Poser 6, released from Curious Labs in 2006 - as installed from the CD: no service packs installed, at this point.

Application Details:

Version: 6
License: Retail
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.0.0

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What works

The application installs and launches without crashing. However, I couldn't get farther than the registration screen, for reasons stated below.

What does not

No label shows any text. For this reason, it impossible to input the registration code, since you don't know where it should be entered. And of course, even if you could enter it, the actual program interface uses the same style of labels, so it wouldn't be usable in practice.

It should be noted that the menus (which can be seen but not accessed from the registration screen) and the actual text input fields of the reg screen work fine.


What was not tested

Anything beyond the registration screen.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

The exact same problem has occurred in every release of Wine and Linux I've tested, for several years now. According to Google, others have the same problem, and no known workarounds exist. Cedega exhibits the exact same behavior. Running wine under strace (is "strace wine" the correct way of doing it ?) doesn't show any font files that couldn't be ultimatly opened (that is, all attempts to open font files at various capitalizations were ultimately succesfull). I've built Wine myself. I've confirmed that it runs at least Progress Quest without any problems. Microsoft core fonts are installed, and I've also tried copying the font files from a normal Windows 98SE installations (with Poser 6 installed and working there) font directory to the Wine's font directory. I tried all the Windows emulation options from 95 to XP. There is no Linux replacement for this program :(.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 30 20081.0.0Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 7.04 "Feisty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 20 20070.9.46.Yes Yes NoBronzean anonymous user 
ShowFedora Core 6Jun 26 20070.9.36.Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 6.10 "Edgy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 13 20060.9.22.Yes Yes NoBronzean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 6.06 "Dapper" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 03 20060.9.18.N/A No NoGarbagean anonymous user 

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HowTo / Notes

Initial Impressions

The program is launched from Applications-> Wine-> Programs-> Curious Labs-> Poser 6-> Poser. It loads fairly quickly, but that is perhaps because my libraries are relatively small. The palettes and windows are their own objects, separate from the background screen and the controls on that screen. These windows and palettes have the annoying property of wanting to be always-in-front of everything, even non-Poser forms and windows. I'm running Beryl, which has screen behaviour rules Poser (perhaps that's true of any WINE programs) doesn't obey. The border around the Document Window in the Pose room seems to flicker to black, to where you can't see the tabs, or options menu or anything else on that border.

The parameter dials *and* the text box associated with the parameter dial work in the customary fashion, with little to no lag time.

Loading a saved character takes no more time than in Windows.

Saving a character takes no longer than in Windows.

Rendering seems slightly faster, given the same setting, but I'll do proper stop-watch testing of this soon.


2013-05-03 Admin note: the instructions below are old and may no longer apply to current Wine. They are being kept here for the benefit of anyone who may wish to test and/or update them. 

This tutorial helps you install poser 6 on your linux box, with everything working just fine.

This is what 've done to make poser 6 work.

- First install ie4linux.

- copy the wine environment created with ie4linux(~/.ie4linux/ie6) to your own wine environment (~/.wine).

- run winecfg, goto "graphics" and select "emulate virtual desktop"

- Copy msvcirt.dll to wine "system32"

- Download "xp codec pack", and install it

- Install "Poser 6"

Now everything should work correctly, you should be able to make movies using "ffdshow video codec", i've tested "mtjpeg" and "uncompressed" enconders.

Hope this helps.


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