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  1. Justin Montoya


    FormZ shouldn't require it more than occasionally, and if it does, you could always turn on your phone hot spot feature to use your personal phone private network. Same for VRay. VRay also has an offline licensing option that will let you use VRay offline for up to 2 weeks. This can also be handy if you have intermittent internet outages: https://docs.chaosgroup.com/display/LIC5/Borrowing+Licenses+for+Offline+Use
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    V-Ray 5 for form•Z Beta now available

    We're a bit off topic here, so I'll just add that VRay 5 is working great! How about everyone else?
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    Layout and fonts. Again

    I agree, and I'd also love to see Aff.Publisher in action. I use InDesign as many of my clients require it for their presentation decks (documents). It's easy to Re-Link images as they are updated in InDesign with a simple click, all updated images are brought in and really saves on the time spent on the boring documentation work.
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    V-Ray 5 for form•Z Beta now available

    Interesting about animation, have not had a chance to test that yet. Generally the speed increase is going to be mainly the change to the GPU engine. Either GPU + Hybrid (Make sure you select your devices) or the RTX engine option will be a major speed boost over CPU with the appropriate hardware. But you may find you are missing some features like alpha channel background in the rendering output. Every engine is faster in v5 though, CPU included, than our old 3.6. Some is because of the adaptive dome light when you are using a dome light in your scene. I'm thrilled with v5 so far!!
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    Latest Mac OS for FZ 6.73

    I wasn't sure if anyone would catch that... If you don't have it yet, it's coming, and it's very good.
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    V-Ray 5 for form•Z Beta now available

    Rob- That's not entirely true. While the GPU rendering is getting the bulk of the news, they are continuing to improve the CPU renderer as well. It's faster with the lighting system changes, especially the adaptive dome light. The VFB is a HUGE upgrade, and there are many CPU based material upgrades as well. Light Mix is a game changer and a huge time saver so that's a CPU speed improvement as well. Sure, the GPU rendering is fast, add Hybrid (with CPU as a GPU rendering source) and it's even faster. The RTX engine is also very fast and it's still relatively new. The problem with these engines is that they lack all the features of the CPU engine, which means for many people, they are not useful for production work. For this reason, the main VRAY CPU engine is still very popular and will keep being improved and refined on it's own. That's good news for you Apple users stuck without awesome CUDA based GPU rendering options. Apple has made it's own walled fortress which is really restrictive to creative professionals who like to have every option possible when it comes to CREATING. Their tiff with NVIDIA is moronic and hurtful to it's brand champions (designers) who carried them through their dark times. VRay GPU is unlikely to be ported over to Apple's Metal because there are relatively, VERY FEW 3D rendering professionals using Apple hardware these days. Chaos will continue to spend their development money on the larger user bases that is more profitable. But lucky for you, the VRay CPU engine works fine on your closed wall Apple system and FormZ is one of the few 3D applications still supporting Apple as well. Just don't expect more than VRay CPU on your Apple and you won't be disappointed.
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    V-Ray 5 for form•Z Beta now available

    It's been working well here for a while! 😉
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    Latest Mac OS for FZ 6.73

    I agree with upgrading to v9... Lots of improvements. v9.2 has been great in my use so far. HOWEVER, if you really, really, really need v6.7.3 on a newer more modern OS, then you could always run it virtually on top of the newest OS... Big Sir? Simply use Parallels or VMware Fusion and you can run your old OS and applications in a 'time capsule' forever: https://www.macworld.com/article/234861/how-to-set-up-a-mac-to-run-either-macos-mojave-or-macos-big-sur.html
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    9.1 - layout printing issues

    Similar Question here: I don't PDF from FormZ or Print from FormZ. But you may find my solution useful...
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    Layout and fonts. Again

    Hello! In the past I also discovered that Printing from FormZ is not working well for me, so I simply turned up the DPI resolution in Display Settings to 300dpi (good for most actual printing or PDF document compiling). Then I Export Image as a TIF or JPG. This is a High Resolution export (5100 x 2850 px), so I find I simply need to then take the images and Combine them in a PDF document. Do not let Acrobat run Optimization when you Import for PDF. Now if you Zoom In, there is still high quality to the Text. Text-Save-vs-Print.tif Text-Save-vs-Print.pdf Does that help?
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    Tool Manager and Tool Palette oddities

    Pobo- The materials parameters palette does not work in the sidebar. Only open it as a separate pop up window while using and then close it to avoid this issue. Charles- I agree the tool manager is a bit wonky. You can customize a default install by carefully saving your customizations step by step. (Workspace settings) Otherwise if you get a mistake, it will need to be reset and you must start over. Difficult but not impossible.
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    V-Ray Render Farm

    Hi John, I sent you a PM. I should be able to help you out. The GPU for animation is currently not implemented correctly, but I hope that is resolved in the next upcoming release. I can test it here to see if it's an option for faster results. Talk soon.
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    VRay 5 beta progress?

    Is it? I think it's a rendering of a house ... that's been set in a nice real scene in post processing.
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    Theatrical Stage Lighting for Events

    Hey! I haven't run into the sphere light issue, do you have Specular turned OFF? You could also likely use some box mesh lights instead of the sphere lights if you absolutely need that type of small area light. VRay cone lights are tricky in completely dark situations. Did you try using an IES file for the spot lights? This will give you a much more realistic blend and softness. I downloaded a bunch of free Blender IES light files and they work fine in VRay for FormZ. Bloom in Imager? Nope. Currently FormZ Imager is broken for VRay if you want to use any advanced rendering settings like Bloom. It only renders the basic VRay image, and not the other advanced passes like denoiser, bloom, etc. You will need to render each image in the VRay Frame Buffer in FormZ without the Imager app to get the much needed advanced render settings. Complain to support about this, we desperately need them to hear more people are struggling with this shortcoming. Hopefully VRAY 5 is coming any time now and will resolve some of these issues. I will have to check on the gobo tiling issue, I don't seem to remember that being a problem here. Were you using an alpha channel equipped TIF file?
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    Two texture sizes in one mapping... Possible?

    I think the only way to do it is as you did in Photoshop... Warning, Decals do not work with or render in VRay...