List of Poser Vendors

  • @eclark1849 Please don't. Nothing I hate more than ads on a web site (other than those relating to the site in question's products).

  • @Miss-B No promises, but I'll think about it.

  • @Miss-B you said '(other than those relating to the site in question's products).'

    But this is how I understood the idea of probably running ads, and I find it a great idea. He talked of 'Biscuit's store at 50 percent off for three days' and this gave him the idea of probably running ads.

    And I find the idea not bad, because it could increasy the number of visits and bring the list more to life. If it were just the list, I would look at the list every once in a while when I search for something specific. But if I knew that it is also a central place for cross sites vendor advertisement (Poser related, of course), then I would most likely drop in more frequently or even on a regular basis.

  • @Bytefactory3D Well, as I said, I will think on it. I'd like to know what Miss B thinks about having vendors who have a sale going on have a small sign or sales tag beside the vendor's name with with a quick announcement like 50% off sale: and clicking on the sales tag would take you to the vendor's store. That way, the ads are small and unobtrusive, and the vendors make more money.

  • @eclark1849 OK, I guess I need to clarify my original statement. Having ads that relate to the site's products, or in the case of your list, the vendor' s sites/products in the list, are fine.

    What I don't like, and I see often in some forums and stores, are ads to non-3D related products that have absolutely nothing to do with the 3D community. One in particular is smack dab in the middle of the subforum links on a main forum page, and it makes the page jump every time I exit one of the subforums to check new posts in another subforum. Drives. Me. To. Distraction.

    Why a store or forum would need those types of ads is beyond my comprehension unless, of course, the store in question has an affiliation with the other site, and earns points (or cash) every time someone clicks on a link to take them to the other site. Still. Drives. Me. To. Distraction.

  • @Miss-B Well, unless someone wants to pay me a buttload of money, that's not what I had in mind. :D

  • @eclark1849 Sure, Meshbox is alive and selling through Content Paradise. We also are moving our catalog over to Mirye Software, a sister site. This will also mark year 12 of using Poser to help out the NORAD Tracks Santa project.

  • @meshbox And which site do you wish to be linked to?

  • @eclark1849 said in List of Poser Vendors:

    @Miss-B Well, unless someone wants to pay me a buttload of money, that's not what I had in mind. :D

    Glad to hear it Earl. ~wink~

  • @Miss-B SAD to hear this, I wish someone could pay him a buttload of money, haha...

  • 19 categories so far and counting. I still have a lot of coding to do, and compiling the vendors under the correct category, but I'm going to try and put up a temporary site in a day or so to let you guys and gals have a sneek peek and taste of what's to come. I'd sure like your feedback, but please remember I'm no where near finished.

  • @eclark1849 Look forward to seeing what you've compiled.

  • Hey guys, would space ships and flying saucers fall under vehicles or sci-fi and fantasy?

  • @eclark1849
    Personally I have mine installed in the 'vehicles' runtime, which contains subfolders for 'land', 'water' and 'air', regardless of genre (fantasy, sci-fi, realism, toon). This structure holds ever since I introduced it 17 years ago ;-)

  • @Bytefactory3D Thanks for the reply, Martin. I'm trying to avoid as much redundancy as I can, which is hard to do. Some models, like space ships or their rooms and decks could fit into either... or. For example, the Bridge of the Enterprise could fit into Sci-Fi fantasy and since it is part of a spaceship it also qualifies as a vehicle.

  • @eclark1849
    I have been creating professional data base designs as a Technical Advisor for Co-Operatives in Uganda for a couple of year. In my opinion in our case here it is not feasible to create 'exclusive' categories. Things will always be mixtures of various dimensions.
    This is why I would favor to create as many as needed bi-polar ('yes' vs. 'no') dimensions as checkbox filters. Trying not to be redundant is good (even a basic requirement in database creation), but on the other hand: the more dimensions there are available to chose from, the more detailed search results are feasible.

    I look at it like those 'Venn diagrams' from mathematics, with i.e. three overlapping categories A, B and C.
    Something may meet A and B, but not C, another asset is equaly A and B but on top of that also C. Other times one might search for something out of C, regardless of whether it is any of A or B.

    So, a list of 'yes/no' categories could solve your problem? This way something can well be 'Sci-Fi' and also the same time 'Fantasy'. Or a spaceship's interior can the same time be a 'vehicle' and also an 'interior'.

    Just MHO, not intending to be a 'smart ass', smile...

  • @Bytefactory3D Martin, actually, I quite agree with you. I'd love to break this down into as many categories as I can, how ever time and constraints aren't on my side. May be eventually. Since I am doing this on my own, I may add more categories in the future.

  • @eclark1849
    I'm not a coder, but it sounds like you have three basic pathways open to you;
    one is an iterative keyword selection, so go to vehicles then filter from there by category (old, contemporary, sci-fi, fantasy) but that creates other problems... is a dragon fantasy transport or a creature/figure?
    The second option is to list the items under multiple categories. The dragon appears under both vehicle and creature.
    The third one is to go with the vendor description of their own content. If people can't find something it's not your fault!
    Do you go with Dewey or Linnaeus?

  • @piersyf The way it is right now, unless the vendor states otherwise, I'm going with what and where the category the store put it i. The Dragon would actually present a three pronged problem creature, Transport and animal.

  • Okay, I tried. I was going to use my Mac as a temp web server, so you guys could see what I was setting up. Sadly, apparently something has changed in the OSX software that would let me do that. I did have an older mac that I know would have let me do that by just dropping the right files i the right folder. Sadly, when I had my recent bout with heart failure, my relatives moved in and threw some of my stuff away, including that old mac. I could probably still do it with my current mac, but it involves learning some Unix commands and I'm not comfortable with that. I still have a host in mind however, but that means I can't put up the temp site like I wanted to. Sorry.