Revisiting Poser Pro 11
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 11:04 pm
There are so many new features and tweaks introduced in release 11 that it was impossible to cover them all in the initial review so I'm back to take another look at some of them. There are still too many to cover so let's get started with what do have time to look at.
CUSTOM PARAMETERS PALETTES
With this setup, I could change the expression, arm and hand movements without regard to the selected body part. The main parameter rollout becomes my utility fielder to jump between the body parts not covered in these custom palettes. Creating these palettes is a very simple process of going to Window->Custom Parameter Palette->New and there will be a list of any other custom palettes associated with the selected item. These palettes are relative to the item they are created for and saved with that item and can be modified or deleted.
In a wide screen desktop like 2560 X 1080 these palettes really shine as the extra real estate gives us a chance to organize our custom palettes and create several to speed any given task. These can be docked or undocked and located on any monitor of a multi-monitor system. Say goodbye to the constant switching of main parameter rollers as we can now setup our workspace to accommodate our workflow.
I mean... you never know when going to need a critical measurement like the distance between your egg chairs and your cryogenic unit. You wouldn't want to get them to close. That would be like wearing white after labor day... or it is before? Anyway, you get the picture. No more guessing if you need actual measurements which elevates this version of Poser to a better previz tool that can theoretically replicate a real world shot list for camera placement and evaluation. This further eliminates guess work or the possibility that a shot that took hours to setup up won't be lost to terrible framing due to unforeseen circumstances.
If you have a real world scenario that needs to be replicated, then a decent measurement system is almost a necessity and certainly makes setting up the scene easier. Knowing you have chairs that are 4 feet tall and 10 feet away from a certain object or landmark in the real word tells you how to set them up in the Poser scene. It keeps you moving forward instead of being bogged down in guess work.
"Auto-save also works with the File > Open and File > Revert commands. When you choose File > Open, Poser will offer to open an auto-saved version of a file when it is newer than the project file you are trying to open. If you choose File > Revert, Poser allows you to revert to the last version of the file that you saved, or to any auto-saved versions."
"Auto-Save will be suspended while you are working in the Setup Room, and will resume when you return to the Pose Room." This can be a life saver if you crash or lose power to the machine. Even if the last auto saved file is not the most current you, at least, have a place to go back to without starting completely over. Auto save features are often overlooked until you need them.
PARTIAL SCENE EXPORT
One thing I noticed is it apparently depends on how the objects are created and/or parented as some large multi-object items show as one item on the Select Objects pop-up. I was able to un-parent or rather parent certain object to the universe like a chair or other prop and it would become visible in the Partial Export dialog the next time I opened it. A global un-parent option maybe available but I couldn't find it during testing.
Poser Pro 11: http://my.smithmicro.com/poser-pro-11.html Digital or Box: $499
Poser 11: http://my.smithmicro.com/poser-11.html Digital or Box: $199
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M.D. McCallum, aka WarLord is an international award winning commercial graphics artist, 3D animator, published author, project director and webmaster with a freelance career that spans over 20 years. You can learn more about MD at his website.