Carrara 9...DAZ, I'm begging you.
OK, so 8.5 is apparently nearing release. That means development on 9 will start in earnest, and I look forward to it.
DAZ, please think for a moment about what you potentially have with Carrara. It is a powerful program that has one huge advantage over some of its "superiors"...the ability to use content easily.
Just imagine what Carrara would be like with some added features. With an improved render engine (or the ability to use 2rd party engines like Lux), an updated particle system (current one is old, but not bad), a dynamic hair system that once again WORKS, the ability to "clothify" content clothing, and a few other things and Carrara could rival the best programs out there. I know adding these things isn't simple, but that's why you need to devote some more resources to Carrara.
I know, Carrara IS a great program, but it's aging. It NEEDS updates. The fact that it can use content easily should not be undersold. Imagine if you had a program with the power of Blender combined with Carrara's content use. The possibilities are great.
Of course, Blender has hundreds if not thousands of developers. Carrara has what, four? This is where DAZ's problem lies. The vision for Carrara's future seems narrow.
I understand that DAZ doesn't make their money from software...they make it from content. Still, how much more content would you sell if Carrara suddenly became a major production-quality suite?
PLEASE DAZ, I beg you...give Carrara some love. Make it the great program it has the potential to be.