I haven’t even gotten the software yet, but already I’m a bit put off by the supposed lack of smoothing tools and what-not mentioned here
That’s understandable,... we sometimes get lost discussing stuff that hasn’t happened yet, and the possibilities of what if…
it’s worth bearing in mind that Carrara 8.5 is still in Beta,.. and there’s still work to be done on it.
There’s a free 30 day demo version of Carrara 8 at the Carraracafe.com, or at (C-Net) Downloads.com
Carrara 8 works with poser and Daz3D figures,... but not with genesis.
Hexagon and Bryce are both still being fully supported (as far as I know). and are useful applications, but Carrara has three modellers and can generate terrains, plants, clouds, particles,etc….so, it already has many of the same abilities as hexagon and Bryce.
but carrara also works with daz /poser figures, and can animate and render.
you should try-out the demo of Carrara pro.
Hope it helps