It’s a nice explanation, however I also noticed that the information has become a bit out of date; with the current DIM it’s perfectly possible to get the whole deal these days.
And if I may; I’m somewhat missing a reference to the extensiveness that is DIM. Of course you can simply start it and tell it to grab your goodies, but then you might end up disappointed when you’re using a specific setup (like I am).
First DIM; you can grab Daz Studio 4.6 straight from the DIM itself. Just fire it up, provide your credentials for the DAZ3D webshop and your copy of Daz Studio should soon appear in the “ready to download” tab.
But here’s the thing.. You might want to go over to the config screen first (click the cog icon in the upper right corner) and pay close attention to the downloads and installation tabs as these can become important.
Downloads: This tab does 2 things. First it points to a location on your computer where all the contents which you download from the Daz3D shop will end up. This is important. Because although you can somewhat rely on the Daz website to provide you with your purchase again it’s obviously better to make sure that you can recover yourself should something does go wrong.
That’s where this directory comes in. Here everything ends up which you got through the Daz store. So if you’re short on disk space then it might be a good idea to point this directory elsewhere. Or to move the files in this directory to another location (after you installed them of course). That’s what I’m currently doing. After everything has been setup I move the whole kaboodle to an external USB disk for storage. Saves me room, and should something odd happen then I can quickly restore my Daz configuration, even if I don’t have an internet connection.
All that you need in case of an emergency is to make sure that the directory DIM points to here is then filled with all your packages again. After that you can re-install with a 2 mouse clicks (one to select all packages and one to start the installation ).
Another important thing to keep in mind is the product list. All checked products are used to provide you with goodies. But if you’re on Windows then you obviously don’t have much use for Mac downloads. Or if you’re on 32bit then you can easily ignore 64bit. That’s what you can (and should) do here. For example; I got Daz, Hexagon and Bryce so that’s what I have checked here. (well, that and the installation manager, general, software and plugin)
Installation: This is also an important tab because it determines where your software ends up. For example; on my setup I keep C relatively clean (only system software and specific tools) and everything else (especially software for leisure or software which gobbles up much disk space) goes to D.
That’s what you can do here. So if you normally use “D:\Program Files” for your software then you should fill that out here as well before you install anything. That will make sure that software such as Daz Studio ends up on the right place as well.
And another thing…
Daz Studio uses a “library folder”. Actually it uses more than one (you save your own work in a (personal) library folder as well) but there is one library folder where all purchased contents will get installed to. And that’s what you can find and configure here as well. It might be a good idea to point this to a good location before downloading too.
For example; I’ve grabbed my share of stuff and freebies and my main library folder is already easily 6Gb whereas my “3rd party” library folder (I like to separate between ‘official’ stuff and other stuff I collected) already sits around 3Gb.
As you can see in the screenshot I simply added a new reference to a library (which is what I’m using) and then pointed the DIM to it by using the selector at the bottom. And with that said I’ll also attach a screenshot which shows you that you can indeed download Daz through the DIM these days.
Right, although this might be a little bit more indepth for a newbie I figured it’s still useful information.
To be honest I ended up a little annoyed when I noticed that Daz Studio ended up on C while I wanted it on D. Even though it is only 200Mb…
So, my take on the matter. Hope this can be useful to someone as well.
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