Free Software Downloads: Bryce, Daz Studio, and Hexagon
Bryce, Hexagon, DAZ Studio Free Download
Saturday I learned that DAZ (Digital Art Zone) is making available the following software as free downloads until February 29:
- Bryce 7 Pro 3D Landscape Software (retail price $249.95)
- Hexagon 2.5 3D Modeling Software (retail price $149.95)
- DAZ Studio 4 Pro 3D Software (Winner of 3D World's 2011 Software Innovation of the Year Award) (retail price $429.95)
- 3D Photoshop Bridge (retail price $199.00)
In addition there are a number of free models and textures available as well. The total retail price of the basket of software, models, and textures that I downloaded was $1,350. The one requirement is that you subscribe to their newsletter – meaning you give them your email address.
Note that your order will show up in the Available Downloads link from your Account Dashboard and that you are allowed 4 downloads of each product you have ordered. The serial numbers for your software are retrieved separately via the Available Serial Numbers link. All downloads are in the form of executable files. The largest downloads are:
- Bryce 7 Content – 670 meg
- Daz Studio 4 32-bit – 441 meg
- Daz Studio 4 64-bit – 439 meg
- Bryce 7 Pro – 254 meg
I've never used Hexagon or DAZ Studio Pro but Bryce was the first 3D software I ever used – back when it was version 3. I haven't used it in years but I still have a large collection of Bryce files and it would be nice to perhaps resurrect some of them. The name is taken from Bryce Canyon, which I had the pleasure of visiting a few years ago (there's a photo of me at Bryce on the bottom of my home page). The first version of Bryce was released as a Mac only product in 1994. Version 3.1 of Bryce 3D was released in 1997 by MetaCreations Corporation – this was when I first purchased Bryce. Bryce was acquired by the Corel Corporation in 2000 who released version 5 of Bryce in 2001. Bryce was sold to DAZ in 2004 who has gone on to release versions 5.5 and 6.0 with Bryce 7 being released in 2010. Bryce 3D has always been looked down upon as a package for newbies with limited capabilities. While these criticisms are true, it's important to remember that for many digital artists, Bryce was what opened the door for them to explore the world of 3D graphics software. It's low price and easy-to-learn interface made it a perfect software solution for those digital artists looking to get their feet wet.
Hexagon is a tool for creating 3D models. According to the DAZ web site:
Hexagon delivers all the tools a graphic artist needs to create detailed 3D models ready for final render. Packed with features such as; DAZ Studio Bridge, sculpted primitives, freehand modeling brushes, micro-displacement modeling tools, comprehensive UV-mapping modules, advanced 3D paint, and instant ambient occlusion. Hexagon provides you with all the options of expensive competitor software, but at an affordable price.
I'm not sure what to make of 3D Photoshop Bridge. The DAZ web site describes it as a " DAZ Studio plug-in designed to connect the power of Photoshop with the unlimited content possibilities of DAZ Studio. It's the next step to maximizing your creativity. It will also save you money by eliminating the need for costly photo shoots and stock imagery, save you time with quicker rendering, and save your brain by swiftly and easily integrating the best features of DAZ Studio and Photoshop…Easily pose characters and objects three-dimensionally with the 3D Photoshop Bridge while in DAZ Studio,"
Of course it would help if I knew more about Daz Studio. In this case, download first then investigate was my motto. According to DAZ:
DAZ Studio is a feature rich 3D figure customization, posing, and animation tool that enables anyone to create stunning digital illustrations and animations. DAZ Studio is the perfect tool to design unique digital art and animations using virtual people, animals, props, vehicles, accessories, environments and more. Simply select your subject and/or setting, arrange accessories, setup lighting, and begin creating beautiful artwork.
The free 3D software is available via download only from DAZ3D.com between now and February 29, 2012:
Note that there are a number of video tutorials available for Bryce, Hexagon, and DAZ Studio on YouTube.
Here's to happy and creative computing. Jim