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Installing the DSON Importer for Poser

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Important: - When updating to Poser SR3.1 in preparation to use the DSON Importer for Poser, you will be asked if you would like to Replace, Keep or Backup your Preferences. You should choose to Keep your Preferences. If you do not, you will need to re-add the directory that you installed Genesis Starter Essentials to, within the Poser Library, in order to see and/or load the content.

The DSON Importer for Poser adds the ability to easily load Content in the DSON file format, to Poser 9/Pro 2012 with Service Release 3 (or later) installed. For the end user, interaction with DSON based content is intended to be nearly identical to that of native Poser content.

To get started, the first thing you must do is install the Importer and the Genesis Starter Essentials content. This will walk you through these simple steps.

Process Overview

What is covered:

  • Installing the DSON Importer for Poser
    • Software Requirements
    • How do I Install the Importer?
    • What Else do I Need?
    • Where do I Find My Scripts and Content?


DSON, or DAZ Scene Object Notation, was created, in part, to allow the Genesis figure (as well as those that make use of the same underlying technologies) to work in applications other than just DAZ Studio - in this case, Smith Micro's Poser 9/Pro 2012. With this technology, Poser users who were previously unable to use Genesis can now use many of the same figures/features that DAZ Studio users have been enjoying. The steps provided below will help you get started. You will learn how to install and begin using Genesis and the Companion Files with little set up and no difficult hoops to jump through.

Step By Step

Installing the DSON Importer for Poser

The DSON Importer for Poser comes with an installer to help make the installation as simple as possible. There are a few things to keep in mind. We will cover these one by one.

Step 1 - Software Requirements

The DSON Importer for Poser will run on either Windows or Mac, on both 32bit and 64bit architectures, depending on the version of Poser you have installed. Be sure you have downloaded the proper version for your computer's OS, as well as for your Poser version. If you are running Poser 9, you must download the 32bit DSON Importer for Poser installer, even if you are on a 64bit machine. If you are running Poser 2012, you may run either the 32bit or the 64bit. Keep in mind, in order to run the 32bit DSON Importer for Poser installer, you must have checked the option to install the 32bit Poser files when you installed Poser 2012. If you did not, install the 64bit DSON Importer for Poser installer.

Alert - Installing the incorrect version can result in unsatisfactory results when running the script, to include crashing to desktop.

Step 2 - How do I Install the Importer?

  1. Download the DSON Importer for Poser installer.
  2. Browse to your save location and double-click the DSON Importer for Poser icon to run the installer.
  3. If you are on a Windows machine and UAC is active, you will need to select the option to allow the installer to Run.
  4. DSON Installer Welcome Screen Next, you will be presented with Welcome Screen. You will be able to verify the version of the installer you are running. In the screenshot, notice we are running the 64bit DSON installer. Once you verify that you are installing the version needed for your set up, click “Next”.
  5. The next screen will ask you to accept the license agreement. Read the agreement and choose “I Accept the Agreement” and click “Next”. If you choose not to accept the agreement and hit “Next”, the installation will exit without making any changes to your computer.
  6. 32bit Install Path In this screen, you are given the opportunity to choose the installation path. The default will be for Poser 2012, so if you are installing the 32bit Poser 9 version, make sure you browse to your Poser 9 installation location as seen here on the left. Clicking the image will give you a full size view for better visibility. You must install the DSON Importer for Poser in your Poser installation directory. The same location you have Poser installed.
  7. If you have previously installed the DSON Importer for Poser, this step will prompt you to uninstall the previous version. If this is a new install, you will not see this and move on to the next screen.
  8. Here you will have a basic screen letting you know the installer has enough information to begin the installation. At this point, you can still select “Back” and make any necessary changes.
  9. Click “Next” and the installation begins.
  10. Once the installation completes, you will see a screen with Important Notes. This lets you know the installation is complete, and gives you Tech Support contact information. Click “Next”
  11. Final ScreenThe final screen has two checkboxes allowing you to select to:
    1. View the DSON Importer for Poser ReadMe
    2. View the DAZ Studio Default Content Information
  12. Make the desired selections, and click “Finish”.

Your DSON Importer for Poser is now installed. In order to use the Genesis figure and other content shipped as Companion Files, please continue to the next step.

Step 3 - What Else do I Need?

In order to use the converted Companion Files in Poser, you will also need to install the updated Genesis Starter Essentials, as well as the Genesis Starter Essentials For Poser installers. You should get these files with your DSON Importer for Poser download. Be sure to download all your files.

  1. Double-click the Genesis Essentials installer icon to Run.
  2. You will be given a Welcome Screen telling you which installer you are running.
  3. You will be asked to accept the License Agreement. If you choose not to agree to the license, the installer will exit without making changes to your computer.
  4. In this step, you have the choice to go with the Default installation, or to Customize your installation.
  5. Default LocationChoosing “Default” will allow the installer to choose the location and options for you. This may not be the best selection if you customize your Poser content locations. This will work fine if you install everything into its default location normally. If you choose Default, you will see the following verification screen, allowing you to see where the installer will place your files. Look this over, and if it is satisfactory, click “Next”. If not, then click “Back” and choose Customize as your option.
  6. If you wish to customize your installation, choose “Customize” and you will get:
    1. Browse to Location The opportunity to select your installation location or select from a known list. If you choose to Specify your Path, in Windows 7 and higher, the location must be “writable”. The DSON needs access to a writable folder to work properly. This means installing to the “Program Files” or “Program Files(x86) locations are not the best choice, as Windows often makes them non-writable. In this example, we are installing to a folder in “My Library>Genesis Starter Essentials”. Once you have your location selected, click “Next”.
    2. Select Path If you choose to install to a known location, you will be given the chance to choose from any DAZ Studio 3 or 4 Mapped Directories you may have on your computer. Choose DAZ Studio 3 or DAZ Studio 4 from the drop-down menu and click “Next”. You will now be given another drop-down allowing you to pick from known Mapped Directories. Choose one, and click “Next”.
    3. Install Options The next screen allows you to choose whether or not to create an uninstaller, add a desktop shortcut and whether or not you want Menu Shortcuts for the installed content. It will also show you the install path you chose.
    4. Make your selections, verify the path and click “Next”.
  7. Verify Options The next screen is the verification screen. This allows you to see the choices you have made on all options, the installation path and program paths. Review all the information. If anything is incorrect, select “Back” to make changes. At this point you can still cancel and the installer will exit without making any changes to your computer.
  8. Select “Finish” on the final screen.

Repeat the above steps for both the Genesis Starter Essentials and the Genesis Starter Essentials for Poser. It does not matter which is installed first. Once both of these are installed, you can open Poser and see your new content and DSON script.

Step 4 - Where do I Find My Scrip and Content?

Once you open Poser, you should see a new “DSON Support” menu within your Scripts menu as shown here below. In order to see your new content, you must add the directory (Runtime) where you installed the Genesis Starter Essentials and Genesis Starter Essentials for Poser to your Poser Library. Use the normal method for adding directories (Runtimes). In the screenshot, you can see we have added our directory called Genesis Starter Essentials, which is where we install both of the Genesis Starter Essential installers. Expanding the directory gives you access to all the newly installed content.

Poser Screenshot


Now that you have everything installed, it is time to load the Genesis figure and learn How to Use the DSON Importer for Poser.