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DAZ Studio Pro BETA, version 4.5.1.41, is now available!
Posted: 19 November 2012 02:31 PM   [ Ignore ]
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DAZ 3D is pleased to announce the next public version of the DAZ Studio Pro BETA - version 4.5.1.41!

What is a BETA?

Despite our best efforts, DAZ 3D cannot possibly test the software under all possible conditions. So, we are providing this version of the application to the general public in order to uncover problems that were not discovered during internal testing. We expect that there will still be problems and we hope that when users encounter any problems, they will report them to the Bug Tracker so that they can be validated, prioritized and fixed.

As with any software classified as being in the BETA phase of development, you should expect to encounter bugs. Any bugs you do encounter while using BETA software can vary in terms of severity, from minor features that do not work correctly to problems that cause your computer to crash. Before choosing to use BETA software for production purposes, you should decide whether the benefit of new features and bug fixes provided by the BETA version outweighs the risk of instability you may encounter.

What is new in this version? Do I need to update my copy?

The 4.5.1.41 version resolves several issues and implements many improvements since the 4.5.1.6 General Release. More detail on specific fixes/changes/improvements can be found in the Change Log, which can be viewed online within the Documentation Center portion of our site. All new downloads of the DAZ Studio Pro BETA product (SKU: 12000) will be of this version.

The highlights are:

1) Fixed crash when loading dynamic clothing that has a material applied to it.

2) Fixed Transfer Utility to not remove unused bones if not projecting weights.

3) Extended Filter Weights to allow filtering of multiple maps at the same time.

4) Updated 3Delight libraries to version 10.0.70. For details see 3Delight change log here


Has the Genesis Starter Essentials content been updated too?

Yes, the Genesis Starter Essentials content that is provided with the product has been updated to version 1.9.
  - Changed min/max values on scale properties to 0.001/1000
  - Merged metadata into one product
  - Changed uberEnvironment Occlusion Samples Max Limit to 512
  - Changed uberEnvironment Maximum Trace Distance default to 150
  - Some files were moved from Genesis Starter Essentials to DAZ Studio

NOTE: If you are NOT updating to this version of DAZ Studio Pro, do NOT update your version of Genesis Starter Essentials

How do I get the latest version?

If you have previously added the DAZ Studio Pro BETA product to your account, simply locate it within your Itemized Order History and then click the “Reset” link on its immediate right. This will cause new links for downloading the latest version to be added to your My Downloadable Products list.

If this is your first time downloading DAZ Studio Pro BETA, simply follow this link, click the “add to cart” button on the page and then follow the checkout process.

Is there any documentation?

Yes, some documentation is located here.

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Posted: 22 November 2012 07:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Beta not showing up in MY Card and not in my “Itemized Order History” either

I am not too unhappy; since Your compatiblity trick DS is steady as a rock

Lex

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Posted: 22 November 2012 10:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I’m getting an install error in the 64 bit install when it tries to uninstall the previous version, here is an image of to dialog warning:
I’m on Windows Vista x64
AMD+5200 athlon II
8 gigs of ram

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Posted: 22 November 2012 10:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Uninstall the old version before you try to install the new version.

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Posted: 22 November 2012 10:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Bejaymac - 22 November 2012 10:40 AM

Uninstall the old version before you try to install the new version.

Unfortunately there is no trace of my prior uninstall left after running this installer, It seems it has removed something critical as it no longer shows in the DAZ start menu folder or in the control panel.

Good news is DAZ Studio 4.5.6 64 is still intact so no problem there, hopefully I’m the only one that is having this problem and if that is the case I’ll wait until the release candidate is available.

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Posted: 22 November 2012 04:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Can’t get the beta to run under any version of Wine…nor any ‘bit’ format.

Both the 32 and 64 bit versions will load and start, but the moment any content is added it crashes. 

Unhandled exception error in kernel32.dll…

This occurs somewhere around the 99-100% mark in the ‘reading asset’ box.

Really wanting the 3Delight update, but oh well.

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Posted: 23 November 2012 12:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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mjc1016 - 22 November 2012 04:14 PM

Can’t get the beta to run under any version of Wine…nor any ‘bit’ format.

Both the 32 and 64 bit versions will load and start, but the moment any content is added it crashes. 

Unhandled exception error in kernel32.dll…

This occurs somewhere around the 99-100% mark in the ‘reading asset’ box.

Really wanting the 3Delight update, but oh well.

Yup.  Newest DS4 is a complete failure under Wine.  I’m getting an OpenGL failure under Wine 1.5.3 -> 1.5.16.

From 100% working to startup failure.

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Posted: 23 November 2012 01:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Wine Success!  Partial anyway.  More information as I have it.  I have managed to get 4.5.1.41 up and Genesis loaded.

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Posted: 23 November 2012 03:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Kendall Sears - 23 November 2012 01:51 AM

Wine Success!  Partial anyway.  More information as I have it.  I have managed to get 4.5.1.41 up and Genesis loaded.

Kendall

Well, that was short lived.  Back to crashing at trying to start viewport.

X Error of failed request:  BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes)
  Major opcode of failed request:  72 (X_PutImage)
  Serial number of failed request:  4267
  Current serial number in output stream:  4283

.41 is a total loss for Wine users.

bug report here but since Wine is not a supported platform I don’t think it’ll be recognized.

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Posted: 23 November 2012 11:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Interesting set of data points…

I had a “new” Fedora17 install that had nothing Wine or DAZ related installed on it.  So, I decided to use it to get some detailed trace information to submit to the bug tracker.  I install Wine 1.5.16(64 bit) from the yum repository.  Then I install the DS4.5.1.41 (64 bit), from now on referred to as “DS4”.  The installer complains and hacks and coughs, but finally finishes.  I start DS4 running a fairly detailed trace.  The screen on this machine is a 16x9 1366x768 LCD and is slight too short for the DS4 startup dialogs to fit on (HINT DAZ!!!) and I have to blindly flail around using the TAB and ENTER keys until I work my way past them (making sure to select “Don’t show this again”).  Finally, I have DS4 on screen showing an empty Viewport.  I exit, and DS4 crashes.  No problem, I was done.

I install the Genesis essentials and it installs without complaint.  I then restart DS4 and run into a multi-thread deadlock where the “default load screen” is trying to load Genesis, and the Metadata load dialog is trying to install the Metadata… AT THE SAME TIME!  So… on a 2.1Ghz DualCore machine we’re now waiting… and waiting…. and waiting…  I have nothing else to do on the machine so I set it aside and do other things.  Eventually, it works its way through the situation and I’m looking at a viewport with Genesis.  Smart Content is behaving, things are turning Orange as I mouse over them, there is the normal ATI OpenGL lag on input.  I exit DS4 (no save), and get the crash dialog.

I restart DS4 and load the RtR Dragon Slayer scene.  It loads, but doesn’t display until I mouse over the viewport.  ATI lag… again.  Anyway, things seem OK, change the theme to City Limits.  Change occurs, set the tool to bounding box only, still OK.  Exit DS4…. no crash this time.

Restart DS4, relatively speedy startup.  Set the layout to Highway, then 3D Bridge, then Full Service, then back to Highway.  Everything changes as expected, exit DS4, no crash.

Restart DS4, no crash.  Close DS4, no crash.

Been drafted to brave the crowds by the female contingent.  Will continue later… if I survive.

Kendall

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Posted: 23 November 2012 01:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Installed and checked things out last night.  All works fine.  I’m going to try the GoZ Bridge and see if it’s back to working a bit faster.  This past couple of versions it takes a bit of time to invoke… might be a ZBrush thing.. who knows these days!  Thanks for the beta.

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Posted: 23 November 2012 02:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Kendall…

Possibly related to my problems with trying to get the beta to run.

I looked at the log file and for some reason, it’s reporting an OpenGL version of 2.1.x when before I tried the beta, DS always had the right version…OpenGL 4.2.  But right now the system is reporting the correct OpenGL, WINE/DS is not…

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Posted: 23 November 2012 04:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Anybody having install problems with Windows 8? I tried the regular way but keep getting error messages with main installer and content and plugins.
Tried a complete uninstall of version 4.5.1.6 and tried installing new beta but still getting error messages. This the first time I have had problems installing any version.

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Posted: 23 November 2012 05:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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What are the file sizes for the files in the Beta?  I’ve been having trouble getting everything to download and want to make sure the files didn’t have any problems.

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Posted: 23 November 2012 05:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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I can’t tell you all of the sizes, just the two I’ve downloaded.

DAZStudio_4.5.1.41_Win64_Bundle.zip - 165 MB
14812_GenesisStarterEssentials_1.9_trx.exe - 429 MB

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Posted: 23 November 2012 06:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Bejaymac - 23 November 2012 05:52 PM

I can’t tell you all of the sizes, just the two I’ve downloaded.

DAZStudio_4.5.1.41_Win64_Bundle.zip - 165 MB
14812_GenesisStarterEssentials_1.9_trx.exe - 429 MB

And 164 MB for the 32 bit version.

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