Poser 11 Update
Here’s a poser 11 update. I’ve been using Poser 11 (from Smith Micro) for about 6 weeks now. Oh, I should correct myself. I’ve been trying to get Poser 11 to work properly for about 6 weeks now.
Poser 11 does a great job with the 3D aspect of things, but a lousy job handling files. And, because it does a lousy job handling files, when it crashes, and it will, it will corrupt your hard drive’s file structure. (OUCH!) I’ve never had a program that handles its data so poorly, and I’ve been dealing with computers (intimately) since 1978.
What It Does Well
What Poser does well is it allows you to place 3-dimensional objects on the screen, position them, light them, and even animate them. You can start by placing a “character” on the screen. (Warning – they are naked). You can then add clothes to them (this part is a little tricky), pose them (this too is tricky because sometimes the clothes don’t want to be posed), and you can even change features of their body including skin and eyes. Hair is a separate piece you can add, as well as various props. It does that quite well.
Tricky parts include rendering. Rendering is taking what you designed and putting it in a displayable format. In my case that is a TIFF or JPEG file.
I’ve also noticed if you think something is happening, but don’t have the spinning donut showing the computer is thinking, be careful because if it really is doing something and you click the mouse, it will crash. And, when it crashes you need to check your disk for errors (CHKDSK /F) and that can take hours at times.
Why Deal With It?
Why deal with it if it is going to crash and corrupt files? Well, like many commercial software packages, you hope they fix the bugs in an update release. And, knowing what causes the crashes makes it easier to avoid crashing the software.
Poser has a very straight forward way of organizing their “library”. That’s how you keep track of your data, or “digital assets”. The library structure can be seen in the folder where Poser installs stuff.
The problem is, the “install from .zip” feature in Poser does zero validation of what’s in the .zip file. As a result, you can purchase a package, install it, and never find it in the library. Why? Because the person who created the zip file misspelled “libraries” and because it is misspelled, Poser can’t find the files.
DAZ3D on the other hand is free, and does a much better job installing and managing the digital assets. So, why not use DAZ instead of Poser? Well, DAZ is difficult to use.
So, there you have it…
A great program that is easy to use (Poser 11), but is unstable and does a lousy job handing data, or a program that is difficult to use (DAZ), but does a decent job with data.
I wouldn’t rush out to buy Poser 11 if you’re new to 3D. You might download the free DAZ just to play around, and then when they fix Poser 11, buy it.
I forgot to mention, most of the really good stuff is developed for DAZ. DAZ characters like Genesis 8, Victoria 4, just to name a couple, are supported more than any others.
Perhaps it is time for me to learn DAZ and get over it’s clunky interface.