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  1. archigraphica

    slope a spline

    This is something that's probably easy to do but I've never been able to figure it out. I'm trying to model an offramp for a road. There is 30' of elevation change. The ramp has a multi-radius curve in it. I have composite curves for both sides of the ramp but they are only in 2D. How do I make one end of the composite curves slope up 30' so I can sweep a shape along them and build the ramp? The only thing I can figure out is make it a Nurbz curve and fake it but I'd like to figure out something more accurate. thanks temp.fmz
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    slope a spline

    "Probably because it has been around for at least 25 years in its current state" Great point! Anymore my work consists of fixing disastrous Revit models and building sites for those Revit models. The single most beneficial tool that I could use is something to make sites easier. Get rid of the guessing game that is fixing imported topo lines! Interpolate X feet beyond the generated site. Live boolean. Sculpting tools. A road/sidewalk tool that would fit the topography up to a constructed road. Curb generator. Random terrain function. Retaining wall generator..... now I'm just getting crazy! But it's nice to dream.
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    slope a spline

    Thanks Justin. For what I'm doing it doesn't need to be perfect. That definitely works. I run into this situation every so often so I thought I would throw it out and see if I was missing something obvious. Doesn't sound like there is a specific way to accomplish this accurately. edit - hold on, I just figured it out. The stair tool set to ramp. Do one for each rail, pull off a spline and make surface. A few more options in the stair tool and it would accomplish all of it. thanks for all the comments!
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    slope a spline

    I could even go and distribute crossing segments and use the terrain tool. That seems like more work than it needs to be. All these tools it seems like there should be an easy way to do this. thanks for the reply!
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    Fit All = view change

    This has been happening ever since I first switched to V8.6. This is a dumb thing but it has annoyed me for years and I just figured out what causes it. Now to figure out how to fix it: I have the "fit all" icon in the upper horizontal tool bar assigned the "F" shortcut key. I've had this same shortcut from as far back as I remember. Sometimes when I hit "F" it works correctly by executing the "FIT ALL" command, other times it switches the view to Axonometric and "LEFT". I assumed this was random but today I noticed something: if I do anything in the "LAYERS" palette then hit "F" it switches to the Axonometric and "LEFT" view instead of executing the "FIT ALL" command. Any interaction with the other palettes and the "F" key works correctly. Here's what I know: - the "FIT ALL" icon works correctly. It's only the shortcut key that doesn't work when you interact with the layers palette first. - Changing the shortcut key to a key other than "F" doesn't seem to matter. - IT doesn't matter if the "LAYERS" palette is floating or docked in the "Palette Dock". - Same effect if you're in Iso, Axo or 3-pnt perspective to start. It always ends in Axonometric. After experimenting some more it looks like interaction with any palette that has the stripes causes the error. I just usually use the Layers palette. thoughts? FYI - I am using a dual monitor setup.
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    I just noticed that the Dropbox option is gone? Is that intentional? Also please add to the suggestion list: space those 3 icons out in the lower left corner. I keep hitting the wrong one with my fat fingers. thanks!
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    Please sort out the component system

    Gave up on these along time ago. (but at least there's a new render engine that I'm never going to use)
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    Layer manager suggestion

    Here's an easy one. I'm working on a building with multiple components. Exterior, Interior, FFE, etc. I'm old school so I have things divided up by layers. The issue is going back and forth between different layer configurations. (In C4D I would use TAKES) I was trying to do this with the Scene's pallet which I haven't really used before, but that doesn't appear to do what I'm after. If I could suggest adding 3-4 configuration buttons to the top of the pallet. (see the attached image) It could be as simple as setting your layers like you want then CNTL-LMB to save the configuration to that button. That way you could always click the button and have bring the configuration back. Make sense? Easy to do? thanks.
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    Anyone else miss the old Drafting Module

    yes. Drafting has always been a lost opportunity for ADS. Look at how many use Draftsight.
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    hollow object?

    Thanks! One of those little settings I've never looked at. Not sure why it extruded like that but at least it's an easy fix.
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    hollow object?

    Here's something I've been seeing in this latest version. Typically happens when an object is generated from imported geometry. Started as a closed spline that came in from a DWG. Extruded it up. Shows as a solid but looks hollow. Doc doesn't fix it. Tried reversing and converting it with no luck. Usually I can pull a face off and extrude it to make a new piece of geometry but no luck. I did export it as a 3DS and re-imported it into Z. That one looks fine. There's something here the doc isn't seeing. Any ideas? https://www.dropbox.com/s/ennn1b2o1quldlb/pond%20shape.fmz?dl=0
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    Workflow suggestion needed.

    It's exactly for this reason that we need the OLD tool options that you could set the specific number of facets (like most other 3D programs) of a curved spline or surface. Percentages of 100 don't mean anything when you're exporting. All the faceting scheme options and there's on where to put in a simple number like "40" so I have 10 segments every 90 degrees. This has been very frustrating since 7.
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    unselectable geometry

    Well, if it hasn't been fixed in multiple versions it does need reported again.
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    unselectable geometry

    Here's a pretty common (once a day minimum) problem. The attached screenshot shows a piece of unselectable geometry that's generated after any number of operations. I used Cntl-A to select everything to show it was indeed not selectable. This one was came from using the reshape tools. I haven't pin pointed which tools cause it and which ones don't but the reshape tools are pretty common causes. The only way I've found to fix it is close the file and reopen it. Then you can select the geometry and delete it. Not a huge problem just a workflow speedbump. thanks
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    unselectable geometry

    Good deal. Since you can reproduce it we can finally get it fixed. Let me throw another issue in that would be great to have fixed in the next patch: I'm going to email you a zip file. This has also been happening since 7. And since it happened again today now's a good time to bring it up again. When exporting to 3DS (and other formats) smooth geometry is not always exported in the file. I have to select everything in FormZ, convert it to faceted/plain geometry and then export it. And yes, I've reported this before. In the zip file I will include the original FMZ file, an exported file missing the smooth geometry and a converted model that includes all the geometry. thanks!
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    unselectable geometry

    I wrote this then got busy and forgot to check back. Guess it's not just me. Glad to head someone has figured out a process to replicate the (minor) problem. Thanks!
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    formZ Still SLOW...

    the interface is slower but the program does a ton more. Think of it as it lost some Torque but doubled the horsepower. I had a hard time adjusting my 6.X workflow but once I got it figured it I wouldn't go back. Couple of suggestions: -turn off the selection preview on bigger files. - Keep the workplane locked when possible. Bigger files can really slow down if you're continuously moving that interactive plane around. Smaller files it's not a big deal. -Try to clear out any 2D imported geometry (CAD files) when you're done with them. They really slow things down. -I also try not to boolean as much together as I would of in past versions. The Reshape tools (while fantastic) really take a hit on more complex geometry. It's like Z runs out of memory on certain large objects and it can take a second or 2 to catch the preview up. (I have a Titan X 12gb card so that's not the problem) - the insert "check box" gets REALLY slow when dealing with even moderate geometry. if it's acting slow go back to boolean'ing out geometry like in 6.X. And finally when it gets really noticeable grab all your geometry and drop it in a new file. I don't know why usually works for me. Good luck! almost forgot.... tune your display options. Turn off what you're not using. that was a big one.
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    preferences vs sample file vs ?

    I'm not getting how the preference file is working in this current version. You used to set your interface settings how you wanted and hit save preferences or modify the "template project" and it would save everything. Now the preference file is only saved at exit? (unless it crashes then it's not saved) For example I have to reset the "Display Options" with every file I import (DWG) or old file I open. If I start with file/new it pulls up the settings from the template file. Where are those settings stored? Is there some list of what's saved in the preferences vs saved in the template file? thanks.
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    preferences vs sample file vs ?

    I think that's my point, there's no longer a "save preferences" button? As for importing I just drag and drop say a DWG into a blank part of the interface (because you can't drop it onto a work window?) and it doesn't give me that option. I never use the file/import so I didn't see that option. Upon trying it works like you say. So either it needs to be fixed to use the preference file or add the "add to project" button to each of the import dialog boxes. Also ask them to put the save preferences button back. That's another one of those simple things that used to work well and now doesn't. thanks,
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    form•Z Mobile Viewer Released

    Doesn't look like loading from dropbox got implemented? Why is it an option under "Manage locations"?
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    controlling fillets

    I've been scouring the manual and forums for a solution to this problem. Pipo is right, this doesn't work at all. It used to be a simple thing to set the number of segments you want and just draw. Now that option is gone??? This is as bad as the get/set attributes tool disappearing. Do you guys pay attention to how your users use your product? Let me throw an example at you: Say I'm drawing the outline of a parking lot with all the different sized radius's you would see in a parking lot. Say a big curve for the entrance is a 50' radius. I only need 10-15 segments for that to render smooth in my rendering software. Now I also have a bunch of small planting islands with 2'-5' radius curves. I only need those to be 6 segments to get that same look. With the current version I have to screw around with that ridiculous simple slider and keep converting it to a plain object and counting the segments, then undue it, move the slider and try again. There's no reason for this. And the whole separate a segment, polygonize it and reconnect it.... does that really sound like a good solution when a site model may require 100's of arch that require specific segmenting? Now if you have one of these arches setup you could use the get properties tool and then go and set the properties on all the oth.... wait, never mind.
  22. Really want that "load from dropbox" feature turned on. Measure tool needs help. Imported dimensions seem hit or miss. I find myself using it more and more. Very cool, long overdue tool.
  23. Just like the title says. Can't open a file by dropping it onto an open spot in FormZ? Can't import a non-FMZ file the same way. Can't even double click an FMZ file in the file manager even thought it's associated correctly. Just doesn't do anything. Any ideas?
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    8.5.4 can't drag and drop to open a file?

    Looks like it messed up the install with the automatic update. Updated my office computer manually (or just downloaded and unrar'd the file into a new directory) and everything seems to be working fine.
  25. OK, no luck with either icloud or google drive. I can now see the files in icloud but when I click on it to open it up nothing happens. Google drive is still greyed out. Now if I email myself a file that will open in the viewer.