I know that Poser allows you to set up external runtimes.
Can the same be done in D4 and if so could you please instruct me how to do it?
Yes, either (1) go to Content Library and right-click on either “DAZ Studio Formats” and “Poser formats”, and choose the option to add a content folder, or (2) Edit > Preferences >Content Library, click on “Content Directory Manager”, choose the format, and click the “Add” button.
Thank you, Mike.
That works great.
Another question… when I r-click on Poser formats, I see “Add a runtime directory” and that makes sense as for what I am trying to do.
When I r-click on DAZ Studio Formats I see “Add a base directory.” What is this refering to and do I use it in the same way as with the Poser Formats?
I am confused now… From the point where you talk about Daz.
I know how to make an external runtime for Poser, but when I direct Daz Studio Formats to it, it appears in that area, but it contains no content that I can use.
When I put it in Poser Formats the contented is there to use.
How do I make an external runtime for DAZ?
So now if I open an item, such as a hat for V4, and put it in a folder called “Hat V4”, would it be recognized by DAZ if I accessed it through DAZ Studio Formats?
Or would I have to give it some other name?
Or would the folder I open the hat into need to have some type of format? If so what kind of format?
Okay, the default DS-format content folder is “...Documents\DAZ 3D\Studio\My Library”. The path up to “My Library” is the base for that content folder. Underneath “My Library” are 3 special folders: Data, Runtime, and ReadMe’s. Those 3 folders have to be directly under the base folder, and you cannot put DS-format content in those folders (except under Runtime with a matching Poser-format file)—if you do, they won’t show up. Any other folder underneath “My Library” can hold DS-format content, and it can have any name you like.
For example, let’s say I don’t like the folder names “Environment” and “Architecture” that are typically used for those kinds of objects. I decide I want to call it “Places”. I can make a folder under “My Library” called “Places”, and under that I can have subfolders called “Interiors”, “Exteriors”, etc. Or maybe I’d rather have subfolders called “Stonemason”, “Faveral”, “ARTCollab”. I can name them anything I like.
Or let’s say I don’t like putting Clothing under “People”. I can make a folder called “Clothing” instead. Or “V4 Clothing”.
Hello. I need to move my existing DAZ database to an external hard dríve, as my PC does not have enough memory. How to do it? I wonder if I can just copy and paste the My Library folder with all the content to the new disc, then set a new path in Content Directory Manager? I am afraid if metedata will work correctly after that and how would CMS react to this. Has any of you any experience with that?
Sorry to take so long to get back to you.
I was experimenting with what you told me. In my mind I think I am missing some steps. So I think I should add some information that might help you to help me.
I put D4 on my drive F, and I made a file on F to hold the content for D4, and I called it simply Daz Content. So when I install items for D4 I have it go to DAZ Content, like this F/Daz Content. That is almost all there is on drive F. When I installed D4 I instructed to look at F/Daz Content for all its content.
So now, can I construct another runtime separate from F/Daz Content to hold other items, such as all of V4 cloths. If so, how do I do it?
I don’t use anything on C drive for Daz.
Create a new folder, e.g. F:\More Content
(or just give that path when installing something and it’ll be created automatically).
If it doesn’t have a Runtime folder in it, create one.
In DS4, go to the Content Library tab, right-click on “DAZ Studio Formats”, choose to Add a content folder, and give it the path F:\More Content
Do the same with “Poser Formats”.
I followed your guidance and I think I have something that works…
Under F drive I constructed a file path called F:\V4 Cloths\Daz 3D\Studio.
I just installed something into it, and I was able to go to it through D4 and use it.
Am I on the right track?