Hey Scott.Don’t know if this is right but it’s one of the 17 different ways I’ve been told to do this although the more i try to figure it all out the less I feel i learn.DAZ the install machine is a nightmare..DAZ the” now’s the part where you get to finally make art” Is cool.Any way i ended up installing 4.6 manually and had dim install all the content….but here’s what i have….In DAZ STUDIO in content management i have
the following current directories
DAZ studio formats
c;/documents and settings/administrator/my documents/daz3d/st…
c;documents and settings/all users/documents/my daz3d library…
c;/documents and settings/administrator/my documents/daz3d/st…
c;/documents and settings/all users/documents/my daz3d library
on the dim it says content path shortcut ...content file
content files install to c:/documents and settings/administrator/my documents/daz3d/st…
that be it.
That looks fine to me, though it’s hard to say for sure because the addresses get cut off at the end…
I have a similar setup on my machine, with two content directories: “My DAZ 3D Library” for DIM to install stuff to, and “My Library” for me to manually install third-party content to. It works for me; whether you want to do something similar or not is up to you. Some people use a single content directory for everything, others have their content divided among many.
In general, if you use DIM to install your content AND the directory that it’s installing stuff to is listed under “DAZ Studio Formats” and “Poser Formats” in the Content Directory Manager, then your content will show up in the Content Library pane in DAZ Studio. Whether or not it appears in the Smart Content pane is another question entirely…if you need help with Smart Content, this is a good resource.
another thing that is causing trouble is say i download a bunch of content from other sites to load and have them all in my downloads section. Daz makes a whole other directory up that looks like my other files and when you go to load stuff it goes all over the place is it this 3d library or the one way down there..whats up with that.I like the program but the whole install management thing is like 1979 all over again
It’s your choice whether you want to use the Install Manager or not. If you want to use it, once it has been set up it’s really quite simple and it does have that “click the button and it does its thing” functionality that you seem to be looking for. Seems like you’ve got it set up already, but if I am wrong about that there are instructions here on how to configure it.
If you don’t want to use the DAZ Install Manager, then you’ll have to deal with zips. And if you want to install third-party content you’ll have to deal with zips, because if DAZ 3D (the company) doesn’t sell it, they have no control over it and therefore no way to get it into the DIM pipeline.
For zip files, the short answer is, open up the zip, see what folders are in it, and merge them with any identically-named folders in your content location (so if you see a My Library folder, merge it with your My Library folder…if instead you see folders like Runtime, Data, etc., merge them with the Runtime, Data, etc. folders that are contained within your content directory). But it can be complicated because there are so many different ways to package up content, so if you need more help on the process, Jaderail has put together some great information here and also here.
point I’m making is I can comment on these things because I’ve been around awhile and as a consumer I’ve reached the point where ..hey…it’s 2013…I don’t want to know about zip folders and why we do it and where to get a rar extracter…DON"T CARE…thats for the engineers…i want to hit a button throw a disc in or whatever be hit back with int and helpfull info bars follow them and be done…I should never have to spend more than a few minutes configuring any part of a software package…If i was the CEO and saw that there were so many problems with installing daz..figuring out how to load 3rd party software and whee to scounge up any free genesis 2 stuff…and that there were large parts of the company forum dealing with just that stuff I’d freak out.I would call all my design staff into my office we would have a great talk and in the end i would give you all 30..count em..30 days…i want complete manuel/and complete easy to follow instructions for how to get through all the basics…if you guys can’t get this thing working in 30 days….neither will you….bet things would change real quick and they should because for every person using daz…there’s at least 3more who tried and eventually gave up…I’m 1000 % sure.don’t get me wrong i love daz ...but content management install blah bla bla ...really needs to change into something more user freindly…as always I thank you for all of your help and patience in dealing with my general pissy ness it’s partly due to a bad keyboad that has a bad “R” a bad space bar and a 2 finger typest behind it…..thanks once again,,,raykat
For third-party content, like I said it’s kind of out of DAZ 3D’s hands. For their own content, I think they did recognize that this is something that many people were struggling with, and created the Install Manager to streamline the process. I think most people who try it do find that it makes things a lot easier. Not everyone likes it though, and if it’s not for you, the manual way of installing is still a valid option.
Personally I recommend to new users that you give DIM a try, and go with the default install paths, unless you have a compelling reason not to. I do think that will be easier for most users. But that’s just my advice and it’s certainly not mandatory.
I guess one downside of the Install Manager is that, as you have found, there are so many different possible ways to install stuff (and so many pieces of information on the forum explaining or advocating for one way or another), that the range of options itself can confuse or overwhelm people. I absolutely see where you are coming from on that point! But the forum can be a great resource for when you run into trouble. We (the community volunteers and the forum moderators) are not DAZ employees but we try to help out when we can, and there are plenty of other helpful folks around too.
Hope you find this information useful, but if you’re still struggling with getting everything set up, let us know at what point you are getting stuck, and we’ll see what we can do to help!