“Intelligent Textures for Modeling : How to Use Quixel DDO” is a new 3D Art Live online training webinar, coming soon. DDO are basically ‘smart’ textures that look great, and you can make them with free tools. The format has all the power of the videogaming industry behind it, so is likely to be adopted.
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.