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  1. Justin Montoya

    Scattered textures fix?

    You're not working off files stored on a server are you?? If you are using texture maps linked to different folders on a server, you are asking for trouble, or at least very slow and inefficient operation. Good practice is to always download all your files and work on them locally on your workstation. If you need to move these to a server for archiving, when you are ready to archive them, make sure the design files have their appropriate maps and texture files stored with the whole projects design files (under a 'maps' folder works well). That way when you need to go back and re access them, you just grab the whole project folder and it's got everything you need. You can not expect to work off a server and have the file saving to work efficiently, or reliably. Get those working files local on your workstation.
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    Selection Tool

    Danko, I think once you get the hang of it, you will see that FormZ is much, much faster to work with than 3ds max. Key shortcuts and optimizing the interface will set you free. I personally think the toolbar should be on the right with the tool options to reduce the constant mouse movement between the two. I wish the Auto Pick tool worked better, as I have no use for it in its current form. Also, using the Isolate Objects and Reveal Objects shortcuts can be particularly helpful at working through complex scenes where accurate selection can be more difficult. You can access these from a right click after selecting objects, or by the shortcut keys (Shift+CTRL+I and Shift+CTRL+R), so you can quickly focus on only the parts you need to work on. I think this is a newer feature but it has become essential to my workflow.
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    V-ray troubleshooting

    Just had to reset my preferences again to get transparency maps to start working correctly again. Really weird!
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    V-Ray output image file

    I agree, and actually requested this more than 6 months ago. Apparently it's controlled by Chaos Group as its part of the VFB's defaults. Perhaps we should reach out to Chaos directly?
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    form•Z 8.6 Update Released

    Since I cannot duplicate your problem, I have to assume something is wrong with your installation. Make sure you are not using a custom preference file under settings. That has been problematic. Also the custom workspaces have caused weird palette issues in the past. Make sure that your workspaces are NOT set to save on close. I would try reverting to only default settings and reset the workspace and delete the preferences folder as instructed earlier to get a clean default install. Many of us are able to use 2 and 3 screens with Formz without issues, once you avoid the custom workspaces, save on close, and the custom preference file. It's certainly unfortunate that we have to avoid these features, but I am hopeful they will all be resolved in version 9s new design.
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    form•Z 8.6 Update Released

    Bbuxton, You should try resetting your preferences folder. You can completely reset the formZ Preferences by Quitting formZ and renaming the autodessys: formZ 8.0 folder. (Just add an X to the end of the name of the folder.) On Windows, this is located in C:\users\[USER]\AppData\Roaming\ (Note that [USER] is the name with which you log onto your computer, and if you don't see the App Data folder, you can show this by going to the Windows Explorer: Tools Menu: Folder Options: View Tab -- and choosing Show Hidden Files, and clicking OK.)
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    Derive Face from outline

    Hi Charles, Your geometry is a bit messed up because these lines are not all on the same plane (planar). Looking at the top view, you can see a curve coming off what should be a flat line view. This probably happened when you drew it without being locked to the front view. To fix it, I simply drew a larger plane behind it and Projected your lines on to it. Then I was able to use the Extrusion tool and extrude your shape as expected. CreateFaceSample.fmz
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    VRay reinstall

    I've also noticed this on Windows after a crash. For some reason the License server refuses to restart as a service until it is reinstalled. It is easy enough to keep the install file handy, but it sure is annoying!
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    V-ray troubleshooting

    I couldn't agree more, I think something is causing our preference folder to get corrupted. I suspect it is caused after an improper closing of FormZ, ie, a CRASH. I almost wonder if we shouldn't always start with a new preferences folder after a crash. My crash reporting tool doesn't work, how about yours? The worst part is having to reset the interface from it's terrible default state. Too bad the custom preferences file feature is also too buggy to use. Tech, are you listening??
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    form•Z 8.6 Update Released

    Allan, You should have no problems rendering with a single GTX 1070 and Hybrid mode as well. After enabling 'Use GPU', Make sure you do NOT check 'Interactive'. That interactive mode is meant for quick previews of rapid changes, but in reality it tends to crash and cause other problems resulting in a computer restart in my experience. A better way to Use GPU and have fast previews is to simply reduce the Render Output size in the Vray settings palette, and make your changes. Once you are happy with the changes, go back and change the Render Output size back to you final desired image size. It's worth noting that there are 2 different rendering engines provided with VRay for FormZ. When enabling 'Use GPU', you activate the newer 'RT' engine. Unfortunately most of the other VRay installations calls these engines 'VRay Adv' and VRay RT 'Real Time'. However, those names do not really apply any longer as the engines have evolved and the RT engine is perfectly capable of Production work. I think that is why VRay for FormZ only calls it 'Use GPU'. Also, there are a few things the RT engine can't quite do yet that the original VRay engine can. More info: http://www.formz.com/products/vray/V-Ray_Documentation/index.htm#t=V-Ray_Settings.htm https://docs.chaosgroup.com/display/VRAY3MAX/V-Ray+RT+Supported+Features If you have any additional VRay for FormZ questions, you can ask them over at the VRay for FormZ forum - https://docs.chaosgroup.com/display/VRAY3MAX/V-Ray+RT+Supported+Features
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    form•Z 8.6 Update Released

    sjj- I custom built my machine by hand about a year ago after spending the last 10 years or so working primarily on Mac workstations. When Apple stopped making professional machines with NVIDIA GPUs, I started to look for other options. I'd be using Linux if Adobe Creative Cloud and FormZ were available there. But since that's never likely to happen, Windows 10 has been a great way back into the Windows world. It's much more Unix and MacOS like than previous versions, and it's great having every app you could ever want available. Anyways, here's my computer's specs: AMD 1950x 16 core CPU with Noctua air cooler running at 4.0ghz on all 16 cores 32gb 3200 quad channel ram GTX 1080ti as main GPU for fastest OpenGL based Shaded work and Shaded Full rendering (2) additional GTX 1070s for faster VRay rendering 1TB NVME SSD Several 2TB external USB 3.0 drives for backups
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    Formz to flat layout drawings

    If you avoid using Layout, and just export from FormZ using DWG, it should work fine with the default settings. Hard to say without testing your FMZ files...
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    Vray Sunlight

    Looking good! The Sun controls are pretty straightforward, and I would try adjusting the Override Environment Sky Settings. I like the CIE Overcast for some scenes, but it is more subtle than the other Sky models. Try a Filter color of light blue. That should get you close without much other effort except adjusting for Intensity (.5 is a good start) and shadow adjustments (Try Size Multiplier of 10 for softer shadows). More info - http://www.formz.com/products/vray/V-Ray_Documentation/index.htm#t=V-Ray_Sun_Light.htm You should also try the Denoiser on Mild with an update frequency of 0 (at the end of rendering only). It will clean up your image without adding any significant rendering time.
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    Maxwell vs Vray

    Horses for courses and all of that. But generally speaking VRay is so much faster when you know better how to use it accordingly. I suspect you have more experience with Maxwell and that's why you feel you are able to get better results in a similar time. If you were using VRay with 1 or 2 Nvidia GTX 1070/1080 GPUs, the story would be much different with the time (The RT engine is much faster than the old Vray classic engine). But as you say, it's not always about time, sometimes it's about quality, and Maxwell does have some great features and uses for that. I know what you mean about the RenderZone overlay with hidden line/sketch style. It's a great way to show conceptual ideas. I've actually found that turning up Shaded Full settings all the way up and hiding the lines for some objects, does a great job at this too. Ultimately, it would be really cool if FormZ would allow us to composite 2 render styles on top of each other right inside of FormZ for these quick conceptual looks. I requested this a while back but it didn't gain much traction. Something like Renderzone and Hidden line/sketch style overlay, without having to launch photoshop for the dozens of images, and then again every time there's another dozen revisions.
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    Imager + V-ray

    Also having problems with it here...