DAZ 3D Increases Landscape and Virtual Environment Realism with Bryce 7

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Offers Import of Google SketchUp and Spore Creature Creator Models Ideal for 3D Enthusiasts, Expert Artists and Game Designers; Bryce 7 PLE Available Free of Charge

For over a decade, artists of all mediums - print, video, multimedia or the web - have known Bryce, the affordable 3D software for achieving breathtakingly realistic imagery. Credit: David Brinnen

With advanced abilities to edit terrain, develop real-world lighting and create authentic environmental textures, Bryce has always been recognized as a high-quality, yet affordable, 3D solution that is ideal for achieving breathtakingly realistic imagery. Today, DAZ 3D extends the opportunity for photo-real environment creation with the availability of Bryce 7, Bryce 7 PRO and the Bryce 7 Personal Learning Edition (PLE).

Working directly with the DAZ 3D community, Bryce 7 was inspired by the unique needs of professional artists, game designers and 3D enthusiasts alike. With three specialized versions, Bryce is better able to cater to users’ needs and skill sets, building upon DAZ 3D’s goal to bring 3D to the masses.

Bryce 7 PLE
Ideal for those new to Bryce and the world of 3D, DAZ 3D now offers a PLE of Bryce 7. Incorporating all feature capabilities of the standard version of Bryce 7, the PLE is offered at no cost for non-commercial project usage.

“The advent of the PLE is perhaps the greatest milestone met with the release of Bryce 7,” says Dan Farr, founder and CEO of DAZ 3D. "Now it is possible for every artist to access the full features of one of the most renowned 3D applications in the world, completely free of charge.”

Bryce 7
Artists utilizing Bryce 7 will gain the ability to easily incorporate 3D models made in Google SketchUp or Electronic Arts’ Spore Creature Creator into their pipeline. This direct import option, created specifically for Bryce 7 workflows, streamlines integration and eliminates cumbersome tweaking, utilizing new import and export options for both the COLLADA and FBX file formats. Bryce users can now also export their amazing environments for use in a variety of other tools and 3D applications.

Additionally, the DAZ Studio Bridge within the Bryce pipeline has been re-designed to transfer models from DAZ Studio 3, into Bryce 7 with less overhead and greater ease. Even complex layered 3D figures and accessories now seamlessly import into Bryce 7.

Bryce 7 PRO
In addition to the new data exchange available in Bryce 7, professional artists utilizing the Bryce 7 PRO toolset will also experience the software’s new Instancing Lab. Allowing users to copy individual objects or user-defined object sets, the Instancing Lab makes it possible to create larger, more realistic scenes than ever before. Controls for distribution, orientation, density and divergence allow for extremely realistic results and instancing is now handled through a brush that includes controls for scale, rotation, random seed and proportion.

Bryce 7 Pro also offers:
New Light Types for special effect, or perfectly lit scenes. Includes: Distant, Parallel, Cluster, Dome and a series of 3D fill lights. Additional controls for True Ambience and shadows have also been added.
Data Exchange has been updated with the addition of both import and export of the COLLADA and FBX file formats.

Sky Lab now offers more tools, including improved Image-based Lighting (IBL), and cloud setting controls. It additionally features new capabilities for controlling and creating HDRI images, soft shadows for IBL, specular map settings and powerful sun options.

Material Lab provides new displacement settings for added detail and realism.
Particle Animation Tool allows users to create particle animated objects using spheres. This tool can only be accessed via a special “Easter Egg” within the software itself.

For additional information regarding Bryce 7, Bryce 7 Pro and the Bryce 7 PLE, please visit http://www.DAZ3D.com/bryce.

Bryce 7 User Reaction
"Bryce 7 Pro is an ambitious upgrade to a well-loved product that continues to reward the time spent in exploring its secrets. DAZ 3D has perpetuated this tradition, by introducing features that expand the creative possibilities with choice and control rather than limiting them with narrow 'turn-key solutions'."

  • DAZ 3D Brokered Artist and Bryce 7 Pro Beta Tester, David Brinnen

"Bryce 7 is the proverbial great leap. If you don't get it, you really will miss out. With unbelievable new lighting options, HDRI skies and controllable stratus and cumulus clouds, as well as the new Instancing Lab that can generate hundreds of trees, Bryce 7 brings more realism and creative opportunity than ever before.”

  • DAZ 3D Brokered Artist and Bryce 7 Pro Beta Tester, Horo Wernli

Pricing and Availability
The full version of Bryce 7 Pro is available in both Macintosh and Windows formats via the DAZ 3D website, and is regularly priced at USD $99.95. Licenses for the standard version of Bryce 7 are available for USD $29.95. Special discount pricing will be offered for a limited time in the http://www.DAZ3D.com online store.

To access the free, non-commercial license for the Bryce 7 PLE, please visit http://www.daz3d.com/i/software/bryce7/download?_m=d.

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