Poser
Poser 10.0.3.26510
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Poser is perfect for creating 3D character art and animation. For nearly 20 years, artists, hobbyists, illustrators, and animators have been getting creative with Poser. Poser includes over 5GB of 3D figures and content to get you started. Pose figures, add hair and clothing, props, lights, and cameras to build 3D scenes. Render photorealistic and cartoon style images and video for web, print, and film. What will you create?

Look at the incredible enhancements:
  • Pixar subdivision surfaces
  • Rendering-speed improvements
  • Bullet
What's New
Version 10.0.3.26510 (SR 3.1):

General

  • General Preferences: Fixed case where non-existing temp path would prevent successful launch.
  • Figure > Symmetry now behaves correctly for limbs with IK enabled
Face Room
  • Content Updater now includes head databases for Rex and Roxie 1.1 figures (installer available as separate download).
Material Room
  • Fixed case where applying a material pose to a hair prop would cause instability.
  • Movie node now previews and renders correctly before looping.
Preview Rendering
  • Fixed random frame seeking issues during video playback.
Final Rendering
  • Restored rendering performance in some scenes to 10.0.2 level.
Animation
  • Animation controls: Now always reading up to desired frame when seeking in a movie (Windows only).
  • Make Movie: Export presets adjusted to obey user specified frame rate.
  • Make Movie: Enabled support for multibyte characters in export paths (Mac OS X only).
Figure Creation
  • Fixed case where Object->Copy Morphs From... targeting an existing parameter lacking morph data would cause instability.
  • Figure > Symmetry now copies weight maps only when explicitly requested.
Content Library
  • Fixed slowdown displaying folder contents on Windows 8.1 with Internet Explorer 11.
  • Fixed case where search would cause instability (non-English languages only).
PoserPython
  • Enabled PIL image module (Windows 32-bit only).
Installation
  • Now passing necessary information to Download Manager to obtain updates (Mac OS X only).
  • Download Manager: Enabled support for non-English format (Mac OS X only) or system locale (Windows only) regional settings.

Version 10.0.3.26510 (SR 3.1):

General

  • General Preferences: Fixed case where non-existing temp path would prevent successful launch.
  • Figure > Symmetry now behaves correctly for limbs with IK enabled
Face Room
  • Content Updater now includes head databases for Rex and Roxie 1.1 figures (installer available as separate more...
Requirements
  • Intel
  • OS X 10.6.6 or later
  • 1GB system RAM
  • OpenGL enabled graphics card or chipset recommended (recent NVIDIA GeForce and ATI Radeon preferred)
  • Adobe Flash Player 11 or later



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Poser User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 10.x:
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Kihoalu reviewed on 01 Mar 2011
Was once a good idea - and then went nowhere.
Looking at rev 8 - it doesn't seem like a big step forward.

The PRO version is the one you'd want, if any - though there are cheaper versions which make creating your own characters a problem.

I can't see spending this kind of money for the Pro version for what you get. I got the version 7 at a discount & don't feel that was money well spent.

Its horrifically slow. It uses triangles vs the the quad meshes supported by Blender & some other programs, which then make them frustrating to use, though the core Poser models are pretty well made.

If you are going to drop any human model into an industrial scene to represent people - you kinda want them clothed. At least Poser gives you this option with some rudimentary clothing.

In a lot of ways, some of these applications feel like you are a teenage gamer playing with Barbies, instead of being a tool that any serious animator or designer would wish to use.
[Version 8.0.3]


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+3

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Drtyrell969 reviewed on 21 Aug 2010
What a convoluted hunk of junk. Wow, I was sure that after 15 years the engineers who created this application would have conquered so many of the issues with posing characters, but oh no. This application won't even recognize its own file types. The "tutorial" is nothing more than a lame review of features completely out of contextual paradigm of actual learning. Buttons with clear names simply blink your screen and do nothing. Really? It's 2010 guys...think you might create a program to pose characters in your software? It's been a really long time since I've had to trudge through a mess like this. AVOID.
[Version 8.0.3]

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Tim27 replied on 02 Nov 2012
The problem is that the engineers who created have nothing to do with it anymore. It was originally created by Fractal Design, the same company that made Painter. Poser used to be great for artists who wanted reference to use when creating their artwork. I used it just for that purpose. It was inexpensive, easy to use, and fairly fast. Now…well…I agree, avoid it like a field of nettles.
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RavenNevermore replied on 12 Aug 2013
I was able to use version 7, and then with version 8 I had no idea what was going on! I gave up on Poser at that point and moved to DAZ Studio. But even then I kind of lost interest and haven't messed with it in a long time.
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Corpsecorps commented on 08 Aug 2009
Speaking of changing hands, i see Poser 8 is being sold by Smith Micro. Anybody know if it has improved?
[Version 7.0.2.135]


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+5

+19

Anonymous-----------------------------. reviewed on 08 Sep 2007
I've also been a user since 1.0 when it was first created as a drawing aid. Since then, the program has switched many hands (fractal, metacreations, efrontier) Not really good (of course) and ever iteration has added more lumpy sacks of coal for a mule that was never designed for this. Features have been packed onto a legacy core. Its knees buckle and its spine has grotesquely ruptured discs.

First thing you'll notice is that it's slow. dead slow. Loading certain figures can take over a minute. The library's format and structure is ancient and is a serious PIA when you begin to install third party content. (DAZ, Renderosity) Expect countless folders with names beginning with !!! because content developers are fighting for dominance within your installation. You'll shake your head in disbelief and spend countless hours reorganizing folders.

The content community however, for clothes, characters etc. is very much alive and active. There are legions of fans, and I for one atribute this to the programs relative ease of use. While definitely sporting an unconventional/proprietary UI is of much debate, i found it easy to use. Though, the more serious you become with it , the more you'll realize it's limitations. It was designed from the ground up to be a simple application, and this is no longer in it's favour.

It feels as though the core program has aged and introduced hacks as a means of low-budget feature evolution. MATs, python scripts, etc.

Thanks to e-frontier for continuing to make a mac version, but this is one program that's due for a MAJOR overhaul or complete rewrite. (ha good luck)
[Version 7.0.2.135]


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+11
Fringewood commented on 04 Jan 2007
I've been using Poser since 1.0. It's not easy to learn, taking years of dedicated study to master. But the software is very powerful, despite being held back by PC compatibility.

There are hundreds of gigs of content available online, and the commercial grade content is considerably less expensive than top-tier, and in many cases better. The community is a very sharing one, and there is lots of free stuff to be had.

Most of the negative responses I see here are no doubt by people who expected to learn the process overnight. I see people complaining about using it in manners that aren't the correct way to use it.

Plus it's directly compatible with Vue if a more powerful rendering engine is needed (lighting, 3D geometry, etc). With 7.0 out, it is UB and takes advantage of multi-core processing.

It's great piece of software if you want to take the time to learn it and set it up correctly. If you want a quick study in 3D that takes care of itself, look elsewhere. Poser is just too complex for those seeking instant gratification.
[Version 6.0.3.140]


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+1


Anonymous reviewed on 20 Nov 2005
Great application.

Free models from DAZ are cool: Victoria and Michael.
Some commercial models are truly amazing: Yaara (by As Shanim), Alina (by DM)...

The main problem is that it is so slow that it is close to be unusable even of a powerful CPU. It is slow on Panther and slow on the dog Tiger. Windows version is a bit faster, but still a pain to use. Ease of use 1/5 is for that: too slow.
[Version 6.0.2.118]

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Kihoalu replied on 01 Mar 2011
FREE? The 30 day demo is FREE.
Anything beyond that is misleading for DAZ Studio.

I'm not sold that DAZ is any good as an alternative to Poser either.
Though I could not recommend Poser in the slightest. Definitely not at the kind of money its being sold for.
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RavenNevermore replied on 12 Aug 2013
@ Kihoalu, DAZ Studio is free (or at least it is from time to time). I have it and didn't pay anything for it. They also from time to time makes some of their models available for free. I have those as well.
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Anonymous reviewed on 07 Nov 2005
Removing the Divx 5.2.1 codec from your Quicktime library might just fix the problem. It did for me!! Go to http://www.e-frontier.com/article/articleview/1441/1/595/ for details.
[Version 6.0.1.77]

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+2
2r replied on 09 Nov 2005
Excellent!!!
Tried it and it works as smooth as... well, you know!
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Anonymous reviewed on 15 Sep 2005
try the FREE poser like software from http://www.daz3d.com/program/studio/
hopefully it'll put a boot up poser to fix some bugs!
[Version 6.0.1.77]


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Anonymous reviewed on 15 Sep 2005
the "trapped" file dialogs is a known issue on "some" tiger machines,it's a disaster, if your save dialog opens behind your view window...you have to force quit and lose the lot!
[Version 6.0.1.77]

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Anonymous commented on 30 Oct 2005
Removing the Divx 5.2.1 codec from your Quicktime library might just fix the problem. It did for me!! Go to http://www.e-frontier.com/article/articleview/1441/1/595/ for details.
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+2

2r reviewed on 03 Sep 2005
Once installed on my G5 dual 1.8Ghz the thing took for ever to open. And even if you get it started the whole way of working with Poser is a pain in a certain place where the sun rarely shines.

The GUI is very mid 90s "innovative". It works in a way, but it's very cluttered and takes up too much screen real estate.

The file structure is a total disaster and installing new files, and finding them, is a test of patience.

Poser 6 is also very unstable, unresponsive and slow, and should never have been released in this state. It's hardly even a beta.

This is all a pity, because Poser is a lot of fun - or rather it used to be, therefore I'll stick to Poser 5. Buying Poser 6 is a total vaste of money.
[Version 6.0.1.77]


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+4

Heilei rated on 06 Apr 2011

[Version 8.0.3]


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Date:04 Mar 2014
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
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Poser is perfect for creating 3D character art and animation. For nearly 20 years, artists, hobbyists, illustrators, and animators have been getting creative with Poser. Poser includes over 5GB of 3D figures and content to get you started. Pose figures, add hair and clothing, props, lights, and cameras to build 3D scenes. Render photorealistic and cartoon style images and video for web, print, and film. What will you create?

Look at the incredible enhancements:
  • Pixar subdivision surfaces
  • Rendering-speed improvements
  • Bullet physics
  • Comic-book preview mode
  • 9 new human and cartoon figures
  • Magnet and deformer weight-map support
  • Magnet and deformer weight-map painting tools
  • Interactive raytrace preview
  • OpenGL speed optimization
  • Grouping-tool improvements
  • Morph-brush improvements
  • Material compound nodes
  • Gamma correction


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