<sarcasm>You guys are almost as bad as the Apple people and the iPhone 6! We all know the iPhone 5S is coming before the 6! </sarcasm>
I think this is good news! DAZ seems to have gained a pep in their step lately!
Since I am still a little new to Carrara, what are viewport avatars?
The viewport avatars would be the representative shapes of the cameras and lights and such. Stuff that you need to see in 3D space to work with, but aren’t actually rendered. As an example, I use C7.2 Pro. If I drop a shape light (ring, tube, etc.) in my scene it looks like the standard avatar for the bulb light. Makes it kind of hard to judge its orientation, size, etc. Carrara 8 or 8.5 changed that, so that a ring light looks like a ring. I don’t know what the improvements would be, except maybe the avatar for the shape light may now reflect it’s diameter or length as opposed to just it’s shape?