Poser 8 is the world's most complete solution for creating art and animation with 3D characters. With Poser, it's easy to make 3D art. Poser includes over 2.5 gigabytes of ready-to-pose human and animal figures, textures, props and 3D scene elements. … see full wiki
Wow this software is incredible. I have never owned an animated software program before so I cannot compare this to the previous version. With that being said, I am hooked with animated software now.
Imagine being able to digitally create humans, animals or even background scenes in 3D. Being able to replicate bodily moves and even facial expressions smoothly. Create animated look so realistic that you almost feel like you reach out and touch it. Poser 8 allows you to do that and more. Figures that are included can be easily morphed to meet your needs. For example, you can increase muscle mass, add texture or even remove an eyeball if you wanted to. There are 4 female and 4 male figures to choose from with Poser 8. You can also obtain other figures from third-party suppliers. The more effort you put into making your figure realistic the more realistic they become. You can even modify your creation to have ethnic traits. Facial expressions can easily be applied, and there are so many to choose from, even the hair is very realistic. We even experimented and made come creations that I will have nightmares about! :-)
I am hooked on the Face Room. You able to upload your own personal images of a front and side view. Those images will then be applied after clicking on certain parts of the image to line it up with the avatar. Simply click "apply to figure" and you will instantly see the face image via 3D animation. There some tweaking you will have to do to line everything up correctly, but after some practice you will get the hang of it. This is a great feature to share and email your friends and family animated avatars of themselves to use.
I really enjoy using the search feature. Just type in the item you watch and choose from the list of results. The library includes a variety of motions, expressions clothing and other applications for the novice (like me) to the expert. You can just drag and drop the items. There are hundreds of ready to use features that can quickly and easily be tweaked and individualized, you can even download more than 1GB of content. The respond time can take a bit, but I guess with a program that can do so much I understand why. In order to use this program to its fullest capacity you must have an abundant amount of RAM. Working with individual figures seems to have better processing time than trying to work with more than 2 figures, which can cause issues. I installed with software on a Windows XP Operating System. There will be several options on where and how you want your content to be installed. Word of advice, make sure you do not have anything else running in the background such anti-virus, firewall or programs. My anti-virus was doing a scan during the installation of Poser 8 and when I tried opening the program it gave me an error message and to reinstall. Once I reinstalled the software with nothing running in the background, things went smoothly and the program is up and running with no issues.
One very cool feature is the Indirect Lighting (IDL). Your images will look like a real photo. The IDL allows for correct lighting and illumination giving you more of a natural result. This feature works the best on outdoor images since you can make the shadows and sunlight/moonlight look more natural without actually darkening the image.
The audio lip-syncing tool is pretty easy to use but I can see where it can be improved. The mouth does not move as the words are actually spoken.
This program is amazing. My daughter and I have enjoyed trying new things out and experimenting with pictures and figures. Animate and represent your images into photo-realistic 3D art for web videos, print or movies. Export 3D figures to add characters to other 3D applications. All you need is just a little imagination.
Since this software can be used for medical presentations as well as "x-rated" purposes, be aware that this software includes EVERYTHING to make your own figure creations. That includes breasts and a variety of genital areas. You may want to be careful when small children are watching or playing around with the software.