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    Example Images

    Yes, I used the S-Scatter tool for those. There are about 24,000. I have a powerful machine. I will tweak my recipe next time, I didn't do enough variation in the scale of the stones. I would do some more texture variation as well.
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    Example Images

    Here is a simple composite I just did. The AC unit is a photo, the mounting hardware is what we sell here at our company. I do a lot of stuff like this. Disclaimer... the AC part is a Getty Image that my company purchased the rights to, so please don't use this image for any reason.
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    Will a solid state drive speed up saving large files?

    Hi Justin, I did that, it is working great on new files. Thanks.
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    Will a solid state drive speed up saving large files?

    I now suspect this has to with formZ saving the shaded work or full image that is being displayed at the moment of saving. My save times have inexplicably gotten shorter though, even for larger files. I wonder if my machine was doing things in the background when I was seeing the trouble.
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    STEP Import not available!!!!

    Hello, This happened recently to me, support gave me a way to fix it. Are you on Windows? If so look here, if you see the step.fzp call support 614-488-8838. Or e-mail at support@formz.com.
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    Will a solid state drive speed up saving large files?

    I believe that formZ didn't used to do this. I was away for a while and came back. I am using formZ all day every day now and noticing this drag. I was suspicious that it was calculating the save and then checking the drive directory to see if there is enough room before actually writing. This is a wild ass guess, what would be called speculation.
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    Will a solid state drive speed up saving large files?

    I should also state that is opening without the big delay at the start, so the file opens much faster than it saves.
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    Will a solid state drive speed up saving large files?

    Hi Justin, I think that helped make it faster once the save progress bar starts. I am getting a long delay before the progress bar even starts. About as long as the progress bar takes. It almost seems as if it is saving somewhere else and then saving the file into the required directory. What is it doing before the progress bar starts?
  9. HI all, I am having tremendously long wait times saving on Windows 10 64. Yes my files are over a gig, and I do build them according to Paul's old guidelines. I have never had a solid state drive before. Would adding this to my machine this speed up saving files to a folder stored on the desktop for working? Thanks, John A
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    Thoughts on BIM and its impact on FormZers

    Hi, I have been making Revit Families with formZ. I set up all the parts in formZ in the location I wish with respect to each other and the origin. Cut/copy each part into its own file, and export as dwg 13. (I have noticed that .dwg format is working so very well). Insert/import Cad the part into Revit into the Revit Family .rfa file. It will appear in the correct location. Right click and full explode. Turn off show shape handles in the properties for the object. Assign Revit Material (I usually go and pre-create the materials I need in Revit) and visibility for the part as normal in Revit. Repeat until all parts have been imported and assigned. Next I set up my data, then my part version configurations. (set up all data first before the versions!) Then I save and use as a family. This has been working very well, and has been a very lucrative avenue for me. People who make Revit content properly are hard to come by and in demand, even when companies don't realize it. I made quite a few Revit models here to save the money from going out of house for them (very very expensive) and my leadership realized that it was something they should be doing in-house and created a new position for me to do it full time. Hope this helps those that are looking for a valuable route to use formZ in conjunction with Revit. For me, the price of formZ vs trying to model in Revit with those tools is quite worth it. In addition, importing Solidworks STEP files into formZ works almost without flaw as well. So, I can take a Solidworks file and use formZ to create a Revit Family. In fact formZ should be the "front end" modeler for Revit. The workflow has been almost seamless and headache free, believe it or not. Cheers, John A
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    Thoughts on BIM and its impact on FormZers

    I have seen this, an upcoming product called Unity Reflect: https://blogs.autodesk.com/revit/2019/06/unity-technologies-announces-unity-reflect/ This seems promising. Autodesk and Unity collaboration. One click supposedly. I have been using SketchFab with formZ. I also use formZ to make lots of models for Revit, it is quite painless that way.
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    Moving V-Ray License to another computer

    Hi Des, I might be able to help here, as I just did the same thing. My understanding, and this could be wrong, is that you just have to log into the new render server with your VRay ID on your main machine. It just needs to be able to get to it's location online to find it. I think that once you start to render, the license is used up. If you try to go back and render on the laptop while a render is going, it should refuse you. What is nice however, is that once you get the new machine logged in, you should be able to render either on the laptop or your main machine as long as there is only one session, whichever you happen to be working from. Also, I often go through WiFi in different locations, and VRay still fires up and renders because of how this works. It is really nice. I have not gone back to our laptop (some else in the dept needs it to use AutoCAD) to actually test this theory, however. Cheers, John A
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    Useful time wasting WIP

    Thanks Des! I can make it work with my textures, no problem. Thanks so much! Cheers, John A
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    Example Images

    Hi Richard, That trick at the bottom of the baseboard is sheer genius! I'll be doing that from now on! John A
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    Useful time wasting WIP

    Hi Des, Thanks, I am glad you mentioned the difference in table sizes! Cheers, John A