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  1. malcineurope

    Problems with material palette

    Thanks Tech. That has worked and given me back my favourite modeller 🙂
  2. I am having trouble with the material palette. It comes up automatically with the brick library showing the same brick pattern on all materials. If I change the library the material icons do not change until I click in the palette then thy all change to the same icon. Currently it is unusable. I am running v. on Big Sur on an iMac. I have dumped the preference files and restated but no change. Any ideas anyone?
  3. malcineurope

    Paste in place

    I am using v9 and have not found it AsOne. Are you sure? Thanks for the tip re the AdReferenceFile Des. I had not used that.
  4. malcineurope

    Paste in place

    When copying and pasting between models I want to be able to control where I put the item I am pasting. This is particularly true when the origin of the two models are very different eg. I may be working on a model where the position coordinates are to a National Grid and therefore very large (thousands of metres). If I want to copy an item from another model where the coordinates are local to that model i.e. metres then I need to be able to position what I am pasting. If not, they may end so far away that they cannot be seen on the same screen (It goes blank because both models end up so small if you try) so the pasted item cannot then be moved. This is such a basic requirement that I feel I must be doing something wrong so how do you do this?
  5. malcineurope

    What's New In form•Z v9 Video

    Good video! Much better than the webinar 🙂 Now Iets have the one on the Layout/Draft features of v9.
  6. malcineurope

    what's new webinar

    AsOne. I bought Rhino as I needed it as a mesher for Flac a geotechnical program I use. For that it had to reside on my Windows machine and, as I use a Mac for most of my work, I did not use i for anything else. Indeed, I created my models in FormZ and then opened them in Rhino to mesh. Your question prompted me to transfer it to my mac and play with it. It is a surface modeller, whereas I like FormZ being a solid modeller. However, it is very powerful and the learning resources are very good. At first glance the Layout procedure and drawing production is better than FormZ but I will report further on that once I have examined it further. Drawing production is the biggest drawback for me with FormZ.
  7. malcineurope

    what's new webinar

    CJTForm-Z. I was very disappointed in the webinar but not in FormZ. I think it is the best modelling program around for creative work. I do have problems with going from the model to construction drawings and am disappointed in Layout. However, as an owner of Rhino and Bricscad I still prefer to do all my modelling in FormZ. Give it a try!
  8. malcineurope

    what's new webinar

    Not so much a webinar on what's new but more of a question and answer session. Oh and don't think you will learn anything about Draft or Layout! Not one of AutodesSys's better performances.😣
  9. Last night I had a problem with part of a model that would not respond to the Reshape tool. I tried Object and Project Doctor but could not find anything wrong with it. So I sent it to Tech Support. I had an almost immediate reply with this work around........... "What I've done is selected all of the faces on the object and used the Derive Faces tool on it. It basically split it up into ~20 objects, which I then used the Join tool to stitch back together. At this point it was essentially the exact same shape, but I still used the Object Doctor to fix any strange geometry." Great response from tech Support and this worked ok.. However, I also found I could cure the problem by exporting it as a STEP model and then reimporting it into FormZ. I suspect the problem may be that the model ended up being composed of faces rather than solids, although the Attribute menu stated it was a solid. Exporting it as a STEP rebuilt it into a solid. Useful work arounds for anyone with similar problems.
  10. Your post prompted me to have a look around and I discovered BIM.Aero available from the Mac Store. This program will enable you to build up a BIM database from a 3D model eg from FromZ, and then save it in IFC format so it could be opened in Revit.
  11. malcineurope

    Openclip and Mojave

    I have upgraded to Mojave and have found that pasting from Openclip is no longer working. Is this a FormZ or Apple problem? If FormZ, can we please have a fix soon? Also, translation from FormZ to Openclip/Powercadd would be great!
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    2 years ago Autodessys expressed interest in the use of Openclip to transfer drawings or parts of drawings by copying and pasting into other programs like Powercad. Could we have a likely time scale for this? It would be a game changer for me in producing working drawings from my FormZ models and I know that Alfred is keen to get it working asap.
  13. malcineurope

    Printing to PDF from FormZ Layout 8.5

    I have tried this and get the same result, nothing!. I can print the image to pdf but all I get then is a black rectangle. An alternative is to print to pdf in FormZ. If you use a b&W render then you get vector lines. You can print to scale but this needs to be checked. See Workaround for Layout? ...anybody use it this way?
  14. Could this be a similar problem to printing to pdf. There is the option to print to scale. Most useful as you can change a hidden line render to objects once it is exported and overlay this onto a rendered pdf image. However, the pdfs are consistently a few percent out of scale.
  15. Tech Yes I use layout. However, to get it into a program to finish off the drawing means having to go through DWG and I end up losing all the rendering that makes a drawing come to life. I am very aware that JPEG is a raster format and DWG is a vector format but you are still missing the point. You already allow printing to pdf to scale and pdf can be both raster and vector. Print a shaded rendered image to scale in pdf and you get a raster image. Print the same image rendered using the hidden line render to pdf and it is a vector file that you can then edit or snap to in another program eg. Powercadd, Affinity Designer, Illustrator or any other similar program that can work with vector pdfs. By laying the vector file over the raster I get a super snapable image. You seem to have all the tools already in place. I would just like to automate the process and solve the registration and scaling issues.