Carrara
Carrara 8.1.0.135
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3D modeling, animation and renderer.   Demo ($149.95)
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Carrara is an advanced all-in-one 3D tool. With Carrara, you can not only use all the 3D content you'll find on DAZ3D.com, but also create your own complex 3D models and environments. Carrara includes everything you need to create a 3D project from start to finish. Load in DAZ 3D models or create your own from scratch. Customize them to your heart's content, animate them, add complex physics and render effects. Combine live footage with 3D models, use lip-sync tools, simulate real-world lighting, and much, much more.
What's New
Version 8.1.0.135:
  • 64-bit
  • Multi-Threading
  • Bullet Physics Library
  • Improved FBX and COLLADA Data Exchange
  • Plant & Vegetation Improvements
  • Render Time Optimizations
  • Network Render Optimizations
  • Negative Lights and Photometrics
  • God Rays and Barn Doors
  • Normal Maps
  • Editing of Posed Meshes
  • Puppeteer for Carrara
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 or later



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Maclover1.1 commented on 17 Oct 2009
This app is very sexy (I actually own the Pro version), but it performs fairly badly and can easily be overwhelmed by complex models and thus crash quite a bit, I own this and never really used it too sacred of the crashing.. reminds me of the OS8-9 days.. OUCH. As for the latest Snow Leopard update, well it does not work at all, they've had issues and said the new release fixed the missing interface text bug... but it does not... and basically the interface (which is a bit weird like Bryce, Poser.. you know those.. wanna be smart interfaces Kai Style plugins of the 90's) ends up being an annoyance (I hate the Poser interface too, looks like a bad toy).

If you need a really sturdy 3D app.. I would advise Cinema4D.. which can be enhanced with a great Poser plugin (InterPoser) that thing is sturdy as a rock.. then again it is German.. Germans tend to make very sturdy software... At least I perceive things that way.

Also if you want a cheap cool 3D app, definitely get Cheetah.

DAZ bought Carrara and Hexagon but the development is lagging, which I find unacceptable coming from a big developer. We are not talking shareware here !!! For instance no upgrade of Hexagon in ages. Daz is much more concerned with content I believe, and their software apart from DazStudio are not up for the real game.

I'd avoid this app, even if does look really good. It's like sex... the best ones are not essentially the best looking ones lol
[Version 7.0]


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Frankentron5000 reviewed on 04 Apr 2005
I've been using Carrara for about 6 years, in various incarnations. The interface is incredibly intuitive and the company Eovia (not Kai, which is owned by Corel) has constantly strived to maintain the clean feel of the original interface while adding more usable layers and options for the more advanced users.

I've seen some condescending views toward Carrara lately, and I'd like to set the record straight. I'm an Art Director for 10 years now, specializing in print, however I do dabble in some web and animation. Carrara does what I want it to do, without investing in a 4-year degree to learn 3D. The first time you open up Carrara, you can poke your way around and learn to make custom shapes, textures and animations.

I've used Maya, Strata, Lightwave and a host of other programs, trying to find something that works the way I think. These programs were cumbersome, clunky, very PC and 'numerically mechanical' in their starkness. There are no clues and no intuition in their layout and you have to refer to the manual just to put points on a grid. To make a basic model takes hours and days.

In complete contrast, Carrara allows you to crete a basic model, create a texture, or add a mapping of your own artwork, light it, add background elements and export the whole thing as a tif, pict, mov, or whatever you need or can think of. I have used it to create product display photos for proposal comps, animated titles for movies, and a host of other small projects.

If you're a graphics professional with a need for a 3D program that just plain works, you need Carrara. This thing has saved my butt several times and I'm thankful it exists. Don't let the PC and Silicon Graphics guys scare you. I think something like Carrara scares them, because it delivers totally professional 3D results at minimal cost, with minimal time investment.

Unless you're a 3D professional (of which very few actually exist), Carrara will do everything you need...and more. After 6 years, I've barely touched on all it can do.
[Version 4.1.1]

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tim27 replied on 24 May 2008
>"... 3D professional (of which very few actually exist)..."


Huh?
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Anonymous reviewed on 17 Aug 2004
Carrara is a royal pain in the tush to use, the GUI a real nightmare and so hard on the eyes. But it's the only Mac 3D app to my knowledge that will correctly convert a UV mapped OBJ (nurbs) into a texture mapped 3DS (polygons). This is very nice when you're going from Poser to something like Natural Scene Designer that only imports 3DS. For that alone, it's a must have, though it is a rather expensive format converter. Otherwise, I'd prefer to work in a long string of other modelers and rendering engines that are far more user friendly.

I know some people who like it, but give me a good crisp black on white viewing area and solid intuitive controls that make it easy to select parts and manipulate them. It takes so much longer to achieve the same results in Carrara than it does in my favorite modelers. I only use it if it does something that nothing else on a Mac will do, which isn't much.
[Version 3.0.3]


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Heilei rated on 06 Apr 2011

[Version 8.1.0.135]



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Aragorn07 rated on 23 Dec 2010

[Version 7.0]


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Type:Multimedia Design : Video
License:Demo
Date:08 Feb 2011
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $149.95
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Carrara is an advanced all-in-one 3D tool. With Carrara, you can not only use all the 3D content you'll find on DAZ3D.com, but also create your own complex 3D models and environments. Carrara includes everything you need to create a 3D project from start to finish. Load in DAZ 3D models or create your own from scratch. Customize them to your heart's content, animate them, add complex physics and render effects. Combine live footage with 3D models, use lip-sync tools, simulate real-world lighting, and much, much more.


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