This article is for Carrara 8 and not Carrara 8.5. It is being kept for archival purposes.
Carrara 8 Pro & Std Beginning Setup
Carrara is provided as several installers. The two most important installers for you to download and run are the application and the native content installer. The other installers are optional.
Choose the correct installer for your computer. You may find that there are two sets–release installers and beta installers. Don't install both. Choose either the release or the beta.
We have provided beta installers for Carrara users who want to try the next update before it is released and would like to give us feedback in our bug tracker on how to improve it.
CARRARA 8.5 BETA VERSION (RECOMMENDED FOR MOST USERS)
This is the installer recommended for users in MacOS 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 who have 64-bit support.
This is recommended for Mac users with only 32-bit support. This is PPC, not Intel.
This is for Windows users on a 32-bit system.
This is for Windows users on a 64-bit system.
CARRARA 8.1 RELEASE VERSION
The above PC installer is for Carrara Standard 8 and for Carrara Pro 8 users who are on a 32-bit computer.
Carrara_126.96.36.199_Win64.exe (Carrara 8 Pro Only)
The above PC installer is for Carrara 8 Pro users on a 64-bit computer.
The Mac installer above is for Carrara Standard 8 and for Carrara Pro 8 users on a 32-bit computer. This is only for the Intel Mac
The Mac installer above is for Carrara Express 8, Carrara Standard 8, and for Carrara Pro 8 users on a 32-bit computer. This is only for the older PPC Mac (Power PC).
The above Mac Installer is for Carrara Pro 8 on the 64-bit Mac (Intel Only).
Carrara Native Content Installer
The second installer to run is the native content installer.
PC Users of any version of Carrara 8 should use the above installer. The target folder should be exactly the same as where the application file was installed. For example, if you installed the application to 'Program Files\DAZ 3D\Carrara 8,' then that is also the install path for the Native Content.
Mac Users of any version of Carrara 8 should use the above installer. The install path for the Native Content should be the same as the install path for the application. If you installed the application to 'Applications\DAZ3D\Carrara 8,' then that is also the install path for the Native Content.
Additional Content Installers
The remaining installers are content items that may be used in Carrara, DAZ Studio, or Poser. Some of these installers in fact only work in DAZ Studio (_ds_ and power loader). If you do not use DAZ Studio, then do not run the DAZ Studio-only installers.
If you already have installed DAZ Content products like Victoria 4.2 or Michael 4, then you are already familiar with how to run these installers. You may install these items into your existing DAZ Studio content folder or install them into your Carrara 8 Pro folder. The choice depends upon how you want to have your content arranged. If you do not have DAZ Studio, then you should use the Carrara 8 Pro folder as the target folder.
It is necessary to add the 'runtime' folder into the browser in Carrara 8 Pro. This will be explained further on in this article.
Digital Painter Installation
Here's how to bring the digital Painter presets into Carrara after you've run the installers.
How to add the runtime to Carrara 8 Pro
Carrara 8 Pro can use Poser content. This includes DAZ 3D's Victoria 4.2 and Michael 4 base figures. It is not necessary for Poser to be installed along with Carrara 8 Pro in order for Carrara 8 Pro to use Poser content.
In order for Poser content to show up in Carrara 8 Pro, you must add the 'runtime' folder. This can be the runtime folder inside of Poser, inside of the DAZ Studio Content folder, or inside of Carrara itself, if you have installed Poser content inside of Carrara 8 Pro.
To add the runtime, launch Carrara 8 Pro. In the Assemble Room, select the Browser. Then choose the last tab 'Content.' In the upper right corner of the Tab, you will see an icon that resembles a piece of paper with the corner folder. Click on this button to see a menu. In the menu, choose 'Add Runtime.' Now browse to the actual 'Runtime' folder on your hard drive and select it. The Runtime is typically located here:
Carrara 8 Pro ..Carrara 8\runtime
Once you've added the runtime, you will see the folder appear on the left side of the Content tab in the Browser. You can expand it to see all the subfolders typical for Poser-style content (FIGURES, POSES, etc.). You may add more than one runtime as needed to the Content Tab of the Browser.