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Ack!!

My husband got me Poser 8 last night without my knowledge And now I'm lost, LOL!

I never had Poser 7; when I used Poser 6 all I had to do was unzip into Poser 6 and it would go where it needed to be. Unzipping to Poser 8 (Program Files, Smith Micro, Poser 8), I can't seem to find the files when I open Poser! Ack. Am I missing something?

Oh yeah, he also got me a new computer, so I'm trying to get used to that, too

I know I'm going to feel like a total idiot when this is all straightened out... please be gentle

Thanks!

Lessa 12 years ago
when i used poser 8 I just loaded up Daz's runtime so I wouldnt have to open everything all over again. When I would get something new that was specifically for poser, after that, then Id drop it into the poser file. But having two runtimes seemed to work easily enough.

Poser is confusing though.. its very disorganized.. prepare to pull your hair out, lol
ROzbeans 12 years ago
Not necessarily. You can keep your folders organized from the get-go.

Runtime/libraries/character - Daz People (where you find v4, m4), bases for your clothes, props, hair - etc
Runtime/libraries/pose - Mat files for most everything
Runtime/libraries/hair - some hair goes here if you can't find it in the character file. You don't have to conform this stuff, goes straight to the model.
Runtime/libraries/props - some hair and outfits keeps the extra goodies in here, like jewelry. DM keeps a lot of their separate pieces in here, too. If you can't find it in character, then it's here

The button icons are the same, but you'll notice they're horizontally set up in the top right hand corner. If you're loading a separate runtime, other than in poser8, then you'll have to find it with the +folder icon, but it should all land in poser8/runtime just fine.

You can create folders within the folders I listed above to keep things organized.

Character - !hair, !props, !v4 Clothes
Pose - !!v4, !!V4 vamp, !!hair, !!v4 clothes, !!m4 clothes, !!DM stuff, etc
Props - !!weapons, !!hair, !!jewelry, etc

If you set up your folders first, it makes rearranging them easier, also I don't suggest unzipping/installing more than a handful at a time so you don't get lost.
Lessa 12 years ago
I didnt mean the folders were disorganized hehe
ROzbeans 12 years ago
ROzbeans;94262
Not necessarily. You can keep your folders organized from the get-go.

Runtime/libraries/character - Daz People (where you find v4, m4), bases for your clothes, props, hair - etc
Runtime/libraries/pose - Mat files for most everything
Runtime/libraries/hair - some hair goes here if you can't find it in the character file. You don't have to conform this stuff, goes straight to the model.
Runtime/libraries/props - some hair and outfits keeps the extra goodies in here, like jewelry. DM keeps a lot of their separate pieces in here, too. If you can't find it in character, then it's here

The button icons are the same, but you'll notice they're horizontally set up in the top right hand corner. If you're loading a separate runtime, other than in poser8, then you'll have to find it with the +folder icon, but it should all land in poser8/runtime just fine.


That was for Darsa. Where shit ends up when you extract/unzip it. The rest was me just trying to be helpful, Lessa.
Lessa 12 years ago
yeah, I think folders and runtimes are pretty much the same in both Daz and poser.. whether theyre organized or not is up to the installer.. Sometimes my files are and sometimes they arent.

The frustrating/difficult bit is finding all the other stuff you use regularily and cant find in a place you would expect it to be. Displacement has to be turned on, but its not where you would think, in the material room or something, its elsewhere. Also things like conforming items to figures drives me insane, Theres no simple list to click and check to see whats conformed where, you have to cnform it all individually and its tedious.

Not impossible, just confusing and frustrating and scattered.

I like poser and I cant wait to get it back, I want to be as fluent in it asd I am with daz because they both have their benefits.
ROzbeans 12 years ago
http://www.runtimedna.com/ShaderWorks-Library-Manager.html

This is a script that let's you one click everything in windows first, I mean everything, then it auto conforms, all that junk for you. I have it, haven't really tried using it yet, but I know people who have it love it. Check out the flash movies, I know I should lol.
Laschae 12 years ago
Sad to say I have Basil's script and haven't use it but once lol. I think P8 is ideal for external runtimes and I have all my crap in external runtimes now so they are broken up into smaller bits and it keeps me sane. The ONLY thing you have to install directly into Poser are python scripts or they won't work. I'd just set up external runtimes
Darsa 12 years ago
Okay, time to reveal a little more of my stupidity...

... set up external runtimes? I totally don't get that, LOL. Do you mean just have one like in another folder on my computer, and I can draw from it there??
ROzbeans 12 years ago
From an external hard drive - connected via usb or firewire. It's handy for when your C drive dies (if/when) you still have a functioning, backed up (basically) hard drive off the operating system.
Darsa 12 years ago
I did it! I ran a python script that found the P6 files I had, and added 'em. Oh thank goodness. And thank you guys for the help!
Laschae 12 years ago
Cool! Glad you found your stuff :P
Aniyah 12 years ago
Fun! Hope you have fun with it!
Darsa 12 years ago
Okay, I'm officially back in love with Poser. Wow...
jules 12 years ago
congrats!!!! I love Poser 8 as well. I am now waiting for Poser Pro 2010 which will be release in April just in time for my birthday! Guess what I want for my birthday! giggle! From what I have read it is supposed to be awesome and has a 64 bit rendering engine so that I can finally use my 64 bit OS! I am going to give my Alienware a run for it's money!