Welcome! Now get ready for a change.
I think you will be pleased with the newer version once you get more accustomed to working in Shaded view much more often. Also, if you look into your preferences, you can still set many of those earlier options. Like Andrew mentioned, v9 is coming before too long, so I would expect another shift in interface again in the future.
The Pick Tool Options are now integrated into the top of the Tool Options palette.
I love working with Groups now that it has been more easily implemented. Ctrl+G = Group , Shift+Ctrl+G = UnGroup or you can use the right click context menu. The Edit Group command is also handy, but you will need to add your own shortcut (I like Shift+G for this). Using group sets has made it much easier to work on larger, more complex files without the need for so many layers. Layers are still very important! But using Groups can just make general modeling faster to keep things separate while working quickly on one layer. I use both personally, but love that we have the flexibility to use many different options. I know some people love using the Objects palette for organizing things, and even though I use Groups, I never use the Objects palette. Layers and it's palette and Groups are all that I need to stay organized.
A little tip, once you setup all your tool bars and palettes customized the way you like it, this is called your 'Workspace'. Save it by exiting FormZ and/or using the Export Workspaces tool in the Workspace Manager. Then re-open FormZ, and go to Workspace>Workspace Manager. Uncheck Save Between Sessions. Exit FormZ and Restart FormZ. Now your custom Workspace should be safe for you to use. If you don't do this, your customized Workspace will end up causing you problems and needing many frustrating resets and preferences files rebuilt.
I'm currently using FormZ 8.6.2 setup like this with a right hand tool bar to reduce the amount of mouse movement from the Tools to the Tool Options.
Edited by Justin Montoya, 08 June 2018 - 12:34 PM.