The free open-source MakeHuman 1.2 released a new 1.2.0 alpha 4 before Christmas, and the next will be a beta. As usual in the Blender community, a tiny increment in the version-number can mean substantial new features. Three key features in 1.2 appear to be…
* “A completely new Blender integration, with support for socket transfers, IK and Kinect”. “Import directly from MakeHuman [to Blender] The process is almost instantaneous”.
* “A new randomization functionality, for generating large sets of randomized characters.” … “Real weight estimation.”
* A new Windows installer that supports uninstall, if you just want to take a quick look at it.
They also have a new DeviantArt group, but without active moderation and barring it appears to have been invaded by the usual tedious foot fetishists and other digital sexhibitionists. DeviantArt could really do with an AI that spots pictures of feet and toes, and adds such pictures to its adult filter. Until then, people using Chrome-based Web browsers (e.g. Opera etc) can install the handy DeviantArt Filter add-on.
Carrara 8 is DAZ Studio's official 'big sister' software.
Carrara loads all DAZ and Poser characters and scenes,
and supports LuxRender for top-quality realistic rendering.