Advanced Simulation Techniques in 3D

In our ongoing commitment to innovation in the world of 3D, the Poser engineering team has developed an advanced simulation technology that is breathtaking in its simplicity, yet dynamically moving as a potential new feature. We have drafted this as a paper for SIGGRAPH and are sharing it for your review and feedback before submission.

You can read the entire research paper here.

Super Smith Micro Software Deals at Amazon.com – Save over 75%!

If you act fast, you may be able to take advantage of some amazing Smith Micro Software deals at Amazon on Anime Studio, Manga Studio & more!

  Manga Studio Debut 4  – Currently Only $11.99*

  Anime Studio Debut 8 – Currently Only $11.99*

Anime Studio Pro 8 – Currently $69.99*

*Prices not guaranteed and subject to change without notice.  International prices may vary.

That’s not all…you can also pick up some savings on Pixelmator, StuffIt Deluxe, SpongeBob Tooncast Studio, Poser 9 & a ton more products!

After you purchase, don’t forget to check out our Smith Micro Graphics Facebook Page and Twitter feed to join in the conversation, share your creations, and learn more about your new products!

Free Manga Studio Webinar with “Axe Cop” Creator Ethan Nicolle

Here’s your opportunity to see how Ethan Nicolle creates his successful comics Axe Cop and Bearmageddon using Manga Studio.

 

Sign up and attend this one-hour webinar and you will learn how this pro gets his inspiration and develops his stories. Ethan will also take you through the various steps in making his comics and show you how he uses the tools in Manga Studio to bring it all together. You won’t want to miss this!

Creating Successful Comics with Ethan Nicolle
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 10:00AM PDT
Register Now! Seating is Limited.

For more information on our webinars, go to our webinars page.

Read more about Ethan Nicolle in his Artist User Story.

Follow the Rainbow to a St. Patrick’s Day Animated Greeting Card & 50% Off Coupon

Share this St. Patrick’s Day animation made in Anime Studio with your friends and loved ones!

When you’re done watching, pick your four leaf clover: 50% OFF the Entire Smith Micro Store!

We’re celebrating St. Patrick’s day with a big sale at Smith Micro’s online store. Get 50% off all software titles from now until Sunday, March 18th. Simply use the coupon code: HOWLUCKY4U at checkout.

Blackhearted’s New Girl Next Door: Anastasia for Poser’s Alyson 2

Today’s Post by Steve Cooper, Sr. Product Manager, Productivity and Graphics

Image by Steve Cooper

After a long absence from the Poser content community, Gabriel “Blackhearted” Creed has been very busy. His most recent creation extends his popular GND (Girl Next Door) franchise into a new character called Anastasia. She is his first weight mapped figure and expands upon our Alyson 2 base figure (included with both Poser 9 and Poser Pro 2012) that most up to date Poser users currently have on their hard drives. Of course, if you haven’t yet upgraded your copy of Poser to version 9 or Pro 2012, you may just want to consider that move, for Anastasia’s sake.

Image by Retrodevil

One of the keys to any figure’s success in the Poser realm is supporting content, primarily hair and clothing. Anastasia is off to a great start with many practical and fantasy clothing items, plus reworks of hair to provide a perfect fit. Wardrobe Wizard, included with Poser 9 and Pro 2012, supports clothing rig transfers and refits with an inexpensive support file from PhilC, the creator of Wardrobe Wizard.

Anastasia is currently available at Renderosity; their store also recommends a selection of items that other users have added when picking up Anastasia. There are currently a number of pose sets, facial expressions, alternative variants of characters based on Anastasia, and of course, clothing and hair to fit the character.

Image by Nightsong

Reaction within the Poser community to Anastasia has been infectious, as not only have many users added Anastasia to their runtimes, but the project has proven just how much better bending Poser’s new weight map system can provide. Plus, the character creation tools found in Poser Pro 0212 have been empowering community teams to create weight map rigged characters with an enthusiasm that we haven’t seen in a mighty long time.

Personal creativity has hit an all-time high in the Poser eco-system, and we’re certain that Anastasia is the face that launched these thousand ships.

Blackhearted’s Girl Next Door: Anastasia
Wardrobe Wizard Anastasia Clothing support

3D Made “Easy”

Today’s Post is by Steve Cooper, Sr. Product Manager, Productivity and Graphics

We use “easy” everywhere. It’s in our marketing. It’s in our box copy, and on Poser Debut, it’s even in the tagline. But we realize that no matter how many times we say it, 3D isn’t always easy. In fact, for lots of new users, 3D software can be downright intimidating.

3D software’s a genre of tools full of what can be foreign terms, a whole lexicon of features and phrases like rendering, rigging, morphs, transformations and translations. Poser is right there with all the others, because it’s powerful, it has all those feature names and 3D buzzwords to describe them. We’ve designed the tools to be simple and straightforward, but a lot of common 3D language we use can go right over the head of new users. Because of that language, it can take brand new user time to figure out how to create a Poser scene that’s populated with cool 3D characters, and then turn that scene into a picture or video.

You know who you are. You’re who this blog post is for and who these quick and painless videos were created for. If you can turn your computer on, browse Facebook, or send an email, you’ll be able to follow these three starter videos and “get” what Poser does.

The videos were created by our incredibly patient partner Charles Taylor, whose online name ‘nerd3D” still makes me smile, even after more than a dozen years. Charles puts on his primer teacher’s cap, with a gentle voice, and guides you through the basics of Poser.

Even if you’re one of our Poser power users, seeing Charles explain the basics is fantastic, because some time, somewhere, someone that knows nothing about 3D is going to ask you how Poser works. Charles will show you the way.

Enjoy,
Steve Cooper

A Look at “Developer Trade Secrets” Tutorial Video Series for 3D Content Creators

Today’s Post is Guest Written by Content Paradise Seller & Poser Developer DarkEdgeDesign.

The Developer Trade Secrets video tutorial series is about total education, anyone from the general hobbyist to the professional 3d content creator will walk away with quite a few new and essential tools in their utility belt; providing everyone the ability to make superior 3d art and content.

I cover some of the bare bones basics that everyone should know, such as smart-parenting props, inherit bends, editing pose files and creating injection pose’s; but the majority of these videos also cover a multitude of high end use techniques that that are essential to creating and selling 3d art and content. No matter your skill level or your time behind the desk, there is something here that everyone can learn from.

I show you how to use top notch tools and apps that are available to us today. Some of these include ZBrush, Normal and Displacement maps, Morphing Clothes, Dependent Parameters, Super Conforming figures and props, Poser File Editor, Extended Remote Control (ERC), Binary Morph Editor and Pose Morph Loader to name just a few.

The knowledge you will gain radically increases your quality immediately, providing you not only the tools for specific problem solving techniques; but the insight and knowledge to apply these ideas to anything you wish to create.

The knowledge shared here is the accumulation of 5 years of being a content creator for Poser. I have successfully been selling content through Content Paradise, Runtime DNA and have entered into contractual agreements with Smith Micro for creating specialized content.

So come take a wonderful ride with me through the knowledge machine and start making awesome 3d art and content right now!

BUY NOW!
“A Developer’s Trade Secrets” Featured Tutorial

Retail: $40, sale price is $28 (30% off)
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Our Silly Little Blog Art Contest Thing Rolls Into March Like a Lion

We want this blog to be about the fun of creating your own characters with cartoon software, or using 3D models to tell your digital story. Last month, the graphics web team decided we wanted to host a regular, but not very serious art contest in the blog to help liven things up around here. We just want to have fun creating art together, with a bunch of silly prizes and a silly theme where everyone who works with Poser, Manga Studio and Poser can join in together and make silly things.

We put out a call for you to create your own superheroes and a variety of entries flooded in with top candidates to save the world. We had an Anthro-Hedgehog with a light saber and one artist made their first attempt at drawing shoujo manga rather than their usual shounen style manga. We couldn’t believe how CREATIVE you all were.

It was really hard to pick a winner, but UK Manga Studio Artist 888toto (AKA Tony Allcock) stood out with the most votes from our staff! His hero Dart (below) comes with high jumping, gun toting, super-athletic skills and she can even read what you are thinking!  Congratulations Tony!  We’ll ship you out a package next week!

We picked two runners up, who will also be getting silly little packages of silly things to celebrate their super superhero status.  Congratulations to artdude41 (Ashley Martin) and Neil King for your winning entries!


Synestra by ArtDude41, Created in Poser - She’s a member of the Black Avalon, and her powers include unlimited stamina, flight, magic, super strength and speed, as well as telepathy.


Technibod by Neil King, Created in Anime Studio – A new breed of super hero with the awesome power to fix computing problems.


There were actually TWO parts to the art challenge last month! We wanted to create here in the office too! The Smith Micro graphics staff in Watsonville tried to create a few bad guys for the superheroes to battle. (We learned this month that using food for a month long art project is possibly not a great idea…but we know for next time!)  Will the world ever be safe when cork dinosaurs roam the earth?


Now that the world is safe with all these superheroes – What’s the March contest theme already?! 

MARCH CONTEST THEME – BIRTHDAY PARTY
Content Paradise turns 7 on March 21st, and we’re going to celebrate! We want to see your birthday party inspired images and videos this month.  Make us a card or make us a clown – but get your images in before the contest closes.  We’ll send the winner(s) a box of fun party favors and maybe we’ll even save you a piece of cake!

Deadline: March 31, 2012 at Midnight, US Pacific Coast Time
Contest is open for the entire month of March.

ONE ENTRY PER PERSON

Submit your entry at the below link and make sure you tell us in the extra comments field that you are entering the MARCH CONTEST.  Entries without this information will be excluded!  Be Creative!  http://my.smithmicro.com/gallery/

Artwork Submission Specification(s):
Artwork can be created in any version of Poser, Manga Studio or Anime Studio.
Images must be JPEG/JPG format (or compressed into a .zip archive), 800 pixels on the shortest side, maximum 80MB file size.
Animation formats accepted are SWF MOV MP3 MP4 WMV, minimum 320 pixels on shortest side, maximum 80MB file size and should be between 30-60 seconds.
All entries are subject to the Artwork Submission Terms & Conditions.

Anime Studio Animator Makes International News with “Bino and Fino” Cartoon

Hats off to Adamu Waziri for his “Bino and Fino” cartoon! Adamu was tired of African children watching only imported cartoons that didn’t reflect their lives, and he decided to do something about it. His creation “Bino and Fino” is a cartoon aimed at three to five year olds, about a brother and sister who live with their grandparents in an unnamed African city. Adamu uses Anime Studio to create and animate his Bino and Fino cartoon. Check out the article on CNN.com.

Here’s the Bino and Fino FB page: https://www.facebook.com/binoandfino
Here is Adamu’s FB page: http://www.facebook.com/adamuwaziri

Size Matters

Today’s post written by Steve Yatson, Sr. Director, Productivity & Graphics, Consumer Division

Almost weekly, I receive news in my inbox of yet another new handheld device — A tablet or a phone maybe. Things are moving and changing faster than ever.  The demand, the buzz, and the questions continue to grow around these devices, while the desktop machine and the laptop are portrayed in the media as antiquated.   As a maker of creative tools designed to be used on desktop machines, I’m constantly thinking about ways keep up and to adapt to this trend.

New devices aren’t yet powerful enough to offer that robust 3D creation and animation experience Poser and Anime Studio users have come to expect. There are many “creativity oriented” applications available for these devices but the features and scope tend to be limited when compared to their desktop counterparts. Many new apps I’ve tried that are primarily designed for the iPad may deliver an enjoyable consumer experience, but are not capable of delivering the results a graphics professional might need.  I believe there is an expectation that the same experience and results can and should be delivered.

Combining this massive trend with the fact that software shelf space “Brick and Mortar” type retail is shrinking and we’ve had to adapt quickly. We’re seeing more and more requests for tablet versions of Poser, Anime Studio and Manga Studio. Bloggers, industry press, analysts, and especially customers tend to bring the conversation around to the question, “What’s your plan for tablets?” So how do we as tradition desktop toolmakers adapt to this changing landscape? How do we fit in?

At Smith Micro, we’ve taken the approach of adapting our technology to these new devices in a way that offers a different intended experience than the desktop.  With Anime Studio, instead of attempting to mimic the functionality of that application on a tablet device, we decided to adapt the technology to an entirely different experience still related to animation.  The simpler experience offers the ability to be creative and produce compelling results, but fits inside the current technical and physical confines of that device.

From that approach, Sock Puppets was born. Sock Puppets is a free iOS application based on Anime Studio technology that is a basic animation tool. It’s simple and fun, yet it’s still a creative tool powerful enough to be used to educate children on basic dialogue and basic animation. Our first attempt at adapting to new devices has been a great success and we hope to apply that same philosophy to all of our products moving forward.

As handheld devices get more powerful and better connected, we hope to be able to offer cutting edge products that are not just $1 one-off impulse buys.  As hardware progresses to the point that we can offer Poser and Anime Studio and Manga Studio on these desktops in a manner that mimics the desktop, we certainly will.

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