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Adding Content installed by Install Manager to DAZ Studio or Poser

Many users have an established content library that they use in DAZ Studio or Poser.  DAZ Install Manager (DIM) can install content quickly and easily.  However, established users will have a different content library than the default path that DIM installs to.  This content path for DIM must be mapped in Studio (or the 'runtime' added in Poser) in order for the DIM-installed content to appear in Studio or Poser.

If you do not have the path to which DIM has installed content mapped in Studio (or added to Poser), then you will not see the content in the respective application.   This article shows how to add the default DIM content folder to DAZ Studio and Poser so that you can see and use the content that DIM has installed.

This article assumes that you have not changed the default content path to which DIM installed content and that you are merely adding that path to Studio or Poser.

By default, DIM will install content to this path:

 

Mac

Users\Shared\My DAZ 3D Library

 

Windows

C:\Users\Public\Documents\My DAZ 3D Library

 

If you have the above path mapped in Studio (or the runtime inside of it added in Poser), you'll be able to see content added to that path.

 

DAZ Studio 4.x

You can add the above path in Studio.  This is called mapping.  First, open the 'Content Directory Manager' dialogue.  There are a few ways to do this in Studio. You can find the 'Content Library Pane' and right-click on the open the to 'Content Directory Manager' by going to EDIT (or DAZStudio on the Mac) --> Preferences --> Content Library --> Content Directory Manager...

 

Content Directory Manager

DS45_MappedDirectories_DIMContentDefault_00.jpg

 

The above screen shot of the Content Directory Manager dialogue has the options for 'DAZ Studio Formats' and for 'Poser Formats' expanded so that you can see what directories (folders) are mapped.  In this snapshot above, the default content path for content installed by DIM is mapped.  For most users, there will often be two or more directories.

You can add a directory by first selecting the content type (DAZ Studio Formats or Poser Formats).  Then click 'Add' to the left.  Browse to and select the folder for default content installed by DIM.

Mac

Users\Shared\My DAZ 3D Library

 

Windows

C:\Users\Public\Documents\My DAZ 3D Library

 

Windows XP
Your path will be different.  You can check in DIM by going to the Settings screen (click gear in top right of DIM).  Then go to 'Installation' Tab to see the 'Install to' path at the top.

 

Make sure you add the path for BOTH DAZ Studio AND Poser Formats.  If you only add it for one, you'll be missing content in the other format.  After you've added the path for both types, click 'Accept' on the bottom of the dialogue.  Now you should be able to find the content installed by DIM in the 'Content Library' Pane or elsewhere as appropriate in DAZ Studio 4.5.

 

POSER

You can add the runtime for content installed by DIM in Poser.  These are the default runtimes for Content installed by DIM to the default path:

Mac

Users\Shared\My DAZ 3D Library

 

Windows

C:\Users\Public\Documents\My DAZ 3D Library

In Poser, you can add a runtime in the Library Panel.  Click the grey folder with the + sign and the running man at the top of the Library Panel.  Browse to and select the runtime folder as shown above.  Now any content that DIM has installed to the default path will be accessible in your Library Panel.

 

Conclusion

This article just shows how to add the default path that DIM installs content to.  You could configure DIM to install content to a different path.  If that path is already added (or mapped) in your application, you would be able to see it.

What if I still cannot see my content?
Studio users may still not see the content in the Smart Content Pane.  Check to make sure that the DCMS (DAZ Content Management Service) is working correctly.  See this article:  
https://helpdaz.zendesk.com/entries/22523891-Trouble-shooting-the-Smart-Content-Pane.

Both Poser and Studio users should check the readme for the product to make sure that you are looking in the right place.  Studio users who can find the content in the Content Library Pane using the path given (not using search) are confirming that the product has been installed and mapped correctly.

 

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