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.
Get physical, with DAZ Studio…
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.
Free cute cats, delivered to your home! Nope, not an April Fools’ Day prank. HiveWire are giving away their high-quality Housecat for free until 31st May 2020, along with other goodies.
For fur also get their free LAMH Presets for the HiveWire House Cat, which are not on the new freebies page, but are free on the general store.
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 want to run a Python script each time when Poser starts, you can do so by editing Poser’s poserStartup.py file.
1) First locate your poserStartup.py file, which is what loads your chosen Python scripts whenever Poser starts. For me, in Poser 11.2, this startup file is located in…
C:\Program Files\Smith Micro\Poser 11\Runtime\Python\poserScripts
The location may be different for some, but poserStartup.py is very likely to be in Program Files folder. As such it may be protected by Windows. If so then you you need to copy it out in order to edit it.
2) Make a safe backup of the poserStartup.py file. Then copy it out to somewhere on your PC that allows file editing (e.g. the Windows Desktop), and open this copy with the free Notepad++. A .PY script file just a text file.
poser.ExecFile(“C:\\Program Files\\Smith Micro\\Poser 11\\Runtime\\Python\\poserScripts\\ScriptsMenu\\Snarlygribbly – fix Poser 112 errors\\avfix.pyc”)
poser.ExecFile(“C:\\Program Files\\Smith Micro\\Poser 11\\Runtime\\Python\\poserScripts\\ScriptsMenu\\FavoriteScripts\\XS – Toolbar and macros\\XA.pyc”)
It looks complicated, but it’s just a poser.ExecFile instruction followed by the path to the script we want to automatically start. Don’t forget to manually add all the double \\’s! PoserPython needs them on the file-path. Also, note that if you’re copy-pasting my example, PoserPython might not like WordPress’s fancy curly ” marks, and these may need to be re-typed as plain ” marks.
The above instruction lines are added one on each new line, and placed at the foot of the poserStartup.py file.
3) The file is then saved. You then copy the fixed poserStartup.py and over-write the original in C:\Program Files\..
4) Start Poser, and your chosen scripts should now start up automatically. In this example, Dimension3D’s XA – Toolbar starts automatically. This useful toolbar can be configured to do all sorts of things with a single click. For instance, you can drag-and-drop the new free Sketch Presets Manager for Poser script on it, and it automatically makes a button that starts this script with one click. More automation, less clicks!
“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.
It’s the end of January 2020 and time for another survey of new content and scripts for DAZ Studio and Poser. What goodies have slipped out in this quiet time of the year? Read on and find out…
10 Drones Orchid Pack, organic alien spaceships in .OBJ format.
Where do the inn’s deep cellars lead to? Why, to the PW Underworld of course…
Mrs Evil HD for Victoria 8 and Genesis 8 Female.
Modular 3D Kits: Fantasy Library from ShaaraMuse3D. HD books, bookcases, tables and scrolls.
Ancient Greco-Roman Crowd Generator, as billboards.
RP Salty Scarlett for Genesis 8 Female.
Poser Hair ‘Em2 – Just Four Men. Dynamic Hair Room hair for M4 and Poser.
Wild West Horse And Rider Poses for G8M and Horse 2, including wielding six-guns while riding.
Characters and poses:
Matilde for La Femme for Poser.
A usefully generic free ‘surfing’ pose for Genesis 8.
Toon and storybook:
Fairy hut for Poser by 1971s.
Noor Toolbox for Nursoda’s Noor baby (part of the Fehn bundle).
Free Fehn Eyes, for Fehn, ten of them, the default ones being very dark.
Klia for G8F, a free semi-toon character suited to storybooks.
Some nice Retro brushes for Photoshop.
A classic French Citroen for Poser, likely to interest those with French style toons such as Muggie and Nos by Nursoda.
Multi-species WolfPack for Poser, with animations. They appear to be suitable for large pack scenes, once you reduce the textures a bit.
Old Town Alley for DAZ Studio.
A wind-scoured canyon system for Vue, for $2.
18Gb of vegetation and waterfall and related assets for Vue, including localised mists.
Photo Props: Electric Poles from ShaaraMuse3D, with HD textures so presumably suitable for closeups of a linesman working on the wires. Also likely to interest Vue artists.
Painting Over 3D Renders with Wootha.
Utilities and scripts:
Last month I said I wouldn’t cover any more of the burgeoning range of Genesis converter packs, but Cross Figure 0002 Character Morph and Cross Figure 0001 Character Morph look very useful and long-term. What the difference is between the two packs I just can’t figure out, though. Which is a huge barrier to a potential purchase.
Perspective Control for DAZ Studio. I’m fairly sure Poser already does this as standard, if this add-on is the same as Poser’s Perspective dial.
Reveal Node Type for Poser.
Finally, be aware that your CG Trader ‘Wish List’ appears to be public. I can access mine while logged out, and its not coming from the browser’s cache.
That’s it for this month. More picks next month!
P3DO Explorer Pro has updated to a 17th January 2020 release, and…
“As promised this version contains Poser additions: lights and cameras have been added to the Poser formats supported.”
This again brings P3DO into parity with its competitor PzDB, following the recent addition of DAZ .DUF content indexing. Lights appear to have been done in quite a robust way, and search hits…
“shows the lights list with the light type (infinite, spot, point, diffuse IBL, area light) and image references for IBL.”
And for an unspecified future release in 2020 the maker plans to…
“add the ability to load only one light/spot from a given set into Poser.”
There will be a P3DO 2.8 ’20th anniversary edition’ in April 2020, so the Easter store-wide sales may be the time you’ll want to bag a copy on Renderosity.
One of the items of software mentioned by Nerd3D (see previous post), was called PoserEd. I’d never heard of it before. Turns out it’s for hand-editing Poser saved files. I knew there were several free .CR2 editors, and sometimes you can also just use Notepad++ to take a peek.
However, Nerd3D was re-purposing PoserEd into something closer to my heart — a where-the-heck-is-it content finder, as you can have it show the linked file paths and suchlike.
Where to get it? Seems to me that PoserEd must actually be short for Poser File Editor 3… which unfortunately is no longer sold. A comment elsewhere appears to indicate that 3.3 was the last update.
I also found a comment that said that Netherworks’ Creator’s ToyBox does something very similar, re: how Nerd3D was using PoserEd.
Poser 11 Webinar Series: Meeting 1 January 2020 is a welcome new webinar from Poser expert Nerd3D. Here’s the handy contents-list from the front of the video recording which is archived on YouTube…
I’ve added three red dots on those items likely to interest those who are not store content-developers.
Perhaps, in future, the show might get an even bigger audience if the producers were to front-end it with such general items, and then follow those with the more content-developer-ish items?
A promising new 2020 paper, “Generating Digital Painting Lighting Effects via RGB-space Geometry”. Along with the paper are Python scripts that inspect your digital painting, detect where “the density of strokes” are, and then intelligently re-light the painting accordingly.
It’s ‘early days’ for this and similar experimental re-lighting techniques. But one wonders if it could be used on 3D renders, perhaps if they were output along with a quickly-calculated data-file that served as a proxy for “density of strokes”. That would perhaps be the equivalent of Poser’s Sketch rendering, but without the rendering — only the stroke density data would be saved, as a text file. Poser can already save its stroke data for export to Corel Painter.