More questions and answers!
This, from Blaquesaber:
If we find zip files containing stuff meant for other 3d software which ones can Daz accept? What file types? Do they all unzip and install the same?
DAZ Studio is at it’s happiest with Poser-format files. To use those, unzip the archive and you should find a Runtime folder inside. Just copy that into your Program Files/DAZ Studio/content folder. You’ll see a Runtime folder already there – it’s ok to tell it to overwrite as it’s not actually overwriting, but adding new stuff. You can add content in this way while DAZ Studio is still running too, and it’ll automatically update the content list for you. Which is nice.
DAZ Studio will work with Poser-ready figures, props, poses and lights – though they’ll come in with the Shadow Maps disabled by default. DAZ Studio doesn’t work with Poser’s dynamic hair or clothing (yet!), but that makes up a tiny minority of the available goodies out there.
It will also import Lightwave or OBJ files too. OBJ is a standard(-ish) file format used by Vue, Maya and all of the “big” players in the 3D world. Use File->Import and navigate to the file you want to load in. It’s likely you’ll need to fiddle with the Scale dial in the Parameters tab when it’s imported, but the content should come in just fine. Some OBJs don’t store their texture-data correctly (or at all), so you may need to load in and fiddle with the textures in the Surfaces tab once it’s in too. My recommendation is aim for DAz Studio-specific files first, Poser second, then use OBJs and the rest only if there’s something you’re willing to invest the time in importing properly.
Eric Maziade asked what do do if content doesn’t appear in your Contents tab after having trouble finding Michael 4 after installation.
DAZ Studio confusingly offers two choices when it comes to organizing your content – either sorted into categories (People, Animals, etc) or organized in folder order as they’re stored under the Runtime folder. Categorised is good if you’ve a tidy mind and don’t mind sorting all of the items out by hand, but if (like me) you’re a human being, switch to Folder view and all should be well.
Do do this: In the Contents tab, click the little triangle in the top righthand corner and select “View Folders as List”.
If that doesn’t work (unlikely, but I’ve seen it happen) you’ll need to tell DAZ Studio to treat your content folder like a Poser runtime folder. Only do this is the above doesn’t work!
Go to Edit->Preferences and go into the Directories tab.
In there, choose “Poser content directories” from the dropdown, then click “Add..” and select C:/Program Files/DAZ Studio/content.
Press Accept, and this will display all of the content you’ve added into your DAZ Studio runtime folder as it’s sorted on the hard disk. Hopefully, you should then see Michael 4 under the content folder, in Figures->DAZ People.
Hope that helps!
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