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    AC1000 got a reaction from cearch in Sun settings not updating   
    Try this.

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    AC1000 got a reaction from cearch in Sun settings not updating   
    The problem is with the automatically generated V-Ray sun. If you create your own light source and switch it to V-Ray sun the Sun Position works as it should.
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    AC1000 got a reaction from Brantheat in snap - project on reference plane   
    Hi everyone and Tech
     
    Is this option still unavailable in perspective mode? I know there is "Lock To Plane Through First Point" check box available but sometimes you need the other option too.
     
    AC
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    AC1000 got a reaction from andrew in 8.6 bugs   
    The forums are pretty quiet nowadays. Vray has been a big achievement. However, did the product get too late for the community? 
     
    Software manufacturers have surprised with the desire to combine their programs' ability to collaborate with others. Graphisoft's Archicad and McNeels Rhino with Grasshopper are one of the success stories. Bidirectional Live link system is great between AC and Rhino. FormZ could be one party in this kind of project. The ability to link files is important in such a case.
     
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    AC1000 got a reaction from Des in 8.6 bugs   
    If AutoDessys just read all of my great ideas, FormZ would be the best modeling tool ever. Some of my ideas are even free and readable in discussion forums! 
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    AC1000 got a reaction from vva in 8.6 bugs   
    bbuxton unfortunately you are right. Sketchup and Rhino are the programs that people are using. 
     
    FormZ has a few great tools, best in industry definitely. Push n Pull tool on solids, offset tools with insert option, autogrid with lock option, fast drag n drop method with materials, robust extended tool and ability to copy paste topologies.
     
    I love Rhino but in Rhino you have to use three or four commands to achieve the same than in FormZ. And the handling of materials is clumsy in Rhino.
     
    Sketchup is a different story. Modelling method is annoying, but it is very fast and OpenGL mode is nice with bright colours, crisp shadows and clean lines. And you can export crips views to Illustrator. Now I have to export FZ models to SU if I need nice concept graphics or "toon" rendering.
     
    Now Rhino is my main modelling program because you can link both FZ (step or dwg) and SU (native) files into it as blocks. And the main model will update constantly. The disadvantage is the poor material management in Rhino.
     
    FormZ could easily do all the things mentioned above, but now there is too many bugs, bad export import plugins, UI problems and so on.
     
    Lets hope FormZ 9 has new clean code, nice UI and robust import export plugins.
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    AC1000 got a reaction from Brantheat in Extrude command - both sides option   
    Extrude command should have "both sides" option. When working with nurbs it is quite nice to draw on surface (snapping on face) and then extrude spline to get object to trim nurbs. Option to extrude both sides would save time because you don't have to adjust extruded spline to ensure proper trim.
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    AC1000 got a reaction from Brantheat in Live Boolean - again   
    Are other users interested in this feature? Some programs have this option, but there is still room for improvement. I think this is the only big shortage of FormZ.
      In Archicad, I use the non-destructive liveboolean (or SEO=solid element operation) feature for exploring and scaling the pathways of a constructed environment and also for basic massing. But FormZ would be much faster for that kind of job. What do you think, Tech?     Here are a few links that tell you more about this.   ZBrush:     ArchiCad:   http://www.weareenzyme.com/seo-vs-boolean-operation-in-archicad/  
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    AC1000 got a reaction from Brantheat in Live Boolean - again   
    Are other users interested in this feature? Some programs have this option, but there is still room for improvement. I think this is the only big shortage of FormZ.
      In Archicad, I use the non-destructive liveboolean (or SEO=solid element operation) feature for exploring and scaling the pathways of a constructed environment and also for basic massing. But FormZ would be much faster for that kind of job. What do you think, Tech?     Here are a few links that tell you more about this.   ZBrush:     ArchiCad:   http://www.weareenzyme.com/seo-vs-boolean-operation-in-archicad/  
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    AC1000 got a reaction from Brantheat in Extrude command - both sides option   
    Extrude command should have "both sides" option. When working with nurbs it is quite nice to draw on surface (snapping on face) and then extrude spline to get object to trim nurbs. Option to extrude both sides would save time because you don't have to adjust extruded spline to ensure proper trim.
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    AC1000 got a reaction from Brantheat in Linking files   
    Many software vendors have begun to focus on file translation so that the transfer takes place in real-time without the need for continuous import and export orders.
      We know that some want to do their modelling job with a particular program. Many firms have come to ease the situation. Soon, no matter what program you're working on, as long as the program is extremely fast, the lightweight and real-time link works. Linking an experimental  model to the BIM environment is also effective because reading data is not always sensible in the modeling program itself.   Hopefully FormZ is not forgotten when these things are being developed in the market. It is somewhat confusing that there are already such programs between Sketchup and Rhino. Rhino is a good modeling program and Skethcup is very impressive when looking at the model in the viewport in opengl mode: lines, surfaces and shadows are still the best in the industry. This is also strange how a very basic program is in this category in its own class.
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    AC1000 got a reaction from Brantheat in Extrude command - both sides option   
    Extrude command should have "both sides" option. When working with nurbs it is quite nice to draw on surface (snapping on face) and then extrude spline to get object to trim nurbs. Option to extrude both sides would save time because you don't have to adjust extruded spline to ensure proper trim.
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    AC1000 got a reaction from Brantheat in Live Boolean - again   
    Are other users interested in this feature? Some programs have this option, but there is still room for improvement. I think this is the only big shortage of FormZ.
      In Archicad, I use the non-destructive liveboolean (or SEO=solid element operation) feature for exploring and scaling the pathways of a constructed environment and also for basic massing. But FormZ would be much faster for that kind of job. What do you think, Tech?     Here are a few links that tell you more about this.   ZBrush:     ArchiCad:   http://www.weareenzyme.com/seo-vs-boolean-operation-in-archicad/  
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    AC1000 got a reaction from Brantheat in Linking files   
    Many software vendors have begun to focus on file translation so that the transfer takes place in real-time without the need for continuous import and export orders.
      We know that some want to do their modelling job with a particular program. Many firms have come to ease the situation. Soon, no matter what program you're working on, as long as the program is extremely fast, the lightweight and real-time link works. Linking an experimental  model to the BIM environment is also effective because reading data is not always sensible in the modeling program itself.   Hopefully FormZ is not forgotten when these things are being developed in the market. It is somewhat confusing that there are already such programs between Sketchup and Rhino. Rhino is a good modeling program and Skethcup is very impressive when looking at the model in the viewport in opengl mode: lines, surfaces and shadows are still the best in the industry. This is also strange how a very basic program is in this category in its own class.
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    AC1000 got a reaction from Martin Malinski in Laubwerk   
    Laubwerk would be great plugin for FormZ. Lets hope that someone has enough resources and time to develop this plugin. And now it's possible for the first time because we have Vray in FormZ.
     
    http://www.laubwerk.com/products/laubwerk-sdk/
     
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    AC1000 got a reaction from Martin Malinski in Laubwerk   
    Laubwerk would be great plugin for FormZ. Lets hope that someone has enough resources and time to develop this plugin. And now it's possible for the first time because we have Vray in FormZ.
     
    http://www.laubwerk.com/products/laubwerk-sdk/
     
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    AC1000 reacted to Tech in Laubwerk   
    We have reached to to Laubwerk to explore this further...
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    AC1000 got a reaction from Hugo in Future of Formz   
    I have investigated different 3D applications several years now. I have used Form Z, Archicad, Fusion 360, Rhino, Autocad, Blender, Modo, Sketchup, 3d Max and many others. Main interest is fast concept modelling for architectural purposes: urban planning, building design, massing and so on.
     
    I claim that I understand quite well the needs and maneuvers for efficient concept design. Conclusion is that we need modeling paradigm that allows us to model in nondestructive way. There is still huge demand for that kind of software.
     
    Upcoming feature(s) in FormZ should be at minimum the following: boolean operations with ongoing and endure relations (you can edit operands and operators during modeling process). There is a screen shot of the desired situation when modifying masses. Just grab the boolean operator and enjoy.
     
    One of the best boolean system is in Archicad. It gives you almost insolent simple way to manage boolean operators and it is nondestructive process.
     
    In Modo 10.1(coming soon) you'll get very sophisticated construction history or modifier stack. As we know Modos interface is just beautiful but it is very sloooooow when modeling city or complex building with new procedural modeling system they are offering. It is definitely amazing when modeling one or two objects.
     
    When you are modeling conceptual visions of urban areas you need quick calculations from constantly altering measures, areas and volumes. Some kind of tool or script should be in Form Z. Now I am deriving bottom faces of the volumes and putting them on their own layer. Then I use information management window to generate the sum. In multistorey building you have to copy that face several times.
     
    We need quick exploration oriented application for architectural design. 
     
    Archicad and Revit are too massive programs for early stage design purposes. They offer you crowbar for knitting. Sketchup is quite nice but as we know the basic engine is not very good for complex boolean operations and you suddenly became aware of the most destructive modeling app in market. Sketchup models are well-known for bad geometry. And when your colleague is busy and nervous the result is horrible. You can make nice presentations but the model itself is usually a mess.
     
    Rhino is quite nice also, but it is not for exploration or adventurous modeling unless you start to use Grasshopper. But, again, you should see through Grasshopper and understand its generative (iterative) nature. Basic massing tasks are behind of everything and more you concentrate on that more great urban environment you will get. When massing task is done you can concentrate to generate ”granulations” with GH. 
     
    Form Z should be THE architectural massing application in the market, for complex exploration and calculation. The interface should be revamped also (yes, again). MODO has now the best GUI on planet. When you see the MODO interface you start to drool and explore the software. But it is not designed enough well for architectural purposes.
     
    Ok thanks for reading. Lets hope that FormZ will get more commercial users soon and the team will get enough resources to continue great software.
     
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    AC1000 got a reaction from Des in 8.6 bugs   
    If AutoDessys just read all of my great ideas, FormZ would be the best modeling tool ever. Some of my ideas are even free and readable in discussion forums! 
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    AC1000 reacted to AsOne in 8.6 bugs   
    I actually just posted to the Suggestions forum requesting CAD file referencing capabilities.  100% agree that the ability of import/export and FormZ to communicate with other programs is essential and needs improvement.  I can only speak as an architect, but linking between programs is utterly crucial.  I would rather see FormZ work towards better communication than try and become some a program that thinks it can do it all.  Layout might work for simple projects, but for putting together a full set of architectural construction documents requires something much more robust, IMO.  I would rather FormZ keep progressing in the modeling, visualization, & speed departments rather than trying to become a BIM program or trying to be the program where one can full annotate a set of drawings in.  Leave that stuff to other programs and work on the linking and communication.  The resources required to take on REVIT, ArchiCAD, AECOsim, and Vectorworks would be A LOT.  Even to bring Layout up to par with AutoCAD and Vectorworks would be a monumental leap.  I hope FormZ sticks to its strengths of modeling, visualization (especially now with V-Ray), and speed.  The Archicad-Rhino link sounds intriguing.  Not that I want to switch over, but the idea of two linked products is enticing. 
     
    Layout has been helpful since I can do a one time DWG export from layout of all the essential views I need (plans, elevations, sections, details) at DWG 1:1 scale, set relative to 0,0,0 coordinates.  Vectorworks (which is what I use for 2D drawing production, dimensions, notes, etc...) has a reference option for DWG.  Using Layout is going to solve a lot of my communication issues.  However it only goes one way FormZ to Vectorworks.  Every time I change the floor plan in Vectorworks I have to reimport into FormZ.  Yes it works importing DWG info into FormZ, but the process is not fluid because of the lack of any references.  A reference option would be a HUGE upgrade.  A direct link could be amazing (depending on how it is implemented). 
     
    Support:  Contact Nemetschek and lets get linked up!  Shamless plug since Vectorworks is made by Nemetschek.  It also works on both Mac and PC.
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    AC1000 got a reaction from Des in 8.6 bugs   
    If AutoDessys just read all of my great ideas, FormZ would be the best modeling tool ever. Some of my ideas are even free and readable in discussion forums! 
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    AC1000 got a reaction from Des in 8.6 bugs   
    Thats true. I have them all. There is only one modeler capable of handling true solid object modeling, surface modeling and nurbs: FormZ.
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    AC1000 got a reaction from vva in 8.6 bugs   
    bbuxton unfortunately you are right. Sketchup and Rhino are the programs that people are using. 
     
    FormZ has a few great tools, best in industry definitely. Push n Pull tool on solids, offset tools with insert option, autogrid with lock option, fast drag n drop method with materials, robust extended tool and ability to copy paste topologies.
     
    I love Rhino but in Rhino you have to use three or four commands to achieve the same than in FormZ. And the handling of materials is clumsy in Rhino.
     
    Sketchup is a different story. Modelling method is annoying, but it is very fast and OpenGL mode is nice with bright colours, crisp shadows and clean lines. And you can export crips views to Illustrator. Now I have to export FZ models to SU if I need nice concept graphics or "toon" rendering.
     
    Now Rhino is my main modelling program because you can link both FZ (step or dwg) and SU (native) files into it as blocks. And the main model will update constantly. The disadvantage is the poor material management in Rhino.
     
    FormZ could easily do all the things mentioned above, but now there is too many bugs, bad export import plugins, UI problems and so on.
     
    Lets hope FormZ 9 has new clean code, nice UI and robust import export plugins.
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    AC1000 got a reaction from vva in 8.6 bugs   
    bbuxton unfortunately you are right. Sketchup and Rhino are the programs that people are using. 
     
    FormZ has a few great tools, best in industry definitely. Push n Pull tool on solids, offset tools with insert option, autogrid with lock option, fast drag n drop method with materials, robust extended tool and ability to copy paste topologies.
     
    I love Rhino but in Rhino you have to use three or four commands to achieve the same than in FormZ. And the handling of materials is clumsy in Rhino.
     
    Sketchup is a different story. Modelling method is annoying, but it is very fast and OpenGL mode is nice with bright colours, crisp shadows and clean lines. And you can export crips views to Illustrator. Now I have to export FZ models to SU if I need nice concept graphics or "toon" rendering.
     
    Now Rhino is my main modelling program because you can link both FZ (step or dwg) and SU (native) files into it as blocks. And the main model will update constantly. The disadvantage is the poor material management in Rhino.
     
    FormZ could easily do all the things mentioned above, but now there is too many bugs, bad export import plugins, UI problems and so on.
     
    Lets hope FormZ 9 has new clean code, nice UI and robust import export plugins.
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    AC1000 got a reaction from vva in 8.6 bugs   
    bbuxton unfortunately you are right. Sketchup and Rhino are the programs that people are using. 
     
    FormZ has a few great tools, best in industry definitely. Push n Pull tool on solids, offset tools with insert option, autogrid with lock option, fast drag n drop method with materials, robust extended tool and ability to copy paste topologies.
     
    I love Rhino but in Rhino you have to use three or four commands to achieve the same than in FormZ. And the handling of materials is clumsy in Rhino.
     
    Sketchup is a different story. Modelling method is annoying, but it is very fast and OpenGL mode is nice with bright colours, crisp shadows and clean lines. And you can export crips views to Illustrator. Now I have to export FZ models to SU if I need nice concept graphics or "toon" rendering.
     
    Now Rhino is my main modelling program because you can link both FZ (step or dwg) and SU (native) files into it as blocks. And the main model will update constantly. The disadvantage is the poor material management in Rhino.
     
    FormZ could easily do all the things mentioned above, but now there is too many bugs, bad export import plugins, UI problems and so on.
     
    Lets hope FormZ 9 has new clean code, nice UI and robust import export plugins.
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