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 Subject: Easy was to install all daz content

PaulHairy opened this issue on May 22, 2018 · 44 posts

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  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 7:11AM Tue, 22 May 2018 · edited on 7:21AM Tue, 22 May 2018

Hi all. I just wanted to introduce you to a new app called DAZAutoinstaller.

This program will install all your content automatically.

It can install from folders(it will search the folders for daz content and copy all of the files to the correct locations.)

It can extract content from Archive files(Zip,Rar,7zip)

Daz installers. (It will set all of the perimeters and click all of the buttons for you)

Old poser installers (it will extract the files and copy them to the correct location. it even has a intelligent naming engine built in so that it can create named folders for this content.)

You can see a video of it in action at Youtube Video

or you can visit the website Developers website

Please let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions on how it could be improved.

I look forward to your feedback.

Thanks,

Regards Paul.


  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 4:44AM Sat, 09 June 2018  · @4331420

Hi All, Just to let you know. The latest version of the installer is now available on the website. We have fixed a few more bugs and it has been retested with over 2000 items in the list.

There was also a problem with the download page corrupting the zip file. This has now been fixed.

Sorry to every body who downloaded the file and could not open it. I am sure this must have been frustrating for you all.

Please let me know if you have any problems or suggestions for features in future versions.


  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 5:34AM Wed, 13 June 2018  · @4331698

Hi All, Just to let you know. The latest version of the installer is now available on the website. I have just improved the handling of archive files. There was an issue that could cause it to lock up on while processing a corrupt archive file.

This has now been fixed.

Regards

PaulHairy


  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 10:24AM Mon, 18 June 2018 · edited on 10:24AM Mon, 18 June 2018 · @4331959

Hi All, Just to let you know. The latest version of the installer is now available on the website. I have just further improved the handling of archive files. There was a problem with illegal characters in archive files. This has now been fixed.

The website has now moved to www.dazautoinstaller.net

Regards,

Paul_Hairy.


  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 3:25AM Thu, 21 June 2018  · @4332156

Hi All, Just to let you know. The latest version of the installer is now available on the website. Fixed Issue were Daz auto installer was intermittently not closing properly.

Made further improvements to archive handling routines. Support added for corrupt archive files the installer will now extract any files it can before moving the file to the faulty folder along with an error log file.

The Website is now on a secure server

https://www.dazautoinstaller.net

Regards,

Paul_Hairy.


  jifl    ( ) ( posted at 9:06AM Tue, 03 July 2018  · @4332673

Sounds good but does anyone have experience of this program?

I have paid for and downloaded it but both Windows defender and Malawarebytes professional claim that it contains a virus,

Regards,

Jifl


  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 10:04AM Tue, 03 July 2018 · edited on 10:12AM Tue, 03 July 2018 · @4332674

Hi Jifi,

I am the creator of this software and I can assure you that there is no virus in this software. The reason you are seeing the warning is because I use a tool which scrambles my code so that it can not be easily hacked. It is quite unique has taken me several years to develop and I don't want anybody to steal my code. It is also relatively new so it will also fail some virus checks because they use a reputation score.

I am on line now and willing to discus this further. I have tried to contact you several times because I noticed you have not activated the software.

Kind Regards,

Paul.


  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 12:39PM Tue, 03 July 2018  · @4332682

HI Jiffi,

To help put your mind at rest I have just done a full scan on the Daz auto installer web server. Please see attached Image.Current Virus Scan.png

I hope this helps.

Regards,

PaulHairy


  RabbitTail    ( ) ( posted at 3:28PM Tue, 03 July 2018  · @4332689

hi so i used paulhairys software and at first a virus warning popped up so i was like 'wtf?!' but i paid for this software so i'm gonna use it lol

i contacted his advice line and they said that it happens all the time vecause of a code encryper or smthin?

idk anway i ran it up an it all works fine does exactly what it says on the tin brilliant bit of software so thanks paulhairy!


  RabbitTail    ( ) ( posted at 3:30PM Tue, 03 July 2018  · @4332690

jifl posted at 3:28PM Tue, 03 July 2018 - #4332673

Sounds good but does anyone have experience of this program?

I have paid for and downloaded it but both Windows defender and Malawarebytes professional claim that it contains a virus,

Regards,

Jifl

ya i got that problem too at first but its a false alarm and the software is ace once you get past the initial scare lol

it has more content than the demo and u can leave it overnight and all your conetnt is there in teh morning its great!


  RabbitTail    ( ) ( posted at 3:32PM Tue, 03 July 2018  · @4332691

oh an since i'm here

does anyone know how to make a model disaper in daz3d?

i put a tortoise on the screen an it wont go away lol

i can move it but cant delete it think i'm doin smthin wrong haha

pls make my tortoise leave xp


  jifl    ( ) ( posted at 7:12AM Wed, 04 July 2018  · @4332712

RabbitTail, Is it coincidence that you popped out of your burrow, joined Renderosity, and are full of praise for the program just 3 hours after my post about a possible virus? What do you mean by "it has more content than the demo and u can leave it overnight and all your conetnt is there in teh morning its great!"

Jifl


  jifl    ( ) ( posted at 7:18AM Wed, 04 July 2018  · @4332713

Paul,

I am sorry but I cannot bring myself to address someone as PaulHairy! I no longer think that the program is infected with a virus but unfortunately I cannot test it very well because pf problems with activation (I have sent you an email)

Regards,

Jifl


  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 7:18AM Fri, 06 July 2018  · @4332818

Hi All, Just to let you know. The latest version of the installer is now available on the website. Fixed Issue were Daz auto installer could not handle solid rar files.

Also fixed issue with registration server that was preventing some people from activating there software.

The Website is now has a live chat option on

https://www.dazautoinstaller.net/contact.php

Regards,

Paul_Hairy.


  Productionplatform3    ( ) ( posted at 5:17PM Fri, 06 July 2018  · @4332847

Hi, Paul! I'm likely your exact target market for the DAZ AutoInstaller - I have spent loads of money on sites that offer content in non-DAZ-friendly formats and am utterly confused and frustrated with the process of deciphering the wheres and whats to do to get my new files into DAZ. I haven't succeeded yet! I run DAZ on a laptopwith all my data stored on an external drive, so I spend loads of time trying to figure out where my files go. Will your AutoInstaller make it a simple issue to download my new purchases from, say, Rendo and put them where they need to go with no (or at least greatly reduced) headaches? I've got projects on hold because I can't get the awesome models into DAZ so I can illustrate my books...


  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 6:01AM Sat, 07 July 2018  · @4332863

Hi, Thanks for your interest in DAZ Auto Installer.

The reason I started developing it in the first place was because I had downloaded loads of free content from all over the place. I then spent hours looking on the internet for tutorials that would tell me where all of the files needed to be copied in order to make them usable in DAZ Studio.

I found most of these tutorials confusing however by trial and error I managed to get the content to work. Because I am a programmer I decided I would try to automate the process and thus DAZ auto installer was born.

The first stage was making a program able to examine the entire contents of a folder and locate all files and folders usable by DAZ Studio. The next stage was to add support for Archive files. This was a learning curve in itself because the information on extracting files is even harder to find than the information on the DAZ folder structure.

Just exacting the file to the library folder is not enough, because as I am sure you are aware, When people create the archive files(zip , rar ,7zip) they don't use a standardized method therefore the required files could be anywhere within the archive.

What I decided to do to solve this was inspect every DAZ object file and create a list of its dependent files and the locations where they need to be. Once I have this list I search the archive for each file and extract it to the correct location within the DAZ studio library folder structure.

Once I had figured out how to handle archive files I turned my attention to the installers. This was the biggest challenge yet. The reason for this was because most of the installers use a none standard dialog that is not easy to automate. However, to get around this problem I managed to develop a system that could find the buttons on any dialog and click them automatically.

The final puzzle I had to solve was old poser installers. I had lots of old installers that would not even run on the newer versions of windows, but me being me I decided there must be a way to get the files out of them. These old installers used a variety of none standard compression methods but again after lots of research I found a way to extract the files.

There was still a small problem though because these installers were not created for DAZ Studio they did not have any location information in them. To solve this I created an intelligent naming system that tries to figure out what the object is from its content and then puts it in the correct folder within the DAZ folder structure. (This works well but it does not always get it right, the main thing is that the content is still usable.)

So to answer your question, yes I think this is just what you have been looking for.

Regards, Paul.


  Productionplatform3    ( ) ( posted at 1:42PM Sat, 07 July 2018  · @4332871

Fantastic. I'll get our IT person to install the trial edition when she gets back on Monday and we'll have a look.


  jifl    ( ) ( posted at 5:27AM Sun, 08 July 2018  · @4332883

I have been using the program for 4 days now. At first I had problems activating it but by chatting with the developer on his website the problem was solved. New versions no longer give (a false positive) virus warning. The developer is very helpful and appears to be very committed to delivering a quality product.

As I said I have been using the program for 4 days and it appears to do what is promised. So far I have not encountered any errors. The program is also a godsend for me. About 2 years ago winzip (it may of course been me) trashed my Daz content and I did not feel like manually installing my non-Daz content manually, I am now doing it an enjoying it


  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 1:21PM Sun, 15 July 2018  · @4333166

Hi All, Just to let you know the latest version of the installer is now available on the website.

Added Progress bar to folder browser, this bar is displayed while the folder browser is reading the contents of a large directory.

Fixed issue were illegal characters in archive paths caused extract to fail.

Added ignore none DAZ content option to options menu.

Regards,

Paul_Hairy


  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 10:00AM Tue, 31 July 2018 · edited on 10:11AM Tue, 31 July 2018 · @4333997

Hi All, Just to let you know the latest version of the installer is now available on the Daz Auto Installer Website]

I have done a major update over the past few days. A summary of this update is as follows:

  1. Fixed all functions on missing files TAB (Full Version).
  2. Fixed issue were read only files were not being extracted from folders.
  3. Fixed issue preventing some associated content images from being extracted.
  4. Fixed Issue were restricted folders caused folder browser to crash.
  5. Fix issue were thumb.db files caused folder copy to hang.
  6. Fixed issue were invalid characters in folder names cased folder to be ignored.
  7. Installer now automatically extracts uninstallers to skipped folder.
  8. My Documents folder added to folder browser.
  9. Overall progress indicator added to taskbar icon.
  10. Purchase page re-added to website.

Regards, Paul


  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 8:34AM Mon, 13 August 2018  · @4334627

Hi All, Just to let you know the latest version of the installer is now available on the website.

I have changed the protection method so hopefully no more false virus warnings.

I have also introduced a 7 day paid trial version.

For just £4.99 you can try Daz Auto Installer with all of its features enabled for 7 Days.

If you decide you want to keep using it you can just pay the difference which at present would be £5.00. However, due to demand and the extra work this has generated, the cost for the full version and upgrade will be going up next month.

Regards,

Paul.


  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 2:30PM Fri, 14 September 2018  · @4336232

Hi All, Just to let you know the latest version of the installer is now available on the website.

I have done a major update over the past few weeks. A summary of this update is as follows:

  1. Improved all functions on missing files TAB.
  2. Improved Archive routines they are now much faster.
  3. Added Uninstaller Tab (Full Version Only).
  4. Removed Temp folder setting.
  5. Improved file location placing routines.
  6. Added option for quick install (No Location Verification).
  7. Installer now automatically extracts uninstallers to Uninstall folder.

Regards

Paul.


  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 4:05AM Mon, 08 October 2018  · @4337259

Hi All, Just to let you know the latest version of the installer is now available on the website.

I have done a major update over the past few weeks. A summary of this update is as follows:

  1. Support for Rar 5 files.
  2. The installer now has the option to set different paths for your DAZ and Poser content.
  3. It can now Automatically set the of DAZ and Poser paths to the same ones used in daz studio.
  4. Content it now automatically categorised as either DAZ or poser and copied to the correct Paths.
  5. Meta Data is now used to improve the placing of content within daz studio.
  6. The routines that hide unneeded files from DAZ studio have been improved so you get a cleaner folder structure within DAZ Studio.

Regards,

Paul


  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 6:06AM Thu, 25 October 2018  · @4338181

Hi all,

Just to let you know the latest version of the installer is now available on the website.

I have done a minor update over the past few weeks. A summary of this update is as follows:

  1. Rewrote the licencing routines to fix a problem that a customer was having with activation.
  2. Added a new error dialog in order to make it much easier to diagnose and fix bugs.
  3. Updated the File Verifyer TAB routines.
  4. Updated the user manual

This version is 2.1.0.3

Regards,

Paul


  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 12:06PM Tue, 06 November 2018  · @4339124

Hi all,

Just to let you know the latest version of the installer is now available on the website.

I have done a minor update over the past week. A summary of this update is as follows:

  1. Fixed bug that caused some data files to me skipped.
  2. Added a new option to allow the user to skip files if they already exist.
  3. Improved the DAZ File inspection routines and added better notification of the the inspection stages progress.

Regards,

Paul


  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 1:06PM Tue, 20 November 2018  · @4340330

Hi All,

I have just released another Major update.

A summary of this update is as follows:

Fixed bug that caused some data files to be skipped.
Fixed issue that was causing the installer to skip some files in accessories and outfits.
Improved the DAZ File inspection routines and vastly sped up the DAZ file reading routines.

Regards,

Paul.


  Dave-So    ( ) ( posted at 10:42PM Thu, 20 December 2018  · @4342198

I was just asking about uninstalling all my DS content because of the problems encountered with installation of products. I have stuff spread into all sorts of different directories and sub-directories. Cant find products, missing files, etc etc... It is because of the different naming used, misspelled directories, and so forth. I will check this installer out.

Have you talked about it over in the DAZ forums? If so, I totally missed it.

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Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together.
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  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 5:28AM Wed, 09 January 2019  · @4343332

Hi All,

I have just released another Major update. A summary of this update is as follows:

  1. Fixed All bugs that caused installer to Crash.
  2. Changed file error routines so that they do not interrupt installation process.
  3. Improved the DAZ File inspection routines and vastly sped up the DAZ file reading routines.
  4. Added small preview window that shows image of current item.

Tested Installer with over 400GB of folders, zip files,Rar files and installers. everything installed correctly.

Regards,

Paul


  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 2:30PM Wed, 09 January 2019  · @4343369

Hi All,

I have just fixed an issue on the website that was preventing some people from downloading the installer.

Regards,

Paul


  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 5:48AM Wed, 06 February 2019  · @4345457

Just to let you know the latest version of the installer is now available on the website.

I have just released another Major update.

A summary of this update is as follows:

  1. Fixed some bugs that caused installer to Crash.
  2. Simplified the installer by removing the macro control.
  3. Improved the DAZ File inspection routines and vastly sped up the DAZ file reading routines, they are now around 70% Faster than all previous versions.
  4. Speeded up installer button clicking routines
  5. Added integrated updater.

Tested Installer with over 500GB of folders, zip files,Rar files and installers. Everything installed correctly.

If you have any problems activating the latest version or you have any other comments,

Please feel free to contact me. .

Regards,

Paul


  PaulHairy    ( ) ( posted at 8:48AM Tue, 19 February 2019  · @4346514

Hi All,

Just to let you know the latest version of the installer is now available on the website.

I have just released another update. A summary of this update is as follows:

  1. Fixed some bugs that caused installer to Crash.
  2. Improved the DAZ File inspection routines and vastly sped up the DAZ file reading routines.
  3. fixed bug that was causing multi part archives to miss some files.

If you have any problems activating the latest version or you have any other comments,

Please feel free to contact me.

Regards,

Paul


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