• Price: £349.95

  • Company: SmithMicro

  • Pros: Fast, easy results, without much 3D knowledge needed

  • Cons: Unintuitive workflow. Animation and control over motions is odd at times.

  • Our Rating: We rate this 7 out of 10 We rate this 7 out of 10

Poser has been part of the 3D landscape for years, used by 2D illustrators and hobbyists wanting to add 3D to their artwork.

Poser Pro 2010 offers an enhanced user interface, an easily searchable content management system, pro-level features, plus 1GB of new content.

Pro 2010 is far more robust, too, using network rendering to harness the processing power of additional computers, and allowing time-saving background rendering. It also supports HDR (high dynamic range) images, offering global illumination for the ultimate in realistic renders.

Introducing the Fusion plug-in in this version means simple export to Maxon’s Cinema 4D, Autodesk’s Maya and 3ds Max, and shortly, NewTek’s LightWave 10.

The interface looks the same, but has an impressive 3D workspace and a host of updated features, including Facebook image support, full body morph import, a new joint strength indicator and multiple views in the library area. It’s also 64-bit native.

Pro 2010 not only has an extensive library of models that work well in other 3D programs, but also renders excellent hair and cloth – something that’s eluded the latter for years.

The Face tab provides a simple and effective way of adding image maps of faces to your models, while still maintaining morph positions for animation.

If you’re a 2D illustrator needing fast and unique 3D renders for your artwork, or a 3D artist tired of the traditional process of modelling, rigging and animation of characters, then Poser Pro 2010 at £335 is your cost-effective answer, complete with a pre-built inverse kinematics system and wide collection of well-made 3D models to boot.