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  1. AsOne

    Tutorials??

    I haven't seen the videos, but probably many of the basics are covered here already: https://www.getmethod.com/formz
  2. AsOne

    Tutorials??

    Some the tools used to have videos - right click on a tool to View Video. They seem to be Flash though and don't work on v9 for me, probably since Flash has been retired (I think). It would be great if they were updated & reloaded without requiring Flash. A simple hyperlink to YouTube would do it for me...no need to have them built into the software, although that is nice it seems like more work.
  3. AsOne

    Live Walkthrough

    I am doing A LOT of walkthroughs these days. Live via Zoom, sometimes in person (COVID 19 dependent) and recorded. With the power of Shaded Full rendering this is a great option to communicate the design to clients, produce marketing videos, and simply view the model in house. Twinmotion is a fantastic add to FormZ, but sometimes Shaded Full is all I need and no additional setup or render time is required. Additionally no animation setup is required. It could not be easier. However the navigation visuals get in the way and really detract from the visual quality. I would love an option to remove the navigation visuals: the yellow feet and targets that are on screen while using the walkthrough tool. There are actually two targets, one that comes up with the tool and a plus sign when you click to start walking. Plus the yellow feet. Circled in red below: I actually don't see the point of the targets at all. I can see the feet being useful for navigation. Perhaps an option to show/hide the navigation visuals would be best. Thanks for considering.
  4. AsOne

    Walkthrough

    A "hack" is to use the walk tool to literally walk around the model, recording your screen while doing so. A bit annoying with the little yellow feet on screen (I have a feature request to disable these as an option), but it works. I do it all the time now to send clients walkthroughs. On Mac you can use Quicktime. It records audio as well, so if you want to narrate or add commentary you can do so. You can record the entire screen or a portion of it. I use Handbrake to reduce the size of the videos.
  5. FormZ 9 runs as smooth as butter on my 2019 iMac. With all the Shaded Full graphics options turned on (shadows, multi sampling, AO, antialiasing, etc) I have no issues navigating the model in real time. It renders fast as well for my needs. If I needed more speed to increase render times I could buy a Mac Pro. There are a lot of options there. Is it as fast as the top end AMD PC spec? No. But Macs get the job done and probably quite well for a majority of FormZ users I would imagine. I also don't have to waste time dealing with Windows. We will probably see huge speed increases with the M chips. The low end models in laptops are already faster than most every Intel chip in single speed computing and they have excellent multicore speed for being low end mobile chips. I bet the new iMacs and eventual Mac Pro will be incredibly fast. There might always be a faster PC build out there, but I bet that is only an issue for a small percentage of FormZ users. I agree that there are frustrating things about being on the Mac platform, hardware customization being one of them. But the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages, at least for me they do. Integration between software/hardware, fluid transfer between phone/tablet/desktop, the best OS with the least amount of malware (by far), and from my experience hardly ever OS system crashes or even issues, configuration and setup is a breeze, and not that I care but the machines just look better. Apple is still a very viable business ecosystem, especially for small business which I'm sure are the majority of FormZ users. And FormZ runs on both platforms, so you can configure a top of the line PC if needed. I doubt erasing Mac will at all benefit Autodessys in any way, nor would abandoning it help. In fact it would likely be very harmful as a lot of users are Mac based I would imagine. I agree with Chris that the best way to help is with very specific bug and feature request reports. That and using the product to produce great work that can be shown to others.
  6. I think the reason it isn't popular is a marketing issue. The v9 UI definitely needs to become more stable. It is still a work in progress. More consistent updates would also help. Once a year like other software would be great. However, marketing is more the issue IMHO. There are many popular things that aren't really that good, case in point: SketchUp and since I'm on that train - Microsoft Windows! I agree with everyone that I don't know why there isn't aggressive marketing, social media, student/university training, youtube tutorials (just short 1-5 minutes each), instagram, a much simpler user gallery on the website, etc. Maybe once v9 is fully stable?
  7. If Mac is dropped I would also drop FormZ. The LAST thing FormZ should do is pander to an utterly inferior OS. All the savings from a faster GPU would be wasted dealing with windows. Especially once the new iMac and MacPro's running M chips are released! I willing to bet FormZ's users are more Mac based than your 90/10 split. I can't take seriously everyone whining about the look of the UI who runs Windows.
  8. AsOne

    Palette Window Workaround

    For single monitor use I keep a bank of minimized palettes at the top of my modeling window and keep the Tool Options + Inspector at the top of the right side dock :
  9. AsOne

    Why form•z is not popular any more:

    Once setup my v9 UI is working well on Mac. I think it is a step in the right direction over v7 and v8. There are things to improve upon (I have posted about them and contacted support), but for me it works well once set up and I'm working very fast in v9 now. I really love the look and feel of the UI in general. I have not used or seen other software, including many mentioned in this and other threads that make me think AutoDessys should be focused on a total UI rebuild. Much more important things to do IMHO. Plus from watching these and other similar threads in the forum there is no broad consensus on a UI look or features. For example I see nothing in the Blender look that appeals to me over FormZ. 3DSMax has done quite well given it's apparent repulsive UI. Cinema 4D looks well organized, but doesn't blow me away over FormZ. If anything UI stability is the most pressing concern shared by everyone. I will take that over tweaking of fonts and icons. In general I wish updates were more frequent, even if more incremental. However to say there has been very little improvement is incorrect. What is the point of coming into the forum to simply trash a program you apparently don't even use, besides trolling. Just use something else that works for you.
  10. AsOne

    Why form•z is not popular any more:

    How about instead of one day you take a week and deliver us a perfect 3D software...I'll be waiting...
  11. AsOne

    Apple's new M1 chip

    I think they will release new MacBook pros this year with even faster M chips. I would hold off if you can until then. Does FormZ even run on M1?
  12. Shibui: I also use Vectorworks. I use Layout for DWG export. I setup Scenes in FormZ (plans, elevations, sections). Open in Layout. Then export DWG linework to Vworks as a referenced file. Works quite well. If we can get referenced DWG into FormZ then the process would go both ways quite seamlessly.
  13. AsOne

    .fza file?

    Should they be generated even if I have it set to "Save to Project File"? Which is how I setup every file. I use Time Machine for regular backups and also Clone my entire drive every day.
  14. AsOne

    .fza file?

    What are these .fza files that show up from? Do I need to keep them?
  15. AsOne

    Big Sur

    I'm on a Mac running FormZ Pro 9 on 10.14.5 Mojave. Should I upgrade to Big Sur? Is it working well on Big Sur? Thanks.
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