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  1. 6 points
    Tech

    AutoDesSys Coronavirus Update

    We are happy to provide free additional form•Z installations for individuals and companies who need additional capacity to accommodate work from home during these unpreceded times. Please email support@formZ.com with your form•Z serial number and we will add extra installation slots to your form•Z v8.6 or v9.0 license. These extra installations will remain in place until the crisis abates. We are able to continue to offer technical support and sales services while honoring the necessary restrictions in place in our local area. We recommend email as the best form of communication with our support (support@formZ.com) and Sales (sales@formZ.com) teams. We wish everyone the best!
  2. 4 points
    pipo

    wip & recent renders

  3. 4 points
    pipo

    wip & recent renders

  4. 4 points
    pipo

    wip & recent renders

  5. 4 points
    pipo

    wip & recent renders

    few renders that can see the light of day now
  6. 4 points
    pipo

    wip & recent renders

  7. 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 🙂
  8. 3 points
    Alan Cooper

    Long awaited Draft Layout App.

    jldaureil Some interesting points there. However, regarding Twin motion Quote: "Autodessys you should really look closely at the evolution of real-time rendering software." I would say, all in good time, maybe as a bolt-on for those who need all the clever terrain and vegitation producing software. We don't all need those features. I still would like the focus to be for FormZ to first be excellent at what it does already so it can be marketed effectively for core strengths of being able to produce a 3d model with full information management in a free uncomplicated way (no constraints) faster than any other product, and also to be very affordable, which will attract more users with good marketing. Real-time enhancements may be good for the future but especially as the data can presumably be exported to a specialist program like TM, please continue to bring the user interface and core program features to perfection first.
  9. 2 points
    alan and asone and staff if you read me... I know that few FormZ users use the drafting module. I also know that the current debate among users revolves around the idea of permanently abandoning this module and inviting users to go to another software. (Others suggest that Autodessys sign an agreement with a third-party publisher) But... 1- everything worked very well in version 6 (of course with the limits of the version of the time) We still use it today 2-the choice of autodessys is to reintroduce this module "form • Z 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. " For me it is an excellent decision. But I think it is also a wise decision on the part of autodessys. It's nice to say that formz is first and foremost a modeler, it's true! But without the integrated tools to exploit the 3d model it is autistic software Likewise, without the possibility of preparing and entering 2d vector data, the modeler is a blind tool. For me logic can be schematized in the following way: to note: Ideally the link between formZ 3D and Formz 2D should be perfectly bidirectional and updatable according to change made in 2d or 3D This is the only function that I have really missed since always. That is to be able to draw in 2D and insert this drawing on a plan in 3D (vector underlay) and update the link quickly ... (I tried with the symbol in version 6, it almost works ...) But it is also being able to produce a cut in 3D and recover the vector slice and the background (vector hiden line) in 2D to compose it with a rendering and enrich it with dimensioning and other ... I do this manually in version 6 It would have to be automatic and updatable according to the evolution of the model ... here It's not complicated ah ah ah 😁
  10. 2 points
    AsOne

    Long awaited Draft Layout App.

    V9 is a huge improvement in my opinion in terms of stability and much needed. It is much more "under the hood" improvements than fancy new tools, which I think was necessary. Sometimes one needs to stop adding features and create a really stable product. Especially in regards to the UI and Components. Both of which are pretty fundamental. While I know the UI isn't exactly what everyone wants (hard to find everyone in agreement on the look & feel of a UI), it is a vast improvement over v7 and v8 so far. Some improvements: Improved and stable UI (almost!), Components (which were completely broken in v8), Reference files, Symmetry tools and workflow improvements like: the new Edit Options tool palette, reshape by dimension, light intensity sliders, etc. I'm sure there are many more. I have had some issues in v9 so far, but once these are ironed out I think FormZ will be positioned very well to move forward with a stable working environment. Then new tools and features can come. I too hope the scripting is the starting point for a Grasshopper like parametric interface (or something better). Twinmotion and realtime rendering also seems essential in the future. I don't use Draft mode so I can't comment there. I only use Layout for DWG export and it works well. Could be some improvements, but in general it has streamlined my workflow. Not sure that is it's intended purpose, but it works for batch DWG output. In general FormZ's strength is it's speed and power in modeling in my opinion. I would rather they work on improving modeling, further integration with rendering software options and on better and faster import/export to other programs than spend enormous resources trying to develop ways to draft, dimension, and note construction documents. Plenty of other programs do that task well. I felt like with v7 and v8 I had a hard time recommending the program because of all the little "quirks"...UI and Components mostly. Now once a few items are ironed out v9 seems like a great recommendation! At least for the architectural world. The Speed of SketchUp + Power of Rhino in one package.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 1 point
    Jaakko

    AutoDesSys Coronavirus Update

    This is an excellent offer from ADS in this situation. I really appreciate. Stay healthy
  14. 1 point
    bbuxton

    form•Z 9 beta

    Clipped pallets, missing scroll bars etc, throughout and lots of other minor glitches. Sometimes pallets or tool dialogues, errors etc disappear, likely behind other windows with no easy way to fix other than to quit formZ and delete the preference folder. The tabbed pallet icons are tiny and low contrast, horrible on a 4K display. These rough edges might be acceptable in a new application but are not what you would expect in a mature application like FormZ. There are lots of other UI problems such as duplicate and missing icons. For example, paste and paste in place are identical, there are lots of tools with the FMZ puzzle piece icon. Stick with 8.6 unless you need python or the mirror tools.
  15. 1 point
    Tech

    form•Z v9 LAB plugins

    The form•Z LAB plugins are available for form•Z v9! A single installer installs all of the plugins for form•Z pro form•Z jr or form•Z Student and Faculty Edition. https://lab.formz.com
  16. 1 point
    allanjl

    what's new webinar

    Absolutely right.
  17. 1 point
    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:
  18. 1 point
    pipo

    Some maxwell material and grass tests

    Remember to ensure the normals are correct on the planes on to which you are scattering Important also to ensure the world coordinates of the maxwell grass objects (MXS objects) are 0,0,0 otherwise the scattered grasses will not locate properly Image below shows example of the grass models used in the render sample NOTE : when imported into studio all these objects occupy 0,0,0 so they will be overlapping in the viewport I have moved them here to indicate the relative sizes and variation used for the render
  19. 1 point
    pipo

    wip & recent renders

    thanks guys maxwell rendered
  20. 1 point
    Next Limit

    Maxwell 5 for formZ Updates

    Version 5.0.2.4 - 09 Mar 2020 FIXES: Workaround issue where Maxwell was unresponsive or crashed upon rendering on some MacOS installations. Fixed issue where searching project resource paths could crash in some circumstances.
  21. 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.
  22. 1 point
    This issue has been fixed in Maxwell for formZ version 5.0.2.4
  23. 1 point
    ariel

    Exciting times

    Agree !! Well done, amazing website !
  24. 1 point
    pipo

    Exciting times

    the new website is indeed a great improvement
  25. 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.
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