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    May 03, 2012
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1 stars

"Why Does Reallusion Sell Outdated Software?"

October 19, 2012  |  By Tina_Mitchell

 |  Version: iClone 5.21


Great 3D animation software if used in Windows XP.


Terrible software if used in Windows 7 x64. Also, the software is just the first purchase. iClone 5 is nothing unless you buy several $100 of content fro Reallusion. It is a big money scam...and iClone 5 is the bait.



I purchased and used iClone 4 and later iClone 5 (current version). iClone is excellent software for creating animated characters in 3D. THAT IS, iClone is great if you are still using Windows XP!

The code for both versions of iClone was written for Windows XP. Both versions, including iClone 5, require old XP technology in order to work properly. For instance, iClone 5 requires DirectX 9, which is XP's version. Windows 7 uses DirectX 11. So, iClone forces you to install XP components--if not, iClone won't work in a Windows 7 PC! Well, sometimes installing XP components in Windows 7 works OK--but not great-- and sometimes it just screws up your Windows 7 PC...and the latter result is what happened to me!

Reallusion is infamous for not properly updating the core code of their software to work with modern operating systems. Reallusion creates new versions by just adding some new features to the old version. They don't update the 'guts' of their software. They just put lipstick on their old software and call it a new version.

For example, Reallusion did not update iClone to be compatible with Windows 7 64-bit until around July 2012--OVER TWO YEARS AFTER THE RELEASE OF WINDOWS 7 x64! And it was just a lousy patch job that only works 'just OK', if you not mind a lot of minor bugs. They did not create a true new version of iClone 5 for Windows 7, especially not for 64-bits.

Is Reallusion wrong?

Well, iClone is not a $17.99 software but a $179.99 software. At that price, I think the customer can expect a version that was actually rewritten for Window 7 and DirectX 11...rather than an XP software patched to work OK with Windows 7...assuming IF you successfully install XP components in Windows 7! FOR $200, I think the consumer has the right to expect a new version that is actually a NEW version written for the latest Windows!

What happens now that Windows 8 is released? Ha, ha! Another lame patch job?

UNFORTUNATELY, patching old technology is common practice for Reallusion! Their other software suffers from the same problem. WidgetCast is a great example.

I bought WidgetCast too. It is a wonderful product that allows you to output iClone animation to an Adobe AIR App. About 7 months ago, WidgetCast stopped outputting anything. Real Illusion tech support told me that the latest version of Java broke WidgetCast.

Yes, WidgetCast requires JavaScript to work. Well, I was told to uninstall the latest version of Java and reinstall an OLD version of Java. Ha, ha! The OLD version of Java is a huge security risk, that is why a new version was released (even Oracle's java website issues that security warning).

IMAGINE THIS: Instead of updating WidgetCast to work with the latest 'safe' Java technology, Reallusion 'fixes' the problem by telling customers to install the old 'unsafe' versions of Java. Is that right? But that situation perfectly proves that Reallusion dumps old technology on its customers.

WHY does Reallusion fail to properly update its software? Sheer corporate greed!

WidgetCast was last updated in 2010. But Reallusion continues to aggressively market and sell that badly outdated software. Wow, what a way to maximum profits by avoiding the cost of NEW software development and creating REAL updates.

THE REALITY IS that Reallusion once created great software and developed an excellent reputation. But now this company is using that old good reputation to get away with selling very expensive software based on outdated technology.

IN CONCLUSION, this company's name tells the truth about their software--REAL ILLUSION--but, sadly, their dirty magic trick comes at the expense of their customers!

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5 stars

"Awesome software at an awesome price !"

September 27, 2012  |  By Kanganimate

 |  Version: iClone 5.21


Easy to master and very quick to use. You can start animating the same day you purchase it.


I wish the mocap feature could already do facial animations. I read its coming.

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1 stars


August 29, 2012  |  By Frank_Madd

 |  Version: iClone 5.21


iClone 5 will produce amazing animation.


iClone will produce amazing animation if you are willing to spend over $1000 to buy a fully functional iClone. See Summary for explanation.


Everything that Reallusion claims about what iClone can do is true. It is true IF you spend another $1000 or more buying all the various plug-ins and content 'packs' that allow iClone to do amazing things.

For $199, the 'stock' iClone does not do very much. The software itself is just bait...to trap you into buying much more stuff to realize its real potential.

I checked iClone out very thoroughly. In order to get the full functionality of this software, you must spend at least another $1000 to $1200.

If you stay with the base software costing $200, you won't find it very amazing nor very useful.

LASTLY, I used iClone in Windows XP. So, I can't saw whether or not it works OK in Windows 7. It seems to be an issue with other reviewers.

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5 stars

"iClone5 work very well on Windows 7"

August 26, 2012  |  By Barbarayo

 |  Version: iClone 5.21


iClone basically makes it easy to create a short film or video game within the comfort of your own home or studio.


Internet connection required for online activation


It appears you may have been misinformed. You certainly can and should install DirectX 9.0c alongside DirectX 11 on your Windows 7 PC.

Many, many applications, and most of todays games require DirectX 9.0c, which is why you were prompted to install it. Doing so will not uninstall your version of DirectX 11, and both versions can reside on the same PC without any problems.

Updated on Aug 26, 2012

I have no problem to run iClone5 on Windows 7

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.21
Version 5.21 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
Publisher Reallusion
Publisher web site http://www.reallusion.com/
Release Date September 23, 2011
Date Added May 03, 2012
Version 5.21
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory 3D Modeling Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 609.28MB
File Name iclone.exe
Total Downloads 794,268
Downloads Last Week 41
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $199.95

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