Thanks OP for making the thread.
I made the move to changing the locations due to not being able to find things being scattered all over. I did this over time, moving everything under character.
Then I have subdirectories
Aiko3, Aiko4, Laura 3, Mill Girl, Sara, Shefreak etc. I have one called Misc Clothing that I put the MDF stuff in.
Under each Character’s folder (i.e. !female/Victoria 4/) I have a breakdown this way
Camera, Character (textures/pose folder/props), Clothing, Eyes, Face, Hair, Hands, Lights, Morphs (all the big INJ/REM Elite, ++, Muscle, NGM), shoes, I also have a pose and props that have dummy folders that point back to the character folder where all the props/poses/etc are. If it has DS mats that are loaded in the default DS places I place a !DS Mats available.
In the things folder I have various subfolders like weapons (and futher breakdown if there gets to be too many), I will put See V4 Armageddon to point back to the weapon and where its at.
Steves approach is also interesting, adding and removing runtimes as needed and using the utility P3DO to browse.
I have seen some mention they keep all the installers and install / uninstall as needed.
Garstor’s method is also interesting. Creating separate runtimes. There are positives and negatives I can see with this, such as weapons that come with the characters so I would have to do what I do now and put a dummy link in weapons and point back to the right character folder.
The advantage of all in one runtime is packages that have hair/clothes/poses can be moved freely , the disadvantage is that it become one big lump and has to remain together, vs moving to other locations.
I am beginning to think I should have broken down the runtimes, Perhaps Female into its own, or one for each specific female. I am not sure if I would then keep the associated items with the character folder (IE weapons, clothing, etc). I don’t know if I need to worry about the sheer amount of files being setup
Before I would install to a temp directory then move everything into the runtime, and re-organizing where the library files went. Content management remembers where you installed too (they are DS files if my memory serves me to tell you how long it has been since I installed anything while in this limbo), which makes it my default so Genesis items I just let install to the default library or my main daz library since DS files are kept in a different location and have not been organized.
I am thrown off by Genesis and the Content Management system. This and 8.5 really ground me to a halt on installing things. What to do with the .trx file. Genesis is a DS thing but coming to 8.5, Content management will eventually be default and every product seems to come with the .trx file (is that the content management one?) These two items are my biggest question and hold up.
My other hold up item for me, is that at first I was creating a spreadsheet. Every time I purchased something I would go to the Daz Website copy my order lines and paste into the spreadsheet. Then when I installed I would copy the items from the purchased to the installed spreadsheet so I would know I should have something installed. I tracked my Carrara items separately on the install so I would know I had it purchased and installed. I then stopped doing the installed portion of the spreadsheet, I started using the orca script and the database from daz which was discontinued. I then started using the 3d Librarian with the orca scripts. It was great. I could find what I had purchased and browse the database of what I owned. All of that broke with the ‘improved’ daz site. Now I have no spreadsheet, no seeing whats installed, and no database. I did use DazHistory and its good but I have to redownload vs just adding to when I update with purchases, and there is no images unless I ‘view’ product page and many product pages go away.
I have been fighting this battle for a while and would like to move forward. I am at the point I will go back, re-download everything and re-install from scratch to get a clean setup moving forward. I still have way too much I haven’t even bothered to install now.
My overly rambling thoughts on it at least.
I look forward to figuring out how to move forward myself.