How to import your old runtime content into DAZ Studio 4

Many people will be about to install DAZ Studio 4 Pro, which they downloaded as a freebie earlier this month. This post is about successfully navigating the nightmare of trying to install your old DAZ Studio 3 content runtimes into the new version 4.

In trying out the DAZ Studio 4 beta trial, I hadn’t bothered to try to import my old DAZ content library. But now I have the final-final version, I wanted to see the old content in there. It’s actually quite easy and fast to do this, but you’re likely to spend hours being utterly baffled before you find the right hidden button. I know I was. It would be nice to think that the Help files would have been some help with this. Sadly, they’re all missing. And the forum help on this topic is generally impenetrable — in only one answer did I finally find a line that actually gave the right advice.

These are the three areas of the Content Manager area that let you right-click on them, and then offer a bewildering range of methods to find and/or import the old content…

None of these methods work, in terms of actually getting your old content to show up in the Content Manager, except for this one…

Quite why “Import Mapped Directories” is hidden away in an obscure right-click on such a tiny and un-labelled Content Library tab, I have no idea. Instead of showing us the whizzy new Genesis figures and a prominent link button to the DAZ Store, DAZ should know enough about its users to know that the very first thing they will likely want after install is… all their old content back. There should be a giant button in the middle of the screen right after install, to do this. There isn’t. Thousands of would-be DAZ Studio users have given up in despair on this point, and just gone back to using version 3, judging the great many forum posts on the topic. Sadly it’s just one more failure, in an epic string of fan-relations disasters made while trying to launch DAZ Studio 4. Which are all redeemed somewhat by the Big Freebie giveaway, but they still rankle…

Once you do get it working, the Content Manager is still much the same classic of un-usability as before (now even worse, in some respects) — but at least it now has tagging and keyword search.

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