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Software for $1.99US* ? By Ko Maruyama
DAZ, known primarily for its character software package in DAZ|Studio, has recently picked up HEXAGON from Eovia.  What is interesting about the shift in the software's home is not only the availability of the models that DAZ offers, but the price.  For a limited time, it is $1.99US (with a subscription).  So what's the catch?  I took a look.

Until the end of this month (May 2006), DAZ is offering users the opportunity to download the software for $1.99US.

Two Bucks.  $2 for $270 software?

What's the catch?  (keep reading)

Well, there has to be a "catch" of course.  Eovia users are familiar with the potential power of Hexagon - - and this is now HEXAGON 2.  This adds to DAZ's arsenal, a serious polygonal modeler.  It also carries with it a "UV-unwrapping" feature which will allow the 3D paint tools more flexibility.

Added to the mix, ambient occlusion and real time shadows.  Most impressively, HEXAGON 2 boasts freehand brush modeling tools.  The microdisplacement modeling tools allow you to "paint" the geometry into place.

Additionally, the package includes a 3D Paint system that allows you to create textures for your models within the software.

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I used to be an Infini-D person, because it was the easiest thing on the Mac (about 10 years ago).  It later died, then was reborn into something else, and many people jumped onto Carrara.    Well, for those who are Carrara users - HEXAGON 2 goes right into that application.  Actually, Carrara is now part of the DAZ family as well.  So all of those shader styles feature uprgrades.... now DAZ.

So.. The CATCH.

You have to become a member of the DAZ Platinum Club.  This club probably has some great benefits, including all of the models that you can get once you're a member.  Initial cost to join the club?  $29.95.  Montly Fee? $7.95US.

However, you can quit the club any time you want.  So potentially - you could get HEXAGON 2 for $29.95+$1.99US (plus tax if applicable).

The annual subscription for the premium membership is $99.95 which comes with tons of benefits that you can find through the DAZ website.  So if you're using the software and the site continually, it's probably an even better value for you... AND you're still coming up with a total of something near $130US, which is far short of the $270 original price tag.

(If you've already pre-ordered Hexagon 2, you'll get a month of the DAZ membership for free PLUS a $100US coupon for the DAZ Store)

I'll have to give it a spin before I say anything substantial about the software - but the deal which is over in a few weeks is a GREAT ONE for anyone looking to get into the DAZ family.  

If you have comments about HEXAGON, I'd love to hear them.  At the bottom of the article, click to comment. 

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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