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  1. 10 points
    Tech

    form•Z 9 beta

    form•Z 9 beta is coming on 9-5-19! Sign up now to be one of the first to receive the v9 beta software: http://www.formz.com/fz9_beta_request Note that you must have a licensed version of form•Z pro 8.5/8.6 to participate in the beta.
  2. 8 points
    Tech

    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.
  3. 5 points
    AndyD

    Recent work make with Z 8.6 and maxwell 4

    It was a competition:
  4. 5 points
    Des

    Piano WIP

    In between jobs again so I decided to model our old piano. Modelled in FormZ (obviously!) and rendered in Maxwell. Hope you like... Des
  5. 5 points
    Des

    Piano WIP

    Thanks for your comments guys. Here's an update with the stool added. This is up for sale now on turbosquid Des
  6. 5 points
    7. Improved memory capacity for drawings with lots of imported images. Addition of transparency for images. 8. Option to automatically import both a scaled vector Hidden Line drawing and an internally generated Full Shaded image, cropped and aligned with the Hidden Line in one step. Ability to edit generated images in external image software and have the image update upon save, as is now possible in the Modeler with Texture Maps In Materials. I'm including a simple sample sheet which shows how I typically set up drawings. Here is a link to the V6 file: https://we.tl/t-eNLZQwxCPQ
  7. 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.
  8. 4 points
    cearch

    Group for "Views"

    Hi, I always end up with hundreds of views which is unwieldy. If there can can be groups for Layers etc then why could there not be Groups for Views as well? Then for instance I could render all my interior views overnight without wasting a lot of time try to sort or rename them. Thanks, Chris
  9. 4 points
    Hi, I have been making Revit Families with formZ. I set up all the parts in formZ in the location I wish with respect to each other and the origin. Cut/copy each part into its own file, and export as dwg 13. (I have noticed that .dwg format is working so very well). Insert/import Cad the part into Revit into the Revit Family .rfa file. It will appear in the correct location. Right click and full explode. Turn off show shape handles in the properties for the object. Assign Revit Material (I usually go and pre-create the materials I need in Revit) and visibility for the part as normal in Revit. Repeat until all parts have been imported and assigned. Next I set up my data, then my part version configurations. (set up all data first before the versions!) Then I save and use as a family. This has been working very well, and has been a very lucrative avenue for me. People who make Revit content properly are hard to come by and in demand, even when companies don't realize it. I made quite a few Revit models here to save the money from going out of house for them (very very expensive) and my leadership realized that it was something they should be doing in-house and created a new position for me to do it full time. Hope this helps those that are looking for a valuable route to use formZ in conjunction with Revit. For me, the price of formZ vs trying to model in Revit with those tools is quite worth it. In addition, importing Solidworks STEP files into formZ works almost without flaw as well. So, I can take a Solidworks file and use formZ to create a Revit Family. In fact formZ should be the "front end" modeler for Revit. The workflow has been almost seamless and headache free, believe it or not. Cheers, John A
  10. 4 points
    Hugo

    formZ 9

    Last few months I uploaded several movie’s with errors to ADS support, they were happy to see these bugs in a movie. It makes supporting and solving much easier, they said. I’m using the latest version of the software and I am happy I could help them in this way. Today I have read this complete thread again and again it seems we users lost our interests. More than a year ago today; no input. So I give it a little kick... ADS, how is it going these days with the development of the next version? Is there anything you can bring to the forum?
  11. 4 points
    rmulley

    Example Images

    Something I've been playing with in Vray...
  12. 4 points
    Justin Montoya

    what does keep textures even do??

    'Keep Textures' needs to be taken out to the pasture and 'retire'... It's trying to copy a silly SketchUp like function where all your texture maps are stored inside your .FMZ file. This is really awful as soon as you add any decent sized modern map, and will cause issues ranging from missing maps to general slowness and sluggishness of the project. I really wish FormZ would stop including it, or at very least do not have it enabled by default. It was a bad idea to copy and implement in v7 and is a bad idea to use in practice unless you are using only very basic geometry and low resolution maps. Disable it and also move the 'File Optimization' slider all the way to the left 'Open Fast' which also means 'Save Fast', and you'll find a much faster saving and working FormZ since its not trying to use unnecessary compression that makes no sense in 2019 when GB are cheap. Learning 3D initially in other programs like Rhino, taught me to always create a set of 'Project' folders with all of my various maps, and renderings, SEPARATE from my FormZ file. This makes exporting, editing, sharing, etc those files much easier when the time comes. Save A Copy As... is great for collecting maps you pasted with objects from other projects or overwriting your textures in your maps folder, but can lose maps if they are using the silly 'Keep Textures' option. SNOW, I believe this is your problem as you have 'Keep Textures' enabled. Try creating a new project with Keep Textures turned off. Then Copy and Paste everything from your old file into this new file. Now Save a Copy As ...with Referenced Maps enabled. That may help you to automatically gather and relink all your textures! If that still doesn't work, you can also try using the 'Recreate Missing Textures' under the File>Project Info>Linked Files. And Finally, you can try and add a Folder directory where FormZ will search for the texture files. Edit>Preferences>File Search Paths Use the + button, and pick your project folder (or higher) where the texture maps should be located. Enable Search Nested Folders, Full Search if you are using a fast SSD, that way the slowness will be mostly unnoticeable. If you are using an old 'normal' platter disc hard drive, You may not want to enable this, as it can take a while to crawl through all your folders depending on where you picked for your start path. Hope this helps someone!
  13. 3 points
    Next Limit

    Maxwell 5 for formZ - In Progress!

    We are happy to inform you that after considering your requests, we have decided that we will continue supporting and developing the form·Z plugin. We estimate that Maxwell 5 for form·Z 8 will be released before the end of the year, and when AutoDesSys launches form·Z 9, we will start developing this plugin for Maxwell 5 too!! Thank you for your patience, understanding and trust. LEARN MORE Now, Maxwell 5 is yours. Now, the time is yours. Be Maxwell 5's campaign image! If you would like to be Maxwell 5's campaign image, send your Maxwell 5 render to: maxwelldesk@nextlimit.com The contestants will be featured on our Social Media every week! Finalists will be featured on Fridays and the winner will be the image of one of Maxwell 5's campaigns! Don't miss this opportunity and send us your work now!
  14. 3 points
    bmeissner

    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
  15. 3 points
    Andrew West

    Example Images

    Nice images. How are you applying the decals? More examples will hopefully help build our little community. Here is one of mine. The nice thing about this image is that no matter how many lights I throw in the mix it still renders fairly quickly.
  16. 3 points
    rmulley

    Example Images

    Been quiet in here lately....
  17. 3 points
    Recombatant

    'Burling'

    Hi Chris, Looks great! Thanks! Here's a picture of my last try. -Craig
  18. 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.
  19. 3 points
    Chris lund

    New material naming

    Justin, Thank you for the Props! Though, truth be told, I mostly write things to make my life easier. Beyond that, it is no skin off my back to give them away. I fully intend to update MIMI as well as some of my other scripts (ones that haven't been supplanted by better options) when the SDK is available. As I understand, will come with V9. Though scripting may come later, not sure. I put in for the Beta, so hopefully I will be able to get on this soon. I do not use VRAY, so don't know what I can do to integrate it better there. Once I get the base script running, I could ask for a temp license. ? Capabilities will also depend on what the SDK offers. I suspect and hope that it won't be less than the previous SDK. Should this be the case, exciting times to come. Am no longer using fZ professionally, though I still use it for my personal projects and internal design projects for our manufacturing business. I do more programming now than ever, so I am excited to add to fZ for the mere fun of it. If there are other ideas that I can add to MIMI or my other scripts or for that matter, new scripts should they be small/easy ones, I am open for. Too, should an idea have value to me, I will attempt those as well. Cheers! ¢£
  20. 3 points
    johnalexander1571

    Example Images

    Here is a simple composite I just did. The AC unit is a photo, the mounting hardware is what we sell here at our company. I do a lot of stuff like this. Disclaimer... the AC part is a Getty Image that my company purchased the rights to, so please don't use this image for any reason.
  21. 3 points
    Jaakko

    Example Images

    Hi! To keep this going. Send some renderings.
  22. 3 points
    Tech

    Are there any future updates for FormZ?

    Hello, Though we aren't directly integrated with Unreal, TwinMotion, or Lumion, form•Z files can be exported into various different formats to work in each: Unreal: DWG, FBX, IGES, 3DM, SAT, STEP. TwinMotion: FBX, DAE, DWG Lumion: DAE, FBX, DWG, DXF, 3DS, OBJ We are working on incorporating BIM information into our importers but currently do not have a timeline for when it will be included. We will support VRay Next shortly after the version 9 release.
  23. 3 points
    Unreal Studio imports Step, SAT etc via the Datasmith Plugin for Unreal. FormZ exports FBX and OBJ both of which work well with UE4. FormZ supports VRay For BIM and links to other systems like TwinMotion and Lumion, you are better off using Vectorworks or Archicad on a Mac or giving in to Autodesk subscriptions if you are Windows-based. Rhino is good if like me you need to work with point clouds it also has a live link to Lumion. The alternatives are unlikely to match FormZ for fast concepting, but for links to other software and current architectural workflows maybe you need something else to run alongside FormZ. My set up is to go from FormZ to Modo via the Power-Translators plugin. Modo has a direct connect with Unreal.
  24. 3 points
    Jaakko

    Example Images

    Hi! One of my latest designs and modelling + rendering.
  25. 3 points
    Des

    Useful time wasting WIP

    Seeing that I'm in between work at the moment and was watching some world championships snooker on tv, I decided to model a snooker table, so there... Happy Friday. Des
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