DAZ Studio for Mac

DAZ Studio for Mac

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 28 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.1.1.13
File Size:
729.91MB
Date Added:
March 25, 2008
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.3/10.4
Total Downloads:
273,574
Downloads Last Week:
13
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Mac OS X 10.3/10.4

Editors' review

From the makers of the popular scene rendering program Bryce comes DAZ Studio, a powerful freeware 3D modeling and CAD program that looks great, but is a resource hog and can be sluggish for the average user.

The publisher recommends at least 256MB of RAM, but we found that to be wishful thinking. The program runs choppily on anything less than 1GB, although some of the more complex rendering was processed more slowly than others. It also requires an OpenGL compatible graphics card with at least 128MB of RAM onboard, so machines built before 2003 will certainly struggle. This isn't unusual for this kind of program, though.

DAZ offers up an wide array of built-in models and tools and for creating, animating, and recording life-like scenes. Users can purchase additional models through the publisher's Web site. Free tutorials on the site take a bit of the edge off the learning curve, although it's still steep. The feature set is nothing short of incredible: You can take a model, manipulate it, add detail and texture, have it interact with other models, and manage your art files. The tool panels on the left and right navigation bars can be hidden, to maximize screen space, and all the tools have mouseover labels to help newbies learn what's what. There are also components for easy export to other programs such as Photoshop.

According to the publisher, the program is compatible with Windows Vista, however, we were unable to install it on our Enterprise edition. Also, all users must register on the publisher's Web site to get the free serial number for the program.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.3

    out of 28 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 8
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 8
  • Current Version:

    3.3

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 1 stars

    "Nothing special."

    December 12, 2010   |   By DaddioOnThePaddio

    Version: DAZ Studio (Mac) 3.1.2.19

    Pros

    The price was right on target...free!

    Cons

    Insufficient power to do anything more than basic 3D stuff. The app is a marketing too for suckers to purchase additional art.

    Summary

    If you are looking for a flexible 3D program, this ain't it. DOn't look for 2D to 3D converters or anything the slight bit sophisticated. The functionality is basic, but the degree of command complexity is significant. Not for the faint of heart. I am still looking!

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