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  1. 4 points
    nano

    V-Ray 5 for form•Z Beta now available

    Nope not confused. I do what I do just fine and know lots of industry people who do the same as me very successfully with the same or similar equipment and software. I'm not using the current FormZ 9 and VRAY 5 so can't comment on that. It seems this forum has become an agessive echo chamber... so I'll go back to ignoring it and doing my own work.
  2. 3 points
    bbuxton

    Why form•z is not popular any more:

    FormZ has one of the most user-friendly and fastest CAD modelling workflows on the market. Recently there have been minor issues with the UI (glitchy pallets and poor alignment of text) BUT the issues you talk of do not seem to be related to the FormZ UI but rather inexperience and lack of practice. If you rarely use something how can you be proficient? What I often see is confusion over the distinction between CGI and CAD. It is hard to do CGI in a CAD program just like it is hard to produce manufacturing drawings in a CGI program. I wish someone would remove the clickbait title or this thread entirely, what useful purpose does it serve?
  3. 3 points
    AC1000

    Trees and plants for Vray/FormZ

    The computer does not slow down at all even if there is a lot of stuff.
  4. 2 points
    Hi Support, Good news! I reported the animation with RTX broken last build, but I just tried it with a new file in this build and it generated a .fan and an .avi just fine! Woo-hoo animation gains!
  5. 1 point
    DanM

    Why form•z is not popular any more:

    I guess you're more into architecture where usually the geometry is simpler so I can see how FZ is capable enough to edit the design along as you go. But for industrial design it is very limiting and time consuming to go back, finding the ghosted objects and edit the shape. Sometimes I feel that the design is compromised because I need to meet my deadline. I don't think that History based modeling is the only way to go. Since FZ is more a designer tool, direct parametric editing would be much better. But ADS doesn't offer any kind of solution, and it seems that they are not going to in the future.
  6. 1 point
    jldaureil

    fz 9.2?

    thank you Ztek for this testimony I did not follow the same route because I continue to work with Z6 except for the export to Twinmotion with which we ensure the finishing of our scenes and the video renderings We also use the Z6 draft for our plans it's a basic tool but ultimately allows us to do whatever we need I was very happy when I saw that it had been re-introduced in Z9 except that under Windows the bugs are still too problematic Today I just hope that Autodessys will end up realizing a stable software under Windows with all the functionalities of Z6 and the depth of the settings that the user can make himself ... Like such a stable and complete formz 6 with just the right interface upgrades from Z9 Definitely a "PRO" software waiting for Formz 10 !🤣 I guess designers will wait a long time for their build history ... And for my part I turn to other tools that Formz cannot do what I want ...
  7. 1 point
    I forgot We have developed a small base setup which optimizes the base rendering well. (for architecture) If you want we can share it with you tomorrow at the office ... Just send me an email jldaureil[at]alicepro[dot]fr
  8. 1 point
    cobrien

    Projector lights

    Thanks Justin & Allan. Adding the logo file as the texture works perfectly, I don't know how I was messing it up the other day!
  9. 1 point
    allanjl

    Projector lights

    Cobrien, I have tested this before. It works just fine. Works fine with .jpg file format.
  10. 1 point
    Good point about the difficulties of trying to use one type of application to do what another type of application is designed to do. As for workflow, I’m a formZ newbie but I was very impressed by how easy it was to work through the 30-Minute Model tutorial video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n0FGm3kw2I) - it was no more difficult than using SketchUp which has a reputation for being easy to learn and use.
  11. 1 point
    Mike_A

    Why form•z is not popular any more:

    Long time no post here. I started with FZ a very long time ago - probably 20 years ago. In fact it was my first serious 3D tool. I still have v8 Pro on my system, but I very rarely use it. there are other tools in the world of 3D and CGI I prefer these days. I came back here for the first time in many years to see if FZ was 'still alive' - and stumbled across this thread. What is really telling is that I found my own post from 2015 quoted on the first page - "An open letter to AutoDesSys regarding the interface". FZ was always a powerful tool at its core, it's so sad that the company couldn't see and respond to the areas that needed improvement. The world has moved on and FZ missed the bus.
  12. 1 point
    Tech

    V-Ray 5 for form•Z Beta now available

    Hello, The V-Ray for form•Z v.5 Beta is not stored on the ChaosGroup site. The link in the email you received will take you to a page on formz.com where you will download form•Z v.9.2 (step 1), the ChaosGroup license server (step 2 if necessary, be sure you're on v.5.5.4), and the V-Ray for form•Z Beta (step 3). If you have any further issues, please contact us at support@formz.com!
  13. 1 point
    AC1000

    Trees and plants for Vray/FormZ

    I did a few tests and I have to say that the latest Vray Beta works with Scene files flawlessly. For example, the trees with their leaves did not produce any problems. Good job!
  14. 1 point
    AHTOH

    Layout and fonts. Again

    OK folks. Finally I found a good solution for printing my multipage Layouts. Here we go: I do all the text with Note tool. I make a content frame to fit my actual frame in order not to have separate frame around my content. I case I need to have multiple content frames within one page I choose an option «Match frame to content» Then I export my page to image. Due to high monitor resolutions now days I have pretty high res image. And finally I get my pages all together to Acrobat Pro. Voila — I have perfect Layout print!
  15. 1 point
    AHDD Designer

    Why form•z is not popular any more:

    Oh, that would be really great. I would encourage you to go over there and offer your assistance. If I wasn't at home in Europe, I might even do that...
  16. 1 point
    Justin Montoya

    Importing 3rd party models

    I love FormZ for it's general solid modeling quickness. Especially, tools like the 3D Wall tool, Hole Tool, and Reshape are incredibly fast and powerful due to their visual interactivity. The same goes for the basic texture mapping and it's great visual interactivity. But recent changes to the UI (Stupidly separate and BUGGY Inspector Palette, Tool Options palette that won't stay still, Missing and ghosting palettes, cut off text, etc) have made even modeling quickly in it an annoyance that it doesn't need to be. FormZ's UI is now so oddly put together that it looks like pieces from completely different puzzles. It's entirely fixable, but we are rarely seeing these updates despite many requests from all sorts of users. This worries me because UI changes should be some of the easiest to rectify. Then there's this importing 3rd party models problem. It's interesting to see how many other people are starting to really struggle with this in FormZ. There's many things that import better into FormZ 6,7,8 than 9, and many things that just never imported well to begin with. Given the likely future of 3D work requiring collaborating with all sorts of 3D assets, this should be of particular focus on any future formZ update, as without it, there may be no future for FormZ outside of basic modeling and texturing. Sad but true. You will laugh at how easily Rhino imports outside file types compared to FormZ. Even basic things like floorplan DWGs come in to Rhino perfectly just like they would in AutoCAD, with all the Blocks, Text, Hatch, Colors, etc, and you can easily have multiple, complex plans visible in the modeling window without it slowing to a crawl like the same file does in FormZ. Why does FormZ slow down with just imported lines from a DWG? Mesh 3D files like the furniture models we commonly need, come in great to Rhino and don't choke up the program at all like they do in FormZ. This whole issue has become the achilles heel of FormZ. It's an amazingly fast and fluid modeler, but it's inability to play nice with outside geometry is really hurting its capabilities now. Like Andrew said, I believe this is due to the 'solids' nature of FormZ and most other popular modeling applications are surface modelers. Still, formZ will need to fix this quick to stay remotely relevant. Santa- Architectural modeling is OK in Rhino, but it sometimes requires a slightly different approach than super speedy FormZ. It's a Surface modeler originally, but has a solid ... solid toolset too. Many of the solid tools we use are in there, with different names. But some will require an extra step or two to first draw the 2D shape you will turn into 3D. Take the Slab tool in Rhino for instance. This is most similar to FormZ's 3D Wall tool, but first requires you to draw your line, polylines, curves, before you can then start the Slab tool to make it an extruded 3D wall with both height and thickness. Whereas FormZ can often do that on the fly in a single tool depending on the shape. BUT, anything you want to learn is easy to find because of the incredible online documentation in Rhino. Videos GALORE detailing anything you could possibly want to learn in Rhino means becoming self taught is a real possibility. Lynda.com (free with local Library card) has a nice selection of courses from Dave Schultze on Rhino and VRay for Rhino. This sort of accessibility is really intriguing when it can be very difficult to figure out how to use a new software. Just Google "Rhino ______" and you'll find whatever you need. Rhino also has a huge library of plugins and a very active and vibrant community. I wish the modeling and basic texturing was a bit easier, but it's not bad once you get into it after a week or so. I've taken tutorials on many other 3D programs and understand the basics in them. After 15 years of professional work with FormZ, no other 3D software offers the combination of speed and truly accurate and visual modeling that FormZ does. Rhino comes the closest, but needs a little more input to do the same thing. SketchUp comes close but is a purely surface modeler and a very basic one at that. So, I'd ask you how much time do you spend on modeling vs the rest of the process? At some point, the time saved modeling gets easily wasted on these other FormZ problems. Hope this helps you all out there struggling with the same things. I'd truly love for FormZ to be our 1 stop solution to all things 3D and Rendering, but until these problems get recognized and resolved, we all need to be more vocal about it.
  17. 1 point
    vva

    form•Z 8.6 Update Released

    hi, I think the export as .dxf is buggy. ( FormZ 8.6.02 on iMac OS 10.13.3) export for laser cutting with "Export Image" : a square with 100 x 100 mm becomes : 72,25x72,25mm or 125,5x125,5mm or 3188x3188mm ... (using dxf 2013 and dxf 2018) vva
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