Well, I’m not sure I “love” it, but it’s a great program.
Y’know, it’s not like I kiss my computer screen when the startup splash screen comes up or anything….
Seriously, Carrara is a very well designed program. VERY well designed. I’ve used, at one time or other, just about all of the major apps (though I can’t recall ever using 3DSMax…), and Carrara is one of those that just clicks with me.
The interface makes sense, the universal manipulators are brilliant, it has enough built-in scenes and stuff and presets that if you want to throw a quick concept together you’ve got just about all you need.
But by far, the HUGEST benefit is that you can quickly and easily render figures. Characters. Peoples. Dogs. Cats. Zombies. You name it.
And until you’ve seen how incredibly difficult that is to do in most of the other apps, including the big boy apps, you can’t really appreciate how nice it is to be able to just drag ‘n drop a character, spin some sliders, and you have your character. That’s huge. Absolutely huge. And there’s only a few other apps that can do that.
I tried Poser, and I hate it. Kept having software problems, program wouldn’t start, never figured out the shading room or whatever it’s called. Gave up completely on that. Too cluttered, not enough room to see your OGL scene view, and a whole list of complaints
And D|S and I just never got along. Never figured out what was in the various rooms, the content management thing and I always argued, never got along, and I never figured it out. And that renderer took forever as I recall. Maybe longer.
But Carrara and I just click. Heck, just the universal manipulators, and the simple navigation buttons for camera view translate and rotate are wonderful. Yeah, some others have it, but too many don’t.
And no keyboard shortcuts needed, unless you want them. Unlike other apps that assume you’re sitting at a desk with both hands free, working with only one app and doing it 24 hours a day so you remember all those shortcuts. And that to move the camera left you need to stand on one foot, cluck like a chicken, then hit the CTRL-ALT-SHIFT-RT CTRL-BACKSPACE-DEL buttons in that exact order and hold them for 12.3 seconds. Great. There was a time when I needed that, but not now. With Carrara you can do pretty much everything with your right hand on the mouse.
Carrara is great for sitting in a recliner, beer on the table next to you, laptop resting on the arm of the recliner, right hand on the mouse, and your left hand is free to raise and lower the mug as needed.
And the only limitation that really bugs me is the lack of dynamic cloth. And yeah, there are some annoyances that drive me insane, but compared to most other apps those are relatively minor.