We’re extremely pleased to help support the first ever Poser Expo | Runtime Live event which kicks off on March 22nd, 2013, with a keynote from Steve Cooper, Poser Product Manager. There are limited seats still available for the 3 day, online event. Runtime Live will host a series of 10 informative and interactive webinars… Read More
Witchblade co-creator and longtime Poser superstar Brian Haberlin, has just released Anomaly, an epic in proportion coffee table book, steeped in sci-fi fantasy themes with some extremely seductive augmented reality to help tell the story. When Brian first demoed Anomaly to us at Comic-con in mid-2012 we were truly blown away. He starts out telling… Read More
On Content Paradise, PoserPhysics is one of our most popular Poser add-ons. Since rolling the product out a few years back, we’ve had numerous requests for an updated version. With the release of Poser 9 and Pro 2012 and the integration of wxPython, we got together with Paul Kinnane, the PoserPhysics developer to start planning a brand new version that would not only work with wxPython, but also in a 64bit environment.… Read More
Today’s Post by Steve Cooper, Sr. Product Manager, Productivity and Graphics
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. … Read More
When I find a Youtube channel like Auroratrek’s, I get a little giddy inside. It’s a scifi fan driven series of 3D animations, completely rendered in Poser. I don’t know Auroratrek personally, but if you do, please share how happy it makes me to see this compilation of personal story-telling. It’s what Poser is about. It’s why we create Poser. It’s what you should use if you want to let your inner creative passion run free. And you do find Poser unlocking something inside, let me know.… Read More
Poser Product Manager Steve Cooper shares some thoughts on the upcoming release of Poser Debut:
Some good questions have surfaced out of a lively forum dialogue about our new Poser Debut offering. Experience says that a blog can be a better place to deliver answers, so it doesn’t get buried on page 6 of 20 and can always be linked to from any forum or social media outlet. So here goes.
We have a fantastic blueprint for success for Debut. Both our Manga Studio and Anime Studio product lines include entry level Debut offerings that have hit the mark in many ways. Both have drawn in abundant new users in complement to the advanced version users. Both products are very successful in impulse driven retail channels which require hard goods including Amazon, Best Buy and the Apple Store. Both offerings use inspiration and compelling, fundamental features to provide an affordable entry point into exciting new worlds (comic book creation and 2D animation). Both generate enthusiasm in a new casual customer that has likely never heard of the product before it. Both products also are a great launch pad to bring new users into the full versions, as those new users leverage their experiences and upgrade to the full version. Among my favorite, both are wonderful ways to introduce the product to young, aspiring creatives; in organized academic programs or for those wanting to self-teach.
Now that you see how we arrived at our strategy, here’s how we designed Debut to hit on those same points. We carefully chose a subset of Poser 8 features which we felt would provide a fulfilling experience for new users and make Debut simple to master. Once that basic feature set has been mastered, their experiences will be directly transferable to both Poser and Poser Pro if they decide they want more. We priced Debut at a sweet spot price point that has been proven to work in all the retail channels listed above. (By the way – free product doesn’t ever make it into those commercial channels). We’ve also setup an upgrade path for Debut users to transition into Poser and Poser Pro. To add academic value, we redesigned the in-app Project Guide and included a series of tutorial videos to teach both the basics of 3D and the basics of Poser. To help new users get started right away, Debut includes a paired down version of the Poser 8 content set – approximately 2GB of content. Debut contains 72 figures total, with Alyson and Ryan from the new family of Poser 8 figures and legacy figures from previous versions of Poser.
Differences between Poser and Poser Debut
I’ve created a detailed matrix that compares Debut to Poser and Poser Pro. Distilling that matrix down, Debut uses the new UI and Library of Poser 8, without the Face, Cloth, Hair, Set-up and Content rooms, with only basic material editing and without manual render setting controls or full python support.
Debut will open up scenes which include Advanced Content, but how it handles that content depends the content type. For more detail, I’ve also included the Advanced Content handling matrix below. The choices made in the handling method were guided by which tools were included in Debut and how much those advanced attributes would matter to the new users we designed Debut for. Simpler is better.
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Do you use Poser Pro 2010? Product Manager Steve Cooper and the software engineers would love your feedback in a short survey about it: Please share a few minutes of your time participating in a short survey about Poser Pro 2010. Your answers to the questions will help us evaluate which areas of Poser Pro… Read More