Reprinted from a DAZ press release:

Have you fantasized about becoming a 3D artist but were discouraged by the steep learning curve and costs? Now is your chance as DAZ Productions Inc., a leading developer of professional quality 3D software and models, announced today the launch of DAZ Studio, a free, feature-rich 3D animation software package that puts a complete virtual photo and motion picture studio at your fingertips. With pre-configured 3D scenes, poseable characters, animals, environments, clothing and accessories, DAZ Studio is the easiest way to quickly create high-quality digital images and animation for games, multimedia, illustration and photography applications.

“DAZ Studio is designed to unleash the artist within all of us – whether you are a mom, a child, a teacher or a professional photographer,” said Dan Farr, president of DAZ Productions. “With the free DAZ Studio software, 3D becomes easy, fun and accessible to everyone. DAZ Studio allows both artists and amateurs to quickly “Load and Render” a preconfigured scene or create their own custom designs, and produce beautiful images instantly without time or cost commitments.”

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DAZ Studio is an ideal solution for budding 3D artists as well as professional 3D designers, photographers, filmmakers, animators and illustrators. With DAZ Studio, users can work with virtual objects to create images of any genre, ranging from fantasy to contemporary. Parents can use DAZ Studio to complete scrapbooks with 3D art and backgrounds; book designers can design vivid cover images; and filmmakers can develop compelling storyboards during pre-production.

“Though I’m far from being a real artist, DAZ Studio helps me put the images I have in my mind into a visual medium, and I’m having lots of fun,” said Louvette Escuadro, a DAZ Productions customer since February 2005. “The company’s tagline says it all: ‘Unleash the Artist Within.'”

DAZ Studio boasts many robust features, including a full-color OpenGL Preview, the powerful 3Delight Render Engine (compliant with Pixar’s RenderMan), and Fast-Time Rendering via the users video card hardware. DAZ Studio comes with three complete 3D content scenes that are ready to be loaded and rendered into fantastic art at the push of a button. With its powerful content management system, DAZ Studio makes it easy to create, organize and access virtual scenes, objects, and images. DAZ Studio also features comprehensive Poser animation and content import functionality which allows users to load and modify their favorite content created in Poser. To see a complete detailed list of DAZ Studio’s features, please visit http://studio.daz3d.com/1_0features.php.

Pricing and Availability

DAZ Studio is free of charge and is available on Windows 98 SE or higher and Mac OSX 10.3 or higher. DAZ Studio comes with three pre-configured 3D scenes, including the popular Victoria model created by DAZ, an extensive user manual, and easy-to-follow tutorials for getting started. To obtain a free copy of DAZ Studio, users must register for a free account on the DAZ website and agree to participate in the company’s unique Tell-Ware program, which stipulates that each DAZ Studio user must share information about DAZ Studio and/or the DAZ website with at least two friends.

DAZ Productions offers a large library of 3D content scenes and models that can be purchased for use with DAZ Studio. The company also distributes the DAZ Dispatch, an informative weekly newsletter announcing new products, discounts and special offers to receive free products. Informative forums, online art galleries and special membership based savings plans for customers are also available. For more information, please visit www.daz3d.com.

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