It’s too bad the switchover of the forums clobbered Jaderail’s fine tutorial. In the meantime, let’s see if I can shed any light on the subject. From your earlier post:
“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.”
So, “F:\DAZ Content” is where you pointed all the Daz installers when you run the Daz exe installers? In your DS Preferences, that folder needs to be declared as both Daz Studio and Poser format for content. The Poser directory structure is quite restrictive. Once you have this folder set up properly, there should be a “F:\DAZ Content\Runtime” folder. Almost all Poser format freebie zip files will have “Runtime” at the top level of the zip file directory structure. The gist of installing the zip file content is, you unzip the file(s) into a temp folder (maybe F:\tmp), and then drag and drop the Runtime folder from F:\tmp to F:\DAZ Content. In principle, it’s as simple as that, BUT there are caveats.
You should have:
You should NOT have any of the following:
Nested Runtime or content folders will drive you right ‘round the bend. Your “F:\DAZ Content” folder should be the equivalent of the “My Library” folder everyone is talking about. Nothing wrong with where you installed it, you just have to be consistent about installing things.
F:\DAZ Content == My Library == content
“content” was the DS3 top level folder for content, and some freebie zip files will have “content” as the top level folder. If you get a “content” folder when you unzip something, go into the “content” folder, and drag and drop all the items in there into F:\DAZ Content. Items that are actually in Daz Studio format will have folders directly under “content” (like Lights, etc.) and these belong under F:\DAZ Content, not under a Runtime folder.