About every six months i come back here to see if DAZ has gotten their act together, only to find that, no, they still have not. i continue to be somewhat surprised that there are even users and customers any more.
I’m quite certain to disagree with this for many, many reasons.
First, I’m sorry if you’re waiting for a particular feature or fix that isn’t developed yet. Not that I have anything to do with it, but I can feel you pain if you need something specific and the development cycles just never seem to touch on it. But…
DAZ 3D has been doing some remarkable stunts within the 3D scope of CG. Although it may be somewhat invisible at the moment, due to our (PAs) needing time to work in everything that’s going on, and taking advantage of the new technology that’s literally been ‘given’ to us, I see how DAZ Studio development, which has been enormous, is going to feed into Carrara in very essential and powerful ways. And I’m not talking just the obvious “Dolly” support by including Genesis - even though that development is a huge part of the magic I am talking about.
No need for a bridge of any sort, though how similar things are beginning to intertwine, it wouldn’t surprise me to see something like that in one of the next few development cycles, the duf format is a lot more useful than it looks from the outside. It is beginning to allow much of the inner working of what has been going into the latest DAZ Studio Pro to seep in to Carrara.
Carrara 8.5 was meant to give us Genesis compatibility. I see that some users are displeased with that idea. But they did it. Adding what it takes for Carrara to remain useful as a product for DAZ to maintain as a software offering is truly what Carrara needed to remain in development period. Now that the whole nightmare of two years in development is brought to an official release frees up some of the development to get cranking into Carrara 9. This is incredibly exciting.
DAZ 3D is a very strong component in assisting folks to delve super deep into 3d art and animation. To deny them that is truly not right. To say that they don’t deserve their huge following is also incorrect. Behind the scenes, DAZ is laboring away. Making use of some of the latest and greatest methods for working with what many refer to as “Dollies”. Well it’s these human figures that put DAZ 3D in the superstar category of this field as a vast program which allows people to go in any direction they choose. Simple hobbyist activity can provide great fun at very low cost. DAZ 3D continues to give away their Pro Studio, with a wealth of tools for creating professional figures and support products. Anyone can do this easily with simple instructions provided by DAZ 3D or they can simply pop in one of the finest human 3d figures, which they got for free, along with an amazing free studio, dress it up and give it a pose and some background elements to create art. DAZ has always been a leader in helping people get what they need, one way or another - but usually by offering them discounts far beyond what any of the other 3d companies provide.
Even if a person uses nothing but free stuff, they can still assemble an artistic scene. But looking around at the cost to go further, and I’m amazed at what they have, are and will accomplish. DAZ 3D = Digital Art Zone in Three Dimensions. And that it is.
Surprised I’m still here? Surprised I’m defending DAZ 3D?
They have done so much for me and many others here, where would one assume that we would go?
Someplace that charges more money for less quality?
As far as Carrara goes, 8.5 Pro is by and large my favorite version to date. Not because of what Autodesk, LightWave, or Blender are doing - but because of what the developers at DAZ 3D have done to it. It was my favorite software to use before. They made it better, and it’s still my favorite.
Sorry… ranting again. I guess you like what you like. Period. Nothing else on the market can do what Carrara can do. And DAZ is certainly trying to make it better. I can hardly wait to see what’s up their sleeves right now.