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Installing New Content Into Poser

For Poser versions 5 and greater

One of the most common things that new Poser users want to do is to install a new figure (or prop, or pose set) to add a little variety to their scenes. While this is not a terribly complicated process, it helps to have a little guidance...How To Install An Aftermarket Poser Figure

One of the most common things that new Poser users want to do is to install a new figure (or prop, or pose set) to add a little variety to their scenes. While this is not a terribly complicated process, it helps to have a little guidance.

Where Does My Library Live?

You may have already looked through your Library drawer to see what alternatives you have to the default Casual figure. If you haven't, you're in for a treat- Poser has over a dozen human figures ranging from high-resolution versions of the default adult figures to older, lower-polygon figures from previous versions of Poser; we also supply a selection of animals of various types. For those folks who want something a little offbeat, we even include stick figures, skeletons, robots and other things.

Open up the Library drawer from the right-hand edge of the Poser workspace, by either clicking and dragging on the handle as shown below, or by choosing Library from Poser's Window menu.

Click the Figure pane to see a list of folders containing Poser figures to use- double-clicking a folder reveals its contents, while double-clicking the folder with the white "up-arrow" takes you up a level in the Library hierarchy. Bringing a new figure into a scene is simplicity itself- you open a folder and either double-click a figure to have it appear in the scene (Poser 6 and later), or click once on the figure to select it and click the button with the two check-marks (the Create New Figure button.)

This brings the new figure into the scene, right in the middle. Poser uses X, Y and Z coordinates to determine where things are in a scene; X runs left-to-right, Y runs bottom-to-top and Z runs back-to-front. New figures always appear in the middle of the scene at X=0, Z=0 and this can lead to a situation where one figure overlaps another. To move a figure, select it in the Current Figure menu, select its whole body from the Current Actor menu, and use the xTran and zTran dials in the Parameters palette to move it as shown-

What About New Figures?

All of this is well and good, but now we want to install a whole new figure into Poser's libraries. First we should go out and get the new figure- for this example we'll use , from our .

When you download Terai Yuki, you'll find that you get a ZIP archive. When you extract all the files, you'll see a folder titled Runtime, which if you browse into it will have a Geometries, a libraries and a textures folder within it. This is the basic folder structure that Poser uses for all of its content, including the default figures- a Runtime folder containing a Geometries, a libraries and a textures folder. Indeed, if you look into the Poser folder itself, you'll notice a Runtime folder that contains (among other things) folders with these same titles.

This is covered in some detail in our tutorial; for the moment though the thing to remember is that we need to move the files and folders from the Runtime in the Terai Yuki folder over into a Runtime that Poser knows about- which by default can either be the one directly inside the Poser folder, or one inside the Downloads folder in the Poser folder. We want to preserve as much of the structure of the downloaded Terai Yuki Runtime as we can, when we move the files and folders over.

The easiest place to put the files and folders is into the empty Runtime in Downloads; the advantages of putting your aftermarket items into this folder are that (a) it keeps them separate from the default Poser content, so things are easier to find, and (b) if you have to reinstall, you can back up just the Downloads folder (or move it to a safe location) and then delete the entire Poser folder and be secure in the knowledge that your default files were the only things that got deleted, and they'll be installed again anyway.

Let's Place The Files

The next step then is to move the files and folders over into the Poser 6/Downloads/Runtime folder. On Windows, this is very easy- just drag the Runtime from the Terai Yuki folder into the Downloads folder. Windows will pop up this alert-

- to which you respond Yes to All, and Windows does the rest, merging the files and folders so that everything goes where it's supposed to.

Mac users have a little more work to do, as the OS X Finder doesn't have a folder merge function. However placing folders by hand, although tedious, is not terribly difficult. Folders from the Terai Yuki Runtime/Geometries folder should go into the Downloads Runtime/Geometries folder; likewise folders from the Terai Yuki Runtime/textures folder should be placed into the Downloads Runtime/textures folder. The only place where this becomes complicated is in the libraries folder, as there is a set of subfolders there as shown-

This just means we have to go down another level; folders from the Terai Yuki/Runtime/libraries/Face folder should be placed into the Downloads/Runtime/libraries/Face folder, and so on. The following diagram should help-

Once you get all the files and folders moved over, Terai Yuki and all her props and poses should show up in the Library just like everyone else. You don't even have to quit out of Poser to install new content!

But How Can I Find My New Stuff?

To actually find your new people, props and poses in the Library, you'll need to bring Poser back up and open up the Library palette. Now double-click the up-arrow folder until you get to the very top of the library hierarchy- you'll see two folders, "Poser X" (where X is the current Poser version) and "Downloads", one with a red dot next to it. The folder with the red dot is the current library

Double-click the Downloads folder to browse into it; there should be a TeraiYuki 2 folder in Figures, another one in Face, one in Hand, etc.

And there you have it! Additional figures, props, poses and other content can be installed in the same way.

Note also that in Poser 6 and later versions, the Content tab has a button, 'Install from Downloaded Archive', which when clicked allows users to choose an archive, then automatically installs its contents into the Poser/Downloads/Runtime/ folder.