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DAZ Install Manager FAQ

 

How do I download my purchased items from my account?

001.jpgThis image shows you a “Ready to Download” screen populated with the files waiting in our account.

You are able to see the Product Name and can tell immediately if the file is new and waiting for Download, or if it is an Update as seen with “Ethnicity” and “Evolution” morphs in our example.

If you are logged in, and have no files listed, this means you have nothing new to download. If you are sure you have new files, make sure you are logged in to the correct account, and that you are not “Working Offline”. Also make sure you are showing any files you may have hidden. The “Display Hidden” box should be checked if you have hidden files and wish to see them.

NOTE: There are several advanced options for viewing and managing files in the Right-click context menus. Please refer to the Reference Guide for more information on these features.

You now have the following choices:
Download All Files - Check the “Product Updates” or “Products” boxes and all your files will be selected under each header. Click “Start Queue”.
Download Selected Files - This is the same, but instead, individually select the files you want to download. This is good if you run multiple programs and want to download to separate locations. Again, click the “Start Queue” once you have made your choices.
Download One File at a Time - To download a single file in the list, you can click the “Download” button to the right of the file you want to download.
Install after Download - If this check box is ticked, anything you download will install immediately after download. The files will install to the location you have set in “Settings”, so if you have multiple locations, make sure you have the correct one selected before choosing this option.
View the Product Documentation - You can view a product's online documentation at any time by clicking the “i” to the far right of the Product Name.
Clear Queue - You can clear your selections at any time by clicking the Clear Queue button.
Show Details - If this check box is ticked, you can see the installation paths of your content, plugins and software.

 

NOTE: Checking the “Install After Download” box will do exactly that. As soon as the Zip is downloaded it will install to the currently selected location. This goes on even if you are still downloading other files. If you want to install files to different locations, make sure to uncheck this box.

 

Why is my screen not showing my most recent stuff?
002.pngClicking the Refresh Button causes the lists on the Ready to Download PageReady to Install Page and Installed Page, in the Product Status area, to be rebuilt from the information available at that moment in time. For the average user, this is useful for causing the list on the Ready to Download Page to refresh when a new purchase has been made on the DAZ 3D store, after you have already signed in to your account with Install Manager. For the advanced user, this is also useful if you have made changes to the downloads folder or configuration files while the application is running.


Parent Elements

Below is a list of interface elements that the Refresh Button can exist within:
Main Window – The main window of the application.


How and where do I set up my download locations?
Step 1
003.pngOnce you have logged into Install Manager you will see this screen.

In the top right corner is a small Gear icon. This is where you access your settings.

Click the “Gear icon” now.

 

Step 2
004.pngYour Settings window has several Page and options:

Accounts - This will list the account(s) you have added - These can be edited by right-clicking the account name. You can not edit the account you are currently logged into.
Downloads - Allows you to set the location to save your downloaded files
Installation - Allows you to set and add Content (Runtime) install paths
Applications - Lists the location (paths) of your supported applications
+/- - Add/Remove Accounts on the Accounts Page, or Install Locations on the Installation Page
Show Log - Click this any time you need to review the log file
Help - Link to online documentation like this User Guide
Show Tool Tips - Toggle Tool Tips on and off

 
NOTE: You can click the ” + ” in the bottom left corner of the Accounts or Installation pages to add accounts/locations at any time, as needed. Remember, each account can have different download locations and preferences.

For more advanced information on these Features, please see: User Interface (UI)

We will now move to the Downloads Page to begin telling IM where we want things to go…

 

Step 3
005.pngThe Downloads and Installation pages are where most of your customization will take place. In Downloads, you tell the application where to save the files you download from your store account.

Download To Where - Click the ” … ” browse button and choose the location you want the application to save any content installers it downloads from your account. This can be on your local drive, or an external location. For help on downloading files from your account, please see Downloading With Install Manager (WIP)

Using the application Show filter - Sometimes finding what you want in your account can be a bit daunting. Especially if you have a large catalog of purchases. In this section, you can filter the products by the application(s) you choose. Different combinations will give different results. If you are expecting a file you do not see, try adding another filter to your selection. Older files are backwards compatible, with some exceptions. This means if you have DAZ Studio 4.5 selected you will see more content than if you select DAZ Studio 3. DS 3 will not read .DSF (DS 4) or .DUF (DS 4.5) files so any of this type content would be filtered out. DS 4.5 will read all files extension, so you would see a great deal more products listed.


Once you have your location added, switch over to the Installation Page…

 

Step 4
006.jpg64 bit Software – This is the location your 64 bit software installs to.
32 bit Software - This is the location your 32 bit software installs to.
Unless you install Program Files to a different drive than the defaults, you should not change these.

Allow Shortcuts – If you want shortcuts to show up on your desktop or in your Start menu, then tick these check boxes.

Content Updates – You can choose to install content updates to Respective “Installed” Paths (original installation path) or to Selected Path.

Current - If you use one program and have a single location set for content installation, you will see “Recommended DAZ Studio/Poser Content Folder”. If you use multiple programs such as DAZ Studio, Poser and Carrara on the same machine, you may have multiple content locations mapped. If you add your various folder paths, you will be able to choose where you want your content to be installed at any given time. For more on this please see Installing With Install Manager (WIP).

To change the Recommended DAZ Studio/Poser Content Folder location, you need to add a new path. Click on the "+" at the bottom left of the screen and browse to the installation path and click "Accept".

Now you should see both paths listed. If you no longer need the Recommended DAZ Studio/Poser Content Folder installation path, you can delete it by clicking "-" with the path selected.

To add another location, click the ” + ” button in the lower left corner and browse to the folder location you want to add. Once it is added, you can now select it from the drop down list below.

Any added locations will now be available in the Current: drop-down selection below.


NOTE: It is highly recommended that you choose an install location that is different than you currently installed content.

Step 5
007.jpgThe Applications tab simply shows a list of paths where recognized software is located.

To add an installation path for your software, click on the "+" at the bottom left of the screen, choose the application name, version and bit; click the "..." button and browse to the installation path of your application and click "Accept".


When you are done, select “Accept” and the settings window will save your changes and close. You will now be back in the main interface.

 


How do I sort and filter my content?

Sorting
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You can quickly sort your files by “A to Z” or by several other options. The “Sort Order” drop-down contains the following selections:

Name: A to Z - Sorts the list by descending alphabetical order.

Name: Z to A - Sorts the list by ascending alphabetical order.

Product ID: Highest First - Highest ID, in descending order.

Product ID: Highest First - Lowest ID, in ascending order.

Download Size: Largest First - Largest Zip size, in descending order.

Download Size: Smallest First - Smallest Zip size, in ascending order.

Download Date: Recent First - Newest downloaded, in descending order.

Download Date: Oldest First - Oldest downloaded, in ascending order.

Order Date: Recent First - Newest purchases, in descending order.

Order Date: Oldest First - Oldest purchases, in ascending order.

Status: Busy First - Active Zips in Queue, in descending order.

Status: Idle First - Idle Zips in Queue, in ascending order.

Selection: Selected First - Selected Zips in Queue in descending order.

Selection: Non-Selected First - Non-Selected Zips in Queue in ascending order.


Filtering
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Filtering in Install Manager is very easy, but also has very advanced filtering modifiers available. We will cover the basic keyword filtering below. Please refer to the Reference Guide section on Advanced Filtering for more ways to view the products you want to see, and how you want to see them.

If you want to filter your file view to show only specific files, you can type your chosen keyword in the “Filter Field” as shown in the left-hand image below. We used 'Genesis'. Only products with the keyword 'Genesis' in the name, are showing. You can also use phrases. If you know all or part of a product name, type it in and the filter will show any products with that particular 'phrase'.

The nice thing about this feature is that is keeps your checked selections as you change filter words. Here, we are going to check the selection boxes for 'Genesis'.

In the right-hand image below, we left our “Genesis” filtered products checked, and then filtered by 'Victoria' and checked these products as well. When we return to our full list of products, you can see both filtered selections we made remain checked. The “Genesis” products remained checked, even when we ran a new filter and added the other product for “Victoria”.

The filtering feature works across all the status windows. By this, we mean if we have 1 product with “Genesis” in its name already “Installed”, and 6 waiting in “Ready to Install”, we will see all 7 products. You can see this in our “Genesis” example here. We installed the Gorilla product from our previous filtering exercise. You can now see we only have 6 left in Ready To Install, and 1 is now listed in Installed.


NOTE: You can do the same thing using the SKU number to find a particular product. Just put the number, for example, sku::12356 (or a range of numbers sku::12350-14350 in the Filter Field. Please see: Advanced Filtering for more advanced filtering options.



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