I have taken my time responding to this thread because I wanted to think my post through because so many people had insightful things to say.
We are fortunate that DAZ has kept it alive and we can usually upgrade for very little compared to other programs. I remember that folks from DAZ have stated before that if Carrara sold better, they could develop it more as the money is alotted for development based on sales. .
I am very grateful DAZ has kept Carrara alive and affordable. I think DAZ should slow down development of Carrara. I don’t want it to stop, but many of us are not using Carrara at it’s fullest potential. I’m running C7Pro. I barely go into the modelling room and I don’t use the other rooms to the fullest either.
The resource dollars have always been directed more at Studio because of its much larger base and what it brings in re: content and users and it already had a big user base here. Carrara didn’t when it was bought from Eovia. We’d probably have more plugins if Carrara users would buy them from the folks who make them.
Carrara plugins would sell better if (A) people knew what they did, (B) understood how the plugins improved workflow, (C) were better promoted on the site. I have the aniBlock importer. I also have a few plugins from Fenric too. I don’t fully understand what they’re supposed to do and I can’t get them to work, but I own them. LOL!
Just no time to hunt and peck to try and figure them out.
Also, the poor economy isn’t helping either.
DAZ has to setup better default settings for Carrara and Studio and explicit instructions on how to make DAZ and Poser content look great in Carrara and Studio. And not the old guess and by gosh method. Specifics. That would be one of THE best things they could do. I know there are the Carrara users who really don’t care about DAZ content, but if they could really get it to work well in making DAZ content look great simply and easily, we might be able to get more of the content buyers to give Carrara a try and make more sales and more development dollars for Carrara..
This is true. We need to be able to get better instructions on Carrara. A proper instruction book and a “Secrets of” type book (even if it’s just a pdf) would be great.
Personally, I think Carrara gets better renders right out of the box than Poser or DS.
Having to depend on the forums and random YouTube videos for training makes learning Carrara difficult.
I suggested once before that it would be great if Vendors created a walkthrough for some of their promo pictures to show users how to get the look of the products. I remember when I was a kid, plastic models used to come with instructions on how to paint the model to look like the picture on the box. I thought a similar principle could be used here. Last time I suggested it, I got rocks thrown at me here in the forums.
I believe we’d be further along with Carrara if Genesis hadn’t caused such a negative uproar in the Poser community. That probably hurt DAZ’s business to some degree as the Poser folks over at Renderosity were making such a huge stink. That would explain why they are so focused on Genesis and content is the main business, and fixing the problems of Studio, which was also rushed would put their other work on the back burner.
I can’t really blame Poser users making a commotion. Genesis is such a radical shift. I hadn’t expected it would be something that could ONLY be used in DazStudio. I looked forward to a new figure until that point. Talk about radical shift, there are props designed for Gen 1 that I can still use. Gen 5 stuff can only be used in Daz4 or better. I use Gen 1 hair sometimes in C7Pro. Can’t do that with Gen5 stuff.
I try to buy most Carrara content when I can afford to. But that comes to the other problem. The economy. It’s been stinking. Thankfully it’s coming around but not fast enough. I still can’t buy at the level I was doing for new software and content 4 years ago. I’m making around $10,000+ less a year than I was then..
I’m in the same boat. I do this professionally and I’m making about HALF of what I did 4 years ago. Customers are much harder to bring in, more expensive to service, and harder to lock into a long term contract. I would buy much more Carrara content, but the dollars aren’t there.
we have had a contentious lot here who are very negative and whine and kill sales on their own. Some are ignorant and some are downright dumb.
I can’t really agree with you on this point. People who are having problems with the software are having problems with the software. People don’t complain because things are going right,they complain because things are going wrong. If a person is having a good experience, that’s GREAT! Makes me happy to see, but we shouldn’t disparage someone who is struggling.
Now for my part, I love being able to use Daz/Poser content. I can take even a Gen1 prop into the Shader room (which I really don’t know all that well) and do a few things and make it look like a brand new prop. I really hope we can get more Carrara specific stuff. I have purchased quite a bit and will hopefully pick up more during the PA sale (Hopefully, from Holyforest).