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Poser 8 [OLD VERSION]

Platform : Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X Intel
69 customer reviews

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  • Poser 8 is an affordable, powerful, yet easy to use 3D character animation solution
  • Includes 3D character tools and over 2.5GB of ready to use scene content and figures; no need to model 3D characters from scratch
  • Includes 8 brand new, ready-to-pose, fully textured human figures with over 400 morphs and body controls to fully customize each character
  • Renders photorealistic or stylized images and videos for print, web or animation projects
  • With included Wardrobe Wizard, fit your Poser clothing assets to the new Poser 8 figures
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  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B002KMQ8WU
  • Item model number: PSR8HBX2
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 1, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,796 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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130 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Personne on September 26, 2009
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After spending every free hour for the last week with this program, I have mixed feelings about it. I don't make my living from making films, but I have made a few industrial videos with compositing, green-screen live action and various special effects. I'm a serious amateur photographer and musician. So I'm pretty familiar with complex software. My regular 'kit' includes titles like Photoshop, Logic, Final Cut, Digital Performer and so on. But I'm a novice when it comes to 3D and animation in general. I approached Poser 8 with eagerness, and looked forward to learning new things.

Poser 8 is cross-platform. I tested it on my Mac: 8-cores, dual monitors, Wacom tablet. The installation was long but uneventful. I found an update on the website and applied it with no difficulty. Normally, I'm a plunge-in and get going type, but I decided to follow the tutorials. This is where the first problems arose. It doesn't look like anyone did any serious proofreading. Many of the tutorials appear to have been written for earlier versions of the program, and have not been fully updated. There are frequent references to objects in the user interface that have changed--often significantly. There are also references to tools and palettes that have not been described. This is a cardinal sin for writers of tutorials: never use a term you haven't described. I found the tutorials helpful and frustrating in equal measure.

My first experiments with posing the stock figures were done with no one looking over my shoulder. That's a good thing. The controls are very sensitive and first efforts tended to look like accident victims. Ouch! But after a little practice, I began to get the hang of it.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bookenator VINE VOICE on October 3, 2009
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This is a very powerful and cool program. The results of a well lit render at the best resolution settings is truly stunning, verging on the photorealistic if you have a hi resolution skin on your model. But the manual is horrid, and the tutorial not much better. The good people at Poser either think everyone was born doing 3d modeling or they assume you're going to buy a "Poser for Dummies" type book. Personally, I did a lot of banging my head against the monitor and searching the internet for tutorials I could wrap my brain around.

That said, the program is fantastic. Within about a week of mucking about I finally started to "get it". I'm able to imagine something, and then create more or less what I want on the screen after much work and tweaking.

In summary, don't buy this thinking it's like playing with paper dolls. It's not. It takes a lot of time and patience. If you're short on either, it's going to be a huge frustration. But if you're willing to put in the work, you will get professional looking results that you're very happy with.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 15, 2009
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I updated to Poser 8 from Poser 7 and all I can say is that I have mixed reactions. I like Poser 8 a LOT more than 7, but the Library is a personal disappointment, and the fact that the program is extremely unstable in its current condition, makes it very frustrating to use right now.
I currently have this product rated as 3-stars, but it could easily jump up to a 4.5 if stability problems are successfully correctly within the next 2 months or so.

Compared to Poser 7, Poser 8 has better rendering abilities and a much better workspace that allows you to easily access all your windows without any problems. However, I personally find the new Library, which now uses a tree menu rather than a folder-based system, to be quite difficult to navigate through; especially if you have hundreds of content to navigate through. You can live with it, but I hope that future updates will add the option to revert to the Poser 7 Library system. The Library does include a new search feature which makes things nice when you want to locate a particular piece of clothing, figure, or pose that you seem to have misplaced or just too lazy to navigate to it manually.

The biggest problem with Poser 8 is that it is VERY unstable right now and likes to randomly crash on you (A LOT!!!!!), causing you to lose all the work you had done since your last save! I have some programming experience myself, and it seems to me that Smith Micro almost completely rebuilt Poser 8 from scratch, which would cause there to be many bugs in the programming. The good news is that Smith Micro WILL be releasing patches, fixes, and service packs to correct issues, so all these stability problems should be fixed soon.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eric on November 8, 2010
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I use Poser as a reference for illustration and graphic design when I need models of tight anatomy or cool camera angles or just about anything that has people. Poser is gold for 2D artists. I can't tell you how powerful Poser is when laying out a digital painting composition or for comic book reference. But it's not for dummies. You do have to actually learn how to use it and if you aren't willing to do so, it's your loss. I've read too many foolish reviews by people who obviously have never tried any other 3D program (none of them are a walk in the park) where people thought they could just pop it out of the box and the program would just do it all for them, so they played with it for an hour and they were pissed. Well these guys are morons. This is software folks and if you want the power you have to put in the time, just like any game, any software or any art project. But if you do learn to use it, Poser pays off massively. When learning I recommend watching video tutorials if possible, either on youtube or lynda (lynda has great tutorials). All written manuals pretty much suck as they are the slowest way to learn anything, but if you see somebody use it who knows what they are doing you can learn VERY quickly and be on your way.
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