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  1. setz

    8.6.2 Crash --> SubD and Reshape

    Sub-D objects have their own set of tools. The "Grow Face Tool" is the "Reshape Tool" for Sub-D objects. formZ Pro Manual FZ certainly should certainly not be crashing if the wrong tool is used. Would it be possible to eliminate the specialized Sub-D tool(s) entirely and just use the standard counterpart tools, such as Reshape, already available for working with standard objects? FZ could determine which type of object is selected and then utilize the appropriate subroutines internally and transparently to the user. It would be an efficient solution to this issue. Some of the similar tools: SubD Grow F is similar to Reshape SubD Grow E is similar to Extrusion SubD Offset F is similar to Offset Outline SubD Bridge is similar to Loft
  2. Currently, objects which reside on Ghosted or Invisible layers are unable to have their Attributes, Info or Parameters edited either by double clicking or using the contextual menu. Can this behavior be changed so that regardless of the visibility of the layer which contains them, that they can still be edited? For example if I want to move an object from one of the many invisible layers to a visible layer, this is not currently possible without turning on visibility for all layers (if I don't know which layer the object is in) to enable the object to be editable so as to change its layer attribute.
  3. setz

    Improve simple shaded performance

    The display resolution of the object’s attributes plays a big role in performance. I loaded the same step file into rhino and into FormZ. My settings for the display resolution of .stp imports into FormZ increases resolution on large curves and decreases the resolution on small curves. The end result was that while the apparent smoothness of the display of smooth objects was similar in both programs, the poly count in rhino of the imported objects were high enough to make navigating very laggy. The low poly count of the same objects in FZ enabled very fluid navigation, even with occlusion and shadows enabled. Setting custom display resolution(s) is the key to dramatically improving display performance. Form Z makes the process quite easy by simply selecting all objects and setting their resolution in a single edit using the attributes tab/display resolution in the tool options palette.
  4. setz

    Rendering sketch - Bugs

    They were working yesterday, Saturday. I got a reply from an email I had sent on Friday night.
  5. In FZ V6 you could set separate shortcuts for each project window which was quite convenient when you had multiple files open. I would set CTRL+[1] thru [9]. Currently there are Previous and Next Window options which work fine, especially if you are only switching between two windows, but which require more keystrokes for many open windows. Hope this works for you on Windows and is of some use.
  6. setz

    Cannot edit lens length ...

    That's odd. As a workaround you can try setting a Key Shortcut. Its in Palettes: You can also set a Key Shortcut for Interactive Lens Length:
  7. I second R2D2's comments. All are similar but deliver subtle but very different results. I use all four extensively depending on the situation. The benefit of having separate tools is that they can be individually key short-cutted. Making fewer tools with more options would require more mouse action choosing options which slows down the modeling workflow. My one comment is that I would like to see a Dynamic option added to the Extend Tool so that it would operate similarly to the Reshape Tool with the difference being that rather than extending the face related to Reference Plane direction or to Face Normal direction, the extend would adjust all the perpendicular segments actually changing the shape of the extruded face.
  8. I know you are a long time user and have probably tried lots of methods to solve this problem. I am racking my brain for possible solutions. You can try: 1. Opening the dwg, save the file, open a new file and then open the dwg.fmz file using "open add to project" 2. Opening the dwg, export as dxf (or other format), then import that or use "add to Project" 3. Opening the dwg, if the file is very large, parse into smaller parts and re-save using only portions of the file at a time. 4. Opening the dwg in Illustrator, save as eps (or as Illustrator V8) then import that file. 5. Opening the file, print to pdf, and then use that as an underlay. My gut instinct though suggests that attributes for the lines in the incoming files is most likely causing the problem. I have experienced this issue myself. If this is true in your case, you can open the dwg, select all objects, and then set the attributes for line widths and for line styles to the FZ default ones. Dwg can also import Layer Override Attributes as well which can be problematic. Purging the weights/styles can solve these issues. If you need to retain the look for some of the lines, say for custom-dashed or for colors, you can create your own, new attributes and reassign the line's to these new clean ones. "Select By" is useful for this. Save the file and then reimport into your project to purge the old imported styles. I know that some of the issues with FZ are frustrating, but FZ is so much faster/cleaner than other packages, that the time saved in finding workarounds for the little problems will be much better spent than the even greater amount time spent modeling (and often cleaning up) projects in other programs.
  9. setz

    8.6 bugs

    Rock Paper Scisors Lizard Spock.
  10. setz

    srange selection behaviour

    I also did not like the selection preview option - at first. I had set up a key shortcut to disable it, especially for when I was taking screen grabs, but I found that after awhile I was beginning to miss having it while it was turned off. I now really like having it functioning all the time. One thing which helped me initially was to change the color of the preselection highlight so that it was a little more distinct from an actual selection. You can actually choose any color you like. Go to File/Project Settings/Appearance/Display Colors to set a custom color.
  11. setz

    form•Z 8.6 Update Released

    Export Image doesn’t carry real world scale but rather it scales relating to how it was shown on screen. Also note that 0,0,0 world axis is not retained either.
  12. This is related to display resolution. I created a custom display resolution that works well, but it could probably be dialed back so there are fewer faces and still render HL clean. hidden line - display rez.fmz.zip ..and here is a version lowered from 5000 faces to 1240 faces: hidden line - display rez 1240.fmz.zip
  13. setz

    Subdivision Contextual Menu is missing

    Hmmm. Working for me in both 8.6 and 8.5.7.
  14. This error came up when I tried to use the Mesh Reduce Tool. It would be nice to have either the Project Doctor or the Object Doctor be able to fix these types of messed up (imported) objects or a dedicated 1-2 Sided Tool as was in V6. Currently there is not a tool for repairing these types of objects. I do know a manual method for fixing these without the 1-2 Sided Tool, but when there are many bad objects it becomes a tedious operation. The manual method is to derive all the faces from the object, restitch them back together, separate volumes and then discard the duplicate faces (those that were the second side of 2 sided faces). The problem with this is when there are objects which have coincident points, segments and/or faces that each object needs to be isolated first and then processed one by one, ugh! A 1-2 Sided Tool or Doctor Tool would handle many objects in a single selection, single operation saving a lot of time, (and a trip back to 2007's FZ6 )
  15. setz

    textures handling very slow

    ...but saying that, if there was a way to improve efficiency, it would be welcomed. A side question, does it matter if the images are 8 bit, 16 bit, 32 bit jpeg, tiff, targa, png. For example does an 8 bit highly compressed jpeg require less memory than a 32 bit tiff image inside FZ?
  16. setz

    textures handling very slow

    This is due to the Base 2 memory constraints of texture handling. "Memory used for an image map is always squared to the next highest power of 2, (512, 1024, 2048, etc.). For example a 1000 x 800 pixel image will have approximately the same memory usage as a 1024 x 1024 image. And a 1030 x 1024 image will have approximately the same memory usage as a 2048 x 2048 image. Each material displays its Memory Usage in the Color Map Options dialog." If you resample your image to 4096 x 2816 it will likely be 4x faster. Here is a FormZ tip with the full info: AutoDesSys | Tips
  17. setz

    Clipping Plane Flip command

    Been like this for awhile. This is true when plane is flipped by contextual clicking on the widget when the plane is visible. When flipping the direction of a clipping plane by contextual clicking on a clipping plane in the clipping plane palette when the clipping plane is not visible, the result is a hard crash. The work around is to flip plane using the widget, then turn off visibility and then turn visibility back on prior to trying to repositioning the plane. This will prevent the behavior you describe.
  18. +1 that would be so cool
  19. setz

    Transform Controller - Lock to Center ALWAYS

    When objects are Boole-Unioned or Boole-Itersected, the transform controller remains at the centroid of the object which was created earliest. To verify this, create two objects, A and B, Bool-Union them together and observe that the controller remains at the centroid of A. Undo to separate the objects and then Cut and Paste the A object. The A object then becomes the most recent object making the B object the object which was created first. When the objects are then Boole-Unioned again, the controller is then positioned at the B object centroid. This rule remains true even if the object axis is moved to a non-centroid position prior to the Boole operation. To move the controller to the centroid of the booled object ADS provides a snappable key point at the centroid automatically when the Edit Axes Tool is invoked which is very handy. When objects are Boole-Subtracted, the Controller is positioned at the axis of the Operand, the first object selected (being cut from) in the bool operation. That being said, having an additional tool Option for Centroid Controller Location would be welcome.
  20. setz

    Creating Materials

    If I have created a material using the "generic" options. Is there a way to make a V-Ray material file from those settings?
  21. setz

    Mapping on imported mesh objects

    Flat Mapping. Use the Map Texture Tool set to Flat Mapping. Adjust with the Edit Texture Map Tool. I made a proxy box to map on first (because it is a bit laggy on an object with thousands of faces) and then used the Set Attributes tool to transfer the settings to the pillow object. Pillow.zip
  22. Thank you for keeping V6 alive. It is still, even after all these years, a very useful tool.