Can't execute the DAZ exe file in MAC OS

dePeyracdePeyrac Posts: 0
edited December 1969 in New Users

I have bought a number of figures were it is just impossible to make the DAZ exe file work under Mac. I click but it is not executing (or it is hidden somewhere. I can't load the file in POSER 7. Surprizingly some work...and some don't. Anyone who can help me with this?
Many thanks for your help guys/girls.

Walther

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  • Kulay WolfKulay Wolf Posts: 11,071
    edited December 1969

    I thought Macs cannot run exe files.

  • dePeyracdePeyrac Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    Thanks for your note. Still sell the files "for MAC". Any other way to install the files? thanks for your help.

    Walther

  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 19,925
    edited May 2012

    Did you make sure that you had downloaded the MAC version


    Can you tell us which files you are having trouble with ?

    Post edited by Chohole on
  • dePeyracdePeyrac Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    Yes, It is the MAC version that I downloaded. ........

  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 19,925
    edited December 1969

    So can you tell us which files.

    I ask this because some of the really old installers are throwing up errors, whether they are for PCs or for MACs.


    So if these are older figures then it may be this known error which you are experiencing.

  • dePeyracdePeyrac Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    It is:
    *Michael 4
    *Muscle (Anatomy) Morphs and Maps (V4 bundle)

    These are old indeed. Hope you can help

    Walther

  • dePeyracdePeyrac Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    I would from far prefer a good old ZIP file that Unzips right to the right Runtime folder. These work perfectly well.

  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 19,925
    edited December 1969

    OK, these are not the installers that are giving problems, as they are newer installers.

    Zip files are coming, in the meantime I will see if I can find someone who knows Macs to help you.

  • TotteTotte Posts: 7,080
    edited December 1969

    dePeyrac said:
    I have bought a number of figures were it is just impossible to make the DAZ exe file work under Mac. I click but it is not executing (or it is hidden somewhere. I can't load the file in POSER 7. Surprizingly some work...and some don't. Anyone who can help me with this?
    Many thanks for your help guys/girls.

    Walther

    Hello,

    couple of question to grasp where and what goes wrong.

    (a) What are the exact filenames of the files you downloaded (very important), including the file extension?
    (b) What version of Mac OS X are you using?

    With answers to these questions I can most probably help you, but are some "golden rules" anyway.

    (1) Mac OS X 10.7 does not have the Rosetta PPC emulation in it, so old PPC code cannot run. The old Wise installers are all PPC based, and wont run under 10.7 (easily anyway You can run a Mac OS X 10.6.8 or Windows using Virtual Box and install into an empty runtime, and then zip the results).

    (2) Old installers are compressed with Stuffit (.sit) and not Zip (.zip). Stuffit Expander can be freely downloaded here: http://www.stuffit.com/mac-expander.html.

    (3) Often those old .sit installers contains the old Wise installers see (1), but in the shift between the older WIse and the Newer BitRock installers, some bitrock installers are compressed using Stuffit.

    (4) Really really old Wise installers (from 2004 or earlier) are 68k installers and they wont run at all, but those can easily be installed using SheepShaver, http://sheepshaver.cebix.net/, same installation procedures as (1)

    / Totte

  • dePeyracdePeyrac Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    Hi there and thanks for trying to help me.

    the extensions are . app / ds.app/ dcp.app
    My Mac Os version is 10.6.8

    Walther

  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 19,925
    edited December 1969

    If you are installing to Poser, then the only installer you need bother about is the one labelled .dpc. THe other extensions you mention are for use when installing into Daz Studio,

  • TotteTotte Posts: 7,080
    edited December 1969

    dePeyrac said:
    Hi there and thanks for trying to help me.

    the extensions are . app / ds.app/ dcp.app
    My Mac Os version is 10.6.8

    Walther

    OK, I see, they are the new installers, the problem might be that you have set Safari to "autoextract safe filetypes", I prefer to unzip the files myself. (Otherwise you would have seen the .zip files).

    But I've never had problems on 10.6.8 installing files. (sorry, need to read you original post once more before I can comment further now when I got some facts) OK, I think I see what the problem is now...

    You can run the installers fine, but you cant see the result of the installed content? That's it.
    I guess the default path for the installation suggested by the installers are wrong (they always are on Mac OS X).
    Did you select where to install the content, and what did you select?

  • dePeyracdePeyrac Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    I have downloaded ZIP files from DAZ , which, once unzipped appear to be ".app" files or "ds.app". This is where the trouble begins as, when I double click the ".app" files, nothing happens, appart from a very brief flash on my screen. I do not have a chance to even see the usual "DAZ" invite where you are asked to choose the Poser folder where you plan to file. The strange thing is that it has worked in a number of cases with other files.

    Thanks again for your efforts in helping me

    Walther

  • dePeyracdePeyrac Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    ..... I am using Firefox.....not sure that's the problem

  • TotteTotte Posts: 7,080
    edited December 1969

    OK, check your "system messages", the installers are pretty good at logging what goes wrong.
    On thing that can go wrong is "execution permission", which do get lost of the files are moved to a "non HFS formatted disk", for example a USB stick and then back to a Mac OS X file system.

    But post what the log says from the installers.

  • dePeyracdePeyrac Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    Where do I find these messages ? in "system Information"... looks like this is slightly beyond my knowledge of Mac OS

  • TotteTotte Posts: 7,080
    edited December 1969

    dePeyrac said:
    Where do I find these messages ? in "system Information"... looks like this is slightly beyond my knowledge of Mac OS

    In Application/Tools you have an application called "Console" or "System messages" (I'm running a Swedish OS version so I'm guessing what the original name is, but the icon looks like this:

    sysmess.jpg
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  • TotteTotte Posts: 7,080
    edited December 1969

    When you run it you will see a window and in the top right corner a search box, type ds.app there to filter out what you are interested in.

  • dePeyracdePeyrac Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    yes thanks, found it in the meantime, but not much I can gather from here:

    28/05/12 23:43:00 com.apple.launchd.peruser.502[242] ([0x0-0x83f83f].com.bitrock.installbuilder[16654]) posix_spawn("/Users/WGA Management/Back-up/Poser Anatomy/ps_mr259_V4MuscleMorphs.app/Contents/MacOS/installbuilder.sh", ...): Permission denied

  • dePeyracdePeyrac Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    No idea on why it denies permission to execute the "app"

  • dePeyracdePeyrac Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    Could I have ticked a box somewhere that would prevent ".app" files to be executed?

  • TotteTotte Posts: 7,080
    edited December 1969

    dePeyrac said:
    yes thanks, found it in the meantime, but not much I can gather from here:

    28/05/12 23:43:00 com.apple.launchd.peruser.502[242] ([0x0-0x83f83f].com.bitrock.installbuilder[16654]) posix_spawn("/Users/WGA Management/Back-up/Poser Anatomy/ps_mr259_V4MuscleMorphs.app/Contents/MacOS/installbuilder.sh", ...): Permission denied

    Told you, permission problems. Where did you unzip the files? In your "downloaded files" or any other place "under" your home directory or somewhere else? This usually happens if you unzip to a directory where you are not really supposed to write stuff.

    You can fix this manually using the terminal
    Start Terminal.app

    type cd then drag the ds.app to the terminal window, now hit
    now type chmod -R +x Contents/


    Now try run it.

  • dePeyracdePeyrac Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    It says "no such file in directory".... any more chance if I just try to unzip in another folder. where should I go from once my ZIP files are in my "Downloads" folder (my version is in French..... so try to translate

  • TotteTotte Posts: 7,080
    edited May 2012

    try to unzip in a folder in your home. I've never had this problems except once when I moved filed from one machine to another via USB-stick.

    if you do as I said in terminal (step one), then type pwd , what does it say?

    Post edited by Totte on
  • dePeyracdePeyrac Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    When you say step one, is that "cd" or is it the whole path that you advised?
    .....because it doesn't work

    Nor can I execute the .app in a home folder... Thanks for your help though but I have to take a train at 5 am and really need to sleep now.

    have a good night and thanks again

    Walther

  • dePeyracdePeyrac Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    .... I hate Mac...never had any problems with PC though. since on mac, my life is a nightmare

  • TotteTotte Posts: 7,080
    edited December 1969

    dePeyrac said:
    When you say step one, is that "cd" or is it the whole path that you advised?
    .....because it doesn't work

    Nor can I execute the .app in a home folder... Thanks for your help though but I have to take a train at 5 am and really need to sleep now.

    have a good night and thanks again

    Walther

    example:
    cd /Users//Downloads/12345_cooldazthingy_ds.app

  • TotteTotte Posts: 7,080
    edited December 1969

    dePeyrac said:
    .... I hate Mac...never had any problems with PC though. since on mac, my life is a nightmare

    I guess the issue is that you are unfamiliar with how Mac OS X works, very easy to think Windows and Mac OS X works the same, much like switching between driving on the right or the left side of the road, when it comes to "spine reflexes" you will turn the wrong way, always.

  • Bernard AdamsBernard Adams Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    I'm on OSX 10.7. With initial instal of DAZ, I had to go into 'Utilities' and verify and repair 'Disc Permissions'. D.P.'s are what allows the apps to interact. DON'T TRY ANYTHING ELSE IN UTILITIES. Hope this helps a little.

  • edited December 1969

    Totte said:
    dePeyrac said:
    yes thanks, found it in the meantime, but not much I can gather from here:

    28/05/12 23:43:00 com.apple.launchd.peruser.502[242] ([0x0-0x83f83f].com.bitrock.installbuilder[16654]) posix_spawn("/Users/WGA Management/Back-up/Poser Anatomy/ps_mr259_V4MuscleMorphs.app/Contents/MacOS/installbuilder.sh", ...): Permission denied

    Told you, permission problems. Where did you unzip the files? In your "downloaded files" or any other place "under" your home directory or somewhere else? This usually happens if you unzip to a directory where you are not really supposed to write stuff.

    You can fix this manually using the terminal
    Start Terminal.app

    type cd then drag the ds.app to the terminal window, now hit
    now type chmod -R +x Contents/


    Now try run it.

    Thanks Totte, this worked for me. However, it must be done for each file to be extracted. A better way when extracting multiple files is to combine them into a new directory, cd into that directory via Terminal, and chmod -R +x */.

    BTW, I downloaded the files via Safari to the default directory, "Downloads" in my user directory. Obviously, this is a defect that will negatively affect many Mac users. I'm not sure why Daz felt the need to use such an unusual file format, but if the permissions issue can't be resolved by them, they should revert to a less problem prone format.

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