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Friday, September 24, 2004 10:27AM IST (4:57AM GMT)
 
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DAZ Productions Offers Digital Art to the Masses with Launch of Free 3D Content and Software
"Load and Render" Imaging in DAZ/Studio Allows First-Time 3D Designers to Create Art in Just Two Mouse Clicks
 
Salt Lake City, United States

DAZ Productions, a technology leader in high-quality digital 3D models, will launch a free version of its revolutionary 3D design package DAZ/Studio to the public beginning immediately. This offering gives first-time 3D artists the chance to load and render a pre-configured scene with two mouse clicks, producing beautiful imagery without a time or cost commitment.

"Users expect a difficult learning curve with most design applications. This, combined with high costs and large time commitments, keeps most from trying 3D design," said Dan Farr, president and co-founder of DAZ Productions. "With the free version of DAZ/Studio, users will experience the beauty of 'load and render,' allowing them to create stunning 3D imagery in just two mouse clicks. The cost is nothing, images render in seconds instead of minutes, and users can expand their experience with affordable upgrades."

To use the free DAZ/Studio, go to http://3D.daz3d.com/free/, create an account, download DAZ/Studio and its free content and then install. The DAZ/Studio offer includes pre-configured 3D scenes, complete with a poseable character, accessories and environments. These scenes can easily be manipulated in an intuitive interface -- character poses, shape morphs, model textures, lighting and more can all be customized in just a few mouse clicks. Advanced users can also create scenes from scratch using any of almost 3,000 DAZ products available online, including the brand-new 3D Starter Bundle for under $100. The bundle includes a comprehensive set of products designed for the first-time 3D artist including Bryce, the most widely distributed 3D landscape program.

"DAZ Productions is leveraging advanced graphics hardware from companies like NVIDIA to produce Fast Time(TM) renders in DAZ/Studio. Until now, this technology has been primarily used in 3D games," said Chris Creek, executive vice president and co-founder. "DAZ/Studio is the first 3D graphics software to use OpenGL as a finished rendering solution."

The free download package of DAZ/Studio includes:

-- Support for Windows 98SE/2000/Me/XP and MAC OSX 10.2 and above

-- Single selection and editing of bones or objects via controls or directly in the 3D Viewport along with cameras and lights

-- Editable material properties that include surface color and texture map, bump map, transparency map, and displacement map

-- OpenGL 3D Viewport and renders as well as the 3Delight Renderman compliant renderer

-- A variety of free 3D content

About DAZ Productions

DAZ Productions Inc. is a market leader in 3D digital content creation. DAZ is known for providing high-quality 3D models at the industry's most competitive prices. DAZ develops software applications that support its content, including DAZ/Studio, a free 3D character art application, DAZ/Mimic, a lip-synching application, and DAZ/Bryce, a 3D environment package. (www.daz3d.com)

 
 
 
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