Why did you buy Poser?

  • I got into the 3D thing out of necessity. Somewhere around 1980 someone wanted to bulld a high building behind my house and in the public hearing came up with 3d images of the building supposed to give the impression of the building from my street. They had forged it of course to downplay the impact. I wrote a routine on my Casio handheld to convert xyz coordinates into pq image coordinates to redraw their images in a Connect the numbers fashion. That building never materialized (not through my input) but here I am 37 years later still hooked on 3D. I found Povray, but thus did not serve my later interest in drawing after model.
    Poser in EU was way out of budget. The purchase would be throgh a middle man in Germany who was quite greedy. When Studio came out I tried but got sick with version compatibility issues of plugins and lack of documentation. A former colleague in US who was willing to act as postal reception point so bought Poser5 for US price and shipment through private channels.

  • @kalypso said in Why did you buy Poser?:

    Back in 1999 I was searching on Tucows for a theme pack for windows 98 when I came upon Moyra's (now at DAZ's PC) website designs and when I looked through her site I saw some graphics done in Bryce.

    OMG, I never thought I'd ever meet someone else who remembered Moyra as a web designer! I started in web design back in the early-mid 90's, and I was always looking for inspiration, and that's how I fell upon her wonderful web site.

    Since I've always been a landscape artist first, and a portrait artist second, I had downloaded and tried, what I'm assuming was version 3 of Bryce, and liked it, but I didn't wind up buying it until Bryce 4 had just come out. What sold me on it was, the original versions of Myst and Riven were created with Bryce, and I loved both of them, so was interested in seeing what the software they used to create them was all about. Back then the only 3D graphics forum I belonged to was Renderosity. A now long-time online friend preferred Poser, but I wasn't impressed, especially where character skins were concerned, with what I was seeing done with early versions of Poser.

    Four and a half years later, that same online friend introduced me to DAZ3D and RDNA, and I got Poser 5 because I was seeing some better looking characters than I had seen previously. At this point I had Poser 5 on my desktop, and started playing with DS 2 on my laptop, mostly because it was tied in with the first new version of Bryce (5) DAZ had produced. Unfortunately, Poser 5 was giving me fits, though I'm not sure it was Poser 5 that was the problem, as it might have been my old Win98 SE that didn't like it. I continued with DS 2, became part of the beta team for DS 3 Advanced (to this day my favorite version), and then DS 4.0 Advanced (and then Pro when DAZ decided to make the software free). I liked the idea of the original Genesis, but gave up when Genesis 2, and then DS 4.5 came out.

    I was able to get Poser 7 from Content Paradise for a decent price when a newer version came out, but my old laptop died right about that time, and for some reason I never installed Poser 7 on this laptop. I did, however, get Poser 9 right when Poser 10/PP2014 came out, and right after HiveWire had opened it's doors, and presented Dawn to the 3D world. I still have DS 3A and DS 4.0P installed, but I was able to get PoserPro 11 when it came out, and I tend to use either Poser 9 or PP11 more than DS these days, though I still keep hoping DAZ will wake up and update Bryce. Oh, and I do use Terragen for creating landscapes, and even had success exporting one of them, and importing it into my Bryce 7. That was fun. ~smile~

  • Like @j-naylor73, I didn't buy Poser, at least to begin with. In fact I liked it so much I didn't buy it three times. :)

    A friend let me play with a copy of Poser 1 on a magazine cover - on floppy disks. Imagine storing anything at all onto a 1.44MB floppy nowadays. You couldn't fit a single digital camera image or MP3 song on one of those. Imagine that!!

    I also got Poser 3 off a magazine cover CD. Poser 4 I won in a competition on a long-dead forum. I didn't actually buy Poser until version 5, and the less said about that, the better. I hasten to add that I also paid for versions 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11. I must be certifiable. :)

  • You know, I've paid for every copy of Poser I've ever owned.. except version 10. That was a gift.

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    I use Poser since version 4. I was before a traditional artist. Oil was my fav. Tool, landscapes and still images.
    Till I discover Photoshop. I get addicted to digital art and Photoshop become my new hobby. Till I see on the internet pretty 3D girls . I get really curios and want to know how the people are doing them. So I search and land over Renderosty.
    There I learn that the people use V1-V2 and Poser. I buy me a copy ASAP and V2 with all her stuff what I could get in my fingers.
    Poser becomes my new addiction. Since version 5 I am really heavy addicted. Cloth room, hair room, Material room.

    Sure I use now many other Software also. But Poser stay my fav one.

  • Wow... Some of you people are old. :) (Like me!)

    Keep the testimonials coming! This is interesting stuff, to be sure.

    For me, I think P4 was the first one I ever used. (I do remember seeing Poser 1 in a bargain bin, once.) I don't remember how I got it, likely from a mag. I ended up getting Poser 6 after having started 3D modeling with XSI and moving through several other starter programs. I liked the idea of having something that sort of did it all. (Or, so I thought.) Been buying Poser, here and there, ever since.

    (Some of the names you guys have dropped bring back a bunch of memories! :) "Kai's Power Tools"? ROFL!)

  • @morkonan I used Poser and Bryce before DAZ got their hands on it and killed it dead. :)

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    Discovered Poser1 since it came on a 1.44 demo disk with a magazine.
    Bought Poser2 the very next day, because at the time, there was nothing else that did more or less what it did; "Pose figures relatively easy."

    Before that I used to do a lot of photo manipulation, even tried to get some animated gifs going.
    Then Poser2 and 3 and 4 and some time later anim8or, and I was making morphs.
    Poser 5 brought the faceroom and the hair room, and off we went. LOL.
    Due to work situation, I skipped Poser6, (but stayed playing low profile with P5), but got back into this 3D hobby when I bought Poser7 and never missed a release since.

    Somewhere along the line, Anim8or got replaced with Blender, and I don't remember how many photo manipulations softwares passed on the different HD's, but it's Krita and Paintshop Pro these days.

    PoserPro, Blender and Krita. A hard to beat combination with tons of possibilities and opportunities.

    Ha-ha-ha-, still don't know why people sell "poses". That's what Poser is for : "To pose". That's it's purpose.

  • @vilters Same reason you can save a pose or anything else to the library.

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    Tja, I use the pose dots as temp storage. (9 dots lower left corner) Rarely go poses in the library, because "next" use will always have to be just that bit different. => Those dots are live savers. LOL.

  • @vilters I've never used the pose dots. i don't even know how they work. Let me read my manual. :)

  • @morkonan said in Why did you buy Poser?:

    Wow... Some of you people are old. :) (Like me!)

    Oh I wouldn't be surprised if I was older than you. ~wink~

  • In the fall of 2004, I was going through a software catalog, looking for software for the office (Project Management). And there was little 1/5 page listing for Poser 5.

    I write stories, and I figured this would help me visualize my scenes. Now I use Poser to write graphic novels (badly).

    I ordered a copy for Xmas, and that was the end of every other hobby I had. I did not let my 1st render deter me (I rendered a scene with the lights turned off.).

    After going through the various rooms in Poser, I realized that my maxed out PowerMac G3 needed replacing. Poser 6 led me to replacing my PowerMac G4. Poser 7 led me to replacing my PowerMac G5. Poser Pro 2010 led me to replacing my 1st Gen Mac Pro. (Software caught up to the hardware.) And if it wasn't for those damned crypto-miners, I'd be stuffing a Nvidia 8Gb 1070 in my 5,1 Mac Pro.

  • When I decided to buy Poser back in the day (2004? Poser Artist?) , DS was free but just a beta, Blender and MakeHuman were probably more like alphas; and who wants to fork out $$$$ for other 3D software which may be too complicated to learn anyway.

    There was Quidam by N-Sided, another human figure software, but it vanished.

  • I first bought Poser4 with the ProPack add-on in 2001. At that time, there was nothing like that. Actually beside DAZ Studio and maybe iclone, there still isn't anything similar out there yet. So I updated allmost to every version, putting my hopes into new features. Three features, I like most are the cloth room, the morph brush and the dependecy editor.

  • First was Poser4, on a demo/free disk... Then nothing... Then DS+Reality...Then I bought Poser9 because of Dawn and some morphs available only for Poser... Then 10/2012Pro because of Bullet (grrr!!)and 64bit.

  • @eclark1849 said in Why did you buy Poser?:

    @vilters I've never used the pose dots. i don't even know how they work. Let me read my manual. :)

    Me either. Once I found out they couldn't be used to quickly access "Poses", I never bothered with them.

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    @morkonan said in Why did you buy Poser?:

    Wow... Some of you people are old. :) (Like me!)

    Oh I wouldn't be surprised if I was older than you. ~wink~

    Maybe. There are a lot of people older than I. :) And, since Poser has been around for a long time, there's a chance some of them are fans, too.

    I am closer to 100 than... not. :)

  • Hey everyone! I'm part of the graphics team at Smith Micro. I've loved reading everyone's stories on how they got started in Poser.

    Would anyone be willing to share their story with me? I'd love to share them with new users and post them online. If you're interested at all or have questions, please feel free to message me here.


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    @anniespewak Feel free to tell my story :)