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NEWS DECEMBER 19 , 2000
Poser Pro Pack Coming in January
Includes plugins for LightWave, export module for Flash

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Curious Labs has set a mid-January release date for the Poser Pro Pack, an expansion of the 3D character modeling and animation package Poser. Curious Labs is the company founded last year by the original developers of Poser, who acquired the software from Metacreations when that company sold off its graphics business.

The Poser Pro Pack is a collection of new features, functional enhancements and third-party application integration plugins for use with Poser 4. It expands Poser's production capabilities and enables Web developers, animators and graphics professionals to create 3D character content for the Web, print, film and video. Pro Pack users will be able to host complete Poser 4 scene files, including animated 3D characters via the included plugins for NewTek's LightWave and, on the PC, Discreet's 3D Studio Max.

Web designers can also use the Pro Pack to add animated character content created in Poser to Web sites and other interactive projects by exporting to the Viewpoint Media Player for 3D and Macromedia Flash for 2D. Additional functionality includes 2D motion blur, multiple camera view panes, animated material parameters, compressed content and library files and Python scripting support.

The Poser Pro Pack will cost $149 and will be available to owners of versions 4 through 4.0.3 of Poser. All Pro Pack customers using versions 1, 2 and 3 of Poser will be required to upgrade to version 4.0.3, additionally priced at $99. Pro Pack is available for both Windows and Macintosh. For more information, visit http://www.curiouslabs.com or read our interview with Curious Labs President Steve Cooper here.

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