Anything NOT downloaded by the Install Manager will be required to be RE-downloaded if you want the Install Manager to manage things. However, it will happily install over existing installs and ignore (not change) any custom categorization/metadata.
IF you’ve moved things around inside of their relative paths (e.g., moved an item from “pose/bob” to “pose/joe”), it’ll just install it in the original path and you’ll end up with duplicates.
These two statements, taken together, mean the lovely shiny new Install Manager will be absolutely useless to me.
I have bought a huge amount of DAZ content — I have to re-download all of that just to get the Manager to deign to acknowledge its existence?
I have re-organised almost all of my installed content, partly due to shoddy/inconsistent/incomprehensible folder naming back in the early days, partly due to grouping all the scattered-hither-and-yon Poser folders of an average product into one. I know where to find everything. If I let the Manager have its way, I’ll never be able to find anything again.
Sorry, DAZ, I suspected this way back when it was first discussed, but now I know using the Install Manager would be a waste of time for me, and seriously mess up my installed content. It would be great for someone just starting out, but for us long-time users who have a heavily customised content library/Runtime, there’s a very good chance it will be useless or worse.