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DAZ Studio 4.5 Release Candidate Available Now
Posted: 16 May 2012 11:13 AM   [ Ignore ]
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DAZ Studio 4.5 RC1!

This release candidate is available to all customers and will run either without a serial number (although you will be asked to enter one each time you run DAZ Studio), or with your current DAZ Studio serial number. Installing 4.5 will uninstall 4.0, and we recommend installing only one of either 4.0.x or 4.5.x on the same machine.

The purpose of this build is to provide early access to the new features available in DAZ Studio 4.5. This is a release candidate, which means we are looking for prompt feedback about significant issues that may still exist in this build as we approach full release. To help our test and development teams, please focus issue reports on items that are significant workflow blocks, crashes, or other major issues rather than new feature requests, UI changes, or desired workflow changes.

New in DAZ Studio 4.5:
1. Full implementation of the DSON file format. This enables full scene save in a lightweight scene file (DUF format). These scene files can be loaded and used by anyone who has installed the products used in the scene. If one or more of the products is not found upon loading the scene, a warning dialog will indicate which files are needed.
2. Selective item save/load. Save only selected items in a scene, then drop them into another scene using lightweight preset files.
3. Viewport speed dramatically increased. For many viewport interactions, speed will be 2-5x faster than DAZ Studio 4.0.
4. DSON file save includes the ability to load and use most Poser files as if they were native DSF files. DUF scenes that contain items in Poser format are also sharable (i.e. only contain references to the needed Poser files).
5. Property Settings now consolidates more information about each property into a single interface (e.g. presentation editor).
6. FBX Import FBX files can now be round-tripped through DAZ Studio, including rigged and animated items in the scene.
7. The Darkside style is now included as part of the base installation package.
8. No serial number is required to run either the 32-bit or 64-bit versions of DAZ Studio Standard
9. Shader Mixer has significantly improved workflow and documentation.
10. New “Ready to Render” scenes have been added as part of the content that installs with 4.5. Loading these is a great way to start tweaking and playing with some cool scenes.
11. A number of Lesson Strips have been added. These are quick lessons about DAZ Studio basics. There are also instruction on how to create your own Lesson Strips on the DAZ Documentation Center.[/list]

Along with all the new things in DAZ Studio 4.5, you will also find new documentation on some of the deeper functionality in DAZ Studio on the DAZ Documentation Center in the Publishing and DAZ Studio sections.

If you find any serious issues please report them with as much detail as you can in the DAZ Issue Tracker


What you need to know about this build:
1. Many, many issues and workflow improvements have been addressed since we released 4.0.3. Too many to list here. Please see the DAZ Issue Tracker and the DAZ Studio 4.5 Change Log for details (this will be included in the download of the product).
2. Files saved from this version of DAZ Studio are not backward compatible with older versions, including version 4.0.x.
3. Plugins that run in version 4.0 will not run in version 4.5.
4. When installing the plugins that come with DAZ Studio, you may see warning dialogs indicating there was a problem with installation. These warnings do not affect installation, but we are addressing the warnings in a later build.
5. Not all features of FBX are supported on import, so characters from other 3D applications imported in FBX format may or may not come through with all their components.
6. All presets are saved in lightweight DUF format and scripted presets (DSA files) have been deprecated. DSA presets will still save and load, but the new preset format should be used in their place.


Thank you for helping us make DAZ Studio great!

You can get this version of DAZ Studio here: DAZ Studio 4.5

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Posted: 23 May 2012 11:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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No, it is NOT available. The link given above is for a non-existent page.

Why is it that, every single time without fail that I see a post trumpeting the availability of yet another new version of DAZ Studio, the link never works?

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Posted: 23 May 2012 11:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Definitely works for me. Although I haven’t tried to place the order.

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Posted: 23 May 2012 11:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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acanthis - 23 May 2012 11:38 AM

No, it is NOT available. The link given above is for a non-existent page.

Why is it that, every single time without fail that I see a post trumpeting the availability of yet another new version of DAZ Studio, the link never works?

  Try this link instead: http://www.daz3d.com/shop/daz-studio-4-x-release-candidate/

The other is the old-style link and SHOULD auto-forward (it does for me), but you land at the link I posted above.

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Posted: 23 May 2012 11:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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OK, that works. Thanks for the response. I’d better try and grab it now before the web site gets taken down for another “upgrade”. :(

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Posted: 23 May 2012 11:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Will this (DS 4.5 RC1) run indefinitely or does it time out and no longer work at some point in the future?

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Posted: 23 May 2012 12:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Only the beta’s that require their own “special” serial number are time-locked.  Since this one uses your existing DS4.x serial number it won’t expire.

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Posted: 23 May 2012 03:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I have a Question. I was extremely happy to get the Feb DS4Pro for free with all the goodies. I read in the topics above that the Old Plugins would NOT work. Perticularly the FBX exporter for me. Does this mean I should Stay with DS4Pro? I usually jump on Beta’s, but I want to keep my FBX exporter, that’s what really makes the software good for me .....

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Posted: 23 May 2012 03:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Thanks, Adam.

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Posted: 23 May 2012 03:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Haven’t downloaded the RC yet… I might not, and just wait for the final release, and for my favourite plugins to be updated. Does 4.5 play nice with geometry switching now? I experimented with an A3-based figure a few weeks ago, seeing what it would be like converted to weight-mapping. If this works now, I’ll maybe experiment some more.

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Posted: 23 May 2012 03:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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JustmeNhere - 23 May 2012 03:10 PM

I have a Question. I was extremely happy to get the Feb DS4Pro for free with all the goodies. I read in the topics above that the Old Plugins would NOT work. Perticularly the FBX exporter for me. Does this mean I should Stay with DS4Pro? I usually jump on Beta’s, but I want to keep my FBX exporter, that’s what really makes the software good for me .....

I would wait.  FBX exporter is explicitly mentioned as being less functional than it used to be.

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Posted: 23 May 2012 04:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Will the next version of the fbx plugin import Motionbuilder fbx animation?

 

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Posted: 23 May 2012 08:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Are the system requirements for 4.5 any different than for 4.0? I’ve been running DS4Pro 64-bit although my computer doesn’t meet the minimum levels (it runs slow, but basically fine).

Also, I placed the order for the Release Candidate yesterday, but the status is still “processing auth” and I couldn’t download. Rather than bothering Customer Support about it, I placed another order for it, and this time it went through right away and I could download the zip. Just thought I’d mention this in case others are having a similar problem.

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Posted: 23 May 2012 09:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Will DAZ Studio 4.5 be a free update?

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Posted: 24 May 2012 02:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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adamr001 - 23 May 2012 03:54 PM
JustmeNhere - 23 May 2012 03:10 PM

I have a Question. I was extremely happy to get the Feb DS4Pro for free with all the goodies. I read in the topics above that the Old Plugins would NOT work. Perticularly the FBX exporter for me. Does this mean I should Stay with DS4Pro? I usually jump on Beta’s, but I want to keep my FBX exporter, that’s what really makes the software good for me .....

I would wait.  FBX exporter is explicitly mentioned as being less functional than it used to be.

Where? I don’t see any such thing in the change log that DAZ posted? It’s the Import FBX function that may have reduced functionality.
@JustmeNhere: all DAZ owned plug-ins that are bundled with DS4.5 (thus including the FBX exporter) are updated as far as I know. Only third party plug-ins need updating.

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Posted: 24 May 2012 06:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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downloaded with no probs and installed.
as i upgraded my pc from vista 32 bit to win7 64 bit it was of course necessary for a new clean overall install.
and when it came to my grahic programs , instead of my daz 4 pro i installed this rc with the serial number of the ds4 pro i have .works flawless for now .i will test more later.

off to play.

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