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    Useful time wasting WIP

    Hi Des, This is very nice! I have communicated with you many times in the past when I used to work side by side with Paul in Tech Support. Is there any way you would allow me to use a copy of this model commercially? I was just looking at a project today, and we decided we didn't want to build a pool table for it. But this one would be very nice. It would be for a very high end home theater rendering. The pool table would be in the background in the adjoining room, just to make it look like wealthy folks live there. Best, John A
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    Keeping a texture map in place through a radial blend

    If I remember correctly, you want to mesh your flat cover, then map the meshed cover, and then do the radial bend.
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    form•Z Anniversary | Thank You

    Hello everyone, Happy Birthday form.Z! To me form.Z is like a life form that has been evolving over all this time, so "happy birthday" seems quite fitting. I was very pleased to see this image this morning in my e-mail... I remember rooting around in that Ronchamp model, getting it ready for 3d Printing. I believe the model was created in form.Z 1.0, it was created by another artist, but I was once upon a time charged with making it watertight. The Z-Corp print came out very nicely, and anyone that saw it at the form.Z booth will surely remember it. I remember one form.Z booth customer suggesting that the Ronchamp 3d prints could be offered for sale en masse. Since it is also throwback Thursday, I thought I would share this retro teal interface setting that I set up to give the current interface the feel of the old one. It is less distracting than the stock color setting, and I have found myself reminded of how long we have been using this wonderful application. I actually use a Wacom tablet quite frequently with form.Z, so I like all the system icons showing, and like to have a large target for picking tools with the stylus. I do not use the palette dock at all, I conjure my palettes with shortcut keys. Thank you form.Z and autodessys for all of the long years. I have been able to apply form.Z tools in order to create income in so many ways over all of these years, I almost think of it as a money making application!
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    Render animation in vray?

    Hi Cearch, I can confirm it works in formZ 8.6.2 build 10099 with VRay 3.6.1 build 1191. i have not had the chance to update in a while. I am not using imager. I am rendering directly in the app. Also, I am making a fan file, then exporting to AVI. In my test just now I stopped the animation frame rendering before it reached the last frame (didn't want to wait). AVI plays fine. I am on Windows 10. Hope it helps, John A
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    How do I create a face?

    Hi, You can assign a single key shortcut to Subdivision Swap All. This toggles the state of all sub-d objects back and forth between cage and sub-d. A quick tap on the keyboard, and you are now swapping at ludicrous speed (unless you have a heavy file). Look in the shortcuts manager for the other useful key shorts you could add to the other ways of swapping this state available in there. I like this one because you don't need to have the object selected as you tap the key. Best, John A
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    How do I create a face?

    Hi Justin, When using the Sub-D tools, there are always two... the cage, or the facetted object that establishes the structure of the sub-divided version, and the sub-divided version itself over top of the cage. So, your model is always facetted underneath, but looks subdivided, and as a result "smoothed". You can toggle this state by using the Subdivision Swap tool. Make your facetted edits, and then switch back. In addition, you can use tools that work on facetted objects to change the shape of the sub-divided model even when it is in the sub-divided state. The caveat is that it should be expected to work on the facetted model as if the sub-d was not applied. So if you know well your form.Z, you will be able to predict what will work and what won't. It is best to keep four-sided faces for sub-division surfaces, otherwise the results can become unexpected. Hope it helps. Best, John A
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    SketchFab exporter being utilized to market products

    Hi Joe, I am always here....in some format or another.
  8. Hi All, I wanted to thank ADS for the SketchFab exporter. My employer wished to begin offering a 3d rep of the products offered embedded on the company website. I have found the SketchFab exporter to be very solid, it has worked for me every time, even after using the Mesh tool to reduce to triangles. Maps and mapping are amply exported. I simply set up specular or bump settings when I get into the SketchFab interface. This is a great feature that is not to be overlooked if you have a client wanting to display 3d models. We are doing noise control springs, so nothing too exciting, but for now you can so easily create a snazzy 3d version of your model/product that sales reps can show off. My employer is quite impressed. Thanks and Best Regards,, John Alexander
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    Render animation in vray?

    Hi all, I updated to the 8.6.2 and 3.6.1. I am able to generate VRay animations now! I can confirm on WIndows 10. Thanks for fixing this. Best John A