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  1. ZTEK

    Layers AND sub layer system

    If you want to highlight the layers, as well as objects, it's possible and you just need to tick in Highlight Picked in Project Settings and Layers. Best, Marcelo
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    rotate and scale while move

    There's a great tool called Repeat Last Transformation that do exactly what it's says... I use it a lot with a keyboard shortcut, so simple and so effective, very clever! if you need more "power", for these kind of things you can use the Transformation Macro tool also, that allow you to apply in one move several "transformations", in FZ language, but honestly I don't remember last time I used it. I hope these tips will serve you. Best, Marcelo
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    Layers AND sub layer system

    For fine tuning or more complex organization I always use a combination of Layes and Objects with Groups... one of the great strengths of firmZ in this regard... IMO.
  4. Try picking on Export Facetted Objects As ACIS Objects and see how Sketchup do his job importing or, before export, do the conversion to facetted in formZ directly.
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    The formz change I would most like to see.

    Hola! there’s so many good ideas about some little changes and new capabilities, in this discussion and others... it’s great to see our community so involve and I’m sure that Tech and the dev’s are listening. So, after all these years using this great software that’s part of my DNArch now!, I just have one little addition to the list. I really would like to see that FZ maintains the size of Materials, generics or textured, when you copy and paste from one project to an other or when you import through Add To Project, etc... Excuse me, but for me, it’s very tedious some time use the different workarounds to get that information for every material imported or save them on one or different libraries and follow that procedure... in the way that I work, it’s much more easy just ‘copy and paste’ with the correct data... Thanks for listening!... and thank you ADS for this such great tool you develop for us!
  6. In the Dimensions palette, you need to uncheck the "Include Units" option for each dimension style you saved.
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    "Unsmoothing" ?

    You can do this also changing the Smooth Shading on the Layer Attributes of the layer in question... Marcelo
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    "Show Controls" not working?

    The orange highlight is related to an interface option called something like "buffer preview" and it's related to this temporal state when you generate a parametric object that can be edited immediately to compare different results, etc... on the other hand, the red highlight when you hover on objects is called Selection Preview and it's just for that, preview the selection... Best, Marcelo
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    Why do my lights shine through objects?

    Hi, did you check that your bottom reflective floor is receiving shadows? It look that this option is turned off in their attributes...
  10. Hi Allan, Working with 6 decimals is part of my work method, just to not have problems of this type. It doesn't mean any difference to my performance or the performance of formZ, and it allows me to detect minimal errors that later can turn into bigger issues. On your file, the Object Doctor tool doesn't fix the object "brep_4-Document 4", as you express, it only corrects the problem of the 0 length segments, but it can't correct the 4 duplicated points, so that's why the measurement tool continues to fail. One test you can do is to convert your object "brep_4-Document 4" to faceted first and then take the measurement between faces and you will see that it's correct (200,00041 cm). Best, Marcelo
  11. Hi Allan, I checked your file and the distance between the slabs is 190,000389 cm with 6 decimal of accuracy, that's the way I usually work, not 2,0 meters as you say, and the most high slab have 6 zero length segments and 4 duplicate points. I recommend you change your accuracy settings in Project Settings. Best, Marcelo
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    Writing step files

    Hi, recently, I worked in a project with people who work in Rhino, and we exchanged some files back and forth. After that experience, I can tell you that for me the best file format was without a doubt DWG, with good geometry, layers and basic colors, textures are not supported. I don’t use Rhno, I know it but simply I don’t like it for my type of work as architect. However, my strategy was to download a demo version, I work in MacOS High Sierra 10.3.4, to directly control the import and export, and I had no problems at all. Just my2c... best, Marcelo
  13. First, select your imported DWG objects with the Pick tool and then in the Tool Options palette check the option Render As Shaded Surface...
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    Extend Segment to Surface

    In addition to the segments of a surfaces or the segments of the faces of an object, the Extend tool also operate on segments of a Vector Line, but not on a Line... for Line(s) you need to use the tool Extend Segment To in the Edit palette, but it's much more restrictive if you are operating in 3D space, it only works if some conditions are met. Best, Marcelo
  15. Yes, I can confirm what Anton says... after extend some inches (not move) the top and bottom faces and slice the object with two lines the offset segment with insert work well on both. Marcelo
  16. The offset segment with insert fails, but imprint do the job without triangulating. Marcelo
  17. I just installed High Sierra 10.13.4 two weeks ago, on a second partition of my 15" MacBook Pro from fall 2012 (512 GB HD and only 8 GB RAM) and I can confirm that I don't have any trouble with formZ (10053). I did a clean install, without transfer anything. That's the method that I always recommend. After a couple of of month and try everything I will erase my old partition. Marcelo
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    groups vs booleans

    I use a lot of booleans in my architectural work, they are incredibly powerful! in formZ and the cleanest way to visualize my projects... but to do it well and not have problems when transferring my models to Autocad, over time I developed a strict technique for working with them, in formZ that's easy!... doing it well are incredibly efficient and the exportation to Autocad is perfect, really... sometimes I also transfer them to Sketchup also, only for distribution, and I have no problem with it... I also use Objects a lot, like the Layers... through the DWG format I can transfer everything very organized to both programs and very efficiently... even as blocks or components with their name according to the name of the objects in FormZ, perfect... I never use components in FormZ and unfortunately in the latest versions, from 8.0 onwards, I have had some problems with Groups, which I really regret, because the combination of Objects, Groups and Layers in FormZ is very powerful to organize everything and do very good transfers... I also regret that from version 8.0 the plugin to rename the objects generates some problems when exporting in DWG... this has become a big problem because in the way of working I always name all the objects with real names, to keep very organized and understand everything, which is very important when I re-open previous files in which I have already forgotten the details of the project... I hope that at some point this tool is corrected, because it is very useful for someone who works like me. Marcelo
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    common tools palette

    This is my layout... no colors, only Materials, small icons and no redundant palettes... much more minimal and I like it this way, much more also than the default one.
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    common tools palette

    Good observation! I never used this palette, always closed and absent in my custom layout. I have an other one... It's very personal but I want to share anyway... I always work in modeling workspace, never in the others, so Workspace palettes also is always closed. Marcelo
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    Feature request: Select clones

    Hi, This can be done if you use the layers and groups of objects to sort the parts of your project. For example, all the windows in the layer Windows and the windows of the first floor in a group Windows 1, the windows cloned in the second floor in another group Windows 2, and so on... I just checked with the clones and it works as if they were normal objects. As an architect, I have always worked on the basis of layers and objects forming groups to organize my projects, because I have always put the emphasis on having everything very organized and easily accessible. Even, once the design is advanced, I usually rename all the objects to clearly understand the project in which I am working on. Having the ability to work with layers and objects, and groups for both, is a very powerful combination in form.Z, if your work requires it. Best, Marcelo