What I was explaining to Garstor:
If you already have a structured runtime folder setup, yet want to try out the DIM to facilitate that same end, try this:
Keep your current structure as-is, just in the event that you don’t like the new method. Some of us just like the way things have been.
It can always be used as an excellent back-up, should you go with the new method for a time, and later change your mind.
But there are key advantages to the new method, but in order for those to be apparent, Starting over is the est way to proceed. Here’s why:
The Daz3d Installation Manager is actually a fairly robust content organization platform for all of your Daz3d content needs. It can automate the downloading and installation of all of your content*, no matter the date of purchase, no matter how or where you want it installed, all without ever having to reset your downloads. It also has a robust search facility, but you’d want to look into that yourself, because I don’t use that part.
*currently, Carrara, Bryce or other non Daz/Poser app-specific products are not supported - so you’ll get those by restting their downloads as before.
So. Go into the Install Manager and tell it to install to a new, empty runtime folder of your choosing. Give it a new, unique name so you can easily identify your new runtime folders installed by the DIM.**
Now simply click on the products that you want to install to that, specific runtime directory.
The Daz3d Installation Manager will now effortlessly download and install everything you’ve clicked upon.
Note that you may need to check “Show Hidden” if you’ve already downloaded the stuff to another location.
Rinse and repeat the above process for all of the rest of the runtime directories that you require. I have not yet tried this - though I’ve seen the ability to do so in the layout. I’m yet uncertain how it would work for installing the same product to multiple runtimes - which “I” would need to do, when it comes time for me to try this. I believe that DIM would recognize the multiple installations and reveal them in its main list upon reopening the DIM for future needs/access what have you. I’ll look into that soon. If I haven’t reported back on this, and you’d like to know, give me a prod in a PM and I’ll jump right to it.
Major DIM advantages you’ll now have:
Whenever you open the Install Manager from this point forward, you’ll have the following availabilities, and perhaps more. My time is very limited this few weeks, but I’ll be looking into this further very soon:
* List of Installed Content - A comprehensive list of everything you’ve installed using the DIM. This is why starting fresh with everything you’ve ever purchased from Daz3d will result in a whole new, better content managing experience using this tremendously awesome tool.
* Smart Content? - Not seeing a product in your Smart Content tab? A quick look at the list of installed content shows whether it included the necessary files to become Smart Content compatible. If it does NOT have the big Smart Content check mark next to it, and you’re not certain where to find the product, see next:
* Product ReadMe’s - Next to each listing within the list is access to the products ReadMe file. As these ReadMe’s naming conventions have changed over the years, I find this feature to be incredibly useful. Within each ReadMe html page is a “File List” link that opens a text page illustrating the directory listing that the product was installed to. I use this all the time to find out if products came with Specular or specific Glow maps that I can use within a shader - but is equally useful in figuring out where to find the location of a product if you can’t find it in the browser.
* Uninstall - Each listing also includes the ability to uninstall the product. This is especially useful should you wish to reinstall an item to a different directory, or if you return an item and need to get rid of it, whatever. It is quite refreshing to see this feature built into such a convenience. We veterans of using the Poser runtime structure know how impossible it can be to entirely clean your space of a product that is no longer needed. This function will remove it all!
** installing fresh like this will eliminate having some content seen by the DIM and the rest not. I feel that, to take full advantage of this great manager, one should at least sample how it works from a fresh start.
If you don’t ask the Daz3d Install Manager to delete installation files after installing them, it will store your product in .zip format to your My Documents > DAZ3D > Install Manager > Downloads folder. A great backup system for offline content.
If this is the beta, I wonder what the final will be like - because this thing totally freaking R O C K S ! ! !