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Title(s): Poser - 3D rendering and animation software program

Version ID: 7.0

Date released: December 2006

Date: 1995

Creator(s): Larry Weinberg

Contributor(s): Fractal Design, MetaCreations, Curious Labs, e frontier

Relationships:

  • Previous Version(s):
    • Poser 1.0
    • Poser 2.0
    • Poser 3.0
    • Poser 4.0
    • Poser 4.0.3
    • Poser Pro Pack
    • Poser 5.0
    • Poser 6.0
  • Contains: None
  • Syntax Format(s): None
  • Family Format(s): None

Description: Poser is a 3D rendering and animation software program optimized for models that depict the human figure in three-dimensional form. A file with a ".pz3" file extension is somtimes known as a "Scene" file. It is the file format that results from saving a Poser document to disk. Pz3 files are text files and can be edited in a text editor, or a dedicated Poser library file edtor

History: Poser was created by artist and programmer Larry Weinberg, as a software replacement for artist's mannequins. Versions 1.0 and 2.0 were published by Fractal Design; in 1997, Fractal Design was acquired by MetaCreations, and Poser's interface was redesigned by MetaCreations' Phil Clevenger for release as Poser 3 in 1998. This interface has remained as the basis for all subsequent versions. In 1999, MetaCreations sold Poser to egi.sys AG, which established the subsidiary Curious Labs, with Larry Weinberg as CEO, to handle Poser development and publication. Curious Labs and Poser were sold to the publisher e frontier, in 2003. On 15 November 2007, Smith Micro Software announced the purchase of Poser, Anime Studio and Manga Studio from e frontier.

Example(s): http://www.infinitee-designs.com/Portrait_Tutorial.htm


Identifier: http://www.contentparadise.com/us/user/home.php

Documentation: http://www.poserpedia.com/index.php?title=Poser#Library

File Extensions: .pz3

Applications: 3D Graphics, Games, Interfaces

  • Native application(s): 3D graphics
  • Interoperable applications: CGTalk

Magic numbers: None Format(s): None

Rights: Property rights

Sustainability Factors:

  • Standardization:
  • Adoption: In 1999, MetaCreations sold Poser to egi.sys AG, who established the subsidiary Curious Labs, with Larry Weinberg as CEO, to handle Poser development and publication. Curious Labs, and Poser, were sold to the current publisher, e-frontier, in 2003. On 15th November 2007 Smith Micro Software announced the purchase of Poser, Anime Studio and Manga Studio from e-frontier
  • Licensing and patent claims: None
  • Self-documentation: None
  • External dependencies: None
  • Technical protection considerations: None

Typical use: CAD, CAM

File classification:

  • Type {Binary, Text}: Binary
  • Raster data:
    • Raster data 2D:
      • Is Supported: No
      • Description: None
    • Raster data 3D:
      • Is Supported: No
      • Description: None
  • Geometric representation:
    • Implicit representation:
      • Implicit surfaces:
        • Is Supported: Yes
        • Description: Model is strutured based on x,y,z coordinates
      • Implicit curves:
        • Is Supported: Yes
        • Description: Model is strutured based on x,y,z coordinates
      • Point set:
        • Is Supported: Yes
        • Description: Support point set data
    • Mesh:
      • Manifold surface meshes:
        • Is Supported: No
        • Description: None
      • Manifold volume meshes:
        • Is Supported: No
        • Description: None
      • Non-manifold meshes:
        • Is Supported: No
        • Description: None
    • Parametric representation:
      • Parametric surfaces:
        • Is Supported: Yes
        • Description: Advanced rounding and blending applied to parametric surfaces and objects also is available. Advanced methods are provided for smoothly subdividing and meshing surfaces to transform low-resolution cages or approximate models to smoothly detailed models. Surfaces can be generted through equations
      • Parametric curves:
        • Is Supported: Yes
        • Description: Cursves can be generated through equations
    • Contour sets:
      • Is Supported: No
      • Description: None
    • NURBS:
      • Is Supported: No
      • Description: None
  • Multi-resolution models:
    • Is Supported: No
    • Description: None
  • Dynamics:
    • Kinematics:
      • Is Supported: Yes
      • Description: Model parts can be rotated with specified degrees
    • Assembly:
      • Is Supported:No
      • Description: None
    • Force(s):
      • Is Supported: No
      • Description: None
  • Boundary representation
    • Manifold surface boundary representations:
      • Is Supported: No
      • Description: None
    • Manifold volume boundary representations:
      • Is Supported: No
      • Description: None
    • Non-manifold boundary representations:
      • Is Supported: Yes
      • Description: Boundary is supported
  • Material transparency:
    • Is Supported: No
    • Description: None

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