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Thanks to Green Knight, who posted a heads up that Daz 3D are offering all 3 of their heavy-duty 3D modelling packages for free until the end of February -- and those are full versions of the pro level of Studio, Bryce and Hexagon.

I downloaded last weekend but only started trying to install Studio today. It is a bit of a bugger on a Windows box, to put it mildly. This is because a) the developers assume that everyone runs in an administrator account all the time, b) the documentation is currently non-existent. I found out about (a) by attempting to install it, and about (b) by attempting to work out how to make the damn thing let me use it from a user account. You see, I think that administrator accounts and user accounts exist for a *reason*...

Several hours (and I'm being utterly literal here) later, I was ready to give up on the bloody thing. But I eventually managed to pick the right screen layout to follow along on the introductory video, and by much use of the pause and rewind buttons on the youtube video was able to try out the stuff being demonstrated. Am much happier now that I might be able to actually use this for what I had in mind.

And that is for playing with models of my characters. I'm not interested in doing my own covers -- that's one of the things my publisher gets their 65% for. But I'm not exactly the most visual of writers, to the point where several people have remarked that I obviously hear my stories as a radio play rather than seeing them as a film. Yes, I do, and I'm trying to make this less obvious. I may find it just as useful to have posable models as to flick through photo collections when trying to work out what my characters and their surroundings look like.

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