Very nice, and a good intro to Blurb which I had not heard of.
I do short animations in Carrara, and have very little need for Poser anymore. I’m curious if you’ve found limitations in Carrara, where you need Poser.
Using Carrara is much faster for me. I’ve been using it for so long I know where everything is and (mostly) how it works. Carrara does have its shortcomings. Everybody knows that, but I find fun (most of the time) figuring out how to get Carrara to do things for me. I would recommend Carrara in a heartbeat, and do, to anyone that asks what software is good for 3D.
I started with Poser 6 but left it very quickly in favor of Carrara. Poser didn’t interest me until the current version, Poser Pro 2012. Poser’s SSS was mostly what got my attention. I didn’t and still don’t like how Carrara handles SSS. I use it in Carrara when the situation calls for it, but I don’t necessarily love the results. Poser’s SSS is pretty good and with Snarlygribbly’s EZSkin plugin, character renders can look outstanding. And now Poser also has Reality. Playing with Luxrender has been fun. (Yes, I know export to Luxrender is coming to Carrara. I’ll be first in line to grab that).
Poser takes much longer to get things set up than Carrara. I have to decided whether the render I have in mind is worth the time and effort to set up and render in Poser (and now Lux) or not.
In short, Carrara, for me, is good for just about everything and it’s quick. Even with tweeking the odd shader and taking care of whatever other issues might crop up in a particular render, Carrara is still faster than Poser. Poser is good for character shots if I want that little extra something. Also, some poses work better in Poser, and I’ve got Wardrobe Wizard there to help with any odd clothing issues. Everything else goes to Carrara.
One more thing. As I gain experience in this sometimes frustrating hobby, I find that postwork is very important. The more I learn about postwork, the less I really have to worry which software I use. In the end, I don’t think most folks could tell which software I use to get the job done. (but Carrara is my preference)