Am I imagining all of this? Is GF2 getting more support or better support from PAs? Or is the improved mesh, while the changes are subtle, making a big difference in the overall look?
I actually think a lot of it is subjective and depends to an extent on personal taste and interests.
For me, G2F is getting appalling support from PAs, and is having a bad effect on further support for Genesis as well. As soon as she was released, I expected that the proportion of new clothing released for G2F and, from then on, for Genesis that I would have any interest in buying would fall sharply. It’s turned out I was being optimistic - since the day of the G2F release, and including all the clothing in the V6, Gia and Girl6 Pro bundles, there has not been a single clothing set - or indeed item - released for G2F that I would even download if it was free, let alone would buy, It’s all sexed up, scanty, girly, impractical, unrealistic, or some combination of those - nothing any of my female characters would be seen dead in. And there hasn’t been any new clothing, male or female or unisex, that I’d want for Genesis since the G2F release either, barring one set that was the kind of thing I’d want, but was disqualified by just containing inferior versions of clothes I’d got several better versions of already. So the clothing making PAs have not been serving me at all, and have stopped getting any of my (limited) money. I will buy ... if they actually make anything - anything at all - I want. I don’t recall any figure release since I started this Poser/DS caper in 2004 that hasn’t produced any clothing at all that I want for this long.
I am entirely unconvinced by the claimed advantages of the base shape, and in as much as there may be any at all (I will concede they may make life easier for PAs, though not that they are actually necessary for the required results), think they are seriously outweighed by the disadvantages. (I will also observe that way before G2F there were Genesis clothing releases that ONLY had female fittings, and others that ONLY had male ones. That was a perfectly viable approach.)
I buy character sets just for textures, and sometimes (but rarely) to add included morphs - or partial morphs - into the mix; I never use character set morphs just as supplied as I create my own characters. I do, though, find many of the G2F characters in the store in the promos uglier and more cartoony than those the same PAs were making for Genesis and V4, so to my eye there’s been a step backwards in that respect, although not one that practically impacts me. In terms of morphing G2F into my own characters, I’ve just run into the lack of available body and face morphs as compared with Genesis, and have only been able to make progress by using the transfer utility to transfer Genesis Morphs (including GenXed V4 morphs) to G2F. Which I do have to say it has done flawlessly. The best character I’ve managed on G2F ... looks exactly like my Genesis version. And I mean exactly, having used the same name G2F morphs where they existed, and transfer utilitied Genesis (including V4 GenXed) morphs where they didn’t. (Having been disappointed to discover the base and major G2F morphs didn’t include the basic flexing morphs - bicepflex, gluteflex, calfflex - that always used to come with the first major morph pack for e.g. V3/M3, V4 and M4 morphs++, I was more than pleasantly surprised to find that the transfer utility transferred the entire Genesis Evolution Muscularity set of morphs over to G2F in a matter of seconds, and they all work flawlessly with G2F and her V6/Gia6 etc shapes. And about half-an-hour with a text editor that will load multiple files and do global search and replaces got them not only with their original labels back, but all the ERC as in Genesis too so the Flexions On-Off and Muscle Volume dials are now there and working too in my G2F. Indeed I can’t see how a store sold set for G2F would be any better or different.)
As for the textures ... well, there aren’t that many yet, and the ones there are don’t strike me as being at all superior to many of the V5, S5 and even V4 ones.
The one thing that does strike me as providing a quantifiable improvement on render is the effect of the Normal maps that came with V6 and Gia6. But that’s nothing technical to do with G2F/V6. Normal maps could equally be supplied in V5 (or V4) UV form for use on Genesis.
And lastly, while I had a Genesis, a G2F and a Dawn loaded up together to compare bending, I came across something that surprised me about G2F. I had at least expected that the joint bending in G2F would be better than Genesis’s. and for some bends it is. But for some bends it’s actually worse. I had one pose applied that had them crouching down with the left upper arm down beside the torso, and looking from the back at the arm/torso junction noticed that the G2F bend was somewhat better than the Genesis one if looked at close up. But when I swung the camera round to their fronts I didn’t have to look at all closely to see that the front arm/torso junction on the G2F was nastily crumpled while on Genesis it was fine. Really wasn’t expecting that. (I do have to say that both Genesis and G2F bend significantly better than Dawn to my eyes. Especially Dawn’s shoulders, elbows and wrists make me wince ... indeed there’s something really rather creepy about them.)
So - I don’t think you are imagining things; but your wants, needs, tastes and focus are clearly different to mine. I’m probably a minority taste - well, DAZ and the PAs had better hope so, or they are going to go very hungry the way things have been going since the G2F release from my perspective. And at least for now I’m sticking with Genesis, as I can only morph G2F the way I want by transferring Genesis morphs, so might as well just morph Genesis, and can only clothe G2F the way I want by transferring Genesis (and M4, V4, some M3, some V3, some S3 and some D3) clothes to G2F, so might as well just clothe Genesis (especially as for M4, M3, V3, S3 and D3 I’d have to do a double convert, first to Genesis, thence to G2F, and multiple conversions just means multiplying the distortions).
I have G2F. I’m watching the store. But as yet DAZ and the PAs have served me, my wants, tastes and needs not at all. I’m becoming reconciled to the thought that for my future figure clothing needs I will just have to morph, cut, add to, retexture and assortedly adapt my existing 3D wardrobe.