Both run fine in Poser but are slightly flawed by current standards, buyers should be aware. The Tea House Spirit’s eyes are fine but the mask is not geometry, and not at all HD. I’ve painted the fuzzy/pixillated mask out in the above quickie picture. The StarMan’s arms and body can be twisted but the legs can’t be made to look like “going at a run”. So far as I know there are no third-party texture makeovers or pose sets for either character. However, these are beautiful character designs and well worth a few dollars each.
Renderosity has a huge 55%-off discount sale today and tomorrow on hundreds of top sci-fi, steampunk and imaginative fantasy content at their store. 22 pages of real quality from the likes of 1971s, Coflec-Gnorg, Dariofish, DM and others.
If you have a Renderosity $29.99 Renderosity Prime Annual Membership you can grab even better deals.
Here’s my personal survey of what I think are the most notable items released in mid and late 2016 for the DAZ and Poser content ecosystem. The survey has been made by trawling as far back as I can go on with the store “what’s new” pages, and my wishlists and my runtime. It’s been about ten months since my last such survey.
It’s been another good year for content, but also a year of change at several stores. One of the most notable changes was of course the denuding (and now effective closure) of Runtime DNA. Some content vendors have gone to HiveWire, some to the DAZ Store, a few to their own stores or even into retirement. Buyers may thus see apparently “new things” on stores that are actually older content from RuntimeDNA being transferred and uploaded. Thankfully I was familiar enough with the old RuntimeDNA range to know which items are really new, and which not.
New content vendor Herschel Hoffmeyer makes a splash with a big Tyrannosaurus Rex as his first release. Dinoraul has dinosaurs pretty much covered, though, so you have to wonder what other niche Hoffmeyer’s obvious talents will make their mark in. Sci-fi “future-hybrid” creatures, perhaps?
Also making a big splash is The HumpBack Whale, a new highly detailed model with plenty of skins and poses.
The whale might be combined with Sea Beast.
In that context note also Stonemason’s new Jungle Construction Kit, Abandoned Temple, Mayan Ruins and Fern Lake Bundle. Also the pose set Gladiator for Victoria 7 and Michael 7 where the poses are keyed to fighting a big cat (a DAZ Big Cat 2, rather than the HiveWire ones) hand-to-claw.
Talking of nature, it seems that the Poser 11-friendly versions of Vue, such as VUE Studio 2016, have recently been released. Certainly there are viable order pages for them now. Previously it was only the top-of-the-line Vue 2016 that had been released.
In nature there has been a surprising lack of quality small lizards until recently, but now Poser nature expert Ken Gilliland has produced a fine set of Nature’s Wonders: Lizards of the World which now has four packs. As always with Ken’s careful work, they’re accurate for real species and could be used for illustrations on nature-reserve information boards and booklets. I’d love to see him do a “Lizards of the British Isles” pack sometime, though I guess we’re behind hotter countries that have brighter prettier lizards.
I seem to remember that perhaps half of Ken’s Birds of Prey series for Poser, addons for Songbird Remix, were also newly released in 2016.
Environments and interiors:
Medieval Scriptorium. There is a lot of medieval stuff around, and it’s easy to get tired of it. But I don’t think I’ve seen a scriptorium around before, and certainly not one this good…
BB3D Environments: Medieval Study could possibly be used as an external corridor with the scriptorium.
Beyond the Clock, an unusual “inside the clocktower” interior.
Restricted Zone is usefully generic, lending itself to “Area 52-style” UFO tales or spy/thriller situations.
Faery, wood spirits and similar:
Sticks the Wood Spirit. The fingertips seem a little under-detailed, but most of the time they’re going to be hidden in grass anyway.
I can imagine a storybook where Sticks the Wood Spirit may come out of the woods and live in The Gardeners Potting Shed for a while. Old Garden – Structures could provide additional environment for the Shed. A Typical British Farmyard might also be a setting.
The Forest King for Genesis 3 Male might also play a part in such a story.
Your heroine in such a story might wear the Melidae Crown for Genesis 3 Female.
Dominator is an all-purpose “destroy the planet!” do-hickey, which can also double up as an invasion fleet.
SciFi Medusa is a future VR helmet with cyber-tentacles!
2075 Feral Assassin X for Genesis 3 Female is an unusual “human kitty”.
The BnB Cephalotus would make fun ‘alien planet’ plants. What if they arrived on earth? I can imagine a storybook or comic that paired these with the Songbird ReMix Kiwis to comedic effect. The Cephalotus can speak, sing, with lip-sync in Poser.
Flora Imaginarum offers more ‘alien planet’ plants.
As America prepares to get back to work in January, Construction Worker Outfit for Genesis 2 and Genesis 3 looks like a timely addition to the runtime.
Too late now for Christmas but Mr and Mrs Klaus is very professionally designed and detailed.
Elven Weapon Bundle, worth seeing just for the preview renders alone.
For a similar but grittier look try Rough Rider for Genesis 3 Male.
Retro Skirt for Genesis 3 Female. The title is a bit confusing, as it seems the jacket is also included. Has a nice sort of “1840s” feel about it, which could make your 1890s steampunk feel a bit fresher.
Wise Sensei for Genesis 3 Male and an Asian River fishing hamlet scene for him. With a bit of tweaking and runtime-bashing he could also pass as a Bronze Age trader in Europe, of the sort found frozen in the ice a few years ago.
MightyMite has continued to churn out pack after pack of comic book hero poses, and I’m told they’re good useful stuff. Anyone making superhero comics with Poser no longer needs a ‘pose scrapbook’ or similar, or to scrabble around in other pose sets.
Ironman13 (i13) has produced a much-needed wide range of quality poses and expressions for the DAZ Genesis 3 characters, often with mix-and-matching eye position and hand presets. For instance, i13 All Life’s Pleasures
Pompadour Hair for G3M and M7 is a very fashionable style that seems to be worn by all the cool boys these days. Also look at Rodi Clean Cut Hair Style for Genesis 3 Male. Could go well with sci-fi, given a few white/silver shades.
320 x Quality SuperFly Shader Materials for Poser 11 SuperFly renders. Ignore the scary manual — you can just drag-and-drop these onto your model or character, and you don’t need to get into node editing or understanding the mind-bending theory of how such shaders actually work.
Digital Art Live now has some of their training webinar recordings on the DAZ Store, such as Daz Studio Content Creation Mastery: Rendering Top Promos & Preparing Products for Sale.
There’s now a Stonemason Indie Game Developer License for many of the Stonemason environments.
Santa delivered my Christmas present early! Yes, I wished that the great 3D Poser modeller 1971s did science fiction and sold it on the Renderosity store. And the wish came true! Even better his latest sci-fi scene is currently on a discount sale, along with more of his superb new fantasy scenes. I picked up all three scenes plus a steampunk airship for a mere $14, with a little store-credit applied…
Another Black Friday/Cyber Monday discount spotted. The $30 Comic Life 3.5 is a Windows and Mac software tool to quickly make pages of comic-book frames, into which you then drop your pictures, and then add speech balloons and dialogue boxes on top. The graphics wizards can do this with Photoshop, of course, but it’s somewhat easier with Comic Life where everything is streamlined. It does have some very cheesy templates, to appeal to teachers and kiddies who want to make fun chuckle-comics about their pets. But look past that and it’s a useful bit of software for speeding up comics production. Version 3.5 introduces a way to quickly link the comic’s typed script and the speech balloons on the page, and adds other fixes and upgrades from earlier versions.
Use the checkout code: CYBER50 to get it for $15. Sadly they use a checkout system that adds country sales tax, so you do pay VAT in the UK on the final amount. That makes it £10.50 in the UK. It’s a one-time payment, not a subscription, and PayPal is accepted.
Ah, here we go. I knew it was likely… Autodesk Sketchbook Pro at half price.
* Subscribe to Autodesk’s SketchBook Pro for half-price if you buy a year’s subscription. $14.99 per year instead of from $29.99, although you won’t get that deal at the sketchbook.com site where it’s still $29.99. Nothing on Facebook either. The only detail is at the blog…
“this Black Friday 50% off offer will expire on Monday at midnight.”
It appears that you get the 15-day trial, sign up, then pay by Credit Card and find out then that it’s half-price?
* Wacom have also slightly reduced some of their Cintiq pen tablet prices.
* Get another 10% off the Corel Painter 2017 discount, by using the checkout code: 10CORELSAVE
More Black Friday discounts…
* Unity Asset Store “up to 50%” off selected Unity Store assets. Can be imported to DAZ and Poser, and should also be low-poly enough to use in Reallusion’s iClone. In sci-fi, the curvy toony Sci-Fi Scout Drone ($5.50) caught my eye…
I’d have expected to see more Syd Mead-style ground vehicles here, but there’s nothing of that sort there outside of a couple of blocky ultra-low-poly items.
* Blender users have a Blender Market. Who knew? It’s new to me. A look at the sci-fi section suggests some nice models, but almost all at high ‘movie studio / ad agency’ prices. The Hammershark looks great, though it’s not discounted…
* No discounts on Crossdresser licences other than for Cookie, over on Runtime DNA.
* The Cinema 4D software has some discounts on licences, but I see they’re for those in the U.S. and Canada only.
So, let’s tot up what Black Friday bargains I’ve had tonight and today. In total, taking into account coupons and some store credit, my PayPal is down by just $28.00. Not a bad haul, for the spend. And there’s still a chunk of PayPal balance left for software or a plugin, if a deal suddenly pops up via Facebook through Cyber Monday.
Stryke Angel for Star. Because… sci-fi! And it’ll soon be back up at an eye-watering $16 again. Can be converted for other characters via Crossdresser.
Lil Star Witch for Star!, not so much for the outfit itself but rather to give access to mix-and-matching bits of it with other Star! outfits, and to take advantage of freebies that may need the hat.
Dr Pitterbill Hobo outfit. Opens up new possibilities for Pitterbill in rural and gardening illustration and cartooning work.
HFS Environments: Ancient Tree. Trans-mapped leaves though, so it probably won’t play nicely with Poser’s Comic Book Mode. Note that Ostestes Trees (DAZ Store) do have polygon leaves though, so they work fine with the Comic Book Mode.
Steampunk Classics-Lamp. I see there’s also an animated rig for this on Runtime DNA.
Adventurer Set for the semi-toon SuzyQ 2. Useful for converting via Crossdresser. The boots will be especially useful for other characters, and good pith helmets are rare.
It’s now 9am on Friday in the UK, and past midnight in most of the USA. What’s new in the Black Friday sales?
* Renderosity now has a good many 30% sales, and also a “up to $10” off checkout coupon: BLACK2016P30B10 I see that Nursoda’s Muggie is 70% off, at just $3.50. Dr Pitterbill Hobo and Wizard outfits are both 30% off.
* Hivewire 3D: Now have an official Save up to 53% with Black Friday page. I also noticed some Poser script helper utilities are well discounted there, and there’s a gorilla-sized discount on Poser fur for the Hivewire Gorilla. The sci-fi Stryke Angel for Star (Poser) for less than $10, too, which persuaded me to log in and get it.
* I see that the Teknology 3D store also has a 70% off Black Friday sale, though there was nothing there I wanted.
Still no movement on discounting Autodesk Sketchbook Pro subscriptions. There’s a lackluster 20% off for Photoshop CC subscriptions, I see.
It’s 9pm Thursday evening UK time, and here are the Black Friday -to- Cyber Monday deals I’ve spotted so far:
The DAZ and Poser stores:
* The DAZ Store has a 30% off page. Some of the content creators also have heavy discounts. Nothing in my WishList is discounted though.
* Renderosity. No sign of any Black Friday content sale yet, though the Poser 11 software is discounted (see below).
* Content Paradise. No sign of any Black Friday sale yet.
* Hivewire 3D. No sign of any Black Friday sale yet.
* Cornucopia 3D (for Vue users). A nice range of What’s On Sale? items, but no specific Black Friday discounts yet.
* Runtime DNA has 60% off all content remaining in the store. Hmmm… login. Wishlist is still working? Oh yes, though it’s rather depleted these days. I see that a number of Crossdresser licenses are still available and discounted, including Cookie. Advanced Shaders Launcher script for Poser, get the complete set for $7. So I loaded up on various items at RuntimeDNA.
Then I unloaded — because for some really annoying reason, the RuntimeDNA site no longer accepts PayPal payments wholly in dollars. If you’re in the UK you now have to pay partly in dollars and partly in pounds, which makes the purchase a lot more expensive for someone who holds and wants to pay in U.S. dollars only. I took several items out of my cart, so as to reduce my exposure to the rip-off rates.
For those who have the semi-toon character SuzyQ 2 in their Runtime I spotted the above outfit at Runtime DNA, for just $3.80 (and with Crossdresser 4 it should convert for the original Star).
The Poser content manager database PzDB 1.3 is down from $52 to $36. Still one of the best ways to wrangle a vast runtime.
Reality 4 for Poser and Daz, at just $5.99.
Poser 11 Pro – 65% off.
Poser Pro 11 Upgrade – 25% off.
Corel has a big discount on Painter 2017, priced at $299 down from $429.
Vue? Autodesk Sketchbook? No sign of any movement from them yet.
Manga Studio Pro for $25? Yup. Although these days they call it Clip Studio Pro…
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 128GB + keyboard and pen, is available in the UK for £599.99 from the Microsoft Store UK, a hefty £259 discount. They’re clearing them out before the Surface 5 arrives in the New Year.
Lots of graphics cards and other deals in the UK, at Overclockers.
75%-off the Poser 11 Standard version, which is now just $50 (was $130). The 75%-off sale ends 13th November 2016.
Just announced: “…all Poser Software users can now upgrade to either Poser Pro 11 or Poser 11 for just $99.”
Poser Pro 11 Upgrade – upgrade from Poser Game Dev, Pro 2014, Pro 2012 and Pro 2010.
Poser Pro 11 Upgrade – upgrade from Poser 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 or Poser Debut.
Poser 11 Upgrade – upgrade to Poser 11 Standard from Poser 6 and Up.
Currently on the U.S. version of Amazon, Poser Pro 2014 at less than half-price!