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#1 Wildsided


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 06:26 PM

I don't know if anyone else has experienced this problem but I noticed that when I deleted the relationship of a pose from a model, it would remove the pose from the PWS but not remove it from the 'Poses' window for the model. 




I thought saving and reloading the project would update the poses window but it did not and there's no option in the poses window to delete a pose. So I searched the forum and from what I could see deleting the relationships should have removed the poses.  :angry:


Seeing those unused and unnecessary poses was driving me crazy and I wanted them gone. I remembered that you could open a model in a text editor so I did some experimenting and figured out how to remove the poses. So I figured I'd post a quick tutorial in case it might be helpful to someone.


Note - This is a windows tutorial because that's what I have. 


Start by closing the project your model is part of before you start editing the model file.


Step 1 - Back up your model

Step 2 - SERIOUSLY BACK UP YOUR MODEL if something goes sideways you'll be glad that you did.

Step 3 -  RMB on the model and select Open with



If your text editor isn't in the list select choose another app and navigate to Word Pad. 


Step 4 - Select Word Pad and you should see something like this




Step 5 - Press Ctrl + F and a find box will pop up, search for the pose entry you want to remove. In this example I'll search for 'Head grow shrink'




When you press Find next (or enter) the document will auto navigate to the entry for the pose you're looking for. To make finding the poses you want to get rid of easier, I recommend renaming them to something unique in A:M but you don't have to do this.


Step 6 - Highlight the pose info like in the examples below


tut5.png OR tut6.png


A percentage Pose will show as <PERCENT> and an ON/OFF Poss will show as <BOOL> Highlight everything from <PERCENT> [Pose name] or <BOOL> [Pose name] to </PERCENT> or </BOOL> as shown in the screen grabs.


Step 7 - Hit backspace to delete the entry

Step 8 - click the save icon to save your changes.


Step 9 - Open up the project your model is in (or import the model into a new project) and all being well those pesky poses should be gone.


You can even rearrange the order of the poses in the pose list by highlighting the pose you want to move and cut/paste it below or above another entry.


Maybe I should have made a video for this but hopefully, you can follow what I'm saying. 







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Posted 13 August 2018 - 08:09 PM

Alternatively, you could just right click on the name of your model in the PWS and open its properties. From there you could scroll down to 'user properties' and you'll find a list of your poses. If you right click on one of them you'll find the option to delete the pose. 


Remember folks, you can do things the easy way or the Dan way  :facepalm:


Thanks for pointing me to this much easier solution Robert.

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 08:25 PM


Your method gives great insight into what is going on under the hood as well as alternative ways to get a job done if we run into problems (there almost always are!). 

So, thanks for that!  :)

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 07:36 AM

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Posted 20 August 2018 - 07:00 AM

I have been thru this and feel your pain as the unwanted pose sliders pile-up and get in the way... but, I think there is an easier solution... and somewhere/sometime here on the forum it was pointed-out to me as I was going thru the same hoopla.


All you need to do is, as you have illustrated above... click the unwanted pose(relationship folder) in the PWS model/relationships and delete, you will get the 'Delete Pose Relationship?' feedback... next, select the pose slider in the User Properties window for the model and delete, you will get the same 'Delete Pose?' feedback- say yes and you are done. The relationship AND the pose slider have been deleted from the model.

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