It sounds like what got you started though right? So it worked
No,. I found Carrara 5 by accident while I was using 3DMax,. before Daz bought Carrara,... then I bought Carrara 6 Pro from Daz
I bought C7 express just to test that stuff I made for C7 pro or C8 would work in it.
The main Daz revenue stream has always come from selling “content” to use in Poser, ..
They also developed their own software (Daz Studio) since the ownership of poser changed hands several times, this made it a wise business strategy not to rely solely on Poser (which they don’t own) as the only program to be able to use Daz3D products.
They also purchased Carrara, Bryce, and Hexagon to create a set of 3D pro tools which artists could use to create 3D content,. which can in turn be sold in the store,...
Giving away a Starter 3D program like Daz Studio,. which has always has a “Free version” ,.. even while DS Pro was released for sale,..
is a great way to get people buying your “content” products, to use in the free software…
people are still making a buying decision with Carrara. hmmmmmm, do I need
that? nah, I already have free Daz
Many people never move on from loading, posing/animating, and rendering pre-made figures.
not that there’s anything wrong with that. ...some people try Daz Studio, ..they like it, ..and they stay with it.
Some people try DS, ..they find it limited, and look at other software with more 3D tools and features,.,.
Having a “ultra-lite” version of Carrara, at that point may be an obvious first choice,.. but, a cut down version doesn’t do the full product justice. and if anything could have a negative impact on the perceptions of the full products abilities,. and ultimately,.. sales..
There’s also the issue of Why should I upgrade to the Pro version for ??? bucks when I’m happy using the free lite version and loading my Daz Studio made scenes in to render them.
I think Daz3D know what they’re doing,. the decision to drop the “Express” version, hasn’t been revisited. (as far as I know)
Daz frequently have Crazy offers and sale,. and when a new version is released there’s usually an introductory sale with crazy prices, like 60% or 80%. off the full price.