By Michael Burns | on February 12, 2009
Price: 370 . 115 . 170
Pros: 3D Paint; Vertex modelling enhancements; multi-pass rendering; stronger Daz 3D integration and free content; UV and modelling enhancements; Collada support.
Cons: Limited number of new features; user guide needs updating; no Collada for Mac version and Windows Collada import is missing.
In another enhancement, the UV Editor has been expanded in the Standard and Pro versions, so you can edit UVs in the main viewport. You can also relax UV seams when in the UV Editor, but only the Pro version gives you the ability to unfold UV maps.
Carrara runs on Windows and Mac OS with no real difference in the application’s look and feel, but with some feature disparity. For example, only the Windows version allows you to take advantage of support for Collada import, another new feature.
This is the universal 3D file format for exchanging models between applications. We found it simple to export a Carrara scene out in the DAE format to Photoshop with high scene fidelity preserved, but were unable to import a DAE scene or even find this format in the Import dialog.
The online help that was supplied with our download version hadn’t been updated from version 6 and the current version 7 user guide is still in dire need of an overhaul. We also encountered a couple of crashes on the Mac version.
As an entry-level 3D application, Carrara Pro 7 has a lot going for it, especially in terms of rendering and painting enhancements, but the omissions we found made this release seem rather rushed.