How to use the Readme to find Content in DAZ Studio 4

This article shows how to use the readme to find content in the Content Library Tab in DAZ Studio 4.  It's necessary that content has already been installed to the correct target folder.   This article does not show how to install content correctly.  Any problems with content installation, including the target folder, should be resolved before using this article.  This article refers to the old, pre-Install Manager readme's.  Readme's for new content and updated older content are now kept online in the docs center here:


Why Doesn't All Content Show Up In the Smart Content Tab?
DAZ Studio 4 offers the new feature of the Smart Content Tab.  This is a great feature that makes finding and using content much more user-friendly than the old 'Content' Tab in DAZ Studio 3.  This feature was offered roughly in the summer of 2011.  For technical reasons outside the scope of this article, most content made before summer of 2011 does not show up in the Smart Content Tab.  This content only shows up in the 'Content Library' Tab.

Use the Readme
It's really important to use the Readme for the content product.  The readme gives the specific locations of the files for the product.  If you don't use the readme, you will have to guess which will be time-consuming and you may still not find the content.  Using the readme is easy, once you understand how to do it.

What is the Readme?
The readme is an html document written to your hard drive when you install the content product.  The readme can be viewed in a web browser like Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, or Firefox.  You do not need to be connected to the internet to view the readme because the readme is written locally on your hard drive.

How Can I Find the Readme?
The readme can be accessed in two ways.  You can view the readme at the end of the installation of the content product.  You can browse to the readme on your hard drive and view it.

Viewing the Readme at the End of Installation
You can choose to view the readme at the end of the installation of the content. Towards the end of the running of a content installer, you will see a box with the text 'View Readme.'


Make sure to check the box to view the ReadMe for the product. 



Click 'Finish' and next the ReadMe for this product will display.



Viewing the Readme in the Readme's Folder
You can also find the readme in the ReadMe's Folder.  For new products, the ReadMe file can be found in the Readme's Folder here:

...My Library\ReadMe's

To find this, you need to browse to the 'My Library' Folder on your hard drive.  The location of the 'My Library' folder is explained in a different article.  For ease of use, the path to the My Library Folder is given here:

DS4 Default Content Install Path, Windows Vista and Windows 7
C:\Users\[Your User Account]\Documents\DAZ 3D\Studio\My Library

DS4 Default Content Install Path, Windows XP
C:\Documents and Settings\[Your User Account]\My Documents\DAZ 3D\Studio\My Library 

DS4 Default Content Install Path, Mac
Users\[Your User Account]\Documents\DAZ 3D\Studio\My Library

Browse to the 'My Library' folder and inside of it, find and open the 'ReadMe's' folder.  The picture below gives an example of the 'ReadMe's' folder in Windows 7.

View_Readme_06.jpgLook for the readme for the particular product you want.  Readme's for newer products will begin with the word 'Readme' followed by the number of the product (IDX) and then the name of the product.

See the screen shot below.  Please note that the files in your actual ReadMe's folder will not be the same as these. Also, these icons are the default for Google Chrome.  If you are using another browser, your html document icon will look different.


Not all Readme files will begin with Readme and the number of the product.  Older products will have readme's that look like this:


In the above screen shot, you can see that the readme's are named after the name of the product.  The ReadMe for Victoria 4.2 base is called "Victoria4README.htm."

Let's look closely at a Readme file now.  We will look first at the readme file for the Multiplane Cyclorama and then at the readme file for Victoria 4.2 base.

In an earlier screen shot, the file 'ReadMe_651_v1.1_Multiplane Cyclorama was highlighted.  You can double-click the readme to view it.  The readme will open in your default web browser. 

This is a screen shot of the first part of the readme for the Multiplane Cyclorama below:


Notice in the screen shot above the part labeled "Creator Notes."  This is the most important part in ReadMe's for new products.  Let's look at this part closely.


The first part tells you which half of the 'Content Library' Tab to look in.  This is a very important division.  DAZ Studio 4 supports two kinds of content: DAZ Studio Format and Poser Format.  When you look for content in the Content Library Tab, the first thing to know is whether it's in the DAZ Studio Formats portion or the Poser Formats portion.  Content is organized in folders and sub-folders in the Content Library Tab.

Next we see a list of bulleted folders: FIGURES, CAMERA, LIGHTS, POSE, PROPS.  These are standard Poser Format folder groups.  Next to each, we see the name of the folder that holds the icons (product thumbnails) specific to this product, Multiplane Cyclorama: Environment, Environment, Environment, MAT MPCyc, Environment.  

We want to load the 'figure' for the Multiplane Cyclorama first.  Using the Readme above, we know that it is here:

Poser Formats --> FIGURES --> Environment

Since we have installed our content to 'My Library,' we can add that in the location:

Poser Formats ---> My Library --> FIGURES --> Environment.

Let's look at the 'Content Library' Tab in DAZ Studio 4 and see how this works:


 Please see the above screen shot of the 'Content Library' Tab.  In this screen shot, the Tab is set to 'View Folders as Tree.'  If you have your Content Library Tab set to 'View Folders as List,' it will look different. 

Our ReadMe tells us to go to:
Poser Formats ---> My Library --> FIGURES --> Environment

We can highlight the Poser Formats folder.  Click the little triangle to the left to expand it.  When you expand the folder, you can see the sub-folders in it.  We can see the sub-folder 'My Library.'  Let's highlight 'My Library.'


Let's continue using the path that our Readme tells us to use (Poser Formats ---> My Library --> FIGURES --> Environment).  See the screen shot below and note each folder in the path.  You'll see 'Environment' highlighted at the bottom.


Once you have the folder 'environment' highlighted, you can look in the lower half of the 'Content Libary' Tab.  Let's do that now.


Look at the screen shot above.  See the lower half of the Content Library Tab.  It is marked in a red box.  These are the icons you can use to load components of the Multiplane Cyclorama.  

Use the Readme to find other components of the product, such as POSE presets to change the texture of the product.

Another Example
Let's see another example of how to find content in the Content Library Tab.   This time, we will look at the readme for Victoria 4.2 base.  At the time this article was written, the ReadMe for Victoria 4.2 base had not be redone.  To find the ReadMe for Victoria 4.2 base, look for and double-click the file called 'Victoria4README.htm.'  The location of the file was explained earlier in this article.

This is a screen shot of the ReadMe for Victoria 4.2 base below:



The layout and the typeface of this readme are a little different from the one we saw earlier.  However, the main important directions in the readme are still basically the same.  Let's look at the text under 'Product Information.'  See the screen shot below:


Can you see the important information for finding the Victoria 4.2 base figure?  Now let's look at the same screen shot with the folders marked in red below:


Look at the screen shot above.  See that 'Poser Libraries,' 'FIGURES,' and 'DAZ People' are noted with red.  This tells us that the path to the content for this part is:

POSER FORMATS --> My Library --> FIGURES --> DAZ People.  Let's find this path in the Content Library Tab in DAZ Studio:



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