Check SMS. P9 (which is lowest version to support DSON and Genesis) was on sale for $29.95. That would get you the DSON support and the ability to create Poser mc6’s (if that’s what you’re aiming for) without too much of a cash out lay.
Is the character strictly M5? Which UV’s are you using?
Pro versions of Poser give you the Poser fusion plugins for other apps which you probably don’t need at this time. WM rigging which, again, you don’t seem to need at this time. The latest Pro also has the fitting room, which doesn’t seem to be what you need at the moment. If you’re just working on character morphs and textures, no, you don’t need all the extra bells and whistles.
Thanks, I didn’t realise Genesis could work in Poser 9; since it’s on sale at the moment and I don’t need all the ‘bells and whistles’ as you put it, this would be a great help to me,especially for makinf the Poser MAT files.
I’m currently only doing the character for Genesis using the M5 shape (and M4 shape for the head), using M5 UVs.