No, not ULSG. Haha, gotcha there. 😛 If you DID think it was ULSG, you can probably go away now, because I’m about to talk about DAZ Studio 4. Not for long, mind you. 😉
Anyway, yeah, I’ve just spent the last couple hours trying it out and comparing it to DAZ Studio 3. And now only one of them is now installed on my computer. And yes, it’s DAZ Studio 3. 😛
There is literally NO POINT to DAZ Studio 4, at least for my needs, anyway. It’s exactly the same as DAZ Studio 3, and even renders at the same speed. Couldn’t find any new features at all. No, the new UI ISN’T a feature, it must be a bug of some sort. Really, finding my way around a maze blindfolded is easier than figuring out this stupid interface.
Hilariously, it was actually designed to be EASIER to use than DS3’s interface. Maybe someone who’s NEW to the program would appreciate it. However, I’ve been around since DS2. I liked that interface. They made it a BIT worse with DS3 (pinning windows was replaced with something more irritating) but UberEnvironment made up for that. Now they’ve destroyed the interface completely, it hogs more resources, uses more CPU, has annoying slidey animations when you’re attempting to navigate/rearrange stuff which are totally unnecessary and just annoy me, and they’ve probably halved the number of supported plugins again. Oh, and one of the menu bars ALWAYS stays in the middle of the viewport, at the top. And you can’t change that. At all. Oh, and you can only have one viewport setup, in Expert mode at least, which is totally retarded.
Oh, and another thing – now the interface has changed, I can no longer change the image at the top right. I really liked that feature, especially as mine featured Morshu…
I bet NO-ONE else in the world has done that, which is a shame, because that’s the BEST possible image you can put there. 😀 The rest of the community probably has boring V4 looking at them, or a bunch of trees sat there. The MilDragon is passable, I guess. 😛
The only things I DO like about it is the new splash screen, because it features a SubDragon, and that it actually includes a LE version of the SubDragon. I thought they’d forgotten that model existed entirely, even though it’s probably their coolest, most interesting model. Not V4 or whatever. They’re just boring. I’m a fantasy renderer. I’d rather spend my time posing an awesome dragon or something that doesn’t exist in the real world, instead of a man or a woman, which you see every day. 😛
So, ignore pretty much all of their users’ positive comments, because they’re all retarded. DAZ Studio 4 is shit, and you might as well just use DAZ Studio 3, because it’s easier to use, more responsive, less stupid, less annoying, has the same features, likely supports more plugins and renders just as fast. End of. 😛
Now, as for ULSG…
It’s coming along okay. It’s a bunch of painful, horrendously repetitive coding, but it’s making steady progress. Finished off my last assignment yesterday (WORST ASSIGNMENT EVER), so until I have to resit/redo something, I’m completely free. 😀 Well, until Tuesday, when the Blind Panic competition starts – we’ve gotta try to make a game in 32 hours from scratch. A group asked me if I’d join them, and I joined their group on Bookface, but I said I wasn’t sure if I’d take part, since I hate speed coding. They entered me into it anyway. 😛 That’ll slow down ULSG a lot, but I’m still aiming to release it on Saturday next week. 🙂
Anyway, that’s all from me for now. Stay away from DS4. 😛
PS: My computer crashed midway through writing this post. Just a full-on, sudden freeze of everything. No BSOD. No idea what happened, but since my CPU’s overclocked, I took a guess and just added a couple notches of CPU and RAM voltage. 😛 The reason I brought this up was because of WordPress’s autosave feature. I commend it. Everything else is still shit. 😛
This made me laugh…
“Been playing with DS4 for about an hour now and I am happy. I have noticed a speed increase in the rendering and for me, the quality appears better too. I am thinking that this is the version I need.” -Muon Quark
Muon Quark, you sir, are deranged. Have you not noticed the annoying UI which is MORE difficult to use? Have you noticed that Expert Mode is actually LESS flexible than Annoying Mode and possibly Noob Mode? And NO, rendering ISN’T faster, you fucking liar. It’s EXACTLY the same render engine, literally, EXACTLY the same. So it CAN’T be higher quality. And it’s DEFINITELY not faster. Try decreasing the Shading Rate to what you used to use in DS3. You’ll find this “speed increase” is in your weird little dream world.
I really hope you see this and respond. I’m sick of people saying how great DS4 is when it’s clearly a DOWNGRADE.
Just found this update in Drafts. No idea why. I blame WordPress. 😛
I noticed a while ago that I got referrals from DAZ’s own forums to this entry. I followed the link back, and I found a thread on DAZ’s forums, which was apparently a complaint thread, which has a trail so far back it’s unbelievable, as in, more than 5 threads. Each thread is capped at 1000 pages, so that’s more than 5000 pages. Wow. It’s also unbelievable how long it’s been off-topic – it’s not even a complaint thread anymore. I can’t goddamn tell WHAT it’s about, really, since some people don’t know how to stay on topic even slightly.
But anyhoo, this entry was linked there, but no-one said anything about it. Either they silently agree, don’t care, or they disagree with me but don’t have the balls to post anything. 😛
Another referral! I’m surprised this is even being read. 😛
This time it was from a different forum, and from the looks of it, their users agree with me. Nice to know there’re others out there who actually know when stuff is good and when it’s not. 😀 And it’s nice to see I made you laugh so much. 😉
It’s quite interesting, though, reading through that thread. If all that’s true, DAZ 3D sounds even worse than I first believed. Encouraging fanboys to threaten and bitch at users that complain enough? What the hell…? :S