..universal zip files? So this means that when I download a file I’m getting both the PC and MAC versions even though I only work on the PC platform? That is a waste of download bandwidth especially if you have a slow or spotty connection and/or monthly download limitations.
No, not like that. You get a zip that works on PC and Mac, just like at Renderosity or Runtimedna or most of the Sharecg files. The two versions at Daz were necessary because they used installers and exe wouldn’t have run on Macs.
It seems that the Macs can read and use the same files that we do…the only reason they had separate files here at DAZ3D is because they insisted on using those damned installers, which wouldn’t run on Macs. By going to zip files, they no longer have to have a separate product file. So you won’t be suffering the use of extra bandwidth, in fact, the zip files will be smaller than the installers, so you’ll have less strain on your bandwidth!
Now if they’d only get their butts in gear and actually start providing the zip files! So far, all the new products are still being put into installers.
...thank you both for the explanation. Makes sense that the installers needed to be different because of the difference in how the OS on each of the platforms works. All the more they need to get on the ball with moving to .zip files. I especially don’t understand why new content isn’t being released as .zip installs if they already have the structure in place. They can always go back and convert the older content at a later time.
And another thing, DAZ3D, if you’re going to provide the ReadMe files only online as PDFs, then be sure that they are actually published! The newest freebie didn’t have one in the installer and when I checked the checkbox to view the readme, I got an error page! I think most people would rather have it on their local drive, rather than use up bandwidth every time they want to view it. But either way, at least be sure it’s actually available!
...I don’t see why they cannot provide a “text only” version with the .zip like Rendo and other vendors do. I don’t need to load some splashy looking web page for that.