I've been working on Daz3D for a couple of days and picking it up fast. I'm not any near an expert but I am enjoying learning it. Tons of free addons and great deals on the purchases I have made. I have about $12 in this one and I can now continue to use everything from that purchase in the future.
Review by Roxster7 months ago
I've been working in 2 D since Corel's first version came out. This is my first 3D program and it sucks. Newest version, 4.12 64 bit. For starters, the tutorials that come loaded with it were made with the beta version and the screens are completely different, so nearly impossible to figure out unless one has experience with older version, but still, nothing is in the same place. Most of the YouTube tutorials are made with old versions too.
Worst problem: the renders do not look anything like the working version which you may spend days posing, applying skin texture, makeup, eyes, and body morphs. The lighting will not even approximately resemble what you've created. DAZ forum gurus admit that it will only be an approximation and only good for posing. Well, what the hell is the point then? Do my 2D renders and prints look like what I've created on the program? You bet they do and have since the very first version. Same with Photoshop though I'm far from expert on that program.
One eye morph will overlay the first and the combination will look like crap. Add a morph expression and it changes other facial morphs you've added.
This program is marginally good for someone who wants to purchase the morphed character, clothes, and backgrounds and just pose the character. In other words, a toddler's program for someone who wants to play with dolls.
Want help from the company? Don't count on anything at all. If it comes at all, it will be days or weeks after you ask for it. DAZ forum members who will respond to you have been using this for years and have been through several generations of it. Perhaps the early versions were easier to figure out.
The photos are of the latest glitch in renders after using the same settings for half a dozen decent renders that I could correct in Corel. This one is useless.
Review by LaSkyeLa8 months ago
Great sales from time to time but their customer service is very slow to respond, and very often their advertised prices don't match the price once you place the item in your cart.
Review by PattiAnn9 months ago
The program is free and they have offered many other sister-programs for free, since I have been with them. To date, I have over 1875 "free items", in my collection, directly from Daz3D, in the store. There is another couple thousand items that I have gotten online, legally, for free, from other sources. Daz3D opens them and renders them fine.
Honestly, no other program I have ever used for rendering has been this easy to use and looked this great and realistic, out of the box. For "paid content", it is top of the line stuff that is available, right along items that are just a few notches above the bottom line. The number of professional items is growing fast, quickly pushing out all the older content.
However, don't let the high prices fool you. That is like looking at a cars sticker price. Few actually pay that price. Most things in the Daz store often go on sale for 40-80% off. More often if you are a platinum member. However, to date, using only the free items, I have already done so much. (You honestly only need a hand-full of paid items to have millions of decent variations available to you, with little effort. With the free items, you have the same amount of variation too, but a little less control with the morphs and skins.)
Yes, this can be used for schools, offices or just for fun, as a hobby, without spending a penny. It can even be used professionally, to make renderings that will make you look like an actual professional, even when you are not. (I know, I do it all the time.)
Just be patient if things don't go as planned and take a moment to ask for help, as clearly and calmly and as civil as possible. You WILL get fast responses and solutions, to most issues in the live forums. (The help tickets are more for alerting them of technical issues with the software, not for one-on-one personal help with "learning curves".)
Review by Creativ11 months ago
stupid daz install manager can't download any program , not fixed , not reconnect when download failed retarded and $#*!
Review by Plasmo1 year ago
I used to be a big fan of Daz3D, Hexagon, and Poser suites. I was a Platinum Member for years! I was active in the forums and helped out all the new people as best I could. I am currently seeking legal counsel because they changed my password at an administrative level and locked me out of the network completely. They erased my purchase history on their end to punish me (my words not theirs) for words exchanged when I was trying to cancel my premium membership a few years ago (which I did apologize for then and did again in recent communications, as I was under the impression that it was squashed there, nope, it was obviously personal). I did not realize any of this until now, my hard disk took a dive and I lost all my modelling software and assets. I decided to stop by and see what I could utilize now out of my assets, and I realized that my account had been locked, obviously since over three years ago...
So - a great product, but a terrible business, with completely dishonest practices, and moderated by petty people. They will steal from you and not think anything of it! They got me for thousands in the end, and I have zilch to show for it...
Nab the free goods and run!
(I will update this later, as I am waiting on a records search from my bank and PayPal now, the bulk of my purchases took place between 2010 and 2012, I will get screenshots of the lists to show how much I spent)
Review by Trafton Frayser1 year ago
It takes a real man to admit when he is wrong, and I consider myself every inch a real man. I was wrong in the negative review I left here & in how I acted towards one of the Customer Service Reps who tried to help me. In spite of my unseemly conduct, she remained courteous, respectful, and graceful "under fire" and worked with me to reach a highly satisfying conclusion. She bestowed upon me a great gift and, most importantly, restored my trust in Daz Studio in particular and humanity in general. I found out that the transactional difficulties I'd been experiencing wasn't the fault of Daz Studio or its servers, but some kind of glitch by my own "trusted" financial institution. Long story short, "eating crow" isn't a favorite pasttime of mine but it is what real adults sometimes do. Many thanks to Britney and Daz Studio!
Review by Quandra1 year ago
I've used Daz Studio for quite a few years and while I do like it for a lot of it's features, it could do with a LOT of improvement. Specifically, it is not free. If you intend to do anything meaningful with it, you will need to pay. If you want content, you will pay. It does not export to or play well with other software packages easily like it's rival Poser does. It is a resource hog that will quickly chew up CPU and ram. Cararra (another Daz3D product that has been abandoned) had an option to limit how many cpu cores were accessed by the program. There is no such option with Daz. Likewise, there is no option for rendering at higher DPI if you want a render for print. There is NO manual, and very little documentation. Daz3D is rather famous for this. Lastly, tech support is iffy at best. If a problem has an easy fix, you can expect a solution. If it cannot be resolved after an email (two at most) your ticket will be marked as solved and shut down anyway.
Content from the marketplace can look good, but very often used high density resource hogging meshes instead of normal maps. Texture maps also can be too bloated.
On a positive note, you CAN get the program for free and do some basic fiddling. If you have an Nvidia card, the Iray renderer works very well, and much faster than the entirely CPU driven 3Delight renderer. While it doesn't have all the features native to Poser Pro, it does have quite a bit of purchasable features that work fairly well. The interface is customisable and I've experienced relatively few software crashes, although it can very quickly bog down and get clunky after adding one of their HD figures.
Overall, it's not a bad program, but the support could be a lot better, and Daz3D needs to learn that manuals are actually a thing. Real software ships with those.
Review by ThomasinaC Ovnicek1 year ago
Free program with a lot of contents! Wonderful figures and yes if you want more you must buy, but hey! There are a lot of things great site!!! Really love all the stuff there, the TOONS are awesome!!! And plus a lot of free items!!! Great website!!
Review by Atn Ursulescu2 years ago
They will up and cancel orders at random and it was very weird it was an ethnic items that was removed I guess they felt I was using it too much and they canceled my order for no reason and no email or explanation. I always heard they were racist I never believed it but after this, I am a believer now. I paid and it came off my atm card as paid and they just up and deleted my order for no reason.
Review by Kohsiu2 years ago
easy to learn. very easy to pose. i have problem with the lighting
but the awsome tutorials that daz3d.com posted got me out of that jam
and right now i am doing much better. for all you people who this this software is bad its not. just practice. and youlll be perfect.
also there customer service is great i have no problems what so ever.
they are very understanding people and they help me all the time. and i am sure if you ask them nicely for help they will help you too with no problem
well thats it i said it all.
Review by Pclind Jemtseva3 years ago
Daz3D is pretty much all dreams come true if you have a Quadro graphic card (NOT a game card) It works well with one model, but not 4, and clothes. Not to mention trees and stones ect ect. With a good workstation card you can create series, games and even movies.
The problem I see is the content. When a model like Genesis 3 finally starting to work decent with all body morphs that is finally released the Daz3D team creates a new model which pretty much supports nothing. If the team would have continued to support the other models like Genesis 1-2 and now 3 then there would have been no problems.
They only work on the model that now can't be used very good because of lack of content. Perhaps that is how they want things to be done, but if you ask me, it's a poor buisness decission because people wont be able to afford that in the long run. Just uppgrading from Genesis 1 to 3 with the base I needed costed me 800 euro.
And they REALLY need to stop removing posts that gives constructive criticism on the forums!
Otherwise it's VERY good. Give it a shot.
Review by SameRib3 years ago
Ok so let's stop calling it free software because if you want to do anything meaningful it will cost you money which in itself is not a bad thing. I don't have a problem with that. I own 3ds Max and Zbrush which I paid a lot of money for. Here is where my problem is, let's say you buy something from an Amazon seller and when you receive that product it is missing things. When you go to that seller's site it doesn't even appear as though anyone even monitors the site. So if you contact Amazon about the issue and they said "Well we didn't sell you the product actually so we aren't really going to do anything for you." Would you buy from that Amazon ever again? Daz3D has some awesome capabilities from what I have "read" because I haven't been able to produce a single render since installing that software. Here is my issue if someone purchases something like all of the addins they expect support. So I really wanted to use the software and I expressed that things in the tutorials don't match up and documentation is out of date. I downloaded an item that I purchased and it was missing over half the files it was supposed to have according the documentation and the software because it threw errors all over the place. So I said I really want to use your software for my projects and I don't mind the money if I can make it work but we have to come up with a support option to fix my issue. So you would think they would send me an email and setup a phone call or something. Nope sent me another email saying "try this" of course it didn't work so I responded to it in 5 minutes and never heard back. This was on a product I paid for that wasn't working. So for those who might say well your computer might not be good enough. So in response I have an MSI GT83VR GRE Titan SLI. I have an 8 core i7 2.7 GHZ processor that overclocks at 4 GHZ, 32 GB of RAM and dual GeFroce 1070 Graphic cards with close to 4000 cudas. So there shouldn't be anything I can't run. The problem it seems like no one checks to see if anything sold actually works the way it is supposed. There doesn't seem to be any product testing at all. I don't think I have ever begged anyone do business with me for something I have paid for. They just don't seem to care, horrible business model. The Iray stuff makes me laugh because I own a license for Iray for 3ds Max 2018 and even it spits out errors when I import it into 3ds Max 2018. So I am not sure what version of Iray they are using but they don't act right. That is my two cents for what it is worth. I have honestly never seen anything like it. I know that if someone contacted my sales team and asked for a refund of two hundred or more, I would do what I could to fix the issue even if that meant logging in to see if what the settings looked like or something. I had three open tickets over the past week for three different items I purchased. Just seems more of just a catalog company. Not really sure what works with what to be honest. I couldn't get anything to import correctly in 3ds Max or Zbrush.
Review by Jeevana3 years ago
I have been using daz 3d for over six years and i may have spent 100 bucks out of pocket for content i just had to have. Daz3d has free content available if you go to the search bar and type in 100%. Most newbies dont know that. Also daz has specials i have gotten several of the bundles for free you just have to be able to check frequently. I have never had a bad experience with customer service, i bought my first content and it wouldnt download and daz worked with me until we figured out it was my firewall preventing it. I highly recommend daz3d. I do wish there was an auto rigging feature like on maya but oh well, maybe in the future?
Review by MariaB3 years ago
I was charged for a membership that I did not wish and I had to dispute to get my money back. They eventually refunded my money so they did the right thing, but you have to read carefully all the text as once you subscribe to their membership it will be auto-renew unless you cancel! If you paid with paypal, you must cancel on the paypal site as well as on the Daz site.
Their software is fun to use but if you really wish to enjoy it, you will need to buy more content and it is easy to spend a lot of money quickly that way. Good thing the software is free because that help a lot with cost of purchasing content. I bought for over 300$ of content so far. Just be aware of this. If you wish to try it at least it is free.
Review by MyNameIsCheese3 years ago
Hey, as of my last posing Steve Spencer of Daz has worked hard to implement measures to assist with customer service and forum moderation. Here's to hoping it helps us move in the right step towards better customer to company communication.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukah, Kwanza and all the beautiful things we celebrate this year. One love.
Review by Annymous Droncioiu3 years ago
I think a lot of the reviews here are from the inexperienced who are unhappy about their lack of intuitiveness when it comes to using DAZ and its products. I personally do not use Studio. I'm not very comfortable with the interface and do indeed find it hard to put and find products in the library. But I have always believed that has more to do with me than DAZ's program.
The fact is novices and professionals around the globe are both turning out amazing works for everything from movies to graphic novels. I'm simply one of the many who can't. But I have created very basic scenes in Studio. (The software comes with a nice library of products so I'm not sure why there are complaints about having to spend money to use it out the box.) It renders fast and provides a range of options for lighting, camera operation and more.
I'm a Poser user. This is the platform DAZ chose to support for years. My inventory contains thousands of dollars worth of DAZ products. I rarely visit DAZ these days because they are all-Studio all the time. Since I don't use DAZ Studio, I can no longer use their products. But, unless their policies have changed dramatically, I have always found their support incredible. My association with them lasted well over a decade and I never had an issue that wasn't resolved to my satisfaction. Support was always quick to find a way to solve my problem quickly. Never had a ticket that wasn't resolved within a business day or two.
But those were my experiences. I certainly know of many stories about consumer unhappiness with DAZ. Their forums are filled with people that want to help though. They're an argumentative, supportive bunch, but they love DAZ and will try to walk you through any problems. And veiled threats aside, you can't blame DAZ for trying to protect its reputation. Would you sit back and let someone bad mouth your services -- on your own site?!?
I'm a professional writer and 3D hobbyist. I love Poser and, while I no longer purchase their products, still have a great respect for DAZ. I've been paid to write several reviews by third-parties who had no idea about my history with the company. Going back to see what they're doing still impresses the hell outta me. If I could figure out how to use Studio, I know I'd be having a great time with Genesis and some of Stonemason's new stuff.
I'm sorry so many of you seem to see DAZ as some sort of scam or hustler. I think that's as far from the truth as it gets.
Review by DZilo3 years ago
"Daz3D is completely FREE
Yes, it's free but in all of the most basic tutorials, will demonstrate how to "click here" to buy the figures for $10.95 (or more) each. ALL of the items they show, you must pay for. I think I can make a box for free and paint it solid blue. When you go to click on something, it is from a huge list of items, each one costing money. The Library of items they show (figures, clothes, props, textures, etc.) would require over $500.
The library they show you in your app were NOT downloaded; they are advertising their products. I couldn't find one free figure, so I just stopped and now I'm online, Googling around, looking for just ONE free figure that doesn't look like a 10 year old created it. That's how I ended up here.
Review by Alqab4 years ago
Trustworthy site. I've used it for years. Sometimes it's slow loading but it's fairly easy to navigate. Besides its own merchandise, it's not heavily laden with advertising. There is a lot of adult content and nudity, not suitable for kids.
Review by Spanò4 years ago
This is a company that seems to feel that customer service and tech support are completely unnecessary. The interface is somewhat difficult to sort out and although their pre rigged models sound great, It is difficult if not impossible to get them to load correctly. Attempting to then get help from DAZ after you discover that your purchase is not working puts you directly into telephone answering Hell where an operator informs you that they cannot connect you to anyone that can help. Instead they offer to submit a support request that they then inform you will take a week to get a response. This is not a good company to work with. I would suggest that they be avoided all together!!
Review by Epsilonium4 years ago
This company stole my credit card number and made a unauthorized $4.50 charge. Reported them to the Fraud Department of my credit card company. This company hopefully will soon be shut down......
Review by WOTCommenter5 years ago
Das sind Puppen, aber niemals Menschen. Ganzkörperschmincke oder was?
Just puppets and never humans.
Haha das alte Öllampenprinzip. Die Lampe ist geschenckt, aber das Öl muss gekauft werden.
Even avast warned on starting the uninstaller.
Review by Payz5 years ago
Good source for 3D software and other 3D models. Warning, may contain some adult themes and/or graphics on site, due to product examples.
Review by Janinth5 years ago
I was very unhappy with the program. The figures were stiff and hard to pose. The figures would warp and twist. Even the simplest of poses were hard to create. The bodies felt unnatural and were pretty much useless as art reference.
I contacted their tech help about the problem over the course of several weeks but they were no help as they had no answers for me to fix the problems.
Review by Ajohnamous5 years ago
The Technical Support has no telephone number and may take the whole week or two just to respond; if they choose to at all. It has been my experience that they don't care about their customers. You have to be proactive in learning the software because you are alone and they could care less. They are not part of the Better Business Bureau. Research and read before you jump into this one. Good companies cave about their customers. I believe that if you put the cart before the horse, then, you have to deal with it. Yes. Like Me.