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  1. Justin Montoya

    Continued FormZ & Maxwell development for V9

    Ged, The new Maxwell 5 is working fine with formZ 9.
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    tool shortcuts

    Gotcha. I think you are talking about using the Tool Manager to drag tools to the toolbars to create new tool shortcuts. Have you tried to do that again? I doubt those will be able to transfer since this is basically a new interface.
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    tool shortcuts

    Donald, In the intro to formZ 9 documentation, they explain how you must first save your Shortcuts (.sct) file from v8 and the. You can load it into v9. http://www.formz.com/fzsite1219/support/documentation.html
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    Vray displacement, caustics and subsurface scattering

    It's under the Object Attributes, which in v9 is under the new Inspector.
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    Vray displacement, caustics and subsurface scattering

    Hey Allan, I have successfully used Displacement but not Subsurface Scattering, or Caustics. I would interested to hear why SSS and Caustics are not working, but I'm waiting for NEXT to be released to see if these are fixed with the overall update. For Displacement, check out this thread -
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    Night/Day modes

    Glad it's helping. I just remembered that there are also some Quick Start Guides available to walk you through VRay. I found them invaluable when first learning VRay and still reference them today. Again, these are for SketchUp, but you can download and import the project files into formZ without issue. https://docs.chaosgroup.com/display/VRAYSKETCHUP/QuickStart+Guides
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    FormZ Free

    Hello! I think as long as you are only navigating using SHADED or WIREFRAME modes, then the Free version should work OK. It's a bit of a process to teach non 3D people how to use a software like fomZ to navigate a scene. Setting up views that they can click through in order (1,2,3,4, etc) is an easy way to get that to process going though. FYI, I have also found that sharing my screen over a high speed internet connection allows me to navigate clients 'live' through the project, direct from my workstation with high quality visuals.
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    Night/Day modes

    As with most advanced renderers, there are many options in V-Ray for formZ to do what you are looking for. You'll want to checkout some of the lighting tutorials for VRay for SketchUp 3.6, as the interface is the most similar to VRay for formZ. Ultimately, It's up to you to decide what method works best for your scene. For starters, I'd recommend creating a seperate formZ file for each of your different scenes, that way as you adjust the lights, it will inevitably make other changes necessary (textures and lights) that may conflict with the other scenes. Exterior Sun lit scenes are possibly the easiest to setup. You can simply open the VRay Settings palette and click Reset and select Architectural Design. That will place the default VRay sun in your scene and adjust the settings for a baseline. You can manually turn on the Sun visibility in the Lights palette and adjust it's angle, or you can accurately set it using the Sun Position palette. Then you can adjust the VRay Environment Sky in the VRay Settings > Environment > Sky settings. More information about those are available in the documentation, but while we wait for updated Vray for formZ documentation, you can use the SketchUp here - https://docs.chaosgroup.com/display/VRAYSKETCHUP/V-Ray+Sun+and+V-Ray+Sky+|+SunLight You can also use a really large HDRI image as a VRay Dome light to accurately provide GI. These can be tricky to get right, but once you do, it's easy to reuse your work on other projects. Night scenes can be much tougher, and without seeing your scene, it's hard to recommend a direction. I personally use a weak Dome light, plus IES lights, sphere lights, and mesh lights to illuminate a dark night scene. Good luck with your searching and learning. That's one great thing about VRay being so popular. There are tons of tutorials online on how to do a variety of things. As mentioned before, our VRay interface is most similar to SketchUp, so I find those tutorials the easiest to follow. Our VRay for formZ plugin is currently v3.6, not yet NEXT, so you'll want to look out for that as well when watching tutorials, as some features have changed. Cheers!
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    key shortcuts stop working

    I'm also having this issue with v9 now, is that what you are referring to? I've found that clicking on another screen (Chrome) and back seems to get it going again. As does clicking the FILE context menu... Still, it's a bug that needs to be resolved, but that should keep you from having to restart FZ.
  10. Justin Montoya

    License Server woes

    Once again, Apple's overly restrictive environment is causing headaches for users.
  11. So a formZ Layer Group = Vectorworks Class ?
  12. I think we need the ability to differentiate what Layers are coming from a Reference file and what is solely in the project itself. Or at very least, have the option to set it up that way when first Adding the Reference files. (Add Unique Layers for Reference Files) I love seeing detailed Layers lists like above! So many lazy modelers do not use Layers efficiently. I do not even use the Objects palette (Turned OFF) as Layers does everything I need. We do need the ability to have the same name Layers under different Layer Groups. This has been requested before and I think is important to add for maximum Layer organization, congruencey, and efficiency.
  13. Justin Montoya

    Logitech MX3 mouse Zoom option

    Glad it's helping. Looking through the new formZ documentation, shown here- http://www.formz.com/manuals/formz9/formZ_Pro/WebHelp/formzpro.htm#t=01020_View_navigation_and_control.html This may help you get used to using the mouse for navigation: Navigation using mouse buttons There are a number of default shortcuts using the mouse buttons:
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    Palette Window

    Have you tried the new combine nested palettes to get a little more screen real estate without the need for scrolling?
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    Logitech MX3 mouse Zoom option

    Hi Kim, It sounds like you may need a new mouse that has step scrolling if you want to efficiently navigate formZ as I described. But before you do, some Logitech mice have the ability to turn on step vs smooth scrolling via a switch or button on the bottom or top of the mouse. Not sure which you have, but it's worth checking before you buy a new one. For Zooming around the fZ space, I've been using the Logitech MX 620 mouse for probably 10+ years. I've bought 3 of them over that time as they eventually just get clicked out with all this darn work people ask for. If you're looking for a new mouse for your MacOS device, I'd recommend a Logitech one with step scrolling capabilities. Logitech keeps the best up to date drivers for MacOS. Which model is a very personal preference. There's large, to small, vertical, track balls, laser, optical, wireless, wired... etc. With a huge range of cost differences too. I'd expect to pay $50 or more for a decent mouse these days though, and I prefer Optical or Laser with a long life so not changing or recharging batteries constantly. Bluetooth mice tend to eat batteries much faster than the Logitech wireless dongle. I also need 6+ mouse buttons. Left,Right,Middle click are all used in formZ. Plus Forward and Backward for navigating websites and folders quicker. AND a button dedicated to Mission Control (Task View on Windows 10), Which makes it a simple click to quickly change between program windows, or other open programs like Photoshop. Hope this helps! Cheers!