Once in a while I get lucky and someone else does my job. Today is one of those days. Here's a post from the Poser Product Manager Steve Cooper:
As service releases go, SR3 for Poser 8 is a biggie. It benefits from development time we invested in Poser Pro 2010 and plenty of user feedback. SR3 also includes something we typically don't offer with service releases - new additional functionality. For a full list of improvements and features that are included with SR3, be sure to check out the ReadMe. It has a comprehensive list of all changes.
SR3 is available as a free updater to all Poser 8 users. It is a cumulative updater, meaning that it includes all application updater fixes from the first hot-fix through SR2.1. There are both Mac and Windows installers available on the Poser Updates page.
Here's a little preview of some specific areas the SR3 updater offers expanded functionality:
- Rendering Performance: Poser 8 SR3 offers improved rendering performance in several areas including strand based hair, 3D motion blur, raytraced refraction and texture caching. The graph below lists the rendering improvements over SR2.
- Expanded Library Functionality: With Poser Pro 2010, we released version two of the new Poser Library and Content Management system. The Flash version of the new PP2010 Library is included with Poser 8 SR3; it will replace the existing P8 library and provide multiple column list views, improved search, improved drag and drop with auto-conforming and user customizable view settings.
- Changing to conforming: To support more third party content, Poser 8 SR3 also includes the auto-conforming with scaling feature we debuted with PP2010. This allows conformed clothing to match the underlying figure's scaling factors. There are also new conforming settings for each figure found in the figure's Properties.
Along with rendering efficiency, SR3 also offers significantly improved detail in Depth of Field and Atmosphere rendering plus more precise Indirect Light rendering. These changes may increase some rendering times slightly, but we feel the benefit far outweighs the slight time impact. In the Benchmark File Rendering graph you can visually compare render times for actual files in both SR2.1 and SR3.
A quick note to Mac users: Be sure to have your serial number handy when first running your SR3 updated version of Poser 8. You'll need to renter that serial number the first time you start up the application.
SR3 is a substantial update to Poser 8. We're very pleased with this service release and are confident you will be as well.