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2014-Dec-06, For those artists who have not been using DAZ products for a long time, they may be wondering why DAZ is always spelled with all capital letters.  Unlike today's social media explosion where all caps means you are yelling at someone or stressing the point, to put it quite simply, DAZ is not a word or title, it is an acronym for "Digital Art Zone".  Be sure to remember this when creating documentation or other products that incorporate this acronym.  It is about recognition and respect for that company and its products.

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2014-Dec-05, The new DAZ Studio version 4.7 has too many features to mention them all in just one blog entry, so we will begin with making things look and feel the way you like.  You have been able to configure the working environment in DS since at least version 2 if not sooner.  DAZ has been gracious enough to continue using the Self Serve layout for those users from the early days of DS.

      Self Serve / Highway            Hollywood / Main Street           City Limits / Darkside    

If you are installing DAZ Studio for the first time or are performing a clean install, the default layout will be the City Limtis with the style Darkside. This setup demonstrates that DS is ready for use as a professional 3D application and the layout/style are configured to show that.  To get an idea of the different workspaces that are available, click any of the thumbnail images above to see an enlarged version.

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2014-Dec-01,  Oh my gosh, when does it all end.  DAZ has outdone itself again in DAZ Studio version 4.7 with the new Aux Viewport feature .  This window, which can be docked if needed, will provide IPR rendering using 3Delight that can be turned on/off as required.  IPR stands for Interactive Progressive Rendering, but for the layman it basically means Instantly Processed Rendering.  For those artists who are lucky enough to have a speedy system with plenty of resources, this is one of those features that you will definitely want to use. You can read more about it on the docs at DAZ3D, but to really experience it you just need to turn it on and try it out. Check out this time-lapsed series of screenshots by DAZ3D.

The first step is to enable the Aux Viewport tab for your workspace.  It can be found on the main menu under Window / Panes (Tabs) / Aux Viewport as shown in the image to the right.  You can dock the Aux Viewport to different panels in the DAZ Studio workspace or just leave it free-floating as a separate window which will keep it visible most of the time.

There are 3 controls in the Aux Viewport for Saving IPR Render, Turn IPR ON, and Turn IPR Off. Any change to the scene (including adding clothing, moving lights or changing views) will cause the IPR to re-render in the Aux Viewport, which for slower or resource lacking systems will prove annoying.  If this is the case with your system, wait until you are about to put the finishing touches on your scene before turning on IPR.

Another nice thing is that you can resize the Aux Viewport window to fit your workspace. Using a smaller window can lessen the resources required and increase render times.

DreamLight has created a nice introduction video demonstrating how IPR can be used to adjust lighting in a scene that you can watch on YouTube by clicking here.

Window / Panes (Tabs)

Actual Screenshot of Aux Viewport

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