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  1. Shibui Design

    Object selection

    Face selection is only allowed in shaded display. TIP:Rather than use Auto Pick, change topo selection to the object selection you wish, i.e. segment, point, face, etc.
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    Maxwell 5.1 Released!

    Hi Andrew, I have not yet upgraded to V5 so I'm not in a position to comment about any issues. I also have not been swayed by the added GPU feature in Maxwell since my three machines do not have much GPU power. I've decided to keep mostly to CPU rendering for now. I have no appetite at present to invest in hardware. Maxwell version 4 is quite stable and performing well for me. On occasion, MXED fails to allow selections within dialog boxes, but that's an intermittent bug. I definitely understand the speed bottleneck and trying to push out renders, make changes, re-render and keep clients happy. My business serves a few different markets: 1. Museum exhibits, 2. Events & Trade Shows, 3. Interiors (mostly churches and rarely exteriors). I use mostly Maxwell for interiors because I can dictate what the timelines are and there are rarely change requests. I've been able to manage getting clean renders in anywhere from 2-4 hours. Sometimes it takes significantly longer, but within a 24 hour timeframe (rendering overnight) I can often get 5-6 nice rendered views done. One recent project is really frustrating because the renders were taking 20 hours each to get clean results. That one did come back for changes and just today I started cooking revised renders and they are coming out pretty clean in 2.5 hours. I suspect I had a white material using r255, g255, b255! The other factor allowing this to work is that my "Render Beast" is simply a slave computer; not my everyday work machine. I design and model on a current Macbook Pro and offload over a network to the Render Beast, which is a 2014 Mac Pro. This allows me to continue design and modeling while renders happen in the background without hogging resources. If I had the tech appetite (I don't) I could try to set up a distributed network rendering using one or two other machines in the office to speed things up. I tried it once and gave up. Why should it be so difficult?? I was very excited when Vray plugin for FormZ became available. I purchased it and tried to use it and was immediately frustrated with the integration. It's not even up to par with SketchUp's interface and more clunky, IMHO. I'm also a C4D user and have become enamored over its thoughtful and nicely designed user interface. I use C4D mostly for Events/Trade Show work for specific reasons. 1. C4D's native Physical Render is good and can be fast. I've purchased some plugins which make the workflow extremely productive. 2. Vray's integration with C4D is very good! Within the C4D environment I'm able to generate nice (enough) looking renderings quickly. Most render in 5 minutes or less. Sometimes I have to bump up to 10-15 minutes to get clean renders. The penalty is the time to set up lighting and cameras. This week, I needed to get high quality renders done quickly and my choice was C4D & Vray. It took me a full day just to get the cameras and lighting and render settings set up to get good results. Perhaps I need a better understanding of Vray but I've been using it for about 4 years, just not on a daily basis. I've experimented with it extensively and have come to the conclusion that it just takes a long time tweaking settings to get good results! I've tried many times to use C4D/Vray for the interior work and have set off down that path. I will tweak and adjust cameras, materials, lights, etc for a few hours, look at the results and then give in to Maxwell. I know that without fussing about I can have the renders cooking in the background and have beautiful images while I'm working on the next project! I find even the best Vray renders don't match the light bounce and fine shadows that Maxwell produces. The REAL BONUS with Maxwell is Multilight! I know this doesn't address your specific interest in GPU with Maxwell, rather it's simply my brain dump on Maxwell and Vray. Interested to read experiences from other users out there!
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    Can Full Shaded Ignore Materials by click?

    Perhaps even simpler for a future version, one of the display modes could be for "white model" render wherein the color could be selected/adjusted.
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    Maxwell 5.1 Released!

    Thanks for the input Des. I've been considering the upgrade but have been concerned about bug, etc. Happy to hear it's working well. Just finished a big rendering job using Maxwell and it's coming back soon for revisions. Perhaps I'll upgrade and make the next round of renders using the v5.1. Best regards!
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    Can Full Shaded Ignore Materials by click?

    Easy to manage this using a layer override. In layers palette, edit the layer and turn on "Material" in the Override Attributes section. See attached. You can select what material you would like to over ride the native materials. In this example, I've made a white material and selected that as the override. If your model has many layers, simply create a Layer Group and place all layers inside that group. This will allow you to toggle material override on/off for all groups in one go, rather having to do this for all layers. Hope this helps.
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    How to export OBJ to Blender and Maya?

    Try changing "Smooth: AS Trimmed Surfaces" to "faceted." and then check the "Faceted" radio button directly below that.
  7. Shibui Design

    formZ v9.0.3 Now available

    Thank you for your reply Tech. Perhaps I've posted the problems in the wrong place on the forums. Here's a post I made on Jan. 14 regarding build There was another similar post in response to another user post, here: Again, probably not the correct place to post such problems. As an aside, I did make a call to Tech support perhaps 6-8 weeks back about this problem and others. There wasn't a fix or workaround at that time. I shall email support to submit a proper support ticket. Thank you!
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    formZ v9.0.3 Now available

    Using MacBook Pro, macOS Mojave 10.14.4
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    formZ v9.0.3 Now available

    The last and this latest version of Layout does not work for me. I've reported this with earlier builds and my problem persists. When creating a new layout file, the work window will not display. It's simply the light grey background color edge-to-edge. No zooming, panning, resetting of workspaces, etc. will display any window whatsoever. This renders this version of Layout useless. I have no option other than working with V8.6. This problem has been reported since early versions of v9 release and persists still. Interesting note that seems unique to me is that v9 FormZ has a persisting bug wherein upon launch or file open, the working window also does not display. The only way to see a working window (model environment) is to enter EDIT CONE OF VISION and upon exit, the model window displays. I suspect these two display glitches are related. Do any other users experience this? Reverting back to v8.6 for both model and layout. Hopefully this gets corrected soon...
  10. Shibui Design

    File quicklook preview

    That feature is not yet available in V9. Support say they're working on it. It's really a problem for me, so I rolled back to V8.
  11. 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.
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    AutoDesSys Coronavirus Update

    This is an especially generous offer. Thank you ADS for supporting the 3D community.
  13. 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.
  14. Shibui Design

    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.