Silly question. Is Daz going to eventually require the DIM for all installers? I have held off installing it because I prefer to keep my install exe and zip files saved to an external hd as backup in case of a drive failure, and it is a huge pain to have to re-download everything. I also tend to have my content and runtime directories organized differently, in a way that lets me find things.
DIM will not be required. However, the individual installers for products are being phased out, so eventually everything will be in zips. Therefore, IF you don’t want to manually install the zips, you will need to use DIM.
You don’t HAVE to redownload everything—you can just use DIM for new items, or you can gradually download older items. Since you don’t need to babysit it, you can select a bunch of products to download overnight.
I’m downloading everything because (a) I have a reasonably fast, reliable connection with no bandwidth caps, (b) I’m rather anal-retentive about making sure I haven’t missed any product updates, and (c) I lost all my backups in Hurricane Sandy.
BTW, if you want to reorganize your content folders, you can use DIM to install to a dummy location the same way you would an installer, then reorganize and move to your real content folders. DIM can still check for updates even if the files are no longer where DIM installed them.