3D World has been given a demo of the new Poser and Poser Pro by Smith Micro at SIGGRAPH 2011
New vertex weight map creation tools
Poser 9 and Poser Pro 2012 are due for release on September 20th. Both versions gain a much improved OpenGL preview, with realtime soft shadows, ambient occlusion and normal mapping which provides a very clean, realistic representation of your figure.
Key new features include a joint weight mapping system, with up to ten maps providing control over functions such as X, Y, Z direction, rotation, twist, bulge and positive/negative bump.
Poser figures built to take advantage of this feature can be put into more extreme poses without the typical polygon folding or bulging that affects earlier versions.
Poser Pro features tools enabling you to retrofit weight maps to meshes created for earlier versions of Poser.
Maps are derived from the older sphere and capsule system, but can then be edited to suit.
One of the nice new features for asset creators is the ability to take an object such as a piece of clothing and automatically create joints based on an existing figure.
With just few clicks, the object is rigged ready to be conformed and manipulated.
Other new features include sub-surface scattering, context-sensitive right-click menus, a new asset category for loading in entire scenes (including all props and lighting), and full COLLADA compliance.
Poser 9 and Poser Pro 2012 are both 32- and 64-bit, with full Mac OS X 10.7 support.
An aggressive pricing offer kicks off on August 17th and runs until the day before launch. For full details visit the Poser websitex.