 just to have as a backup. I believe it also works offline, whereas PzDB needs to ‘phone home’ occasionally, which may make P3DO useful for offline Poser creatives.
Curiously, the DuckDuckGo search-engine seems to heavily censor searches for the software (six results for “P3DO Explorer”, none relevant). Whereas Google Search is happy to provide 14,000 results. I assume that the word “p3do” is now on the Bing bad-words blacklist (DuckDuckGo is mostly Bing, with a bit of Yandex). Yes, it’s 2020 and advanced search-engines are still using clunky old keyword-based censorship. This is yet another reason why DuckDuckGo isn’t something you should use for serious searching, only for quick navigational searches and image searching (on which it’s actually quite good, mostly because it has less spam and fluff than Google Images).
Also, in other discount news, the main Reallusion Store has a coupon code for 50% off everything, also until 30th April 2020. Theoretically that brings the standalone conversion utility 3DXChange 7 Pro down to $99, which will be of interest even if you don’t want to get into the iClone ecosystem.
There’s a big 1971s sale on at Renderosity now. Fine bargains on beautiful models for Poser and with easy import to Vue. I picked up four I didn’t yet have.
The iRay devs reported a few weeks ago that iRay “2020.0 final has just been released”. Strand fibers do “especially well” with the new iRay 2020 + an RTX graphics card, even fibres with dense intersections.
iRay 2020… “introduces native fiber intersection support! This delivers perfectly smooth hair, fur, carpet, and similar curve-based primitives out-of-the-box, without paying for extra memory and/or additional pre-computation time for tessellation to triangle-data!”
Good news for fur render speed and for Look At My Hair users. Though not quite yet, as the latest iRay in DAZ Studio is currently 2019.1.4. But it can’t be long until 2020.1 gets plugged in.
Several other major bits of software are also doing short hair, KeyShot 9 has its new “fuzz”, and Lightwave 2020 will also have two similar short hair shaders.
The Poser Pro 11.3 update has just been released. Congratulations on the team for getting it on time in the current difficult circumstances. 11.3 adds…
* support for RTX graphics cards on Windows, and apparently this has to be “20 series”. The added support is said to “significantly reduce render times”;
* improved content library search, with new Boolean “AND” and “OR” search-operators for the Library search-box;
* a new stand-alone male figure, L’Homme, who was previously only a morph of La Femme. But “they can still share morphs, textures and poses”;
* the La Femme figure has been updated to remove the L’Homme morph dial;
* users can now log in to “Renderosity accounts through the Poser Software interface” and download/install store purchases that way. Note that “Users will not have to “Install from Zip” unless they want to.”;
* Poser’s Python scripting is updated to Python 2.7.17;
* 11.3 adds the latest .FBX handling, and there’s a forum post that suggests this means FBX 2019;
* new “faster loading of default scene load time by using PMD”. (Never heard of it, but sounds good. Does it also speed up Poser scenes that are not the ‘default’?);
* and “hundreds of bug fixes”.
On the ‘store content installs’, I presume one can tell Poser which Runtime you want it installed in. Since Poser 11 has several, and users often have more and in strange places.
11.3 looks good, but I won’t be installing it just yet, and I might even prefer to wait until the summer and Poser 12. Poser 11.2 runs fine for me, and I’ll wait and see what scripts the Python update breaks before installing. I’ll probably update this blog’s ‘Poser 11 Python scripts page’ in due course for 11.3, in a few weeks, as and when stable fixes are noted and linked on the forums.
If you haven’t been following Reallusion closely, you can catch up with a handy new 3-minute Reallusion 2019 video roundup. It briskly showcases all the new ‘big’ content made available for sale in 2019, in both 3D and 2D. Note that there will also have been content from smaller makers, and last time I looked they had a separate store for such items.
The Bendies were first made for CrazyTalk Animator 3, then upgraded for Cartoon Animator 4 and its ‘360 head’ feature and new face puppeting. They also lack edge inking, which means webcomics artists could over-ink a bit to add their own look. They look excellent, and can be purchased individually at around $10-$12 each.
The Apple macOS version of CrazyTalk Animator 3 Pro (now Cartoon Animator 4) is free until the 1st of April 2020. Note that Pro is a limited version, compared to the full top-of-the-line Pipeline version. Pro lacks .PSD import/export, and vector .SWF loading.
I don’t imagine that there are many poor people with Macs. But for those who are short of cash, such as school students, then it’s a nice bit of creative software and is not tied to a subscription. Those who know schools that run on Macs might also point them in the direction of this offer, with a warning that Reallusion’s content-packs can be expensive.
Worried about your fingers getting creaky? By the time they do, software will likely be stuffed with AI-enhanced voice assistants and the old mouse and keyboard may be gathering dust in a drawer. This is suggested by a new article from Maxon, maker of Cinema 4D, which profiles Kye Young and her use of the software. She Makes Comics in C4D Using Voice Controls…
“after developing degenerative arthritis in her fingers … she figured out how to use voice commands to control C4D, dramatically reducing the need for her mouse and keyboard.”
“Create a Signature Line Art Style with Poser”. A live webinar with Mike Mitchell in which he steps through his techniques, and shows how the renders are then worked up in the comics production software Clip Studio (formerly Manga Studio). Sunday 16th February 2020.
News today from the Poser developer team. The Poser 11.3 free update is officially dated as due at the end of March 2020, and it will also support RTX-capable graphics cards.
In the UK you’d currently be looking at around £400 for a good new RTX card, although it may also require a new power-supply unit too.
It’ll be interesting to see if this new feature can ‘drive’ the main scene-view window in real-time, thus optionally replacing OpenGL and making Poser 11.3 into a “what you see is what you get” software.
A new video from Lightning Boy Studio, Dynamic Outline Inking with Blender. Definitely not as simple to set up or control as Poser 11’s real-time inking, but the video’s result on the test ‘dinosaur mask’ looks production-ready to me.