Okay, I know this post has absolutely nothing to do with Sony or Minolta. It doesn’t even have anything to do with photography. Still, I am confident that a number of Alphatracks readers are digital artists as well as digital photographers. If you are one of them (or if you want to become one), then you should know that DAZ Productions is offering free downloads of the excellent Bryce 5 3D rendering program.
This isn’t a crippled trial version or a demo that will self-destruct in thirty days. Now through September 6, you can download the full working application from the DAZ website. This is the real deal. You don’t even have to give up your e-mail address to download the software. I just went to the site, clicked the link and the download started. For some reason the software downloaded as a text file instead of a Stuffit archive on my Mac. I simply dropped the text file on the Stuffit Expander application and everything unstuffed properly.
When you actually start the application for the first time, you will need a free DAZ account to get the required serial number. I already had an account, but if you’ve never registered with DAZ you will need to sign up to get the serial number. It’s no big deal to register. I have had my DAZ account for about a year now. I get an occasional e-mail, maybe one every five or six weeks. Usually the e-mail contains an interesting discount or featured 3D package. How do you think I discovered the free Bryce download? So I feel it was worthwhile to register.
Once I put the serial number in, the program launched and appears to be working fine. Of course, the Bryce interface can be intimidating and the program does have a steep learning curve. The DAZ website has a large tutorial section to get you started, and other training materials are available for free on the web. That is a good thing, because I didn’t find a PDF manual with my download.
Bryce 5.0 runs on Mac OS X, Mac OS 9, Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows NT. Like any graphics-intensive program the faster your processor and the more RAM you have the better the program will run.
Even if you only dabble at 3D rendering, Bryce 5.0 will be a great addition to your software collection. I suggest you down load it now, while the free offer is still in effect.
Here is the link:
I promise I’ll tackle the Minolta 9D subject next time. Until then, Stay Focused.