VERSION 1.002
Note that this feature currently only works with DAZ Studio General Release 4.12.1.117 or later (public betas of 4.12.1.117 or later, named “DAZStudio”, will probably work as well but this hasn’t been tested yet). Support for multiple instances and public betas is on the todo list. Currently it also requires that your products have been installed using DAZ Install Manager (DIM), and that the Manifest files DIM is creating during installation of products are accessible and intact. Most likely the data from DAZCentral can be used as well, but this needs to be tested first. Support for products installed with Connect seems to be possible, am looking into it.
First thing you must do to use this feature is to set the path to the ManifestFiles folder created by DIM. If you don’t know the path to the ManifestFiles folder then open DIM and click the cogwheel in the upper right corner. From the menu here you can select either Basic Settings where you can find the path here:
Fixed: “Unknown error” when trying to download Product Pages in the Manage Product Data window because of changes on the DAZ site. Some other minor bugs fixed also.
Changed/Improved: The Browse All Products window can now be downsized to 2 columns and 1 row, and size and position will be saved when the window is closed. Search speed has been improved.
New Feature: “Locate Products in DAZ Studio - locate almost any DAZ product that you have installed in the DAZ and Poser libraries in DAZ Studio (DS), with just a couple of clicks. It’s a work in progress and this feature will later be combined with the ability to create groups of products for easy location of multiple products, e.g. a group of products used in a project, or a group containing all hairs for G8F, etc..
To update to version 1.002 and 1.003 from version 1.001: create a fresh new installation, do not update the existing version 1.001/1.002. Just unzip the content of the zip to a folder (avoid Windows “Program Files” and “Program Files (x86)” folders, “ProgramData” is OK), run ProductManagerDAZ.exe as usual, and select your existing Product Data folder. Then log in and download your product history, and check that everything is working OK.
Now select Settings > Misc from the menu on the main program window. In the Settings Window that pops up click the Browse button and find and select the ManifestFiles folder:
If you right click on a product and select the first entry: Locate Selected Product in DAZ Studio the “Locate Products in DAZ Studiowindow will open, with that product selected. If the product is installed, you should now see path links to all the folders in the DS Library which contain files or presets for the product. If the link “Type” is DS (DAZ Studio library) or PS (Poser library) you just click on it and DS will jump directly to the selected path in the corresponding library, as shown below. If DS is not running, PM-DAZ will offer to start DS automatically and then locate the path when it has loaded. Using Alt + Tab to shift between PM- DAZ and DS is generally the easiest.
Now you should be ready to use the new feature. Right click on the main product list to open its context menu, where there are some new entries:
The next entry in the main window context menu: Add Selected Product to Current Group will add the product to the default product group. This is a temporary group you can use, if you’re working on a project for example you can add the products you want to use for the project to this group. If you then open the “Locate Products in DAZ Studiowindow you will see the list of products in the group in the lower right pane. Clicking on a product on the list will list its DS Library paths in the left pane, or you can use the Arrow Up/Down keys to scroll through the list, using the Space bar to check the checkboxes. The group pane has its own context menu for manipulating its items, as shown below.
The group feature is a work in progress, currently there is only the temporary group, it can not be saved and will cleared as soon as you close PM-DAZ. In a later version it will be possible to create and name your own product groups and modify, save and delete them etc.. The next entry in the main window context menu: Add Checked Products to Current Group is for adding multiple products to the current group at once, you can go through the list and checkmark a number of products you want to add, using this option. A group can easily contain thousands of products if needed.
PM-DAZ detects DS and Poser library paths/folders according to the general standards for correct paths, e.g. “Environments”, “Animals”, “Light Presets” and “Props” will be recognized as legal DS base folders, but not “Environment”, “Daz Dog 8”, “Lighting Presets”, “Prop”, “[PA Name]”, etc.. If you see two question marks ?? as type it means that the path is not recognized as a legal DS or Poser path, in that case clicking on it on it has no effect. Instead, if the path looks like an illegal or misspelled but otherwise OK DS or Poser library path, you can right click and use Try DAZ Studio or Try Poser from the context menu. If you’re not sure, try both, to see if any of them work. In the example below “Environment” is a misspelled legal DS base path folder (should have been “Environments”), in that case Try DAZ Studio works. Note that sometimes the library can be a bit slow to react, e.g. if there are a lot of presets in the folder you’re trying to locate.
Add to DIM Install List If a selected product isn’t installed with DIM there are no data available to find the library paths or other necessary data for the product, in that case you will see the “No manifest data available…” message in the library path pane. If you want to install one or several such products you can add them to the DIM Install List from either of the context menus.
When you want to install the products on the install list, click the DIM Install List button to open the DIM Install List window:
Folder Levels With the Folder Levels feature you can adjust the level of subfolders you want to be shown by changing the number in the numeric box, sometimes that can be useful to access specific otherwise inaccessible folders in long paths (paths will by default not be included if they only contain subfolders, and no files). See first example in the video below. The number to the left of the numeric box shows the number of folders in the shortest path listed, the one to the right the number of folders in the longest path. This range includes the paths that actually contains files or preset for the selected product. By default you cannot go lower than the shortest path, but if you want to, just hit Ctrl once while the numeric box is selected. This can be useful if for example the shortest path for the selected product is “People/Genesis 8 Female/Characters” but you want to load the Genesis 8 Female base figure from the “People/Genesis 8 Female” folder before jumping to the selected character in the library. See second example in the video below.
NOTE: It’s highly recommended that you back up the ManifestFiles folder as DIM uses the .dsx files in that folder to keep track of what is installed, and PM-DAZ is using them also to locate your products in DS. If you lose them neither DIM or PM-DAZ will work correctly. As always, back up the files to another drive than the one they are on, otherwise you will lose both the original files and the backup if the drive dies. One way to back up the Manifest files is to copy them into PM-DAZ’s Product Data folder, where they will be stored inside each products own folder. To do this, click the Import Manifest Files button (see screenshot above), this will open the Import Manifest Files window. You can also access it via Tools > Import Manifest Files in the main window menu. Click the Import button and all files will be copied over. Remember to repeat this whenever you install new products, to keep the files up to date. With the ManifestFiles Folder / Imported Files checkbuttons you can select which data source PM-DAZ will use by default (setting will be saved). Normally and ideally you’d want to use the ManifestFiles Folder but there may be situations where it isn’t available. You can find the same setting on the “Locate Products in DAZ Studio” window, however, the setting will not be saved if you change it here. Current issue: if you, after importing the manifest files, uninstall a product with DIM, its imported Manifest file will not be removed. So if Imported Files is selected as data source and you select an uninstalled product in the “Locate Products in DAZ Studio” window, the library links will still show but they won’t work. On the fix list. NOTE: Do not confuse the .dsx files in the ManifestFiles folder with the .dsx files that accompany the install files in the DIM Downloads folder, despite they have the same filenames and extension the content is different and is used for a different purpose, so they can’t replace each other.
To access this new feature click the Locate Products In DS button on the program’s main window, which will open the “Locate Products in DAZ Studiowindow. Opening the window this way will not do anything else. You can also open the window from the context menu on the main window’s product list by selecting a product you want to locate in the DS Libraries. This will be explained later in this tutorial.
…or you can select Advanced Settings where you can find it here:
If DIM is already running, just click the Copy button to send a DIM expression string to the clipboard. If DIM isn’t running, click the Copy and Start DIM button which will automatically start DIM also. Then just paste the expression into DIMs search field, it will then find and list each product on one of its tabs, depending on the product’s download / install status, so you can select it for download and/or installation. You can also easily find and uninstall already installed products in DIM, using this feature, if you want. The library path links should appear immediately when you select a product, after the products have been installed, except if you have selected Imported Files as data source, then you must import the manifest files first, otherwise PM-DAZ will say they that the products are not installed. If DS is open during installation or updating of products with DIM, you may have to refresh the DS library before the library path links for the newly installed products will work. Bundles: most of the bundles that are listed as individual products cannot be installed themselves and therefore not be found in DIM. The only way to install them is to install the individual items contained in these bundles instead. Also, some of the bundles that can be installed do not install all the products they contain, or they just install some bonus content that is not available separately but only as part of the bundle.
Fixes, changes and new features