I just got an email from DAZ showing their new feature, Multi-Pay. I think it has broken the store. Barry, you may be due a refund on Carrara Pro. It’s now available for 3 monthly payments of $59. As soon as the store gets fixed, I’m going for it.
I don’t want a refund, but yeah, I really recommend getting Carrara Pro, it’s amazingly easy to use, the only thing that needs work with content bought from here, compared to using it in DS, is the shaders. They look ok ‘straight from the box’, but sorting out proper shaders for Carrara gives a massive improvement to the image. Shaders work similarly, but differently, to DS. You do have a lot more control over them.
I used to think of Carrara as Daz Studio Plus, but it’s really more than that. It’s more like Maya Lite, and it’s only Lite because the actual render engine isn’t quite as nice as Maya’s Mentalray setup. It does a heck of a lot that Maya does, but it seems easier, and you do have less control, but you don’t notice unless you need that power.
In Carrara I have a finished image, a fox in a forest. In Maya I have… erm… blobs, and a few boxes, and something that might resemble a tree if you squint.
My advice, get Carrara, you won’t regret it.