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  1. eyeclick

    Other beginner questions

    Tech, That does help clarify. Thank you. File Sent.
  2. eyeclick

    Beveling / rounding and inside edge

    Hi Tech, I have watched all those videos. Every time I watch them, I pick up something I missed the previous times. My issue has always been, that there is never a video that shows them making a rectangle, reshaping it up into a box, doing other things to it and going back later and find out it's not a solid. It seems to happen to me all the time. It always looks so easy in the videos, I get excited to create all these wonderful things and I get errors. Once I learn this software to an acceptable level, I want to make a video that shows "when this goes wrong, do this". It's all stuff I'm doing wrong, I understand that. I still have to figure it out to move forward. Thank you.
  3. eyeclick

    Symmetry and mirroring

    Sorry, I was using the Mirror as opposed to Mirror About. Mirror about might be useful, but since I had no geometry on the up axis (z in FormZ) at the center to go off of, I would need to place guides first. I didn't see any difference with the Relative to Reference Plane checked. I will definitely play with this tool more. Thank you.
  4. eyeclick

    Beveling / rounding and inside edge

    Tech, Chris did indeed point out my error. I was creating a rectangle and reshaping, which didn't work and I didn't catch it by looking underneath. I'll probably only make that mistake 6 or 7 more times.
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    Symmetry and mirroring

    Hi Tech, Yes, it works. It is just more clicks which is a slower and snap dependent method. After a while, I found out that you also have to select the correct work plane first, otherwise the snapping doesn't work right. Thank you.
  6. eyeclick

    Other beginner questions

    "There is a tool called "Convert" that is in the "Manage" tool category (if your UX is standard, it is in the Modeling tools palette, on the right side, second from bottom) with this tool, you can covert it to a poly model manually." - Yeah, I tried that with Convert to Quads. The cursor just shows a no symbol (crossed out circle) with no other information, no dialog box, just no. Funny how those never show up in any of the videos where they make everything look so easy! I even tried making a square box and converting it wouldn't let me. Any how to video should include a "watch out for this" section, otherwise I consider it a sales video. I've never found a video explaining the Display Resolution options on certain tools. I have a relative who does CAM work, so I'm barely familiar with the terminology and I do appreciate the information. I think you mentioned pindex in your unfolding post, which I found interesting because I kept thinking, paint the numbers (or colors) at the vertex points and use the UV tool for unwrapping and labeling, but that won't help in a CAM application. Sometimes I feel like a Labrador retriever listening in on a physics lecture. Fascinated, but confused.
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    Other beginner questions

    I didn't realize Extensions was under tools. Thank you! This experiment to see if I could rebuild this in FormZ was more difficult than I thought, but it worked well. I exported back to modo and the flat parts looked very flat in reflection mode. I was able to manually delete a few hundred superfluous lines in the flat areas, but the beveled areas just take too long. I was also surprised that my poly count wasn't going down. My modo drawn was was about 7500 polys and the formz imported one was about 30 thousand, but nice.
  8. eyeclick

    Beveling / rounding and inside edge

    Chris - Yeah, that was me creating a shape, doing an offset outline, then extruding (as opposed to reshaping???). I'm used to making a shape and being able to bevel with Inset and Shift from a 2d face both inwards and outwards. I'll wrap my head around it eventually. Thanks.
  9. eyeclick

    Symmetry and mirroring

    And which option might that be? Scripting would be cool. There a are ton for modo including a couple of less cluttered interfaces. Do you know if FZ is getting a interface overhaul anytime soon? I've mentioned the Luxology Nexus Framework to support on the two times I've called over the years. I recently saw this "From MODO 801, there's a new type of server that can be created, called an ILxCustomView, which allows 3rd party developers the ability to create custom UI and have it embed as a viewport into MODO. As with the rest of the SDK, this is also available through python using PySide." and depending on the python implementation maybe something like the Zen interface from Mechanical Color could be worked out. It must be a daunting task though.
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    Other beginner questions

    Chris, Thank you! I did it a couple of times and it just snapped back, but it worked the third one. I just have to wait for the busy spin wheel to stop. I also bent the bottom because I keep forgetting FZ doesn't let you select through geometry unless you are in wire frame mode. Since it doesn't have a local action center option, is there a way to select a group of items and scale them in place without moving them all towards the base point? What I wish FZ had most was modo's selection memory. Click away and the selection disappears, undo and it all comes back. The problem with post two was bad geometry. It took me a couple hours until I figured out how to repair it. I didn't want to start over because I learn more that way. Any thoughts on adding a keyboard shortcut under extensions? Thanks for the help.
  11. eyeclick

    Other beginner questions

    I need an interpreter. What does this mean? file here: http://winkatme.pictures/uploads/fsonm/Corridor008.lwo3.fmz
  12. How might one pull these two faces together equally? In my other program, I would use the scale tool and pull in along the corresponding axis. I tried moving one and using the Last Transformation tool, but that moves the second one away. I love the clean geometry, but keep getting stuck on these simple things. I'm also having difficulty assigning shortcuts to a few items such as an installed Extension and reassigning 'Set View-Rotate Angle' to Alt+middle mouse drag. I was able to get the middle mouse to work with Control, but not Alt as it doesn't seem to be a default option. I will add most of my other beginner questions here. Thank you for any help.
  13. eyeclick

    Symmetry and mirroring

    I've been reading the mirror section of the manual and am trying to figure out if there is a way to quickly mirror about an axis. I'm used to modelling on the origin point and being able to Center Selected on a particular axis and also selecting an object and mirroring about an axis. It's fast because you can select an object, hit a shortcut key and click a pop-up of the axis of choice. This also means I don't have to snap to two points to get the correct mirror point. Is there a way to do this? Thank you.
  14. eyeclick

    Beveling / rounding and inside edge

    Chris, I never even looked underneath. I just assumed it was a solid. I'm still not sure when I can use the Reshape tool versus when I have to use the Extrusion tool. The exact size doesn't matter as this is from a tutorial to teach creative modelling. This was another experiment to find out if I could do the same thing in FormZ as modo. The last time was a fail as I couldn't figure out how to make an equilateral triangle. All the tools are very different that what I'm used to working with. I keep looking for the sliders to drag on most of them. Evan, Thank you for explaining the why of that. It really does help. The order of operations is usually the thing that at the end was what went wrong seven steps back. :-)
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