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    form•Z 8.6 Update Released

    Justin, You mention you use 2 additional GTX 1070S for faster VRay renderings. My boss is thinking of buying an expensive rendering machine for Vray. I've tried rendering using a single video card GTX 1070, by the machine crashes. I suppose you need more than 1? If so how many would you recommend? Also, is it simply a matter of enabling GPU rendering under the rendering options? Please let me know. Allan.
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    form•Z 8.6 Update Released

    Wow, Justin. You have a bad *ss station lol.
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    sub D help

    Very nice!
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    Text missing in autocad imports

    I discovered the problem. If I check Make Reference Object, the text doesn't come in. Hmmm... I wish it would work with that option selected.
  5. For some reason I cannot get any of the text from autocad when I import dwg's into formZ. Is this expected behavior? If not, please add to your list of fixes/improvements. Thanks, Allan
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    Maxwell vs Vray

    Shibui, I think you've hit the nail right on the head. Vray is great for exterior renderings, because the lighting in daylight exterior renderings is very simple. But, doing interiors with vray requires a lot of tweeking and testing, which frankly stresses me out, and takes a long time. With Maxwell I simply check my materials, my lights, my ISO and Shutter, and as long as my camera is the way I want, I hit render and walk away. If I want the fastest results with Maxwell, I make sure all of my lighting is correct, so I don't have to use multilight after the fact, and turn on denoiser. Great results even with an SL as low as 17.5 in about 1 hour depending on the scene. Of course, I am using 12 to 13 computers in my network. BTW, I have not been able to figure out how to the denoiser using the two mxi's Maxwell creates after the rendering is done. Maybe a tutorial can be posted step by step. The instructions from Nextlimit seem a big lacking.
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    Maxwell vs Vray

    Shibui, I think you've hit the nail right on the head. Vray is great for exterior renderings, because the lighting in daylight exterior renderings is very simple. But, doing interiors with vray requires a lot of tweeking and testing, which frankly stresses me out, and takes a long time. With Maxwell I simply check my materials, my lights, my ISO and Shutter, and as long as my camera is the way I want, I hit render and walk away. If I want the fastest results with Maxwell, I make sure all of my lighting is correct, so I don't have to use multilight after the fact, and turn on denoiser. Great results even with an SL as low as 17.5 in about 1 hour depending on the scene. Of course, I am using 12 to 13 computers in my network. BTW, I have not been able to figure out how to the denoiser using the two mxi's Maxwell creates after the rendering is done. Maybe a tutorial can be posted step by step. The instructions from Nextlimit seem a big lacking.
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    Maxwell vs Vray

    Shibui, I think you've hit the nail right on the head. Vray is great for exterior renderings, because the lighting in daylight exterior renderings is very simple. But, doing interiors with vray requires a lot of tweeking and testing, which frankly stresses me out, and takes a long time. With Maxwell I simply check my materials, my lights, my ISO and Shutter, and as long as my camera is the way I want, I hit render and walk away. If I want the fastest results with Maxwell, I make sure all of my lighting is correct, so I don't have to use multilight after the fact, and turn on denoiser. Great results even with an SL as low as 17.5 in about 1 hour depending on the scene. Of course, I am using 12 to 13 computers in my network. BTW, I have not been able to figure out how to the denoiser using the two mxi's Maxwell creates after the rendering is done. Maybe a tutorial can be posted step by step. The instructions from Nextlimit seem a big lacking.
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    Maxwell vs Vray

    As I mentioned above, I expected to use Maxwell for my latest interior job, and I did. I used 12 computers to render on an insane deadline. 10 renderings in less than 24 hours (render time). I planned to let the computers render overnight, but apparently one of them decided to reboot due to an update, and the whole network decided to stop rendering on rendering #3. To make a long story short, I ended up rendering the last 7 renderings at about 70 min. each; 1778x1000 pixels.. Used the denoiser feature, and everything worked out. I wish I could post the images, but the owner of this office is crazy possessive of his designs. In conclusion, I found the vray still has some issues. For instance, if you want to create a cove light by using an emissive material, the light output gets very weird, and it gets awfully slow. If you use a native vray spherical light source, and you want to hide it from camera, and you have quite a few of them in the scene, only a few actually hide from camera, and some will show up. Anyway, maxwell has never really let me down when it comes to quality. My five cents.
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    How to add custom jpgs to Material Palette

    Bo, You can add picture textures to your materials under the shaded mode. Just hit F12 and you will get the materials palette. You don't need to be on the renderzone tab. Once you add your picture to your material, whether or not on shaded tab or renderzone tab, it will stay in your material. If you go to your materials parameters palette, as I show, you can see how simple it is to add your own picture to your materials.
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    How to add custom jpgs to Material Palette

    Hi Bo, You keep bringing up bump maps, and I guess this is where the confusion occurs. Bump maps, found on the bump tab, only affect the illusion of "bumpines" on the material. Whereas the color tab determines the texture map part of the material, which is the most prominent. I don't know where to find any of this on the manual, simply because I don't use the manual. But once you address all tabs in your material, (and click on the load buttom and load your textures) you should be good to go.
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    How to add custom jpgs to Material Palette

    Like Andrew, I'm a bit confused too. It sounds like you want to use custom materials with jpgs of your own to a default file, so that when you open it up, the materials you want are already in the palette. This is accomplished through, of course, making the materials. Then creating a template file and making sure it's used on your preferences. I advice against this, because of the bad experiences I've had with preferences (very unstable formZ) Now, if you're looking to simply create custom materials, attached is a simple screen capture.
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    Maxwell vs Vray

    I have used Maxwell for interiors extensively and I am very pleased with it. The level of realism is unmatched by any other software I've come accross. I have done only exteriors with Vray and it works great because of its speed and the fact that exteriors don't require multiple lights bouncing to get good results. I am about to embark in a test of interiors with Vray. I will post about the results soon. Chances are though, if it doesn't look stunning, I will use Maxwell instead.
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    Private Residence

    Very nice. I wonder... It looks like it might be Render Zone. Is it?!
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    Private Residence

    Very nice. I wonder... It looks like it might be Render Zone. Is it?! Never mind, I see it was Maxwell.
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