The company that develops Bryce, a 3D landscape and animations suite, is giving the program away for free for a limited amount of time currently.
You can follow the download link at their website which takes you directly to download.com where you can download Bryce 5. You will be prompted to register the software at the developers homepage which you can do for free to receive the serial number and some Bryce 5 presets to work with.
This offer expires on September 6, 2006. Make sure you grab your copy now while it is hot. The following excerpt was taken directly from Wikipedia: "Bryce is a texture-based rendering and ray tracing program ideal for creating 3D landscapes, space scenes, buildings and other objects. The name is taken from Bryce Canyon - a rugged region with many of the same landscapes that were first simulated with the software".
The newest version is Bryce 5.5 which is not available for download at this time. Everyone who downloads Bryce 5.0 will receive a voucher to upgrade to Bryce 5.5 for 19.95$. Is that a bargain? I don't know. I honestly do not use programs like Bryce but I guess it is a bargain for someone who is working with such programs. Let me know what you think of this offer.
Update: The offer has expired a long time ago, and Bryce once again is only available as a commercial program.
Update 2: Bryce Pro 7 is
currently offered for free on the official website for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh systems. It is not clear how long the promotion will last, and I would suggest you download it as soon as possible to grab it while it is free.
I suggest you check out the system requirements before you start the download to make sure it can be installed and run on your system.
You can still download Bryce 7 Pro for free from the Daz3D website. The site on top of that is also making Daz Studio 4 Pro available for free.
Update: Bryce 7 is no longer free but available for $19.99. The Daz Studio 4.5 Pro application is however still available as a free download. Downloads are not
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