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gasjar last won the day on March 12 2019

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  1. gasjar

    Top Ten FormZ 9 list

    I agree with AsOne's list. Mine would be somewhat similar, but we seem to have the same workflows, Vectorworks and formZ.
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    Ditto... My old symbol libraries are dead in storage. Trying to convert them and update them a few years ago became overwhelmingly difficult and time consuming. Everytime I try to get back to using components, crashes plague me. The symbols used to be one of the best implementations of this idea. Set up properly you could simply select one and switch it out with another without complicated interfaces, just a pop-down menu if the symbol libraries were loaded. You could also simply switch the library the symbols in a model referenced and holistically change the character of the model.The components interface is overly complicated and I don't find it as intuitive to use. Perhaps I just need to relearn and recreate 10 years worth of symbols prior to components being introduce, but it was easier to stop using the program for more than specific modelling needs than holistically designing with it. I still find it extremely powerful on the modelling front and with VRay, an immensely powerful renderer. After 25 or so years using it and teaching it, I continue to purchase the updates and swear by its strengths.
  3. If indeed the sole purpose is simply a line drawing for illustration purposes this is a great workaround. You can almost get away with the settings for removing backfacing polys in the draw as well with the all white constant faces. The reason for the HL drawings from formZ is the ability to produce scale working drawings that are dimension-able and can be used by framers, dry-wallers, and other tradesmen on paper for a construction site. Until drones and robots completely eliminate humans, we still need to produce such drawings for the complexity of buildings coordinating many systems built by many tradespeople. We stopped using formZ 12 years ago for working drawings. We simply export HLs of what we need from the models and redraw the 2Ds in Vectorworks. The dedicated 2D power of Vectorworks' options from database compilation of various components such as plumbing and lighting fixtures to smart components such as wall tools, made these necessary steps in the production of the 60 page drawing sets we produce for construction of our houses and all their details. Simple imagery is all you need to produce, kudos for not needing to utilize the HL function or needing to produce complex 2-d drawings for coordinating many who work on a construction project, including those using AutoCad and various other flavors of 2D CAD.
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    VRay and IES values

    Thank you for the suggestion. The camera settings are out of the box settings. If I had the sun set to a height more than 1'0" above 0 then I will get so much blow out in the image that it nullifies the IES lights completely. The whole purpose of the IES files is to get a reasonably close approximation of the actual light fixture on the space and their impact and shape on the walls. So, simply adjusting the camera settings or cranking these up to 500,000 lumens defeats the purpose. The desire is not only to produce a nice picture but to evaluate the real world design decisions on light spacing and intensity. If I wanted to simply produce nice imagery, then I wouldn't even consider using the IES files.
  5. I've used form•Z since 1991 in architectural offices. Its been a real pleasure knowing Chris Yessios, Dave Kropp, Paul Helm (may he rest in peace), and Markus (whom I knew at SOM as a programmer for AES). Love the program overall capabilities, its development has been unmatched. VRay is a phenomenal addition.

  6. gasjar

    VRay and IES values

    Image showing the override of 100,000 in the intensity setting. Was doing this to understand the shape and spread of the light on the surfaces by different fixtures and running into the issue of not seeing anything from those IES files.
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    VRay and IES values

    The image without Overriding the Intensity. Its a 10'-0" High Rm. See the VRay Sunlight coming in on the left (height set to 1'0" above Z0).
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    VRay and IES values

    Attempting to use IES files from Cooper Lighting (manufacturer of Halo lights). In using them to test, I've had to override the IES embedded values and entered 100,000 lm to produce the following amount of light. Trying to understand, why needing to overide the IES file to begin with - undermines the reason for wanting to download IES files from MFR. Two, why the magnitude (100,000 lm) required to get what seems to represent a dimmed light? RL4099S1EWH -3000K .ies
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    Smooth or Nurbs?

    One of the improvements I wished we had in 1998. The ability to do saddles between to "tubular" kind of shapes. Still need to play around with this to understand how to use, but also don't have the same need I did when I worked at Jordan Mozer's office.
  10. Am I missing something, I thought this was still there but under the EDIT menu. I have set my keys -k to keep, -g to ghost, -d to delete. The only part I haven't figured our or discovered was how to set that option individually for different operations which you used to be able to do.
  11. gasjar

    UI improvements

    Karin, V7/8 changes have and remain difficult for me to adjust too. Still, slogging at it, but after 20+ years (started 1991) of using formZ, this old dog is struggling to learn the new tricks. Coupled with the loss of the MetaShapes plug-ins it feels like a tremendous step backwards in some ways. Others, HUGE Improvements, especially in handling smooth and parametric objects have made parametric modeling truly functional now. Though, I did like being able to control how circles and their control points would endup for drafting and dimensioning. You could specify 360 points at a 0degree rotation or some sequence thereof and have points end up at 0, 90, 180, 270 for dimensioning outside of a circular based object and get a point lining up for cartesian dimensioning on working drawings rather than a segment between points at those cartesian dimension angles which would lead to wrong radii or diameters or simply redrawing in a 2D environment to get the right geometry for dimensioning. Again, maybe this is an old user problem and that I simply am not understanding formZ's new paradigm for generating models to end up with working drawings. After 20+ years usage and being 50 now, I have way to much invested to start learning over again nor have the time to reinvest said time.
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    Integrated Calculator

    Vector works has this and I have found it tremendously helpful to input the math equation directly in the coordinate input in that program. I also like the ability in that program to be able to put in a numeric value in a different measurement system other than the set units. For example, while working in Imperial ft-in, to be able to put in the thickness of stone countertops as 2cm or 3cm for example. You can even add 2cm+3in in Vectorworks input. Or another example calculating an angular input, i.e. 360/22 on the fly rather than opening up a separate calculator doing the calculation and the entering it in formZ.
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    Improved material editor

    I miss the plugins from Metashape, KTile (in particular), KGlass, KIndustrialFloor. the tile shader was particularly useful. Puts the current and legacy one to shame.