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    Why isn't formz more popular?

    It's nearly March 2021 & nearly a year down the line since version 9.00 release, h'mmmm.....big push in FZ-HQ marketing ? Now that I'd like to see....🤔

    Why isn't formz more popular?

    Well, they do have a FACEBOOK PAGE, last posted in Sept.2020 & July I think before then. March 2020 should've been their fanfare as appertaining to FZ-ver-9.0 link to YOUTUBE video. However, that I see only had FB 24 likes & 2 comments & 1 share, so, very low indeed. The YOUTUBE 'whats-new-video' for FZ-ver-9.0 had 5.80K views, whereas the YOUTUBE 'whats-new-video' for FZ-ver-8.0 had 48.00K views. This clearly shows a dramatic down turn of people viewing FZ media, 6 years between formal upgrades doesn't help either, but I also note this video was poor quality with some sound issues. Why a remake hasn't been posted by now with the promised FZ-LAYOUT is truley a mistery to me & a negative in product confidence. FZ-HQ need to embrace these FREE media outlets more so to ensure their future. It should be: "why-is-FORM-Z-so popular............🙄

    Why isn't formz more popular?

    Hi Mattedmonds & all, I guess I'm a FORM-Z lurka, interested in the product, but never quite got around to making that purchase. Even as far back as bonZai3d, but went the SketchUP route instead. I was on the verge for sure of purchasing at one point, but when Matthew Holewinski left, it seemed FZ-HQ enthusiasm declined as well in my opinion. I lost confidence in their business model.....if one existed. Architecturally speaking, FZ has good parametric construction tools, doors, windows stairs & roofs etc, so this alone should've had more architectural users over from the SU camp. So what went wrong ? well, my case in point, it was product confidence, no real marketing & new release versions taking forever doesn't help. Looking back at MH's videos is shear joy, but I'm now on a different path as not going down the SU subscription direction, strange how things have turned out. I'd also like to note, I've never been brain washed into purchasing AutoDesk products, so overpiced for what they offer. I've used DataCAD & SketchUP for years now & currently learning ArchLine-XP, a BIM capable product with an enthusiastic company one can talk to with lots of YOUTUBE video tutorials.


    NEW FZ VIDEO'S - STRAW POLL I guess this hasn't enthused FZ-HQ to look into this given it’s been 7 months since their last vid/webinar. I’m sure at the end of the ver9.0 vid they said a LAYOUT vid would follow ? .......

    what's new webinar

    Hi Chris, One thing I noted in your comments above, that seem to be exactly the same I've read on the SketchUp forum, is there appears to be a certain section of users who just don't use SU-LAYOUT & seems the same with Fz's, DRAFT-LAYOUT. (not that Fz-HQ have yet come to the table with some video tutorials to show its benefits as promised 5/6 month ago) I've noted before on both forum's, it might be a good idea to separate the 'LAYOUT' tool to buy on its own, not only to reduce core programme purchase costs for users, but to also allow the other versions to be used with it. Never got much of a response, although I did note Fz-HQ at that time, did comment it could be a consideration. For me, I've always used 'SU-LAYOUT' to produce architectural plan drawings with titles as an end product for clients from the model & have no issues with it....it's a must for me. I think this is same with other architectural users but other disciplines in the design world don't seem bothered. I'm thinking, architectural users from the SU camp could consider experimenting with Fz-Free, if they could see how well they got on with 'DRAFT-LAYOUT'. Smaller financial steps in today's climate is relevant for tomorrows future.

    what's new webinar

    No prob's, credit where credits due, at least you're trying where Fz-HQ isn't.....🙄 Now you mention it, your PC fan does seem to kick-in on certain functions, I guess running Fz & a recording software makes the CPU fire up more & needs to be cooled down.

    what's new webinar

    Hi Alan, Good effort, I think this proves quick videos even by novices aren't that daunting to make, well done & thanks for sharing. Heck.......Fz-HQ may be calling you for some help.. 😁

    Forum User Numbers ?

    I was wondering, some forums let you see how many users have signed up to a particular forum & has the ability to message any or all those user members. I couldn't find how many people are signed up on this forum or if you can message other users. Anyone know if this is possible ? 🤔 I've also just noticed the 'POLL' tab, whats this for ?.........anyone used it & for what....🤔


    Heck, I'm quoting my own message.....😒....THIS MESSAGE AREA WAS ONLY MEANT TO BE ABOUT THE STRAW POLL PLEASE

    what's new webinar

    Hi SJD, I just did the same, there appears to be quite an extensive list of vids, with some free-bee teasers on each section. I was thinking, I wonder if FZ-HQ could do a deal with Evan Troxel, buy up his vids & offer them to the Fz community ? As they're quite old (but still relevant), I'm gussing not much traffic to his website, therefore, Evan may be open to some kind of offer to suit all. He may be open to doing some updated ones, just a thought.

    what's new webinar

    The presentation video showing the recent (5 months ago !) Fz-ver9.0 let it self down due to sound issues, I think thats the main reason for the criticism, so whoever it was presenting it, your ok with me, just sort out the sound with new bite size vids & all will be good............we're not looking for OSCAR nomInees.. :-) Fully tuned ? ... Yes, I now understand, so the core version is what it is, with bug fixes or whatever popping up now & then, a normal situation with most software. So unless there are some major issues, I wouldn't hold back on new advertising material, the vids are a must.

    what's new webinar

    I'm sure they have staff that could do this with ease already, afterall, they state one to one online training on their website, so recording new material should be viable now ? I thought FZ-ver.9 was fully complete & on sale as I type, not quite understanding the 'fully tuned' comment.
  13. To all, RE: NEW FZ VIDEO'S - STRAW POLL Simply put, who on this forum would like to see some New FZ-ver9.0 (Draft-layout-included) short concise video tutorials. Count me in as number 1.

    what's new webinar

    Yes, Graphisoft part of the Nemetschek group are one of those high end players with ArchiCAD & the group also has, AllPlan & VectorWorks to name a few, another world indeed. However, given some time has lapsed since the release of FZ-ver.9.0. I don't think FZ-HQ appear to be interested in producing new video tutorials to assist with any new sales. Like you noted before, its sad to see such a capable product wallow under the radar for such a long time.

    what's new webinar

    Yes, the friendly chit-chat is o.k. but a tad protracted at times, still good though for two Hungarian chaps from Budapest. One person shorter focussed demo's generally assist better with attention spans. I note a lot of videos on FZ YOUTUBE channel range from under 10 minutes to others around 40 minutes plus. The most popular, (some years ago now...13y) has 101K hits on 3D printing, lasting 2.22 mins, the next one, equally old, (8y) on, Discover Fz Parametric modeling, has 73k hits of 44 mins duration. So people do seem to view these forms of learning material, FZ-HQ just need to find someone like Matthew Holewinski for a re-boot sooner than later, like others have said on this forum.