Free DAZ Studio 4 Pro, Hexagon 2.5, and Bryce 7 Pro ($830 value)! [Limited time offer]

Software Description

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

SOFTWARE INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

Voted “Software Innovation of the Year” by a panel of leaders in the 3D industry, the GenesisTM figure platform built on DAZ Studio 4’s new technology was determined the best software break-through that “…delivers new techniques and algorithms, and provides a clear benefit for artists in the creation or implementation of CG assets…”

DAZ Studio 4 Professional is a brand new version of DAZ Studio. It includes everything in DAZ Studio 4 Advanced plus the Content Creator Toolkit and a host of other plug-ins and add-ons that will empower any 3D artist to bring their work to 3D software applications, games, real-time apps, animations, high resolution art, and more.

Created for professionals, by professionals, the Content Creator Toolkit is geared toward serious Content Creators, developing complex figures and accessories. These tools will save you weeks, or even months, of development time.

If you have ANY interest in creating YOUR OWN 3D content, you NEED this toolkit.

The following is a description of Hexagon 2.5, as per the developer:

Hexagon delivers all the tools a graphic artist needs to create detailed 3D models ready for final render. Packed with features such as; DAZ Studio Bridge, sculpted primitives, freehand modeling brushes, micro-displacement modeling tools, comprehensive UV-mapping modules, advanced 3D paint, and instant ambient occlusion. Hexagon provides you with all the options of expensive competitor software, but at an affordable price.

The following is a description of Bryce 7 Pro, as per the developer:

Bryce is an award winning, fun, feature-packed 3D modeling and animation package designed to allow new users to quickly create and render stunning 3D environments. Bryce combines exceptional power with an innovative interface for incredible ease of use. Add wildlife, people, props and more to your scenes via the DAZ Studio character plug-in in addition to terrain, water, sky, rocks, clouds, fog, vegetation, and architecture for which Bryce has long been the standard.

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 Pro, Hexagon 2.5 or Bryce 7 Pro. Instead, I ask dotTechies who do have experience with 3D modeling give us feedback regarding these software in the comments below.

Do take note, however, back in December dotTech posted about a DAZ Studio 4 freebie. Today’s freebie includes DAZ Studio 4 Pro — a more feature filled version of the software.

Freebie Details

DAZ Studio 4 Pro, Hexagon 2.5, and Bryce 7 Pro are being given away in a promotion by the developer. The giveaway is live until February 29, 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 Pro, Hexagon 2.5, and Bryce 7 Pro for free, do the following:

Version being given out for free: v4 Pro | v2.5 | v7 Pro

Free updates: Unknown

Free technical support: Unknown

Supported OS: Windows and Mac OS X

Note: Bryce 7 doesn’t work well on Mac OS X Lion

Download size: Varies depending on what you download, but they are large files — hundreds of MB

  • 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 on each page. Close this window on the first two promotion pages. On the third page, when you have all three products in your cart, click the checkout button:

  • Now log into your account:

  • At the next page click on the Place Order button:

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

Take note while there are many downloads, most of them are just add-ons and extra stuff. The download names Hexagon 2, Bryce 7 Pro, and DAZ Studio 4 64-bit/DAZ Studio 4 32-bit are the main program downloads.

  • Download, install, and register (with the serial keys you were given) whichever products you want to use.
  • Enjoy!

If you have trouble getting DAZ Studio 4 Pro, Hexagon 2.5, or Bryce 7 Pro for free, post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.

[Thanks textboox5 and Hokus Pokus!]

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35 comments

  1. New Hexagon User

    @Rob Downunder
    I have installed it on my old computer (10 years old). Hexagon is about 130mb installed. 14mb of which is the help pdf. So thats prettty good compared to Autodesk 123D which is a 500mb download and 1.5GB installed.
    Hexagon doesn’t need to be on an internet connected computer either.

    @Tonya
    The 025 serial number works. The 026 is just an example they give. Put the 025 serial in and it will work.

    For the download, you can use a download manager like Orbit for some of the files. It makes it faster and you can pause and stop. I stopped the download of Daz Studio overnight switched my computer off and picked up in the morning.

  2. Rob (Down Under)

    @Tonya:
    Have you tried using the serial, and does it reject it ?
    My installer says 2.5, but the first screen of the installation process says version 2
    That alone would not be a reason to slash our wrists, as some developers consider the decimal points as fixes etc for the main release 2

    I aborted the installation based on the advice from newJason (Post 21)
    (newJason, Thanks)

    About to go offline for 3 hours to create an image of my hard drive.
    Rob

  3. Tonya

    k I’ve tried uninstalling and redownloading hexagon 2.5 and I’m still having a problem with it, HDZSTND-025 is the serial i am getting and the one i need is that but 026, I dont know why its not working. I’ve tried everything and nothing is working. Can someone please help?

  4. Tonya

    I cannot get the hexagon 2.5 to download, in my download menu it is coming up 2.5 and thats what i have the serial for but when i go to download the program it is hexagon 2 therefore the serial is not for that one, had no problems with the other 2 programs just that one. What do i do?

  5. Mags

    @cliffhanger_mt: I didn`t have any troubles registering using FF, BUT when I tried to log in I couldn`t. I tried 3 times and no go. Then I thought about trying I.E. and voila it worked. Unfortunately to log in I will always have to use I.E. (which I h8.)

    Oh well, guess there is a price to pay for wanting to give this SW a try.

  6. internetexplorer

    If I read the above comments right, you only get 5 days to use the software. That’s not just a trial, that’s a very short (truncated) trial. Hard to see what the point is unless you’ve got a project that absolutely positively has to be done in less than 5 days and you already know how to use the software. I just can’t see myself satisfying any of those parameters at this time, so I’m counting myself out of this promotion. Thanks anyway, especially to Ashraf, since he’s not responsible for that ridiculous time constraint. I’m glad to hear he’s back, as someone had posted a comment on another article that has had me worried.

  7. mukhi

    @Rob (Down Under):
    i would agree to Rob when we talk about bloatware. i am VERY careful right now to “install” any software (portable apps are more than welcome) specially for which i have little info. downloading the EXE file and saving the license is a good thing as you can take the decision later when you get to know more about it. unfortunately, most freebies don’t work that way.

  8. Patara

    @Rob (Down Under):
    Rob sounds like you’re with the wrong provider. On my ADSL plan I get 12 hours of downloads free each day, and the hours are good, 4am to 4pm and then for the other 12 hours they come off my very generous plan. I try to make sure all major downloads are done during the free time.

  9. Patara

    I had no problems downloading the programs, and received instant emails, as I always have, but for this promotion I got in early in the 1st week of January. They certainly do want to give the programs away. That’s the whole point of the exercise. If there are not enough people owning the new versions then there won’t be enough call for all the new products. That’s the point of all this. To get people to be interested in 3D and then continue on buying product. But there is plenty of free files available and more are added every week. Of course if one decided to go into it seriously you will need to spend some money eventually.
    I read in the forums yesterday the site was grinding to a halt with all the extra activity, which should be understandable. I see this page alone has had over 2,600 views.

  10. newJason

    @Rob (Down Under):

    Hi Rob,
    I am experienced with 3D virtual modelling and I can tell you that Daz is a very good program.
    That being said, It has a very steep learning curve. The free program components offered today are the basic components. The programs are very powerful but to be of real use you need to import plugins, enviornments, scenes, and different templates. Those of course are quite expensive.
    To put it in perspective, it would be like MS Paint.

    If you are looking for a better modeling program that is much eaiser to learn and use to get into 3D, I would suggest Google ScetchUp. It has many many free components and is not as crippled as DAZ is.
    You can design your first model in a matter of minutes by watching the video tutorials.

    http://sketchup.google.com/ it’s free.
    your friend can do his virtaul home design and export video scenes and walk through the model from all viewpoints. Super easy.

    See how easy it is

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXbyrZnqxOM

  11. Rob (Down Under)

    @cliffhanger_mt:
    “I can’t create a new user account, so how the heck am I supposed to log into one in order to tell you that I can’t create one?”
    If you have seen the movie ‘Catch 22′ what you have there is a ‘Catch 22′
    Possibly they are being overrun with requests for free copies, by vultures.
    Lucky I got in early, before the vultures.

    Rob
    PS I have a rich mate who lives in one of our best suburbs.
    Every Australian Council, a couple of days a year, have a ‘Hard rubbish day’ where the residents can leave sinks, car wheels, electronics, etc, out on the footpath.
    His suburb’s residents put out some pretty good functioning electronics (a better class of rubbish).
    I have asked him to let me know early, when his suburb is having a ‘Hard rubbish day’, so that I can get there before the vultures.

  12. George Clarke

    I have been trying to get rid of DAZ ever since I made the mistake of installing it because it made my very stable Windows 7 64bit crash. I eventually cleaned it out of my system and now all is well but I can not stop the incessant emails no matter how many times I have clicked on Unsubscribe. This is NOT a friendly application at all! I just want to be left in peace, it seems that there is useless to block spam when even legit software is at it.

  13. cliffhanger_mt

    UPDATE: I just went through the entire procedure again using ONLY Internet Explorer for everything related to registration and downloading. It worked! Apparently,Daz 3D does not play nice with Chrome, Safari, or Firefox (at least on my systems).

  14. cliffhanger_mt

    @Mike: I am having the same problem. I signed up for a Daz 3D account and never received a confirmation link email. I then tried to create a completely new Daz 3D account using a different email address. Same thing. I never received an email confirmation from Daz 3D. I then visited their site to let them know there is a problem with registration. Unfortunately, the “Contact us if you are having problems with registration.” link at the bottom of the page returns a 404 error. When I tried to contact them using the “Contact Us” link on their support page it says “You must have a user account in order to contact the support department.” Um, hate to say it Daz 3D, but that is the whole problem here–I can’t create a new user account, so how the heck am I supposed to log into one in order to tell you that I can’t create one? Too bad, this looks like some pretty interesting software.

  15. Mike

    I am experiencing problems with registration. I have requested a resend 7 times of the account confirmation email (via the forgotten password link) and still have not received the account confirmation email.

    Anyone else having this problem?

  16. Rob (Down Under)

    Anyone having download problems ?
    I set the ‘PC only’ (not mac), and thought the simplest way to avoid confusing me, was to work my way down the list in sequence.
    I was partly into the download for Bryce 7 content, and whilst I was napping, it failed.
    I told ‘FF download page’ to retry, and it did BUT STARTING FROM THE BEGINNING OF THAT FILE.
    My download limit for the month may be reached if that happens to me a few times.

  17. Patara

    Once the purchase order goes through the programs are added to the Available Download List, for a limited time, and added to Order History. The available serial codes are given and in the Order History each item has a reset button to Request Download once they have been removed from the Available Download List. In the forums they suggest doing the purchase order now even if not going to be used at present so they will be available at anytime. I’ve saved mine away on my computer as do not intend to install now. In my Order History is every item I’ve downloaded since 2009 and each one has a Download Reset Button and all reg codes are there for every free program I have ordered from them.
    On their support page under Product Registration they state:
    No registration is currently required for current versions of all DAZ 3D software. If your purchase was made through DAZ3D.COM we have record of your purchase. If you purchased your software through a third party, we strongly recommend that you keep a proof of purchase to ensure availability to product upgrades in the future.

  18. Rob (Down Under)

    I have a friend who has mentioned is desire for software for modelling (drawing / designing / brainstorming) the interior of the house (placement of furniture etc) and perhaps the landscape of the block of land that the house is on (tree, shrub placement, etc).
    Would any of these applications be ideal for this ?

    Anyone that has installed these, did they notice if any of them, install masses of files and dependencies ?
    If my memory is functioning, I think I once put a trial of Adobe Acrobat into a PC, and it placed masses of files/dependencies into that PC. I immediately restored the drive back to an earlier image.

    A Good Samaritan,
    Is anyone prepared to try an experiment on our behalf.
    Could they download and get the serial keys, and then disconnect from the web, when installing them.
    If they install successfully, that probably means that some of us could download the programs, get our serial keys, and install them at some future time (instead of now)

  19. njwood60

    Hi all

    I had to request a resend 4 times of the account confirmation email (via the forgotten password link)
    before it turned up – but it did finally

    warning – the download rate is fairly slow – so I haven’t been able to try the install yet

    Thank heaps ashraf! (and thanks to Daz !)

  20. textboox5

    @Kevin
    As far as I know, you can. Since their download links only stay open for a few days and Google Chrome corrupted every single one of them, I had to put in another request using the same email address, and it worked fine.

  21. Patara

    Once you have the programs they become normal retail versions so are eligible for free updates and upgrade pricing. I read this in one of their notifications.
    There are also lots of other freebies on the website. Click on the link below and then up on the left there is a link to Free Products. You can save hundreds of dollars by getting them.
    http://www.daz3d.com/i/3d-models/all-products-promotions?cat=1068#1,cat_1068_382
    Also Daz has a weekly newsletter and they always have a free item. This week it is the Iron Gates showing in the free section.
    In my latest newsletter is a voucher for $1 and $5 that can come off any product in the store. It finishes on the 21st.

  22. Jorgen Fasda

    Hoe – Lee – Crap.
    I created my first animated digital scene in the demo version of Bryce back in probably 2000 (I would have been 13). It was always on my wish list, but I never got around to buying it. This is very good news for me…very good news. Thank you daz3d and dottech!