For those interested, the products that are listed as DSON compatible means that you can also use them in Carrara. The DSA files that Carrara can’t read, have been replaced with DUF files which Carrara 8.5 does read.
From the sticky beta thread.
So it seems to me, that the delay on a new Carrara version wasn’t Carrara’s programmers fault but the needs for DAZ to develop a file format which can be used by Poser. What is now done, obviously.
That is - of course - reasonable, because Poser-only users are - maybe - 40% of the paying customers at DAZ. With Genesis they lost a big part of them and they tried all the time to get them back. That’s a wise business decision. And I don’t blame DAZ for doing the right thing.
But, there was a “but” coming, you already knew , I blame DAZ for not being straight to their own software-customers. Yes, the Carrara users are only a small fraction and DAZ’s business isn’t to sell software but content. Who cares about sold Carrara software units when they gave Studio Pro away for free? But: Carrara users buy content, too. I bought a lot (2395 itemized order history and still going up) and I use them for renders in Carrara. Or simple: no use in Carrara no buy.
I digress ... (all day programming converts the brain into flavourless meat)
Why couldn’t DAZ come out straight and tell its Carrara users, that they are seeking for a solution to please the Poser users? And if they found one, that these solution would be implemented into Carrara, then. Most if not all of us would have understand it (my 2nd paragraph).
They choose to left us in the dark and I’m sorry for the Carrara programmers who implemented the DS4 file formats into Carrara only to implement them again for the 4.5 file formats, which made the Carrara development-cycle so long for a beta-version. And kept them away from bug fixes and new features.
(Flavourless meat, I already mentioned it; now going back to work.)