1 Have just installed the InstallManager, and it’s put folders with .ini files and whatnot in my Public/Documents without asking. Nor can I see any waywithin the installer to change that. That is seriously NOT cool. I have and want NOTHING in my Public/ folders, and no program should force itself in there. This is monstrous behaviour: completely unnacceptable. Those .ini files should be in an AppData, and NO program shoudl insist on being having folders and files in a location like that. But it appears the only way i could move it is with hacking the .ini files in a text editor and maybe the Registry, but that would then screw up updating the software. This is not not not NOT acceptable at all.
Is this going to be changed before the final release? If yes, I’ll uninstall now and wait for the version that installs itself in an acceptable way. If no, then I’ll forget all about using this program ever right now.
2 I am NOT going to use the supplied default location to install content to, for one thing because it is again in Public, and I have and allow nothing there. I see that I can change the location, but ...
WHY am I not supposed to carry on using my current DAZ 3D/Studio/My Library? I already have several runtimes of Poser content, a Studio 2/Content and a Studio 3/Content alongside Studio/My Library. That’s quite enough, as well as being heavily organized (and I don’t use the content manager or the Smart Content tab). I simplyu do not want yet another library folder. But in the docs and the vids about the InstallManager it keeps saying ‘we strongly advise you not to use a current library’. There’s even that ridiculous video on using tthe Installmanager with existing content where he goes through showing you how to change the install location to the previous My Library, but on the last dialogue in the process then just says ‘but you shouldn’t use that’ and cancels with no further explanation. If there;s a good reason not to it should be explained; and if it’s a good reason, why make a video showing how to do it but just end saying you shouldn’t with no explanation. Quite ridiculous.
So, again - WHY should one not use it with the existing Ds 4/4.5 My Library as the install location? What , precisely is the drawback?
3 And as for uninstalling hundreds and hundreds of DAZ products bought and installed over 8 or nine years, most installed without uninstallers, and many customized in both location and content since install ... you have to be joking.
But I suppose the cosh held over the head by DAZ is that this is the only solution that’s going to be offered the the appalling current problems over the display of the account item list on the site with it being unsearchable and with no indication of updates to products even though all the .dsf/.duf content seems to have been updating at least twice a month since DS4.5 came out. The whole situation is ridiculous: as ridiculous as a website change that was at least two whole orders of magnitude more screwed up than any other I have ever seen, and even after a whole year still hasn’t managed the rather simple thing of HAVING THE EXPIRY DATE OF SALES ON PRODUCTS SHOWN ON THE PRODUCT PAGES IN THE STORE.
You know, I’va had the distinct impression over the last two years that nobody amongst the actual decision makers at DAZ is also a user of their products - and certainly not someone who has been a user, assembling several hundred gigs of content from a variety of sources, over several years. Or they just wouldn’t have been treating existing users the way they have. Either that, or they have been having a competition amongst themselves as to who could come up with the idea or method that would drive away the biggest number of existing customers.
1 Will the program be changed before public (non-beta) release to allow the user to select where it will put its own folders and files rather than insisiting on Pubic/Documents?
2 WHY is it not a good idea to install to a pre-exisiting DS4/4.5 My Library? What would be the consequences of doing so?
It’s funny how, with all the prescription medicine I’m on, I spend most of my time drifting numbly, and out of everything in the world, only DAZ manages to make me incandescently angry ... repeatedly.