Hexagon: 3D-modeller. Nice enough, and I do have it, but I'd recommend spending time in getting to grips with Blender, which is always free, but is actually undergoing development, unlike Hexagon.
Bryce: 3D-modelling and rendering package. Is imho showing its age and I've barely used it recently. I don't like the typical 'Bryce-look' of many renders, though I have also seen some absolutely stunning renders by others. I find the interface clunky and annoying (certainly when compared to Vue or even Carrara), but YMMV, and at the price, you can't go wrong *g*.
DAZ Studio Pro: for anyone looking to get into 3D rendering, or even merely wanting to look around, this is the 'must-have' of the three. I'm more used to Poser, but I do also use Studio a lot, and it has come a long way. Also, there is no arguing with the price. Careful though: rendering is a time-consuming hobby and this offer from DAZ is very much a gateway drug. Unless you are satisfied with the provided content and/or end up making your own (see 'Hexagon', 'Blender'), buying content can be an expensive hobby. There is a lot of free content to be found on the web as well, though quality of models may vary.
ACTA in a Nutshell –
What is ACTA? ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.
Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”
What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.
Essential ACTA Resources -
- Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
- Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
- Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
- Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
- Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
- Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video
Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.Via Tumblr
Also, anyone who wants to send me a card: keep in mind I moved this year *g*