Curious Labs Announces Official Release of Poser 6

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Curious Labs, Inc. announced today that it has begun shipping Poser 6, the eagerly anticipated new version of their powerful, award-winning 3D human figure software tool for artists, illustrators, graphic designers and animators. Poser 6 delivers sophisticated features combined with an improved user interface allowing hobbyists and creative professionals access to technologies never before offered in one package. Poser 6 is available for Windows 2000/XP and Mac OS X.

Poser 6 includes several powerful new features:

  • NEW MALE AND FEMALE FIGURES, (James & Jessi) ~ with photorealistic textures, morph sets, and articulated hands and feet. Also included are Ben and Kate children figures, LaRoo 2 from Runtime DNA, and AlphaMan and BetaBoy figures from Sixus1.
  • NEW LIBRARIES OF CONTENT ~ new poses, hair, clothing, and accessories are included that offer the user quick, professional options.
  • A MORE EFFICIENT AND FEATURE RICH USER INTERFACE ~ offers a faster and more efficient creative process.
  • OpenGL HARDWARE ACCELERATION ~ gives the user faster previews when designing and posing 3D figures.
  • AMBIENT OCCLUSION ~ important tool for global illumination-like effects and photorealistic soft shadows.
  • IMAGE BASED LIGHTING (IBL) ~ 3D scenes can be lit using a photograph or image map, making figures and objects appear as if they're actually in this real-world environment.
  • CARTOON OUTLINE RENDERING EFFECTS ~ one of the most requested new features for illustrators, animators and cartoonists.
  • IMPROVED FLASHTM SUPPORT ~ offers user-defined Flash export colors for the Web.
  • CONTENT PARADISE REDESIGN ~ a powerful way to add more content to Poser 6!

Uli Klumpp, Poser Product Manager said, "With its new features, improved workflow and the amazing quality of new content included, Poser 6 is easily the best Poser to date."

Further in-product integration between Poser 6 and key 3DCG design software programs will also continue to be developed in the upcoming months. Poser 6 is already compatible with the English Curious Labs Shade product line.

CONTENT PARADISE
The new and improved Content Paradise is an easy to use web portal available from inside Poser, on the Content Paradise web site (www.contentparadise.com) or the Curious Labs web site. Content Paradise allows access to a virtual world of vendors, artists and add-on content. Top computer graphic content providers such as Zygote, Jolly, Renderosity, Cubed, Sixus1Media, RuntimeDNA, Shader's Café and The Forge were assembled to offer the widest variety of online computer graphic (CG) resources available. Powerful search capabilities allow the user to find and download content quickly and when needed. A rich variety of available models, textures, tutorials, utilities and free content creates endless possibilities for the CG artist.

Pricing and Availability
In celebration of the release of Poser 6, Curious Labs is offering a Special Edition of Poser 6. The Poser 6 Special Edition (P6SE) combines the power of the NEW Poser 6 product, additional Winter Queen Figure Pack and also Shade 7 designer LE; providing Poser integration with PoserFusion. The Poser 6 Special Edition is available direct from Curious Labs while supplies last for $269 / €249 / ?171, and has a product value of more than $400 USD.

After the Special Edition offer expires, Poser 6 will be available for $249 / €229 / ?157 directly from Curious Labs www.curiouslabs.com/go/store and will be available through major retailers, Apple Stores, mail order catalogs, and through the Curious Labs international partner network. Poser is available from Ingram Micro, Navarre, Atari, Douglas Stewart and Academic Distributing in the USA, EMJ Data Systems Ltd. (A SYNNEX Corporation Company), and is also sold by Computers Unlimited in both the UK and France, Softline in the UK and Germany, Scholastic New Media in Australia, the PeopleGroup OY in Finland, PICO S.R.L in Italy, and other distributors worldwide.

Upgrade Pricing
Upgrades are available directly from Curious Labs starting at $129 / €119 / ?82 for registered owners of Poser 4, Poser Artist, Poser Pro Pack and Poser 5.

Poser 6 System Requirements
Windows
Windows 2000 or XP
500 MHz Pentium class or compatible (700 MHz or faster recommended)
256 MB system RAM (512 MB or more recommended)
500 MB free hard disk space (2 GB recommended)
24-bit color display, 1024 x 768 resolution
OpenGL enabled graphics card or chipset recommended (recent NVIDIA GeForce or ATI Radeon preferred)
Internet connection required for Content Paradise
CD-ROM drive

Macintosh
Mac OS X 10.2 or later
500 MHz G3 processor (700 MHz G4 or faster recommended)
256 MB system RAM (512 MB or more recommended)
500 MB free hard disk space (2 GB recommended)
24-bit color display, 1024 x 768 resolution
OpenGL enabled graphics card or chipset recommended (recent NVIDIA GeForce and ATI Radeon preferred)
Internet connection required for Content Paradise
CD-ROM Drive

Curious Labs thanks NVIDIA for their support in providing OpenGL performance to the Poser creative community.

About Curious Labs, Inc.
Curious Labs, a division of e frontier Inc., was founded in Santa Cruz, California in April 2000. Curious Labs is best known for its success in providing cutting-edge creative solutions for artists worldwide. Today, Curious Labs develops and publishes a rich array of 3D computer graphics programs and creative Web and desktop multimedia products. Curious Labs' flagship products include the award-winning Poser and Shade family lines. Poser, a 3D figure design and animation program, boasts a user base of more than 200,000 and growing. Shade, a 3D design and rendering tool, commands over 70% of the 3D professional design and hobbyist market in Japan. The success of Poser and Shade can be attributed to Curious Labs' mission to produce easy to master, affordable 3D graphics solutions that are also rich in professional features. Visit us at www.curiouslabs.com. Curious Labs is located at 655 Capitola Road, Suite 200, Santa Cruz, CA 95062, USA

About e frontier, Inc.
e frontier, Inc., and its subsidiary companies develop and publish a diverse range of software products worldwide, produce quality computer graphic content and publish software-related books and magazines. The company is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. For more information, go to www.e-frontier.co.jp.

About Poser
Harness the power of 3D Figures with Poser 6. Easily design, pose and animate your dream figure in 3D -- Poser's unique interface unlocks the secrets of working with the human form. Poser contains all the tools you need to dress figures, style hair and add accessories. Create anything from photorealistic content to cartoon images, learning illustrations to modern art. Make figures walk, dance or run to create animations for Flash content or movies.

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