I just started using Carrara a week ago, and this is possibly the most unreliable app I have ever used.
It seems as if I have to save a model as a new file every time I make a change, or I will lose it. I can save a file, close Carrara, open Carrara, and none of my changes is there. Further, Carrara will simply stop working about every 20 minutes, and has to be quit and restarted.
I realize that this is supposed to be Carrara 8, but it seems like Carrara beta.
You’re going to find this is the typical use case on Mac OS. I used to be kind of a regular here but after 8 versions of Carrra and endless frustration, I stopped putting my time and money into Carrara. I stop by now and then to see what’s happening since I think Carrara has such vast potential, but I can’t see that potential ever being met. Last time I discussed Carrara critically on the forum I was met with hostility, very few near-silenced dissenting voices like my own and a couple people admitting that Carrara is worse on Mac than on Windows (so I moved from bad to worse when I switched, but I’m not going back to Windows).
If you have trouble now, step away. After 8 versions, I’ve learned that those who have problems won’t ever see them resolved and will leave the forum so that you’re surrounded by nothing but users who have no problems and therefore cannot empathize with those who do.
Admittedly, I find the state of affairs on Mac 3D software to be abysmal across the board. The Mac version of Modo has astoundingly egregious bugs (the same “yeah it’s worse on Mac” commentary there from the community), Zbrush was only recently ported and the license isn’t cross platform (though the Sculptris beta is fun!), 3D Studio isn’t present, Maya is unrelentingly unapproachable and Blender is… Blender.
I see too that the forum doesn’t like carriage spacing between paragraphs (I’m on iPhone 4, iOS 5.1.1).
EDIT: PS: Lightwave is a disaster on Mac OS as well. Then again, Lightwave might be a disaster in general these days.