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I could’ve picked anything, and I picked a mac mini. I don’t know why, maybe its because aside from a Mac Pro its the only mac i’ve never had, and my macbook air had just pooped on me, and my previous iMacs weren’t so spectacular…or so I thought.

I’ve been an apple junkie since ’06. I had always heard how they were superior ‘artist’ machines. Oh how I wanted to be a superior artist!  I got my first one (imac) as a gift, and I bought my second one (macbookpro) brand new. I was hooked. All my softwares had their mac counterparts and switching the licenses wasn’t a problem.

But fast-forward to today, and I have no idea what’s going on with Apple. The drivers my software and hardware need do not come updated or compatible with today’s demands. Still pay top dollar, but for what? Limitations on my hardware, I can’t even upgrade my ram because they soldered it to the motherboard. OpenCL driver is old and can’t be overridden, so my software can’t use any acceleration.

Super buyer’s remorse! Wish I had pieced together a pc so that I could drop a new video card in if needed, upgrade ram, and hard drive space. Windows is still stupid, but at least I’d get something done, instead of have time to write up a 4 paragraph rant while I wait on a super low quality test render to complete.

 

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“If I told you it was 10x faster, I’m sorry, I misled you, it’s 21x faster.”

Paolo from Pret-A-3D has produced an amazing update to Reality for DazStudio and Poser. Reality uses LuxRender, a Physics Based Renderer (PBR).

A few awesome things:

  • CPU & GPU Acceleration
  • Top Coat settings for Skin type
  • Multi-object/multi-surface manipulation
  • Automatic IRAY shader conversion
  • Use Bump and Normal maps together
  • Car paint presets

The only thing I am not excited about, is the fact that OS X does not have updated OpenCL drivers. It has been a longstanding issue, and Paolo has even sent an open letter to Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, regarding the state of OpenCL on OS X. Paolo suggests if you are a mac user, to kindly email Mr. Cook and let him know there is a demand for updated ( and segregated ) OpenCL drivers.

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This version is compatible with DazStudio 4.5+ Only

 

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I’ve been struggling with a good setup for using IDL in PoserPro 2014. After a few days, I finally conceded and made a purchase that I instantly did not regret. Ironman13’s light & prop set IDL Freedom comes with a lot of great preloads, and is incredibly easy to customize. To sweeten the deal, ironman13 included a wonderfully informative help guide.

If you’re struggling with Poser’s lighting system after hanging out in DazStudio (*cough*) or you’re just new to the entire thing and need a solid lighting rig, look no further.

IDL Freedom by ironman13

I have got so many little artworks in progress, and there’s so many things I want to learn about modeling & animation, using ZBrush and Daz Studio.

I’ve been looking for an affordable particle generator for awhile now, so I’m really excited to hear my current zBrush version got an upgrade that includes one!

I’ve been a Logitech user since before 2006. I can’t pinpoint the year, but I know I was a logitech user in 2001. I’ve bought their webcams, mice, and keyboards and used them with my Windows based machines. I’ve always preferred Logitech over all the other brands out there, but that is no longer true. In 2006, I switched from Windows to Mac. Unfortunately, there is no other competitors out there making mac compatible peripherals, which is why its 2015, and I’m still using a Logitech K 750 Solar Mac keyboard. If you’ve ever had a mac and a k750 solar keyboard from Logitech, and use Spotify, then you probably already know the Rewind/FastForward keys have been broken for 3+ years.

I don’t even really know what to say about that. Logitech, how unprofessional. How disappointing. There are posts on Logitech’s support site dating back to 2012 regarding this specific issue with Spotify ( or any non iTunes music player ). Logitech doesn’t offer a solution, and they don’t even update their drivers for new OS releases. OS X Yosemite is FREE. Why hasn’t at least one of Logitech’s 9,000+ employees downloaded the Developer Preview and patched the drivers? It’s not like they have too many other mac-based softwares to update, the K 750 is only 1 out of 2 mac compatible keyboard products that Logitech offers.

If Logitech is wondering why their stock line looks so pitiful, its because their technical support, customer service, and reliability are all in the red. They need to google themselves, because the general consensus is that Logitech Sucks.

On that note, I am looking for a reliable company to buy my peripherals from. Any suggestions are welcome!