I enjoyed that thread.
I tried to present logical arguments (peppered with comments about The Millennium Cow) (Can’t be helped) but to no avail.
I still maintain that there is a HUGE amount of hypocrisy in the allowed software (I said it there, and I’ll repeat it here - Carrara Has been free on several occasions but the shoddy excuses they give for it “not counting” are simply a means of covering their Fear of Carrara). First it was because it is not a free program, then they complained it would give people an unfair advantage, then it got ugly.
My point that allowing poser simply because so many people use it amounted to a “mob rules” mentality was lost on everybody. If sheer numbers made Law - minorities would be in even worse trouble than they already are.
I sensed a lot of denial on all sides in that “debate” and hope one day they’ll grow up and allow us to play in their sandbox.
Until then… it’s their sandbox and they can make whatever rules they please.
But I must admit that I took a perverse pleasure in how riled my comments got some people (OK, One person). As if even questioning THEIR RULES was somehow whining and complaining and even disrupting the actual contest (despite doing so in a thread dedicated to questioning the rules!).
Still, maybe it opened some eyes, if not minds.
What we really should do is petition DAZ to release Carrara 5 (or 6?) for free. Even temporarily. It could only serve to boost awareness of their “Flagship” program and may make folks more interested in buying the new version.
The one thing I wanted to respond to in there, but was too late, was the bit about “just use another program” - I NEVER could understand DAZ Studio’s lights. Still can’t (and it’s only gotten worse since D|S 3, 4, and 4.5 with it’s unusable interface with tabs taking up 2/3 of the screen) (and yes, I tried tutorials - but I simply can’t make sense of Studio’s lights)
Poser is learn-able now that I got a free copy of Debut - but I have no interest in learning it.
Bryce is too dependent upon Studio for content that I very rarely use it except for non-content stuff like Fractals and such. And Bryce’s interface leaves me totally confused. It’s not the way I think.
The point is that Carrara makes sense to me while none of the other programs come easily at all. So the argument that we should just “have fun” ignores the fact that all those other programs have always been work for me, and I only have fun with Carrara. Despite being able to make some semblance of a render from those other programs, none of them are fun for me.
Wow ... Long post.
Better close with yet another reminder that all this ugliness could have been avoided if only DAZ had released The Millennium Cow like Dan Farr PROMISED me!! Only The Millennium Cow can bring about Universal Tolerance and World Peace.