Sat 7th Sep 2002 | News
Curious Labs ‘Poser® 5’ Ships Today
Release Includes FireFly™ Renderer, Dynamic Hair, Cloth, and Photo-based Facial Mapping
Santa Cruz, Calif., September 6, 2002 — Curious Labs, Inc. announces today it has begun shipping Poser 5, the eagerly anticipated new version of their award-winning 3D-character animation tool for artists and animators. Poser 5 delivers unprecedented features combined with ease-of-use, giving artists, hobbyists and creative professionals access to technologies never before offered in one package.
“Poser 5 is a remarkable offering,” said Steve Cooper, president of Curious Labs. “We wanted to repeat Poser’s formula for success: Make difficult 3D-character tools easy to master, and price those tools so that any artist can afford to buy them. Poser 5 follows that formula precisely. Dynamic cloth and strand-based hair, photo-based facial mapping, and our powerful new FireFly render engine are just some of the new features included in Poser 5. And of course, because it’s Poser, mastering these exciting new tools will be easy and acquiring them will be affordable.”
Poser 5’s key new features include:
*FireFly Renderer: hybrid micro-polygon and Ray Trace render engine with subdivision surface rendering of polygons, which enables:
-Render-time polygon smoothing
-3D motion blur
-Depth of field
*Shader Trees with material nodes
*Ray Traced refraction and reflection
*Dynamic Hair with growth, styling and physics controls
*Dynamic Cloth with physics and parameter-controlled attributes
*Photo-based facial mapping, with a database of scanned 3D human heads and textures
*Morph Putty™ tool for interactive sculpting, and direct manipulation of facial expressions
*Hierarchical Parameters Palette with parameter grouping functionality
*Hierarchical Libraries with support for multiple Runtime folders
*All new highly accurate 3D human figures with fully articulated hands and feet, featuring photorealistic texture maps and facial morphs from Runtime DNA
*Content Paradise portal for in-Poser 5 access to online content resources
Poser 5 will initially be available for Windows; details about a Macintosh version will be announced later this autumn. More information on Poser 5 is available at: www.curiouslabs.com.
Poser 5 is available at an average street price of US$349 via the web and distributors internationally. Poser 5 will ship to European customers on or before September 15th. Upgrades from previous versions of Poser and Poser Pro Pack are available through a tiered price structure direct from the Curious Labs website and select international resellers. Ordering and retail information is available at www.curiouslabs.com.
About Curious Labs, Inc.
Curious Labs, Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of EGISYS AG, designs, develops, and publishes software tools such as PoserÒ, which focus on 3D human and character visualization for artists, designers, and web developers. The company is located in Santa Cruz, California. For more information, go to www.curiouslabs.com.
About EGISYS AG
EGISYS AG, designs and develops tools, technologies, databases, and solutions that utilize 3D animated models and motion data, integrate within popular applications such as Microsoft Office, and can be delivered via the Internet. The company was founded by an independent research group from the University of Tübingen, Germany. For more information, go to www.egisys.de or www.egisys.com.
© Poser is a registered trademark of Curious Labs, Inc. and EGISYS AG. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. All other products, fonts, company names and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.