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DAZ Studio

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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 a 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 mouse-over labels to help newbies learn what's what. There are also components for easy export to other programs like 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:

    3.7 stars

    out of 321 votes

    • 5 star: 133
    • 4 star: 83
    • 3 star: 34
    • 2 star: 15
    • 1 star: 56
  • Current version:

    2.9 stars

    out of 15 votes

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

    "I love Daz|Studio, but can't use it on my new PC!"

    December 8, 2008  |   By freekmunkee

    Version: DAZ Studio 2.3.3.50

    Pros

    I love this program- to me, it has a fairly simple interface, and is very user-friendly! You can use any item that you can use in Poser, and the renders are awesome!

    Cons

    I am having problems with Vista and my Intel graphics card... The program crashes when I try to pose anything... I'm so disappointed!

    Summary

    I can't wait to find a fix so I can use this program on my computer!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Somewhat useful"

    October 26, 2008  |   By tr4656

    Version: DAZ Studio 2.3.3.50

    Pros

    Features were very nice. It is a very good 3d software.

    Cons

    Difficult to understand, also for new figures, you will need to pay. Don't know how to make new clothes and stuff.

    Summary

    Daz Studio is useful if you will spend some money on clothes and will spend time on understanding the software. If not, then do not use this software. It is fine and does not crash. It will lag a bit if you do not good enough system.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Free ,facinating, frustrating"

    October 26, 2008  |   By casakhan

    Version: DAZ Studio 2.3.3.50

    Pros

    Free and promising. The writers of the artist user guide did a very good job.
    Makes the experience less aggravating than it actually is. Excellent source of reference and clarity.

    Cons

    The organization of files and directories is the most unexpected and far too confusing. The program , at times seems to be unstable.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Flexible Creativity for FREE"

    October 26, 2008  |   By eggbert2

    Version: DAZ Studio 2.3.3.50

    Pros

    Able to quickly produce good-looking results relatively quickly

    Cons

    The placement of objects, items, poses etc. within the content directory is hard to fathom; as it has a tendencey to store things where you'd least expect to find them.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "NOT STABLE ON VISTA Not ready for prime time."

    October 24, 2008  |  

    Version: DAZ Studio 2.3.3.50

    Pros

    Looks nice. Artwork well done. Lots of extras available for decent prices.

    Cons

    Fatal Errors. Too many. Too often. See below.

    Summary

    This is sad. Program looked good. I read the install instructions. Installed as ADMIN in HP Pavilion DV6000 running VISTA/ 2GB RAM/ Dual Centrino at 1.75 GHZ. Latest patches, up to date SP1 installed, etc, etc. I have Sonar 6XL, Sound Forge V9, AE 5.5, Photoshop 6.0, and tons of other software. This is the only program that consistently crashes on its own.

    Program started and ran normally. I was able to do a few things. Read a tutorial, tried to changed poses. CRASH! Rebooted, open and then another CRASH! One consistent crash after another. I get this error message:

    WINDOWS ERROR MSG: DAZStudio.exe caused ACCESS_VIOLATION in module "C:\Windows\system32\ig4dev32.dll" at 001B:060F38B3, devProcessAttach()+321603 byte(s).

    Uninstalled. Re-installed as XP compatible. Same errors. Unable to do anything more than remove and replace clothing. This program needs works. Lots of it. Is not ready for prime time. CNET description says it's VISTA compatible. Not on my computer! Could NOT locate much info online or at DAZ site so this may be a new problem. But seriously folks, is this a BETA? It appears to be. I even tried to send an error report to DAZ. But after 5 hours of crashes I gave up and sent in this report to CNET.

    Conclusion: try looking elsewhere for 3D :(

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  • 1.0 stars

    "File does not exist..right now..maybe later.sorta"

    October 20, 2008  |   By pharoah12

    Version: DAZ Studio 2.3.3.50

    Pros

    It's free, and I have to use 10 characters, so there.

    Cons

    File does not download. stops at 93 percent, and then says it no longer exists.

    Summary

    Does not download.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "program keeps crashing"

    October 20, 2008  |   By pearl handle

    Version: DAZ Studio 2.3.3.50

    Pros

    nothing yet program crashes alot

    Cons

    program crashes eveytimes I try to upload clothing etc.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Buggy...Continous Fatal Error...No Fix"

    October 19, 2008  |   By henskier

    Version: DAZ Studio 2.3.3.50

    Pros

    Didn't have it running long enough to know what the pros were.

    Cons

    Tried to change things and got an error message/ crash. No fix available. Downloaded the program twice from two different sources.

    Summary

    Get rid of the bugs......

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Crap thats all i have to say"

    October 18, 2008  |   By sameersam8254

    Version: DAZ Studio 2.3.3.50

    Pros

    CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP

    Cons

    Very hard to understand its just like wasting ur time

    Summary

    CRAP

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Disappointed"

    October 15, 2008  |   By davidcayre

    Version: DAZ Studio 2.3.3.50

    Pros

    Not a lot, well, if fact, nothing.

    Cons

    Difficult to use

    Summary

    Don't like it. I'm sure it can do all sorts of marvelous things, but it keeps them to itself. I used to like Bryce as it was very intuitive and did what you expected it to do.

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