If Carrara 9 would come Q4 this year or Q1 next, we probably wouldn’t see huge changes, as Q4 is already started, and it would mean a new version coming out in less than 6 months from now. It would mean extra costs, but it would also mean limited improvements. I hope that before we even discuss Carrara 9, we will have Carrara 8.6, and maybe 8.7 and other versions with actual gradual improvements.
Why I am saying this? For a good reason. I have started to use DAZ Studio with version 4 (after I bought Poser Pro 2012, but before I got it). I loved genesis and some of the DAZ content. When I have seen some discount for Carrara, I tried to ask if it supports the content I already have. Of course descriptions said it supports DAZ content, but I wasn’t sure if it supports all. DAZ failed to answer for weeks, so I had to buy it before getting an answer. One of the biggest promise for Carrara is the somewhat smooth transition where we can use existing content we have. Supporting most DAZ Content would be the key, as it is a key selling point.
Of course 8.1 didn’t support Genesis at all. It was a huge disappointment, because most of the content I bought were designed for Genesis. It was the reason for choosing DAZ Studio over Poser.
So I used 8.5 beta, and I learned I will have to upgrade for a minimal fee. Of course the upgrade price wasn’t minimal in the first days, but later it was somewhat affordable, but it was still some extra cost (not planned at time of purchase)
Sadly some content still doesn’t work with Carrara 8.5 Pro. No Supersuit presets if we speak about genesis related content. Sadly if people move from DAZ Studio to Carrara, it can be a problem if their existing content doesn’t work. For DAZ originals and important products it would be possible to provide Carrara compatibility. It would be somewhat easy to update Supersuit presets to work with Carrara 8.5. But it should happen *before* any more paid upgrade.
I am sure I am not the only one who came from DAZ Studio to Carrara. And I am sure a lot of people would love to use the existing content. But as is, we don’t have support for dynamic clothes, and using bullet pshysic with clothes is pretty hard to say the least, and there are no good examples for this in the store.
A lot of contests here in DAZ Forum doesn’t allow Carrara renders. Because Carrara is mostly ignored. Are you sure an equally ignored Carrara 9 with minor additions would help?
Carrara 9 with some features for content, some minor updates would be only an extra costs. If DAZ would support 8.5 fully and solve a lot of problems by updating some content, it would be awesome. Yes, some of the native contents can be upgraded as well. But fix key functionality with 8.5 first, update products and when it is done, a real new major version (Carrara 9) should be more doable.
I am sure as hell, that if we get new major version in a few months with minor additions, then maybe $1700 later in Carrara 19 we will have support for using existing DAZ content that was promised with sale of Carrara 8. So I hope we will see 8.6, 8.7 and other stuff and see what should have been in 8.1 or 8.5 will be included and compatibility with DAZ content will be provided for big bundles like Supersuit….