content manager frustration
It seems like ever since DS3 or so I've had trouble finding my items in DAZ Studio.... I've got all kinds of folders, dozons and dozons in that folder, DAZ ones, Poser folders, etc. And every time I re-open DS I cannot find certain items, and find others.... I'm constantly going back to the manager, and chosing another circle (image attached) and finding more things I forgot I had, or something I'm looking at. A few times I know I've changed drive letters on certain materials since I ran out of space on a particular partition and moved them over to another.
Today for example, I purchased Reality 2.5 for $44.00 while it was on sale at renderocity (figured I'd grab it). I put in lights and etc that I found right where the manual said they'd be. Hours later: i've lost the folder, I've looked everywhere and cannot find them. So once more: i'm back at the content manager, flipping all over the place to find them and other items.
I'm curious: Can I simply search my computer for "runtime" and just copy all the folders I find named "Runtime" and paste them into eachother then add that 1 merged "Runtime" into say... "D:\Program Files\DAZ 3D\DAZStudio4", Then add that one folder and check "DAZ' and poser content and get it all in 2 folders instead of going back and fourth trying to find content? Or will I lose certain paths to items and etc?
I'm concerned that certain items like Genesis or V4 items that required activation might become broke, but I'm so frustrated with trying to find out where all my stuff is I can just scream! I've began using Carrara over DS simply because there I can find everything with it's folder list... Or perhaps my UI is bugged...
A long while back my friend gave me his copy of Poser 6 and his runtime while he visited, As he makes copies of all the software he got at his college. I didn't like it and didn't like having something I didn't pay for so I uninstalled it (probably should have kept it, lol... But I liked DS better). Plus he made his own stuff, and only had the standard items which weren't appealing to me (I prefer store bought stuff like V2-V4 and genesis items I bought. They seem like they're higher quality)
So my question above is something I want to know if I could do safely or if things will get all messed up: take ALL those folders, copy the runtimes into one another and make one huge runtime then tell the manager to find DS content and POSER content into that one file and get rid of the huge list, that would be ideal, unless it breaks something.
I also keep pressing one of the circles, and hitting "apply" and accept, but the top one is always checked again when I go back to the manager, it's quite frustrating! I'm using Daz Studio 4.5 Pro (188.8.131.52).
So I restarted DS 4 pro and now my reality stuff reappeared along with some items I couldn't find. This always happens: it's there, then it vanishes... Sometimes this happens with other tool menu's at the top, my "save", "save as", "import" and other items will all be gone. And I'll have to hit "restore factory defaults", and restart. This always fixes it but is quite frustrating. I suspect it's because of how I have all my folders set up...