Daz Carrara 7 for free

Those who had the full DAZ Carrara 6 Pro on a cover-disk recently, may like to know that…

“the full 3D suite Daz Carrara 7”

… is now free on the cover-disk of UK magazine Digital Arts (July 2010). Although they say it’s “worth £100”, so it seems this is actually only the Express version (originally $170), not the Pro version. Assuming you don’t want to model in Carrara, having Express 7 basically means: no clouds, no HDRI lighting, no depth-of-field effects, no motion-blur on animations, no glow maps on primitives, no lens-flare. The loss of HDR is a blow, but if you’re rendering stills you can probably add most of the other FX in Photoshop. Also, no 3D painting onto 3D models or UV unwrapping.

It apparently comes with “100 preset scenes“.