One of the most common things that new Poser users want to do is to install a new figure (or prop, or pose set) to add a little variety to their scenes. While this is not a terribly complicated process, it helps to have a little guidance.
You may have already looked through your Library drawer to see what alternatives you have to the default Casual figure. If you haven't, you're in for a treat—Poser has over a dozen human figures ranging from high-resolution versions of the default adult figures to older, lower-polygon figures from previous versions of Poser; we also supply a selection of animals of various types. For those who want something a little offbeat, we even include stick figures, skeletons, robots and other things.
Open up the Library drawer from the right-hand edge of the Poser workspace by either clicking and dragging on the handle as shown below or by choosing Library from Poser's Window menu.
This brings the new figure into the scene, right in the middle. Poser uses X, Y and Z coordinates to determine where things are in a scene; X runs left-to-right, Y runs bottom-to-top and Z runs back-to-front. New figures always appear in the middle of the scene at X=0, Z=0 and this can lead to a situation where one figure overlaps another. To move a figure, select it in the Current Figure menu, select its whole body from the Current Actor menu, and use the xTran and zTran dials in the Parameters palette to move it as shown-
All of this is well and good, but now we want to install a whole new figure into Poser's libraries. First we should go out and get the new figure- for this example we'll use Terai Yuki 2, from our Content Paradise store.
When you download Terai Yuki, you'll find that you get a ZIP archive. When you extract all the files, you'll see a folder titled Runtime, which if you browse into it will have a Geometries, a libraries and a textures folder within it. This is the basic folder structure that Poser uses for all of its content, including the default figures- a Runtime folder containing a Geometries, a libraries and a textures folder. Indeed, if you look into the Poser folder itself, you'll notice a Runtime folder that contains (among other things) folders with these same titles.
This is covered in some detail in our Overview of Poser Content tutorial; for the moment though the thing to remember is that we need to move the files and folders from the Runtime in the Terai Yuki folder over into a Runtime that Poser knows about- which by default can either be the one directly inside the Poser folder, or one inside the Downloads folder in the Poser folder. We want to preserve as much of the structure of the downloaded Terai Yuki Runtime as we can, when we move the files and folders over.
The easiest place to put the files and folders is into the empty Runtime in Downloads; the advantages of putting your aftermarket items into this folder are that (a) it keeps them separate from the default Poser content, so things are easier to find, and (b) if you have to reinstall, you can back up just the Downloads folder (or move it to a safe location) and then delete the entire Poser folder and be secure in the knowledge that your default files were the only things that got deleted, and they'll be installed again anyway.
To actually find your new people, props and poses in the Library, you'll need to bring Poser back up and open up the Library palette. Now double-click the up-arrow folder until you get to the very top of the library hierarchy—you'll see two folders, "Poser X" (where X is the current Poser version) and "Downloads", one with a red dot next to it. The folder with the red dot is the current library