Released: DAZ Studio 4 Advanced and Pro

The DAZ Studio 4 Advanced ‘99% there’ version is finally available for Windows (not Mac)… but only to DAZ Platinum Club members. It also seems that the Morph Followers feature and 64-bit support for Dynamic Clothing are still delayed. They’ll be included in a patch in Sept. The Pro version appears complete and final, as far as I can tell.

This long drawn out ‘release’ has been a bit of a mess. DAZ thoroughly confused people on the Advanced/Pro release, dribbling out news, then chopping and changing the features and generally confusing everyone, then getting users angry over very bad pre-release ‘deals’. It’s been a marketing disaster. Oh well, it’s here now.

If you purchase DAZ Studio 4 via this link, I’ll get a small slice of commission on the deal. Then maybe I can afford to buy it! 🙂

Important: note that DAZ Studio 4 Advanced is no longer the top of the range. There is now also a DAZ Studio 4 Pro version.

In DAZ Studio 4 Advanced you get new stuff like, among other things…

  * Auto-Fit plugin. Fit your old clothing collection to the new Genesis base figure.

  * Quicker test renders.

  * Figure Setup Tools (rigging)

  * Layered 2D backgrounds (like iClone’s 2D background, but layers with transparency?)

  * New 64-bit Windows version.

  * Upgraded version of Morph Loader, load multiple morph targets all at once.

In DAZ Studio 4 Pro, you also get…

  * Complete Content Creator Toolkit (inc. transfer of character rigging)

  * A bridge to/from ZBrush

  * A ‘3D Bridge’ to/from Adobe Photoshop Advanced.

  * Texture Atlas (no longer available in Advanced, it seems)

  * FBX exporter (no longer available in Advanced, it seems — which is a pain for iClone users)

Will my purchased Game Developer Kit work with Studio 4 Advanced? Not sure yet. If it does, then the game kit may give FBX export for Advanced, without the expense of getting the DAZ Studio 4 Pro version. You also get a good poly reduction plugin with the Game Kit (poly reduction is not mentioned anywhere in the specs for Studio 4 Advanced / Pro). So, I’d really hope that the Game Kit works with Studio 4 Advanced.

Finally, the free DAZ Studio 4 will shortly be costing $50 — so grab it now!

7 thoughts on “Released: DAZ Studio 4 Advanced and Pro

  1. As far as I can make out the FBX export and Texture Atlas will get a free upgrade for DS4. No info on the polygon reduction tool… I have opened a support ticket with Daz to clear this up, I’ll let you know.

  2. It looks like its gona be several weeks before Game Development Kit users get upgrades to the plugins work in DAZ Studio 4. Its annoying, as the exporters are available but only to Pro users…

  3. HOOOOO right! Where do I get old of the Digimi FBX exporter and does it work on DAZ Studio 4, and does it keep the morphs?


  4. Right FBX and Texture atlas will be free upgrades. Poly reduction is to be seen, but thinking is it will be as well but may take more time … time scale for this is more than 2 weeks less than 6…

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