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  1. Justin Montoya

    interface lag on MacOS

    Looks like MacOS Mojave should be avoided for most 3d users, especially if you are using an Nvidia GPU... https://www.forbes.com/sites/marcochiappetta/2018/12/11/apple-turns-its-back-on-customers-and-nvidia-with-macos-mojave/amp/ All the more evidence that Apple could care less about it's 3d professionals.
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    interface lag on MacOS

    Since he said it also happens on his Windows workstation, I highly suspect the file has something wrong with it. Unfortunately, you will likely need to try rebuilding the file like I mentioned above. Also, make sure the file does NOT have 'Keep Textures' enabled, as is stupidly enabled by FormZs default installation. To check, with the file open, go to File>Project Files> Keep Textures box should be unchecked and the File Optimization slider should be 3 notches from the 'Open Fast' side. I was told this is the best position from AutoDesSys themselves...
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    interface lag on MacOS

    Might as well try trashing your preferences folder since it seems to fix so many other problems!
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    interface lag on MacOS

    It sounds like your file has gotten mangled over time. When all else fails... Open a new project and Copy and Paste all of your objects to the new file, save as a new file name. Close the old project. Then use the open command with the 'Add to Project' option to select your lights and views from your original file. I haven't had to do this in a while, but it used to happen all the time with 'older' FormZ files, so it might be worth a shot! Good luck
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    How do I create a face?

    Question... Is it safe to say that once you start to use the SubD tools on an object, you have to continue to use them on that object? Do any of the other modeling tools still 'work' on a SubD object?
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    Example Images

    Allan, Don't use FormZ components! They are very buggy currently and will only cause you frustration. A working option would be to use .VRSCENE files as a kind of 'component'. I haven't done this with a mesh or plane light, but I don't see why it shouldn't work.
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    obj import issues

    Nice! I once was blind, but now I see!
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    Example Images

    Looks great Allan. I'm betting since it is a relatively low light scene, the minimal blur would clear with more time or upping the shading rate as Andrew suggested. I'm curious what kind of lights you are using? In a low light scene like this, any extra light you can give it will help clear it up. For example, using mesh or plane lights instead of emitter materials. Normally emitters work fine for highlighting and backlighting, but in a low lit scene, they often do not have the power to bounce like the other light types which will give you a cleaner image. Unfortunately VRay emitter material lights do not work as well as they do on Maxwell... yet.
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    tool bar issues

    From a Tech post years ago... You can completely reset the formZ Preferences by Quitting formZ and renaming the autodessys: formZ folder. (Just add an X to the end of the name of the folder or delete it.) 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.) On a Mac, this is located in HOME: Library: Preferences. (Note that HOME refers to Hard Drive: Users: your login name, and if you don't see a Library folder in this location, you can access it by going to the Finder: Go Menu, holding down the Option key -- and it will appear below HOME.) Don't forget to quit formZ first, and when you relaunch formZ it will automatically recreate a new formZ folder with default settings. Then if you decide you no longer need the old formZ X folder, you can delete that at any time.
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    Vray renders textures inverted

    Did you delete your preferences folder and restart? Make sure you are not using a custom preference file....
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    obj import issues

    Sounds like you just need to adjust the material parameters for the large number of materials that came into FormZ with the OBJ import? I understand that is an annoyance, but it really shouldn't take you more than a few minutes to adjust if you leave the Material Parameters window open and click on each material in the Materials palette, adjust, then click on the next material. It would be nice if our Import had an option to set the shading to our default values for the imported materials, but it would still require adjusting the materials for our rendering engines though, so I'm not really sure how much time you would really save. Unless the people providing the imported files are working in the same rendering engine, it's unlikely that you will ever NOT have to adjust the materials when you bring them into FormZ, or any other 3D program other than the originally used program. Working with the new VRay vrmat materials has helped this, but ultimately all these various programs use their own proprietary material handling, so it's just going to be a part of life it seems.
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    tool bar issues

    You need to reset your workspaces in the workspaces manager. Try reloading the default and then close formz. Reopen Formz and open the workspaces manager and uncheck Save Between Sessions. Now you should have your default toolbars back that you can't mess up again without saving it intentionally. I hate the whole workspaces concept and think they should be abandoned and we should just have these tools all available but better organized in the UI. Hoping v9 addresses this major shortcoming that makes Formz difficult to approach for new users.
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    tool bar issues

    After you throw away your now corrupted preference folder, make sure you uncheck Save Between Sessions in the workspaces manager. This will lead to constantly corrupting your workspace with weird things like that double trash can. Hopefully Tech is listening and we can get rid of the rediculous preference file issues that no other modern program has. Are you listening Tech???
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    Vray renders textures inverted

    Happens to me constantly with the new build. This was an issue during beta testing that was later resolved. I agree with the others here, close formz, trash or rename your preference folder, restart your computer. Autodessys needs to address this constant bug ASAP.
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    Example Images

    Here's kind of a fun and unique one I designed on for the upcoming Winter X Games in Aspen. It's an outdoor hospitality area at the base of the mountain where people can come and hang out and use the interactive areas to learn about the athletes. There's also a dynamic art gallery with alternating projections and a DJ booth upstairs.
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    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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