Tuesday, December 25, 2012

OMG, found out what ruin Daz Studio ... it's Office 2013

While I continue to set up my Windows 8 Pro environment on my MacMini, I had DazStudio 4.5 (in fact, all DazStudio version including the older 3.x) problem, which the file dialog lost the folder navigation and network access capability.   I "resolved" the problem by re-install the whole operating system.  

And then a while ago, I found that the problem CAME BACK AGAIN.  But then something suddenly clicked in my head: maybe some application caused this problem.  And I suddenly thought, hell, it could be Office 2013, because my M6600 with Windows 8 has almost the same stuff as my MacMini Windows 8 EXCEPT the Office 2013.  So I uninstalled Office 2013, and SURE ENOUGH the problem was GONE!

The odd thing is that I COULD NOT find any report on Internet that says the same Daz Studio conflict with Office 2013.  I guess I am one of those rare person who happens to use both of them on the same machine.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Daz Studio and Windows 8 ... fustration continues

Since I really want to make sure that whatever scene I made on one machine, the changes really got saved and really can be replicated on another machine, I continued my journey on trying to install and run Daz Studio on machine other than my Dell laptop M6600.  The result wasn't as smooth as I would hope it to be.

First I continue having problem running Daz Studio on my MacMini, even for Daz Studio 3.  I even successfully got Daz Studio 3 Pro installation going on by first mark the installation file as in Windows 7 compatibility and then run it in administrator mode.  Yet when I opened the application and tries the save something, I got the same problem: folder list didn't show up on "Save File" dialog.  I pretty much concluded that I have no choice by reinstall the whole operating system.  And this time, of course, I will try to do a TrueImage before I move on to something bold.

And then I tried installing and running Daz Studio 4.5 on my closet Dell home server machine.  Installation was ok, but when I tried to run the application I got prompt saying that the app requires OpenGL 1.3 support and my ATI Radeon 4000 only gets OpenGL 1.1 driver.  I tried installing the latest driver but it was no use.  Sigh, one down.

So, yes, I am about to reinstall Windows 8 again, and I can see that my last day of Christmas holiday (tomorrow) will be totally spent on this fun fun activity.

Daz Studio again, and this time with Windows 8

I haven't been using Daz Studio for a long while, and after I reinstalled Windows 8 on my Mac Mini, I was thinking of using it again, but only to find out that almost all my older version of Daz Studio installation was failed to start.  The latest ones will probably work, but I also want to make sure that I have a working older version to roll back to in case the latest one creates more problem than it tried to solve.

So I finally found that DAZ.Studio.PRO. works.  Thus I did the installation with the following setting:

Destination Folder: C:\Program Files\DAZ 3D\DAZStudio4
Content Directory: C:\Users\dkwan\Documents\DAZ 3D\Studio\My Library

And for content management service, I once again use the default:
Install Location: C:\Program Files\DAZ 3D\Content Management Service
Database Location: C:\ProgramData\DAZ 3D\Content Management Service\databases

Then I set up my SyncToy to Sync between "C:\Users\dkwan\Documents\DAZ 3D\Studio\My Library" and "\\Deecaypc\z\_ Frequently Install Software\Ultimate Poser Vault\content".

All seemed working fine .... except that when I tried to save file, the File Dialog just totally screwed up, rendered the application unusable.

So I have no choice but fire up the DAZStudio_4.5.1.6_Win64.exe and installed DazStudio 4.5 on my Windows 8 Pro environment (on my Mac Mini, late 2009 edition).

And that DID NOT help.  And I was puzzled about whether it's the installation application's problem.  So I tried installing the same Daz Studio 4.5 on Dell Precision M6600.  Guess what, it has ZERO problem.

Since I tried unintalled a few times on MacMini and I still go the same messed up File Dialogue, I gave up.  After all, the performance of using Daz Studio on that MacMini late 2009 is horrible anyway.  May as well just use the Dell M6600 for a while.

To make sure all my setting are preserved after I returned the M6600, I add a SyncToy schronization pair with "\\\z\_ Frequently Install Software\Ultimate Poser Vault\content" and "C:\ProgramData\DAZ 3D\My DAZ Library".  Let me see how things work out later.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Not a good idea to install both Daz Studio 3 and Daz Studio 4 on the same machine (or use more than 1 enviornment)

Now that I know the "Data" folder is "Content" is important, I start setting up SyncToy infrastructure to back it up, and that's when I realize one thing: having more than one DazStudio working enviornment in my network is probably a bad idea, because data in "Data" folder will step over each other.  I realized that by opening the same file one time in Daz Studio 3 and one time in Daz Studio 4 on the same M6600, and then tried to sync "Data" folder to the centralized server "Ultimate Content Folder".  Until I sort of the conflict, I think I'll just stick with one enviornment.  For now, it's Daz Studio 4 Pro on Dell Precision M6600 laptop.

Daz Studio 4 Pro ...

I enjoy using Daz Studio, but seems like everytime when I need to, I spent more time on setting things up or figure out why previously saved Daz Studio scene wasn't showing up properly.

The pain mostly came from several things:

  • I don't use the application frequently. So I rely on the blogs I wrote to remind myself how to set things work.
  • I used differnt content reference among my Daz Studio environment and thus I almost never open a Daz Studio file without some error on the screen.
  • There are various version of Daz Studio, from 3, 3 Pro to 4 and now 4 Pro, and older application can't open newer files.
Recently I started to establish this following pattern so that I will have less pain on forward.
  • Always install Daz Studio 3 Pro, and try to work the simply scene using it.  That way, since this app is old, I kind of know for sure that more latest version of Daz Studio call always read the file.
  • set up the content folder in a consistent way.  I have a standard "Ultimate Poser Vault" folder on my server, and everytime I set up a new Daz Studio environment, I will always copy that whole 19Gb of content form \\My Server\Ultimate Poser Vault\content to my local enviornment.  For Daz Studio 3, it will be "C:\Users\{my account}\Documents\DAZ 3D\Studio3\content".  For Daz Studio 4 Pro, it will be "C:\Users\{my account}\Documents\DAZ 3D\Studio\My Library".  That way I know that loading my files will work WITHOUT making any specific setting at all.
Still there are stuff that can't be opened.  And then I found out of one importnat thing:  I need to make sure that the fiiles in "C:\Users\{user name}\Documents\DAZ 3D\Studio\My Library\data"  got copy over.  In fact each version will create a newer folder.  For instance, in this Daz Studio 4.0.2, a folder "C:\Users\{user name}\Documents\DAZ 3D\Studio\My Library\data\4_0_2" is created, and in order to open the saved file, this folder has to be exist.  So, sigh, that means all my old stuff won't open properly without backing up this folder.

To provent this nightmare from happening, I am need to set up a SyncToy to make sure that everytime I save something from the Daz Studio 3 Pro and Daz Studio 4 Pro, I also use SyncToy to sync these content to the server, and I also need to remind myself to BACKUP the content on the "Ultimate Poser Content" folder on the server.  Damn you Daz Studio.

Daz Studio 4 Pro introduce a new challneg because it seems to move things around.  Like, I can't find any of my items under "Actors, Wardrobe & Props".  Turns out that area is for new contents.  For my old stuff, I should look at the right side of the screen, select Content Library, choose "Search" and the bottom, enter item that I want to serach, click the manify glass.  Boom, ny content shows up.
  Not the end of the world.  And good enough for my way of simple us of the application.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Choosing between Manga Studio 4 EX and Sketchbook Pro 2010

It's my dilemma of running Manga Studio 4 EX and Sketchbook Pro 2010 on my Windows 8 RC installed devices:  I have to choose one app or the other.  The situation happened because Sketchbook Pro 2010 runs properly on the default tablet driver, but Manga Studio 4 EX requires me to install the WAcom driver.  Once I installed the Wacom driver, Manga Studio 4 EX will work great, but Sketchbook Pro 2010 will fail to have any pressure sensitivity.  So that means I have to choose, either use the native tablet driver, or the Wacom driver.

Damn you ... whoever caused the problem.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Manga Studio 4 on Lenovo X60T

I started using my X60T as creative device, and found that by default, Manga Studio EX4 does not recognitize the Tablet PC digitizer.  So I went to Wacom web site, download the driver (ISD_DualTouch_701-8.exe).  Once I was done, I tried Manga Studio EX4, found that same problem still existed.  But after I brought up the "ISD Tablet Properties", the problem went away, and continue to work properly with touch sensitivity even after I closed the property window.  I have to do the same trick everytime I start Manga Studio EX4 from scrtach, but I am good as long as I found the pattern.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Setting up Daz Studio ... again ..

My system screwed, and so it's time to reinstall OS again.  And for Daz Studio, I have to remind myself to put the Studio and Studio3 files back to the "C:\Users\xxxxx\Documents\DAZ 3D" folder, and yes I am still stuck in Daz Studio 3 Pro.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Toon Boom Studio: no pressure sensitive stylus on dual screen

Found something very odd about both Toon Boom Studio 4 and 6:  when I run the application while Windows is in dual monitor mode, I DO NOT get pressure sensitive on my Wacom stylus.  Turned screen mode to single monitor, and pressure sensitive comes back.  Not the end of the world to me since I can live with one screen, while I run other application on another PC.  But it's still kind of odd.

Corel Painter 11 and animation = crash

This morning I suddenly got interest in doing animation.  And since Painter 11 for Windows supports frame by frame animation, so I tried the animation feature.  However, everything I played my animation, stopped and then played again, the application crash.  It was getting so annoying that the animation feature becomes basically useless.

So I then tried Painter 12 (with 12.1 update), and there was no problem so far.  Granted, the first time I used it, the brush was ultra slow, but then I read this and follow the instruction.  Interesting enough, the slowness problem does not exist after I logged out and logged in again.

BTW, Painter 12 (same as 11) can't be made portable.  (some experiment I did).

At the end, though, because of the lack of hotkey and such, I still think it's better to do animation in ToonBoom Studio instead.