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Posted: 18 June 2012 05:25 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hello.
I have obtained a few of these items. When I try to put them in my external Daz or Poser runtime, hothing will show up in the Daz or Poser programs… The item is “there” but there is no content in it.
I looked at these items, and they are various kinds of files. One is a .rar file (which is?), another a png,, an obj.
Anyone have any idea why these are not showing up in my programs.
Thanks.
R

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Posted: 18 June 2012 05:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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.rar files are compressed archives, similar to .zip files.  You would need to uncompress them and then merge them with your content folders.  There are many free decompression programs; I use 7zip.

.png files are images.  If they are accompanying other files with the same name but different extensions, they are the thumbnails to be displayed for the item.  Otherwise, they may be background images.

.obj files are the raw geometry files for an object.  You can either put them in an “Other format content folder”, in which case DS will show them, or use File > Import to import the object, and then save as a .daz scene.

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Posted: 18 June 2012 05:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Hi

DAZ Studio and Poser both support the Poser file/folder structure, and on top of that DAZ Studio can use its own file/folder structure which is not as rigid as the Poser structure. RAR is a kind of ZIP file so you need to unzip it into your runtime folder. It should contain geometries (OBJ), textures (PNG) among other things. You might want to try these two tutorials: Adam’s famous one at http://www.tall-tales-racing.com/img/daz/ and I wrote one more on freebie content (it also explains the file/folder structure) at http://www.sharecg.com/v/47462/related/3/PDF-Tutorial/DAZ-Studio-Content-Management-Tips.

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Posted: 18 June 2012 06:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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There is a tutorial in the archived forum by Jaderail that should help. The pictures can be viewed by changing the urls so they have “http://forumarchive.daz3d.com/” as a prefix on all the “postimages/origimage” type entries.

http://forumarchive.daz3d.com/viewtopic.php?t=180932

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Posted: 18 June 2012 06:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Thanks, folks.
I will look into what you told me and report back.
R.

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Posted: 19 June 2012 04:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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fixmypcmike - 18 June 2012 05:53 PM

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You can either put them in an “Other format content folder”, in which case DS will show them

Wow, I never knew that. Every day you learn something new.

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Posted: 19 June 2012 07:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Hello again.

I went to the long tutorial, with all the references for pictures that are not there.
I think it is probably very complete, but I had a lot of trouble with it, and could not understand it.
The kinds of downloads from Share cg are not installed the “regular” way it seems, and I am still lost.
Any other suggestions would be welcome and appreciated.
Thanks.
R

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Posted: 19 June 2012 07:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Can you give a link to one of the items you’re having trouble with?

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Posted: 20 June 2012 08:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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So sorry.
It is this one. I know a lot of work has gone into it. And I am grateful to him for all his help to so many of us.
I obviously have holes in my knowledge that I can not really follow or use its guide.


http://forumarchive.daz3d.com/viewtopic.php?t=180932

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Posted: 20 June 2012 07:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Sorry, I meant one of the ShareCG freebies that you were having trouble installing.

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Posted: 21 June 2012 01:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Hello, it’s me Jade. I can walk you through Zip and Rar installs. Just point me to one of your files and we will get you into installing free items in no time. Also I need to know your OS, PC type, and content path.

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Posted: 21 June 2012 08:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Thank you so much, Mike and Jaderail.
And Jaderail, thank you so much for taking the time with me, just one person, when you have done so much in your tutorial to help all of us. So sorry I couldn’t follow you, but I know it is due to the holes in my knowledge, and not you.

I use Windows XP.
I installed DAZ 4 Pro onto my external F drive, and the path is simply F:\DAZ Studio 4 Pro.
Before I installed it I put a file there, with the path F:\DAZ Content and I told D4 when I installed it that that is where the content would be.
I did this because when I followed the regular installing process that it went to C: drive, and finding things became very confusing and frustrating. Now everything is fairly easy to find.

I was trying to install two items.
The first was shaaelia_charlotte for V4, which has 3 zip files…. 63866 is the item number I think
The second was 3d-pinups_old-cauldron_60752

I am sorry I cannot give you real links to Share cg for those items.

Thanks so much.
Randy

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Posted: 21 June 2012 08:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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And I am using a regular PC, no Mac.

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Posted: 21 June 2012 12:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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All I get when I search ShareCG is this file http://www.sharecg.com/v/28521/View/11/Poser/Charlotte-for-Victoria-4.2 is it the correct one?
Also it has been awhile sense I have used XP, does it have Merge as an option if you combine two folders with the same name?

P.S. This might go faster if we worked using PM’s instead of the Forums. But It might be good to show others in the Forums again. It will be up to you.

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Posted: 21 June 2012 01:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Hi Jaderail.

Thanks for this.
Strangely, the one you linked to is not the one I downloaded; my download had three 3 zip files and ran into megabytes.
But the one you pointed out to me, or one you think is better for teaching, is also fine with me.
Bottom line is am eagar to learn and I appreciate your time and effort.
Yes, let’s do it here so it could help others also.

Randy

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Posted: 21 June 2012 02:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Okay, I have bookmarked this thread for easy access. Let’s both start with the file you are wishing to install.
Go back to ShareCG and find Part one of that file. In your brower Highlight the Address in your browser and do Ctrl C to copy the Address.
Come back here and do Ctrl V to Paste that Address into a post. I will get it and the other parts. Then we will work together to get you
Installing Free items. After this you will be a free item nut because all those free items will be ready for you to add and play with
whenever you download and install them.

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