#59: SHADOWS & LIGHT (Vue)
#58: ADVANCED DIRT MAPPING (Vue)
#57: SSS IN VUE 9, AND THE "SPECKLE" PROBLEM
#56: THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL OF ART
#55: FIXING POSER CLOTHING
#54: MAKING "FOREST WAR - GOBLIN SHAMAN"
#53: MAKING A STUDIO RENDER FOR VUE
(and other apps)
#49: NEBULA MKIII (Vue)
#48: RENDER SETTINGS FOR VUE (Vue)
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#46: MAKING RIVERS THAT FOLLOW TERRAIN HEIGHTS (Vue or Bryce)

ORGANIZING POSER RUNTIMES & FOLDERS

One of the biggest problems with Poser, is finding your bloody items in its stupid Library system, ugh! ;) While Poser 7 help with this problem, there is a huge need to sort the entire folder system out so you can find individual things, easily.

Poser gets in such a mess, because ALL your files get stuck into the same Runtime, so all your Vicky, Mike etc stuff gets lumped into one ugly, huge folder...which would be atrocious and not acceptable in any other system nowadays.

Alas, Poser is built on an old system, and trying to keep it all compatible, has meant the file system is antiquated and ends up totally bloated, an un-navigable mess after a while. So, what you need to do, is make multiple folders, in which to store and install things, in a logical manner.

poser folders neatly set up

A more recent screenshot of my folder layout, as I've been tweaking it :)
Here's a pic, showing inside my "Michael 4" folder. I turn on VIEW -- EXTRA LARGE ICONS, so I can see pics of what's inside, easy way to get a quite grasp of what an item is, as I save the original webpage and pictures from an item, so I can refference it easy, later on! :)
Those pics, are of crruse copyright of their respective creators, but, for us users, it's the only damned way we can usually sort out what the hell we have got, lol!

As you can see in the pics above, I made a lot of folders, neatly named on my hard drive, so I can find and seperate Poser content precisely. Also, what I do is store all downloaded files into the appropriate folders with web pages and pictures from DAZ3D etc, so I have info on each file.
So for Mike 3 for example, I mave a folder inside it named "Mike3 DAZ3D Armour" with the downloaded file and a copy of the Web page about the item.

This makes things much easier when you are hunting for an item of a specific look, or for info.
Install or unzip Poser content inside these folders, NOT in the Poser program install area itself.

Another thing to perhaps do, is copy copy your Poser.exe file into each folder, as some old Poser installers look for the "Poser.exe" file in that specific directory, or they won't install.

This is my Poser Library, I load library's in, and now, they are all neatly seperated, to browse discretely as I chose! *MUCH better* :)
Poser library, now it's not a mes to search through!

I hope you find this of use! :)

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