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  1. Alan Cooper

    8.6 bugs

    Much as it's nice to spend time face to face with each other, inevitably not everyone can take the substantial time out or expense to go to a far away conference, I suggest an online conference (recorded for webinar for those who can't make the time). It could be split up into sections to make it more manageable so a different part-day for different user types, eg architectural, manufacturing, design with manufacturing (like with furniture) - that's my field, film sets, gaming, animation, chemistry and/or whatever AD decides to be more appropriate, as they have a more thorough knowledge of the range of uses. There could at the end be a summary conference where AD can present to everyone the results of their feedback from the mini-conferences.
  2. Alan Cooper

    select by criteria - suggestions, again

    Yes, as far as priorities are concerned, this ought to be high on the list but seems forgotten as you say.
  3. Alan Cooper

    FormZ 8.6 email

    Thank you Tech. Working fine now.
  4. Alan Cooper

    FormZ 8.6 email

    Sorry 3dworks, I should have mentioned the email was addressed to Family Plan members, I don't know if you are one. I found the email in my gmail 'promotions' label area rather than 'primary'
  5. Alan Cooper

    FormZ 8.6 email

    Hi support, Just received an email inviting to download 8.6 The link doesn't take me to a download, but the website and the only download there is for trial version.
  6. Alan Cooper

    Underlay File

    Thanks pkcn, I'll give it a try sometime.
  7. Alan Cooper

    Information Management bug

    I know what you mean, but export to csv works and you can print that result.
  8. Alan Cooper

    Underlay File

    Is it possible to make some objects over-ride the underlay file? I would like to show my door model when it is open but it is hidden behind the underlay file. Maybe I could cut a transparent area into the underlay image, in an external program, but seems like too much effort to do that accurately. It is nice to be able to place objects over an underlay photo, but they work best when the object is fairly flat. As soon as different depths are involved, the effect is difficult to achieve.
  9. Alan Cooper

    formZ 9 and Drafting? And Windows 10?

    I don't personally give 2 hoots about visual styling, as long as it is effective, user adjustable, with plenty of real estate to work in. And it would be nice if Layout is completely a tool fit for the purpose. Getting work done quickly is what matters to me. Time spent on visual styling is time which could have been spent more usefully imho. Clarity and economy of space with user adjustments which reliably stick please. XP, 7, 8, 10... does it matter?
  10. Alan Cooper

    Materials from materials library

    Hi Bartjuan, Thanks for your discovery: 'I have found that if I drag and drop a material form the predefined library to an EMPTY SPOT on the material palatte it will add it to the palatte with the correct name.' That's really great. I agree what you additionally suggest would be useful, but at least the former can be done, thanks so much for posting.
  11. Alan Cooper

    V-Ray for form•Z Beta now available!

    Thanks Tech. As I've said before, as I only need to render occasionally, I would like to activate the V-Ray side of things only when I need to, and not connect with V-Ray on the 95% other occasions I am using FZ. Otherwise I may decide not to buy the V-Ray plugin, and take the route instead of exporting my file, opening in eg. Blender and use a Render Farm which supports the Blender V-Ray plugin for the few occasions I require it.
  12. Yes, mirror copies of nested groups and components are something I try to avoid as tend to be unreliable in FZ. If you need to do an operation like that while in edit group, I find it best to copy or cut the objects, paste them into a new drawing, perform your operations in the new drawing them copy and paste the result into the original working model.
  13. Alan Cooper

    V-Ray for form•Z Beta now available!

    I seriously want to only connect to V-Ray on the occasions I actually intend to use it. Now I have delays closing as well as opening FormZ. Sadly, I'm removing the V-Ray plugin until 'licensing' delays are resolved.
  14. Alan Cooper

    Materials from materials library

    Thanks Andrew, that is interesting, but I think it is something else. What I would ideally like is to have a template file with very few materials, and during the build of a model which started from the template, to be able to drag materials into the model's material palette from one of my materials libraries. We are currently only able to do the opposite afaik. For example, if I open my materials library and drag a material from it onto an object, nothing happens. If I create a new material in the materials palette it might say 'material 17' I can find a material in my library and drag it onto the 'material 17' but it will still be called 'material 17' instead of adopting the name of the material in my library. That is the problem.
  15. I used to have a lot of materials in my template file but am trying to keep starting file down to a minimum size. I have all my materials available in various material library files and of course am able to copy their parameters to any new material but I also want the names in the library to jump across to the new material because it is tedious to type in the material name when the average project might have up to a dozen materials. If this is not possible I suppose I will need to include a small core of my library materials inside the template file after all, or use another model file which contains my most common materials to copy, from, paste into my model file, delete the object immediately, which brings the material in, but again this is an overly cumbersome method to perform regularly so hope I have missed a simpler solution.
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