For more than a decade, Matt Outlaw has been creating art with his computer.
And all that rendering has resulted in large runtimes that became difficult to keep organized. He developed a way to merge his runtimes and is now offering it to others.
"Over the years I gravitated to anime, toon and stylized characters," he said, crediting the hours he spent watching cartoons with his three children. "This kept me using older generation stuff, such as Aiko3, Aiko4, AnimeDoll and others. I joined with MayaX on AnimeDoll for G2F, which was a fun project, and my favorite character to date. Then Littlefox released Star, and I decided to take a shot on product creation."
He also has used Poser, Carrara, Hexagon, Blender, DAZ Studio, Dynamics and the Material Room, said Outlaw, who goes by 3DOutlaw on Renderosity.
All the different programs and characters and switching back and forth resulted in some complicated runtimes.
"I learned early on in forums, that keeping a clean/sorted Runtime in the file system was one of the best ways to maintain your content, and so that is what I try to do," he said.
He found the easiest way to keep his runtime clean was to use a single content library for both Poser and DAZ and keep it organized from the beginning. It's easy for runtimes to get out of control and he couldn't find a content management system that organized it how he liked.
"Also, I found myself switching from library to library in DS, which led to me not being able to find stuff. I can't imagine the problems those who have multiple runtimes must be going through in DS," he said.
So he created Runtime Links for DS. Get it here.
"RL4DS was basically my way to solve the problem of using my extensive library of older Poser and Runtime content, without resorting to reliance on software, databases or meta-data to sort and control the content for me," he explained.
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RL4DS creates links to your Poser Runtime that are compatible with your DAZ content library.
"As a result, you will be able to use a single DAZ Content Library for all of your old and new, Daz and Poser format content. The links are file-based, so you can sort and organize them as you please," he said.
The file links support poses, figures, props, materials, scenes and more, Outlaw said.
Outlaw said he doesn't trust content managers because he had one crash after he spent a long time sorting his content.
"The Smart Content idea is great in concept," he said, adding it doesn't work with older content because of a lack of meta-data. Categories are a good idea, but there was no easy way to refresh data, and this again relies on a database, which caused issues for me in the past."
His struggles to keep his separate runtimes organized inspired RL4DS
"I use the file system to continue to manage a clean Content Library, consolidate it into one location, and sort/manage it the way I want in and file-based manner," he said. "That is easy to backup!"
Outlaw hopes his Runtime Links will help other community members like it helped him.
This isn't the first product Outlaw has created for the community.
"I've made freebies for things that I needed. Products for things that I couldn't find," he said.
His creations include conversions for V4 to AnimeDoll and AnimeDoll to G2F, as well as morphs and add-ons.
"Hopefully that makes my stuff a little better, since I am my first customer, and often my worst critic," he said.
He stressed that he's not trying to become a top vendor; he's just trying to make products that help other hobbyists.
"I do this because I enjoy it, as a hobby. Hopefully, I am helping some folks out, as I do," Outlaw said.
Michelle Willard, Editor of Renderosity Magazine | Former newspaper reporter. Recovering archaeologist. Political nerd. True crime junkie. Read her articles here