Right, carrara has never been able to use studio’s mat files.
I can’t give my opinion of CMS or smart content, it keeps getting me in trouble. But mostly I just don’t need it. My content is very well organized, I don’t need help finding it, I know where it’s at because I put it there.
But namrettek is right, you are going to have to do some folder diving, find the texture you are looking for, and apply it in the shader room. No problem for me, I spend a lot of time in the shader room and make a lot of my own textures. If that is too much work for you, maybe carrara isn’t your app. But remember C8.5 is a beta, the beta part is genesis compatibility.
Do what I do, open studio, preset genesis with skins, then save as a DSF. Carrara can open that fine and should have the right textures.
Carrara and studio were developed with 2 different philosophies, Carrara was designed for the digital artiest that wants to create an entire scene from scratch in one app. Studio is just the opposite, it was designed to do as much as possible for you and is dependent on premade content. One gives you total creative freedom; just look at wendy’s stuff, and one restricts you to premades and presets.
One was designed for you to be creative the other was designed to sell you content. Till DAZ made the figure set up tools I considered studio to be one of the best sales gimmicks ever conceived.