@angusm - thank you for your reply. Perhaps I would appreciate Carrara more of I had invested as mucht time to get the hang of it as I did for Bryce.
Perhaps you should. And then I could buy your DVDs and finally figure out how to really use the software.
For the history of Carrara see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrara_(software) assuming it is correct what can be read.
I think that’s basically correct.
One thing it doesn’t describe in detail is the story of Carrara during the final days of MetaCreations.
MetaCreations was produced by the merger of Fractal and MetaTools, but the people who were running it at the end weren’t the founders of those companies. They were a bunch of business guys - MBA types - who’d been brought in to run the company. I can’t remember the name of the CEO at that time, but he’d come from HP, where his big contribution had been to lay off about 1,000 people. (Edit: it was Gary Lauer)
According to a friend who worked for MetaCreations, management called in the entire workforce one morning and told them “Most of you are fired, get out.”
Carrara 1.0, which was buggy as hell, had shipped shortly before that. MetaCreations was already moving towards focusing on their Viewpoint 3D technology, so they had no interest in Bryce or the KPT tools. Carrara, however, was part of their big strategy: I think they may have planned to sell it to people who might use Viewpoint, as a way of creating Viewpoint content. In any case, Carrara was the one software product that they wanted to keep developing.
Unfortunately, among the people they laid off were the entire Carrara team. So about three days after the mass firing, one of the business geniuses now running the much-reduced company woke up and said “Wait a minute, those guys we fired, what did they do, exactly?” When they realized that they’d just fired the people who were supposed to be fixing the software that was part of their Great Plan for the Future, they flew into several kinds of panic, and ended up having to hire Antoine and his people back as (very expensive) consultants to work on the 1.1 release.
They also reportedly sent faxes to their French and German offices saying “You’ve all been fired, leave now.” The French and the Germans sent back faxes that said “I don’t think so. Read some European labor law.” The business geniuses were very surprised to learn that US law didn’t apply to their European employees, and that if they wanted to fire everyone at a moment’s notice, they had to give them severance pay. That was another cost that they hadn’t taken into account when they put together their big new business plan.
As the Wikipedia article says, Antoine Clappier and his colleagues then formed Eovia, and were able to buy Carrara back (because now the MBAs really didn’t know what to do with it), and then later to sell it to DAZ.