Streamlined Parameters Panel for P8/Pro2010
by, 08-07-2010 at 02:17 AM (2045 Views)
A PDF of this tutorial can be downloaded HERE (right-click, save as).
This is a hack or modification to the Poser UI to give a more streamlined Parameters Panel and save you some real estate so that you can see more dials at one time. This is for Poser 8 and Poser Pro 2010 only.
Think of this as a "flat" style. You "turn dials" by clicking and dragging across the dial name. The "nudge arrows" are retained. This modification may require you to expand the width of the parameters panel a bit but I think that the savings are worth it!
It does give up one thing, the dependent parameters icon, simply because I could not get it to align properly. You still can "Edit Dependencies" from the dial menu. If someone wants to fool around with this tutorial and get the icon to align properly, comment on this blog!
This tutorial is intended to instruct you how to modify your own program. I will not share modified files but this is easy and you can do it on your own! Follow these instructions to the letter.
This was written using a PC. I don't know if this works similarly on mac. If a mac user wants to try this and it works, please comment on the blog.
- A text editor (please use something other than Notepad that comes with windows). Notepad++ is free software under the GPL license and I highly recommend it: http://notepad-plus-plus.org/
- Photoshop. I am unsure if Paint Shop Pro or Gimp or other programs will work correctly.
Backup the Original Files:
Head over to Runtime/UI in your main Poser 8 or Poser Pro 2010 installation and backup these files (copy and paste them somewhere, zip them up or what-have-you):
You may need to restore them before applying any future Poser Service Releases.
Close the Poser application while doing this in order to see the changes.
Part One: Modify the PSD
- Open photoshop and load 24000_parmDialPrefs.psd.
- Do a Select All (Ctrl+A).
- In the Layers Palette, select 24005_DialGradient and in the Edit menu, choose Clear. Do not delete this layer, change the opacity or anything else. You must use Clear.
- Do the same for orig_20004_Dial (you may wish to re-hide it), 24004_Dial and 24006_DialBackground.
- Save 24000_parmDialPrefs.psd.
Part Two: Modify the XML
- Open parmDialPrefs.xml in your text editor.
- From lines 3 to 4, replace this:
- At line 28, replace this:Code:
- At line 37, replace this:Code:
- At line 40, replace this:Code:
- At line 45, replace this:Code:
- At line 49, replace this:Code:
You are done!
This tutorial is dedicated to LayingBack, who wrote the first dial modification at Renderosity and PoserPros for Poser 5!