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Curious Labs Announces Poser 5

New release to include dynamic hair, cloth By Dave Nagel
Curious Labs has announced Poser 5, an update to the company's 3D character animation tool. The new version includes a host of new features, ranging from dynamic hair and cloth to 3D motion blur and depth of field. It will be available initially for Windows, with a ac version following later this summer.

Poser 5's new dynamic hair is strand-based, whereas, in the past, it was based on simple solid geometry. It now supports growth, styling and physics controls. The new version also includes photo-based facial modeling and an all-new FireFly Renderer. Other new features include:

  • Rendertime smoothing of facets;
  • Displacement mapping;
  • 3D motion blur;
  • Depth of field;
  • Procedural textures;
  • Luminosity, refraction and reflection;
  • Shader Tree with material nodes;
  • Dynamic Cloth with physics and parameter controlled cloth attributes;
  • FacePutty for interactive sculpting, and caricature and random head generators;
  • MorphPutty tool;
  • Collision Detection.

Poser 5 also includes new 3D human figures with fully articulated hands and feet, texture maps and facial morphs designed by RuntimeDNA. It also has a feature called Content Paradise for accessing online content resources.

Poser 5 will first ship for Windows. More details on the Mac version will be annnounced separately. Poser 5 will run $549. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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