What Features Should Be in DAZ Studio 5?
Excerpted from another thread I started:
1. Something I still don’t see mentioned anywhere are simple, common sense useability improvements like an “Open Recent” under File which would let people quickly load/access a recently opened file so we wouldn’t have to go scrolling down through folders to find a DAZ scene file we were just working on a few hours ago or yesterday. And I’ve got a whole lot of those! The most recent 10 files listed would help me a lot.
2. Or a “History” tab where we can jump back to a change made a few seconds ago to several minutes ago. Right now, if you make more than just a change or 2 at the most, even if it’s simply rotating a character or camera or 1 morph change, you lose the ability to jump back to a previous state or change. The only thing available right now is Undo, which only lets you undo the last change or two changes back at the most. That is very inadequate! No real ability to go back more than a couple adjustments at the most, and not even a simple “Revert” option under File. Not even!
3. So yeah, a Revert feature would be another good, common sense feature. Because otherwise, if I don’t like the last few or several changes or adjustments of the camera, lights, prop or character movements for instance, I either have to get it perfectly spot on right, or I have to close the file without saving it & reopen it! GRRRRRRR!!!!! Or I have to be Saving every change I make whether I like them or not. Or I have to constantly hit the Undo button.
Photoshop has had these features for about a decade now. They understand that even though cool new cutting edge features are all cool & sexy, doing so at the expense of common sense, everyday usability is NOT good! There’s no reason you can’t have a program with all the latest bells & whistles that’s also user friendly. Seriously, how hard would it be to add these features for DAZ?! It would make things so much easier to do. Just simple, common sense things like those. Maybe not real sexy for the CG geeks, but still, for everyday usability, these things would be wonderful!
4. And backward compatibility with current generation DS4.0+ DAZ scene files where I have all my characters, props, scenes, lights saved to render. I shouldn’t have to even mention this. But I’m afraid someone or some development team is going to make a decision that the current DAZ Scene format “should be phased out just for the sake of adding some cool, new bright shiny format” with new bells & whistles and we won’t be able to open all our pre-2013 files and tweak & render them anymore. So add a new format(s) if you need to, BUT keep it (5.0)compatible with current 2010-2012 DAZ Scene files.
Very reasonable isn’t it?