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  2. Thanks for the tips, Justin. I'll give them a try!
  3. Does anyone know how to do this? I want to roll back to an earlier version 8.6.4.1 (windows) has given me a weird slow down and a host of other quirks. Using the formz uninstall leaves files all over the place! I just don't fancy a full format and start again. Cheers
  4. Last week
  5. sry duplicates posted for some reason by system and I can't delete them
  6. Can I just put in a request for a functional way to save a VRay fur setting to a preset that can be re loaded or applied to objects in the next release or update? I'm finding directly editing the object attributes for the fur settings a pain - especially when you are doing test renders that require minor situational alterations to numerous objects. It's not really a time saving work around as an alternative in changing the main setting in detail and then reapplying them individually. It would be very good to be able to do this directly from the object attributes dialog box so you can edit one object and then more quickly reapply them across a range. Thanks - that is all...
  7. Can I just put in a request for a functional way to save a VRay fur setting to a preset that can be re loaded or applied to objects in the next release or update? I'm finding directly editing the object attributes for the fur settings a pain - especially when you are doing test renders that require minor situational alterations to numerous objects. It's not really a time saving work around as an alternative in changing the main setting in detail and then reapplying them individually. It would be very good to be able to do this directly from the object attributes dialog box so you can edit one object and then more quickly reapply them across a range. Thanks - that is all...
  8. Justin Montoya

    Request for V-Ray Tutorial or Example Scene

    Great stuff Andrew! Thank you for sharing! Theo, I agree we could use a bit more documentation, and I believe that is coming once we get FormZ 9, which will have more features and a changed UI. Anywho, if you import this Sketchup example, I've found you can do the same things in VRay for FormZ, but the menus are slightly different. - https://docs.chaosgroup.com/display/VRAYSKETCHUP/Interior+Lighting+QuickStart
  9. Justin Montoya

    Modeling Tool Palette Odity

    Not happening here as I find Windows a better professional OS now, but I do remember that happening in the past with Mac when customizing my tool bars. You have to be careful how you drag and click those icons when you have the Tool Manager open. Having the Tool Manager Open allows you to do all sorts of new UI customizations, but can be a little odd to get just the way you like it. Go slow, be prepared to restart from the beginning or reset your Workspaces if things go badly and start duplicating. Once you are done customizing and have saved your custom Workspace, make sure you go into the Workspaces Manager and Uncheck Save Between Sessions. That one feature is causing UI corruptions if FormZ crashes sometimes...
  10. Justin Montoya

    8.6.4.1 stability problems on windows

    Windows version has been pretty stable for me here lately. A little while ago I did have a bunch of issues again like you are describing. I ended up trashing my preferences file again and the problems went away. Haven't had to do that as often as earlier releases and you should definitely give it a try. Also, Auto Save is amazingly fast once you change the default Project Settings>Project Files>File Optimization>Open Fast and make sure Keep Textures is NOT active. My 100mb+ files save almost instantly this way on my SSD. I used to use one click over toward Smaller Files, but the compression that FormZ performs on Saving, was way too slow, causing the temporary freezing routine you mentioned. The Open Fast (Save Fast!) is much better, and since drive space is so cheap these days, there's no reason to try and save space anymore, IMHO.
  11. Peder

    Import point clouds

    Recently getting involved in point clouds. I remember that there is (was?) a plugin -perhaps sold separately? Still on the website. Any info about the status of this?
  12. Update: zero crashes while working on the Mac with the same file. I will forever be upset with my company switching to Windows.
  13. Hello folks. I recently figured out how to make drafts using really nice link between Modeling and Layout with all those powerful capabilities of changing drawings while model has changed, sections e.t.c. Obviously create your model 😀 Create Layout in desired scale make all you need it look good: proper views, projections sections and so on. Remember the scale Use "Save a copy" command from File menu. Use option to save as FormZ 6.5-6.7 format. You will get a file with .fml extension. Rename .fml in Finder on Mac (or do the same on Windows). Say "Use .fmz instead of .fml" when Finder asks you to do it. Open your file in FormZ 6.7 Modeling and Scale it to real values (you still remember your scale from Layout, aren`t you?) Create new Drafting window and use Edit -> Paste from Modeling This will allow you to use benefits from both worlds Layout and awesome Drafting. Enjoy!
  14. Hello folks. I recently figured out how to make drafts using really nice link between Modeling and Layout with all those powerful capabilities of changing drawings while model has changed, sections e.t.c. Obviously create your model 😀 Create Layout in desired scale make all you need it look good: proper views, projections sections and so on. Remember the scale Use "Save a copy" command from File menu. Use option to save as FormZ 6.5-6.7 format. You will get a file with .fml extension. Rename .fml in Finder on Mac (or do the same on Windows). Say "Use .fmz instead of .fml" when Finder asks you to do it. Open your file in FormZ 6.7 Modeling and Scale it to real values (you still remember your scale from Layout, aren`t you?) Create new Drafting window and use Edit -> Paste from Modeling This will allow you to use benefits from both worlds Layout and awesome Drafting. Enjoy!
  15. Tech

    Mesh lights

    We tested here and it seems in order. You used the V-Ray mesh light tool to make the mesh light, correct? Can you confirm which version of V-Ray for form•Z you are using (V-Ray settings palette, Utility menu ->About V-Ray for form•Z)
  16. Tech

    opening old files

    We made some improvements in v8.6 to support opening of older files without needing to go back to the older versions!
  17. Tech

    Does Form•Z Tech monitor this forum?

    We do monitor the forum. Frankly we have been a bit “heads down" on v9 so our apologies if we are not always quick to respond lately. We will will try to do better. Having said that the forum is mostly intended as a place for discussion of ideas, experiences in a sharing community. If you need technical support please email us at support@formz.com. Every support email is assigned a ticket number that gives us a much better way to track issues and respond to your questions and resolve problems.
  18. flakie

    Mesh lights

    We I create a mess light it will not allow me Copy and move the new light. Anyone else having this issue.
  19. "Form Z Tech" used to chime in pretty quickly and regularly with help on this forum... but not much lately. Have they given up on it or is there help elsewhere? I posted a question several weeks ago and no response from them.
  20. anyone else having this problem? I've lost about 4 hours of work the last 2 days because of crashing/error loops. Both error loops were caused by Undo's being reset (different processes so of course I could not reproduce the error) and one crash was just navigating around the model. I don't have auto-save enabled because auto-save = routine temporary freezing while modeling which is not ideal. For the rest of the day I'm going to work on a Mac that is at my disposal to see if that is any better with 8.6.4.1.
  21. Alan Cooper

    Change recording of scenes

    After several years of use it still catches me out regularly where I set a scene, go to it again, and loose it because it was recording while I changed it. To not save a scene until actually clicking a 'save scene' button would be far preferable.
  22. Earlier
  23. AHDD Designer

    Request for V-Ray Tutorial or Example Scene

    Dear Andrew Thank you for your comprehensive step-by-step instructions. Your explanations are really a good starting point At the next opportunity I will try to incorporate these inputs. I would still like to see autodessys produce an explanatory movie... Theo
  24. gasjar

    Top Ten FormZ 9 list

    I agree with AsOne's list. Mine would be somewhat similar, but we seem to have the same workflows, Vectorworks and formZ.
  25. gasjar

    FIX COMPONENTS!

    Ditto... My old symbol libraries are dead in storage. Trying to convert them and update them a few years ago became overwhelmingly difficult and time consuming. Everytime I try to get back to using components, crashes plague me. The symbols used to be one of the best implementations of this idea. Set up properly you could simply select one and switch it out with another without complicated interfaces, just a pop-down menu if the symbol libraries were loaded. You could also simply switch the library the symbols in a model referenced and holistically change the character of the model.The components interface is overly complicated and I don't find it as intuitive to use. Perhaps I just need to relearn and recreate 10 years worth of symbols prior to components being introduce, but it was easier to stop using the program for more than specific modelling needs than holistically designing with it. I still find it extremely powerful on the modelling front and with VRay, an immensely powerful renderer. After 25 or so years using it and teaching it, I continue to purchase the updates and swear by its strengths.
  26. If indeed the sole purpose is simply a line drawing for illustration purposes this is a great workaround. You can almost get away with the settings for removing backfacing polys in the draw as well with the all white constant faces. The reason for the HL drawings from formZ is the ability to produce scale working drawings that are dimension-able and can be used by framers, dry-wallers, and other tradesmen on paper for a construction site. Until drones and robots completely eliminate humans, we still need to produce such drawings for the complexity of buildings coordinating many systems built by many tradespeople. We stopped using formZ 12 years ago for working drawings. We simply export HLs of what we need from the models and redraw the 2Ds in Vectorworks. The dedicated 2D power of Vectorworks' options from database compilation of various components such as plumbing and lighting fixtures to smart components such as wall tools, made these necessary steps in the production of the 60 page drawing sets we produce for construction of our houses and all their details. Simple imagery is all you need to produce, kudos for not needing to utilize the HL function or needing to produce complex 2-d drawings for coordinating many who work on a construction project, including those using AutoCad and various other flavors of 2D CAD.
  27. gasjar

    VRay and IES values

    Thank you for the suggestion. The camera settings are out of the box settings. If I had the sun set to a height more than 1'0" above 0 then I will get so much blow out in the image that it nullifies the IES lights completely. The whole purpose of the IES files is to get a reasonably close approximation of the actual light fixture on the space and their impact and shape on the walls. So, simply adjusting the camera settings or cranking these up to 500,000 lumens defeats the purpose. The desire is not only to produce a nice picture but to evaluate the real world design decisions on light spacing and intensity. If I wanted to simply produce nice imagery, then I wouldn't even consider using the IES files.
  28. Here is the last version: Andrea
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