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Posers physically correct light fall-off produces more photo-real final renderings. Normal Mapping adds the appearance of complexity and surface detail to 3D objects without increasing geometry resolution. Render out PSD layers for improved compositing, share final content via Facebook. Poser Pro includes advanced Weight Map Rig support enabling vertex by vertex fine painting of joint bends and bulges, to generate better performing 3D characters that can be more easily posed with natural joints across the body.

Hybrid Rigging supports both traditional Poser Sphere and Capsule zones to be used in combination. Poser Pro also supports both traditional grouped body part figures and single skin figures for interoperability. Weight Map Support for third party figures is delivered within our native poser file format, the PZ3, an open, well documented format that has been at the heart of the creative Poser community for over 15 years. Poser Pro is designed with Poser Character Creators in mind and includes a suite of vertex Weight Map Creation tools including Vertex Weight Auto-transfer to permit the creation of new weight mapped figures from an existing rig, generation of new Weight Maps from existing Poser Zones of Influence, pressure sensitive painting of Weight Maps and interactive color display of affected vertices.

Another advance in Poser is the ability to set-up both traditional zones and weight maps to affect body parts beyond the parent or child of the selected actor, enabling complex figures such as winged figures that need to interact with multiple body parts simultaneously. Once youve created Weight Mapped figures using Poser Pro, they can be fully integrated into Poser 9 or any of the third party host apps supported by PoserFusion. Improved Content Management system with drag and drop, auto conforming, search, metadata support, zone strength display for figure rigging, parameter change indicator and the Recent Render palette.

Whether used a standalone character animation system, or as a critical tool in your existing production pipeline, Poser Pro is the most efficient way for game designers, 3D artists, professional illustrators, animators and graphics production teams to add 3D character animation content to any project. Weight Map Rigging offers several benefits including smoother bending folds and bulges with vertex by vertex control over every bend or bulge. Weight Maps can be added to any joint bend, Chapter 1: Welcome to Poser! Posers new Weight Map Rigging provides a platform that will support third party figures that use Weight Mapping, by expanding the open, well documented and easily editable Poser PZ3 file format, to encourage creativity and user driven enhancements to Poser figures.

This powerful new feature makes it incredibly easy to transform any existing clothing item into a full vertex Weight Map Rigged conforming clothing item. Simply open the object you want to transform in the Set-Up room, click on the figure you want the item to match in the Poser Library, and let Poser Pro do the rest. Once transformed, the new figure will inherit the source figures vertex Weight Maps and even body part groups.

It literally takes seconds to transform any imported or older figure or geometry into a fully Weight Mapped Poser Figure. Putting on finishing touches is a breeze with Pro s vertex Weight Map Painting tools. Combined with Posers included Wardrobe Wizard, you can. Select any joint and simply add a new Weight Map. Click on the Paint Mode to interactively paint vertex weights, with full pressure sensitive tablet support for optimal rig fine tuning. Apply Symmetry to transfer bend and bulge Weight Maps from side to side. And if you want to convert existing Poser figures to the powerful new Weight Map Rigging system, simply convert the figures traditional Poser Sphere and Capsule Zones into a Weight Map that is fully editable.

This state of the art suite of Weight Map Creation Tools is going to change the face of content development for Poser. New Object Tools Grouping Objects: Need a way to move, scale or hide a bunch of objects in a Poser scene, at the same time? They can be moved, rotated, scaled and animated or even hidden and revealed.

Create multiple Grouping Objects to hold different areas of a scene, or related props and figures. Adding selected scene elements into any Grouping Object is easy using our powerful new Context Menu controls. This significant new feature will change how you manage your scenes, providing you plenty of control over whole groups of objects in that scene. Constraint Channels and Constraint Objects: For our animators that have been looking for a way to animate a ball being throw or caught, weve introduced Constraint Channels and Objects.

Basically, the Constraint Object is an animatable handle for an object that will allow you to parent it to a figures hand as it winds up for the throw, and then have the object leave the hand and fly through the air as if its being thrown. Constraints are a simple to use feature that will permit all kinds of cool animation effects. Poser users quickly discovered that, with high ambient values to cast light that with a few tweaks, they could open up a huge array of lighting effects. Now you can create Light Emitters; toggle off visibility in rendering for objects, yet still enable them to cast light.

Build light domes, environment domes. Combined with our new Poser Scene Library category, this feature will be a great way to deliver a fully lit IDL environment. Workflow Improvements Expanded Context Menus: Sometimes, its the simple things that make the biggest difference. Posers expanded Context Menus will vastly improve interaction and scene creation, and change the way you work with Poser forever. Once you start using Posers new Context Menus, youll enjoy working and playing with Poser all over again. Morphing Tool Tablet Support: If you own a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet, Poser is going to make you a very happy camper.

Weve engineered Wacom tablet support into the Morph Tool so you can have much finer control when creating morphs. Vary brush strength with pressure for any brush size youve set. The new Flatten option for Morphing Tool Create mode moves points toward a best fit plane determined by the affected vertices. Frame Selected Object: In complex scenes it can be a little challenging to keep your camera focused on an area that youre working on using Posers original camera controls. To help out, weve introduced the Frame Selected Object Camera.

With the click of a button, your current camera will zoom in on the selected object, allowing you take a closer look at exactly where youre working on. This makes it easier to navigate in and out of your deep scenes and saves you time when creating them. Simply toggle on the Orbit Selected mode and your current camera will rotate around the center point of the currently selected object. This makes it easier to focus on a selected element, and view it from every direction by spinning Camera trackball controls. With the new Scene Category in the Library you simply add that full Poser scene with lights, cameras, all props and figures in place, and with all dependencies right into the Library.

From there your new scenes can be dragged directly from the Library into the Poser workspace. For Poser content developers this new feature will enable you to deliver fully constructed scenes with dependencies and optimal render settings that require less user support and are far easier to use.

Multi-select Drag and Drop Library Support: When we introduced Drag and Drop support in Posers Library, our users found it so much easier to apply materials, or conform clothing, or drop a pose right onto a figure. With the Librarys new Multi-select feature, youll be able to select several items of clothing and drag them right onto a figure and auto-conform them in one step. But it gets even better when working with multiple categories of items in your Favorites; Multi-select a hairstyle, several clothing items and a pose all at once, then click and drag them right onto your target figure.

Poser will automatically apply the items. It doesnt get much easier. Within the Library, youll be able to drag and drop items from folder to folder making it easy to reorganize your Content. Library Improvements Full Scene Category in Library: In the past, if you wanted to re-use a Poser scene with that perfect environment settings, lights, cameras, props and dependencies and. FireFly Subsurface Scattering: Skin, wax, and marble are just some of the materials that are translucent when struck by light. To recreate this subtle yet crucial effect when rendering these materials in Poser, weve incorporated a set of easy to configure Subsurface Scattering Material Nodes.

With Posers new Subsurface Material nodes, youll transform your scenes into rendered masterpieces with lifelike translucent surfaces. Rendering Performance Improvements: Posers FireFly Rendering Engine keeps getting better with numerous improvements in reflections, transparencies, depth of field and 3D motion blur quality, netting visibly smoother results without significantly impacting render times. Weve also enabled Light Emitting Objects which are invisible in final renderings yet contribute indirect illumination to the scene.

In addition to our new Subsurface Scattering Nodes, weve included a new Custom Scatter Node to support effects such as bioluminescent skin. The Light Properties control allows the user to toggle specific lights to preview in the scene, with accumulated brightness for each selected light.

MIP Map support improves performance when previewing large textures. Our OpenGL hardware improvements preview textures more efficiently, with reliable onscreen display of lights, shadows, and color, for smarter, quicker interactive scene creation. The Poser Pro application, with its FireFly render engine and included network capable Queue Manager are 64 bit enabled so you can use your memory more efficiently, create and render larger scenes, and ultimately save time across the board. Mac OS X Now Posers powerful Dynamic Hair calculates collisions faster and renders it faster as well.

Pre-render Texture Caching: Weve heard your requests for faster pre-render texture handling and delivered two new methods that will save time the minute you press that Render Now button. Poser now preprocesses all scene textures in the background making use of your multicore processor, in prep for that first render, and can cache those textures session to session if you desire. Choose between traditional and the new Crisp texture filtering options. Python 2. We now provide Python 2. Wings 3D. Poser provides one of the most robust integrations in the market, and to ensure that our support is second to none, we are actively involved in the COLLADA specification and conformance programs.

The version of the manual accessible from the help menu is optimized for screen viewing. If you wish to print it out, your Poser DVD contains a version that is optimized for print in the documentation folder. Quick Start Guide: This Quick Start guide is an on-screen step-by-step interactive guide that takes users through the necessary steps to quickly create scenes within Poser. Also, Posers Download Manager makes the process of downloading content and installing it to the appropriate Library categories fully automatic, so accessing high quality content has never been simpler!

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Poser Installation Windows 1. Click on the Poser installer to start the Installer. The Welcome screen will appear, click Next to continue. Select I accept the agreement and click Next. The Information screen appears. Review the Readme file. This file contains information that was too recent to be included in this manual. When you have finished reading the Readme file, click Next to proceed with the installation. The Select Destination Location screen appears.

Use this screen to select the installation path for the Poser executable. Select the destination location where you want to install Poser Pro. You can use the default location or click. Installing Poser Installing Poser is a straightforward process. If you have a bit computer and bit Windows operating system, Setup will install the bit version of Poser Pro by default. You can check the Install 32 bit files option to optionally and additionally install the bit version of Poser Pro in its own installation folder.

If you are using the bit version of Poser Pro, you can also choose to install the bit version of Poser Pro for improved backward compatibility with add-on scripts and plug-ins that are not bit capable. In addition, the bit version of Poser Pro allows you the option of either docking the library or running it in a separate window, whereas the bit version runs the library in a separate window only.

The Select Components screen appears. Choose the desired installation options from the drop-down menu: Full Installation: Most users choose the Full Installation option.

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This option performs the complete installation of Poser Pro including all content and the Queue Manager. Additional content is installed if the applicable options are selected. This option is useful if hard drive space is limited. Basic Content Clothed Figures, Props, Scenery : This option installs clothed figures and medical references skeletons and muscles , Props, and Scenery.

Custom Installation: Allows you to choose the items that you want to install. Use this option for installing additional network rendering nodes. Click Next after you make your choice. The Select Start Menu Folder screen will appear. You can use the default location or click the Browse button to specify another location. When you are finished, click Next.

Select Additional Tasks screen will appear. Options here allow you to remove, backup or reuse existing preference files that store information such as library runtimes, interface layouts, and other preferences. You can also enable the check boxes to create desktop icons for Poser and the Queue Manager Poser Pro only.

Click Next after you make your choices Review your choices in the Ready to Install screen. When they are finished installing, click Finished. Portions of Poser require that Flash Player is installed on your system. Verify that Flash Player is present before using Poser Pro Click Next to continue to the Select Content Location screen. Select the location for the Poser Pro content Runtime directory. Based on the descriptions below, select the location that works best for you and click Next.

Shared Documents Directory: This is the default installation option. My Documents Directory: The files will only be accessible to the user who installed them. Poser Directory: The content library resides next to the Poser Pro program files. Other Location: Specify the directory of your choice. This option is desirable if you want to install your content on a different hard drive or folder name. Use this screen to choose the installation folder for your Poser content.

By default, Window 7 users install the content folder beneath. To ensure the optimal experience and compatibility for the Content Library, the installer will disable Local Machine Lockdown for the Poser application.

click This will not affect other applications outside of Poser. The Readme file appears. When you have finished reading the Readme file, click Continue to proceed with the installation. Click Continue. Click Agree to continue the installation. The Installation Type screen appears. Setup informs you how much space will be used by the installation, including the content you selected.

Click the Change Install Location button to choose another installation location, if desired and click Continue to return to the previous screen. Once you have made your selection, click the Install button. The Authentication window appears, and you will be asked to enter your user account password, or an account Chapter 2: Installing Poser. Some features of Poser, such as the Library and rendering in a separate process, require that you allow local network communication to operate. The features will not work if a personal firewall prevents local network communication.

Poser Installation Mac 1. Double-click on the Install icon. The Introduction screen appears. After entering the information, click OK to continue. When the installation is complete are finished installing, click Quit. Select the destination location where you want to install the Queue Manager. Click Next to continue. Using the pull-down menu select Queue Manager and click Next. Click Install to install the Queue Manager. When the installation is done, click Finished. You can install just the Queue Manager on remote systems by following the instructions below:.

Click on the Poser Pro installer to start the installation. Accept the agreement and click Next. Review the Readme text and click Next. The Welcome screen will appear, click Continue. Accept the agreement and click Continue. Review the Readme text and click Continue. Using the pull-down menu select Queue Manager and click Continue.

When the installation is done, click Quit. Upgrading From an Earlier Version of Poser When upgrading from an earlier Poser version, be sure to install Poser in a separate, empty folder, so as not to interfere with existing Poser installations. Additionally, if you have large amounts of content from your previous versions of Poser, the ideal way to add this content to your Poser installation is with the Add Runtime feature.

We do not recommend attempting to copy over or reinstall your content in other ways, as we cannot guarantee that the content will be properly transferred to Poser. Licensing The first time you start the Queue Manager, you will be prompted to type in your name and your Queue Manager serial number in the Queue Manager Personalize screen. It is important to know that you can install the Queue Manager on as many systems as you wish.

However, the number of systems you can use simultaneously will be limited to the number of Queue Manager nodes that are included with your Poser Pro Purchase. You can determine how many nodes are available to you by looking at your Queue Manager serial number. The second set of numbers between dashes indicates how many systems including the one on which Poser Pro is installed can operate the Queue Manager simultaneously.

Registering Poser After installation, you can choose to register your copy of Poser via the Web. Registering Poser with Smith Micro Software is required in order to receive technical support, free product updates and other benefits. If you wish to register your copy of Poser, simply check the box on the authentication window that appears upon your initial launch of Poser, and Poser will automatically register your product for you with Smith Micro Software. If you use this method, this is the only action necessary on your part; the rest will be taken care of automatically.

Chapter 2: Installing Poser. In the unlikely event you receive an error, please wait a while then try again. If you get repeated errors or if you do not have an Internet connection or prefer to register via email , you may call or email Smith Micro Software to complete your registration. Select the version of Poser that you wish to register from the dropdown list, and click the Next button to continue. Enter your user information in the form that appears in your browser. Fields marked in red are required for you to register your copy of Poser.

Enter your information, then click Register to complete your registration. If one or more fields are missing information, a message will display specifying the incomplete fields. You will be asked to add the necessary information and resubmit your user information. Once your registration is successful, a summary screen will appear. Thank you for using Poser by Smith Micro Software! Poser will automatically check for product updates upon launching, and will notify you when an update is available.

If you wish to disable the automatic update notification, you may do so by clearing the Check for Updates on Launch checkbox in the General Preferences dialog. Alternately, you can click the Check Now button in the General Preferences dialog to execute an immediate update check.

See Setting Application Preferences on page 31 for more information about the General Preferences dialog. This dialog allows you to select a Project to load into the Project Guide palette within Poser. A Project is an interactive guided workflow that you can use for guidance or reference as you undertake specific tasks within Poser.

Click the icon for the Project you wish to select, or choose a Project from the pop-up menu for more. Once you have selected a Project, click OK to close the dialog and complete your launch of Poser. The page content, as well as any associated actions by the Poser application, will be specific to the Project you choose to load.

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Click on the right arrow to step forward through the pages of the Project, or on the left arrow to step backwards through the pages. The current page number. The projects in the Project Guide are interactive workflow guides, which means that you, the user, perform the tasks described within them. However, some steps may include actions automatically undertaken by Poser to assist you in following the processes described.

The Project Guide palette functions in the same manner as all palettes within Poser; once enabled, it will remain open and accessible. You may choose to interact with the Project Guide at your own pace, either stepping through a given Project methodically or returning to the Project intermittently within the process of your own workflow. As such, the Project Guide is a flexible tool designed to meet a variety of work styles and needs.

Should you decide to close the Project Guide palette, simply click on the close icon in the upper right corner of the palette. Chapter 3: Setting Up the Poser Workspace This chapter discusses the ways in which you can customize Poser to suit your individual needs. Your preference settings will be stored on your system in the home directory for your user name.

This allows different users on the same system to set up their own individual preference settings. For specific information on the location of the preference files on your system, please see Poser Default File Locations on page The Document Preference options are as follows:. Setting Application Preferences Posers General Preferences dialog allows you to control certain global Poser settings. The General Preferences dialog appears. Click the OK button when finished to save your preferences and close the dialog.

The following topics describe the available preferences. Document Preferences. Launch Behavior: The Launch Behavior options allow you to specify whether the Document window will open using your customized preferred settings, or the default factory settings, whenever you launch Poser. If you want your Document window to revert to its default as installed location and size whenever you launch Poser, select the Launch to factory state button.

Please refer to Chapter 5: The Document Window on page 69 for more information about the Document window. Set Preferred State: Click this button after you arrange your document window the way you like. By default the cache size is set to levels of Undo. You can leave this setting at if you have available system resources, or you can reduce the level to conserve memory. Clicking the Clear cache now Smoothing Preferences: The Default Crease Angle setting allows you to specify the default Crease Angle to be used in polygon smoothing calculations.

Please refer to Smoothing Geometry on page for more information on the Crease Angle setting. Optimizations: The Multithreaded Bending setting is off by default. When enabled the feature will attempt to parallelize the computations across multiple threads during bending, this will produce faster bending by better utilizing multi-threads and multi-core CPUs. Interface Preferences The Interface Preferences tab contains application-level settings for Posers general user interface.

The Interface Preference options are as follows:. If you want your Poser interface to revert to its default as installed location and size whenever you launch Poser, select the Launch to factory state button. Mouse Input: The Tablet Mode option decreases the sampling rate for greater accuracy when using a graphics tablet as the input device. Object Popup Menu: When you use the Object Popup menu to select an actor in your scene, the menu arranges them in a series of submenus. The value entered in the Hierarchical Threshold field determines the maximum number of actors that are allowed to appear in a menu item before they appear in a branch beneath the previous level.

Lower values increase the number of submenus. If you. Display, Color Blind Accessible: Check this option to use an interface that is designed for those who are color-blind. Chapter 3: Setting Up the Poser Workspace. Display Units: Poser allows you to work with real-world units, enhancing your ability to make accurate recreations.

Use the Display units pull-down menu to make your selection. The Library Preference options are as follows:. Checking the Reverse Cameras box changes the direction the main and auxiliary cameras rotate when using a 3D mouse. Checking the Reverse Dolly Cameras box reverses the direction the dolly cameras rotate when using a 3D mouse. Checking the Reverse Actors box reverses the direction actors move when controlled with a 3D mouse. Double-click Behavior: The Double-click Behavior setting specifies the results of double-clicking on a Library preset. Select the appropriate radio button to choose between adding the new preset to the scene, or replacing.

Note that the first time you double-click on a Library preset, a dialog will come up allowing you to specify this setting. Your selected option will then be applied to all subsequent double-click instances, unless you change the setting in the Library Preferences tab. File Search: When an object is loaded from the Library, Poser searches for all the associated files included with that object. The File Search options allow you to configure the extent of that search. These options are: None: Selecting None disables file searching; this option is useful for content developers in testing the accuracy of newly developed content, as it checks only the file locations that are specified in the Poser files.

Referenced files will also be found next to a scene document when search policy is set to None. It is recommended that content developers set the File Search to None when testing the packaging of content that is intended for distribution. Doing so will help determine if geometry files and textures appear in the correct locations and paths as designated within the library files.

Error messages will display when content files are not in their expected locations. Shallow: Selecting Shallow will reduce the amount of time spent searching for missing or mislabeled files, but will increase the instances of files not found. This option looks in all runtimes for the item, using the relative path and filename provided.

The Shallow search will also find ObjectA. Deep: This is the default File Search setting.

We recommend that you select Deep file searching, as this option initiates the most extensive searches for content file components, hence increasing the likelihood that missing or mislabeled files will be found. This performs a thorough search in all Runtime folders. If your Runtime folders are extremely large, resulting in Deep search results that take too long to find missing files, consider changing to a Shallow search. Pose Sets: By checking the Apply Universal Poses box, poses saved to the library will be automatically written as universal poses, and library poses applied to figures by double-clicking will always be applied as universal poses.

Launch Behavior: Controls how the library launches on 32and bit systems. Embedded bit systems only : By default, the library is embedded and works internally with Poser Pro. You can dock and float the Library Palette the same as other palettes in the interface. External bit systems only : Check this option if you want to run the library as an external application. You will not be able to dock and undock the library palette, but will be able to position it on a second monitor if desired.

Foreground Poser on item load and bit systems : Check this option to bring Poser to the foreground after a library item is loaded. With the option unchecked, focus remains in the library until you manually switch to the Poser application to continue with your scene. The Render Preference options are as follows:. The default value for hyper-threaded CPUs is twice the number of cores that you have because the OS sees twice as many virtual cores as there are physical cores. However, if you have a singleprocessor and single-core system, we recommend that you set the number of threads to one, as the increased memory demand of running parallel threads may offset the performance benefits.

Cache: The Max Cached Renders setting allows you to configure the number of renders that will be cached for access via the Render Compare feature in the Document windows Render tab, or the number of thumbnails that are displayed in the Recent Renders palette. Please see Render Comparison on page 98 for more information about the Render Compare feature, and Displaying Recent Renders on page 99 for more information about the Recent Renders palette.

Texture Caching: Cached textures are kept in the temp location specified in General Preferences, even between sessions. Persistent size MB : The maximum amount of memory allocated to cached textures, in between sessions. When you re-launch Poser, textures from the previous session are still cached on disk unless you set the size to zero. If you re-open the scene you worked on previously or one of the recent scenes, if the cache is large enough the texture cache will be prepared already, allowing for a faster render start.

Run in Background Thread: Loads textures into the cache while Poser is running, in preparation for the first render. Any texture that is not yet in the cache, or not yet up to date in the cache, needs to be processed. This feature is disabled by default. Chances are that by the time you are done preparing the scene for rendering, all your textures are in the cache already, and rendering will start immediately.

Mac OS X example: Save Files: Poser offers the following options for file saving: Use File Compression: Poser includes the ability to save compressed runtime files and scene files using zlib compression. This compression will significantly reduce the size of your runtime directory and save. You can delete the files in those folders to clear the render cache.

Please note that your cached renders will be lost after doing so. If you reinstall Poser Pro and choose to back up your preferences,. These compressed files will act identically to non-compressed runtime files when used in Poser Pro To enable file compression, check the Save Compressed Files option. Poser will open both compressed and non-compressed files, but writes compressed files using specific file extensions. Zlib compression is similar to gzip and zip compression methods, and can typically be uncompressed by any utility such as WinZip that handles either of these formats.

All Poser files scene, figure, pose, expression, hair, hand, prop, light, camera, material can be compressed. FCZ, etc. Poser prop files are saved with the extension P2Z to avoid confusion with compressed scene files. If you plan to distribute files for use by artists with Poser 4 and earlier, please be sure to save them uncompressed. To uncompress a file, change the extension on the file you wish to access to.

Alternatively, you can use the included PoserPython decompression script by launching Poser and opening the Python Scripts window. Some advanced artists use a text editing application to directly edit Poser files. You must uncompress compressed files before editing them. To do this, you can either load a file into Poser, disable compressed file support, and save the results to a new filename or use a third-party compression utility to uncompress the file.

If you use the second method, you can recompress the file when youve finished making edits. Saving legacy figures to the Poser Library with this option enabled will generate new. Docking and Floating Palettes Posers sleek interface is geared toward streamlining your workflow. You can dock, float, and arrange floating palettes in each of Posers different rooms, to set up a workspace layout that meets your needs. The Window menu contains commands that show or hide Posers many palettes.

If a palette is hidden, simply select the desired palette from the Window pull-down menu to display it. Clearing the box disables Automatic Update Notification. Clicking the Check Now button will execute an immediate update check. Setting Up Your Workspace The Poser workspace consists of the entire Poser screen, including controls, the Document window, and other roomspecific interface elements.

You can customize most of these. The upper-right corner of each palette contains a Palette Docking Control square. Click the square to open the palette docking menu, which contains commands that work as described below. Moving, Repositioning, and Resizing Palettes Various controls allow you to resize docked or floating palettes, or reposition them as necessary. For example:. To resize a docked palette, position the cursor over the resize handle and drag in either direction indicated by the double-arrow resize cursor.

To resize a floating palette, position your cursor over a side or corner, where it turns into a double-arrow resize cursor. Then drag to the desired size. To reposition a palette, position the cursor in the Title area of the palette, where it turns into a hand. Reposition the palette to another area on your screen. If the area that you drag to is highlighted in blue, the palette will dock into the highlighted area of your workspace.

If the area that you drag to is not highlighted, the palette will float in the new area when you release the mouse button. Some palettes display scroll bars when they contain more information than can be displayed in the allotted space. Some palettes such as the Editing Tools or Display Styles palettes display options that wrap based on the width of the palette. Some palettes cannot be reduced beyond the minimum size required to display all of the palette options and controls.

For examples, see the Camera Controls or Light Controls palettes. Enabling or Disabling Docking To enable or disable palette docking: Click the Palette Docking Control square at the top-right corner of the palette. Check or uncheck Drag-Docking Enabled as appropriate. This selection is checked when docking is enabled, and not checked when disabled. When Drag-Docking is disabled, you can move the palette anywhere on the screen over the main workspace or to an additional monitor. The palette will always float until you enable drag-docking again. Docking Palettes To dock a palette, use one of the following methods: Drag the palette toward the area in which you want to place it.

When the area becomes highlighted, release the mouse. If you drag the palette into an area that is already populated by one or more palettes, the active docking area will split horizontally or vertically to provide a location for the additional palette. Click the control at the top-right corner of floating palette, and choose Docked from the menu. The palette will dock into the position where it was last docked.

Floating Palettes To float a palette, use one of the following methods: Drag the palette out of the docked location, and toward the document window. Release the mouse when there is no highlighted dock location for the palette. Click the control at the top-right corner of a docked palette, and choose Floating from the menu.

The palette will float in the Poser workspace. Each Memory dot retains a separate instance of your selected interface settings. This feature is globally applicable, meaning that UI dots can be applied regardless of the specific scene or resolution. An alternative method for saving UI settings for accessibility in any Poser scene is to modify Posers general preferences as described in Setting Application Preferences on page However, while preferences set in this manner are saved separately for each screen resolution, you can only save one UI configuration per resolution using the general preferences.

Closing Palettes To close an open palette, use one of the following methods: Click the Close icon in the upper-right corner. Click the control at the top-right corner of the palette and choose Close from the menu that appears. Choose an open palette from the Window pull-down menu to close it. Palettes that are currently open are indicated by a checkmark. Setting Up the Document Window Please refer to Chapter 5: The Document Window on page 69 for more information on customizing the Document window and using the controls found there.

This is where you add figures and props to your scene and perform your desired posing and animation youll use the Hair, Cloth, Material, and Face rooms to set up and animate these items and can access the Library palette from any room. This chapter introduces you to the basic Poser interface. The following chapters will describe these interface elements in greater detail, and then will move on to discussing the other rooms in Poser. The Pose room appears as follows at x resolution. The number of palettes and options that you see in each room depends upon your screen resolution.

At higher resolutions, the default work spaces display more palettes, while at lower resolutions you see fewer palettes. In addition to rooms, much of Posers functionality is available by using floating palettes and windows within the rooms themselves. You can even save up to nine different screen configurations for the entire Poser workspace. Menu Bar The Menu Bar consists of a series of pull-down menus used for accessing Poser functionality. The Menu Bar appears as follows and is available from every Poser room.

Light Controls The Light controls allow you to adjust lighting properties. Use it for such purposes as adding and removing lights, and specifying light colors and other light properties. The Light controls appear as follows.

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Please refer to Setting Up Your Workspace on page 40 for more information about creating and saving custom workspace layouts. The following sections provide a brief description of. Camera Controls The Camera controls allow you to select and move one or more Poser cameras. There are two types of camera controls: View and Position. The topmost controls are the View controls. You can also scroll through the list of available cameras. The controls beneath the hand controls are used to turn camera animation on or off, or to use the Flyaround camera.

The Position controls appear below these controls and are used to move or rotate the currently selected camera. You can either accept. The Install Poser Pro screen displays the following options for. Click on the Poser Pro installer to start the installation.

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