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Manga Studio 5: Moving the Materials folder
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I recently had the opportunity to purchase a copy of Manga Studio 5 at a steep discount.  I had long been interested in the software after viewing a demo video and seeing the included 3D assets, which differed greatly from the assets included in Manga Studio 4.
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That was when I noticed something odd.  I use a SSD, so I installed Manga Studio 5 on a secondary drive.  However, my C drive's space had decreased after the material installation.  I had never been prompted for where to install the materials, and had naively assumed that they would be installed with the application.  This was not the case.  The files were placed in the C:\ProgramData\Smith Micro\Manga Studio\
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Preamble:

I recently had the opportunity to purchase a copy of Manga Studio 5 at a steep discount.  I had long been interested in the software after viewing a demo video and seeing the included 3D assets, which differed greatly from the assets included in Manga Studio 4.

After initial installation, I was surprised to find that I could not locate these assets.  A little bit of research later, I discovered that installation of the included Materials (which includes the 3D assets) was a secondary step.  I carried it out with haste.

That was when I noticed something odd.  I use a SSD, so I installed Manga Studio 5 on a secondary drive.  However, my C drive's space had decreased after the material installation.  I had never been prompted for where to install the materials, and had naively assumed that they would be installed with the application.  This was not the case.  The files were placed in the C:\ProgramData\Smith Micro\Manga Studio\

Conversing with Smith Micro's tech support was of little help.  They did not consider this issue to be a problem.  After a little prodding they admitted that others had requested that this be configurable, but that this was unlikely to happen any time in the near future.

That being the case, I spent 5 minutes experimenting and came up with a solution.

Instructions: How to move the Manga Studio 5 Materials Folder

Warning: It should be noted that Smith Micro will not support nonstandard installations.  They told me so during my conversation with tech support.  However, given my experience with tech support, you probably aren't missing much (I do not mean to disparage the individual tech support technicians I corresponded with, but instead to comment on the quality of responses they appear to be required to give).  Never the less, should you carry out these instructions and something else goes wrong, you will likely want to revert to the default locations if you wish to be completely honest with tech support.

1. Install Manga Studio 5.0. Install the included Materials. Instructions for these installations is beyond the scope of this document and may be found elsewhere.

2. Navigate to C:\ProgramData\Smith Micro\Manga Studio . This folder is hidden by default, so you may need to modify your folder settings to view hidden files. This modification is beyond the scope of this document and may be found elsewhere.

3. Copy the common folder to another location on your computer, be it another folder or another hard drive. Record the new file path of the common folder.

4. Navigate to C:\ProgramData\Smith Micro\Manga Studio\InstallPath . Modify the permissions of common.txt such that you can modify the file, if you do not already have such permissions.

5. Edit common.txt.
It should contain the following line:
"CommonPath"="C:\ProgramData\Smith Micro\Manga Studio\Common\";
Replace C:\ProgramData\Smith Micro\Manga Studio\Common\ with the new file path of the common folder recorded in step 3. For example:
"CommonPath"="F:\ProgramData\Smith Micro\Manga Studio\Common\";
Save the file.

6. Open Manga Studio 5 and test that the materials may still be accessed. If they are not accessible, revert the changes made here back to the original file locations and file contents.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns regarding these instructions please leave me a comment and I will do my best to address the matter in a timely fashion.

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Tsubaki-Akia Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Thank you so much for the watch! :heart:
I greatly appreciate it!

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MiniGendo Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
No problem at all. I stopped by your booth at AZ and was impressed with your work.

I see from one of your latest posts that you're working on a visual novel / love sim. I wish you the best of luck with it. I coded an engine for those kinds of games as part of a larger video game project, but got sidetracked by something shiny before I made any content for it.

Regardless, keep up the good works.
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Tsubaki-Akia Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Thank you so much! <3

Haha, yeah. Thanks! I need all the luck I can get xD
Oh really? That's cool! That's also a problem for me.
It's a bit hard staying focused on the game and get it anywhere.

But thank you so much!
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iyagi Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Hey (: just wanted to let you know I put your commission in the mail yesterday. Hope it gets to you soon :0
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N8Dogg5k Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the watch there dude. And thanks again for your business at Nekocon (I was getting kind of bored actually, so you gave me a little something to do) Anywho, hopefully I'll have some stuff up on my DA in the near future. Til then though, take it easy and thanks again..
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Just came to say hello and thank you for +devWatching my 3D Animeness gallery! I can see you have been delving into comics using Poser. That's one thing I haven't done with poser in my gallery so far! :giggle:
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MiniGendo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
Your welcome. As for the comics, it's both not that difficult but far harder than one would think when starting out. Given your skill at crafting though, I'd bet you could do a great job. My apologies for taking so long to reply, keep up the good work, sir.
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ken1171 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I actually wrote a novel many years ago that I would like to become manga, but it comes out I lack the 3D resources for the background locations. As you can see from my gallery, I can handle the characters, but just not yet the backgrounds. ^^;
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imadoki Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2006
ZOMG it's David!
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dbx-1138 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
So I read your stuff. You're an excellent writer. I like to write, but I have a tendency to hit walls fast, and can't write out things I'd like. Got any tips?
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