Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 Posted by Jim Thacker

Smith Micro ships Poser 9 and Poser Pro 2012

Poser Pro 2012’s new vertex weight map editing tools in action.

Smith Micro has unveiled Poser 9 and Poser Pro 2012 at Siggraph 2011.

Like DAZ Studio 4 earlier this year, both versions of the popular figure design and animation software gain support for weight maps, along with an extensive weight painting toolset in the Pro edition.

Both new releases will also see a number of display and rendering improvements, including support for subsurface scattering and an updated OpenGL display.

The OpenGL preview now supports real-time soft shadows, ambient occlusion and normal mapping and offers “a very clean, realistic representation of your figure”, according to 3D World, who were given a demo at the show.

Poser 9 and Poser Pro 2012 are due for release at the end of September, and will be available to pre-order from 17 August.

Updated 20 September: Both Poser 9 and 2012 are now shipping. Poser 9 is available at a launch price of $199.99 (down from an RRP of $249.99) while Poser Pro 2012 costs $399.99 (down from $499.99).

Read a detailed list of new features and version comparison table

Read 3D World’s first impressions of the software