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  • 4.0 stars

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    October 12, 2009  |   By youthart

    Version: DAZ Studio 3.0.1.135

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Great beginner tool, but not advanced enough yet"

    September 28, 2009  |   By commorancy

    Version: DAZ Studio 3.0.1.135

    Pros

    Great rendering engine (caveats... see cons), reasonable interface, excellent plugin system

    Cons

    Getting a perfect render is hard to manage and difficult to set up (read, time consuming). Interface is weak, layout needs help, Camera system needs overhaul.

    Summary

    While Daz Studio 3 (DS3) is a step in the right direction for Daz, DS3 is still really a basic bare bones 3D app and still leaves a lot to be desired. It's the basic minimum you need to get started. The problem is that while the 3Delight rendering engine is very capable, DS3 fails to provide some of 3Delight's most basic features needed to create realistic scenes... such as Global Illumination. With DS3 Advanced (the for-pay version), Daz offers some additional lighting models and scripting systems to 'unleash the power' of the 3Delight engine. Unfortunately, you have to know how to write computer code to do it. So, paying the money to get a shader creator in DS3A, you'll need a master's degree to figure out how to write th code to make it happen. Still, if you manage to get a workable shader, expect to spend hours rendering something simple. If you stray from the DS3 built-in shaders, you should expect to spend hours rendering something that should take a few minutes.

    Setting up a scene under DS3 is time consuming. If you define light sources with deep shadow maps, you have to wait for DS3 to calculate these maps each time you render. DS3 still does not cache these maps once created. So, if you set up 5 lights in the scene each with deep soft shadows, you have to wait through the construction of each of the 5 shadow maps each time you render. This can take minutes. The results can look good, but Daz needs to value the user's time more than they do.

    As others have said, this app only integrates within the Daz world. It does not attempt to integrate outside of that world. So, if you create the perfect pose or a great character, you cannot convert that to be useful in Poser or any other app that supports cr2 or pz2 file formats as Daz doesn't support that export functionality. You can, however, import the character into Daz's Carrara (see below). So, that character is firmly entrenched in the Daz world and will never leave it. You can export it as a Collada, 3DS or OBJ format, but of course that effectively freezes the model in place. This means you need to go back to DS3 to repose or alter the model.

    The interface flow is antiquated and not intuitive at all. DS3 still doesn't offer even similar posing capabilities of Poser, so you're stuck diddling with each bone on its own. It does have a bone movement tool, but good luck getting that to work properly.

    For shading, the system is hackish. The single best part of the shader system is the fact that you can create a shader once and then copy and paste it to other surfaces. But, that's an all or nothing situation. That means you copy the entire shader definition or nothing. You can't copy only the specularity portion and paste that to another surface.

    Unfortunately, what should be Daz's flagship product, Carrara, is totally under promoted by Daz. Carrara runs rings around Daz Studio for quality renders, but everything created or done in Carrara, like its sister DS3, stays firmly in the Daz world (unless you like frozen exported objects). On the other hand, Carrara offers full global illumination, a 3D modeling tool, a visual shader builder, some kind of morph creation tool and actual UV mapping. So, unlike DS3 which is basically a glorified poser + renderer, Carrara is a full fledged 3D modeler, poser and renderer all in one. It's actually more full featured than Poser (which still doesn't offer a modeler).

    Daz has fractured itself into too many different apps that are only each about a quarter of the way to completion. With each release, they take baby steps rather than leaping ahead. Instead of DS3, Hexagon, Bryce and Carrara, Daz should focus on a unified 3D system. A complete app capable of doing all that's necessary to get the job done.... Importing 3D Characters and posing them, 3D modeling, making and applying morphs, rendering systems that include global illumination, lighting that works properly, primitive based construction, systems to aid in creation of clothing for figures, rendering systems that let you pause and resume, share the load over the network and resume if the app crashes.

    DS3 is a good next step, but it's by no means perfect. It crashes far too much for stupid reasons. Daz ignores bug reports placed at bugs.daz3d.com and bugs that have been present since 2.x still aren't fixed. Let's hope that Daz gets DS4 right. For a basic app to play around with Daz figures. it's fine. For serious animation, you'll quickly outgrow DS3. DS3 is fine, however, for basic illustrations as long as you don't need to model anything.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "User interface is kludgy"

    September 6, 2009  |   By riegler.d

    Version: DAZ Studio 3.0.1.135

    Pros

    Great rendering. Remarkably flexible.

    Cons

    User interface is difficult to navigate and program is unnecessarily complex. Tutorials are of practically no use. Limited use in animation for all but the most powerful rendering systems.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Beautiful interface. Astonishing Real time animations."

    August 26, 2009  |   By marcuswilm

    Version: DAZ Studio 3.0.1.135

    Pros

    Astonishing Real time animations.
    Beautiful interface.
    It is free ! Thank you so much to Daz Production.
    A huge collection of models. The new "elite" textures are so perfect that it is now possible to create a top-model.

    Cons

    the organization of the content and its hierarchy could be better.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "It's a toy, ok for beginners leaning 3d art"

    August 19, 2009  |   By anthonyv60

    Version: DAZ Studio 3.0.1.135

    Pros

    None really...it's still a toy

    Cons

    You can't import into Vue and others, which is a real drawback, you can't even import into Poser....

    Summary

    For professionals, it's an entirely useless....you need to have the the ability to save files that at least Poser can open...better still, save in a number of formats instead of just .daz. Give us .pz3!!!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "would have given it more but there is no intergration"

    July 19, 2009  |   By goodspark2000

    Version: DAZ Studio 3.0.1.135

    Pros

    I renders so much better than before and does it faster

    Cons

    Main has already ben said is that it does not integrate with Bryce for transfer of items to add to scenes.

    Summary

    It is starting to be a very good program and is a cabable creation engine for complex scenes

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Love DAZ Studio but the Plugins need updating badly!!"

    July 16, 2009  |   By RAMWolff

    Version: DAZ Studio 3.0.1.135

    Pros

    Lots of new goodies, useful goodies at that like "Shader Mixer" like Poser Material Room but more complicated. Or Morph Follower, fit clothing to morphed characters.. and more.....

    Cons

    Plugins are badly in need of updating. Still waiting for Poseworks pwSurface to be updated, I NEED my pwSurface to be really happy in DAZ Studio!!

    Summary

    A huge step forward but I think DAZ should have held on for another month and made sure the debut included the updates for the plugins as well!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Helped with a few problems"

    July 14, 2009  |   By the3dgm

    Version: DAZ Studio 3.0.1.135

    Pros

    A quick update to take care of problems in the original version 3. More powerful than it was with version 2 and before. A much quicker program than it used to be and if you have a 64-bit system and buy this from DAZ the 64-bit is blindingly fast!

    Cons

    Still waiting for all the plug-ins that were purchased for earlier version to catch up.

    Summary

    It is getting better.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "je desir tester un logiciel 3D"

    July 12, 2009  |   By maurice229

    Version: DAZ Studio 3.0.1.135

    Pros

    je viens de decouvrir l'existence de Daz studio

    Cons

    je transmettré mes inpressions

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