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  2. I did some test renders on a larger file. It crashed after a few tests. This maybe due to the fact that I was on a different computer with different paths for the resource textures and vray files.
  3. I have worked with V-Ray 5 beta few days now and I think it is as stable as previous ver 3.
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  5. I am not using it on my everyday workflow. I don't want to take that risk. I have been testing it after work on a separate machine.
  6. Are people using this in their workflow now.... is it that stable ? I'm always a bit wary of beta releases, I can't be doing with the hassle of any issues
  7. I agree. It seems stable. I will test with some old files I have rendered before and report. It seems the lightmix parameter shows after the image is completed. It seems it wasn't showing up before. I will check further though.
  8. cobrien

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    Thanks John & Justin. The offline licensing option is good to know, that will come in handy in the future.
  9. https://vimeo.com/392917870 The video that you found is very basic. I looked for some videos that show the power of generating complex geometry but cannot find them. I pulled out this video, it is a simple process but try it in FZ.
  10. Justin Montoya

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    FormZ shouldn't require it more than occasionally, and if it does, you could always turn on your phone hot spot feature to use your personal phone private network. Same for VRay. VRay also has an offline licensing option that will let you use VRay offline for up to 2 weeks. This can also be handy if you have intermittent internet outages: https://docs.chaosgroup.com/display/LIC5/Borrowing+Licenses+for+Offline+Use
  11. johnalexander1571

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    cobrien, I "think" it is only Vray that actually has to have a signal in order to launch and run. Contact support perhaps for checking out VRay license. Also, main thing... sometimes I close and re-launch so fast for some reason the Vray won't load. Usually, this is not an issue, but recently I had one get by me and I started working on my file with Vray unloaded. Needless to say, I lost a little work going back to the .fzb. One time an .fzb saved my rear end. Just be careful running Z without a VRay license or make sure it's loaded before working. Standard cautious procedure, I suspect.
  12. After two days working it has been working very nicely 👌
  13. Could you give me example about ‘2d geometry side’ is slim… as I can remember 2d toolset is as good as the 3d toolset in the modeler. I just watched a video about Rhino 2d toolset, and i am not impressed about it. Maybe I do not get it… 😊 http://www.utsdesignindex.com/tools/rhino-2d-drawingtoolset-commands/
  14. Hugo, I agree with all your points. In terms of the dxf, I only use it -in house- I would never send a DXF to clients or a contractor? I only send pdf's out? But yes the modeler has some really cool tools. For example, the section tool in 3D modeler adds a powerful touch combined with the Scenes palette, which records the view plus layers it is really easy to create a "Detail" section or an elevational view etc. Once created you can move on and come back in a jiffy. The Palette for Layers in itself is incredible, I have yet to come across another modeler/CAD app that allows you to manipulate layers so efficiently. The one area where the tools in FZ are a bit on the slim side are in the 2D geometric side. I am sure you have looked at Rhino. They have a wonderful collection of 2D geometric tools. For other reasons, I do not like Rhino and feel that QCAD has a good enough range of these tools. Expecting one app to cover all ones needs is not realistic. My approach is to dig the best out of apps that can talk to one another. Create a workflow where you can pick and choose what you need. I am impressed with the way (you once showed some images of yours) you have manipulated FZ to work for your needs and this is why I am excited to learn more about your technique. Many thanks!
  15. cobrien

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    Hello, is it correct that FZ & V-ray need to contact the mothership everytime they are opened? I'm about to spend a couple of days working from a clients office & don't really want to connect to their network.
  16. Kim, the tools in the modeler are more efficient than the ones in draft. Think about the color fills faces for instance. Using colors and textures, shades etc. is also a way of communication. Think about DXF, sent to all clients they can manipulate them easily. But you are responsible for what you deliver. It becomes hard to prove when something goes wrong. DXF can be made from the modeler as well, 3D and 2D.
  17. Hi Hugo, Thanks to you, I use the Modeling at 300dpi and export to Publisher. But when creating detail drawings, I find that the modeler tools are limited when thinking and working in 2D, which is understandable. I cannot wait for you to produce your video 😁 Moving across the different platforms is easy - luckily they all like dxf files - the reason for using the different tools is that I am maximizing the number of tools available to me.
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  19. snow

    fz 9.2?

    It was mentioned in the VRay forum about a 9.2 beta being tested and I'm curious if there is any 9.2 information that can be exposed to the public/non-beta testers? I don't want this post to turn into a formZ wish list or airing of grievances, but rather I'm asking for a little transparency from the developers and testers. What issues are being addressed in the new version? What new features are being implemented? Some video clips or screen captures would be great to see! No need to be super specific here, but I think a little transparency can go a long way for the users. This is why movies and games release teasers and then trailers before the final release... lets build up some buzz and excitement!
  20. Justin Montoya

    V-Ray 5 for form•Z Beta now available

    We're a bit off topic here, so I'll just add that VRay 5 is working great! How about everyone else?
  21. Skip Draft and Qcad and work ONLY with the modeler, make 300dpi images from what you want to present and save those images in a folder for Aff.Pub. It’s more efficient.
  22. I loved the concept of Layout and would use it as much as I possibly could because I feel it makes the FZ suite a powerful application. But I was always waiting, in the hope that ADS would get it to work properly. Two weeks ago, I had a serious setback with Layout and have decided to find an alternative. Because a lot of my decision making was done with the help of reading this forum, I thought that I would share the workflow I have created to produce my working drawings. This workflow is new and my notes were roughly made, more as a reminder to myself than as an instruction to others. It would not surprise me if there are errors in the document. Please read and use at your own peril. There is a built in redundancy going through QCAD Pro but I find it useful as QCAD has some good geometric tools. BTW the QCAD forum is really good. I also bought the QCAD intro to CAD book by Andrew Mustun. Even though it is aimed at folks coming from actual drafting to CAD, Andrew explains some of the tools really well. As most of you know, going into Affinity Publisher is unbelievable. What I love most from this app is that you can utilize not only the Publisher tools but also the Designer and Photo tools, all in the same document. If you have comments or criticisms please feel free to post. It is all part and parcel of a continuing learning process. Workflow Notes- FZ to Publisher.pdf
  23. I'm always using FZ for all the architectural modeling in my projects. The modeling and polygonal editing features in C4D are extremely useful however, once the model was imported into the scene and setup for rendering. I wish there was a better data connection between FZ and C4D but actually it works quite well going the route via VRML or Sketchup format. Before switching to C4D, I used Lightwave for many years, and FZ supported that format directly. However, LW became less and less well supported on the Mac side, and C4D, while expensive, has so many useful and straightforward features that make my work much easier now. LWCAD, a complete parametric and NURBS capable modeling plugin formerly just available for LW is now availeble and actively developed for C4D, so maybe in future this could be used inside the package as an alternative modelling tool.
  24. Gwyn, I would have to look at the SDK to see if that is currently possible. The Python SDK is still in the works and currently has some large gaps. One of the gaps is dealing with materials. So, may not be currently possible. ¢£
  25. I'm aware of the differences as I currently use both in my everyday workflow. But every time I justify one of formZ's quirks bugs I ask myself "I wonder if I should spend more time in C4D". I believe most of the stuff I create in formZ is able to be done in Cinema, but with a little extra time to properly figure it out. And, it's possible that some of that stuff is BETTER in C4D because of it's non-destructive modeling techniques when being called to revise concepts. This is why I'm curious if someone made that transition to formZ to C4D for all modeling, if it is worth that extra time and beginning frustrations to do all work in Cinema.
  26. Smarttec

    V-Ray 5 for form•Z Beta now available

    Cinema 4D and formZ are completely different tools and although the Cinema4D modeler is very capable for many things - at it's core C4D is a 3D motion graphics tool - formZ is a complete accurate 3D modeler.
  27. Do you do all of your work in C4D or are you modeling in formZ and exporting into Cinema?
  28. Apart of Redshift, Otoys Octane is also available for Metal users and running extremely well. As I pushed my hardware also forward to use Big Sur and Metal with AMD graphics cards, I guess Vray without such an option will not be a likely upgrade for me on FZ right now. Running happily C4D with Octane on Macs here.
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