JULY 24, 2000
parent Curious Labs to ship 4.0.3 by the end of the year
Labs says it will ship version 4.0.3 of Poser beginning in the fourth
quarter. Curious Labs was cofounded by some of the original developers
of Poser from Fractal Design and MetaCreations, which began unloading
its catalog of software titles earlier this year in favor of pursuing
of Curious Labs were unavailable for comment at press time. Features
in Poser 4 include:
- Custom Figure Creation
Toolsinclude polygonal picking and grouping, as well as hierarchical
selection tools. These allow users to import 3D geometry, break it into
body parts and generate new Poser figures, including Inverse Kinematics.
- Sketch Designer,
a rendering option that creates a scene using a series of brush strokes
that define the background, edges of scene elements and individual elements
and figures. Customized brush strokes for the Sketch Designer can be
saved and loaded from scene to scene, rendered in color or black and
white and exported as Painter scripts.
- Conforming Figures,
which allows clothing models to snap and conform to base body models
and stay conformed, even when the base model is in motion.
- Animated Deformers,
including Magnet, which allows poser figures to be sculpted by bending,
stretching or pinching; Wave, which animates ripples on surfaces, such
as clothing; and Turbulence, which creates special effects like splashes
or blasts. All deformers can be animated and can be used to create custom
morph targets from within Poser 4.
- Advanced Texture
Controls incorporate transparency and reflectivity into Poser textures
onto a whole figure or individual body parts. Maps include transparency
- Lighting Controls
now include spotlights, which can be set to track motion. An unlimited
number of lights can now be included in a scene.
4.0.3 will carry a suggested price of $395. Curious Labs says it expects
the software to sell for something more like $220. For more information,
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