Updated my recent “Survey: 3D to 2D tooned, the software options in 2018” post with a DAZ Studio section re: the potential and difficulties of the Manga Style Shaders and Visual Style Shaders packs. If anyone knows of simple (scripted?) ways to make these two easier to apply and control, then I’ll happily mention that.
Vital Kinect accessories are officially discontinued by Microsoft, and the technology downplayed. If you rely on Kinect for your body-tracking / motion-capture workflow, now might be the time to hop on eBay and grab a couple of replacements for some vital components.
Dark Ops Ready to Render Bundle, currently free on DAZ. Includes V4.2 Base, M4 Base + Michael Skin Maps (High Res) and M4 Creature Creator MorphsCreature Morphs.
Most people will have V4 and M4, but if you’re new to Poser or DAZ this Christmas then it should be a welcome freebie for core figures.
Just released today and available now, LightWave 2018. Free 30-day demo. New basic cel-shading engine, built-in. I’m guessing that Poser integration will be coming, at some point, via a new version of the PoserFusion plugin for Lightwave.
Here’s the gist of an amusing recent academic paper which claimed to be a ‘critique’ of Poser and DAZ Studio. I’ll spare these clueless academics the exposure by name. In plain English, they were claiming that Poser and DAZ can’t do more than standard body shapes…
“each piece of [such] software shares similar gaps in the ability to create avatars outside of normative anatomical frameworks. Acknowledging the limitations of [these] current software models, our research aims to create software that expands the affordances and usability of human avatar software for creative purposes.”
Have these idiots ever even heard of morphs, have they ever seen the Renderotica store? They obviously have no clue about what Poser and DAZ can do with a figure. The actual ‘critique’ is fleeting so my guess is that they looked at the software for all of seven microseconds, before condemning it out of hand as insufficient — and claiming they need to make their own software. Right… good luck with that one. Apparently their paper was presented at DiGRA. I’m surprised they weren’t laughed out of the hall. They’re located at Goldsmiths, of course. The place really does seem to deserve its dismal reputation for producing unemployable jargon-spouting posers.