Bryce is the classic landscape creation and rendering progam. Bryce 6 is DAZ Studio's first major release of Bryce since buying it from Corel. No real changes to the rather eccentric interface, but several major ones under the hood, including some optimisation of the rendering engine and the addition of HDR support. The DAZ|Studio link, basically a rather Heath Robinson method of loading Poser content has been in Bryce since 5.5
Creating, saving, loading, and rendering still scenes
Rendering pre-existingt animations
Most of the time the various labs work, with the notable exception of the Movement Lab.
What does not
The menu bar behaves rather eccentrically, and appears in a separate window to the application if "Allow window manager to decorate the windows" (the default) is enabled for Bryce in winecfg
The timeline does not advance properly, in both the main window and Movement Lab, as a result the Movement Lab is apparently useless and animations cannot be created (by me at least) .
Loading new presets from an external file into the Tree, Materials and Sky labs is erratic, as the file menu randomly appears behind the program window and cannot be brought to the front.
The DAZ|Studio link behaves erratically. It works with a fresh scene, but loading a saved scene and trying to activate the DAZ|Studio link causes Bryce to hang. DAZ|Studio also works exceedingly slowly when activated through the link.
Edit fields do not grab input from the keyboard eg when naming new preset categories, although pasting text into them works fine, strangely enough.
Drop down menus occasionally do not appear in the Labs, at other times they do work.
What was not tested
Creating Animation, seeing as the timeline does not work.
Distributed rendering with Bryce Lightning.
Considering that Bryce is a strange mishmash of code dating back to the early 90's with a custom interface that ignores all rules of interface design, it is a wonder this program works at all. Bryce appears to unsurprisingly still be single-threaded, only using one CPU on a multi-core system. As much as I would love to give it a Silver, It behaves so erratically, at least on my system, that it only deserves a bronze
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Nov 22 2009||1.1.32||Yes||No||Garbage||Jeffrey Graham|
|Current||Slackware 12.1||Jul 30 2008||1.1.1||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Andrew C|