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  • Get Started Fast - Drag and drop characters and props right onto Poser?s virtual stage to create 3D scenes, add lights and cameras, then render away!
  • Customize Characters - Start with one of the many included ready-to-pose 3D characters and customize them using your photos or hundreds of face shaping morphs to produce unique characters in minutes.
  • Rendering Styles - Poser?s powerful rendering engine will transform any 3D scene you?ve created into photorealistic, cartoon or sketch style images and animations.
  • Animate Easily - Poser?s key-frame animation tools make it easy to transition between poses, or make a character walk or talk, throw a ball or even dance.
  • 3D Characters for Any Project - Create art or animation for graphic design, web, fine art and illustration projects. From comic books and animated shorts to architectural and industrial design, Poser adds character.
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  • ASIN: B005LXIJ7M
  • Media: Software
  • Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,896 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Poser 9 is the world’s easiest way to create amazing art and animation with 3D characters. Poser’s simple to learn tools and included characters let you focus on making art. Poser comes with over 3 gigabyte of ready-to-pose humans and animals, textures, props and 3D scene elements. In the Face Room, customize Poser characters from facial photographs. Add dynamic hair and clothing. Dress Poser’s virtual stage with props, lights and cameras to build 3D scenes. Animate and render scenes into photorealistic images and video for web, print, and film projects. Graphic artists, illustrators and animators all get creative with Poser!

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Easily Create 3D Character Art and Animation

Poser 9 is the world's easiest way to create amazing art and animation with 3D characters. Poser's simple to learn tools and included characters let you focus on making art. Poser comes with over 3 gigabyte of ready-to-pose humans and animals, textures, props and 3D scene elements. In the Face Room, customize Poser characters from facial photographs. Add dynamic hair and clothing. Dress Poser's virtual stage with props, lights and cameras to build 3D scenes. Animate and render scenes into photorealistic images and video for web, print, and film projects. Graphic artists, illustrators and animators all get creative with Poser!

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Poser makes it easy to create gorgeous 3D art by dragging and dropping scenes elements and characters into position on a virtual stage. Add lights, cameras and render images and animation. View larger.
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Poser 9 provides robust OpenGL real time previews with ambient occlusion, soft shadows, and normal mapping making scene creation easier than ever before. View larger.
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Poser's 3D figures can automatically talk in sync to an imported sound file using the included TalkDesigner. View larger.
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With over 3 GB of included content you can get started building scenes immediately. Simply drag props, lights, cameras, figures and clothing from the library directly into the 3D work space. View larger.
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Transform your 3Dscenes into images and animation using Poser's powerful FireFly rendering engine with support for Raytraced Indirect Lighting, Ambient Occlusion, Depth of Field, Motion Blur and Subsurface Scattering. View larger.
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Poser puts the most powerful controls right at your fingertips. With a right click, access the most important settings for every scene element. View larger.
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Subsurface Scattering, new to Poser 9, provides translucency for hyper-realistic human skin. View larger.
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Subsurface Scattering permits light to pass through the surface of skin for brilliantly lifelike images. View larger.
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Many stone, plastic and wax surfaces come to life with the use of Subsurface Scattering. Apply this effect to any object with the click of a single Wacro in the material room. View larger.
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Poser includes fully rigged, posable and textured 3D figures that can be infinitely customized with imported facial photographs, built in morph targets and ethnic texture sets. Image by Daniel Gabriel Scott Murray. View larger.
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Poser figures are anatomically accurate, and can be clothed with a full collection of hair styles applied to them. View larger.
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The Poser FireFly engine is perfect for rendering your scenes into images, and with our improved blurred reflections in version 9, realism has never been better. View larger.
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Poser is perfect for creating fantastic worlds that are only limited by your imagination. Image by Christel Dall. View larger.
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Add new characters to Poser to create cartoons, comics, sci-fi and fantasy images and animation. Image by Eric VanDycke. View larger.
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For amazing science fiction images with characters like robots, there's no better way to create than Poser. Image by Brian Romero. View larger.
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Need to recreate historic scenes? Poser is the right choice. Image by Brian Romero. View larger.
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Poser is used by numerous artists to create fantasy images for graphic novels and story illustration. Image by Paul Francis. View larger.
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For medical and scientific illustration, Poser includes accurate human skeletons and fully detailed human figures. Image by Stefan Werner. View larger.

Poser 9 includes more features than ever before:

Real-time OpenGL Scene Preview

With Poser 9's OpenGL improvements, you'll see accurate, real-time previews of Spot, Point, Infinite and IBL (Image Based Lights) Lights, Shadows, with Screen Space Ambient Occlusion, Normal Maps and Back Facing Polygons. The Light Properties control allows the user to toggle specific lights to preview in the scene, with accumulated brightness for each selected light. MIP Map support improves performance when previewing large textures. Our OpenGL hardware improvements preview textures more efficiently, with reliable onscreen display of lights, shadows, and color, for smarter, quicker interactive scene creation.

Subsurface Scattering

Skin, wax, and marble are just some of the materials that are translucent when struck by light. To recreate this subtle yet crucial effect when rendering these materials in Poser, we've incorporated a set of easy to configure Subsurface Scattering Material Nodes. New Nodes include Subsurface Skin, Custom Scatter, and basic Scatter. The Scatter Node includes a number of optimized pre-sets for Skin, Marble, Milk, Fruit and Vegetables. With Poser's new Subsurface Material nodes, you'll transform your scenes into rendered masterpieces with lifelike translucent surfaces.

Rendering Performance Improvements

Poser's FireFly Rendering Engine keeps getting better with numerous improvements in reflections, transparencies, depth of field and 3D motion blur quality, netting visibly smoother results without significantly impacting render times. We've invested time in Indirect Lighting (IDL) which now can be combined with Ambient Occlusion (AO), and is faster when rendering transparency. We've also enabled Light Emitting Objects which are invisible in final renderings yet contribute indirect illumination to the scene. In addition to our new Subsurface Scattering Nodes, we've included a new Custom Scatter Node to support effects such as bioluminescent skin.

Weight Map Rigging

High-end professional 3D applications like 3ds Max and Maya have set the standard for vertex Weight Map Rigging, and now both Poser provides the most open vertex Weight Mapping support available. Weight Map Rigging offers several benefits including smoother bending folds and bulges with vertex by vertex control over every bend or bulge. Weight Maps can be added to any joint bend, to twist and scaling channels and can be used to control bulges. Plus Poser takes the standard of Weight Map Rigging several steps further with support for Hybrid Joint Rigging (combining traditional Poser Sphere/Capsule Zones with Weight Maps), using either single mesh geometry or traditionally grouped geometry, and enables Weight Maps or zones to affect any number of body parts beyond the current joint. Poser's new Weight Map Rigging provides a platform that will support third party figures that use Weight Mapping, by expanding the open, well documented and easily editable Poser PZ3 file format, to encourage creativity and user driven enhancements to Poser figures.

Grouping Objects

Need a way to move, scale or hide a bunch of objects in a Poser scene, at the same time? Now you can simply add any number of scene elements, from figures and props to lights, into a Grouping Object. They can be moved, rotated, scaled and animated or even hidden and revealed. Create multiple Grouping Objects to hold different areas of a scene, or related props and figures. Adding selected scene elements into any Grouping Object is easy using our powerful new Context Menu controls. This significant new feature will change how you manage your scenes, providing you plenty of control over whole groups of objects in that scene.

Expanded Context Menus

Sometimes, it's the simple things that make the biggest difference. Poser's expanded Context Menus will vastly improve interaction and scene creation, and change the way you work with Poser forever. Six unique Context Menus have been developed for Figures, Actors, Objects, Lights, Cameras and Backgrounds to provide quick access to the most useful menu operations including selecting, toggling IK on/off, copying symmetry in poses, pointing lights, conforming clothing, setting parenting, changing light types, and even hiding/revealing all items in a Grouping Object. Once you start using Poser's new Context Menus, you'll enjoy working and playing with Poser all over again.

Full Scene Category in Library

In the past, if you wanted to re-use a Poser scene with that perfect environment settings, lights, cameras, props and dependencies and even render settings, you had to build it, save it, then find and import it. With the new Scene Category in the Library you simply add that full Poser scene with lights, cameras, all props and figures in place, and with all dependencies right into the Library. From there your new scenes can be dragged directly from the Library into the Poser workspace. For Poser content developers this new feature will enable you to deliver fully constructed scenes with dependencies and optimal render settings that require less user support and are far easier to use.

Multi-select Drag and Drop Library Support

When we introduced Drag and Drop support in Poser's Library, our users found it so much easier to apply materials, or conform clothing, or drop a pose right onto a figure. With the Library's new Multi-select feature, you'll be able to select several items of clothing and drag them right onto a figure and auto-conform them in one step. But it gets even better when working with multiple categories of items in your Favorites; Multi-select a hairstyle, several clothing items and a pose all at once, then click and drag them right onto your target figure. Poser will automatically apply the items. It doesn't get much easier. Within the Library, you'll be able to drag and drop items from folder to folder making it easy to reorganize your Content.

Morphing Tool Tablet Support

If you own a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet, Poser is going to make you a very happy camper. We've engineered Wacom tablet support into the Morph Tool so you can have much finer control when creating morphs. Vary brush strength with pressure for any brush size you've set. The Morph Tool is powerful, but with tablet support, it's gotten even better. The new 'Flatten' option for Morphing Tool Create mode moves points toward a "best fit" plane determined by the affected vertices.

Constraint Channels and Constraint Objects

For our animators that have been looking for a way to animate a ball being throw or caught, we've introduced Constraint Channels and Objects. Basically, the Constraint Object is an animatable handle for an object that will allow you to parent it to a figure's hand as it winds up for the throw, and then have the object leave the hand and fly through the air as if it's being thrown. Constraints are a simple to use feature that will permit all kinds of cool animation effects.

Light Emitting Objects

We changed the face of rendering in Poser when we introduced Indirect Lighting (IDL). Poser users quickly discovered that, with high ambient values to cast light that with a few tweaks, they could open up a huge array of lighting effects. Now you can create Light Emitters; toggle off visibility in rendering for objects, yet still enable them to cast light. Build light domes, environment domes and large area lights to cast ambient light without being rendered in the scene. Combined with our new Poser Scene Library category, this feature will be a great way to deliver a fully lit IDL environment.

Frame Selected Object

In complex scenes it can be a little challenging to keep your camera focused on an area that you're working on using Poser's original camera controls. To help out, we've introduced the Frame Selected Object Camera. With the click of a button, your current camera will zoom in on the selected object, allowing you take a closer look at exactly where you're working on. This makes it easier to navigate in and out of your deep scenes and saves you time when creating them.

Orbit Selected Object Mode

Poser also includes a new mode as a companion feature to the new Frame Selected Object Camera. Simply toggle on the Orbit Selected mode and your current camera will rotate around the center point of the currently selected object. This makes it easier to focus on a selected element, and view it from every direction by spinning Camera trackball controls.

Faster Dynamic Hair

Our engineers spent time under the hood to speed up Dynamic Hair. Now Poser's powerful Dynamic Hair calculates collisions faster and renders it faster as well.

Pre-render Texture Caching

We've heard your requests for faster pre-render texture handling and delivered two new methods that will save time the minute you press that Render Now button. Poser now preprocesses all scene textures in the background making use of your multicore processor, in prep for that first render, and can cache those textures session to session if you desire. Choose between traditional and the new Crisp' texture filtering options.

Python 2.7 Support

Poser keeps improving and so does Python. We now provide Python 2.7 support to take full advantage of improvements to the scripting language.

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Support

Poser 9 is now fully Cocoa based and supported on Apple's latest OS X 10.7 Lion.

Why use Poser 9?

Creating 3D illustrations that include people or digital characters is time-consuming and hard.

Designers and artists want to create art and animations with 3D characters, without having to create those 3D characters from scratch. We don't blame you! That's why Poser and Poser Pro come with everything you need to quickly add life to your project.

Poser lets you focus on the story you want to tell by freeing you from having to build the actors and props in your story. Quickly customize and pose your characters on the stage, set up the scene with props, backgrounds and architectural elements to support that story and then create your final 3D art and animations.

Getting the right lighting effects on figures and objects is difficult.

We changed the face of rendering in Poser when we introduced Indirect Lighting (IDL). And it became obvious when Poser users discovered that IDL enabled objects with high ambient values to cast light that with a few tweaks we could open up a huge array of lighting effects. Now you can create Light Emitters; toggle off visibility in rendering for objects, yet still enable them to cast light. Build light domes, environment domes and large area lights to cast ambient light without being rendered in the scene. Combined with our new Poser Scene Library category, this feature will be a great way to deliver a fully lit IDL environment.

Poser 9's improved Firefly render engine now supports Indirect Lighting with Irradiance Caching for Global Illumination effects and even supports rendering with Ambient Occlusion. New Shader nodes enable Subsurface Scattering for luminescent skin tones and Custom Scattering for bioluminescent effects. Poser's physically correct light fall-off produces more photo-real final renderings.

Skin, wax, and marble are just some of the materials that are translucent when struck by light. To recreate this subtle yet crucial effect when rendering these materials in Poser, we've incorporated a set of easy to configure Subsurface Scattering Material Nodes. New Nodes include Subsurface Skin, Custom Scatter, and basic Scatter. The Scatter Node includes a number of optimized pre-sets for Skin, Marble, Milk, Fruit and Vegetables. With Poser's new Subsurface Material nodes, you'll transform your scenes into rendered masterpieces with lifelike translucent surfaces.

Putting actual people into dangerous, inaccessible or imaginary places to serve as a model for digital image or video creation isn't possible or practical.

Take crime scene recreation for example: you need an imaginary 3D world where you can place all the suspects, victims, weapons, explosions, and more and play out their interactions without anyone getting hurt. In fact, Poser Pro is a critical tool used by the production crew for the television drama Bones. They use it weekly to pose and animate their re-enactments--check out this video straight from one of their episodes.

Industrial and architectural designers, medical illustrators, product engineers and graphic artists often need virtual humans to interact with a design, to convey a sense of scale or draw attention to a feature in a designed product. Poser lets you work with 3D actors in scenes that would be impossible to duplicate in the real world. Historic scenes, imaginary or fantasy scenes, sci-fi and superhero scenes are easy to create in Poser, so you can let your imagination run wild and build exactly the world you want, and populate that world with 3D characters.

At your fingers tips is a huge library of included ready-to-pose and easy-to-customize characters with clothing and props that will fit into almost any scene you can imagine. Customize those figures with poses, expressions and face room morphs and set-up cameras and lights to support any perspective, point of view or lighting condition.


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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
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As a longtime user of Poser software, using it on PC and then on Mac, my last purchase was Poser 6. I figured that I had no need to upgrade since 6 was pretty solid for what I needed to create and for the next few years, I continued to use the software until June 2011 when I upgraded to Mac OS 10.7 Lion and realized, a lot of the older software would no longer work with Lion. So, suffice to say...I was S.O.o.L.

But with the announcement of the release of Poser 9 and Poser Pro 2012 and the fact that these will work with OS 10.7 Lion was big for me. Also, Poser 9 comes with both the Windows and Mac version which is a plus.

But my biggest concern was...after spending so much money on Poser characters, clothing and accessories, I hope it works with this latest version of the software. I skipped Poser 7 & 8 and there wasn't much information online for those who use Poser on a Mac. So, now that I have tested this, hopefully I can help other Mac users who are considering purchasing this software.

I. Is this software for you?

First, to keep things basic for those not familiar with the software. Poser is a 3D software which you can model a character (human/animal/monster, etc.), environment, prop, have control over their movements and pose them anyway you want. There are websites where you can purchase models, clothing, props, environments, etc. or if you are savvy...you can design them and sell them on various marketplace online.

As a graphic designer, I have used Poser for posters, commercial ads and I have known people to use Poser in addition with other software to create book covers, posters, ads, videos, etc.

The difficulty of having to create to program and create the model of the character, clothing, etc.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poser ++ September 22, 2011
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I have had the opportunity to use both Pro 2012 and 9 and I can say that they both have blown me away. I have been a poser user since version 2, and I can't think of a version change that has included so much! The SSS and Weight Mapping alone are worth the price of admission... not to mention the UI improvements, Speed improvements, changes to the IDL and Light Casting Objects, the list goes on. If you are into Poser, you will not regret this upgrade. If you are new to Poser and 3D... now is the time to get on board!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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If you've always wanted to be an artist or animator, but lacked some of the basic skills Poser 9 is a tool that everyone from the beginner to the seasoned pro can benefit from. New and improved features such as subsurface scattering can make your figures appear much more realistic. For example, if you choose to utilize this feature your figures will no longer look like a cheap wax imitation, but rather it will take on a more life-like, photographic appearance. You will now be able to take what you visualize and make it come to life. Many people felt that Poser 8 was somewhat "buggy" and challenging, but so far I haven't hit any snags.

Essentially, for those who are unfamiliar with Poser, you begin with a mannequin-like posed figure you can develop into a 3-D figure utilizing your own vision. For the beginner there is a steep, but extremely satisfying learning curve. Those who have used any of the previous versions of Poser will be exited with the new features. I've listed them below and given a brief overview of what you will be seeing.

Advantages of the NEW FEATURES:

* Real-time OpenGL Scene Preview: With real-time OpenGL (Graphics Library) you'll be able to produce high-quality 3-D images and will be able to work more quickly to produce the image you want. Less rendering time and errors with your final product.

* SubSurface Scattering: This feature enables the user to capture the characteristics of bioluminescence in a character rendering it more realistic. For example, when you looked at teeth in earlier programs they appeared to be a solid white when in reality they are slightly translucent. This feature captures light and redistributes it more realistically.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hold that Pose! 3D Reference for Graphic Artists March 15, 2012
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Update: 01 April 2012.

Writer first, page designer second, graphic artist third. Realistic human shapes and postures give me the most trouble, so when Poser 9 came down the Vine, I decided to see if it could help me set scenes for book covers and interiors. As it turns out, Poser is a powerful program with a great deal of plug-in and model support, albeit with a lot of features and nuances to learn. It also demands a current system to run smoothly.

--Enter the Program--

Installation was uneventful. Poser 9 comes in Mac and Windows flavor on a single disc, 32-bit only. Including the 3 gigabytes of model content, it clocks in over 4 gigs total on my hardrive. Smaller than many of my modern games, I can tell you.

Once it comes up, I get a touch overwhelmed by the layout. Controls are not quite as intuitive as they could be, and even with helpful dials and knobs and icons, they don't always go quite the directions I would expect. Models don't follow a standard for labeling their controls, so what makes a pair of nunchucks move one way, will make a pair of handcuffs move a different way when turning the same dial.

Camera controls are typical for a 3D editing program, which is to say that you cannot simply mouse around the models and their stage, but must use keyboard and GUI controls. The same goes for moving props around. You don't simply load things in and have it snap to your model. A lot of camera movement, dial spinning, and menu commands are required. Also, Poser 9 kicks off with minimal defaults. So if you want your models to have realistic bone constraints, instead of being tugged around like a Gumby doll, you'll have to go in and check off the option.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poser poses as a model design software.
Hard to understand, non-intuitive interface. Why can't they make this with a limiter on how far the models can bend? Read more
Published 8 days ago by R. Mark Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very cool
Published 1 month ago by Stephen
1.0 out of 5 stars Forget it stick with 7 and hope they make a better one.
I wish I would have listened to everone else. 7 was the last good version of Poser but I thought I'd go to 9 so I could import the latest Daz characters, because I hate Daz Studio,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gamecrazy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great But...
My only problem with the software was that after purchasing it wouldn't run and I had to contact Smith Micro and they quickly advised me of a download that solved my problem. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard Wyant
4.0 out of 5 stars the program runs fine.
Had to immediately go to Smith Micro to download service pack 3 just to get the program to run. Would not run after the initial install. Other than that, the program runs fine.
Published 3 months ago by Scott Benson
1.0 out of 5 stars How to return
Its not what I expected and actually would like to inquire on how to return it.
Sorry.
Published 3 months ago by Sandy Taraba
4.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is.
It's pretty basic with a big learning curve, not very intuitive and content is sparse. I guess you have to keep buying stuff?
Published 5 months ago by J.Jack
3.0 out of 5 stars HUGE learning curve...Money pit software
Let me start off by saying that this is really good software for anyone wanting to mess around with 3D software. Read more
Published 6 months ago by crispin
1.0 out of 5 stars shipping rip off
what kinda crap is this? I was going to buy it..price is $39 and if I want to download the price goes up to $94! what a rip off! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Richard T. Gross
5.0 out of 5 stars Poser 9 just what I needed
The only surprise I had with this order was how fast Amazon got it to me. Great survice. Been using version 7 for a long time and this is a good update. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gene S Morgan
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