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Curious Labs Ships Poser 5

Mac version coming later By Dave Nagel
Curious Labs has released Poser 5. Poser is a 3D character animation package for Macintosh and Windows. However, as Curious Labs previously reported, the new version will be available for Windows initially, with details of a Mac version to follow in the fall.

Poser 5 includes a fairly vast number and range of new features, including a revamped render engine, which Curious Labs terms a "hybrid micro-polygon and [raytracing] render engine." It includes subdivision surface rendering, render-time polygon smoothing, displacement mapping, 3D motion blur, depth of field and procedural textures. Other new features include:

  • Shader Trees with material nodes;
  • Raytraced refraction and reflection;
  • Dynamic hair with growth, styling and physics controls;
  • Dynamic cloth with physics;
  • Photo-based facial mapping;
  • Morph Putty tool for interactive sculpting;
  • Hierarchical parameters palette with parameter grouping;
  • Hierarchical libraries;
  • Collision detection.

The new version is available for Windows now for $349. We'll bring you detaiils on the Mac version when they become available. 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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