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Posted: 21 June 2013 11:02 AM   [ Ignore ]
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DAZ 3D Human Figures - A History

IN THE BEGINNING, there was Poser. First launched in 1995, Poser was (and is) an innovative 3D software package aimed more at artists and hobbyists rather than graphics professionals. Poser was designed for use with poseable humanoid figures, and before long, other companies began to produce and sell figures built for use in Poser, as well as clothing, hair, props, and other Poser content.

DAZ 3D started out as a vendor of Poser content, and to this day most content sold by DAZ 3D is usable in Poser, either natively or via the DSON Importer. Once a division of the Zygote Media Group, DAZ 3D became an independent corporation in 2000.

The Millennium People - Generations 1 and 2

The Millennium Woman (later named Victoria) was first released in 1999. She was derived from the female figure known as Posette that was included in Poser 4 (the first version of the software that supported conforming clothing and transmapped hair). Victoria was widely used, and in 2001 an updated version was released, called Victoria 2. V2 allowed for a greater range of morphs and expressions, but used the same mesh as V1 and could wear V1’s hair and clothing.

Because of Victoria’s popularity, DAZ 3D created some additional human figures, including Michael 1 (and then Michael 2), Stephanie, the Millennium Girls (preteen and preschool-aged girls), and the Millennium Boys (preteen and preschool-aged boys). Aiko also made her debut in this era, but as a character for the Stephanie figure, rather than a stand-alone figure like the others.

Interestingly, the original Stephanie figure was based on Michael’s mesh and could share textures with him, while Victoria could share textures with the kids. Each figure had their own conforming clothing.

Generation 3 - The Unimesh

For the next generation of their humanoid figures, DAZ introduced a technology they called the “Unimesh.” Rather than building each figure on a distinct mesh of polygons, they started with a single, androgynous mesh and crafted all their people from it. The advantages of the unimesh included increased compatibility (particularly with regards to textures and morphs) and a streamlined development process. In that sense, it can be considered a precursor of Genesis technology.

The third-generation figures included Victoria 3, Michael 3, Stephanie Petite 3, Luke and Laura (preteens), Matt and Madison (preschoolers), Aiko 3, Hiro 3, David (3), The Freak (3), She Freak (3), and the Millennium Baby 3. Each of these was a stand-alone “base” figure. Victoria 3, the first third-generation person, was released in 2002, and the last of the generation came out in 2005. Another popular figure known as The Girl dates from this era as well; she is not based on the Unimesh, but she is compatible with textures made for Victoria 3.

Also in 2005, DAZ 3D launched the first version of their own 3D software, DAZ Studio. Since then, there has usually been a free version of this application available, presumably in order to create a larger pool of consumers for DAZ 3D’s content. Most Poser content created by DAZ 3D and other vendors is usable in DAZ Studio (exceptions include dynamic clothing and hair as well as shaders).

The 4th Generation Figures

For the fourth generation, DAZ 3D opted for separate meshes for male, female, and child characters. There were three base figures: Victoria 4 (first introduced in 2006), Michael 4 (2008), and The Kids 4 (2010). Aiko 4, The Girl 4, Stephanie 4, and She Freak 4 all require the base Victoria figure. Similarly, Hiro 4 and The Freak 4 require Michael 4. A special celebrity character, Reby Sky, was also released for Victoria 4, with similar functionality and support to that of the other 4th Generation iconic characters.

The current version of the Victoria 4 figure is numbered “Victoria 4.2.” This figure replaced Victoria 4.1, which in turn replaced Victoria 4.0.  Each time the figure was updated, some additional features were added. Victoria 4.2 is often called “V4” for short, and is compatible with all Victoria 4.0 and Victoria 4.1 products. Like her predecessors, Victoria 4 quickly became the most popular 3D model, and remains one of the most commonly-used figures to this day.

Genesis (Generation 5)

In 2011, DAZ Studio 4.0 was released. It included a new base figure called Genesis. Genesis can be morphed into a man, woman, child, or creature, and is compatible with all skin textures made for Victoria 4, Michael 4, and The Kids 4 through a new feature that enables the UV map to be switched. Genesis can also wear clothing made for V4, M4, and K4 through the “AutoFit” function. The figure boasts superior bending capabilities compared to previous figures, and benefits like the fact that all Genesis morphs, clothing, poses etc. can be used by any Genesis character.

With the purchase of various add-on products, the versatility of Genesis increases: it can be morphed into clones of many third-generation and fourth-generation figures and a remarkable variety of different creatures and characters. And all of these shapes can be blended together and mixed with other morphs to create an infinite assortment of unique creations.

Fifth-Generation versions of the Victoria, Michael, Stephanie, Hiro, Freak, Aiko and David characters are Genesis products. Each came with a unique UV set, meaning that (in most cases) a user must own Victoria 5 to apply the skin texture of a character designed for Victoria 5 to the Genesis figure, for instance. Other popular Genesis characters include the Young Teens 5 (Justin and Julie), toon characters like Jasmine and Jason, Hitomi, Troll, and the Monstrosities, to name a few.

Genesis was designed for DAZ Studio 4, and originally was not very compatible with Poser. In 2012, several things happened that improved this situation: updates to the Poser software incorporated some new features that are important for making full use of Genesis, Cliff Bowman released the Genesis To Poser product, containing a tutorial and various scripts that made using Genesis in Poser easier, and DAZ released the DSON Importer, a superior method of getting a more fully-functional Genesis into Poser.

Genesis 2 - Generation 6

With the latest release, DAZ has again gone to separate male and female meshes. While this means that the new Genesis 2 Female and Genesis 2 Male figures can’t share morphs with each other (at least not without requiring a conversion process), it does allow for more lifelike human forms and better fitting clothing. The Genesis 2 advances include a more detailed mesh and significantly improved bends and facial expressions. Victoria 6 was the first of the new Genesis 2 characters to be released. Other releases for Genesis 2 Female include Gia 6, The Girl 6, Teen Josie 6, Olympia 6, Stephanie 6, Giselle 6, Aiko 6, Lilith 6, Mei Lin 6, and Belle 6. The first Genesis 2 Male character to be released was Michael 6, followed by Teen Jayden 6, Gianni 6, Lee 6, Brodie 6, and Minotaur 6 HD. Genesis 2 is compatible with DS4.6+, and (via the DSON Importer) Poser 9+.

Genesis 2 can Auto-Fit content made for Genesis 1, and with the Victoria 4 for Genesis 2 add-on, can Auto-Fit Victoria 4 content also. Similarly, with the Michael 4 for Genesis 2 Male product, G2M can Auto-Fit M4 content. However, at least at the present time, morphs made for Genesis 1 or other figures are not supported. Aside from morphs, most content for Genesis 2 Female can be used on Genesis 2 Male, and vice-versa.


Sources
The Digital Artist’s Complete History of V5- 3DArtDirect.com
Base Figures - History and Compatibility (posts by Lyrra on the old DAZ3D forum)
What Is the Unimesh? - DAZ3D.com
Compatibility Matrix

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Posted: 21 June 2013 11:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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See the official Compatibility Matrix for more information

Using Older Content With Genesis and Genesis 2

Compatibility with Genesis 1 (5th Generation)
Gen 6 clothing: Requires Genesis 2 Male Clone for Genesis or Genesis 2 Female Clone for Genesis
Gen 6 hair: Requires Genesis 2 Male Clone for Genesis or Genesis 2 Female Clone for Genesis
Gen 6 props: Requires Genesis 2 Male Clone for Genesis or Genesis 2 Female Clone for Genesis
Gen 6 poses: Yes - may require manual adjustment
Gen 4 skin textures:  Yes
Gen 4 morphs:  Requires Genesis Generation X2
Gen 4 expressions:  Requires Genesis Generation X2
Gen 4 poses:  Yes - may require manual adjustments
Gen 4 hair:  Yes - AutoFit, Transfer Utility, or manual
Gen 4 clothing:  Yes - AutoFit or Transfer Utility
Gen 4 dynamic clothing:  Not supported but may work with manual adjustments
Gen 4 props:  Yes - may require manual adjustments
Gen 3 skin textures:  No (but can be converted with TC2)
Gen 3 morphs:  Requires 3rd Gen Shapes, GenX2, Gen3
Gen 3 expressions:  Requires 3rd Gen Shapes, GenX2, Gen3?
Gen 3 poses:  Yes - may require manual adjustments
Gen 3 hair:  Yes - may require manual adjustments
Gen 3 clothing:  AutoFit requires 3rd Gen Shapes
Gen 3 props:  Yes - may require manual adjustments
Other props:  Yes - may require manual adjustments
Other content not listed above:  Not supported

Compatibility with Genesis 2 (6th Generation)
Gen 5 skin textures:  Yes - V5 and M5 only at the present time
Gen 5 morphs:  Requires Genesis Generation X2 and Genesis 2 add-on
Gen 5 expressions:  May require Genesis Generation X2 and Genesis 2 add-on
Gen 5 poses:  Yes - may require manual adjustments
Gen 5 hair:  Yes - AutoFit
Gen 5 clothing:  Yes - AutoFit
Gen 5 dynamic clothing:  Not supported but may work with manual adjustments
Gen 5 props:  Yes - AutoFit or manually
Gen 4 skin textures:  Requires V4 shape for Genesis 2 Female/M4 Shape for Genesis 2 Male
Gen 4 morphs:  Requires Genesis Generation X2 and Genesis 2 add-on
Gen 4 expressions:  Requires Genesis Generation X2 and Genesis 2 add-on
Gen 4 poses:  Yes - may require manual adjustments
Gen 4 hair:  Yes - may require manual adjustments
Gen 4 clothing:  Requires V4 shape for Genesis 2 Female/M4 Shape for Genesis 2 Male
Gen 4 dynamic clothing: Not supported but may work with manual adjustments
Gen 4 props:  Yes - may require manual adjustments
Gen 3 skin textures:  Not currently supported
Gen 3 morphs:  Requires Genesis Generation X2, Genesis 2 add-on, and Gen3 add-on
Gen 3 expressions:  Requires Genesis Generation X2, Genesis 2 add-on, and Gen3 add-on
Gen 3 poses:  Yes - may require manual adjustments
Gen 3 hair:  Yes - may require manual adjustments
Gen 3 clothing:  Can AutoFit if converted to Genesis first
Gen 3 props:  Yes - may require manual adjustments
Other props:  Yes - may require manual adjustments
Other content not listed above:  Not currently supported

Using Genesis 2 Male content on Genesis 2 Female, or G2F content on G2M
Morphs: not supported
Skin textures: Yes (but note any requirements listed on the product page)
Clothing: Yes - via AutoFit
Hair: Yes - via AutoFit
Props: Yes - via AutoFit and/or manual adjustment
Poses: Yes - may require manual adjustments

This is intended as a quick reference, and in some cases the full answer is much more complicated (in particular, there are some workarounds and alternate methods that I didn’t mention).

If anyone spots any errors, or has a change or addition to suggest, feel free to post below!

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Posted: 21 June 2013 11:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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First and Second Generation Figures
Victoria 1
Millennium Girls
Millennium Boys
Stephanie Reduced Resolution Figure (a lower-resolution version of the original Stephanie figure)
(some others not included in this list have been “vaulted” and are no longer available)

Third Generation Figures

Victoria 3.0
Michael 3.0
The FREAK
Stephanie Petite 3.0
David
The Girl
Millennium Kids - Young Teens
Millennium Kids - Preschoolers
Aiko 3.0 (also included in Anime Star Fighter, available free for PC members, free with purchase, or cheap at $6.95)
Hiro 3.0
Millennium Baby 3.0
She-Freak 2 for V3 SAE

Fourth Generation Bases

Victoria 4.2 (base figure)
Aiko 4
Michael 4 (base figure)
Hiro 4
The Girl 4
The Freak 4
The Kids 4 (base figure)
She Freak 4
Stephanie 4 Elite
Reby Sky

Genesis (5th Generation) Bases

DAZ Studio 4.x (Contains Genesis Starter Essentials, including the base Genesis figure)
Victoria 5
Michael 5
Stephanie 5
Hiro 5
Freak 5
Young Teens 5
Aiko 5
David 5

Legacy Shapes for Genesis (allow Genesis to take the appearance of earlier figures)

V4 and M4 Shapes for Genesis
Stephanie 4 for Genesis
Gen 4 Iconic Shapes
Reby Sky for Genesis
Gen 3 Iconic Shapes
David 3 for Genesis

Genesis 2 (6th Generation) Bases

DAZ Studio 4.x (Contains Genesis 2 Starter Essentials, including the base Genesis 2 Female and Genesis 2 Male figures)
Victoria 6
Gia 6
The Girl 6
Teen Josie 6
Olympia 6
Stephanie 6
Giselle 6
Aiko 6
Lilith 6
Mei Lin 6
Belle 6

Michael 6
Teen Jayden 6
Gianni 6
Lee 6
Brodie 6
Minotaur 6 HD

Legacy Shapes for Genesis 2 (allow Genesis 2 to take the shape of earlier figures)

V4 for Genesis 2 Female
M4 for Genesis 2 Male
Gen4 Legacy Shapes for Genesis 2 Female
Gen4 Legacy Shapes for Genesis 2 Male
Gen5 Legacy Shapes for Genesis 2 Female
Gen5 Legacy Shapes for Genesis 2 Male

Other Products Allowing for Increased Compatibility Between Figures
(please see Compatibility Matrix for more information)

Genesis Generation X2
GenX2 AddOn for Genesis 2
GenX AddOn Gen3 Bundle
Genesis 2 Female Clone for Genesis
Genesis 2 Male Clone for Genesis
Generation 5 UV Bundle for Genesis 2 Female
Generation 5 UV Bundle for Genesis 2 Male
Genesis 2 Male and Female Base UVs for Genesis
Victoria 6 and Michael 6 UVs for Genesis
Genesis 2 Cross-Figure Resource Kit

Link to a chart listing popular morphs
The Morph Matrix

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Posted: 21 June 2013 11:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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List of UV sets for Generations 4-6

Q: What is a UV set? And how do I manually change the UV set?
A: Please refer to page 46 of the User Guide for the official explanation

Figure/Character—Default UV
Victoria 4—V4
Aiko 4—V4
Girl 4—V4
Stephanie 4—V4
Michael 4—M4
Hiro 4—M4
Freak 4—M4
The Kids 4—K4

Genesis—V4 (note: Genesis also comes with M4, K4, Genesis Basic Female, and Genesis Basic Male options)
Victoria 5—V5
Hitomi—Hitomi
Michael 5—M5
Stephanie 5—S5
Hiro 5—H5
Freak 5—F5
Justin—V4
Julie—V4
Aiko 5—A5
David 5—D5
Monstrosities, Troll, and some others each have their own UV set as well

Genesis 2 Female—G2F (note: also comes with V5 UVs)
Josie 6 uses the basic G2F UV set, but also comes with Victoria 6 UVs (so that you can use Victoria 6 textures even if you don’t own V6 herself)
Each of the other base characters for Genesis 2 Female (listed in the first post) has its own unique UV set.

Genesis 2 Male—G2M (note: also comes with M5 UVs)
Jayden 6 uses the basic G2M UV set, but also comes with Michael 6 UVs (so that you can use Michael 6 textures even if you don’t own M6 himself)
Each of the other base characters for Genesis 2 Male (listed in the first post) has its own unique UV set.

Currently, V5 and M5 UVs are compatible with Genesis 2 by default. There are products available that will enable V4 and M4 UVs to be used with Genesis 2. If you wish to use a skin texture that uses another UV, you can try a map transfer (see tutorial here).

For female Genesis characters, there’s a list here of which characters use which UV sets.

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Posted: 23 June 2013 09:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Posted: 23 June 2013 12:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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A very small quibble: Under Genesis 2 (6th Generation) People DAZ Studio 4.x should really be something like DAZ Studio 4.6+ as it wasn’t available before then and apparently doesn’t work (at least not well) in prior versions.

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sjhayes2 - 23 June 2013 12:19 PM

A very small quibble: Under Genesis 2 (6th Generation) People DAZ Studio 4.x should really be something like DAZ Studio 4.6+ as it wasn’t available before then and apparently doesn’t work (at least not well) in prior versions.

A second quibble, before Poser there was Zygote, which sold meshes that were, to me, precursors to Mike and Vicky.

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Ah, you mean the lovely Posette and the Dork

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chohole - 23 June 2013 01:35 PM

Ah, you mean the lovely Posette and the Dork

http://classes.soe.ucsc.edu/cmps080v/Fall97/software/zygote/catalog/catamen.htm

I used to use some of these models in Infini-D, long before Poser.

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Posted: 23 June 2013 01:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Thanks, sjhayes2 and wsterdan!

I updated the Genesis 2 entry to indicate software compatibility.

I did mention Zygote, but I don’t know much about what they did prior to Poser. If anyone can provide more information on Posette and the Dork, and how they’re connected to V1 and M1, I’d appreciate it!

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Posted: 23 June 2013 05:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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There was an Aiko based on the original Stephanie. She had a very large “anime” style head and some body modification. Oddly, the legs seemed to be untouched because she could wear Stephanie or V2 thigh high boots out of the box.

The original G.I.R.L was an independent character created by Kim Goossens and was not based on the unimesh (and not called Girl 3). She DID have a version that was UV mapped to take Gen 3 skins.

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Scott-Livingston - 21 June 2013 11:02 AM

DAZ 3D Human Figures - A History

this is incredibly useful. You rock!

A cpl of questions

1) I assume the Genesis 2 figures are free with the upgrade to 4.6 (which I haven’t done yet)

actually, that’s only one question. Can’t remember the other one.


EDIT: sorry, you appear to have answered this affirmatively in the post. That’ll teach me (not) to skim read!

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Thanks, everyone! I updated the information about The Girl…hopefully it’s more accurate now.

@Sertorial: if you have ordered DAZ Studio from the store, Genesis 2 Female Starter Essentials should already be in your Product Library. You can use it in DS4.5…at least to an extent…but 4.6 is needed for best results. As I recall there are some issues with the textures in DS4.5.

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Scott-Livingston - 25 June 2013 02:38 PM

@Sertorial: if you have ordered DAZ Studio from the store, Genesis 2 Female Starter Essentials should already be in your Product Library. You can use it in DS4.5…at least to an extent…but 4.6 is needed for best results. As I recall there are some issues with the textures in DS4.5.

only the genesis2 female? Not both?

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Sertorial - 25 June 2013 04:29 PM
Scott-Livingston - 25 June 2013 02:38 PM

@Sertorial: if you have ordered DAZ Studio from the store, Genesis 2 Female Starter Essentials should already be in your Product Library. You can use it in DS4.5…at least to an extent…but 4.6 is needed for best results. As I recall there are some issues with the textures in DS4.5.

only the genesis2 female? Not both?

The Genesis 2 Male has not been released yet.

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