3D software developer DAZ has announced that the last version of its environment and animation software Bryce has been released for free download, joining previous free versions of Bryce 5 and DAZ|Studio.
Version 5.5 is an upgrade from Bryce 5.0 and, says the company, is "equipped with several advanced features and simplified workflows that deliver a greater level of power, precision and control to professionals and enthusiasts alike."
Features supported and upgraded in the free version include an improved terrain editor, OpenGL support, improved network-rendering with Bryce Lightning 2.0, and a rendering speed increase of over 50 percent.
The free DAZ|Studio plugin allows artists to "load, edit, and import thousands of 3D figures, vehicles, wildlife and more into their Bryce scenes."
Said DAZ 3D president Dan Farr, "Having a full version of Bryce 5.5 for free is a much better option than a feature-limited demo of Bryce 6. We know that thousands of potential 3D artists are simply lacking the tools to unleash their creativity. By offering these programs for free, those individuals are able to begin realizing their potential today and join the growing wave of 3D enthusiasts."