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    Graphics settings - OpenGL?

    Not sure why it's sluggish on your machine. Maybe there's an issue with the installation or something else going on. My 7 year old iMac runs fine with Fz and has a much lower spec than yours (with the exception of RAM, mine has 24Gb). Of course, whichever model I'm working on has a lot to do with the responsiveness with transformations. I like to keep image textures as low in size as possible and switch off both "keep textures and Keep Ghosted Tool Operands in File" in project settings. When working on subdivisions I keep the "Iterations" to something lower than 3 and only increase it if faceting starts to get visible when rendering. Also, when using components, it is set by default to "Align with view", turn this off unless you specifically want that for billboard people and trees. In preferences, I have "Enable Multi Threading and Use Advanced OpenGL" turned on as well. Query; if your making the jump from 6.x to 8.6, why not go straight to 9? Des
  2. I'm interested too Chris.. Des
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    Bend along path tool

    Thanks for posting Craig 👍
  4. Doesn't matter Chris, that's some seriously nice modelling there, always a pleasure to see! Des
  5. That kettle looks quite easy to do in FormZ, but you are right, it's about choosing the best tools for any particular job. That comes from experience with Fz but I'd suggest visiting the tutorials page for some samples. This page has disappeared from the web site and some are very old but I think the approach to each which is informative. Also, try the YouTube tutorials as well. Even though I've been using FormZ for many years, I always find something that I didn't know or have forgotten. And of course the updated Tips & Tricks page. The manual is good too as some of the tools can be "sensitive" 😉 Des
  6. Hi Steve, If you know where the seams are on that chair, you can trace their positions. Do only one side and mirror later. I would use the NURBS by U/V Curves tool. That will allow you to accurately model that shape and still be able to adjust it. I've attached a car I started years ago but never had the chance to finish but it is the same process. Trace the splines, manipulate and make sure they touch accurately, add intermediates and shift select them and hey presto. Hope this helps. Des BeetleTest.zip
  7. Excellent! Thanks for that ADS 🙂
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    Surface to solid

    Sounds like you're missing some faces Walter. Use the object doctor first to see if it can fix it. Depending on how complicated the object is, once you find the missing face and if OD can't fix it, draw in another face triangle and stitch it to the main object to make it a solid again. Des
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    Display Resolutions

    Agreed.. I model at low resolution all the time and only turn it up when needed. And thanks for the resolution file Setz, I'd been planning on doing something similar for years... 🙄
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    Form.Z file for maxwell

    Hi Cuno, You can have this simple studio setup, you just have to drop your piece of furniture into it. I wouldn't say it'll do "perfect" renders, but it's a start. You might have to re-assign the maxwell textures. I normally use multi-light, so allows playing with the lights after the render is done. Des Studio.zip
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    form•Z Viewer first flight

    This looks good. It'll be handy for clients to view files etc. I would say it's fine to share the link for download so the most up to date is always available. Des
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    what's new webinar

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    Concrete texture needed

    Ariel Here's one (Maxwell 4). Not sure if it's good enough though. Des PanelConcrete.zip
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    wip & recent renders

    Beautiful !
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    Exciting times

    With the onset of Fz9, it's variations and all the newness it brings, it is also nice to wake up to the new slick web-site too. After a time of stagnation, it makes me happy to see the new drive which I hope brings success. Well done AutoDesSys 👏 Des
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    form•Z v9.0.1 - UI Typo Inaccuracies

    I think it is the right place to point these thing out. I didn't notice up until now. Minor as they are, they can be a little annoying but I'm sure the wrinkles will be ironed out once things have settled.
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    Maxwell 5 for formZ - In Progress!

    It's out! Can't wait to try it..
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    Water material

    Hi Ariel, There are a few ways to get water looking good depending on your scene. I tend to go down the Maxwell material route to save time. For example, this night pool scene is just a transparent and reflective material with a normal map, see attached. The indoor daylight pools are a transparent reflective material on modelled waves (done a long time ago before Maxwell Sea was available). BTW, excellent image John! Des Water.zip
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    Hide Object

    There is. It's the 'visibility' toggle in the attributes tab. I prefer to ghost an object and then unghost it. I do that all the time when models get complicated. And then if you have a good layer setup, you can just switch them on and off as required. There is a hide object function in Revit which, according to a friend of mine, says he wishes it was never invented. Because people forget about the hidden objects all the time and they end up with bloated files.
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    latest version

    That's the latest 'old' version, is the latest 'new' version
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    formZ VRay Animation

    That's excellent and very informative. Well done, it looks very professional. Des
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    Maxwell 5 for formZ - In Progress!

    Yes, that’s great news. I just got the email too. And they’re advertising it on Twitter.
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    formZ models exchange site!

    That is a shame Anton but you have no choice and I completely understand. You are correct, there are many more takers than givers. Maybe Autodessys should do something for you? Thanks for all your hard work 👏
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    Maxwell 5 for formZ - In Progress!

    Yes, I think the MaxwellZ 5 plugin is being rewritten or updated for FormZ9 at the moment. As soon as this is done I'll be upgrading my Maxwell 4 licenses. Like you, I'll be sticking to FormZ8.6.5 for paying projects although I have upgraded to FormZ9 for one of my licenses to play around with it. It'd be nice to get some news on how it's progressing... Des
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    Happy Holidays!

    Many happy returns to you Bernd... I'm looking forward to this year with Fz9 and Maxwell5 (as well as integrating Vray into my workflow). Enjoy the break everyone! Des