Poser Pro 11 Stopped Working

On about 24 September 2016, I began to get a green progress bar window saying “Poser Pro executable file has stopped working” and ending with a “Close Program” button every time that I tried to open Poser Pro 11. Poser Pro 2014 would still run.
PP 11 Stopped Working
Nothing that I found by Googling¬† solved the problem. So I contacted Poser Technical Support and asked for help. John worked on the problem for a couple weeks – try this, try that, before he found that just having Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware Web Companion installed on the computer (even if inactivated) might be associated with the problem. When I uninstalled this program, the problem went away! (Thanks for all your help, John.) If you are having this problem, you might try this solution.

I would also get this same window at random times with both PP11 and PP2014 – sometimes at startup, sometimes in the middle of a project. (This problem started a long time ago.) However, I was always able to restart the program and hope that it didn’t crash again too soon (sometimes it did, sometimes it didn’t). I learned to do frequent Saves to avoid losing much work. Since I uninstalled Ad-Aware Web Companion just 2 days ago, I don’t know if this has eliminated this random crash or not. But Poser hasn’t crashed yet. (Knock on wood!)

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Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid ferrotypeSome time back, I ran across a Wikipedia article on Billy the Kid. Because of my interest in photography, I read about one of the few authentic pictures of the Kid, a ferrotype taken by an unknown photographer. The picture has been published many times, and seems to show his pistol on his left hip. However, scholars have pointed out that the method of producing ferrotypes reverses the image and that the pistol is really on his right side. The photo here is a “flipped” image to show Billy in the correct orientation.

Billy was called “The Kid” because of his age. I thought it would be fun to create a Poser image of Billy as an actual kid – a goat.

I obtained a set of goats from Lyne’s Creations and decided to use the Billy Goat Gray model. However, I only had clothes for humans, not goats, so I loaded Michael 4 and dressed him with some cowboy clothes and a hat, and gave him a Remington 700 rifle.

I posed Michael 4 to resemble the pose in the picture of Billy the Kid, then made him invisible. I loaded three instances of the Billy Goat Gray model. I posed one so that his right “hand” and forearm extended from Billy’s right sleeve, one so that it’s left “hand” and arm extended from the left sleeve and held the rifle, and one so that its head and neck extended from the shirt. I made superfluous parts of each goat invisible, so that it would look like a single goat was posed as Billy the Kid.

Billy the KidI loaded Audry Pestrayakof’s Nature-Canyon around Billy and used one of my photos as the background.

Another instance of the  Billy the Kid ferrotype was photoshopped to create a WANTED poster and placed on a dead tree at the left of the scene.

You can find more of the Poser images that I did just for fun at http://stellareco.com/Poser/Poser Fun.html

Keep reading/keep writing – Jack