Daz 3D is a computer 3D artwork package. The basic Daz program is free, unlike Poser for example, with a range of add-ons that can be purchased to customize and improve the package if desired as well as a wide range of content available from Daz. Some other content can also be used but no details of how to load this are given here.
This guide provides basic advice on how to use the programme, along with some useful background information about composition and artwork in general and possible uses of the package. It covers creating scenes, including content, and 'posing' that content. It also outlines the methods for setting up animations and speech within the package.
In the book there is also an example of how to create background terrain using Bryce, a sister program.
The CD Rom provided has a recent version of Daz. It also contains two other programs - Hexagon and Carrera - which can be used among other things to create items for use in Daz and other 3D programs. There is also some extra Daz content on the CD Rom. Windows and Mac versions are both provided.
The purchaser of the book will probably want to download newer versions of the products which certainly now exist for Carrera and Daz 3D. Hexagon is the current release as I write (Version 2.5).
A minor niggle is that sometimes the extensive illustrations provided are not on the same page as the text. It is also definitely aimed more at beginners - no bad thing.
Taken with the online help available this is a useful guide (and the other programs provided more than cover the cost of the book anyway).