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  2. AndyD

    Cube

    Hi, made with formZ and Maxwell: Andrea.
  3. Today
  4. I'm not sure if this is a bug or if it's designed this way, but I use groups quite a bit and my preferred method to edit groups is by selecting Unlock Groups. However if I have Unlock Groups checked, copy a whole group, then uncheck Unlock Groups, the original group remains, but the copied group is not a group. For example: Draw a number of cubes. Select all and group. Go to Edit and check Unlock Groups. Select all cubes, move/copy them. Uncheck Unlock Groups. The original group is still grouped, the new "group" is not. Personally, I'd prefer the group to remain as a part of the copied objects, but maybe I'm not the majority. Regardless of this workflow, I'd like to see the Unlock Groups and Unlock Components be a more prevalent part of the formZ UI. Maybe something similar to how the Lock Reference Plane is displayed? If there were icons for these functions I'd probably create a custom toolbar for it so I can stop making this mistake... which is almost everyday haha.
  5. Spacer

    Views in FormZ

    £Hi, I would like to use FormZ to teach about differing orthographic projections, but something eludes me. When I am in axonometric with 45° - 45°, I wouyld assume that the x and y axes would appear onscreen at 90° to each other. But they do not. AM I missing something? Possible screen proportion messing up the aspect? Thanks for any help. Peter
  6. Yesterday
  7. Jaakko

    Example Images

    Hi! Here is one project that was finished last year, rendering and final outcome from the shop.
  8. Hi All, Am i missing something or is this impossible?
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  10. jsiggia

    Top Ten FormZ 9 list

    I noticed this thread was started in 2017, and I posted my list one year ago, Chris seemed to like my items so since we're doing reminders, here it is again: I've removed a couple during the past year. The first two are pretty much self explanatory and found in many other 3D programs. Your thoughts are always welcome & thanks for reading. Joe UV unwrapping Symmetry tool 1) Object Name Visibility in Object Palette If a layer is hidden, then we should have the option for the objects on that layer to also be hidden in the object palette. The object palette could be greatly reduced in a flash, having only the objects of "visible" layers. A ghosted layer would have its objects names greyed out. 3) Drop down menu for operand destination layer (which, like any other, can be hidden, visible or ghosted). This should be on the uppermost level of the program with its current selection always visible (perhaps as part of the “Input Palette”) The menu could have a "delete", and "ghost on current layer". 4) Template file Manager When a new project is opened from a template file, I think the name should be something other than untitled. Perhaps call it "template: file name". Something to indicate what is being loaded without digging into the preferences. Perhaps a file menu item "Open Template File..." An option in the save dialog to "Save as Template File" would be a nice addition. 5) Change the length of the axis. Changing the size of the grid has no effect on these. In addition, a small set of axis in the corner of the modeling window would be a great help. 6) Snap option check box This was dropped moving to V7, could it return please. Simple checkbox to match the snap interval with the grid.
  11. Mike_Concentric

    Drafting v. Layout

    I would also like to see OpenClip working between FormZ and PowerCADD (the best 2d cad program in my opinion).
  12. Phanos

    Drafting v. Layout

    In the past and up to v.6, one could use the drafting module in FormZ to draw just about anything in 2D with accuracy and ease. With Layout (and unless I am missing something), unfortunately this is not the case anymore. I understand that FormZ is not a drafting program. Nevertheless, I only hope that AutoDesSys will consider restoring (and even improving) some of the older drafting capabilities that allowed us to draw anything (from annotated site and floor plans to construction details) in real and not scaled measurements. Having said this, I believe that creating frames and sheets in Layout with 3D views being directly linked to models could be a great feature to consider.
  13. Hi thorsten, Can you please send the DWG file to support@formz.com so that we can investigate what is the cause of the slowdown? Thanks
  14. Hello formZ Family, 'object snap' with imported dwgs is still so slow, do you know this issue ? and i'm not speaking about the 'snap to intersection' option, it slows down significantly only with 'snap to point'. the problem still exists, when i turn off the dwg layer. so the funfactor is very low here because 99% of my projects are based on importet dwgs...... All the best, thorsten
  15. AHTOH

    form•Z Anniversary | Thank You

    I use FormZ since 2.7 on my Power Mac 7200/90 16 Megs of RAM (!!) It has changed the way I was designing stuff in both good and bad ways. Yet I am grateful it exists and I can do things with it as my primary weapon of choice. And it is getting better year by year, version by version. Thank`s Autodessys.
  16. Chris lund

    form•Z Anniversary | Thank You

    2.8 for me as well, I think. By way of Electric Image. EIAS. Enjoyed the ride!
  17. etroxel

    form•Z Anniversary | Thank You

    My first copy was newly updated for PowerPC's! What version was that? 2.something for sure. I ran it on my Power Mac 7100, and I purchased fZ on the rent-to-own student program circa 1995. Recently someone gave me this as a memento:
  18. andrew

    form•Z Anniversary | Thank You

    Happy Anniversary, AutoDesSys! I've been using the program since version 2.8. It changed the way we did design and brought many opportunities to our clients years ahead of what was possible at the time. FormZ is not just an amazing set of professional tools, but is an incredible learning system in many ways. Here's wishing many more years of robust development and expanding users. I dont believe there is any Form Synthesizer out there than comes close. Cheers! ps- still have my box of manuals, too : )
  19. Jaakko

    form•Z Anniversary | Thank You

    Happy birthday formZ! I want' share couple renderings from year 1997 when I started my long journey with formZ 😊. Version was 2.9 I think. Also a picture of the collection of formZ prochures etc. I'd like to thank you ADS developing us formZ!
  20. johnalexander1571

    form•Z Anniversary | Thank You

    Hello everyone, Happy Birthday form.Z! To me form.Z is like a life form that has been evolving over all this time, so "happy birthday" seems quite fitting. I was very pleased to see this image this morning in my e-mail... I remember rooting around in that Ronchamp model, getting it ready for 3d Printing. I believe the model was created in form.Z 1.0, it was created by another artist, but I was once upon a time charged with making it watertight. The Z-Corp print came out very nicely, and anyone that saw it at the form.Z booth will surely remember it. I remember one form.Z booth customer suggesting that the Ronchamp 3d prints could be offered for sale en masse. Since it is also throwback Thursday, I thought I would share this retro teal interface setting that I set up to give the current interface the feel of the old one. It is less distracting than the stock color setting, and I have found myself reminded of how long we have been using this wonderful application. I actually use a Wacom tablet quite frequently with form.Z, so I like all the system icons showing, and like to have a large target for picking tools with the stylus. I do not use the palette dock at all, I conjure my palettes with shortcut keys. Thank you form.Z and autodessys for all of the long years. I have been able to apply form.Z tools in order to create income in so many ways over all of these years, I almost think of it as a money making application!
  21. palarsen

    Disable ALT scrolling through tools

    Preferences/Modeling "Use tap Keys" off What we need is more detail in this option. Perhaps a palette? I would like to turn tap keys of for Topological levels (very annoying) I like it for copy modes and perpendicular shifting, but I believe it would be better with customisable shortcuts in a palette. It should have been a tab in the Quick Keys palette!!
  22. And here's to another few decades! 🤘 What is it now, 28 years or so? Cheers, Des
  23. On February 14th of each year we celebrate the anniversary of the first release of form•Z. This is a time for us to celebrate the great work and outstanding designs created by the form•Z community over the years. Your creations inspire us to look forward to the future with the same enthusiasm and anticipation as the day we started this journey. Thank you for the support over the years. Specially to those who embrace the form•Z community on this forum and graciously offer assistance to others, share their work and offer suggestions and constructive criticism that makes form•Z a better solution for all.
  24. dankosturik

    Disable ALT scrolling through tools

    How do I turn it off then? 😕 It's not handy at all for my sake. I use the far superior software of 3DS max at home, and ALT is how you pan the screen. It'd be a pain to have two different keys I'm used to. I've already changed several keyboard shortcuts to better match my 3ds max experience; this is just the last one that's irritated me for awhile now.
  25. Shibui Design

    Picking Inside Objects

    It seems this is expected behavior based on what Des is telling us and some trials. There is a companion to the pick tool called "Area Pick" which I never use. I suppose I need to adjust my pick habits. Old habits die hard!
  26. Justin Montoya

    Disable ALT scrolling through tools

    Yes you can disable it, but it's really handy to have turned ON. You actually have to tap the ALT key 2x to get it to swap tool options, so if you can try to be more mindful, you won't run into this by just hitting it 1x. Also, try holding the CTRL key to look around the scene instead of the ALT key. I find it's better for navigating the scene and never touch the ALT key for this, but that's just me.
  27. Chris lund

    Top Ten FormZ 9 list

    sjj, #3 are you asking that the layer list be able to be colored? or that you can override the object colors by layer? if it is the latter, fZ has this capability now. cheers!
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  29. Is there a way to disable the hotkey ALT scrolling through the tool options? I hold ALT to pan around the scene, and whenever move tool is selected, it goes to create a clone of the object I'm trying to move. I constantly have to ctrl+Z movements, because the wrong tool was selected when I try to rotate or move objects.
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