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  1. DMclean

    VRay Next for FormZ?

    Interestingly enough if I go to the Chaos Website to manage my account and look at licenses, the Vray for FormZ Perpetual license shows an option to Upgrade to a Vray Next for formZ Perpetual License. I guess that's a good sign...
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    Mac/Finder/ Icon-Images

    I'm running High Sierra and have the same thing as KIM with Catalina...FZ 8.5 images do show in the icons, FZ9.0.0.1 do not, they just show the FZ program icon.
  3. I get the same behaviour with the Check Update... weird little dialog box with 2 blue dots and pressing Okay does nothing. Is there a new update or not? MacPro 5,1 OSX 1o.13.6
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    Red Dotted Grid

    Thanks Guys... but... Objects are neither Grouped or Components... I've done some more experiments and I think I now know what causes it to appear if not what it is... It's not there when I import the OBJ file and the object is a single object. It's not there when i Separate the object into it's constituent objects. When I change any of the objects to SubDiv and then use the Swap tool it appears... and it also appears with new objects created in the scene under the same circumstances... If I don't use Swap it doesn't appear... So, it is connected to the fact that they are SubDiv objects, but I'm just curious about it's utility... If I do cut and paste the object the Dot Grid goes with it, though it doesn't retain it's knowledge of its SubDiv smoothing... All rather interesting...
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    Red Dotted Grid

    Working on this object which was imported as an OBJ then separated into it's various parts. When I select the parts they have this red dotted grid, which seems like some sort of reference plane... like a projection of the outer limits of the object onto the xy plane... have never come across this before... new in formZ9?... isn't in any new objects that I create in the scene, just the imported ones...anyone know what it is and how to get rid of it.. Thanks, Douglas
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    Tech... Can do... will ignore the extra palettes, it was just a nicety if I could access them from there. Doug
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    Tech, Sorry, I should have made that clearer in my post... yes, all the VRay items are accessible from the Palettes menu... The extra Icons in the Screen Cap are a detatched Palette from the Tool Palette Dock... I just dragged them there to show them... perhaps a better way to show it would be.. the attached... Will just delete the Dock Item and Add New ones from the Palette once I remember how... Thanks Doug
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    Thanks Allan but the Path is already there and the Extension Manager shows the Plug-ins loaded and working, which they are... just not from the Tool Palette... Doug
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    Just loaded and installed formZ9 full release... All went well but... in theTool palette the VRay tools show up dimmed and inaccessible. The Vray Extension is loaded and working. If I invoke VRay Lights from the Menu, the tools show up and I can create a light no problem. I just can't get to any of the VRay tools via the Tool palette. Wasn't sure whether to post here or in the VRay forum, but since it seems more related to formZ9 I chose here. Don't think this was a problem in the beta's but since this install overwrote that I can't check. Anyone else having this particular weirdeness? Mac Pro 5,1 OSX 10.13.6
  10. I'm having some strangeness with background images that I don't recall having before. Was bringing an image in to use as a background in working shaded. Image is a Jpeg which is in portrait mode. Bring the image in as a Flat Image in the background. Fit to window is unchecked. Image comes in in Landscape orientation (rotated 90 deg) and is sized to fit the window. Resizing the window causes the image to resize even though Fit to Window is not checked. I don't recall it ever doing this before. Latest 8.6 Version of formZ, Mac Pro 5.1, IOS X High Sierra... Anyone have thoughts?
  11. DMclean

    Importing Vectorworks OBJ's

    Sorry, just noticed this reply today... The viewable resolution isn't the problem... the textures that I am receiving from the Vectorworks file are in fact only 256 x 256... was hoping that someone has had some experience on the Vectorworks side of things to know why this was happening... it's not that formZ is converting them to 256 x 256 or anything, the image files "I'm receiving from the Vectorworks export are only that size...
  12. DMclean

    Importing Vectorworks OBJ's

    ShibuiDesign... Thanks... There's a combination of materials... some are custom textures created with imported images, and I think some of them are resources... I've thought about replacing the exported images with the originals for the Custom textures, and will probably wind up doing that... I was just hoping that we were missing something in the exporting that would be a one step fix for everything... looks like "no" is the answer to that... AsOne... Thanks... I think the export to OBJ has the same sort of thing to increase the quality but that seems to only affect the geo, increasing the polygon count but not making any difference in the texture resolution. PNG and JPG both seem to be suffering from the same dilemma. It is likely happening in the export when any cubic mapping is converted to UV's. It then seems to feel that the 0,1 UV space only needs to be 256x256 pixels... maybe that is the default size of procedural texture in VW, I don't know... any large map that he has been using , say a map that's 2560x1280 gets shrunk into the 256x256 form and comes out as a 256x128 map, and all the procedurals come out as 256x256... strange and irritating... oh well... Thanks, Douglas
  13. I'm working with some models that have been sent to me from Vectorworks in OBJ format. Import works fine and all the textures are assigned and in place, but all the texture files that are being exported from Vectorworks are extremely low res (256 x 256). I'm not overly familiar with VW, but the person sending me the files has not been able to find anything in the VW export settings that allow the textures to be sent out at higher res. The textures he is working with in the program are much higher res, but when he exports the OBJ the files that get saved out are all low res. Anyone here familiar enough with VW to know how to get the high res textures out of VW? Thanks, Douglas
  14. DMclean

    formZ to ZBrush problem

    Many thanks... Use absolute indices seems to be the magic setting... A few things to reset in ZBrush, but all seems well now... Thank you...
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    formZ to ZBrush problem

    Here are the export settings... have also tried it without Fix Smooth Shading Thanks, Douglas