Smith Micro releases Poser 11 and Poser Pro 11 3D character software

poserpro11-inPoser software allows novices, hobbyists and professionals to create realistic 3D characters, scenes, animations and videos. Aimed at illustrators, graphic designers and 3D artists, Poser features “powerful and sophisticated” tools and pre-built, ready-to-use figures and props to create ‘hyper-realistic’ 3D effects faster and easier via its streamlined workflow and powerful new rendering engine.

New Poser Pro 11 turns a sophisticated, fully featured character animation system into an easy-to-use productivity tool for illustrators, design houses, game developers and others. In addition to dozens of new features and usability improvements, it comes with an extensive library of pre-loaded characters and content, including human figures, animals and props. Physically-based shading and rendering accurately renders light the way it behaves in the real world, allowing for hyper-realistic effects. GPU-assisted rendering, supported by the Nvidia Cuda parallel computing platform, dramatically increases performance. Geometric Edge Lines automatically produce “ink lines” around figures in real-time.

Users can create precise measurements in a Poser scene – highly useful for product design, forensic animation and recreating real-world scenes. Actor Selection History allows users to keep track of recently accessed objects with back and forward buttons, while Poser’s Customizable Tools allow users to add frequently used objects and parameter dials to custom palettes. The software’s Content Creation Export saves partial scenes that have been extracted from complex scenes, while its High Density Display resizes the entire interface with user-adjustable scale settings. With its Adaptive Rigging, designers can dynamically reset the joint centres on morphed figures and automatically create the dependent rigs.

Fahim Niaz.
Fahim Niaz.

“With more than 40 new features and improvements, Poser Pro 11 allows professional artists to cut down on production time and costs, while still delivering state-of-the art 3D effects,” said Fahim Niaz, Director of Product Management at Smith Micro. “In addition to the Pro version, the new release also comes in a standard version for hobbyist animators who may not have experience in 3D rendering. Both versions are supported by a multitude of tutorial videos, and an experienced team of content creators, developers and support staff to ensure the software is reliable, well documented and easy to adopt.” Poser 3D animation software is available in both professional (Poser Pro 11) and standard (Poser 11) versions.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.