Long term hobbyist-user of Carrara (formerly Ray Dream Designer) on MacOS. The last version I purchased was 22.214.171.124, dating back to about 2011. Recent changes in MacOS have rendered this app unusable except on older machines, so I am trying to find a substitute. (I'm not sure Blender is it.)
It would be nice to bring some older models into Blender without recreating them. Carrara will export to .obj (and .mtl files), but when I import any of the obj files into Blender, there doesn't seem to be anything there except the name of the object. I've tried zooming in and zooming out. I've selected the object and tried scaling.
Speaking of scaling, I selected the default cube and then the scaling tool, and when I did that, colored arrows and a white circle appeared centered on the cube. Moving them changed the size of the cube. When I tried the same thing on the imported object, I saw no scaling arrows and no white circle.
The obj file does (probably) contain valid information: when I open a blank Carrara project and import the .obj file back into Carrara, it appears just like a copy of the original. (To open it in Blender, I have to switch computers, so the potential for corruption is there, I suppose.)
I've seen other posts about not seeing imported objects. Maybe I've misunderstood the advice in those previous posts (I can barely do anything in Blender yet other than open and close files), but the main suggestion I've seen is that the imported object is either too big or too small (which I think I checked for) or that the obj file can't be read. Does anyone know if there's something "bad" about the obj file made by Carrara that renders them unusable by other programs?