Free DAZ Studio 4! [Limited time offer]

Software Description

The following is a description of DAZ Studio 4, as per the developer:

What is DAZ Studio?

DAZ Studio is a feature rich 3D figure customization, posing, and animation tool that enables anyone to create stunning digital illustrations and animations. DAZ Studio is the perfect tool to design unique digital art and animations using virtual people, animals, props, vehicles, accessories, environments and more. Simply select your subject and/or setting, arrange accessories, setup lighting, and begin creating beautiful artwork.

With DAZ Studio 4 you can…

  • Create custom 3D characters and avatars
  • Produce illustrations for books, comics, and graphic novels
  • Make your own CG movies
  • Quickly make your own editorial artwork
  • Create graphic design elements
  • Design virtual environments with animated fly-throughs

dotTech Advice

3D modeling is something I know absolutely nothing about. As such, I cannot really give advice one way or another on DAZ Studio 4. Instead, I ask dotTechies who do have experience with 3D modeling give us feedback regarding DAZ Studio 4 in the comments below.

I will say this much, however. DAZ Studio has three different editions — DAZ Studio 4, DAZ Studio Advanced 4, and DAZ Studio Pro 4. The following are the differences between the three editions, as per the developer:

Click on the chart to view it in a full size.

[More detailed comparison can be found in this PDF file.]

This freebie is of DAZ Studio 4 — not Advanced or Pro.

Freebie Details

DAZ Studio 4 is being given away in a promotion by the developer. The giveaway is live until December 31, 2011 but there is no information on if you can install/reinstall at a later date. My guess is you can install/reinstall at a later date because the freebie is being processed like you are purchasing it (although you don’t have to enter any financial details).

To get DAZ Studio 4 for free, do the following:

Version being given out for free: v4.0.3.19

Free updates: Unknown

Free technical support: Unknown

Supported OS: Windows and Mac — 32-bit only

Download size: 440.5 MB (Windows) | 474.4 MB (Mac)

  • The first thing you need to do is register an account with DAZ Productions. (If you already have an account with them, skip to the next step — you don’t need to create a new one.) Registration is free and only takes a few minutes. To register, visit the registration page and fill out the form:

Take note if you aren’t comfortable giving your birthday you don’t have to — leave it at the default value and you will still register just fine.

Once you will out the form hit the create account button. If you do it properly you will see a page like that says the following:

Check the inbox of the e-mail address you registered with. Look for an e-mail from noreply@daz3d.com with subject of DAZ account confirmation. In the e-mail is a link u must follow:

Click on the link or copy + paste it in your browser. Close the page that loads — you now have an active account with DAZ Productions.

  • When you click add to cart a window will pop up from where you must click the checkout button:

  • Now log into your account:

  • At the next page scroll to the bottom and click on the Place Order button:

If all goes well you will be shown a confirmation message:

  • After the download finishes, install DAZ Studio 4.
  • After installation run DAZ Studio 4 and register it using the serial key you copied earlier:

Note: There is no confirmation screen telling you that you have successfully registered.

  • Enjoy!

If you have trouble getting DAZ Studio 4 for free, post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.

Thanks Jeanjean!

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15 comments

  1. Raeldin

    Just wanted to let everyone know that Daz 3D is giving away 3 different products now. I don’t know how long it will last. They are giving away DAZ Studio Pro, Bryce Pro, & Hexagon for FREE! I was able to download both 32 and 64 bit versions.

  2. GEO

    This 32bit program wont run on 64bit win7 ?-most of the freebees and programs I occasionally actually have to pay for{hey it happens to the best of us :)} are 32bit but will run as an x86program within my Win7 home prem 64bit-whats up with these guys?? major bummer-I guess it either my 32 Vista(yuk) or Blender..which looks promising. Before I go another direction with this-has anyone had any luck in a 64bit enviroment with this? thx for any help

  3. kni

    Ashraf, I am sure this is not a giveaway.

    This is a 100% sale – and like sale products, you are allowed to use it forever.

    But the downloads expire the 1st March 2012… so maybe after that you have to find the product in other places to activate it.

    But this convinces me very much:
    Your order contains:

    DAZ Studio 4.0 1 @ $49.95 = $49.95
    Tax: $0.00
    Shipping: $0.00
    Discount: -$49.95
    Paid via Gift Cert/Voucher/other credit: ($0.00)
    Total: $0.00

    IT’S FREE!

  4. Raeldin

    After signing up you can also subscribe to the Alerts and Newletters to get a weekly freebie. These are 3d models of all kinds. Also search the site for freebies, they have a lot of stuff for free that works with Daz Studio.

  5. Bosco

    Thanks, Darcy, I finally got the registration problem resolved by switching from IE to Safari, but alas it was all for nought as I have a 64 bit machine. Oh, well . . . . :-), can’t win them all.

  6. Darcy

    You can install or re-install at a later date, it’s an actual valid registration key. Problem is only the 32 bit version is being given away free. That version won’t work on a 64 bit machine.

    There are several improvements to this version of Daz3D, not the least of which is it’s Active Content. Trouble is the active content is only fully functional with newly released content it seems. At least I’ve not been able to make it recognize any of the older content. I have to go through the file structure the old way to use the older content. As someone mentioned above, this is not a quickly learned piece of software and tutorials that deal with Daz Studio 4 are scarce. Older tutorials are not always helpful because of the numerous changes in this version. To counter that many of those changes do simplify the way things were done and are a vast improvement once you get used to them.

    Someone up above mentioned the cost of using the program. What they are referring to is buying the various figures, clothing, props and scenes needed to make a “Poser Comic” for example. Yes that can get expensive but on the flip side there are numerous sources for free items. Daz3D itself has something like 45-50 free items on their website. This includes their Victoria 4 and Michael 4 figures, not truly necessary in Studio 4 but get them while they are free. They add a new one almost every week on a limited time basis. Renderosity and Digital Creations also have large selections. Furthermore there are many lesser known websites with free or low cost meshes available. Then there’s the ability to make your own mesh.

    Meshing, or creating a mesh, is not easy or intuitive. There is only one program available that does make meshing easy, Google’s Sketchup. That said it isn’t as hard to learn as 3DS Max and is much more versatile than Sketchup. This program is often used to create figures for things like the movie Avatar. Actual filming of Avatar was probably done in Vue, a program that is compatible with Studio 4 for import of the figures but is more suited to animation. You can animate in Daz Studio 4, it’s just a pain compared to Vue.

    Although Daz Studio 4 is considered a professional program, some of the available content is only usable in Poser, especially anything listed as “Dynamic” so be cautions when buying content for Daz. Some of the content that is usable in both, but not all, comes with 2 extra files. One has the abbreviation “.ds” and should be loaded for Daz files, the other has the abbreviation “.ps.” If you have a large main file and the 2 smaller files you should not load that one. If you have only 2 files, whether it says “.ps” or not you should load both especially if it is much larger in size. I’ve seen downloads that have more files though, which can be annoying since you have to accept the end-user agreement for each file even though it’s just a continuation of the same item.

    My recommendation is, if you have a 32 but machine and ever wanted to get into animation or webcomics or anything similar, get it now while it’s free. The usual price of this is $49.99. It is the program now for a lot of this type of work since 3DS Max is over $3000.00. It’s more user friendly than Max as well. 3DS Max remains the Big Boy on the block though. The only program that can do it all. Daz3D comes in Daz Studio, better for rendering scenes, Vue, better for animation, Poser, better for creating and altering figures like humans and animals, and Bryce which is better for creating and editing scenes. Additionally they have programs, like Hexagon, for other functions. so you wind up using many programs to do what 3DS Max does by itself. That said, all those programs together don’t add up to nearly what Max costs.

    As for the inability to login mentioned by Bosco, I didn’t have that problem with Daz’s website but I did have it with another website that has content for Daz. I finally had to login to it in IE, it just didn’t work in Firefox. Most likely your account wasn’t activated and it will work when you go back but if not, try IE. Who knows it might work for a change.

  7. newJason

    I remember downloading this some time ago too. Although DAZ studio 4 is free, the Bundles you need to do anything interesting with DAZ are not Free and I can’t see spending $30-$50 each time i need a template set of texture maps for a single project. :(

  8. Bosco

    I created an account but was never able to log in. Kept getting error message that I did not have an account. I reset the password several time but was never able to log in. Will try again tomorrow.

  9. Keith Hamm

    DAZ makes good stuff. 3D modeling is not a quick learn kind of soft. You have to want to do it, and there is a rabbit hole you can easily fall down that leads to long sleepless nights while you create, destroy, re-create, and cry. Until you have it right, that is. If you want to play with scenery, have a look at Bryce. For people, try Poser (I think both can be had from DAZ). Anyway, this is worth a look if you want to try your hand at it.

  10. Jim-1

    I am downloading this now, so I will not be able to report on it yet. I did want to take a second to shout Thanks! for the information. The detailed screenshots and links for each step were especially helpful. Thanks!! and Happy New Year!!!