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#15546 Snap to Center of Face

Posted by setz on 22 September 2016 - 04:41 PM

I find myself fishing around for the center of a face and at times when there are a number of faces to which the snap could be applied to, I am not sure as to which one actually is being snapped to.  I have two suggestions:


One - That the whole face to which the center is snapped is highlighted in some way so that the wrong face is not snapped to by accident when there are many faces to which the snapping could be acting.


Two - That "Stick to Edges" which is a sort of snap-to-the-snap function would work with Center of Face as well.  The center would be snapped to any time the mouse was over any portion of that face.


Both these behaviors were present in V6 and snapping to the center of a face was considerably more efficient with them.

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#15743 Delete Topology

Posted by setz on 29 September 2016 - 10:45 AM

Delete Topology does not function as it used to.  Please return it's previous functionality.


For example, I have this object. There is a non-planar rectangle split by an (orange) segment.  I want to delete the segment and reinsert it (red) so that I can use Extend to Face on the (blue) arrow to the blue triangle to make the face planar.  The problem is that when I Delete Topology on the orange segment, the two triangular faces are deleted.  I know I can use Object Doctor to close the hole but it closes it with the segment back in it's original position.  I can also delete the faces and draw the blue triangle, but that involves selecting more tools and snaps and is a lot more steps.  I want to have the segment deleted creating a non-planar rectangle which I can then split as required.


Please return the original functionality to this very useful tool.



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#15197 ETA 9.0?

Posted by pfschuyler on 25 August 2016 - 01:18 PM

I hate to post this because I already know the answer..."we'll post an announcement soon!"  


But its not unheard of for a software company to post the occasional 'sneak peak' of pending features.  It really helps to know major changes the software might take, if any, from a user and planning perspective.  So, its been almost 2 years since the release of 8.0...what direction is FormZ headed in?  That is, will Layout be improved or abandoned?  BIM features added or ignored?  New UI?  Material editor? What sort of basic direction can we expect from the future FormZ?

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#15545 Extend Tool - Result Buffer Option

Posted by setz on 22 September 2016 - 03:52 PM

It would be great to have an option for the Extend Tool, or better yet, a new Tool "Live Extend" that would allow for a result buffer enabling the distance for the extend to be entered, previewed and edited.  I use the Reshape tool this way and would love for the Extend to have this functionality as well.

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#15486 Snap Options - Suggestion

Posted by Des on 19 September 2016 - 02:27 PM

I use the "Interval Snap" in "Snap Options" all the time. I constantly change the interval while modelling.


So I was thinking of having multiple snap interval settings available so we can just select presets to help speed things up (for me anyway  :huh: ).


Here's a little edited version of the palette to give an idea...





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#15362 Dwg Export on Hidden Line - Scale

Posted by setz on 07 September 2016 - 01:11 PM

If I render a Hidden Line and Export Image as dwg and then import back into FZ, the position (relative to origin) and scale are not retained regardless of which import scale is chosen.  Can align and scale be made to match between original and import files for ortho views?


first image is original 3D File, wireframe, grid is 2' squares

second image is wireframe of 2D dwg import (units set to "from file"), grid is 2' squares


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#15735 accept other Unit System as input:

Posted by Chris lund on 29 September 2016 - 12:24 AM

that is, I pretty much work in English, however it often enough comes up where I get metric measurements from clients.


It would be real nice to just put in something like 10m  and have Z auto covert it to 32.80839895 ft for me.

Presumably, this would be helpful for people working the other way as well.


if Z can discern ' from "   is should also be able to do mm, m  km etc...  without having to switch project settings.





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#15917 tool_random_trans not working in recent versions?

Posted by 3dworks on 07 October 2016 - 05:25 AM

i'm missing a random move points functionality. in the past this script was doing well, but it seems not to work in FZ now. or am i missing something? do we have this built in now somewhere in FZ?

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#15890 Frame tool

Posted by pkcn on 06 October 2016 - 04:45 AM


The frame tool allows you only circle section (with choosing the resolution).

It will be nice to have choice beetween different sections (triangle, square or any polygonal shape, choosing the number of side).

Ok, it is allways possible to use other tool, such as "sweep along path" but frame tool is very quick end easier to use.


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#15814 Axis display length

Posted by jsiggia on 02 October 2016 - 12:58 PM



Is it/could it be possible to change the length of the axis. Changing the size of the grid has no effect on these.





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#15605 Reshape specific numeric amount

Posted by ASONE on 24 September 2016 - 01:57 PM

Please add option to reshape by a fixed numeric amount.  

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#15471 Extend Segment

Posted by setz on 16 September 2016 - 11:59 AM

I use Extend Segment and Offset Outline a lot.  I use Offset Outline with Insert turned on about 50% of the time and it is helpful to use Shift to turn the feature on an off.  When I use Extend Segment I almost always use Insert and I always use Extend to Boundary.  For some reason in my workflow these options are being turned off and I find myself repeatedly having to turn them back on.  Can there be a lock out for Tap Keys per tool or just have Extend to Boundary disconnected from Tap Keys ?

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#14847 Steps of how to transfer FormZ file to the viewer?

Posted by Clarissa on 29 July 2016 - 04:52 PM

Silly question. Is there a guide or steps showing how to transfer files to the viewer thru 1) air drop, 2) google drive, 3) itune?


Thanks. Clarissa

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#73 formZ 7 "Hot Fix" for OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Posted by Tech on 31 October 2014 - 01:19 PM

formZ v8.0 fully supports OS X 10.10 “Yosemite” but if you are still using form•Z 7, we are releasing a “hot fix” which should generally make this compatible with OS X 10.10.  Please follow these steps (or upgrade to the current version):

• Be sure that you have form•Z 7.3.4. This fix will only work for form•Z 7.3.4. If you don't have it, you can download it here:  www.formz.com/update 

• Download libFZRT.dylib.zip. If necessary extract the zip file. You should now have a single file named “libFZRT.dylib”. 
• Locate your formZ 7.3.4 Application folder and locate the file “libFZRT.dylib”. 
• Replace the file in your installation with the one that you downloaded. 
• Launch form•Z 7.3.4! 

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#3852 form•Z 8.0.2 Update Now Available

Posted by Tech on 20 January 2015 - 02:13 PM

form•Z v8.0.2 has been released. Updates are available for form•Z proform•Z jrform•Z free and the form•Z Student Edition. You can update your software by selecting Check for Updates in the Help Menu in form•Z and following the prompts for downloading and patching. Details on what is new in this version can be found here:


Attached File  formZ 8.0.2 release notes.pdf   3.13MB   2119 downloads


If you are unable to update with this method, please refer to the original email you received with the product download details to download and insall this latest version directly from the release page.  (If you have any questions regarding features or installation, please contact support@formz.com or call us at 614-488-8838 between 9am - 6pm EST.)

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#16338 Stairs tool

Posted by AHTOH on 31 October 2016 - 01:01 PM

Hi there.

I want to suggest Stairs tool improvements:

  • custom created columns
  • custom profile
  • options for columns placement (such as every step, distance, two per step e.t.c.)
  • option to have railing on one side only



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#15883 Step by Step Reveal

Posted by ASONE on 05 October 2016 - 04:37 PM

Please add step by step reveal of objects isolated.  We can isolate multiple steps, but cannot reverse this action.  It would be very very helpful.  

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#15748 Bridge Tool

Posted by setz on 29 September 2016 - 11:29 AM

Can this very useful tool and the other Sub-D Tools be made to work with non Sub-D objects and Sub-D objects which are in the swapped state?


Also, because these tools are named "Subdivision _____" when the spacebar tool menu is invoked all the subdivision tools are displayed.  I noticed that "B" does bring up the Bridge Tool, but "O" doesn't bring up the Offset Face or the Offset Edge Tools etc, etc.


-well actually, "B" sometime brings up Bridge, sometimes not.  I haven't figured out the way I got it to show up.

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#15603 Status palette

Posted by ASONE on 24 September 2016 - 01:33 PM

Please make the following a palette than can stay up on screen at all times.  Would greatly improve workflow for everyone I believe.


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#15275 select by criteria - suggestions, again

Posted by 3dworks on 01 September 2016 - 01:23 PM

this has already requested again and again, but i can't find it anymore and it is on the top things making me climb wall up in FZ.


when you are using the 'select by criteria' palette on a day by day basis, it's just a pain to select any geometry 'by materials' attribute. the small scrollable window does just show tiny thumbnail without any text, and - as an icing on the cake - the order is even different than in the main material panel. see screenshot.




please fix and enhance this, it's almost unusable at this point, but so important if you mass edit complex scenes!


hopefully next update?


kind regards





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