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Old 08-23-2006, 08:58 AM   #1
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Default Free Bryce 5.0

In a somewhat confusing offer, DAZ is giving away Bryce 5 (Mac and Win) through September 6, 2006. I say confusing because there is a limitation for Mac users as well as a good deal lurking in this offer.

Once you install and register it (receiving a bonus of Bryce 5 presets) you will receive a voucher enabling you to upgrade to version 5.5 (the current version) for $20. (The upgrade price for Bryce 6 will be available to registered users of versions 5 and 5.5 only.)

Gotcha, for Mac 10.4 (Tiger) users: This version will not run, so while you can download it, unless you can install it on a 10.3 or earlier version of OS X, you will not be able to register and qualify for the v. 6 upgrade deal.

Once you have Bryce you can choose from a bunch of optional add-ons, tailored to specific types of illustration, including Cloud City, Realistic Leaves, Tropical Palms, 500 Metals, and Seriously Real Materials (naming just a few). These packages seem to cost between $10 and $30. (Hmmm — are they giving away the razor knowing you will buy the blades?)

Anyway, if you like to create digital illustrations, especially 3D images or animations, Bryce is compelling software. I have not seen it since version 2 or 3 (and wondered if it had survived all the mergers of the 1990s), but even then thought it was pretty amazing. If you are curious about Bryce (or 3D illustration at all), now is the time — the price is right, anyway.

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