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  1. 5 points
    Tech

    form•Z Anniversary | Thank You

    On February 14th of each year we celebrate the anniversary of the first release of form•Z. This is a time for us to celebrate the great work and outstanding designs created by the form•Z community over the years. Your creations inspire us to look forward to the future with the same enthusiasm and anticipation as the day we started this journey. Thank you for the support over the years. Specially to those who embrace the form•Z community on this forum and graciously offer assistance to others, share their work and offer suggestions and constructive criticism that makes form•Z a better solution for all.
  2. 5 points
    Tech

    select by criteria - suggestions, again

    This is being improved in v9 but we also want to make sure everyone is aware of a subtle feature that was added in v8.6. When you right click on a material there is a new option at the bottom of the context menu to select all of the objects (and faces) that are assigned the material. An additional benefit of this is that if the material is not used, the menu item will be dimmed giving quick feedback if the material is in use or not. While this is not replacement for the Elect By Criteria palette., it is a quick way to get to the common talk of finding the object that use a material.
  3. 5 points
    Hello everyone, Happy Birthday form.Z! To me form.Z is like a life form that has been evolving over all this time, so "happy birthday" seems quite fitting. I was very pleased to see this image this morning in my e-mail... I remember rooting around in that Ronchamp model, getting it ready for 3d Printing. I believe the model was created in form.Z 1.0, it was created by another artist, but I was once upon a time charged with making it watertight. The Z-Corp print came out very nicely, and anyone that saw it at the form.Z booth will surely remember it. I remember one form.Z booth customer suggesting that the Ronchamp 3d prints could be offered for sale en masse. Since it is also throwback Thursday, I thought I would share this retro teal interface setting that I set up to give the current interface the feel of the old one. It is less distracting than the stock color setting, and I have found myself reminded of how long we have been using this wonderful application. I actually use a Wacom tablet quite frequently with form.Z, so I like all the system icons showing, and like to have a large target for picking tools with the stylus. I do not use the palette dock at all, I conjure my palettes with shortcut keys. Thank you form.Z and autodessys for all of the long years. I have been able to apply form.Z tools in order to create income in so many ways over all of these years, I almost think of it as a money making application!
  4. 5 points
    Similarly, you can place all your layers in a layer group and then be sure to select "Material" in the "Override Attributes" option. Use the white material to assign to the layer group. This method allows you to maintain the original materials while still having the option to make fake hidden line images.
  5. 4 points
    pipo

    wip & recent renders

  6. 4 points
    Andrew West

    Example Images

    And another
  7. 3 points
    snow

    the instant alternative to hidden line

    hidden line is still awful and I was thinking "there must be a better way..." there is. and it's so easy I feel like a dunce that it took me 5+ years to figure it out. 1. Have a white background and turn off grid and axes. 2. Create a white material and set the reflection to constant. 3. Turn on Antialiasing in Shaded Options Done. Instant Hidden Line that is at least 100,000x faster than the real hidden line and with MUCH better results in regards to text (i didn't do a benchmark test on this, so please don't quote me). I'm literally never using the hidden line again and i am so happy about this so i needed to share.
  8. 3 points
    Jaakko

    Example Images

    Hi! Here is one project that was finished last year, rendering and final outcome from the shop.
  9. 3 points
    Chris lund

    form•Z Anniversary | Thank You

    2.8 for me as well, I think. By way of Electric Image. EIAS. Enjoyed the ride!
  10. 3 points
    Jaakko

    form•Z Anniversary | Thank You

    Happy birthday formZ! I want' share couple renderings from year 1997 when I started my long journey with formZ 😊. Version was 2.9 I think. Also a picture of the collection of formZ prochures etc. I'd like to thank you ADS developing us formZ!
  11. 3 points
    AHTOH

    Some work in progress

    Hello there. It`s been a while since I posted any new stuff made with FormZ. So here is an oriental style caffe. Modeled in FormZ , rendered with Thea for FormZ Plugin
  12. 3 points
    flakie

    Example Images

    Here are a couple of exhibit rendedrings.
  13. 3 points
    Andrew West

    V-ray troubleshooting

    To all of you out there that are using V-ray now and might be having some issues I have a generic solution to a lot of your troubles. As I get more heavily into materials and lighting I have noticed some really strange and unpredictable behavior. Things like the material editor really slowing down and material previews not showing. Then last week my ability to create and edit V-ray cone lights suddenly vanished. SOLUTION: Throw your Autdessys Preference folder in the trash can. When the program is relaunched the folder will be re created. To find this folder it is in an unusual place (at least for me) Go to : C_Users_(Your Computer Name)_AppData_Roaming_autodessys. Happy hunting. Andrew PS- One other useful tip is to never waste your time with the V-ray Proxy objects. I have been informed that this is an old tool that needed to be included for some reason. It does not work. You should create V-ray scene files if you want to bring in high poly models and keep your resources optimized. It works great for trees, bushes and people. When creating scene files you will find that the program creates a sun light with the scene model. When you import the scene you will need to disable the sun or you will end up with multiple suns in your project. To do this you need to to to the objects V-ray parameters and edit the sun out. Just an FYI
  14. 3 points
    AndyD

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    My last work made with formZ 8.6 and Maxwell 4: Andrea
  15. 3 points
    bmeissner

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Happy Holidays :) Bernd
  16. 3 points
    Donald Wardlaw

    Measure distance tool.

    Doh. Object snap were turned off. I'm just trying to show I guess, how you can use this program for 25 years and still make your dog look smart....
  17. 3 points
    AHTOH

    formZ models exchange site!

    And since there was a demand there are two prebuilt kitchens on new Prebuilt kitchens page
  18. 3 points
    Justin Montoya

    Selection Tool

    Danko, I think once you get the hang of it, you will see that FormZ is much, much faster to work with than 3ds max. Key shortcuts and optimizing the interface will set you free. I personally think the toolbar should be on the right with the tool options to reduce the constant mouse movement between the two. I wish the Auto Pick tool worked better, as I have no use for it in its current form. Also, using the Isolate Objects and Reveal Objects shortcuts can be particularly helpful at working through complex scenes where accurate selection can be more difficult. You can access these from a right click after selecting objects, or by the shortcut keys (Shift+CTRL+I and Shift+CTRL+R), so you can quickly focus on only the parts you need to work on. I think this is a newer feature but it has become essential to my workflow.
  19. 3 points
    Hi All, I wanted to thank ADS for the SketchFab exporter. My employer wished to begin offering a 3d rep of the products offered embedded on the company website. I have found the SketchFab exporter to be very solid, it has worked for me every time, even after using the Mesh tool to reduce to triangles. Maps and mapping are amply exported. I simply set up specular or bump settings when I get into the SketchFab interface. This is a great feature that is not to be overlooked if you have a client wanting to display 3d models. We are doing noise control springs, so nothing too exciting, but for now you can so easily create a snazzy 3d version of your model/product that sales reps can show off. My employer is quite impressed. Thanks and Best Regards,, John Alexander
  20. 3 points
    rmulley

    Vray Sunlight

    Ahhhh, the blue filter, that's what it needed! Thanks so much.
  21. 3 points
    FZnoob

    sub D help

    Here you go. I did it pretty fast, so I hope it's clear. If you get stuck let me know. It's not difficult once you understand the concept. Looks like I am going to have to upload it in 2 files due to the size. Here's pg 1
  22. 2 points
    Tech

    formZ v8.6.4 released

    We released v8.6.4 today. This version improves support for OS X Mojave (as well as other improvements and corrections) You can update your installation by selecting "Check for Update" from the Help menu. Note that if you are using 8.5 or 8.6.0 (or if you experience issues with the software update feature because of a fire wall or other connection issue), you will need to install from HERE . Here is a list of what is new in the latest version: http://www.formz.com/products/formz/update/whats_new.html Best!
  23. 2 points
    Happy Anniversary, AutoDesSys! I've been using the program since version 2.8. It changed the way we did design and brought many opportunities to our clients years ahead of what was possible at the time. FormZ is not just an amazing set of professional tools, but is an incredible learning system in many ways. Here's wishing many more years of robust development and expanding users. I dont believe there is any Form Synthesizer out there than comes close. Cheers! ps- still have my box of manuals, too : )
  24. 2 points
    Justin Montoya

    orientation of modeling tool bar

    Yes. To do this, you need to open the Tool Manager (Workspace>Tool Manager). Then you can Right Click on the Modeling Tool Bar on one of the Icons. Select Swap Rows and Columns or Collapse to a Single Row, depending on what you are looking to achieve. The FormZ interface is fairly flexible, almost to a fault. Using the Tool Manager, you can also add and remove tools in the toolbars themselves. In my example you can see I have a single vertical tool bar on the right and have added the Edit Texture, Map Texture, and Set Layer tool to be always visible since I am constantly using those and it's annoying to have to go inside the Attributes tool for them. You have to be mindful when setting this up so that it works correctly on restart. If you keep it simple and save your Workspace ONLY ONE TIME on exit, then restart FormZ and go to Workspace Manager and UNCHECK 'Save Between Sessions'. Also in the Workspace Manager you should Export your new workspace somewhere for future use in case you need to recreate it because your FormZ preferences folder got corrupted and you had to rebuild it. That should help you preserve whatever Interface changes you make, and always be accessible, even transportable to other computers.
  25. 2 points
    Andrew West

    Example Images

    Very nice job. The lighting is very realistic and inviting. If I may make a couple of suggestions I would personally change the aspect ratio to show a little less ceiling and a bit more floor. Then add a spot light fixture for the light on the painting and perhaps water in the tub. The cabinetry is quite a dark void and it gets a bit lost without some definition. These are just personal comments. Technically the image is great. Keep up the good work. Are you using IES lights for your spot? Here is a bath that Justin and I did this week just for fun. Playing around with the fur tool and displacements.
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