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.
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.
Pro comics font-makers ComicCraft have announced a New Year’s Day 2020 sale, in which every ComiCraft font will be $20.20 each. Normally they can be rather expensive, from about $29-50. It appears to be a one-day-only sale.
The new P3DO Pro 2.7 was released a few days ago. One of several third-party indexers and content-managers for for Poser, P3DO Pro now has a DUF parser, for a partial indexing of the newer type of DAZ Studio files. P3DO Pro costs $25 for a two-year licence.
Update: The licence is a little confusing, but the maker clarifies it in a comment to this blog…
“P3DO keys don’t expire. Once you have acquired a key you will be able to use that version without duration limit. It is the ability to upgrade to a newer version which is not possible after a given time. Those two years you are referring to is the minimal time with free upgrades [to the user].”
P3DO Pro’s main rival PzDB 1.3 had partial DAZ indexing some years ago, along with iClone and Vue items. The PzDB licence never expires and 1.3 is currently on a discount at $56. However, if you only need a vast Poser runtime indexing then I’d suggest 1.2 is the better and perfectly good option, and it’s also significantly cheaper at $32.
If you can’t afford either, take a look at the free Everything.
It’s the Renderosity Christmas Give-away! Lots of wholly free items, with direct-downloads. Here’s a sampling of just a few of them…
It’s always good to see the release of a new Nursoda character. With his new Fehn he produces not one but two characters, while deftly anticipating the incipient baby-boom among Millennials.
I’m not madly keen on the starry fabric texture, but the alt. version could probably be made a less drab forest-green quite easily, and the character comes with texture templates to DIY with. The distinctive ‘crown’ hat and possibly also the shoes might also be fitted to his other characters.
Fehn is currently discounted at $10.50, and like all of Nursoda’s paid characters is commercial-use (some of his freebie characters are non-commercial, sadly, so you can’t make indie comics or storybooks with them).
I see that I have a mere $11 left in my PayPal as residue from a recent payment for some work. So, yup… Renderosity dinged my PayPal again. They’re getting good at that.
Two modelling tools that take unconventional and relatively easy approaches have been released, within a few days of each other. Both are from solo developers who are doing good work at the coal-face of digital content production.
It appears that Neobarok 2.0 is available. While the site’s headline banner still has this as “Coming soon!”, below the banner are now links to a “Neobarok 2.0.g for Windows” and Linux download, and “The guide and tutorials for 2.0 are online.” So, at a guess, this 2.0.g seems to be some sort of final pre-released late-beta? It’s totally free open source software, offering intuitive modelling and sculpting and paint, plus it appears to make complex boolean operations simple to do.
Curvy 3D 4.0
The second is the easy-to-use Aartform Curvy 3D 4.0, just released. Designed for artists it’s lathe-based, which means you just sketch lines on the screen, and the software auto-lathes them up into 3D shapes. You then merge and blend these shapes together to make your mesh. Also note that… “Curvy 3D objects are created with ready-made UV maps, so you can just select a brush and start painting.”
The front-page still has a link to the old 3.0 press-release, but delving into the forum shows that for the new 4.0 some of the new items are…
* Adaptive Subdivision (i.e.: as you add detail, it automatically makes the mesh finer to accommodate the added detail)
* A new range of Primitive shapes to start working on.
* Now adds a full set of digital clay tools, and a stamp tool.
* Cleaner user-interface and nicer-looking wireframes.
* Improved OBJ export.
* Save hi-resolution screenshots with alpha masks.
* SVG import.
Looks good, with a 30-day demo to try. It’s a perpetual licence and is currently discounted to £68 inc. sales tax in the UK. That’s roughly $80. If you purchased Curvy 3D way back in version 3.0, then try this 75%-off upgrade code for 4.0: CURVY-BONUS-75
It’s Cyber Monday. Mostly hardware sales, here in the UK. But of note is that…
* KeyShot have finally popped out their Cyber Monday discount on the software… 20% off.
* Wacom’s pads and pens are down on Amazon, and the Wacom Cintiq Pro 16 is £230 off. Also healthy discounts on the Huion Kamvas Pro Cintiq-alike pen monitors, at more than half of the Cintiq price — though I have to say I’ve never seen them reviewed.
* Dell UltraSharp U2412M and U2415 24″ monitors at a proper 1920 x 1200 widescreen size, at nice prices. I have a U2412M and switching it to its internal Multimedia preset and some simple calibration can make these very colour faithful. It also runs cool, even in summer.
* Backup your runtime with 256Gb of storage for around $30.
* You may want to check your Amazon wishlist, sort-by-price then search for “Kindle”. I found a number of ebooks on my wishlist to be heavily discounted.
More additions to the deals already noted here…
* Wacom are said to have some nice discounts on their graphics pads and pens.
* Otoy’s Octane Renderer is 25% off a perpetual licence until Monday. Note that it’s now free of users of DAZ Studio, though.
* $100 off ZBrush 2020 perpetual licence.
* And, my favourite game after Morrowind… Unreal Tournament 2004 Editor’s Choice Edition for just $1 on GOG. Because… Most Fun Game Everrrr….
Even more Black Friday weekend additions:
* At last, Comic Life 3 for Mac & Windows, $14.99.
* 10% off on Cinema 4D, today only.
* Reallusion has Cartoon Animator 4 for $129.00, CrazyTalk 8 for $99.
Black Friday weekend update:
* Richard Rosenman has 40% off his fine Photoshop plugins, many suitable for science-fiction pictures, with a coupon code: BLK40
* Quadspinner has 25% off their Gaea landscape software, until 2nd December.
* The Blender Market has 25% discounts.
M4, V4, Hiro 4 and Aiko 4 base figures, currently on the DAZ Store for $6 in the Black Friday sale. They’re in the “Anime Manga Starter Bundle”. Also, the ++ morphs packs are over in the Victoria 4.2 Starter Bundle and Michael 4 Starter Bundle, both $5 each. Also down at $5 is the M4/V4 Creature Creator Bundle.