By Michael Burns | on March 26, 2007
Price: 111 . 58
Company: E Frontier
Pros: Custom morph target creation. New talk designer. Offers animation layers and universal poses (motion retargeting). New figures and new poses, and HDRI support for IBL.
Cons: Some reliability doubts. Main competition is freeware. High-end Mac or PC with OpenGL required for best performance.
When Poser first emerged, it was little more than a digital puppet show. Now in its seventh incarnation, the software has come a long way, offering fast and sophisticated character creation, animation and rendering tools.
To its great credit, though, Poser has maintained its pick-up-and-play functionality. Indeed, one of the major new features is a quick-start dialog and project guide palette, which together offer step-by-step tutorials to get you up and running.
And while Poser has been improved from a beginner’s point of view, the experienced user will be pleased to see that the usability of morph targets has been improved, too, thanks to new controls in the new Morph Target Create tab. The tools themselves are mesh deformers that you apply to the model, setting your own limits so that you don’t exaggerate the morph too much. Poser’s fiddly parameter sliders can cause you to over-egg morphs quite regularly.