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Poser 7 3D Figure Design and Animation [OLD VERSION]

by E-Frontier
Windows 2000 / XP
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Render more effectively with multi-threaded rendering and tiled texture loading
  • Easily create 3D human art for web, print media and fine illustrations, film pre-visualization, populating architectural scenes,Flash animations, games
  • Includes gigibytes of additional content to quickly start and learn to work in 3D
  • New version includes lip synching, character morphing tools, multiple undo's, non-linear animation support (NLA),
  • Output human figure art in many styles, and export to other 3D programs
  • New version includes high dynamic range imaging support (HDRI), smart Quickguide plus many other enhancements

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000KK4330
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 26, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,710 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Poser 7, the Premiere 3D Figure Design and Animation Software Brings Life to Any Digital Project with 3D Imagery and Animation. Poser is the standard for depicting the human form in 3D. Poser is used for figure design and animation by hobbyists professi

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Higher learning curve than expected. August 15, 2007
By W. Pan
Format:CD-ROM|Verified Purchase
I've seen many internet comics done in Poser, so I thought I'd give it a try. Poser probably gives more options than I'd really want, it's very detailed. You can manipulate every single digit on the humanoid figures.

My biggest complaint is the learning curve. This is a professional piece of software rather than consumer product. There are so many controls, but the help files don't contain as much information as I'd like (it's a very sophisticated program). I've tinkered with it for about a month so far, and I still can't create clothes yet. It says I should clothes create clothes in their other product Shade. So my comic frames have a bunch of naked figures for now.

If you are interested in getting this product, I'd suggest getting a combo package including both Shade and Poser, or if you can download the demo version (I know Shade is available from their e-frontier web site), give them a test drive before committing to it.

Mac or PC? The controls and interface are consistent with both versions, so that's just a preference issue.

Software was being run on PC and Mac having 2Ghz Core-Duo processors, 2 Gigs RAM, and `lots of hard drive space. Ran smoothly.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality Renders, Great Price January 17, 2008
By lisa
I really love Poser and I use it all the time. It's a fraction of the price of Max or Maya, and much, much, much easier to use. It also produces surprisingly good renders. It may not do everything the larger graphics programs do, but I would highly recommend it for hobbyists, independent artists and small studios looking for an entry-level solution that can produce professional quality results at a very reasonable price.

If you haven't used Poser before, it's important to note that Poser is only an animation and render suite--you have to combine it with a 3D modeling program like Shade, AC3D or Blender in order to really use it. There's a ton of stock content (3D clipart) available for Poser if you don't have any modeling skills, but you'll get a lot more out of the program if you know a little bit about 3D graphics.

Two thumbs up!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Crash baby crash March 23, 2007
Format:CD-ROM|Verified Purchase
I've been working with Poser 6 for a while, I finally decided to make the leap to Poser 7.

Intalled it. Started the program. And CRASH! I don't mean an application "not responding" message. I mean a total system crash. My PC needed a hard reboot (cut the power reboot). I found the service pack 1 on the efrontiers website. Installed it. Opened the program again. CRASH.

After spending $180 for the program, I decided it was worth one more try. Started the program. This time I figured out the system seizure happened when I moved the mouse cursor over the document window. Reboot again. Avoiding the document, I ran my mouse cursor over the top menu, Deleted Figure. The default loaded Simon. Once Simon was gone, I was able to work for a little while.

Addendum 4/18/2007

Other disappointments with the program:

One of Poser's Features is the Face Room.
The kids' figures are not compatible with the face room, which is a total shame.

The Cloth room is very complicated to learn how to use. Using the program's documentation, plus buying two User Guides, I haven't been able to make cloth. But I could be exceptionally dense.

Head paramater dials don't include ears. Only Judy, carried forward from Poser 5, lets you shape elf ears.

Action poses and their back geometries. I loaded James into my project, and posed him with one of his action presets. Something really unnatural looking happens to his back.

Addendum May 25, 2007:
I worked for several hours without crashing. The new feature in Poser7 is the Undo option. By default, the software sets the Undo level to 100. After changing the Undo level preference to 3, so far so good!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior value March 28, 2008
It seems that the consensus is that Poser 7 is a difficult tool to use. I would have to agree that the learning curve is somewhat steep, but if you think about it, so is the learning curve for driving a car, yet most people have fought through learning to shift gears because it is a necessary skill to be able to do so much more. The Poser documentation is excellent. It is professionally written and very helpful. Yes, it may take a couple of weeks to get comfortable with the software interface, but the upside is that you will find yourself at the controls of one of the most powerful animation tools available for the price. Anyone that badmouth's this product has not put in the effort necessary to appreciate it. Perhaps they need to be looking at handicams, not 3D animation software.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poser 7 is fantastic February 2, 2007
Poser 7 leapfrogs earlier versions of the product. If you are a seasoned

Poser user, you will appreciate great new features such as multiple undo (a

request that was begged for by the community, and e-Frontier delivered,)

multithreaded rendering support (for those with multiple core processors,)

the introduction of HDRI support for more realism, and the new Universal

Poses feature (which allows you to save and use poses designed for one

figure in a totally different figure!)

The Morphing Tool is perhaps the single best new feature. For all of Poser's

history, it has suffered from strange bending issues, and "poke through"

(where a figure's skin would pop out from underneath clothing.) This great

tool allows you to smooth out the bends, and pull clothing off of skin in


For those users who know some programming, the increased functionality of

Python within the application is a boon.

Animators will love the new improvements for their work, such as lip

synching, and animation layers.

While all of these features are great for seasoned Poser pros, Poser 7 also

has some features to help new users, right out of the box. Loads of content

assure that you can get up and running (and creating art) in no time. The

many introductory resources, including tutorials, will make jumping right in

a cinch.

Of course, the feature set already available in previous versions is

available as well. The material room is fantastic for putting your own

special touches on your models. You can achieve photo realistic renders with

some tweaking in this room.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Received in good order and with many thanks.
Published 1 month ago by picman2
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
As advertised
Published 1 month ago by BK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Glad to have this on time, great item to have purchased
Published 4 months ago by Kenneth Linnenburger
4.0 out of 5 stars Good product. I will buy the newest version next.
I got what I wanted. Great! It was worth the money spent. It provided me with more tools to work with for my projects.
Published 8 months ago by everett watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love LOVE Love Poser!
Of all the 3D software available for 3D images and or animations, this is my all time favorite! I LOVE Poser and this version is incredible! Read more
Published on April 19, 2012 by Vees
5.0 out of 5 stars Poser 7 upgrade completely worthwhile
I had Poser 5 for years but needed something a bit better. Poser 7 filled the bill more than I hoped. I love its new features, especially the render comparison feature. Read more
Published on December 8, 2011 by Hipshot
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of respect for this product, but...
This product is amazing. This software simulates fully anatomically correct humans. It has a great library including clothes, props, hair, etc. Read more
Published on January 31, 2010 by Philip M. Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners
It's a good investment especially if you're just starting out learning with 3D software. Much easier to handle compared to ZBrush, Maya and Xara. Read more
Published on November 27, 2009 by Rennim
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Newbies
This product was one of my first forays into any type of 3D work, so take my opinions as those of a print designer/3D neophyte. Read more
Published on August 12, 2009 by Incognito
4.0 out of 5 stars Great program but geared for geeks & perfectionists!
This is a AWESOME 3D animation program with lots of potential, but, as others have said, its neither intuitive nor user-friendly. Read more
Published on July 25, 2009 by Snappy Cat
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