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  1. Yes, we all have our own workflows Pipo and I use Studio quite a lot myself, but most of the time I use it through the plugin. I find manipulating the views, model etc. to be not as intuitive as being inside FormZ. But with saying that, at least it's a solution. I asked a similar question about going from the V4 plugin to V5 studio on the Maxwell forum but no reply yet. Rather than being defeatist I think we should push for a plugin whether through NextLimit or Autodessys as per Garys idea. Des
  2. I'm not a family plan member, but I'd become one and pay the extra for the continued support of Maxwell. It's a good idea Gary. Des
  3. Thanks Smarttec, I just got the upgrade pre-order email. After I log in to the portal the only options are Maxwell 5 for 3DS Max, Rhinoceros, Sketchup and Studio. If this is all they are offering regarding plugins, then I am extremely disappointed. I really hope the limited amount of plugin versions shown is because it's still early days. I'm writing an email to them now so come on guys, we need to get together to pressure them for a FormZ plugin! I realise that NextLimit outsourced the FormZ plugin (Pylon) but we need Maxwell for FormZ. Lets do this.. Des
  4. This post from Fernando Tella in NextLimit... 🤔 It's not specific to MaxwellZ but encouraging for Maxwell in general.
  5. Just thought I'd post this, it may help someone else. Using Fz 8.6.5 I had been noticing a slowdown on my 6 year old iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5, especially on larger files. Even though I have the undos set to max 10, I was able to undo more than that so I had to regularly reset Undo/Redo. Then I turned off 'Enable Multi Threading' and 'Use Advanced OpenGL' in the OpenGL part of Preferences and everything is good now and undos are working correctly now. Des
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    wip & recent renders

    Wait.... Lumion with FormZ? That's so impressive. Beautiful design, modelling, texturing and modelling, well done!
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    formZ models exchange site!

    Anything I've uploaded for sharing here was modelled completely in FormZ by me, I'm pretty sure anyone else who's uploaded here is the same. Once the person who created the model is happy sharing then no problem. I wouldn't advise taking someone else's model, whether from another program/website even if altered in FormZ and re-sharing it. That wouldn't be fair.
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    New material naming

    Temporary workaround for that is to use your maps as billboards, the image names come in exactly in the materials palette.. Then delete the billboards and edit the imported materials to suit. Des
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    form•Z 9 beta

    YES 😂
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    I get the texture map to update by > In material parameters select shaded > Select the reflection tab > Change the Specular Factor to something different and back again. Works 99% of the time. I believe the Specular factor has a lot to do with slowing up responsiveness in materials as well. So as I normally use referenced Maxwell materials, I almost always turn the specular factor to zero in the shaded view. But even when set to zero I still have to use the specular slider to get the previews to update as above.
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    STEP Import not available!!!!

    Go to the Extension Menu > Extensions manager and see if the STEP translator loaded and is switched on...
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    Thumbnail Preview

    Not sure about the windows version, but with the Mac version you only have to switch to icon view to see the thumbnails.
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    Example Images

    Gonna have to get my act together with vray 🤔
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    Missing Tools from 6.7.3

    I see what you mean, there are more options for the parallel tool in version 6.7.3. Maybe if you use the thicken tool which has some of those options. And then copy the resultant faces, undo the thicken and then paste the faces back? You are correct though, there are some handy tools from v6.7.3 which are not in v8.6.5 but there are many workarounds and other options. Des
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    Missing Tools from 6.7.3

    Hi Walter, 1) Yes, go to workspace Rendering/Animation and it's the "Deform" tools. 2) Yes, go back to the Modelling workspace and it's in the "Derive 2" tools.
  16. Hi all, I just thought I'd post this to see what your experience is lately regarding our 3d modelling work being affect by the onslaught of BIM in architecture. I am definitely being affected as more architects are using the likes of Revit for more and more projects. As a result they are tending to do their 3d imaging in-house and are less reliant on 3d modellers. They also have many rendering engines to choose from with built-in assets like trees, planting and other entourage which are of a very high quality. Yes, they still require specialist work sometimes but it seems less frequent these days. I've never been a fan of this approach in architecture as I believe designs can be limited and more rigid, but I can see great improvements as the software (and the users for that matter) get better. In this part of the world there is a lot of work in the architectural field at the moment, but every single practice (both large and small) are now using Revit (mostly) exclusively and require people with that skill base. While I will always use FormZ for its amazing modelling abilities, but I think I will have no option but to go down the BIM route using Revit (the thought makes me wretch as I have tried it out before) and still use FormZ along side for when real 3d modelling is needed. To keep marketable at least. I'd love to hear what you all think... Des
  17. Yes, I really hope FormZ V9 comes out soon along with something from Maxwell. I've really tuned my workflow over the years for the two. I'm still playing with Vray but still haven't included it into my workflow yet, I should really get my skates on! Regarding Maxwell Render; even though it gets a bad rap with rendering speed, it has a very quick setup directly from Fz and some killer functions. Namely, multiLight, instances etc. The scatter function (for planting etc.) is so good. It doesn't slow up the FormZ model at all as they only come into play at rendering time. I mentioned in another thread that Maxwell are very much alive on Twitter & LinkedIn and seem to be posting more often so hopefully that's a good omen. Fingers crossed for the future.. Des
  18. Maybe Pylon could chime in? After all, he did create the Maxwell plugin for FormZ..
  19. Yup, me too for Maxwell still being supported as well as V-ray 🖖
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    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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    Piano WIP

    Thanks for your comments guys. Here's an update with the stool added. This is up for sale now on turbosquid Des
  22. 8.5.x is 64bit so you should be ok. I think version 6.7.x is the one to worry about if you have it. If you go to "About This Mac", click system report, go to Applications, you'll be able to see all the applications which are 64bit and not. They'll be shown as yes or no on the right hand side column. Yes being 64bit.
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    UHD Resolution Monitors - Blurry

    Sorry I can't help Walter, other than to suggest emailing Support directly with a description of your system and maybe some snapshots. Maybe try going to Preferences in the FormZPRo menu > Select OpenGL > and check "Enable Multi Threading and Use Advanced OpenGL". But tbh I think that only effects the working space rather than the FormZ interface.