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  1. 4 points
    Tech

    form•Z v9 Python Scripting

    A new page has been added to the form•Z site with more information on form•Z v9 Python Scripting (Click Here to visit) In case you missed today's webinar on form•Z v9 Python Scripting you can check it it out here:
  2. 4 points
    pipo

    wip & recent renders

  3. 4 points
    Jaakko

    Example Images

    I put here few renderings made for our customers in differnt sectors. The images are pretty much straight from V-Ray, no after work. Have a nice weekend 🙂
  4. 4 points
    Tech

    what's new webinar

    We had some technical issues with the recording plus we are cleaning up some rough edges (and prepping for this weeks webinar!). Please be patient, its coming but as these views tend to have a long shelf life so we want to get it right.
  5. 3 points
    Justin Montoya

    Why isn't formz more popular?

    Just want to say Thanks for the sharing to everyone here. I really love seeing all the passion for formZ and knowing I'm not alone in the world. I don't often have to create detail drawings for my work. We hand off the final concepts to a CAD dept expert, where they work their magic to create real, usable shop drawings. However, with that in mind, whenever I do want to create a detail type drawing for Estimating, I just do so in 3D using the Dimension and Callout tools. Extra layers and extra files help to hide the unneeded model info (Now using Scenes since being told about them!), but if the main project and all the models get updated I would have to start it all again from scratch. Does Layout fix that? Does it create a reference to the main FMZ project and get automatically updated if the project gets updated? I would use that if it did and was as easy to put together a document as just saving JPGs and compiling a PDF. That's something were missing. The Best Practices Workflow. Documentation and/or videos showing how to use these powerful tools. I don't think it's obvious to many long time users, or even new users. I believe Paul Helm made many of the videos we all used in the past and he was great at taking a sample project and explaining a few tools. I still reference the formZ animation videos! Each video was short and direct about particular topics, without being too long or intimidating. Layout needs this and probably all of formZ v9 for it's Tools and more since the interface has changed. VRay for formZ needs it as well. I understand this is a big undertaking, and without volunteers, perhaps ADS is willing to hire someone with the expertise and passion for formZ who can do just what we need here? I think that could be a huge first step and the videos on YouTube would also serve as valuable marketing material. I'd particularly like to see some direct comparisons to competing products like SketchUp that could show how much more powerful and efficient formZ is out of the box, maybe a sample project like a simple building gets built in each program from start to finish? formZ free should certainly be the hobby 3D printers/Makers dream software, powerful, free, upgradable. Let's show some videos of it being used for that! Keep up the suggestions folks! Problems presented with possible solutions are always better heard. Always.
  6. 2 points
    Shibui Design

    what's new webinar

    CJTFORM-Z, if you are sincerely interested in adopting FormZ in your 3D design modeling workflow, I strongly encourage you to do so without delay. You will continue to be impressed with the robust modeling features combined with the ability to quickly explore 3d forms and space. It is a very fluid and flexible design program and far exceeds the toolsets in many competing programs. In my opinion, version 9 is not a perfect execution; it still has bugs to sort out. Many of us longterm users are also disappointed in lack of development from v8.6 to 9. Yes, there have been improvements that benefit day-to-day productivity. Matthew Holewinski's old youtube videos are probably the best and most comprehensive training resources out there. Evan Troxel has also produced some good training materials. Autodessys could put more effort into marketing and training materials, but I assure you will not be disappointed if you give FormZ a try.
  7. 2 points
    pipo

    Some maxwell material and grass tests

    Prepare geometry The main drawback with scattered grass is the edging to driveways or curbs Method requires setting up the geo with 3 sections - A - main grass plane edge with no scatter , B - outer thin perimeter of grass on which you scatter small grass objects to maintain a reasonably straight edge ( I usually scatter 2-3 different smaller grass objects ) C - inner body of grass on which you scatter larger grass objects and clover etc ( I usually scatter 5-6 different grass objects plus say 2 flower objects ) Basically create the plane that requires grass (A) then offset 10 cm and 30cm to create B and C A, B and C are all mapped with a basic grass texture , this will only be visible on the edge of the grass.
  8. 1 point
    allanjl

    what's new webinar

    Absolutely right.
  9. 1 point
    Chris lund

    Reverting to 8.6?

    AsOne, Try creating a new user account, and running it there.
  10. 1 point
    pipo

    wip & recent renders

    thanks guys maxwell rendered
  11. 1 point
    Next Limit

    Maxwell 5 for formZ Updates

    Maxwell 5 plugins are now available for formZ 8 and formZ 9. Maxwell 5 Features are outlined here. Plugin Additions: Added toolbar icons for launching the render to Maxwell, exporting to Studio (if installed), exporting to the Network and exporting to the Cloud (under Display Options > Maxwell) Added multi-GPU support. You can now control the GPUs that will be used at render time (Extensions > Maxwell Render > System > Selected GPUs or from mxgpuprefs app in Maxwell's installation folder.) Added Multilight Grouping of Emitter Lights and Emitter Materials via group names (Lights > Light Type > Parameters > Multilight Group). If you are an existing customer, download Maxwell for formZ at the customer portal. If you'd like to try it out first first, download a trial copy.
  12. 1 point
    ariel

    Exciting times

    Agree !! Well done, amazing website !
  13. 1 point
    Chris lund

    what's new webinar

    Draft Layout is probably best as it's own subject any way.
  14. 1 point
    jsiggia

    form•Z 8.6 Update Released

    The iPhoto folder structure is a nightmare to say the least... Thanks for the trip back in time. Joe
  15. 1 point
    snow

    form•Z 8.6 Update Released

    hahaha lovely description.
  16. 1 point
    Chris lund

    form•Z 8.6 Update Released

    Snow, For roughly a 4 year period, I worked for a fruit stand computer company as a computer tech (AMCT was the official title, or more pompously called a “genius” (which none of us actually were.)) turns out, though nobody else recommends it directly, that was a common technique I employed almost daily for pretty much any app and for the operating system itself. There were many times where I would strip out the entire library folder and rebuild it manually, reboot, to force a new set, then rebuild the library using a divide and conquer technique. To both put back as much of the functionality as I could for the user, and to narrow down what the problem actually was. It was a bit more complicated than what the above suggests, or could be any way. While there were better people at fixing and diagnosing hardware issues, I was the best (at the time) at fixing software issues. The software issues were the tough ones. Regardless, the point is, yes it is fairly low level, but the most effective way to fix a host of software issues. And bizarre issues too. Something I called a “soft lobotomy”. €£
  17. 1 point
    To all, I thought I'd continue this topic under this heading as wasn't aware initially it was discussed in some detail prior, hence the link above. As I noted before, the SU-LAYOUT separate programme is really just for preparing your drawing sheets with some 2D tools etc for that purpose. So, the FZ version when it was first released, I guess was meant to emulate that principle function but was never too sure how users got on with this. Anyway, trying to play catchup on this subject, I now see the new FZ-ver-9 release notes (as copied below) suggests to some extent, the (old) DRAFT-MODULE is now combined with the previous separate LAYOUT programme & is now called: DRAFT-LAYOUT. It certainly is an interesting move, however I get the feeling & reading some other posts, users who work in FZver-6 as well, will still feel their work flows difficult to attain. form•Z Draft Layout Draft Layout is a new app that combines the features of the classic form•Z Drafting environment (v6 and earlier) and the layout environment of form•Z 7/8. This includes the separate draft and layout spaces from v6 and the sheet management and dimension styles from v 7/8. Draft Space is a real world scale 2D environment. This environment is ideal when you need to work on 2D data at its actual size. Layout Space is a paper scale 2D environment. It is designed for multi sheet layouts of drawings. form•Z Draft Layout and it can open classic form•Z Drafting files directly! The updated FML file format maintains a draft and layout space for each project. The FML format is now much more efficient than previous versions (i.e. files are smaller). When starting a new Draft Layout project, you can choose to start in Draft or Layout space. The Layout mode item in the Display menu indicates if you are viewing the layout Space. Use this to switch between spaces. Layout Space now has a number of features found in the classic form•Z color drafting environment: Color Palette, Draft Pane creation and selection tools.
  18. 1 point
    AHTOH

    Long awaited Draft Layout App.

    Sorry for being a little harsh and sorry I did not notice that option. Yet there is a question: which way I suppose to draw in real scale and than print my blueprints? For some reason there is no interchange between Draft and Layout. Also Draft Layout mode in Draft does not do anything. Or I just did not figure out the way it works.
  19. 1 point
    AHTOH

    Long awaited Draft Layout App.

    Dear Tech. Thank`s for your kind reply on my rough post. My participation on 9 Beta was quite calm yet: I wrote to Support about outlined fonts and was replied to change font and they (you?) don`t have any issues with is. After my second inquiry about inconsistent reply there was a silence. I wrote a post and it was supported by nicer user (sorry I don`t remember who was it) then me who kindly noted that he has either use Autocad or gets often asked about quality of his drawings in a part of fonts. This also was never noticed. I repeatedly asked about your vision as for workflow with Modeling-Drafting-Layout. For some reason you (them?) never managed to reply. My multiple critics to pity Layout implementation and superiority of a concept of outdated Drafting FormZ 6 module also was multiply ignored. Best regards, Anton Voloshin.
  20. 1 point
    pipo

    Exciting times

    the new website is indeed a great improvement
  21. 1 point
    Andrew West

    Example Images

    I now need to update this post since I just found out something in V-ray that I did not know exist. As I said before this feature requires a unique number assigned to each material. In the past I assigned one manually to each using the Material Options button in the Material Parameters window. I just found a little button in the V-ray Settings window that automates this process. If you go to the Render Elements drop down window you can pick your different render options ( I choose Material ID and Denoiser for instance)- then right under that window is a line called ID MANAGEMENT- if you click on that there is an option to Assign Unique Material ID's to all materials. I wait until I have created all my materials for a project and then click on it. Not a huge time saver but it all adds up. Hope this helps (or maybe everyone knew about this already).
  22. 1 point
    Jaakko, John Alexander, Thank you very much! More scripts to come, And I do plan on ultimately converting them to plug-ins. Scripting is easier though. John, That is pretty much the extent of my Hot Air Balloon Designs. There are two others, but I do not have photos of them. One of those, I merely augmented an existing balloon. They are all Home builds, so they are classified as Experimental Aircraft. I am not a licensed aeronautical engineer, so am not legally allowed to design them. Home builds/experimental is the loophole. All the other designs are what are classified as cold air or forced air inflatables. Primarily for advertising purposes. Always considered myself a low grade industrial designer. Dan Manoim (sp) is the goto Guy for fZ industrial design. He pops in now and again (I think, DanM?) I have done other work, but mostly as the last guy on the list, so, clients never knew of me. Don't know if I am allowed to show any of that work. Some of that was, Denver International airport. (Flight Information Displays), Concepts for Arm and Hammer, Evian, Prototype This TV show (Personal Air Bag Safety device) Sadly only lasted 1 season, Intact Labs (project for NASA), JRF Visuals only, Evian water bottle, Hunter Douglas, Corona and some others. Most of the things on that list never amounted to anything. the FIDs got built, and the Prototype this got built. My anonymous claim to fame. here is some of the CABallon work, however. (I no longer do this work, company was purchased, and the new company moved all design and production to South America) Thanks for the interest! The Dragon was probably one of the funnest projects, as I got to do the electronics and write the code for it too. And, Yes FormZ was crucial in each of these projects. Me tweaking some of the Micro-controller code Video of the Dragon: http://www.neurascenic.com/Dragon2.m4v
  23. 1 point
    This is exactly why I don't like the idea of having to buy additional software. You never know when it might be dropped. I used C4D for over 10 years. It came with a very good rendering engine and I never needed to buy or upgrade anything outside. Yes, there were other renders available (including Maxwell) but for my day to day needs the bundled renderer was excellent.
  24. 1 point
    snow

    Rendering Time

    Ahh yes, the ol' cheesegrater mac. What a gem! Hopefully we will see a preview of the 2019 Mac Pro at WWDC. I'm hoping for a bigger jump in their entire pro lineup. I'm still holding on to a Late 2013 MacBook Pro because I refuse to own one with a touch bar *eye roll*
  25. 1 point
    jldaureil

    Drafting v. Layout

    hi Phanos I miss it tremendously it would be great, but I do not think that is envisaged ... and by the force of things I still use 6.7.3 daily Jean-Luc
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