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    Smarttec got a reaction from Tech in FormZ 8.6.5 and MacOS BigSur - any issues?   
    Yes you will need to upgrade to v9.1 to run on Big Sur
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    Smarttec reacted to ¢hris £und in A way to make formZ more popular (but you won't like it...)   
    There are a just a few things to consider here.
    1. the iMac Pro was really merely a transition machine while they took way to damn long to come out with a Pro Tower.
    2. The M1 in its debut looks impressive.  And thus far, we only have the low power mobile chip to give comparisons to.  The M1 beats anything currently in it's class.  Qualcom's SnapDragon, is simply outclassed. (for now)
    3. Microsofts ARM implementation up to this point is sub-par compared to intel/AMD offerings on their own side.  Not so for the M1/Intel Comparison.  So much so, that the ARM windows was Quasi-Ported over to the M1 mac to run in translation, and it runs better on an M1 than the Microsofts own SnapDragon derivative.   I do not pretend this will stay this way.  It won't take long for MS to have their WTF moments and get moving again.  They can't afford to have another iPod/Zune or iPhone/windows mobile event, and I bet they know it.   Ultimately, this is a good thing for both sides of the argument.
    4. Yes, there is software that I have had to run that was elusively windows, and I am disappointed that Parallels/VMWare no longer (probably temporarily) have a place.  I bet once MS beefs up their ARM hardware to match, the market for it will grow and software will make that transition.
    5. As I understand, there is a fair amount of windows software that is not Native to WARM.  Stifling the market for the hardware, thus stifling the market for the software, Recursively.  This is likely to change now.  As much as people do not like apple (often for merit,)  they do change the industry, repeatedly.
    6. Microsoft themselves have not committed to the ARM platform, thus giving rise to #5.  It has been more of a hobby if you will.  This too, is likely to change.
    7. Microsoft did not really beat Apple to the ARM punch.  The M1 and ostensibly further derivatives are in themselves derivatives from  their phone chips they have been designing for quite some time.  Apple licenses the instruction set, they design the chips on their own.
    8. Yes, GPU has lagged historically, pathetically.  However, even on the GPU integrated mobile chip, there is a significant boost.   Though certainly not on par with discrete GPUs of Nvidia or AMD currently.  For that we will just have to wait to see what they do.
    9. For apple to push back into the PC market with their own chipset, is a pretty good sign of them showing commitment regardless of their other business models.   I too do think that they let the Pro business slide and slide way too far.  IMHO, they should have jumped ship from Intel a long time ago and embraced AMD or at least been willing to use the best option to fit their end goal (machine to machine) Should I B&M about MS and their foray into Business products?  I mean really?  A word processor, how lame!  Or their AI devision? or Quantum computing, or WebServices/Servers?  Hardware, Mice, keyboards, tablets, hybrids, AR glasses, tables.... yes tables?  That means they have an industrial design team, or at least doles out money to have it done for them.
    10. The car is still a rumor.  And doubtful they will be designing building the chassis and other critical "Car" stuff.
    11. Hate on apple all you want.  Thats cool that you think that's cool.  Damn, your so cool!  However consider this.  If it weren't for Apple or someone like them, Microsoft would not have needed to advance their products.  And quite frankly, likewise.  If Apple didn't have someone to rise up to, they never would have.   If you haven't figured it out by now, let me in on a little secret.  MS is like a grandpa hoarder.  They have an extremely difficult time letting go of anything legacy.  I sure do wish we could go back to MS Dos.  Ah, the good-ol-days.  You know, before CAD even existed on anything other than a Mainframe. 5.25" floppy drives oooh yea!  Hell, my first computer had a cassette drive.  I have even used a computer professionally that used paper punch tape (I "programmed" embroidery machines) (not quite far back enough to have used punch cards)   I was pretty good at getting around a VAX/VMS.  All legacy stuff, I am really honestly happy to be done with now that I know better.
    While I am sure Apple and it's overwhelming willingness to drop legacy concepts is a thorn in ADSs side, as well as other developers.  Apple or MS isn't ADSs problem.
    *Marketing, yes, is a strong part of it.  Much of their marketing used to be through Universities and students.  That market of marketing doesn't appear to be viable any longer.  
    *Technologies, also a strong part of it.  Web based platforms are getting stronger.  There is a write once deliver anywhere model for you.  Would it be worth their effort too do so?  I do not know.  Personally, I prefer native... but as hardware gets more capable, this may not be an issue in the future (maybe not now, my brain might just be legacy.)
    * Open source and free(ish)ware.  Many modelers get their feet wet these days on such "products" and have no need to move past them.  This has taken much of the student market.  In my opinion, ADS should embrace some of the OpenSource Base code to enhance the functionality.  How about an open source Physics engine?  I think Bullet is one.   There is a lot out there that they could, I think, Capitalize on.  Now that Python is in the works, this is all I will say about python in this discussion, there are tons of libraries that can be taken advantage of.
    * Consolidation.  Well, just think of Autodesk.  They have so many products (and shelved products they have purchased.)   Modo has changed hands at least twice now and into a conglomerate.
    * Base philosophy.   Things are changing.  ADS is small enough to lift its head and see this. Though difficult. This is to their advantage.  But it is up to them to do so.  And Up to us to prod them to do so.  Constructively, of course.
    *** User Base.  Yes, I mean us!  We are a problem for ADS.  Why, because we are also aging.  We have less time to play and experiment and give word of mouth and build things just for the cool factor of it.  The youth, that is what they do, and as they push forward, they also push forward their toolset.  I am sure there are some younger folk here than I.  Probably some real young ones too, say in their 30's or 40's.  But these are going to be career people too. Not spending their free time pushing the envelope and showing off....   Showing off!!!! AKA word of mouth marketing.
    * Predicting demise... Oh that helps.  Here, let's create the impressions a company is unhealthy so nobody wants to buy in.  Real responsible.  It is like a politician telling America what to think by telling America what he thinks America thinks..  (Apologies to any anAmericans out there, but this is something our politicians do and it is effective over our citizenry of both parties.  You may recognize the strategy in your homeland as well)
    Picking one thing and pointing to it as "the" problem is quite frankly Myopic.  And I say this not to defend Apple.  It is just a simplistic and myopic mindset.  Nobody will solve real problems with this form of thinking.  This is meant as a constructive criticism, but take it however you like.  You have the right to be offended.
    If we want ADS and fZ to survive... Help them help you!  Their last beta was open.Wide open.  Test, give feedback, not bitchfests  (though looking back, I am quite guilty of that too.)  Often the bug reports aren't specific but overwhelmingly non-specific.  Especially about the UI.  And regardless, they have to make decisions.  One group of people will want something one way and another will hate it...  Deal with it!  Or, better yet.  Devise a solution at least in concept... don't just tell them something sucks.  detail it.  And only hope that it fits in with their intentions... don't expect it.  I have suggested many things over the 27ish years of being a user... Many have been included, most have not.  I deal.   Which is why I love Py*** oops, so close!
    Quit posting bug reports on the forum!!  They have no way to track them long term.  The forum just isn't built for it.
    Let's quit being the fudy duddies we have become and show our passions like we used to.  Quit bitching like old men on a street bench.  Remember the days when we had self driven contests? (thanks Dan M! those were good times)    Let's quit thinking we are of responsibility mean while pointing the finger anywhere and everywhere else.
     
    Don't get me wrong, ADS has work to do.  In some areas, a lot!  I formally make myself available to ADS to offer my input, not demands.  Should they have use for it.
    ¢£
    Hah!  I doubt anybody will read all of that.  Can't blame anybody for that but me.  Though about editing it down, but WTH.
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    Smarttec got a reaction from f700es in Gotta say... the Twinmotion / Unreal email got my attention.   
    You mean that Epic Games buys Autodessys ? - now that's an intersting idea?
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    Smarttec reacted to pipo in Last work made with formZ and Maxwell...   
    The above model will render like this in maxwell if set up correctly
    You need to use glass and liquid with correct Nd and attenuation
     
    glasses of white & sparkling.tga
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    Smarttec got a reaction from andrew in Is FormZ working on M1 Macs?   
    I did that and performance wise the experience as a program user is much faster BUT I have found the user, just getting used to the workflow difference experience to be a nightmare. In the end as I am not just using the 3D application I think I made a mistake. If you just want formZ to go faster get a new PC with Windows 10. But don't expect Windows 10 to NOT change they are already speculating about new updated Windows with a radical new interface???
     
     
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    Smarttec got a reaction from andrew in Is FormZ working on M1 Macs?   
    I did that and performance wise the experience as a program user is much faster BUT I have found the user, just getting used to the workflow difference experience to be a nightmare. In the end as I am not just using the 3D application I think I made a mistake. If you just want formZ to go faster get a new PC with Windows 10. But don't expect Windows 10 to NOT change they are already speculating about new updated Windows with a radical new interface???
     
     
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    Smarttec reacted to pipo in wip & recent renders   
    simple scenes but tricky to light
     

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    Smarttec reacted to pipo in Lumion plugin within FormZ using Lumion's Live feature.   
    Hey guys
    I thought I would throw in my five cents worth here
    We have been using Lumion since version 7.....but really only a usable option since version 9
    The most important consideration is end use .... I don't consider Lumion as a tool for still images full stop , only for animation.
    The reasons for this are the GI is not advanced enough and the lack of ray tracing require reflection planes to be manually placed of which there are a maximum of 10.
    Don't get too excited about the "vast" libraries as realistically , only a fraction of this is of medium quality.
    That being said it is possible to produce animations of reasonable quality as long as you don't get to hung up on the correctness of the render quality.
    It is an extremely expensive app for what it does.......the updates are frequent but you pay a huge price each time for only very limited enhancements.
    See below a few examples.....I will post a few more recent ones done with the latest 10.5 when the projects become public so everything below is 
    done with version 9.5
     
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    Smarttec reacted to johnalexander1571 in WEIRD SCIENCE FEM Solver leg modeled in form.Z   
    Hi All,
    Here is my fun personal lock-down project I do on the weekends. I hope this might be of interest, because I am quite jazzed about it. I have used form.Z to model the bones and muscles of the human leg using the sub-d tools in order to export them into simulation software and assign Young Modulus to the muscles and sew them onto the bones and them let the computer use finite element analysis calculate the muscles realistically contracting and jiggling with gravity all based on the animated driver bones. This is why cg characters have appeared to be hauntingly weightless all of these years, because only the outer surface is sculpted, it is not necessarily informed by bone and muscle as it should be. The final results of this newer tech are really encouraging and are only now starting to be used in feature films. It is now being adapted to real-time for video games. This is my early result. Long way to go, but I am happy with this so far.
    https://www.artstation.com/artwork/9eGZkN
    One facet of my project is the absolute similarity to being Dr. Frankenstein. I had to get into some rather gruesome medical school grade references in order to understand all of the geometry I needed to model inside of the leg. So this will be the official start of Mary Shelley, the FEM solved woman. I think she will be like Wonder Woman. No I don't wear a bra on my head ala Weird Science, although I have thought about it. I am making the skin for the leg this week. Ha ha ha ha ha.... Vincent price laugh.
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    Smarttec reacted to Alan Cooper in What's New In form•Z v9 Video   
    Yes, if all the older stuff and new posts which relate to pre v9 versions could be gathered up and placed in a new preV9 folder under each of the main headings (see attached) that would simplify things going forward.

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    Smarttec got a reaction from ¢hris £und in What's New In form•Z v9 Video   
    In fairness they had to produce everything from their home and remotely under these unusual circumstances
     
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    Smarttec reacted to pipo in wip & recent renders   
    Thanks J for the complimentary words
    Lumion is by no means a perfect tool , It excels primarily in speed and setup
    With regard to our animations however, they are primarily studies or competitions , not marketing or sales quality output which is not achievable with Lumion.
    We don't do any realtime yet ....have considered Unreal as a future consideration however.....
    With our larger scenes there is often a small sketchup component (not the instancing type)
    The (more) detailed modelling in fz and some massing elements and landform terrain etc in sketchup
    Also easier to work with google maps and faster to paint up in skp...
    Lumion imports various file types so no issue here , the lack of a live plugin is no issue , on sketchup I don't even bother with it.
    Lumion prefers fz files in dxf , dwg .....3ds and obj also.
    With regard to plugins I will surely be in the minority here
    With maxwell I only use the plugin to export into studio...fz and maxwell never operate simultaneously
    I just prefer it this way , same with fz lumion....export the file , import the file . 
    Also we are working with some pretty huge files so stability is always optimum with only one app open
    pip
     
     
     
     
     
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    Smarttec got a reaction from graham_g in form•Z 8.6 Update Released   
    But isn't that the purpose of an upgrade is to move on to v9 - they can't keep investing in old product v8.6 surely! hey they're a small company!
     
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    Smarttec got a reaction from Shibui Design in Maxwell Render 5 for FormZ Needs Your Help   
    Come on guys we need your help to get NextLimit to respond and develop (co-develop) the future Maxwell 5 plugin for formZ9 at this stage on the Maxwell forum there are only '15' requests - that will have to be more than '100' to get any effect. and change their thinking. There must be more than 15 people using Maxwell or who want it...
    If your not already on the Maxwell forum - 'Join' https://forum.maxwellrender.com/index.php and add your support
    Maxwell 5 is huge advancement now incorporating the latest nVidia GPU acceleration for 'Fire' - rendering - additive materials and converts V-Ray scene files with more still to come - make it happen as well for formZ
    Rob
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    Smarttec got a reaction from Des in Continued FormZ & Maxwell development for V9   
    Come on guys we need your help to get NextLimit to respond and develop (co-develop) the future Maxwell 5 plugin for formZ9 at this stage on the Maxwell forum there are only '15' requests - that will have to be more than '100' to get any effect. and change their thinking. There must be more than 15 people using Maxwell or who want it...
    If your not already on the Maxwell forum - 'Join' https://forum.maxwellrender.com/index.php and add your support
    Maxwell 5 is huge advancement now incorporating the latest nVidia GPU acceleration for 'Fire' - rendering - additive materials and converts V-Ray scene files with more still to come - make it happen as well for formZ
    Rob
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    Smarttec got a reaction from Des in Continued FormZ & Maxwell development for V9   
    It may be worth noting that the new Maxwell Render 5 details will be announced very shortly and it will be a significant update from v4. Watch for more details soon there will be a Upgrade Pre order before release.

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    Smarttec got a reaction from Des in Continued FormZ & Maxwell development for V9   
    It may be worth noting that the new Maxwell Render 5 details will be announced very shortly and it will be a significant update from v4. Watch for more details soon there will be a Upgrade Pre order before release.

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    Smarttec got a reaction from Des in Continued FormZ & Maxwell development for V9   
    It may be worth noting that the new Maxwell Render 5 details will be announced very shortly and it will be a significant update from v4. Watch for more details soon there will be a Upgrade Pre order before release.

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    Smarttec reacted to AsOne in Will a solid state drive speed up saving large files?   
    Without a doubt!!!  Go SSD.  Night and Day compared to most spinning hard drives.  At least that has been my experience.  
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    Smarttec got a reaction from Des in Continued FormZ & Maxwell development for V9   
    By the way I mean that after formZ 9 release we will see V-Ray Next soon after.
     
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    Smarttec got a reaction from Des in Continued FormZ & Maxwell development for V9   
    All I know is that formZ & Maxwell Render are due for a new release very shortly and I expect there to be a new Maxwell  - whatever that means, but they have taken a while to add any new updates and substantial new capabilities are expected and with V-Ray now moving rapidly towards the 'NEW' spec. So it is up to us that are keen to see Maxwell support continue to ensure that NextLimit works closely with Autodessys and and share specs now for all the new changes still unannounced from both parties. Interesting that Autodessys are in discussion to take of support for the future plugin?
    Does that mean that Pylon is out of the game?
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    Smarttec reacted to Des in Piano WIP   
    Thanks for your comments guys.
    Here's an update with the stool added. This is up for sale now on turbosquid
     
    Des

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    Smarttec reacted to Des in Piano WIP   
    In between jobs again so I decided to model our old piano. Modelled in FormZ (obviously!) and rendered in Maxwell.
    Hope you like...
    Des

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    Smarttec reacted to Hugo in formZ 9   
    Last few months I uploaded several movie’s with errors to ADS support, they were happy to see these bugs in a movie. It makes supporting and solving much easier, they said.  I’m using the latest version of the software and I am happy I could help them in this way. 
    Today I have read this complete thread again and again it seems we users lost our interests. More than a year ago today; no input. So I give it a little kick...
    ADS, how is it going these days with the development of the next version? Is there anything you can bring to the forum?
     
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    Smarttec got a reaction from andrew in Is Maxwell dead?   
    The whole 3D rendering space is in major upheaval and change. Particularly as GPU rendering has entered  then scene. That is not to say that there are not past CPU renders as well but denoising acceleration with CUDA based nvidia cards is amazing. However, that doesn't help Mac users and thus 'cloud based' rendering systems will become the answer -ie Rendering as a Service (RaaS). Maxwell is certainly brilliant but the next step in acceleration/speed has taken a while to update as you may see a different  direction and a new product is also due soon see this teaser roombox3D.com
    There is an update for Maxwell Render itself soonish.
    Rob
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