Poser 10 On Sale – 66% Off

Ok so here’s another short post. A nice little message just ticked up on my Facebook feed, Poser 10 is currently $100.20 (66.6% off) until the 31st of October (2013). This is coming just weeks after the wrap up of Smith Micro’s last promotion where they were moving Poser 9 for about $30. If you were lucky enough to buy then you can now upgrade to 10 for just $60.12, netting Poser 10 for a total of $90 (normally $299). For those that missed out on that promotion, or already had 9 then this is the perfect time to step up or in to P10.

If you’re a DAZ Studio user how’s been wondering about life on the other side then now is a great time to jump the fence for a good look. If you’re totally new to 3D, then now is a great time to pick up some software that will serve you well for years to come.

Here’s a little (pft yeah little!) example of how Rooster Teeth Productions (Red Vs Blue, RWBY) do with Poser.

Stonemason To Retire Old Content

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Old Stonemason products retired here?

In a recent post on the DAZ 3D forums the hugely popular content creator, Stonemason (Stefan Morrell), indicated he was having several older items culled from his catalog (at D3D). The items are: The Whispering Wall, The Whispering Wall (amplified), The Display Room, and SkyBike. Stefan claims these items don’t reflect the quality of his current work and are due to be retired “in about a month”. Given the post was made on the 15th of October there is plenty of time for anyone wanting to pick up these ‘mason relics. Stefan stressed that he was not telling people to buy them now before they disappear, but that he was just offering a warning to customers.

The products have been priced down to DAZ 3D’s lowest price for PA items ($5.95). Stefan also indicated that there would be a second round of culling which would include the original “Urban Sprawl” environment. An unspecified number of older Stonemason Platinum Club items are also to have his name removed from them.

Hardware Mayhem In The DigiSprawl Office

Well I say it’s an office but it’s really just my little corner of the family home. And then I’m not so much faced with hardware issues, but user error issues (ie me). Due to old failing hardware I’ve upgraded my video card, replacing a dated HD 5770, with the just released Sapphire R9 270x. Even from the best Australian suppliers the new AMD cards are about $80 more expensive here than from most US retailers, but then they are still at comparable or better prices than the previous HD 7XXX cards.
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Al ‘s well with this part, no issues here. The little beastie flogs the retired 5770 when it comes to a LuxMark comparison. Straight out of the box with a background flooded with applications the new R9 270x scored 1558, which is just shy of the 1580 odd I saw scored in a recent benchmark comparison at Tom’s Hardware, which placed the card very competitively with other lower-mid AMD graphic cards. This single LuxMark comparison is basically the reason for my purchase – good GPU LuxRender on a budget.

So, what’s wrong? Well I also bought me a nice new Seagate hybrid SSD/HHD, and no, nothing wrong there. The new card seemed like a good excuse for a fresh start, so instead of cloning my old drive and migrating I opted for a clean install of Windows, something my system hasn’t seen since it was new. Still all good. So I spent a couple of hours pulling all the stuff I wanted off my old drive and dumping it on the new. It’s amazing how fast the process is at 100 mb/s. All done – no worries! Format the old drive to get a nice clean slave – done, and done :) It’s getting late but why not install a few things on my new drive to get it feeling like home. Let’s start with email (been a while since I checked those)… Oh! Oh fracking no! I didn’t transfer my emails!

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Email recover pulls up the junk and the gold alike.

So I panicked a bit. Eventually I found some software that sifts through the fresh ashes of formatted hard drives looking for fried Mozilla Thunderbirds. And this is where I am now. I’ve got over ten-thousand emails recovered all the way back from 2009, most of which have been deleted since early 2012! I’ve got these emails all ready to go, but now I’m faced with the final dilemma. To actually save these emails I now have to decide if they are worth the $99 to pay for the program. See the demo of most of these programs let you have a good look at what you can get back, but to actually get any of your files costs money.

The decision is all the more hard because once I calmed down during the epic recover process I realised that most of the information I actually need such as PayPal receipts, product serial numbers and keys are all actually safe and sound on their respective websites. I don’t need my emails, but I’d like them. New CPU fan or emails? I’ll keep looking to see if there isn’t something cheaper about that does the job, but then the concern is what damage multiple recovery attempts might do.

The moral of the story is don’t make hasty decisions at 2am in the morning. Like I didn’t already know that! Anyway, for those that ever end up in this situation I can vouch for DiskInternals’ Mail Recovery. Even though I haven’t decided to fully go through with the recovery (fork out the cash) they guarantee that if the program can find it you can have it, so quite impressive.

Artist Interview Saiyaness


cain_by_vampyric_saiyaness-Saiyaness is one of those artists that’s humble to a fault. She will constantly play down her strengths and will be the first to draw attention to any flaws in her work. She also suffers from bouts of project killing procrastination and perfectionism. In short, Saiyaness is an artist so many of us can identify with. Her roots are in traditional mediums like drawing, but for a number of years she has been working almost exclusively with digital mediums. Daz Studio, Photoshop and GIMP are her key tools.

Jim: If your deviantART gallery is anything to go by I would say your roots are solidly in traditional mediums like drawing and photography. How did you discover the love for 3D arts and how has a background with trad mediums influenced your current work?

Saiyaness: I can’t paint to save myself. I can barely use coloured pencils. If it’s not blank paper and an old HB pencil with an eraser to destroy the evidence, I’m doomed…

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