* Three ‘quickstart’ videos for beginners:
Poser’s Pose and Editing Tools 101. This shows you the basics of posing a character.
Poser Cameras 101. This introduces you to using and controlling cameras in your 3D Poser scene.
Poser lighting basics:
Poser Lighting 101. Learn the basics of this all-important skill for successful Poser use.
Poser Lighting: Attenuation (light falloff, over distance)
Poser: Ambient Occlusion (for soft shadows)
* Video seminars for regular and advanced users:
Poser Webinar: Python Tools and Wardrobe Wizard (60 minutes)
Poser Webinar: Rigging and Vertex Weight Mapping (50 minutes)
Poser: How to animate two figures, interacting (9 minutes)
New! Poser 11’s new Comic Book Mode (partially implemented in 2012, implemented in full in Poser 11)
Installing content, the basics:
Apple Mac users will also need to know, right away, that their new Poser install will almost always need their downloaded and purchased content on an external disk-drive. I’ve no idea why this is. But this measure is not needed for the PC users, who can have their Poser content folder (aka their ‘runtime’) located anywhere.
Also, the safest install route is to do it manually for Poser content, once you know what you’re doing. I do the following: i) first unzip new content to a temporary directory; ii) take a peek at the extracted folders and sub-folders. Check that it has the usual ‘runtime’, then ‘textures’, ‘geometries’ folders, such as those here…
iii) if there’s nothing strange lurking up top in the Content folder, and the lower folder structures seems normal, then I just select the ‘runtime’ folder and merge folders with my main runtime. I do this via a simple copy-paste of the runtime folder, pasting it on top of my main Poser ‘runtime’ folder. In Windows this move will merge the pasted folder with the recipient folder. After a while you get the hang of it and it all becomes routine, and you can easily spot if anything wasn’t packaged right by the content maker (which is often the case with freebies).
Note that the default Poser 11 content runtime location is no longer just “Content\Runtime” (as it used to be), but rather… C:\Users\Public\Documents\Poser 11 Content\Runtime
The final thing to know is that the first time you point Poser at your (possibly) massive runtime library of content, it will take a while (possibly several hours) to index it all. You will see the ‘little yellow-circle icon’ at the top of the Library, pulsing, which shows that the content is being indexed. After that eventually completes and you set it to ‘shallow’ for subsequent runs, Poser just updates the Content Library index incrementally and it won’t need to do a full indexing every time. But if you have that big a runtime, I would personally recommend you use PzDb as your Library and only use the Poser library for Lights. That’s what I do.