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Posted: 14 August 2013 03:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 151 ]
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Sci Fi Funk - 14 August 2013 01:52 PM

That’s a wonderful presentation of my tutorial list!

Thanks a lot man.

The biggest baddest one is yet to come. I hope you’ll make it the no.1 tutorial in the list. Imho I hope to make it THE Carrara reference for large scenes. First up finish episode 8 so people can see what is possible.

Thanks again for raising the profile of my work.

I keep adding them to the top of the list as you make new ones - but I may have mixed them up(?)... Don’t think so… but I can always rearrange them to ‘your’ liking, my friend! Thank YOU!!!

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Posted: 17 August 2013 10:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 152 ]
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I’ve been working on updating the Forum Help Links to many of the latest topic that seem to me to be valuable to be indexed in the “Help” resource. I try to get them all in, and I try to place them within the index where they make the most sense when trying to find answers without having to submit a new question. Not that a new question is bad, just that the more we develop ‘like’ queries into common threads, the more help each thread offers towards the multitudes of people who might ask that same question. So that’s what I’m hoping for - is to be of some help, where needed wink

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Posted: 18 August 2013 03:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 153 ]
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This is a useful resource you are building here. keep on keeping on my friend!

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Posted: 18 August 2013 08:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 154 ]
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This is always the first place I look for answers in my quest to become a real Carrara user.  Thank you for all the hard work you’re doing on this.

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Posted: 26 August 2013 04:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 155 ]
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Thanks Anne! smile
I’ve added the new Online Documentation to the top of the list! wink

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Posted: 04 September 2013 06:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 156 ]
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Dartanbeck - 21 February 2013 08:01 AM

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Lighting presets for artists and dummies Freebie!

First: thank you for your lists and tutorials!
Second the link above doesn’t work anymore - or better Magaremoto’s link doesn’t work anmyore.

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I like Bryce, DazStudio, Poser and Vue ... in alphabetical order. And I would probably like Carrara too, if I could find the time to become acquainted with it. Peace?

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Posted: 04 September 2013 07:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 157 ]
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Kerya - 04 September 2013 06:13 AM
Dartanbeck - 21 February 2013 08:01 AM

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Lighting presets for artists and dummies Freebie!

First: thank you for your lists and tutorials!
Second the link above doesn’t work anymore - or better Magaremoto’s link doesn’t work anmyore.

I apologize for that, couldn’t remember my file was being linked; this is the new public link:
http://www.adrive.com/public/YfW4SQ/LIGHTING FOR ARTISTS.zip

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Posted: 04 September 2013 07:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 158 ]
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Oh squeee! Thank you!
As somebody new to Carrara I can use every help I can get. smile

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I like Bryce, DazStudio, Poser and Vue ... in alphabetical order. And I would probably like Carrara too, if I could find the time to become acquainted with it. Peace?

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Posted: 04 September 2013 09:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 159 ]
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Kerya - 04 September 2013 06:13 AM
Dartanbeck - 21 February 2013 08:01 AM

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Lighting presets for artists and dummies Freebie!

First: thank you for your lists and tutorials!
Second the link above doesn’t work anymore - or better Magaremoto’s link doesn’t work anmyore.

First, you’re most certainly welcome! Your (and others) appreciation really helps in keeping me motivated to help in any way I can think of smile
Second, Thank You for bringing this to my attention!
With magaremoto’s response, I have now corrected the link in the location you’ve highlighted - so, again… Thanks! To both of you! wink

Kerya - 04 September 2013 07:37 AM

Oh squeee! Thank you!
As somebody new to Carrara I can use every help I can get. smile

Yes magaremoto, you have MY thanks for this as well!!!
...and Kerya, I know exactly how you feel!
I have spent three years now having an absolute BLAST smile working away in Carrara learning as much as I can.
The urge to make my own animated movies is what drew me in to Carrara in the first place. Poser and Daz Studio are really great for this as well, but Carrara’s modeling ability, fast ray tracing render engine, and multitudes of animation friendly tools have been making my endeavors much more doable, better looking, and much, MUCH more FUN!!!

I would just like to share, that I have found that Magaremoto’s Excellent Carrara Products, as with those from other DAZ artists, are not only great to add to the browser library for what they are, but are also a valuable way to learn new techniques to do things. I have just recently purchased his Props for Landscape Scenes: 15 Shaders for Exteriors so that I can glean more Texture Room Shader-Tweaking skills from masters like him.

I do this with many products here from as many different artists as I can, as everybody has different ‘favorite’ techniques that illustrate the many ways to get great results from this amazing software! smile

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Posted: 06 September 2013 04:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 160 ]
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Installing Carrara 8.5
Installing software is usually an easy task for most of us. But when it comes to our DAZ stuff, things have been changing lately. What is the best way of doing things? I’ve paid for it, but how should I proceed from here? The cool, yet confusing thing is that, we have more than one way to install Carrara 8.5 depending on our ultimate preferences. I’m going to refer you over to Jared from here, in order of what is considered to be the preferred method first:

The Carrara 8.5 Setup Guide is a strongly recommended read for everyone installing Carrara. Don’t be confused at first, by the long lists of included stuff. Just take your time, start from the top and work your way down. This guide gives you the opportunity to choose from either method as you go: Use the DIM, or not. And if you do not use the DIM, you’ll need to follow through the rest of the guide reading the instructions in each step for Bitrock Installer methods. If you do use the DIM method, you’ll likely find the entire process very easy from here on out - but it’s good to follow through the rest of this short document anyways.

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that I’d like to point out, before you get too far, is that I didn’t see mention of removing previous install locations from the DIM, if you’ve removed those copies of Carrara. If you have uninstalled previous versions of Carrara, and have had the DIM installed, you may have an installation path for Carrara within the DIM. Click the little gear in the upper right corner of DIM. This opens the Settings dialog.
Open the Application Paths tab and look to see what versions of Carrara you have listed for paths. If you have other versions listed that are not in use, remove them by highlighting the path and click the minus “-” sign below. Otherwise, Carrara content will get installed to that path as well as the new one.

If you wish to keep other versions of Carrara installed along with your copy of version 8.5, then keep their paths allocated within the setting of the DIM - so that they, too, receive installations of Carrara products. DIM is supposed to install Carrara products to all Carrara paths listed.

If you are a veteran user whom is not planning to use the DIM yet, simply select the blue, download buttons from your DAZ 3D account > Product Library to your desired location. Most all installers have been replaced by .zip files, but not all. You’re likely well aware of the Bitrock Installers, but just in case: Simple launch the installer and make sure that the path of installation goes to the correct Carrara installation path. If you use more than one version of Carrara, you may need to do this more than once. The new zip format downloads contain a manifest file for the DIM to read. This is handy if you ever decide to go by way of DIM, simply placing this zip file into the DIM’s Downloads folder will give DIM the access to install the files for you - and catalog their existence in the database. Otherwise, simply open the Content folder within the zip. Carrara content products simply install directly to the installation path directory. So you simply open the zip, ignore the manifest and open the ‘content’ folder. Now drag the entire contents into Carrara’s installation folder.

Another note
I can totally understand being reluctant towards the DIM. For a person like me, whom buys most everything, with very few exceptions from DAZ 3D, it really didn’t make any sense to not use it anymore - especially since I’m going for the gusto, and going Carrara 8.5 Pro, with full intentions of making the most of Genesis and the up and coming Genesis 2 - and all of the new Triax stuff that the future holds.
There have been many changes very recently. Changes in Genesis, Daz Studio, Carrara, and content - including how that content gets delivered. DIM is an ingenious method created by the makes of Daz Studio Pro, for us to download and install our products easily and correctly. But even more, it has the ability to detect updates to the things that it has installed to our computers - and update the files for us. The whole process is amazing - and I’m glad that I’ve finally taken the plunge.
If you decide to do so, Please heed this advice:

Only use DIM to install what is not installed. If you want DIM to install something that is installed, get rid of it first!
WARNING: If you already have a large runtime collection, do not write into the existing runtimes with DIM. Write to new runtimes that you create using DIM instead. Genesis is ultimately important to keep straight. Never have more that one installation of Genesis or any of its supporting content. Never install over existing Genesis or Genesis support products - always uninstall first!

The final statement above is very important - and the DIM knows exactly how to do it perfectly, time after time. It is when people do not heed that advice, when you’ll see posts about I/O Errors, and duplicate files errors… if the problem starts to take hold, the only plausible fix, aside from weeks of combing through file folders, knowing exactly what to do, is to remove everything and start from scratch.
This is why it is best to keep Genesis up to date, the right way. Which means a fresh install directly after uninstall. The way DIM does it!

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Posted: 11 September 2013 05:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 161 ]
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Need help with installation…

I have to install on a machine NOT connected to internet. I am downloading individual components to move to the stand-alone computer. Most components offer 3 versions: Genesis, Genesis Legacy, and Genesis PoserCF. Am I supposed to install all of these? If not, which one?

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PS… do I have to install DAZ Studio which I don’t use. (it was recommended when I installed 8.5 beta)

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Posted: 11 September 2013 10:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 162 ]
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Old_Whisperer - 11 September 2013 05:45 AM

Need help with installation…

I have to install on a machine NOT connected to internet. I am downloading individual components to move to the stand-alone computer. Most components offer 3 versions: Genesis, Genesis Legacy, and Genesis PoserCF. Am I supposed to install all of these? If not, which one?

Thanks,
OW

PS… do I have to install DAZ Studio which I don’t use. (it was recommended when I installed 8.5 beta)

Unless you have Poser, and want to use Genesis with it, ignore “PoserCF”. You may also ignore “Legacy”.
So just get the other one smile

Now, since you need to download and install later, you can do that two ways, that I know of.

1 - Use the DIM to download, but not to install.

2 - Choose the Blue “Download” buttons in your Product Library of your DAZ 3D account. If you wish to install everything manually, this is THE BEST option.

Now, you don’t need Daz Studio anymore to run Genesis stuff. But you’ll still need a Daz Studio Library to install your Genesis-related stuff to.
The original place where the not so older installers used to install to, by default was My Documents > DAZ 3D > Studio > My Library
That’s just an example. Frankly, it could be anywhere, I guess but with one very important rule. Always install your Genesis stuff to one library. Well that’s not even true, but it helps to make life a lot easier. Just make sure that Genesis, itself, never gets installed to more than one spot. If you have the option to install an uninstaller for Genesis stuff - DO IT!!! Before re-installing anything Genesis, it usually wants an uninstall first to avoid getting errors when trying to load in Genesis - preventing it from loading. This is where it’s nice to just run the DIM offline to install nothing but your Genesis stuff, at the very least - the ability to uninstall is HUGE!

Reason I say that is that you’ll see posts all over the place where folks are getting I/O Errors trying to load Genesis to no avail. It is my belief that this is due to old files that should have been removed are still sitting in there.

However, if you decide not to use DIM, and you run into these problems, I’ve found that it works to simply delete the whole library and download/install the latest files. This is easy for me, since the only thing I ever install to the location where I install Genesis to, is Genesis stuff, Plus the newest DAZ animals, which so far is just the Daz Horse 2.

If you wish to use DIM, you can use it to download your stuff without installing. Then come back later and select “work offline” and use it to install your stuff. You can also use the DIM to create separate runtime-style organization directories. If you want to see DIM in action doing this stuff, you could try to watch My DIM 101 video, but it’s like an hour long! shock

I should be around today - but I’m only checking the internet every so often - but I’ll check back in a bit to see if you have any more questions.

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Posted: 11 September 2013 11:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 163 ]
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Thanks Dartanbeck!!

I have already downloaded ALL the files. I will only install one of each, one at a time. I’ll find my previous folder of Genesis and install Genesis stuff there. Before I ask more questions, I’ll attempt to install the content.

OW

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Posted: 11 September 2013 12:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 164 ]
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Sweet! It’s best if there are uninstallers for Genesis stuff… but ...
Let me know how everything goes!

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Posted: 13 September 2013 07:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 165 ]
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I have downloaded the files, moved them to the stand-alone, extracted the files on a couple of zips, and found no installer. I located a path for things like presets and data, etc. and placed the extracted files there. Is this the procedure I must follow for all the components? And when I get to a “Runtime” folder, is that placed in my user/DAZ folder?

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