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Posted: 29 June 2012 12:59 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Http://free.daz3d.com now redirects to the main store page.


Is there any chance we’ll be seeing these goodies again?  First generation Victoria and Michael things are still sold in the store, after all. 


I ask mostly because of three items:  Questor’s Knives, Questor’s Swords and the Desert Eagle pistol.  Updated with current shaders, these hold their own against current smartprops, and there’s no set as big and varied as the Knives and Swords available now. 


I’ve used the Desert Eagle as recently as the main promo for this product.  I mean look at those things!  Not only are they beautiful meshes and only need a touch of bump and reflection to update them, they came with hand poses that work with Genesis with minimal adjustment.  I use the Questor items all the time when doing portraits of RPG characters.  When I say to myself, “I need a scimitar,” or “I need one of those straight Norman daggers,” I know exactly where to get one.  I’d love to see the constant influx of new users have access to these and other items in that archive, such a boon to the renderer with more time than money.


So I guess what I’m saying is, pretty pretty please? wink

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Posted: 29 June 2012 01:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Posted: 29 June 2012 01:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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There were certainly a large number of exceptionally well built items in the old free site.  However, they’re not free for DAZ… especially not given that there’s a major installer format change going on right now.  While it’s OK to say “I don’t care, I’ll use the old installers” that might be true for some people, but OSX 10.7 users would be left in the cold, etc.

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Posted: 29 June 2012 02:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Are Lion users that different from previous generations of Mac -loving artists, that they would throw a tantrum over having to do the conversion/update dance?


I can certainly see DAZ dropping the archive as a liability for hosting etc. when their freebie system has changed, though.  Especially vs. converting everything to zip files, which would cost money they can’t earn back.


Still, though, there’s surely a way to earn back conversion-time funds on those things, even if it means consolidating into packs and charging for them again.  I know I’d have bought a “legacy weapons” pack incorporating all of the Questor blades if they were $5, and a lot of the old Gen 1-3 goodies are going for that much or less now.  There’s too much good content there to let it go completely to waste.

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Posted: 29 June 2012 03:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I would add a plea that we just get the old freebie archive back on an as-is basis. No updating required. It really is a shame to let those items be lost forever. I scraped it pretty thoroughly before it went down, but there are lots of great items there. Princess Akkan, The Throne of Dagobert, and several great architectural props. Don’t forget the Tree Frog, and the Daz Morphing Python! These freebies have been used multiple times in new users contests, freebie contests, etc. Please just put them back online for the benefit of new users.

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Posted: 29 June 2012 04:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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It is not as simple as just “put it back on line”. It was held on a subdoamin of the old site, which is archived as we know.

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Posted: 29 June 2012 11:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Yes it is that simple.


its data.


If they can’t get a simple download server working this site is in WAY more trouble than they’re admitting.

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Posted: 29 June 2012 11:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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the services for DAZ were held today at pilgrims rest cemetery all were invited but none showed due to the lack of communication provided by the son of DAZ

it was a bare service with no flowers or mourners, she left us too soon and made no plans as to a future for any level of rememberance by her beloved

all that is now left is but a shell that once existed and we are all lesser with the loss

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Posted: 30 June 2012 01:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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pwiecek - 29 June 2012 11:26 PM

If they can’t get a simple download server working this site is in WAY more trouble than they’re admitting.

You’d think they could’ve added a simple PHP redirect or two on the forum archive to avoid breaking all the image links and effectively making the archive useless… but no. The closest thing resembling documentation for DAZ and they destroy it too.

So, the freebie archive is gone too. Personally, access to the archive was originally the sole reason I subscribed to the DAZ newsletter. I guess the question now is if there’s a reason not to unsubscribe.

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Posted: 03 July 2012 05:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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simpleplanning - 29 June 2012 11:59 PM

the services for DAZ were held today at pilgrims rest cemetery all were invited but none showed due to the lack of communication provided by the son of DAZ

it was a bare service with no flowers or mourners, she left us too soon and made no plans as to a future for any level of rememberance by her beloved

all that is now left is but a shell that once existed and we are all lesser with the loss

ROFL! And we still don’t have an animated ROFL….

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Posted: 07 October 2012 03:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Kind of ridiculous that a daz item—currently half off for PC members—references AND includes textures for a DAZ freebie that no longer exists. 

I’m disappointed that DAZ removed its freebies.  I’m disgusted that the Daz store STILL doesn’t know what I purchased, nor does it have a searchable itemized order history.  When you view an individual order, they no longer have links to the products you bought. I’m vastly inconvenienced that I need to use a third party app to check my cart for duplicate purchases, find and reset downloads, and search for items I’ve already bought.

How long has it been since the release of the new and “improved” site??  Don’t get me wrong, I hate installers—but if converting installers to zips could be suspended to fix these PRESSING issues, you’d have much happier customers.  I’m ticked off.  Have been for months.  and NOBODY IS LISTENING.  I’m not alone, either!!!

I WANT THE OLD DAZ BACK.  The new one sucks.  Badly.

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Posted: 07 October 2012 03:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Which freebie is this?

The old Platinum Club forum freebies have now been restored to availability - the free archive was a very mixed bag and I don’t know when, or if the majority will be restored but if you remind us of which one(s) are called by store products we can at least pass on a reminder about those.

Converting installers to zips was actually an important thing fro Mac users, since the current versions of the Mac OS will not run the older installers at all. I’m pretty sure that the web team, who are the ones dealing with the issues you mention, are not involved in the conversion to zip or in the coding of the isntall manager so the two tasks should not directly impact each other (there may be dependencies with the update-checking part of the manager, though).

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Posted: 07 October 2012 03:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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KaribousBoutique - 07 October 2012 03:20 PM

Kind of ridiculous that a daz item—currently half off for PC members—references AND includes textures for a DAZ freebie that no longer exists. 

I’m disappointed that DAZ removed its freebies.  I’m disgusted that the Daz store STILL doesn’t know what I purchased, nor does it have a searchable itemized order history.  When you view an individual order, they no longer have links to the products you bought. I’m vastly inconvenienced that I need to use a third party app to check my cart for duplicate purchases, find and reset downloads, and search for items I’ve already bought.

How long has it been since the release of the new and “improved” site??  Don’t get me wrong, I hate installers—but if converting installers to zips could be suspended to fix these PRESSING issues, you’d have much happier customers.  I’m ticked off.  Have been for months.  and NOBODY IS LISTENING.  I’m not alone, either!!!

I WANT THE OLD DAZ BACK.  The new one sucks.  Badly.

Exactly!

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Posted: 07 October 2012 10:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Richard Haseltine - 07 October 2012 03:30 PM

Which freebie is this?


The Morphing Pedistal.  It’s referenced and textured in the “Sentinels Texture Pack 1 (and 2) for the Gargoyle Hound” product.  http://www.daz3d.com/shop/sentinels-texture-pack-1-for-the-gargoyle-hound

If this is still available somewhere, please do let me know.

Richard Haseltine - 07 October 2012 03:30 PM

Converting installers to zips was actually an important thing fro Mac users, since the current versions of the Mac OS will not run the older installers at all.

... which begs the question, if all installers are eventually being converted into zips, then why are new products still using installers?  I know the mac compatibility issues are limited to older installers, but if things are all going to change… why make you work harder?

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Posted: 08 October 2012 06:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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I’ll see if I can find anything out about the pedestal.

As for the installers, that’s been puzzling me slightly - however I think it’s that a segment of users does want the installer-experience, so until the Install Manager is available they are sticking with actual installers where possible (where Mac compatibility isn’t an issue).

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Posted: 08 October 2012 10:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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I swear, I’m not looking for these, but I’m looking for a particular weapon pose, and I just found another product that references and provides poses for a freebie. 


http://www.daz3d.com/shop/combat-specialist-poses-for-the-modern-warrior-pose-pack-1
“Some poses are meant to be used with the Questor Modern Gun Set found in the DAZ Free Archive”

Gah.

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