Poser Pro users spoke and we listened!

The last part of July was a pretty big whirlwind for a lot of us, what with San Diego Comic-Con and Siggraph back-to-back. Steve Cooper, Poser product manager worked especially hard showing off all the things that can be done in Poser.

He must have some amazing images made with Poser on that iPad!

But we’re back to business as usual (or close to it anyway) and Cooper and the Poser engineering team had a chance to address some things in the latest Poser Pro Service Release.

“We were able to get back down to finishing up some work on Poser Pro 2010’s support for Maya 2011 via an updated PoserFusion plug-in. This is provisional (beta) support at this point, meaning that we are currently only able to handle uncompressed Poser content in Maya 2011,” he said.

“Older versions of Maya can handle both compressed and uncompressed Poser content. While we wanted to provide level support across all versions of Maya, we received lots of requests for the update and decided to release it so that our users can work with Poser Pro 2010 and the newest version of Maya.”

Way to put your nose back to the grindstone Cooper! Poser Pro users: Download the SR 1.1.

Poser knows: Don’t hassle the Hoff

When I have an idea, I’m very quick to write it down. Visual artists are more apt to sketch it. Others use props (like salt shakers or cell phones) to get their point across.

But what happens if you’re pitching an idea to a super-awesome celebrity? Say you want to sell David Hasselhoff on riding a giant bus through San Diego during Comic-Con. Drawings on the back of a coaster might not work. You probably wanna use Poser.

Comic-Con Hoff Parade

Gary Randall produced this illustration with Poser when he sold David Hasseloff on the idea of singing on top of a bus for Comic-Con. I think it’s pretty convincing. Did it work?

Gary Randall and his Poser illustration have come to life!


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Some news IS good news!

While some people may believe that no news is good news, I disagree. One of my favorite things is receiving mail. Sometimes opening it can be a bummer, but the initial letter in my mail box always makes me smile.

So I was thrilled to send letters (I can call e-mail a letter, can’t I?) to the winners of our comment contest over the past week. We selected seven winners at random, one commenter from each blog post.

As you can imagine, they were equally as excited. OK, maybe a little more excited than me: “Oh wow! How exciting! I’m bouncing in my chair now!”

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I won?!? I'll take...this one!

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who participated in the comment contest. It was a lot of fun. (And it really stroked my writer ego to see those 80-some comments, even if we were giving away software!)

As a thank you for those who didn’t win the software, you can take 10% off at Content Paradise. The coupon code: 3ATrebec. As in 3 Alex Trebecs. I know! I like Jeopardy too!

Bonus: One more question, more chance to win!

Generosity is a good thing. On Friday, a bunch of us volunteered at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County. It got me in the giving mood.

food bankSo I’ve got one more question you can answer this weekend for an extra chance to win! What is it that is missing from your art life? If you could have it all, what would that mean? More ways to sell your art? Easier software for digital art? Cheaper art supplies? An endless supply of danishes? (OK, I’ll admit, that one’s mine.)

Answer by midnight tonight in the comments and have the opportunity to win Poser Pro, Anime Studio Pro or Manga Studio EX!

Oh! And be on the lookout for another blog post about our volunteering experience. On top of being really rewarding, it was righteous fun!


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Tutorials: Learn the easy way

A friend was telling me how his son wouldn’t wear his helmet when he rode his bike. And wouldn’t you know it? He fell and scraped the side of his face. Now he wears his helmet. Lesson learned.

Not all lessons are so painful. Take learning Anime Studio, for instance. You can find loads of tutorials online like this one.

This leads me to the final question of the week for our comment contest: Do you use tutorials online when you learn? What specific tutorials would you like to see for our software?

The contest will close Sunday at 11:59 p.m. I’ll contact each of the winners next week by email. Thanks for answering my questions this week. It’s a lot of fun for me, and it’s been really eye-opening.


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Multitasking makes the (virtual) world go ’round

I’ve been reading loads of different news that says multitasking is bad for your brain. And then I’ve read in other places that it’s good for you. It’s hardly something I can avoid as my occupation involves managing multiple Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.

But when my brain hurts I just watch something cool or moving, like this animation made with Anime Studio.

Fernando Leal made the music video for Deep River Running that, after a quick Google search, has a MySpace page, a Facebook page, and a YouTube account. Each are good for their own thing, especially if you’re into more than one type of art.

So the question(s) for today is this: Do you dabble in more than one kind of art? Do you visit different social media or sharing sites based on those types of art? Or are you more into promoting or sharing one kind of your art?

Answer in the comments and get a chance to win Anime Studio Pro, Manga Studio EX or Poser Pro. Thanks for playing!


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Something old or something new?

Lately I’ve been paying a lot of attention to reviews and comments (go figure!) on different blogs, forums, sales sites, etc. I’m stoked to say that iTunes listed SendStuffNow in its New and Noteworthy section. Score!

new and noteworthyThe funny thing I’ve noticed about some comments is not everyone likes new stuff. And sometimes I’m one of them: Even though I have a Kindle, I can’t stop with picking up books. I just like paper!

So here’s the questions of the day for our week-long comment contest: When it comes to your art, do you stick to the whole If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it adage? Or do you try out the newest software, tablets, sharing sites, etc.?

Answer in the comments and win some sick animation and comic creation software!

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Would you like a compliment sandwich?

For years I edited newspaper articles. Some reporters were more open to constructive criticism than others. I thought it was a personality thing until my own work came under review. Yeeeouch! Needless to say, I like my criticism served sugar-coated.

When Bryon Wilkins sent me his first sketch of my avatar, he said this: “Either you’ll like it or hate it. I’m pretty thick skinned, so don’t hesitate to say what you think; good or bad.”

Brave man. I liked it, so it was all good.

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Today’s question for the comment contest is this: Do you enjoy having your art critiqued? If yes, would you rather it be done by peers or an expert? Is your skin thick like Byron’s, or do you need your ego coddled a little like me?

Answer in the comments and have a chance to win Poser Pro, Manga Studio EX or Anime Studio Pro. We’re giving away a copy every day this week (starting last Friday)!


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Gadgets! What’s your poison?

Manga StudioI like to play with gadgets, so these new blog features have been loads of fun for me. I can have an avatar!?! And what better software to have it done with than Manga Studio?

Byron Wilkins, creator of 1977 the Comic, drew this totally cute comic version of me and then asked what I thought about it. Um hello! I loved it!

Speaking of gadgets, here’s the question I’d love to hear your answer to for today’s comment contest:

Do you post your art online anywhere? What kind of features do you like? Sharing? Groups? Ability to sell your art? Creating your own avatar (or is that just me)? Comment and you could win some sweet software!
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Type and win! Seriously!

It’s been a few weeks, but I wanted to point out that Smith Micro’s Software Blog has gone through some changes. (Thank you Captain Obvious!) We’re really excited about it because it allows us to have more interaction with the people that use our products.

One of the key new features is the comments. Frankly, I don’t think a blog is a blog if you can’t comment on it. So in order to get the ball rolling on our comments, we’re going to give away one free copy of our pro software (read: Poser Pro, Anime Studio Pro, Manga Studio EX) each day to someone who comments on the next few days of posts.

Oooh a chance at Anime Studio Pro for free? Just for commenting? Tell me more!

I’m not asking you to leave some generic comment about how awesome you think the software is or how great of a writer I am. While I don’t discourage compliments on other posts, let’s give this some direction, shall we?

Comment and tell me if you’ve ever had an art-related job or if you would want one. Is your art just for you or do you want fame or wealth because of it? Remember, one commenter on this post will win a pro version of Poser, Anime Studio or Manga Studio, so get crackin’!

This should be fun!


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