Poser Basics: How to set up & use Memory Dots

Jun 16, 2021 at 10:00 am by Michelle Willard

Poser Basics: How to set up & use Memory Dots


Being able to customize your workspace wouldn't be useful if you had no way of saving your preferences. In Poser, users can put Memory Dots to work as a way to easily save and access the poses, camera locations, and user interface preferences that you use the most. With Memory Dots, you can switch between saved items with a single mouse click.

What are the different types of memory dots?

UI Memory Dots

The Poser workspace consists of the entire Poser screen, including controls, the Document, and other room-specific interface elements. You can customize most of these elements to suit the way you work. Then you can store your preferences for later use with UI Memory Dots.

UI Memory Dots allow users to save up to nine interface configurations using the Memory dots. Each Memory dot retains a separate instance of your selected interface settings. This feature is globally applicable, meaning that UI dots can be applied regardless of the specific scene or resolution.

An alternative method for saving UI settings for accessibility in any Poser scene is to modify Poser's general preferences as described in Setting Application Preferences. However, while preferences set in this manner are saved separately for each screen resolution, you can only save one UI configuration per resolution using the general preferences.

Pose Dots

You can save up to nine pose configurations using the Memory Dots. Each Memory Dot retains all of your selected figure's pose. This feature is specific to your current scene, meaning that Pose Dots cannot be transferred to different scenes.

To save pose settings and have them accessible in any Poser scene, you need to add pose sets to the Library palette.

Camera Dots

You can save up to nine camera configurations using the Camera Dots. Each Camera Dot retains the settings for all cameras in your scene. All Memory dots are saved with the application, so your saved camera configurations will be accessible in any Poser document loaded. You can also save camera settings to the Library palette, which would allow you to use your Memory dots for other settings.

How to set up and use a Memory Dot

To save a Memory Dot, set up your pose, cameras, and/or interface; use the pull-down menu to select the dot type; and click an empty Memory Dot. This dot will appear full, as shown below.

To access your different Memory Dots, click the arrow to the left of the description. This allows you to choose between the Poses, Camera, and UI Memory Dots that you have saved.

To use a dot, simply click it. The stored settings are applied to your scene. To clear a memory dot (delete its information and make it appear empty again), press and hold [OPT] on a Mac/[ALT] on a PC while clicking the memory dot you wish to erase.

To learn more about Memory Dots and how to customize your interface, you can watch this Poser 11 tutorial. The same theories apply to Poser 12.




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