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  2. DennisA

    Big Sur

    You need to use 9.1 pre leased on BigSur. May have some bugs but usable.
  3. AsOne

    Big Sur

    I'm on a Mac running FormZ Pro 9 on 10.14.5 Mojave. Should I upgrade to Big Sur? Is it working well on Big Sur? Thanks.
  4. Last week
  5. FZnoob

    Textures

    If you don't want the map on one face to move, while you are adjusting one on another, make sure you have the map type set to "flat"
  6. DMclean

    Lost VRAY...

    Managed to get it solved. Thanks, Douglas
  7. DMclean

    Lost VRAY...

    ☹️...I just recently did a clean install of Catalina on my old MacPro and am in the process of re-installing all my software. FormZ 9 was easy enough to download and re-register, but I am uncertain as to how I can re-download and re-register the VRay plug-in. If I go to the Chaos site and look at my account the licence is there, but they don’t seem to have any way to download the software.Do I just need to download the 30 day Trial Version from ADS and install that, and will there then be an option to register or authenticate the software at that point.It’s been a while since I originally went through the process.Many thanks,Douglas McLeanDMC Design
  8. pkcn

    maxwell materials

    Thank you Des; you show me something I ignored!
  9. cobrien

    Textures

    Thanks for that Andrew. It does seem a bit convoluted. Maybe decal is what I mean, I've always thought of textures & decals as the same thing. I just want to place a logo (jpeg) on one side of an object & not have it repeat. In v6.5 I did everything in the Decal palette, select whole object or face(s), which surface styles on which faces, position, repeat image etc. It looks like one of the Legacy tools, Texture Map Controls does similar but it's difficult to work on individual faces, mirror doesn't work, the preview doesn't really work & there is no repeat option.
  10. Des

    maxwell materials

    Not sure but I think they're bringing out an update soon so they might be doing something to their web-site. But you can still access the materials library directly in the mxed application (material editor), they are all there.
  11. Andrew West

    Textures

    To apply a texture map to one specific face and not the whole object you need to hold down the control key while dropping the texture onto that face. Then to properly map that face you need to use the Map Texture tool while holding down the control key again and just click on that face. Now the program sees that face as independent of the object. You can now use the Edit texture tool to adjust the size and position of that map on that face. I have been trying for years to get them to combine all the mapping tools into one tool rather than three. Perhaps one day they will. As for making a non repeating texture in V-ray you need to go to the Vray editor- Basic- Diffuse- Click on your texture map to edit it- Placement- Uncheck the Tile box. Or you could apply your texture as a Decal. I personally haven't tried this but Justin has experience there. Perhaps you could ask him.
  12. cobrien

    Textures

    I have a couple of texture questions I'm hoping someone can help with. - I have an object with 2 textures on it (one on each side of a wall), how do I adjust the size & position of one texture & not the other? I can't seem to select one face at a time. I've attached an example. - How do you stop textures/decals repeating in V-Ray? You can set if you want them to repeat or not in Color Map Options in the Material Parameters for RenderZone but I can't find that option in the V-Ray Material Parameters. I'm using FZ v9.1.0 Thanks. wall.zip
  13. The online mxw material librairy is no more available... Is anybody has some information about?
  14. Bo Atkinson

    Is FormZ working on M1 Macs?

    My own Windows10 transition is definitely not for my main work, as W10 is bothersome to navigate, for example word dictionaries are scant in W10 . My main use is rather to explore very specific new tools in Rhino7, (as their Mac side is less supported in the plugins and in the Youtube training of very specific work tasks). Rhino's Youtube support vids are amazingly extensive, covering many instant-solutions, as done by users at no cost to viewers. Specialized tool solutions are demoed quickly, which I prefer to the long showcase videos or long courses-A-Z. Keyword searches make this fast. The basic geometry stuff is the same and Rhino gives me more depth to explore, as for example the deform tools for complex objects are much faster and easier than formZ, (RE Bend and Taper). My 2012MacPro is about equally fast for my W10 installation of formZ. Common shortcut-hand-patterns for formZ and for Rhino, in both Mac and in W10 might be possible, by "re-mapping" the Alt- and Command- keys, when adjusting sct files in W10, and I don't plan on using other W10 apps with many shortcuts. I expect the new MacPros might eventually become affordable, but the old ones are good enough for me on OSX 10.13.6. Chances are future upgrades of everything will be subscription only, so older will be better for me working offline.
  15. malcineurope

    Problems with material palette

    Thanks Tech. That has worked and given me back my favourite modeller 🙂
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  17. AndyD

    1995 University exam

    Made with a very ancient Z version. I made only half building for the small memory and processor of Apple Performa 360. 2d drawings made with MiniCad (now VectorWorks). Here is the complete building: Andrea Prospetti_Sezioni 2.pdf
  18. Tech

    Problems with material palette

    v9.0 is not compatible with Big Sur. We do have a Pre-release version of v9.1, that is compatible with Big Sur. We are still working though a few issues in this version, but it performs well overall! You will find a button for the v9.1 pre-release version on the v9.0 download page (the link is in the email you received with your v9 license codes). Note that v9.1 installs into a discreet folder so v9.0 will remain available in case you encounter any issues with v9.1.
  19. I am having trouble with the material palette. It comes up automatically with the brick library showing the same brick pattern on all materials. If I change the library the material icons do not change until I click in the palette then thy all change to the same icon. Currently it is unusable. I am running v.9.0.6.1 on Big Sur on an iMac. I have dumped the preference files and restated but no change. Any ideas anyone?
  20. skybound13

    Thoughts on 2008/2009 AD iMac for formZ 9

    Des, Thank you, seeing that About Pages ’08 window on a machine running El Capitan brings a tear of joy to my eye! :-) I really like the older version of Pages, I tried using Pages 5.2 which was part of the Yosemite upgrade, the deal-breaker for me was how they removed the hyperlink function from the application, I use that extensively to jump around parts of my project log documents and to open other Pages files that I reference when working in those files. As for the PDFs, the 150+ MB files are scans of permit drawing sets from different copy shops, no idea what they are using to make those. As for the 3.5 MB PDF I mentioned (actually only 3.1 MB now that I double check,) it’s 7 pages, 24x36, drawn with HighDesign, PDFs exported using Save as PDF… in the system Print window. Then I put all the sheets in a single PDF using Preview 8.0 (which was installed with Yosemite.) I open the multi-page PDF then try to use the touch pad to zoom in, it pauses, the colored spinning wheel appears, then a few seconds later it jumps in to the area. The PDFs created this way retain the text such that I can still select the text, I’ve experimented saving sheets as JPGs then saving back to PDFs to “flatten” them but Preview still struggles which is no surprise because the file sizes go way up when I do that. I noticed issues with PDFs in Mavericks (operating system that came on the computer,) in fact, pretty much everything was slower than my older MacBook running Snow Leopard, I think that was from maybe 2006 AD. Sometimes I wonder if it has something to do with the newer MacBook Pro having a Retina display, I’d like to think that a fresh install of a final version of a newer operating system (such as El Capitan) would take care of the problems. With that iMac I would have a backup computer while I do the upgrade on the MacBook Pro, that makes me feel a lot better about doing the upgrade. As for better pricing online, you’re right. Here’s my problem - I am notoriously bad when it comes to shopping for the best deals - sometimes I put so much time into the search that after I do find the best deal I realize it took so much time that I would have been better off paying a little more and saving a bunch of time. You know that saying, “Step over a dollar to pick up a dime”? That’s pretty much me in this case. :-) Thanks again for taking some time to launch those apps and send the screen snapshot.
  21. I think you can buy an old iMac for even cheaper online. Regarding the PDFs, in my experience it depends on what program they were created in determine the responsiveness. AutoCad creates terrible PDFs normally due to it triangulating all the fills and hatching so the file becoming way too large for what it's displaying although they can be compressed right down in Preview to display super fast. Here's a snapshot of FormZ & Pages running on my old MacPro. I don't use it for my main modelling any more (one of the machines on my mini Maxwell farm) although this old mac has a pretty decent graphics card for it's age so working in FormZ is actually great using "shaded work" & "shaded full". That might be my only concern with those old iMacs.
  22. skybound13

    Thoughts on 2008/2009 AD iMac for formZ 9

    Des, Thank you for your comments, especially regarding iWork ’08 working on El Capitan, I would definitely like to find an alternative to Yosemite (10.10.1.) snow, Yeah, I struggled with similar thoughts, thinking maybe it’s better just to put the money towards something new. Now that I know that El Capitan will run the older version of Pages I can ask myself if maybe I shouldn’t just upgrade the OS on my MacBook Pro and put the money towards a large monitor. The iMacs are $200 and $300, even though that’s more than I want to pay, either one would have value for viewing 24x36 PDFs of permit drawing sets. These PDFs are generally 150 MB and larger, Preview on my MacBook Pro really struggles with those for some reason. Shoot, it struggles with a 5 MB PDF, I assume something buggy with the upgrade to Yosemite. As for the different processors, unfortunately I don’t know the nuances each type of processor offers to know what’s good/better/best, only modeling software I’ve used is SketchUp which worked just fine on the two Macs I’ve used it on.
  23. This line made me cringe. I personally wouldn't spend any more than $150 on either of those machines considering their obsolescence. You won't have much luck finding modern software that will run "well" on an Intel Core 2 Duo. However this is just my opinion and others may have a better experience running 3D apps on this old hardware.
  24. Smarttec

    FormZ License

    Yes, we advised that is possible and it available to all users for 2 installs if use not concurrently.
  25. One of my machines is a 2008 Mac Pro and runs FormZ 8.5.6 just fine. The OS is El Capitan 10.11.6. and 4GB RAM. Pages is working fine and is version 3 as part of the iWork "08 suite. You shouldn't have any problems with FormZ assuming the computers are in good working order. My experience over the years is that FormZ modelling can be done on pretty much anything, the modelling functions only use one core anyway.
  26. setz

    Is FormZ working on M1 Macs?

    I am running a 2010 12 core Mac tower with OS X 10.11 and a flashed 980Ti 6GB video card. You can get one of these machines online w/32GB and 500GB SSD for about $1750. I use lots of textures, most work is presented with Shaded Full and I render with Maxwell when required (2-8 Hrs per 4K image). Very happy with the old hardware, I spend almost no time messing around and wasting time on updates shenanigans. I use FZ more than 50 hrs a week and this old stuff still works great for me, fingers crossed that it will last awhile longer. I do have FZ installed on a 2019 5K iMac as well, but the video FPS is slower and jerky on my poly and texture heavy models (±500MB files), something that is not apparent on my tower.
  27. Smarttec

    Is FormZ working on M1 Macs?

    I did that and performance wise the experience as a program user is much faster BUT I have found the user, just getting used to the workflow difference experience to be a nightmare. In the end as I am not just using the 3D application I think I made a mistake. If you just want formZ to go faster get a new PC with Windows 10. But don't expect Windows 10 to NOT change they are already speculating about new updated Windows with a radical new interface???
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