I purchased FZ a long time ago, but I remain a frustrated newbie: I can't figure out on my own how to use Formz for detailed modelling of houses or to prepare construction documents with it.
Is it possible to set FZ up for residential design/working drawings, and if so, can it be efficiently and robustly organized (objects, groups, layers, views,
scenes, line type/weights, connection to Layout, etc.) for stick-frame design in US/Canada? The proven tips&tricks is what I am hoping to learn from advanced users.
Within the larger question, these are limitations I see are: no parametric capabilities for windows/doors, or cabinets, trim, etc. (is this coming in 9?) Would I have to create a library
of components for these items from scratch every time I need a new window or door? While Sketchup may be a toy (......?), VALI'S plugins, particularly his parametric win/door tool,
are the best in the industry. Would I have to make what I need in SKP, then bring it over and lay it flat to make a FZ component with hole-cutting capabilities? Seems like a very
painful work-around. SKP has remarkable plugins, but not FZ's power or depth. Agreed.
How about 2D door swings? How is that dealt with in FZ & Layout? Why not be able to move points without having to go into wire-frame every time (a free plug-in in SKP cleverly allows
moves without going into WF)?. And so on.....
In any event, I would happily pay for tutoring----if it is possible to use the program effectively for the design & relatively seamless production of condocs for NA houses.
If so, I would also then gladly pay for Evan's fundamentals tutorials (I have spent quite a bit of time on his current videos. He is very good at explaining the basics of the program, but
it just has not been enough for what I need to see and understand. The void in advanced use educational material is mind-numbingly inexplicable: why are specific use tutorials for houses missing?
Imagine, I am still looking at generic modelling videos made 7 years ago! Just one video on using layout? This is just not right--or fair to anyone anxious to learn the program well.
As I say, frustrated by not knowing how to secure FZ's potential for my CAD needs. Keen though.....:)
Any help would be much appreciated.