P3dO Explorer pro 2.5
September 22, 2016
P3dO Explorer 2.5
September 22, 2016
P3dO Explorer 2.2 Newsletter
2.2 is mostly a Poser oriented update and not a small one.
Since 2.2 is a major update I will also present the 2 intermediary updates which have
been released since 2.0 (2.1 and 2.1.1).
New features - free & pro version
- Find / Search dialog is a Search tool working the same way as XP Search companion.
Note that the pro version is able to search into Poser compressed files.
- PoserPython 2.2: open in Poser without Prpc script.
Much more convenient to use than Prpc
- Directory tree: faster update when renaming / moving / deleting
- 3D preview has been improved (new ground grid, zoom,
better quality thumbnail capture)
- Thumbnails cache extended to pictures - you have to set
the extension in Options dialog
- Pattern Renamer 2.2: added combo boxes on edit fields,
and a smarter grid in detailed renaming window. Pat' is a real smart Plugin now
- Support for ZIP and RAR passwords (is a bit tricky, see doc)
- Updates notifier (you'll get notified when major versions are released - the notifier has been designed to be user & resource friendly)
- Information panel is now showing an icon indicating
the Poser category the folder belongs to (Character, Pose, Props,...)
- Rename dialog is showing the file thumbnail.
- Fixed: floating windows not dockable on Vista.
- Fixed: drop files on thumbnail grid from Explorer (2.1 bug).
New features - pro only
- Repository Window
is a multi purpose additional Window which can be used for Temporary storage, Project Manager,
Manage Poser Collections, Favorites, compare directories,...
- Awk 2.2: has a smarter grid with check boxes,
thumbnails, simplified way of selecting runtimes and editing paths. It is now possible to set
any destination directory and not just a Runtime.
The major addon is Manage directory with which you may move (or delete)
a complete directory (with Geometries, Textures,...) instead of a single scene (read below).
- Librarian 2.2 is faster and has new report options
("Reference not in same Runtime" and
"Absolute reference" now being reported), and a revisited html report. Report
rules have been carefully and deeply reviewed.
- ZIP loader large files support (Zipped PSD, TGA & BMP will load faster).
- Fixed: Truespace & 3DS loader over exposure.
Find / Search dialog
The Find utility is similar to Windows Search companion. You may look for files by name
or search a word in the document (only P3dO pro is able to read Poser compressed files).
The Find dialog is a smooth tool. You may open files while it is still searching.
Further P3dO versions will add the multi-Runtime search and other options I have in mind.
this new icon in the toolbar gives direct access to the Find dialog
The Repository is a set of Windows which you may use for various purpose:
Update your Poser Collections, temporary storage, compare directories, P3dO Favorites, stick
on a directory (Poses for example),...
I leave it to your imagination, make the best use of it.
Prpc has helped us a lot in getting rid of the Poser library palette. Blessings to it.
But it is difficult for newbies to set it up, and also that Window floating above Poser
is a bit annoying.
So I did that new Python loader that doesn't require any setup, nor any floating Window.
Don't open Prpc anymore and double-click, double-click, double-click (of course Poser must
be up and running).
For those Prpc fan, you may still use it, there's an option to set in PoserPython.
Awk Directory Manager
With this one you'll be able to clean your Runtimes in a glance.
The Directory Manager will do what Scene Manager does: move complete scenes to another Runtime.
Instead it will move complete directories to another Runtime: that is the directory scenes and
their references (geometries and textures).
This one is good cleaner and I'm sure you will love it.
Updated Directory Tree
I've had many complaints about the Directory Tree being slow and crashy.
I know it but this control is really hard to handle (for technical reasons).
With 2.2 I managed to make it faster and stable. The drawback is that the
automatic refresh doesn't reflect all modifications. However, considering speed
and stability are more important I simply added a Refresh button at the top of the
Folder panel. Click on it when needed.
This is a temporary measure and the last occurence of this control in P3dO.
I decided to write a new directory Tree control for 2.3.
So. Isn't 2.2 rich ?
I think it is and I hope you'll enjoy what it has to offer.
Don't forget feedbacks, suggestions are welcome,
and any help is much appreciated.
If you have a website I would appreciate a link to P3dO on your links page. Weblinks, forums
threads, talks,... is just what P3dO needs.
Next major update is 2.3 this fall with 5 major features:
a new directory tree (nobody will regret the current one),
a database (ranking, comments, search tool) and 3 plugin updates.
Some Plugins will be made available this summer.
Go get 2.2 on the
Note to Poser users: do I need to say upgrade to 2.2 Poser plugins pack is recommended ?
Next newsletter is this fall for 2.3 ;)
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