Crossdresser 4

Crossdresser 4 is a free application that promises to automatically convert Poser/DAZ clothing made for one figure, to any other figure. They seem to make money by then selling per-figure licences and auto-conversion filters, such as a $10 one for Nursoda’s Doctor Pitterbill

“It quickly converts clothing from one figure to another. The conversion process finishes in seconds and is completely automatic. The final clothing is placed directly in your Runtime directory, and can be used immediately in Poser or DAZ Studio.”

Could be useful if you’ve found a great character in DAZ that you want to convert for iClone, but the clothes are not what you want? Has anyone had experience of using this? Or is it defunct now that Daz 4 has auto-fit?

H.P. Lovecraft figure for $13

A 3D ‘virtual’ H.P. Lovecraft figure is available for just $13 from Meshbox. Might be useful for comic artists who want to use it with iClone for making quick accurate figure-reference images. It was meant for Poser/DAZ, but is low-poly. In Poser you get partial facial control…

Poser Dials: Eyes Up-Down
Poser Dials: Eyes Side-Side
Poser Dials: Mouth – Open/Close
Poser Dials: Smile
Poser Dials: Frown
Poser Dials: Age
Poser Dials: Eyes Open/Close

It loads fine in DAZ Studio, once you tell DAZ where to find the textures as it loads. The figure accepts most DAZ aniMate and aniMate+ figure animation/poses, including typing and writing with a pen (although the latter badly distorts the fingers). The facial animation possibilities in DAZ are sadly more limited than Poser, with only the eyes able to move.

The figure can be exported from DAZ to iClone, for real-time animation and posing, via FBX and 3DXchange 4 Pro. Once it’s in iClone, the eyes can still be moved, via Motion Edit. Here’s a real-time render I made in ten minutes in iClone…

Click on the picture to see the large version.

The facial modelling is accurate, and the textures are adequate. But there’s something about the lines of the face, which means it looks very waxen and ‘mask-like’ once the picture is shrunk to below about 1000px.

(Both these pictures are Creative Commons. The Colour one is CC Attribution. The Sketch one is CC Attribution Non-Commercial.)

New WordPress theme at MyClone

I’ve applied a new WordPress theme at MyClone. The old free theme I was using for this blog was withdrawn, so I’ve had to change to a new one…

Not ideal (the background for posts need to be “off-white”, not “glaring white”), but it’ll do for now. If anyone wants to donate, I think $30 unlocks the WordPress CSS and gives me the ability to increase the font size, change colours, and suchlike things to do with reading posts.