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How To Organize Your Runtimes by MaiganLeigh How To Organize Your Runtimes by MaiganLeigh
Easy way to make sure you can find your products. This tutorial shows you how to set up the external runtimes. The next tutorial will show you how to load them :)

Made this for the :icondazclub:
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Joltrast Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tut is brilliant. Thank you for making this!

I wish I'd known you could install to a different directory when I first started playing with DAZ about 6 months ago. I just assumed everything had to go in content\runtime. My folder is a complete mess now!

Can I move stuff already installed, or would I have to start from scratch?
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MaiganLeigh Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Trying to move the already installed content can be tricky.

You might try moving it and if that doesn't work you can always start over ;)
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shadowbob19 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student Photographer
thank you for making this very helpful thank you so much
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MaiganLeigh Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're Welcome! :D
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WyldAngelDesignz Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is going to make my life so much easier. I accidentally deleted DAZ and Poser from my pc and have been pulling out my hair, trying to remember how to install all this stuff.
Thank you very much for this series of tuts.
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MaiganLeigh Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're Welcome! :D
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Urd-Yggradsil Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for putting together the tutorial - I'm just starting in poser 2010 pro
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MaiganLeigh Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're Welcome! :D
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Lord-Crios Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But if i create all this runtimes, DAZ become mad and slow.
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MaiganLeigh Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
works best if you have a separate hd for your runtimes :)
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Lord-Crios Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really i'm not sure it work well. You've more than 1 HD for every Runtime?
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MaiganLeigh Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have 1 hd for all of my runtimes. It runs much faster this way. I also set up my mom's, my husband's and my daughter's runtimes this way :)
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Lord-Crios Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uhm, i've more 10 runtimes, but when i've created one more, DAZ allert me that can become more slow if i add more runtimes.
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MaiganLeigh Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You may want to just load the runtimes that you are working with at that time. If I am working with V4 - I only load my runtime containing all of V4 content plus the runtime I created containing HAIR. Sometimes I will load my PROPS runtime as well if I think I may need something from that folder. This way Daz isn't searching thru runtimes that you don't need for that render.

Hope this helps :)
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Lord-Crios Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uhm, i must think on.
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lenoueveo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Thank you so much, don't have a lot of time at the moment to thank properly.. however I love all of these tutorials.. Big Christmas Hugs to Maighan :)
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MaiganLeigh Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww: you're welcome. Merry Christmas sweetie :xmas:
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chiiplushie Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very useful, thank you!

Question: If Daz-specific files are organized like this, but I have a second folder for Poser or Zip files that don't install to Daz on their own, can I set up similar directories? Or will they need to be sorted differently?

An accident involving a piece of crap computer, a spiteful hard drive and my own stupidity cost me all my Daz/Poser content files recently, so it's good to have this info as I go back into rebuilding.
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MaiganLeigh Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :hug:

Yes, your poser files can be set up like this as well. The zip files just have to be extracted and you "copy or cut" the extracted RUNTIME folder and "paste" it into the Daz Runtime folder you have set up.

I have been asked to make a tutorial to explain the zip files and how to install/organize them. I plan to do this after the holidays ;)
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chiiplushie Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent! I'll keep an eye out for it. :)

Getting more organized was on my list of Things To Do, but by that time it had gotten to be such a daunting task that I didn't really want to bother. After all, I knew where everything was, right? :D

Wellp, now I have nothing, so organizing will be a snap as I rebuild. :P
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Silverwind3D Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe wish I would have known this when I got started. Got too much in there now to try and reorganize everything. I've got it seperated out by where I bought things. Was thinking about doing it in terms of the creator, but I guess it doesn't matter too much. This is very helpful though. :)
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MaiganLeigh Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :hug:
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boot-cheese-3000 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
wonderful! this whole set of tutorials gets my patented "thumbz up" award! i can't wait to get crackin' on the program!:w00t!::iconthumbsupplz:
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MaiganLeigh Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :glomp:
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boot-cheese-3000 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
oh most definitely.:hug:
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Ascavilya Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Great series of tutes Maigan, like a few others I could have done with these when I first started too.

One thing I have learnt recently is that it's a VERY good idea to invest in an external HDD and have your content installed to this rather than your local HDD.

I started with everything dumped into the default install location and after having to format my PC I decided I would "clean up" my runtime and separate everything out. This was going along really well until a Microsoft update killed my PC and the solution - format and reload... Again.

So I'm now in the process of reloading my content for a second time and this time the majority is going to an external HDD. the only stuff that isn't is the base figures and the base morphs (mostly cause there can be issues with the ++Morphs and Elite morphs if the base is located in a differnt location to the morph files, or so I've read).

The other thing that I have found is a nifty app called PzDB. Purchased it through Renderosity and in essence it is an access database that will search your runtime allow you to catagorise your content by figure, keyword, date installed, etc. As you would expect it is fully searchable and makes finding those elusive items much easier than trawling through your entire runtime.
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MaiganLeigh Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Matt :hug:

I have 3 internal HDs and 1 external. I keep several backup copies of my runtimes in case any of my HDs decide to crash.

I will have to check out PzDB. Thanks for that info and good luck reinstalling your content :hug:
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Ascavilya Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Student Digital Artist
No probs at all Maigan.

I'm getting there slowly, it's annoying when you go to copy content you've burnt to DVD only to get CRC errors reading the disk. Still, it could be worse.
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SiathLinux Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, this would have been really useful a couple of years ago when I was really into DAZ... though I have it for 'reference' (especially for scale of objects based on M3 being 6' ) and of course many of the 'structures' give me ideas for use in Blender (creating my own things)
With folders like this set up it would be easier to create things placing them into the right folders for importing into DAZ easily.
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MaiganLeigh Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do find this type of organization makes it a LOT easier to find what I need plus some things I didn't even know I had! :lol:
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SiathLinux Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always having to 'search' for the mesh, the texture or something when importing, if they are all in the 'Daz Runtime' tree then it either finds it or it's a lot easier to fetch if Daz doesn't find it.
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MaiganLeigh Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod:
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akulla3D Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Maigan this is awesome. Can you do one for zip files, I get asked that all the time. Especially when people buy stuff from Rendo. Really nice job, wish I had these tuts when I was a young pup to DAZ.

:)
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MaiganLeigh Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Roger. :hug:ssss

Yes, I can see about making one for the zip files. It might be after the holidays before I can get to it :)

I know when I first started with Daz, I needed these myself :lol: So I thought surely there are others out there who need the help as well ;)
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akulla3D Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thx your a sweetheart.
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MaiganLeigh Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww: :blush:
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MrE1967 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
Very cool tutorial.
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MaiganLeigh Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :)
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MrE1967 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
Your welcome.
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jamesglover Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008
Interesting how one can make one's life easier if he's not too lazy to put a little effort in saving a lot of efforts...
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MaiganLeigh Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
true :nod:
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