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  1. 8 points

    Why isn't formz more popular?

    Paul was a valuable member of our team as our tech support lead for many years and we miss him professionally and personally. Paul was enthusiastic and always someone who would be the champion of the end user to our team. However, he was never a developer of form•Z. False rumors like the lead programmer is dead simply do not help our situation. form•Z was created by Chis Yessios and David Kropp. Chris has retired but is still a valued advisor. David continues as president and leads the development team (not the rumored sole developer). The Joint Study Program still exists and between this program, the form•Z student edition and form•Z free there is a solid install base in schools (but it could always be better). We stopped the Partnerships in learning publication as it became increasingly difficult publish, as a younger generation of faculty became less interested in providing the student feedback that made the publication interesting. In general schools no longer teach software leaving the student to pick their own solution often without much guidance. We give the software to students and faculty for free (in Switzerland as well), yet others charge (some significantly). We are not sure where these market share numbers come from, but form•Z is used at a lot more than 930 companies, this number is at least an order of magnitude off. Are we a small team at the moment? Yes. But we challenge you to find another group that is as dedicated and believe in what they do. Do we make mistakes, sure, but we will always try to address the issues as fast as possible. Are we great are marketing? No. Andrew has provided some stunning images and kindly allowed us to use them in promotional material. We need to get better at marketing and ideas are always welcome. Thank you for everyone’s feedback, it will only make us better and we believe that the best is yet to come.
  2. 6 points

    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!
  3. 5 points

    Why isn't formz more popular?

    Participation is the key, imho. "Tech" was very candid in this thread setting the record straight and sharing some insight. Its never easy to run a small company in today's world and get it all right all the time. I sense a renewed commitment with the release of v9 and the discussion of improving vRay to next. Do we all crave info and insight so we can make decisions about how we use these tools in many different workflows? Yes. We deserve to know as much as ADS can share about the platform. If we share out work, contribute on the forum, participate in the beta tests and submit bug and questions to ADS with this community will grow and keep thriving. Bigger is not always better, but quality and playing well with others always brings excellence and richness to life. I'm glad to have a robust community of dedicated users to share with and I'm thankful that formZ is still the best creative environment for scaled, detailed design and modeling work. Thanks for reading my thoughts. I'm really grateful for all of you.
  4. 4 points
    Is it possible that you might occasionally ask Matthew Holewinski to create a tutorial? Something like he did here:
  5. 4 points

    form•Z Viewer first flight

    For many years we have had requests for a viewer app for form•Z files on a laptop or desktop computer. form•Z Viewer is a new app based on the v9 interface. More mature than a beta, but its never been out in the wild. Please let us know what you think! Click on the icon below....
  6. 4 points

    wip & recent renders

  7. 4 points

    wip & recent renders

  8. 4 points

    wip & recent renders

  9. 4 points

    wip & recent renders

    few renders that can see the light of day now
  10. 4 points

    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:
  11. 4 points

    wip & recent renders

  12. 4 points

    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 🙂
  13. 4 points

    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.
  14. 4 points

    form•Z v9.0.1 now available

    form•Z v9.0.1 (#A107) We have posted v9.0.1 today to address some reported issues with formZ v9. This version can be now installed using the link you received with your v9 codes. Here is a list of some of the more important improvements: • When the favorites menu is invoked (Space bar by default), pressing the space bar again will open and position the tool options palette on the screen at the location of the favorites tools. This makes for an easy way to access the Tool Options without needing to navigate to the location of the palette. The palette is returned to its original state when the mouse moves out of the newly positioned tool options palette or the favorites menu shortcut is selected again. • Pop-up Tool Options is a new key shortcut available in the Palettes group of the Key shortcuts manager. This invokes the tool options at the mouse location as with the favorites menu without needing to go through the favorites menu first. There is no default key combination assigned for this option. • The color popup in the Attributes tab of the Inspector now works properly when clicking on the arrow indicator. • Export PSD no longer generates empty files under certain situations. • The palette dock is now maintained in the Cone Of Vision environment. • Shaded work and shaded full now show the proper color when Copy and paste of objects which have materials with matching names. • Certain geometry no longer causes a crash when using object snaps and the mouse rolls over the object. • Create Reference File no longer includes references to other attached reference files in the newly created reference file. • Create Reference File now warns when replacing a reference file that is already being referenced by the project. • Create Reference File now handles single object reference files properly. • Docking and undocking certain palettes now works properly. • Editing Components in the project window has been improved. • The parameters tab of the inspector now works properly with components. • Components placed with the “Place on Active Layer” option now explode properly. • The “Getting Started” tutorials are now accessible from the startup screen again. • Holding Command/Ctrl and dragging docked palette will allow precision
placement/force placement OS X specific • Installer now works better on OS X 10.15.3 • Animations played in the form•Z window now display properly. • Closing the Inspector palette, no longer leads to crashes. • Changing the direction of the Arc 3 again works with tapping command key. Windows specific • Hide palettes no longer leads to extra margins shown around the palettes when un-hiding. Draft Layout • Title blocks now work as expected. • The place image tool now works as expected. • Components update properly when a layout file is opened. • Paste from Model/Paste from Draft have been improved. • Compounds from v6 files are now converted properly. Additional stability and performance improvements.
  15. 4 points
    Andrew West

    Example Images

    It has been a while since posting anything here so I want to see if we can keep this going. The point being that the more we show people what the capabilities of Form.z and V-ray are the more attention the program will get. That in turn could lead to more sales and money for development. So here is another little project I have been working on lately.
  16. 3 points

    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.
  17. 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.
  18. 3 points

    Exciting times

    With the onset of Fz9, it's variations and all the newness it brings, it is also nice to wake up to the new slick web-site too. After a time of stagnation, it makes me happy to see the new drive which I hope brings success. Well done AutoDesSys 👏 Des
  19. 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.
  20. 3 points
    After struggling for a long time to create a glowing lamp shade Justin and I have finally figured it out using SSS materials. It was a little quirky at first and hard to get it to show properly. When we first created the material it was small and then scaling it up caused the SSS to disappear again. Eventually i got it right. It all lies in the scatter distance setting. DON"T MAKE IT TOO LARGE or TOO SMALL! In my model I placed a v-ray sphere light inside my lamp shade and made it so that it does not touch any physical geometry. I also tried this with a mesh light but that left strange shadows on the shade. So I thought I would save everyone some time and load the vrmat material and map here: Maybe some day we can set up a material sharing site similar to what Anton has set up for models lamp shade 2.vrmat
  21. 3 points

    formZ VRay Animation

    Hi All, Here is the animation I made in which I used the Bend Along Curve tool to create the special effect of caulk being squeezed out of a tube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjuy5d4ni-E&feature=youtu.be Just over a minute long this time... no narrative regarding the need for the product, just how to install it.
  22. 3 points

    Why isn't formz more popular?

    I love FormZ!!! I'm very impressed with the v9 release. Yes, less "sexy" with more under the hood improvements, but so many were so necessary. I was first taught it in the early 90's in school. I would love to help promote the program as I want to see it succeed. I haven't found another program like it. I explain it to other architects as a love child between SketchUp and Rhino. Speed of SketchUp + power of Rhino. (minus Grasshopper, which would be great to see addressed) Some ideas: Updated YouTube channel would be great. More short tutorials on how to use each tool. More tutorials on how to produce a specific thing or rendering look. Perhaps guest vlogs with real Z users illustrating how they use the software. An Instagram channel. An improved showcase on the website. Maybe a showreel video each year. All efforts should be targeted at the target users of the program. The more specifically targeted the better. I now teach architecture at the University of Colorado. Happy to help implement there if I can in some way. SketchUp, Rhino, AutoCAD (hard to believe anyone still teaches this), and REVIT dominate. I don't have any input into the software options students use, but if there is a way to get a foothold there I would do it. Perhaps if someone from Autodessys came out for a free training for students I could help facilitate that. It may be hard to convince the faculty given Z's small market share currently, but maybe they just don't know how great it is. Most of the faculty still think of it as a program from the 1990's and can't believe I still use it. sadly. This year I finally have my work in order to start producing some great renderings and animation! The more we can produce as users the more Z has to work with. Hopefully I can start pulling my weight.
  23. 3 points

    Happy Holidays!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all 🙂 Tradition (without fail) since 1997, the FormZ modeled season's greetings card: Bernd
  24. 3 points

    Example Images

    Been quiet in here lately....
  25. 3 points
    It may be worth noting that the new Maxwell Render 5 details will be announced very shortly and it will be a significant update from v4. Watch for more details soon there will be a Upgrade Pre order before release.