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Anwar

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  1. Anwar

    VRay 5 beta progress?

    Any news on when we will see a beta for V-Ray 5?
  2. I tried playing around with this plugin, and Twin Motion. I exported a scene typical of what I would normally work on, and I found that when I tired to delete the folder I exported the data to, that it took almost half an hour because the exporter had created over 15,000 small files. This is kind of silly I think.
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    Too many files...

    Hi Santa, No they were some kind of geometry file format, I can't remember what it is now. I'd have to try exporting again to see what it is doing...
  4. In terms of AutoDesSys' products what keeps formZ competitive in the rendering arena is their V-Ray plug-in. Interestingly what makes V-Ray powerful is it's support for NVIDIA - CUDA and RTX, and neither of these technologies is available on the Mac. PC's are 90% of the market, Macs are 10%. As long as AutoDesSys continues to support the Mac it means every time they write code they have to write it twice, and test it twice, and ensure cross platform compatibility of the file formats. So, it stands to reason that formZ could innovate twice as fast if their software engineering effort was cut by 50%. Considering advanced rendering technologies are only available on Windows it is clearly the platform that must survive. As I said, you won't like to hear this, but the truth is that if you want formZ to innovate faster then dropping support for the Mac would go a long way to accomplishing this goal.
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    formZ Still SLOW...

    Hello, I recently upgraded my formZ 6.6 to 8.5 and I am finding that it is still abysmally slow at some things. First, I am running on a reasonably powerful PC: -Core i7 6700HQ Quad Core CPU (2.6-3.5GHz) -32GB RAM -NVIDIA 1070 Graphics with 8GB RAM -1TB SSD + 2TB HDD -Windows 10 This is a "VR" ready PC! Even with these specs certain things which should be speedy are slow. Most notably, I have several model files with facetted geometry which contains 10,000 - 100,000+ faces. When attempting to move these objects the whole system freezes and I eventually have to kill formZ. I can't even move some objects! Why is it still this slow? I'd hate to think would it would be like to use a CAD underlay...
  6. I completely agree. The older drafting module was superior in many ways...
  7. I have the greatest respect for AutoDesSys and formZ. I want it to succeed. But they are not a juggernaut of the industry like Autodesk and I don't see how having to maintain software on more than one platform is helping the pace of innovation. As for Apple, well all I have to say is go to YouTube and watch some Louis Rossmann videos.
  8. Microsoft released the Surface Pro X over a year ago - long before the M1. It's already in its second generation. Is formZ running on Windows on ARM yet? No. But they are sure in a hurry to support M1 Macbooks. Why is priority given to a platform that doesn't have hardware accelerated rendering?
  9. Still don't believe me about Apple giving up on formZ? Read this: Apple will no longer produce the iMac Pro as the company reportedly works on innovative new tech, like foldable iPhones and virtual reality gear (msn.com) Apple is more concerned about phones and cars than computers.
  10. I believe tech support admitted most of the platform dependent code is related to the UI. If you've been reading the forums lately you can see how much criticism of the UI there is. As I said, "jack of all trades, master of none." I do happen to be somewhat knowledgeable about these sort of issues.
  11. I happen to have a master's degree in software engineering, and while I admit I don't have specific experience with CAD programming, I have designed and implemented several non trivial software systems in my time. I just don't understand why anyone should invest any time at all in supporting a platform that does not support the state of the art hardware capabilities for rendering. At this point, it's not formZ that would give up on the Mac, it's the Mac that gave up on formZ... When it comes to multi platform development, there is an old saying "jack of all trades, master of none."
  12. Speaking of UI Improvements, formZ really needs to work at 1920x1080 on Windows. Currently some of the menus are too large to display without scrolling which is annoying at this resolution at 100% scaling.
  13. Anwar

    Apple's new M1 chip

    Windows users are also interested to see formZ running on Windows on ARM on the SQ1 and SQ2...
  14. Anwar

    Crashed file

    You can try to open the file with selecting the option "add to project" which should add the contents of the corrupted file to a new project. Not sure if this will work, but it could be worth a try...
  15. Anwar

    V-Ray update

    New month, eagerly waiting news about V-Ray 5...
  16. -Apple will release ARM machines this year, and fully convert to ARM in 2 years -NVIDIA bought ARM -Microsoft Surface Pro X refresh with SQ2 chip, and upcoming x64 emulation all beg the question... When will formZ support Windows 10 on ARM (WOA)? It won't run in x64 emulation when it becomes available because WOA doesn't support OpenGL, and formZ doesn't currently support DirectX. And obviously CUDA won't be available for rendering - although with NVIDIA now owning ARM, I wonder if that will ever change...
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    CUDA on ARM

    Whether or not NVIDIA acquires ARM, they are adding CUDA support to ARM CPUs (https://nvidianews.nvidia.com/news/nvidia-brings-cuda-to-arm-enabling-new-path-to-exascale-supercomputing). What does this mean for the future of V-Ray rendering on Windows 10 on ARM, or for that matter Apple Silicon?
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    Project Lavina Support

    Will the next version of V-Ray for formZ support Project Lavina real time with RTX graphics? https://www.chaosgroup.com/lavina?sc_src=email_271560&sc_lid=14408044&sc_uid=HlPRV6keFM&sc_llid=75295&sc_customer=72c10715-fa84-e811-a983-000d3ab2abd7&utm_source=Emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter1394&content=monthly_newsletter#overview
  19. With Apple announcing today a transition of MacOS to ARM CPU's over the next two years, when can we expect to see formZ running on Windows 10 on ARM?
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    Windows 10 on ARM Support

    Well, if we really wanted to get ahead of ourselves, we could ask for RISC-V support...lol...
  21. Anwar

    Windows 10 on ARM Support

    Hi Santa, While I agree that rendering is usually the longest running operation, and that GPU acceleration is generally more needed than CPU performance these days, there are still some modeling operations that can take a very long time to complete, so CPU optimization is by no means dead...
  22. Anwar

    Windows 10 on ARM Support

    Adobe has publicly committed to porting its entire Creative Cloud to Windows 10 on ARM, although it has not disclosed how long it will take.
  23. Anwar

    Windows 10 on ARM Support

    If formZ is using the Windows APIs properly, it should just be a matter of targeting ARM or x64 in the complier rather than maintaining two separate codebases. However, the biggest problem I see is that Windows 10 on ARM does not support OpenGL greater than 1.1, so AutoDesSys would have to support DirectX for it to work. Also, plugins like V-RAY would have to be recompiled, and of course there is no ARM hardware with NVIDIA graphics so CUDA and RTX acceleration in V-RAY and Maxwell would be useless. So rendering is a larger problem than just getting the modeler to work. As the only machine I take with me anymore when I travel is the Surface Pro X, it would be nice to be able to do modeling, even if I had to render on another device. It is expected that x64 emulation for Windows 10 on ARM will be available in the first half of 2021, however, unless DirectX is supported, formZ will still not run even in emulation.
  24. Since I render with V-Ray and use the GPU, and that only works on PC, I need to stick with the PC for that purpose. However, are modeling operations any faster on the Mac? Is it better to model on a Mac and render on a PC, or is there no speed difference between the platforms for modeling? Anyone have any thoughts? Thanks, Anwar
  25. With the release of the Surface Pro X we now have an ARM CPU running full Windows 10. However it will not run 64-bit apps unless they are compiled for ARM. Does ADS have any plans to support ARM at any point in the future? Thanks, Anwar
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