I don’t even use Carrara (learning Daz Studio only at this point, and not that great yet especially with renders). I’m not even sure what Carrara is or what it is supposed to do or capable of but just wanted to drop down in the Carrara section when I saw this maze and then I saw this tread. I think this Maze is “amazing”. I’m so tempted to look into Carrara just for this if nothing else.
*Ok, slobber mode off*
I just think it looks really great! And there is something about it that I really, really like. Lately, every time I see some amazing scenery, it has Howie’s name on it and then I see “Carrara” and am scared off lol.
The reason you don’t see Howie Farkes scenes in DAZ Studio is because D/S simply doesn’t have the capabilities needed to load the scene. Specifically, replicators, plant generators and most likely volumetric effects for the forest scenes.
Carrara is more of a full featured 3D suite if that makes sense. It has a Spline modeler, Vertex modeler, Meta-ball modeler, terrain generator, plant generator, true volumetric clouds, a powerful procedural shader system, natively loads Poser style figures and props, the Carrara 8.5 beta is working on introducing Genesis support and there are tons of other features that I haven’t even mentioned.
Go here to see some Carrara galleries and be sure to check out the Showcase Gallery and the best of 2012 Gallery. There are other user galleries there as well.