Checking in

So visitors know I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth, since it’s been well over a month since I’ve posted anything. Real life has been cutting into my fun time, darn it.

Related to freebie stuff, the DAZ/RuntimeDNA merger and recent policy changes at Renderosity have left me a little frustrated. For totally self-involved reasons, because these lead to dead links on the blog, which are a pain to maintain in the first place.

I think most of the RDNA freebies listed here will be okay as long as their forum remains open. The Zero Price ones I’m not so sure about; like Mike’s Tiki Bar, which I recently used for freebie textures and poses.

At Renderosity, a number of freebie providers have deleted their stuff due to recent policy changes that I find both confusing and utterly ridiculous. From here on out I’ll probably be more selective in what I upload over there, though I’ve lagged way behind in uploads anyway.

Also, with all the new figures and the widening gulf between Poser and DS users, I’ve been giving some thought to where I want to focus my own rendering efforts and, consequently, how that would affect the type of freebies I offer here.

So many figures and renderers and different materials…it’s a bit overwhelming at times. For me, I think DAZ Studio 4.9 and Genesis 3 is the where I stop with DAZ. At least for now. There’s lots of support for Genesis 2 and Genesis 3, so I think I’ll continue to offer freebies for Gen4, Genesis 1, and Dusk and Dawn.

I’ve also been thinking lately that many older third-party figures still have a lot to offer and it would be fun to explore extras for those as well.

My learning curve for Poser continues to be tragically slow, but I am making progress. In my defense, I’m not particularly savvy with DAZ Studio either, and I’ve been using it since 2007! I figure I’m just one of those slow learners, but I’ll eventually reach at least basic competency. 🙂

I have some odds-n-ends I’m working on, including uploading the transparency images from my old Renderosity product Transmap-O-Matic, which dated back to the hoary days of yore before DS could do tiling. I also have a few bits left over from the recent girly-girl nerds theme, though mostly texture images.

So off I go to get myself organized and hopefully I’ll be back with something before much longer.

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