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  1. Shibui Design

    Ortho to reference plane

    Tap the COMMAND key to toggle on/off on MacOS, or the equivalent on WINDOWS while using a transform command.
  2. Shibui Design

    AutoDesSys Coronavirus Update

    This is an especially generous offer. Thank you ADS for supporting the 3D community.
  3. Shibui Design

    what's new webinar

    CJTFORM-Z, if you are sincerely interested in adopting FormZ in your 3D design modeling workflow, I strongly encourage you to do so without delay. You will continue to be impressed with the robust modeling features combined with the ability to quickly explore 3d forms and space. It is a very fluid and flexible design program and far exceeds the toolsets in many competing programs. In my opinion, version 9 is not a perfect execution; it still has bugs to sort out. Many of us longterm users are also disappointed in lack of development from v8.6 to 9. Yes, there have been improvements that benefit day-to-day productivity. Matthew Holewinski's old youtube videos are probably the best and most comprehensive training resources out there. Evan Troxel has also produced some good training materials. Autodessys could put more effort into marketing and training materials, but I assure you will not be disappointed if you give FormZ a try.
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    Reverting to 8.6?

    I agree. The benefit of v9 does not outweigh the niggling problems therein. A big issue for me is file previews have gone away. Even reverting to v8.6, for some reason previews is not available since installing v9. This is a huge slowdown in productivity.
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    Why isn't formz more popular?

    CJTFORM-Z The purpose of Layout is to be able to document the 3D project. For example, in the case of architecture, one would model the building, site, etc. in FormZ 3D modeler. Then create a LAYOUT project to add dimensions, notes, etc. (often referred to as blueprints in the old day). The LAYOUT file is a separate file that simply references the 3D model. If the 3D model changes (and they often do), the LAYOUT file will automatically update reflecting those changes in LAYOUT. This is a huge productivity bonus and has been around in the CAD world for quite a long while. The biggest reason V9 LAYOUT is unusable to me is that for some reason when I create a layout file I get nothing but a blank window. I can pan/zoom, zoom extents, etc. and never will the file reveal anything. Interesting fact; with FORMZ 3D Modeler, I have the same issue. For example upon FormZ start up, I don't immediately get a modeling window. Where the model window should be is just a large blank light grey area. Zoom, pan, etc. does nothing. The only way I've found to get the modeling window is to enter EDIT CONE OF VISION (Command E) and then exit. This behavior happens if I create a new file or upon opening an existing file. I've spoken with Ztech just this week and they have no solution for this. Being a beta participant, I reported the same problem to no response. I asked the Beta Forum if anyone had the same problem and no responses came. SketchUp has very nice line rendering with many embedded line styles to select nice looking sketch style drawings. Think of quick free hand sketches on a bar napkin! Some of the line styles are wonderful. Many years ago FormZ included similar line styles and the ability to customize line styles. I've used some of these line styles in the past but these days hardly bother with it. I'm not lobbying for new or better line styles, just pointing this out... The comment about splitting the 2D/3D workflow is about my frustration in the year 2020 why there is not a killer application where one has very rapid 3D modeling / design capabilities, coupled with the ability to quickly produce high quality renderings AND be able to produce design documentation drawings within the same application or suite of apps. For my money, I'd very much like that KILLER APPLICATION to be FormZ. We are almost there now since FormZ has Vray as a plugin. If we could only have LAYOUT further developed to be a more robust drawing documentation tool, workflows could be much more efficient. It is extremely tedious to dimension add notes, etc in recent versions of LAYOUT. I've really tried on many occasions. There have been many reports of problems noted on the forums with similar frustration. CJTFORM-Z: I do hope you can see past the grumbling here and seriously consider adopting FormZ. FormZ is an incredibly robust and fluid design modeling tool. Once you learn the basics, you will quickly see how much more advanced it is compared to SU. It has been instrumental in my design practice for over 20 years. I've tried many other 3D software and recognize strengths and limitations therein and always prefer the thoughtful tools in FormZ over the rest. In current practice, I use FormZ for modeling, Cinema 4D for rendering and Vectorworks for drawing documentation. I would like to be able to accomplish the same using only FormZ. Hope this helps clarify my earlier post.
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    Why isn't formz more popular?

    CJTFORM-Z The purpose of Layout is to be able to document the 3D project. For example, in the case of architecture, one would model the building, site, etc. in FormZ 3D modeler. Then create a LAYOUT project to add dimensions, notes, etc. (often referred to as blueprints in the old day). The LAYOUT file is a separate file that simply references the 3D model. If the 3D model changes (and they often do), the LAYOUT file will automatically update to show those changes in LAYOUT. This is a huge productivity bonus and has been around in the CAD world for quite a long while. The biggest reason it is unusable to me is that for some reason with version 9 3D modeler and LAYOUT
  7. Shibui Design

    Why isn't formz more popular?

    Some interesting observations there CJTFORM-Z. FormZ is light years ahead of SU in most cases, having very robust modeling tools and with current pricing, is extremely good value. FormZ acutely falls short with Layout when compared to SU Layout. SU is unmatched for its output of line work and more value brought forward with SU Warehouse. FormZ's Layout for me it's simply not usable in a productive environment. I've managed to work around it's limitations, however the KILLER application would be FormZ modeling toolset, VRay or other render engine compatibility and very robust 3D/2D production drawing capability within a single application or software suite. The need to split 3D-2D model/drawing, rendering, documenting work streams is so 1990's. Why is this still the case? This frustrates me to no end with FormZ. If only the Layout application would be made priority for once! For me that would propel FormZs value immensely.
  8. Shibui Design

    Red Dotted Grid

    Is it a group? Is it a component? Looks similar, except a 3d object would have a dotted outline representing the total 3d volume of the object.
  9. OS 10.14.4 When opening files, there's a blank window. The files have views already created and saved in views palette. Activating views does not change display. Only way to affect views is to Edit Cone of Vision (cmd+E) and then upon exiting, the view appears. Happens every time when opening files created in prior versions or created in V9, when closing and reopening. This is very annoying. Also when in Edit Cone of Vision, the display flickers when adjusting views. Anyone else experience similar problems?
  10. Shibui Design

    Sketchup model woes

    Andrew, I cannot wrap my head around how MAX and C4D model. I could see coming from a gaming or character modeling environment, but for architectural type projects, the modeling methods don't make sense to me, yet I know many people using it for such. Typical workflow for me: Model in FMZ. Exclude high polygon entourage since FMZ struggles with lots of imported polys. Texture as much as possible in FMZ. Export as .FBX. Nearly ALL maps translate correctly when imported into C4D. High poly entourage is best managed in C4D. Import into C4d. Apply lighting and cameras. Slight editing of materials might be necessary, especially for reflection. Sometimes I use C4D Physical render engine, sometimes I use Vray or increasingly, Corona Render. Corona is very similar to Vray, except it's easier to set up. Not as many settings to tweak. Quality and speed is exceptional in Corona with little set up time. To manage changes, I will go back to FMZ and create a new layer or series of layers containing only newly changed geometry. Export only that layer as .FBX and merge it to the C4D model. Once the scene is set up, it's really easy to manage geometry using this method. I find this workflow to be very efficient. If ONLY there was a single software with modeling fluidity and accuracy, with SOLID layout program for documentation and native rendering equaling that of Vray, Maxwell, etc. Until then, I use three different programs...
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    Sketchup model woes

    I agree with stability of C4D. Base model building for my workflow is done in FMZ while entourage elements are managed inside C4D by importing many different model formats. Extremely stable and capable of handling more polygons than FMZ. While I'm not efficient building models of any complexity within C4D, the management of all elements is very fluid.
  12. If you go to BUY the product, add Maxwell for FormZ to your shopping cart, it appears as v4, NOT v5. If you do the same with some other popular titles, it loads v5 to your shopping cart. Hope this only means they do plan to offer it, but it's not ready yet.
  13. Shibui Design

    form•Z 9 beta

    Welcome news at last!
  14. Shibui Design

    Importing Vectorworks OBJ's

    Not finding any means to control export options here. Are these custom textures created by the model author or are they stock materials in a Vectorworks library (referred to as 'resources") in VWX?? If they are custom textures, it should be easy to just replace them with the original higher-res versions simply by managing files.
  15. Shibui Design

    Renaming Clipping Planes

    I observe the same behavior. It should be much more fluid to rename clipping planes.
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