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    mattedmonds got a reaction from Justin Montoya in Why isn't formz more popular?   
    As I mentioned, Autodesk is an extremely frustrating developer to work with. There have been VERY simple feature requests that have stuck around for 10 years without resolution. There has been ZERO development in their site tools for 10+ years.... all because they see other programs in their suite as better suited (Infraworks and Civil 3D). But to get the best out of all these programs requires yet another cloud subscription that costs $1000 PER USER/PER YEAR. For large companies like mine, its easier to absorb software costs, for small shops, not so easy.
    At this point, it is what it is. For medium to large AEC firms, Autodesk owns the market in most big cities in the US, while all others are scrapping for a percentage. ArchiCAD has disappeared almost entirely in many cities because they refused to offer cross-grade pricing discounts to lure Autodesk owners over to their platform. Bentley is in similar shape but survived thanks to their Army Core of Engineers foothold. Vectorworks appeals to the small-firm sector and will likely survive. Sketchup is a toy software people make work on small projects. You can fight it or you can re-think your position in the market. 
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    mattedmonds got a reaction from Justin Montoya in Why isn't formz more popular?   
    As I mentioned, Autodesk is an extremely frustrating developer to work with. There have been VERY simple feature requests that have stuck around for 10 years without resolution. There has been ZERO development in their site tools for 10+ years.... all because they see other programs in their suite as better suited (Infraworks and Civil 3D). But to get the best out of all these programs requires yet another cloud subscription that costs $1000 PER USER/PER YEAR. For large companies like mine, its easier to absorb software costs, for small shops, not so easy.
    At this point, it is what it is. For medium to large AEC firms, Autodesk owns the market in most big cities in the US, while all others are scrapping for a percentage. ArchiCAD has disappeared almost entirely in many cities because they refused to offer cross-grade pricing discounts to lure Autodesk owners over to their platform. Bentley is in similar shape but survived thanks to their Army Core of Engineers foothold. Vectorworks appeals to the small-firm sector and will likely survive. Sketchup is a toy software people make work on small projects. You can fight it or you can re-think your position in the market. 
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    mattedmonds reacted to bbuxton in Rounding Question   
    The main problem is edge-flow in your SubD model. Ideally, you should try to keep to a regular grid layout of your edges, so quad shapes rather than triangles. The depressions in the top should have an even boundary to the edges. With good edge-flow, you should not need to apply fillets as the interpolation between edges should accomplish that for you.
    Some reference for SubD modelling... Although the samples look like Blender this site should help a bit https://topologyguides.com/.
    Alternatively, one of the best references for subdivision modelling can be found here
    https://gumroad.com/vaughan3d?query=topology workbook&sort=page_layout $25 each but worth far more than that in the improvements you will see in your modelling.
    William Vaughan has tried to make the reference as software agnostic as possible but most of the examples werecreated in Modo.
    The ebooks are also a good reference if you use T-Splines in Autodesk's Fusion 360. Most Cad applications have now embraced subdivision modelling.
     
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    mattedmonds reacted to ¢hris £und in Rounding Question   
    Don't know if this qualifies.  Backsaved to 8.0   If this is what you want, it was not easy.  I didn't use the rounding tools at all.
    Mostly used the loft tool.  First, separated the divots from the panel.  Rebuilt the panel without the divots.   then had to figure out how to get a round on the nonplanar object.
    I Couldn't do it directly, so I trimmed out a section using the border of the top and extruded circle.  once, I had that, Rebuilt the leftover panels to remove extra points (I don't like the way 7.x doesn't allow deleting topology the way 6.x did)  From there, I lofted the sides to the top.   then deleted the outer rings of the divots and lofted the bottoms to the top of the panel.  Stitched everything together. (stitching these kinds of panels is very forgiving.)
    It doesn't make a lot of sense.  But if it is what you want, it worked.  Hopefully, somebody else can figure out a smarter way.  If not, I could make a vid.
     
    Panel-Rebuild.fmz
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    mattedmonds got a reaction from Des in Import REALLLLY old keyboard shortcuts file to 8.5   
    as an aside, it hurts to see "newbie" below my username
    My posting count must have been reset when I veered away from FZ a few years ago.
    USER SINCE VERSION 1 in 1991!!!
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    mattedmonds got a reaction from Jaakko in Import REALLLLY old keyboard shortcuts file to 8.5   
    Those techniques sound like an easy way to start over, if that's what I have to do... Thanks!
    If it turns out I need to recreate from scratch, at the least, I'd like to be able to list the shortcuts saved in that file so I dont have to remember everything cold. I had so many years of muscle memory of my shortcuts that contributed to my modelling speed...
    Yes, I started working in 3D in Microstation, AutoCAD, 3DStudio, Architrion, ArchiCAD, Strata3D, FZ, and a few others as early as 1989. Was a beta tester for FZ for years, then an alpha and beta tester for Maxwell Render. 
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    mattedmonds got a reaction from Ententpaype in How to derive boundary of irregular surface   
    I want to sweep a curb profile between the two edges of the terrain surfaces in the attached image. What tool is recommended to derive a wire object from the edges of the surfaces so that I can perform a 2-path sweep?
    Other ideas would be welcome.

    Cheers.

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