The Poser sale is still on. Upgrade even a very old Poser version to the latest Poser Pro, for $49.95. Looks like Smith Micro can also ship you a physical disc in the mail, which could be rather handy if you’re in a remote place with weak or no broadband.
Renderosity currently has all its Clearance items on sale at $3.50.
There’s 64 pages to skim through down there in the murk, but my picks of the quality are:
Flying Cadet Lola Pepper for V4. The textures are a little iffy these days (the painted-on buttons, for instance), but the modeling is fine. I can’t believe that no-one ever made a texture makeover set for this, but there’s nothing out there. Also in Clearance, the matching Celestial Defender, Steam PropsSteamPunk – BFG, SteamPunk Wand (as .OBJ) and Marauder Arm for V4.
UnDead Carl for M4 and Morphs++.
Medieval Watermill by Dante78 (as an .OBJ file).
Also noticed some scripts: Dimension3D’s runtime packager and Poser Python tools for the very useful Eye Cube and others. The first is Windows, and I know that the latter still works in Poser 11 — I reviewed it here. One of its scripts can be important for serious work with Poser 11’s Comic Book real-time renders.
Poser 11’s 11.1 update is now available, via your Smith Micro Download Manager.
If you run a 64-bit instead of a 32-bit install of Poser 11, then you need to make sure to un-check the 32-bit check-box when the installer runs. Otherwise it may look for both 64-bit and 32-bit installs of Poser, and may then get confused when it can’t find the 32-bit.
If you don’t yet have 11, the Smith Micro site currently has a load of discounts on Poser 11. Including on upgrades from older versions.
Well, that was good Black Friday – Cyber Monday for me. And the nice thing was that it was all paid for by a $240 payment from the iClone store, finally paying out on some paid content I was slowly selling there. Their well-timed payment got me: a new Kindle Fire 10″ HD tablet; about 18 really nice Poser/DAZ models and shaders; some more Crossdresser licenses; 50% off 500px, a Flickr alternative, plus the Bulkr software for mass downloading from Flickr. Lovely.
(Before anyone starts thinking that the iClone store is ‘a sure thing’ for selling 3D content, I should say that my $240 had been building up very slowly over a number of years).
Right then, let’s have a quick look at newly-spotted ‘Cyber Monday’ bargains:
Rocketship 3D’s excellent PzDB Poser content database is down to $37. There’s also a Trial version at PzDB Downloads if you want to see how well it makes an index of your Poser runtime. My review is here.
CrossDresser License sale. 75% off, excellent. This is Poser clothing conversion software. If you have a paid pack of licenses in your CrossDresser 3 clothing conversion software, an upgrade to the 4 bundle is currently just $3.75.
Most CrossDresser licenses are down to $2.75 each. The store is a bit confusing: you might find it useful to start with my CrossDresser 4 test and review which has Web links at the bottom which take you straight to the license pages for the core/leading Poser figures.
Comic-book and webcomic artists may also be especially interested in licenses for NearMe and the Nursoda line of characters. You can also just say “what the heck”, and get all the licenses in a big bundle for $25.00.
I see that a couple of new items are at 60% off in my WishList at the DAZ Store, this morning. You might want to check your WishList to see what’s updated.
Content Paradise. No movement on my extensive WishList of older Poser content. I guess there’s no sale there this year.
Judging by my Vue WishList, there’s still been no general sale at the Cornucopia store (for Vue content). But there are the excellent personal sales there from two vendors, Geekatplay Studio and Tony Meszaros. No sign of any discounting on the Vue software itself, this year.
More Black Friday/Cyber Monday, likely to be of interest to readers of this blog…
* 50% off Comic Life 3, the easy-to-use comics layout and speech-balloons tool. Cheesy marketing at the website, but it’s perfectly adequate for making a comic page if you don’t have Photoshop or don’t want to wrestle with all the complexities of Manga Studio.
* The Unity Asset Store has 50% off. It’s the store for assets for game makers, which may interest some who need low-poly models.
* Xfrog 3D plants, 60% off.
* Blender Marketplace is at 25% off.
* Quadspinner GeoGlyph 2, 40% off. Terrain and erosion synthesis engine for World Machine.
* Reallusion store (iClone, CrazyTalk Animator), up to 50% on selected products.
* KeyShot upgrades will be 20% off on Cyber Monday.
Wowzer, I didn’t think the new Amazon Fire HD 10″ 1080p tablet + Alexa would get lower than the standard £150 UK retail, but it is! £109 and free delivery. Nice. It’s included in Black Friday on both Amazon UK and USA.
Amazon must have decided they want to take a big loss on the hardware, to get the eventual income from ongoing content sales.
Things to bear in mind:
* It’s not really going to be the sort of ‘digital painting tablet’ that a 10″ iPad + Apple Pen can be. But then… it’s a fifth of the price.
* Amazon has their own equivalent of Google Play. The Fire 10″ can’t access Google Play without some workarounds, and even when it can it runs an older streamlined version of Android and thus may not play nicely with some Google Play apps.
* If you find you really don’t like Amazon’s mis-targetted ads and “your tasteless friends also brought…” on the lock-screen, you can do a unofficial workaround to remove them. Or just pay Amazon £10 later on their website, to have them removed.
* It has a 16:10 screen, eminently suitable for movies and showing your widescreen artwork — because no “black bars” above and below such content. Also good for comics and graphic novels and magazines. Shows 104% of the sRGB range, and has good blacks.
* Alexa hands-free voice assistant. Apparently it works well, and it always listening.
* Mediocre camera.
* Apparently it’s going to be rubbish in sunlight, re: reflections etc. It’s an indoor tablet for lower lighting situations.
* Reviews say it’s ugly. But I checked out a model on display in my local Tesco store and it looks fine to me. It looks even better at £109. 🙂
So what did Black Friday amount to, for me?
* I got a Flickr replacement in the form of 500px, at 50% off for the first year. Plus a most excellent Flickr bulk-browser and downloader, Bulkr Pro, at 60% off. Savings = $50.
* $35 spent at Renderosity got me $70 of really nice sci-fi and fantasy items, plus the Thumbnail Designer addon for Poser. Actually, it was a little less for me, as I had some store credit. Savings = $35.
* $11 at Conucopia, for Tony Meszaros’s high quality Vue items, after he ‘jumped the gun’ with huge 70%-80% discounts a week early. Savings: About $70.
* Another $11 of Cornucopia items, after Geekatplay Studio also joined the discounting at 50%-off. Savings: $15.
Not bad. In terms of 3D, $57 got me a nice bundle of 15 of the highest-quality items. Plus another $67 to escape from Flickr before the idiots at Yahoo crash-and-burn it completely. Total savings: $170.
If there are eventually Cyber Monday deals on Monday, from Cornucopia and DAZ and Content Paradise, then they’ll likely be a little late. As my PayPal is now all-but flat…
* Autodesk SketchbookPro, 50% off an annual subscription to the leading 2D digital sketching software. Code: THANKS17
Last I heard, it was credit card only, and a recurring payment, though. Which may be a deal-breaker for many.
* Corel Painter Essentials, for £24, at the Corel store. Also discounts on Corel Painter 2018.
Black Friday sales roundup, 1pm UK time (about 6am in the USA):
The Renderosity Black Friday sale is on now. Renderosity’s entire Poser/DAZ content store at 50% off!
Smith Micro’s Store on Renderosity has Poser 11 at 50% off, inc. upgrades and Pro.
Also has Smith Micro’s MotionArtist Motion Comics software at 60% off, at $20.
At Smith Micro’s software store, Clip Studio (aka Manga Studio) is at a 50%-61% discount.
Cyber Monday Sale at HiveWire 3D page. Hivewire Gorilla for Dusk, for $10. But… no discount on the Poser Fur for the HiveWire Gorilla, or Gorilla poses. If they’d had bundled all those for $15 I might have been tempted.
On sorting my WishList by price, there appears to have been no movement. Perhaps they’re waiting for Cyber Monday?
Two items on my WishList newly at 70% off, that’s all. I might come back for “Mr Mole and the Attack of the Naked Mole Rats” at $5, if I have any PayPal left over after Renderosity.
No discounts on my extensive WishList.
So it looks like Renderosity gets to drain my PayPal, this year.
DeviantArt’s CORE membership has a Black Friday sale on. It’s not a great offer, frankly. And you can’t pay by PayPal, and I’m always very wary about putting recurring annual memberships on a credit card (because they can be so difficult to cancel). But it might save you some cash, if you were going to buy a CORE membership anyway.
I think the banner flash is misleading. I thought “buy one, get one free” would mean: you buy a year, and you get a free year’s membership to give to a friend. But that doesn’t seem to be what’s on offer.
500px, the worthy Flickr alternative for photographers, has a Black Friday sale. Coupon code: BFRIDAY
It’s $28 (after a 50% discount) by PayPal (recurring annually, note). That gets you a basic 500px membership, for which the main benefit is an unlimited number of uploads. There is a free account, which I was on previously, but it only allowed something like ‘four uploads a week’.
If you want to swop to 500px from Flickr then Bulkr Pro is your best option for bulk/automated download of the full-size pictures. I see they also have a discount currently, from $60 to $39. That’s a one-time purchase of a license key for the desktop Windows software. It appears that the license key delivery for Bulkr Pro isn’t automatic, and you may have to wait a while before the maker manually sends the email with the key.
It appears the some Black Friday / Cyber Monday store discounts have started early this year. So far, we have:
Cornucopia (Vue users): currently only Tony Meszaros has heavy discounts. Quality items though, very low ‘doorbuster’ prices and he even has time-limited freebies which were previously at $25.
Hivewire: Nothing in my WishList has been reduced yet. (They had a special Black Friday store page last year, with a small selection of 70% discounts).
DAZ Store: nearly all of my WishList is now discounted there, but… only four items are at less than $5. And they’re just old Hiro and Genesis stuff, and as such are not tempting me to blow $20 on picking them up.
Will the DAZ Store discounts go to 70% on ‘Black Friday to Cyber Monday’? Personally I’ll be waiting to see, rather than diving in now for a few 40%-ers.
Renderosity: On sorting my WishList by “On Sale items” and then by price, it’s still just 1971s items at the sub-$5 mark. Incidentally, 1971s is back on form again, and his two latest models are excellent…
I’m tempted not to wait to see if these two go down to 70%, next weekend.
What about software? Adobe already have 20% off the $50-a-month for Creative Cloud suite, until Friday. If you buy a Wacom Pro product from Amazon (UK only, time-limited) you reportedly get Creative Cloud free for three months via some kind of coupon code.
Corel Painter 2018 is already 15% off. I suspect that might go down further at the weekend, as last year Painter 2017 was much more heavily discounted.
No movement yet, but based on what happened last year we can probably also expect discounts on Friday for: Sketchbook Pro; Comic Life 3; Vue (was 50% off, last year); Poser Pro 11; Manga Studio (aka Clip Studio); and Poser plugins such as Reality.
Judging by the UK’s Overclockers Black Friday pages there are plenty of good savings on graphics cards, memory, 8-core Ryzen CPUs. Doubtless their USA and European equivalents have a similar set of discounts.
I’ve already blogged here about the Ugee pen monitor discounting on Amazon.
I doubt we’ll see items like the new Kindle Fire HD 10″ drop below £150 in the UK.
Such a pity, Amazon has just announced its UK Black Friday deals list and already the Ugee HK1560 15.6 Inch pen monitor at a mere £297 is… gone, sold out, and the waitlist is full. Still, there is also a 24% discount available, on the regular price. Those in the USA might also watch out for similar Ugee pen monitor deals over the next week.