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  1. 3 points
    pipo

    wip & recent renders

  2. 3 points
    AndyD

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    My last work made with formZ 8.6 and Maxwell 4: Andrea
  3. 3 points
    bmeissner

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Happy Holidays :) Bernd
  4. 2 points
    Jaakko

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Happy Holidays to all!
  5. 1 point
    Which one display is correct?When finished the render.
  6. 1 point
    FZnoob

    Sharp edges/creases in sub-d models?

    I started using Strata in 1997. I think it was called "Strata Blitz" or something like that. At that time there weren't many 3D apps for the Mac. Since then I worked in Cimena4D, 3DS Max, and now FZ. Anyhow, I have worked with a few ex Strata users and they all seem to be confused by FZ. There isn't much out there in the way of tutorial stuff beyond the little that FZ provides, so if you are on your own it's a pain. I just hunkered down and through a lot of trial and error (plus what I already knew) I have more or less gotten good at it. See the attachment on selecting points, edges, and faces.
  7. 1 point
    -andrew-

    Sharp edges/creases in sub-d models?

    Hey again... thanks, I'll try it. Where exactly is this tool? I can't seem to find it... Funny - Strata was my first "real" 3D software, purchased way back in 1993 or so... motivated by Myst! That said, I haven't kept up, and it seems they've made it much more confusing than it needs to be (and eliminated the packaging capabilites). Is there no way in FZ to edit a poly model by points/vertices, lines, edge loops, faces, etc. ?
  8. 1 point
    FZnoob

    "Show Controls" not working?

    Just wondering if you ever got this sorted out?
  9. 1 point
    snow

    New project window missing.

    this statement gives me a migraine. I really hope Z9 addresses most of these silly preference issues. I think a simple application frame will do wonders as opposed to the floating palettes.
  10. 1 point
    Adding "sharp" edges in FZ sub-d is basically the same as in most other programs. You essentially have 2 options: One is to use the "edge/point" sharpness tool. You have to be careful with this as too much starts to create a "pinched" effect. The other is to simply to add additional geometry with the "insert sequences" command. There is a lot that can be done with sub-d if you take the time to really learn the correct approach. With that being said, I don't mind adding that FZ's sub-d tool set leaves a lot to be desired when compared to Cinema4D or even Strata for that matter.
  11. 1 point
    Justin Montoya

    Top Ten FormZ 9 list

    A better color picker, especially for Windows users!
  12. 1 point
    Personally I would forego Sub D and go straight to Nurbs modeling. In the past when modeling furniture and cars I would create profiles and then start joining them with the Nurbs Loft, Nurbs Boundery and then Nurbs extend, blend etc. It has proven to be more reliable and predictable when accuracy is important. To get sharper edges you just use Tight Lofting. Just my two cents.
  13. 1 point
    Andrew West

    "Show Controls" not working?

    Your pref folder if you don't know is located at C- Users-Computer Name-App Data-Roaming-Autodessys
  14. 1 point
    Andrew West

    "Show Controls" not working?

    Another simpler solution is to throw out your preference folder. I have had to do that quite a lot in the past year but the latest version I have seems to be much more stable. Version 10213.
  15. 1 point
    FZnoob

    "Show Controls" not working?

    Also, If you go to the top menu bar: Edit / key shortcuts you can get the “shortcuts manger” pallet from there you can select “load defaults”
  16. 1 point
    because formZ is the best and it can do anything and everything, of course! but no seriously... this is a pretty silly and annoying bug. we installed formZ on a number of machines in our office and on every machine it made most file types want to open in formZ--DWG, 3DS, SKP, etc--were all affected by this. There's no workaround for this, you'll just slowly change the default application for every file type and eventually the problem will be solved.
  17. 1 point
    allanjl

    formZ models exchange site!

    I've uploaded some files for everyone's use. A couple of trees and a couple of cars. They come in handy as entourage for your renderings
  18. 1 point
    Andrew West

    Example Images

    My background is in architecture and art so I tend to lean toward more dramatic and inspiring images. Developers and real estate agents tend to aim for the safest images that will appeal to the largest audience. But you know the old saying: " creating something that will appeal to everyone leads us to something that appeals to no one. " . This is how we ended up with beige subdivisions of generic buildings. Another good example is the Pontiac Aztec which is still studied in design school as "what not to do". It was a designed by customer feedback and opinion polls. Failed miserably and you would be hard pressed to even find one today. I was a member of the American Society of Architectural illustrators for many years. Each year they have a competition for the best illustrations. If you talk to the winners they almost always admit that their image was done for themselves and not a client. If you compare their client image to the presented one you would be amazed at how different they are. I would encourage everyone here to take a few of their best images and recreate them to their liking. Then post those images to our site to better show the potential of Form.z and V-ray.
  19. 1 point
    Andrew West

    Example Images

    Alan I flood my interiors with light because when I work with developers and god forbid realtors they tend to ask for images that are similar to what you would find in a real estate brochure. In essence they do not like to see strong shadows and they want all the elements of the room to be equally illuminated. I personally hate this direction and if an image has strong potential I will render it out with a different light scheme to use for my portfolio. At the end of the day though they pay the bills (hopefully) and therefore I give them what they want. For those who are interested in creating interiors I usually start with a V-ray sun outside and turn down the intensity to 50% or less. Then I put a light plane just outside the window that is the same size as the window with an intensity of about 75. Turn off visibility and affects reflections and turn on portal light for that plane. Then I go in and create a box inside the room that does not touch anything and I convert that to a mesh light with an intensity of about 30. Turn off visibility and affects reflections. Then I go to my camera and adjust the exposure. There is a little back and forth and sometimes I find the need to add a few more mesh or plane lights. I do find that adding cone, sphere or IES lights really doesn't really contribute much and can lead to more unpredictable results. Emitters are useless as well unless they are the only things that contribute to the scene. One thing to keep in mind is that sometimes these mesh lights can cast some bizarre shadows on the ceiling. I still can not figure out why but I have worked with David on this and will continue to do so. These images render really quickly no matter how much geometry I throw in there.
  20. 1 point
    Andrew West

    Example Images

    love the new fur tool for pillows, throws and carpet. Pay careful attention to the scale of the individual hairs or fibers. Defaults are a little clunky.
  21. 1 point
    ShaddamIV

    Top Ten FormZ 9 list

    I can't buy it right now because it does not support HIGH DPI or 4k UHD monitor. Either everything is microscopic or it is scaled by Windows 10 making everything blurry. And there are ton's of display problems when running in 4k with scaling. The cursor is mostly invisible on my screen. PS : I have a 55" 4K UHD monitor and you should all do the same, they cost 500$, but they make working on a computer so much more comfortable for the eyes.
  22. 1 point
    ShaddamIV

    Top Ten FormZ 9 list

    I want a full UV editor with LSCM Unwrapping and being able to select UV seams.
  23. 1 point
    Hugo

    Top Ten FormZ 9 list

    o yes, I forgot, support for 4k resolution for the UI.
  24. 1 point
    Justin Montoya

    Stability mac vs. PC

    Having used both sides extensively, I will agree that FormZ was more stable on Macs in the earlier releases. HOWEVER, the most recent updates have made it more optimized for Windows 10, and it has made a huge difference. I have a whole week without a crash while heavy modeling, texturing and rendering. I've even been doing some sample animations!
  25. 1 point
    Chris lund

    Top Ten FormZ 9 list

    My top 10 is one item that fills them all... 1 Version 9 is released 2 Version 9 is released 3 Version 9 is released 4 Version 9 is released 5 Version 9 is released 6 Version 9 is released 7 Version 9 is released 8 Version 9 is released 9 Version 9 is released 10 Version 9 is released
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