Smart Content is really not very user friendly for a couple reasons:
1) It resets every time you click on something else in the scene list. This makes it particularly irksome when you want to apply material presets to an outfit that has multiple pieces to it. Each time you click on the next item, the smart content view resets and you have to drill back into where you were and then scroll down to the material presets. Terrible user experience.
2) It lumps everything together into one bucket with no discernible sort order. Thus, it’s hard to tell what is the actual figure item itself to load vs a material preset and so on.
3) There is a vast amount of content that does not come with metadata, so you can’t rely on it for finding everything you own anyway.
I long ago gave up on Smart Content. The only thing I ever do with it now is sometimes use it for a quick browse and then use the right-click option to “Open in Content Library” to jump the library tab’s location and then work from the library. But more often than not, I just use the Content Library and ignore Smart Content altogether.
my two cents:
I love the smart content tab and use it all the time for any Genesis work, which I use all the time.
Cant remember the last time I loaded any Gen 4’s into DAZ.
Issue No 1 was bugging me too but not that long ago I discovered this:
If you have genesis loaded, covered with all sorts of pieces of clothing make sure that you are using the Items Tab not the product tab that way when you click on each piece of clothing / prop or accessory the materials options will pop up directly for just that item
Then move to you next item and so forth. I find this much faster now.
Issue No 2: 4.5 Has fixed that now with labels added per item such as:
Clothing / Attachment / Accessory / Material - makes things much faster too identify what is what..
Issue No 3: Still a small bummer but it is slowly disappearing as products are released or updated.
I was such a freak about managing my content categories for this and that, folders within folders…now
ah hell I just install, load my content and the stuff I need…well
pops out of the snow like daisy’s.