DAZ Studio

MonkeyLek · February 3, 2003 11:54 am

In December 2000, the team that makes up DAZ Productions, Inc. emerged from Zygote Media Group as the preeminent source of 3D content for Curious Labs' Poser. Working hard to expand that market, DAZ strived to contribute in every way plausible to further the establishment of Poser and increase the awareness thereof. Since its formation, DAZ has persistently striven to push the envelope in the 3D modeling arena. Due to constant support from our customers, we have been able to become a central pillar in the community and help all members excel in their use of Poser. As a return on this community support, DAZ has undertaken the next step forward in evolving its offerings with the creation of DAZ Studio. The following is a description of our commitment to help expand the community in which we all exist through the release of DAZ Studio. The Base (free indefinitely) It is crucial that DAZ Studio be built upon a completely solid foundation before focusing on additional functionality and features. DAZ Studio is modular in nature, therefore advanced functionality will be offered as modules that allow the end-user to customize the software according to his or her own need and budget. Prior to the release of version 1.0, the base version of DAZ Studio will be publicly available as a free beta for an undetermined period of time until it is solid. People familiar with Rhinoceros (Rhino 3D) may recognize this strategy. This plan will allow customers to test the software on their systems, report bugs, suggest necessary features, and watch the software as it develops. The first iteration of the DAZ Studio base will be designed to render scenes from Poser 4 .PZ3 files. It will also have the ability to modify those scenes to some extent once the files are imported into Studio. Posing, animation, model import and other features will follow soon after the first beta release. Anticipated Stages of program completion: Limited alpha Public beta, Mimic 2.0 available for sale 2nd beta release, Lightwave 3D and 3ds max Plug-ins available DAZ Studio Basic 1.0 Gradual addition of Studio plug-ins with advanced features [Schedule subject to change] Advanced-feature modules will be sold separately. These will consist of advanced animation tools, Mimic 2.0, translation tools for porting to and from other software applications, and dynamic-cloth authoring. DAZ Studio is designed to be a platform that will encourage the development of additional content and plug-ins by outside developers.
Portability The amount of content available for Poser and DAZ Studio is very large and relatively unavailable to other 3D software currently. DAZ Studio will be a portal for making this content useful within other leading 3D applications. With an open portal between DAZ Studio and other applications, the number of customers interested in DAZ Studio-ready content will increase significantly. And through the modular structure of DAZ Studio's coding, third party content developers will also be able to easily tap into the existing user-base of other 3D applications by developing for DAZ Studio. The Market As It Stands Growth within the community has always been a point of interest for every content developer. Currently, the need for expansion and new members to this market is greater than ever. The main barrier against new customers entering this market is the cost of the necessary 3D character creation software. The main reason for offering the DAZ Studio base for free is to effectively remove the entry-barrier from this market.
Tell Ware The End User License Agreement (EULA), that customers must agree to before they install and use DAZ Studio, will contain a section outlining a simple "word of mouth" program, called Tell Ware. The EULA requires that the user tell at least two other people about the software and where DAZ Studio can be downloaded for free. Customers must realize that the more successful they are at helping to grow the community, the more resources DAZ and other developers will have to put towards continuing development of DAZ Studio and other third party products. The Market As It Can Be Initially, the growth of DAZ Studio will be based on strong relationships and goodwill. Due to this, we will rely heavily on word-of-mouth advertising from satisfied customers. Such enthusiasm will push the software forward and grow the community. Without the support of the user base, growth will be limited. As members of the community do their part to spread the good word, we will do our part to continue providing the base version for free and also offer DAZ Studio add-ons at lower prices than we could if required to support a large advertising campaign. Collaboration between online communities We have already seen significant benefits in collaborating with other online communities. The more that each individual community continues to increase the overall market size, the more sales and traffic each community will receive. With DAZ Studio, we are seeking the same relationship for the entire community. If each community is willing to encourage new people to try out the new DAZ software they will effectively grow the number of customers who can purchase from the existing marketplaces. Goal DAZ has set a goal of having over one million people download the free version of DAZ Studio before the end of 2003. Reaching this goal will produce a tremendous influx of new customers to the entire community. Every member of the community, developers and customers alike, will benefit from the resulting market growth. The support from the community is what has been funding the free version of DAZ Studio up to now, and we hope that an increase in this community support for DAZ will keep the new software moving forward even faster after release. We feel that this plan can help to grow the community well beyond the current size. Through the collaboration of many, this community will become much more stable and rewarding, providing even more opportunities for entertainment, learning, and everything else that each of us individually may wish to gain from it.

DAZ is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by DAZ Productions, Inc. Rhinoceros is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by Robert McNeel & Assoc. Mimic is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by DAZ Productions, Inc. Lightwave 3D is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by NewTek, Inc. 3ds max is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by Autodesk, Inc. Poser is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by Curious Labs, Inc. and EGISYS AG

Article Comments

faceless ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 01 February 2003

Looks Great! Will there be a Mac OS-X version?

Mahna ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 01 February 2003

Yikes! That is Skeeeerie! I am afraid of this morph pak, because it looks too real, but I bet a whole bunch of people will like it. I think I would be afraid to see my rendering screen after applying the morphs and textures! Yikes! But hey, it is Very Real Looking!!! Excellent Horror Stuff for those who are not afraid!!! ::Sufers from Zombie Paranoia:: Mahna :-)... LOL

andix ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 01 February 2003

ok, so when do we get this beta version? :-) can't wait to use it actually

DarkElegance ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 01 February 2003

This is someting I would be very interested in trying. I am always interested in new proggies that help me further my knowledge and ability to work in the digital mediums.

obsessedwith3d ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 February 2003

One of your first plugins should be a port of Gaffer(Worley Labs). Of course, there's the dongle issue (authorization code)...

Mitsukai ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 February 2003

Okay, perhaps I'm not entirely catching the gist of this, so please, someone clarify: is this a DAZ-built Poser-like program, or is this along the lines of Right Hemisphere's Deep Exploration translation program? In either case, if it's DAZ behind this, it's gotta be good. ^_^

thorntoa ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 February 2003

Mitsukai -- It looks like this will be a free Poser 4 level program once it is complete. Pro-Pack and Poser 5 like features will come in the future via plugins (for $$$). Initially it will start out as a beta w/o much content but will rapidly add functionality until finished. I think it will be good too! DAZ is helping the community grow but it looks like they will not be over extending themselves.

BillyGoat ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 February 2003

Smart, very smart marketing! Count me in as i'm probably the only one who has installed Poser 5 and not touched it yet. Daz Studio sounds like a winner. BillyGoat

Curio ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 February 2003

is it available now? where can we get the beta?? - CAN'T WAIT!

Deadpool21619 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 February 2003

Sound and looks good to me. One question. WHEN?1?!?!?!?

kromekat ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 February 2003

Fantastic! - when do we get it? - MacOSX?

XET_Stormy ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 February 2003

Want it need it gotta have it. I've got 2 friends! ;)

PaganArtist ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 February 2003

Looks GREAT! Now this is something I'd jump on! I'm more excited about this than I was about Poser 5 release. Never bought poser 5....they have to pry my poser 4 from my cold dead fingers first! Kudos to Daz!!!

Klausm ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 February 2003

WOw, that sounds like a really good strategy, and a very good idea. Could you please tell us when we can get the free Beta version ??? Regards from Denmark Klaus

jewell ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 February 2003

OK, I see the line for the beta has begun. ME TOO! ME TOO! But PLEASE make a Mac OS version! beta, I can stand in PC, but I won't buy unless you make a Mac version. CL isn't getting any further business from me until they pony up a Mac version either. :)

Zoonchilde ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 February 2003

ooO! Adaptable 'and' versatile.. offers up my two sacrifical lambs.. i meant friends.. grins where do i sign again?

Phospheros ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 February 2003

I'm with Mitsukai... will this compete with Poser's market share or is this another kind of tool entirely?

Magix-101 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 February 2003

Nice screenshots! The open GL looks very nice too. And very smart marketing..a public beta (like Rhino) and a modular build on system is a very very smart approach to a 3d app these days. Harvey Mann

jddog ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 February 2003

Hope about Mac OS X version, is vital for designer and CG animators on Mac !

jddog ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 February 2003

Don't forgett Mac OS X user, it's vital for designer and CG animators on MAC.

-Yggdrasil- ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 February 2003

Very cool ideas! I'm with it when it comes out.

Sygnus ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 February 2003

Dear lord, they are smart! I had three requests for a DAZ Studio wishlist, but this did shoot 2 of them in the chest... Dont think Im gonna need to beg for things like affordable prices and user friendly license system... gosh! The only thing Id like to ask, then, would be the abilty to export directly into high-end softs, such as Maya and Max with animation and materials... But that, of course, is up to the plugin people... Uh, and in case I did not make that clear yet, I am in, And I have at the least a dozen lambs to push into the game... Also, I work with programming and would love to set my hands on a Delphi sdk for this toy!!!!

zutgorak ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 February 2003

this one i gotta try. who do i have to XXXXXXX (insert violent or sexistic comment here) to get my furry hands on that

Nebula ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 February 2003

Looking very forward to it's release! I see a lot of people asking when but have yet to see any kind of answer. This is not a complaint. I'm just one of those wanting to know when it might be available. It sure looks great! Thanks!

SKondris ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 February 2003

The BETA program launch date is still TBA, but keep checking the DAZ website for updates and announcements. Steve Kondris DAZ Productions, Inc. www.daz3d.com

Razorcut ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 February 2003

Yea sounds great. Just wait till you have to buy a half dozen different modules to do anything with it. What happened to the days when you could by software and use it without paying for extra modules that should be part of the software in the first place.

egrafx ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 February 2003

Finally!!! CL has been slacking on the Mac OS X version of Poser. Its the only OS 9 app I still use. I hope DAZ corners the market. Will there be a Cinema 4d import/export plugin?

Tamela.J. ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 February 2003

I can't wait for this. I'm sooooo looking forward to it. Hope we don't have to wait much longer. :O) ~Tamela

Shademaster ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 05 February 2003

Smart....vey smart indeed. I'd love to try it out once the beta is released.

holyforest ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 05 February 2003

Great news ! I hope MacOs too.