DUF to DSF file conversion for DS 4.0?
One general question to the DSF and DUF file confusion.
If I understand correctly, DS 4.0 introduced one new file format which was intended to handle the new Genesis platform. The files in the Data folder as well as those located in the Content Library folder were both carrying the same extension: DSF.
Since version 4.5 unfortunately things have changed. The files in the Data folder kept their DSF extension (and shouldn't be touched or moved around anyway), but the files in the Content Library have been replaced by the newer DUF format, indicating that they are more "user" specific, always pointing to the same location.
So far so good. But what if a DS 4.0 user likes to install one of the Genesis products which only ships with DUF files which are placed into the library? Does that mean the whole Genesis figure cannot be used in case of a DS 4.0 installation? I hope that inconsistency is not intentional meant to exist, as there might be many users buying an ordinary Genesis product, and then they end up with a character, hair or clothing they cannot use in their application just because of a format re-definition. I always thougt that Genesis is generally supported from DS 4 + on, and I'm really not planning to make any experiments with my working configuration like upgrading to DS 4.5 until it's running stable.
Yes, I know there is also that new DSON stuff enabling Poser users to use the Genesis platform. But what about DAZ users? As I couldn't find any clear statement here in this forum, maybe someone can tell me, what are the restrictions or differences between DSF and DUF file formats, as they should carry the same information. In may case I bought the following DAZ package:
It seems it has DUF files only included. Does this mean I cannot use the Genesis portion of that product in my DS 4.0, as it can only handle DSF files?
Is there any converter available from DAZ which offers the opportunity to convert DUF files back to the original DSF file format, the one the original Genesis figure is based on? If not, it's really a mess, because version 4.5 is just indicating a new application subrelease, not a whole new standard, causing some products not to work as they are intended to. Are there really compatibility issues between older and newer product releases or application releases? I can't believe it!
However, maybe you have good ideas how to convert such DUF files back to DSF.
Thanks a lot in advance.