Poser 12 for Mac released

Jan 29, 2021 at 02:00 pm by Michelle Willard

Poser 12 for Mac released

Poser 12 for Mac is available for purchase, according to Bondware Inc., Poser's parent company.

Mac users can expect the same great new features found in the latest Poser 12, including the upgraded SuperFly render engine, Python3 scripting and all the recent updates. Poser 12 also features updates to several core technologies that have evolved significantly over the five years since the last major Poser release.

Lead Poser 12 for Mac developer Larry Weinberg said Mac users will have access to the same new features that Poser 12 for Windows users have been using for the past few months, including the updated Cycles-based SuperFly render engine.

"Cycles is much faster and can produce better images in much less time than Poser 11," Weinberg said, adding developers are looking for a solution to bring all the GPU acceleration to Mac that Windows users enjoy.

Mac users can also access the software on Mac's most up-to-date operating systems, Weinberg said, adding Poser runs on both the Catalina OS and Big Sur OS, as well as with Apple's new M1 chip.

"We are not yet using the M1 natively, but Poser does run very fast now on the M1 chip under Rosetta 2 emulation of the Intel code," Weinberg said. Beta testing found no issues running Poser on Big Sur or with the new M1 chip. There are no plans to adapt Poser to Apple's iOS.


What's new in Poser 12 for Mac?

New version of SuperFly

Mac users can expect the same great new features found in the latest Poser 12 for Windows, including all the recent updates. Poser 12 contains updates to several core technologies that have evolved significantly since the last major Poser release in 2014. This includes updates to the SuperFly (Cycles) render engine and the Python embedded scripting language.

The new version of SuperFly is based on Blender's Cycles render engine. Mac users will see improved render times, mostly from new Cycles algorithm improvements such as Adaptive Sampling that automatically cuts off computation when no further visual improvement is likely.

Better renders with denoise features and shadow catching

Another feature affecting render times is a PostFX option to denoise or smooth an image rendered with lower rendering settings. This can significantly reduce time requirements for busy images or animation sequences.

Also new in the Mac version are the built-in PostFX operations to adjust exposure and saturation on rendered images without leaving Poser. More PostFX operations will be coming to this area over time.

New Material Management tab

Simplify applying materials in complex scenes with Poser's new simple Material tab. The old tab has been replaced with a new Material Manager. This new tab provides an easy-to-use interface to copy and distribute materials in your scenes. The drag-and-drop interface makes managing scene materials easier and faster.

Finally, this version will mark the introduction on Mac of Poser 12's new library system that brings automatic installation of included and purchased content

More New Features:
• New Python 3 scripting for improved security and stability.
• New searchable HTML Help system.
• Continued support of La Femme and L'Homme figures.
• HiveWire3D's Dawn, Dusk, Baby Luna, Gorilla, HouseCat, BigDog and HiveWire3D's Horse with SuperFly materials.
• New Automatic installation of all included content, including legacy content.

Returning Features

One of the most exciting developments with Poser 12 is the inclusion of the features and items that were formerly restricted to Poser Pro versions. Now everyone can render like a pro.

Users can also take advantage of High Density Display Support, which is a user-adjustable interface scale setting that resizes the entire user interface. If you have a high DPI monitor, you can scale up the interface. If you have a small monitor, you can scale it down to maximize screen real estate. It’s also useful for accessibility because the UI can be scaled up for easier reading. The addition of UI scaling makes Poser much easier to use on high DPI displays and allows easier accessibility for users with limited vision.


System Requirements for Poser 12 for Mac

• Mac OS X 10.15 or higher.

• 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor or Apple M1 chip

• 2 GB system RAM (8 GB or more recommended)

• OpenGL enabled graphics card or chipset recommended (recent nVIDIA GeForce and ATI Radeon required for advanced real-time preview features)

• 24-bit color display, 1440 x 900 minimum resolution

• 3 GB free hard disk space (20 GB required to install all included content.)

• DVD-ROM drive (physical product only)

• Internet connection for updates and required online activation.