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Posted: 09 January 2013 11:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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DAZ changed the rules when the new forums went live which is why there is a new TOS. If the product listed would’ve been sold on DAZ 3D then it could be posted in the Commercial or Commons AND the app specific forum. Being as it was a product offered off site it is only permitted in the Commercial Forum.

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Posted: 09 January 2013 11:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Frank0314 - 09 January 2013 11:45 AM

DAZ changed the rules when the new forums went live which is why there is a new TOS. If the product listed would’ve been sold on DAZ 3D then it could be posted in the Commercial or Commons AND the app specific forum. Being as it was a product offered off site it is only permitted in the Commercial Forum.

And because of this conflict of interest between your store and your software community, you’ve lost another Carrara vendor apparently. That’s money DAZ loses when vendors pull their products from the store.
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Posted: 09 January 2013 12:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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and it wasn’t a “product” it was a FREEBIE, and you people also deleted the Carrara FREEPOSITORY….

So let’s review how COMPLETELY STUPID your policy is…

I can offer 100 freebies in the Carrara forum because I am not a DAZ vendor…,

but a DAZ vendor will have their thread DELETED for offering a freebie in the Carrara forum. HAHAHAHAHAH! you people are THE classic imbiciles of the 3D software world.

And to make it even STUPIDER we are debating this in a thread created by any old user who actually links to THE PRODUCT STORE, so you haven’t circumvented ANYTHING with this idiot policy, have you? Rather than leaving the thread about a freebie, you now have a thread about several PRODUCTS and a lot of ranting from disgruntled community members, and a product developer who has threatened to pull his wares from the store..

How many bullet holes in ya feet these days DAZ? lolol smirk

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Posted: 09 January 2013 01:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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The contest could have run, in the Commercial products forum, if Fenric hadn’t started a new commercial thread within seven days. The problem was that eh had, and that the contest, while using a freebie as the required product, was clearly driving traffic to promote the new store and plugins on which he already had a thread.

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Posted: 09 January 2013 01:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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Richard Haseltine - 09 January 2013 01:20 PM

The contest could have run, in the Commercial products forum, if Fenric hadn’t started a new commercial thread within seven days. The problem was that eh had, and that the contest, while using a freebie as the required product, was clearly driving traffic to promote the new store and plugins on which he already had a thread.

So he will be allowed to post the contest and freebie in a few days? How many days?

Interestingly, I never SAW this other thread since it wasn’t posted in the proper CARRARA FORUM where it would have reached the CARRARA userbase… hmmm But I’ll be looking forward to the what—day or two (?) when that arbitrary moratorium expires and we will get our contest that promotes the only software DAZ actually charges money for…

hopefully before the THREE DAYS when all our serial numbers expire again, what a happy coincidence that would be…

There just aren’t enough dripping with sarcasm eye-rolling smilies in the world for this place….

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Posted: 09 January 2013 01:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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Commercial threads need to be separated by at least seven days; only items in the DAZ store may be posted to the Carrara forum (or other application-specific forum) or the Commons.

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Posted: 09 January 2013 02:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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It makes sense to prevent product bombing… I did not know about any earlier thread, which simply illustrates the detriment of the individual software communities. which I already complained about.

as long as there are no restrictions on forum members passing along this knowledge, I understand.

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Posted: 09 January 2013 05:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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wow: Holly, remind me not to pick an argument with you wink

then again, I am hyperopic rather than myopic smile


as far s the Selection Chnager keyboard shorcut thing, thanks Fenric, you probably remember it was myself that asked for it, so I see it as a personal favour that you made it.

It’s going to be a great time saver.

And at a dollar I feel like a criminal buying it so cheaply.

Some notes for user.

To customise the shortcut key go to File >Preferences

While in the preference editing window

Go to Keyboatrd Shortcuts>3dview>Edit

You’ll find the shorcut keys in there, so you can change the shortcut keys to whatever you like. I have mine as “<” and “>”.


To use it, select an object in your instances tree. Then you can curosr through the tree with your new shorcut keys. When you reach a GROUP it will slecet objectsin the GROUP whether the GROUP is open or closed.

(Maybe we can have a shorcut for NEXT GROUP? hint ?)

For the key you get when you purchase it: To quote Fenric.

Uzip the key file, then copy it into your Carrara extension folder. You’ll end up with something like this:

SelectionChanger-1.0.dat
SelectionChanger.key
SelectionChanger-1.0.mcx
SelectionChanger-1.0.txt

link to the selection changer http://fenric.com/wordpress/store/products/selection-changer/

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Posted: 10 January 2013 05:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Richard Haseltine - 09 January 2013 01:42 PM

Commercial threads need to be separated by at least seven days; only items in the DAZ store may be posted to the Carrara forum (or other application-specific forum) or the Commons.

That’s great and I appreciate that Daz doesn’t want to be a platform for advertising other commercial sites. That’s just peachy. But as others have pointed out, the Carrara community is small enough that most of us don’t hit the commons. My life is rather busy with family, work and—I dunno—my hobby of creating things with Carrara. I’m not in the forums that often (and my post count reflects that) so I generally hit the Carrara forums. Sometimes the Commons, but not that often. OTOH, I spend virtually all of my disposable income on 3d products (dazaholic for sure). I rely on the newsletters and the Carrara forums for learning about things. I realize that the TOS was rewritten with the new site, but there was a reason Daz relented last time.

Because Fenric’s Carrara plugins require a product only available through Daz then promoting them and an external site selling them can, at worst, only have the effect of reducing sales of his plugins here. Which is worst case and, by the sound of things, has come to pass due to frustrations with the Daz rules and processes.

Fenric was kind enough to revise the color balance shader to accept subshaders instead of only using sliders (a request he’d gotten from me and possibly others). I guess it was okay for us to use Daz’s PMs for what resulted in non-Daz commercial activity (or are you going to claim he could have posted the revised plugin for the unbundled cost here at Daz), but nothing like that can be visible to the public?

His sales here have benefited Daz as well as Fenric, and if you checked my posts (I’m not that frequent of a poster) I’ve had multiple occasions to encourage people to get his plugins. I’ve done the same with Digital Carvers Guild items because they are good. So in both cases Daz will no longer gain from the commercial activity? That is really sad.

It is too easy to view the past through rose-tinted sunglasses, but it sure does seem to me like Daz is drifting away from being a community oriented company. Maybe its just me or maybe it is inevitable. But I do find it sad.

(and I probably rambled on too much, sorry, I don’t even remember what I came to the forums for)

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Posted: 10 January 2013 06:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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If you like the Color Balance shader (and if you haven’t used it but do work in the shader room, you should really give it a try) then the Enhanced Colors version is even better. Instead of limiting you to sliders for how to alter the RGBHSL of the color you can use sub shaders. A very basic usage of this is to alter the hue (or saturation or luminosity or…) with a noise shader, but because it can take a sub shader tree the possibilities are effectively unlimited.

Probably the most obvious use of the color balance shader is to tweak a texture map. Perhaps the texture map is too saturated, or maybe it is more washed out than you would like. If your source is a jpg then editing it directly is lossy and will reduce quality—but you can tweak it directly in Carrara.

A texture map for hair is another example. With a grey scale of the texture map you can multiply it by a color or gradient, but if there’s a provided color texture map that is close, but not quite on, you can trivially adjust the hue (or saturation or luminosity or…) to where you want it.

Another place I use the color balance is to darken a texture map used in the color channel for use in the glow channel. If you just put the texture map into glow, odds are it will be far too much. I used this extensively in the Jellies, but it can also be used to gently suggest glowing eyes.

In addition to tweaking colors, you can also build colors. This isn’t something I’ve employed yet, but some possibilities would be to use a noise shader to define hue (with or without using clamping to restrict the range) and perhaps turbulence to give a varying saturation. This gives an alternative to using the color gradient shader which, for some purposes, is likely to be easier to work with due to a variant approach.

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Posted: 10 January 2013 07:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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I’m sorry to be so goofy, but, how to do? I just bought the two plugins, and download… but once unzipped, it’s a “.key”... whats the way to install the plug ins?... thank you for help!!!

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Posted: 10 January 2013 07:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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Hi, DL the plugins from the main page and extract them to the extensions folder and also extract the .key to the same place, if Ive read it right that is..

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Posted: 10 January 2013 07:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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celmar - 10 January 2013 07:34 AM

I’m sorry to be so goofy, but, how to do? I just bought the two plugins, and download… but once unzipped, it’s a “.key”... whats the way to install the plug ins?... thank you for help!!!

What you purchase is the key (put that file in the extensions folder) that permits continued use of the plugin. The plugin itself is downloaded from the product page. That got me too, the first time. Probably better to include the plugin with the key for those of us who purchase w/o trying first smile

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Posted: 10 January 2013 08:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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It got me first as well, I didn’t try myself either because at the moment I haven’t a clue what I’m going to use them for LOL, but for only £3.50 and to support Fenric its worth having them ready for when I may have a use.

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Posted: 10 January 2013 08:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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thoromyr - 10 January 2013 05:54 AM

(and I probably rambled on too much, sorry, I don’t even remember what I came to the forums for)

I know :(
This is just such a horrible loss over such a rude handling of a silly situation over fine print. Certainly should have been handled more professionally, it seems from this angle, anyways.

I’ll continue supporting, Fenric.
Try not to be a stranger, eh?

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