I downloaded a Trial version of Carrara. I'm trying to decide on which software to "graduate" to after cutting my teeth on Daz (with a li'l Bryce and Hexagon.)
I've been looking at 3DS Max, Maya, Vue, and Lightwave. I'd almost completely decided on Lightwave but I don't particularly like the interface and after watching a demonstration of the soft body physics stuff, I'm not sure that's exactly what I want. I've loved 3DS Max and Maya but I'd have to do a lot of begging and pleading and chores to convince my wife it was worth it for what is essentially a hobby for me.
But... anyway... I downloaded a trial version of Carrara to take a look at what it could do. BUT. None of the Wizard files are part of the trial... I'm watching some training on Lynda.com and there are a lot of Wizard scene presets with terrains and skies and spline objects and plants and stuff. My version has none of that. Did I download the wrong version? Is there a way to see that stuff and play with it during the trial period? Or is that stuff that you've got to buy at some point?
Right now, my work is mostly just single scene renders. I might do animation in the future but that's not really my main focus. I'm looking for a more integrated modeler/renderer with better support for large outdoor scenes: battlefields, naval battles, forests, mountains, etc. I'd also like to get better soft body dynamic cloth sorts of effects and particle emitters and things like that. With Daz, I just feel like I'm putting band-aids over band-aids.