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DAZ3D Gets an Update

3D figure posing software gets an eyelift By Ko Maruyama
DAZ Studio provides some excellent utilities in version 2 of the base software.  Previously, the company offered some bridging tools to help users (albeit PC users) incorporate their materials into the software.   In the latest upgrade, version 2.0 is offered to PC users, but I hope a Mac version is soon to follow.

Mac users may be familiar with the DAZ Studio software because it had previously run under Mac (OS X 10.3 or above), and offered both Mac and PC users the ability to create and manipulate 3D models into great looking images.... for free.

There have been some major updates to the software since it was introduced as a simple posing software.  The latest notable addition was the introduction of a 3D Bridge plugin (NOW AVAILABLE FOR MAC see here) which allowed you to see the models that were created in DAZ Studio immediately in Photoshop.   This wasn't merely exporting the model from the 3D software as a .u3D object for use in Photoshop CS3, but allows the user to interactively link between the two applications.

Previously, the DAZ team introduced PowerPose and Puppeteer to the software, making it easier to manipulate your models.  The Collada exporter (an earlier addition) gave users the ability to share content, even entire scenes with almost all third party 3D applications.

In the latest offering from DAZ, "Studio" version 2 now supports models with multiple UV maps and more importantly Sub-Division Surfaces.  The latter will no doubt lead to many more intricate and detailed modeled from their artistic users.  You can see some of the DAZ content in their Platinum Club: DAZ MODELS.

To download the software, you can visit their site, or order a CD for a small fee:

For some cool DAZ STUDIO TIPS... as well as the usual rants, ramblings and general announcements - check out a chaotic blog in the BlogZone:

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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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