posting here so I find this thread again mostly and do not re-ask dumb questions
I did have Poser7 for last 3 years so not all dumb
in fact I am dumber when it comes to studio in many ways
Carrara has been my exclusive software of choice with some iClone dabbling most my 3D life.
two quick dumbass queries though
1) shadows without raytracing at fairly low settings were easy enough in P7 but in my one day old PP2012 had to go higher to get any at all and cannot hide the ground like I can in P7
2) scene tree, I have always used the animation window to find stuff in the scene, I have never found a scene tree in Poser, is there one?
On the first question, I’m sure others will have different experiences But I use HDR or IDL light source spots set at deep shadow map or you can use individual spot light set at Deep shadow maps for faster rendering time .. But ray-trace is always going to give you your best results. Also pp2012 uses Python much better for scripting effects lighting, I included a picutre of my manual preset i made to make my renders look more softer , I try to keep the bucket setting around 32 for the best shadows, You can start here and play around until you find the settings you like best,
I dunno if this will help you with your next question about the Obj elements manager
What I did because I hate having to click each obj to get to the elements.
I found this tool called eXtended Object Manager that I got at rendo ,But you can get it at smith-micro also, for me it works better than the poser default elements manager. especially if you want to use poser for animation.
Here is the link for it Wendy I hope that helps you.
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