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Curious Labs Ships Poser 5 for Mac OS X

Software adds cloth simulation, hair and face setup rooms By Dave Nagel
Curious Labs has released its long-anticipated Mac OS X version of Poser 5. The new release offers all of the features of the Windows version, including new dynamics and hair simulation and rendering capabilities. It's available now, with special crossgrade and introductory pricing available.

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 Mac OS X version of Poser 5 is available now through electronic delivery for an introductory price of $199. (It normally sells for $349.) Upgrades from Poser 1, 2 or 3 run $169. Upgrades from Poser 4 and from the Poser Pro Pack run $149 and $99, respectively. A crossgrade from the Windows version runs $129. 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, Mac OS, 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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