OK, DAZ, seriously, what's going on?
Build .172 has been out now since July (I believe) with no update since. What's the plan here? I'd like to know, if for any reason so I can make decisions on what to purchase. Is 8.5 going to see the light of day? Are you skipping 8.5 and going straight to 9? Is Carrara dead?
DAZ Studio has now become capable of serious animation with the addition of keyMate and graphMate. Lookatmyhair has added dynamic hair and Infinito added landscapes. Once it gets a particle system (I think ParticleFX is in late beta, correct?), there' not going to be a lot of advantages left that Carrara has over Studio (as far as animation goes). If Carrara is just going to fade away into nothing, then I may need to start buying some of these things, and I'd prefer to do so while they're on sale.
PLEASE, tell us where things are with Carrara. Forgive me for saying so, but having just gone silent on the matter seems mighty shady. We're a pretty dedicated community of users here, and I feel like we deserve at least enough respect to keep us in the loop of what's going on.