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#1 Tech

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Posted 13 April 2016 - 01:54 PM

form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone

 

form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone is a new app that allows you to interact and share your form•Z projects like never before. This new app opens native form•Z files (v7 and later) and displays them in real time interface. This app is a great tool for sharing your designs with colleagues and clients.

 

Beta testing will start in the next few days. If you are interested in beta testing this app please send an email to betaz@formz.com!

 

form•Z mobile viewer Features:

- Interactive view navigation (spin, zoom, pan, fit).
- Standard preset views.
- Recall any view saved in your form•Z project.
- Recall any scene saved in your form•Z project.
- Recall any clipping plane (real time section) in your form•Z project.
- Create new clipping planes.
- Save and recall custom views.
- Select from three rendering modes: Shaded work, Shaded full (including shadows, bumps and ambient occlusion) and Wire Frame.
- Control layers (turn on /off)
- Control lights. (turn on /off)
- Transfer files via AirDrop, iTunes, iCloud, Google drive.
- Share images via Social media.

 

This app requires iOS 9.3 and one of the following devices:

iPad: Pro (12.9-inch), Pro (9.7-inch), Air, Air 2, mini 2, mini 3, mini 4
iPhone: 5s, 5se, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus

iPod: touch (6th gen) 

 

 

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#2 AHTOH

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Posted 13 April 2016 - 05:19 PM

WOW! What the news!

Any plans for Android?

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Posted 14 April 2016 - 02:29 AM

Great news. This will be awesome!

 

AirPlay?

Walking?



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Posted 14 April 2016 - 09:53 AM

Hats off!



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Posted 14 April 2016 - 10:44 AM

Excellent! 

+1 for android but I am sure that will follow soon after.

 

Thanks!

 

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Posted 14 April 2016 - 03:12 PM

We hope to eventually offer an Android version as well but at this point we can not say when. 

 

The App has been submitted to Apple and we are waiting for it to be reviewed and released by their TestFlight system. We are not sure how long this will take but hopefully not too long. If you submitted a request to beta test, you will receive an email from the Apple iTunes Store with details on how to access the App when it is ready.


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Posted 14 April 2016 - 04:28 PM

really cool news.  

 

would be great to have Apple Pencil support and be able to add notes on top of images.  I export views and do this in other apps, but could be a nice feature.


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Posted 14 April 2016 - 05:03 PM

I agree, this is really where things are going.

 

For now I'd do this in Notability.

 

really cool news.  

 

would be great to have Apple Pencil support and be able to add notes on top of images.  I export views and do this in other apps, but could be a nice feature.

 



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Posted 14 April 2016 - 05:07 PM

The App has been released by Apple. If your beta request was received by 3:00 EDT today. You should have received an email from Apple TestFlight by now. All other requests will be submitted as we receive them and you should receive an invitation from Apple TestFlight within a couple of hours.

 

We have been looking into the Apple Pencil and the opportunities it presents. Thanks for the suggestion.

 



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Posted 15 April 2016 - 12:16 AM

When I attempt to load my own models in through iCloud, nothing arrives.    There is a quick message that pops up from the bottom, but far too quick to read.

 

One possibility is, I signed up for testFlight with one iCloud account, but both my device and computer are using a different iCloud account for the iCloud Drive

 

 

I presume the Drop box feature is a place holder for the future?

 

Plus, an inconsequential bug.  the app will crash if you share with no model loaded.   Repeatable.

 

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 08:12 AM

Chris,

 

Thanks for the report. We were able to reproduce the iCloud problem on one of our devices. Its not related to the iCloud account. There is not a connection between TestFlight and the iCloud account. We are working on a fix for this as well as the crash you experienced.

 

The items that appear when you tap the [+] icon are controlled by sharing (cloud) services installed by other apps (iCloud, Google drive,  Dropbox etc). If you see Dropbox in the menu then you likely have the Dropbox app installed. If Dropbox does not work when you select it, check the settings in the Dropbox app or Dropbox section of the devices settings panel (also be sure you have the latest Dropbox app.)

 

 



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Posted 15 April 2016 - 11:20 AM

This looks like a nice way to present and share projects.

I look forward to more testing.

 

A walk-through navigation mode would be a welcome addition for Arch models.

I suppose saving a series of views might get you close.

 

Is the recommended method of uploading files icloud / dropbox accounts?

I don't know my iOS as well as I do Android. But it seem like you don't have access to on device storage in an iOS device so a USB transfer of a file is likely not the best option. 

 

Bart


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Posted 15 April 2016 - 12:49 PM

Bart,

 

AirDrop or using iTunes will work in the current version. There is a security glitch in the this version that is causing files opened via iCloud and Google drive to not open for many people. We are testing a fix for this today and expect to update the app in the next few days. We are still looking into DropBox as it seems to have some other issues to be solved.

 

Thanks for your suggestions. A walk-through mode and  an easy way to play a sequence of views or scenes is certainly on our radar.



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Posted 15 April 2016 - 02:20 PM

Awesome job on the app!  I am really liking it!!!  I can really put this to use both for myself and with clients.  

 

I transfered one of my files and some, but not all, of the textures transferred over.  I have been transferring this file from work to my laptop at home successfully, including textures:  standard textures such as a default grass material and custom textures I have imported into a material.  See attached views

 

For some views I had a gradient texture mapped in for the sky in Shaded Full.  On the app it comes up black.  Would be nice to at least have control over the background color if skies are not possible yet.   See attached views
 

It would be nice to have a tool or gesture to be able to walk around the model.  Similar to the "walkthrough" tool in FormZ.   Pinch zoom sort of does it, but walking would be nice.  Maybe three fingers moving up to walk forward and three fingers moving down to walk back?

 

So far most other general settings are working for me.  

 

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 03:50 PM

Thanks on the iCloud part, looking forward to it working.

 

Regarding Drop Box,  yes I have it installed, but I do not see a setting in either the general settings App, nor in the Dropbox App Settings.   Wonder if a paid account would allow this.

 

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 05:18 PM

really a nice app...

but I had no chance to load a fmz file via iCloud drive ...

and what function has the Edit button in "Select Model" window ?

 

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 04:16 PM

Walking and looking around is my biggest feature request!



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Posted 17 April 2016 - 07:56 PM

Geez! The pics you guys are sharing look really good... how long does it usually take for the invite to arrive? Will this beta be available only on US Apple accounts? 



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Posted 18 April 2016 - 08:16 AM

Thanks for your report on the background. We will look into this issue.

 

The "Edit" button in "Select Model" window will allow you to delete models from the device (this is still WIP).

 

The beta version is not restricted to any specific countries. We enter the beta requests we receive into Apple TestFlight every couple of hours and you should get the invitation soon after that. Andre we did not receive an beta request email from you (if you did we are sorry that we missed it, can you please do so again). 



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Posted 18 April 2016 - 12:34 PM

I resent the first mail and then sent a new one. Still no luck.





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