Poser users now have the official SR2 available…
This major new patch…
“will enable export of bump and normal maps in Photoshop [possibly the CS6 Extended version only?] compatible fashion”
There’s also an offer of $100 off Poser Pro 2012 (although it’s still very slightly cheaper to buy Poser Pro 2012 boxed on Amazon).
In addition there are a variety of upgrade offers for users of earlier versions of Poser. The offers end 22nd April 2012.
But the cheapest current way to get Poser Pro 2012 from scratch seems to be this: buy Poser Pro 2010 for $75 on Amazon USA, and then upgrade Poser to 2012 via Smith Micro for $159.99 — a total cost of $235. That saves you a hefty $160 on either the Amazon or Smith Micro offer price.
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.