In the previous post, there were two ways to convert polyline and strand-based hair in DAZ Studio into particle hair in Blender: either 1) convert the hair during import time, or 2) import the meshes and convert them with the Make Hair tool afterwards. This is one method too many. The basic philosophy behind the Daz Importer is to import the content of the duf and dbz files as faithfully as possible, and then provide tools that make the content more useful in Blender. Clearly the second hair method agrees better with this philosophy.
For this reason the global hair settings have been removed completely, and hair is always imported as it is in the duf and dbz files: as polyline meshes for polyline hair, and as meshes with narrow tubes for tesselated strand-based hair. Those meshes can then be converted into particle hair if desired. This change has a number of benefits:
- Fewer global settings cause less confusion.
- Lots of code could be discarded.
- No need to postpone hair creation and restore hair after geografts are merged. Instead, we can simply wait to convert mesh hair to particle hair until after geografts are merged.
- Faster import. If the mesh hair contains strands of different sizes, multiple hair systems are created, and that takes a lot more time than a single system.
- Better control over hair conversion with the options of the Make Hair tool, like hair resizing to fit all strands into the same particle system.
Hair materials are created during import because it is when it can be done. When mesh hair is converted to particle hair with Make Hair, the needed information is no longer accessible.