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Posted: 05 October 2012 04:59 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I have, for example, the M4 character and all his poses, clothing, hair and texture presets all together in one folder structure so I know exactly where it’s at. Will I be able to keep such a manually created folder structure with the new version of DS?  I prefer full manual control of my content - logically organized, easy to find, and as simple as possible.

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Posted: 05 October 2012 06:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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max v nimos - 05 October 2012 04:59 PM

I have, for example, the M4 character and all his poses, clothing, hair and texture presets all together in one folder structure so I know exactly where it’s at. Will I be able to keep such a manually created folder structure with the new version of DS?  I prefer full manual control of my content - logically organized, easy to find, and as simple as possible.


Yes but you won’t be able to use product metadata and you’ll need to manually reorganize everytime you update a product (which happens more often than it should these days - I think DAZ is a bit swamped).

The recommended approach (which even some die-hard compulsive self-organizers have moved to) is to leave files & folders where they are and use categories to organize things any way you like. That allows you to benefit from the metadata, it insulates you from product updates and you can literally organize any way you like, even using multiple methods.

There are a couple of good tutorials on categorization (http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/306/) and you can check the link in my sig if you ever get interested in metadata (which you might be, if you’re a compulsive organizer).

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Posted: 05 October 2012 07:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Manually organised content is how I’ve worked for several years now, and DS still caters for those of us that prefer to DIY rather than use a crappy database system, the Content Library tab show your listed DS directories as they appear on your drive as well as your listed Poser runtimes, it sadly also shows the DB system as well, but if you don’t use the CMS then you’ll never see that part smile.

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Posted: 05 October 2012 07:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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My method of manual madness - http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/2460/#32068

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Posted: 05 October 2012 10:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I’m simply not comfortable with any piece of software auto-managing my content.  One crash or glitch could potentially screw up 10 years worth of organization.  Right now, if I install a V4 shirt, I just move it to the V4/clothing folder and everything is neat n simple.  Reminds me of auto-focus lenses:  My 35 year old manual-focus lens still works perfectly, while a bunch of newer auto-focus lenses have already failed.

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