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  1. allanjl

    Why form•z is not popular any more:

    Skybound13, I somewhat agree with you. However, there are some objects that are huge time-savers because they are parametric. I'm an architect, but part of my job entails rendering interiors, complete with furniture. Some of the furniture would be a nightmare to model without the use of parametric objects, such as subdivision objects. Nurbs are parametric and are great for modelling topography and tensile fabrics. Nevertheless, I do agree with you, that letting the computer do complete parametric models, such as stairs, is risky. I typically start with a parametric stair, but exploded afterwards. Then I refine it.
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    Projector lights

    Cobrien, I have tested this before. It works just fine. Works fine with .jpg file format.
  3. I did some test renders on a larger file. It crashed after a few tests. This maybe due to the fact that I was on a different computer with different paths for the resource textures and vray files.
  4. I am not using it on my everyday workflow. I don't want to take that risk. I have been testing it after work on a separate machine.
  5. I agree. It seems stable. I will test with some old files I have rendered before and report. It seems the lightmix parameter shows after the image is completed. It seems it wasn't showing up before. I will check further though.
  6. Sweeeet! I have my hopes up for this!
  7. allanjl

    Measure Distance Curve

    Simpler yet: Once you have your curved segment selected, simply look at or open your inspector palette. Under the info tab, look at Length.
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    [Q] Scenes palette weirdness

    Does not occur on my PC. Do you have your latest video drivers installed?
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    V-Ray update

    YES!!!! Finally. Almost bought the latest Maxwell Render. I'm glad I held off. Second thought, may still buy Maxwell later anyway.🤣
  10. HI Pobo. I never use the cone of vision anymore. I find it awkward and time-consuming and also extremely slow. Instead, I simply go to "view" on the menu. Go to 3 point perspective. Then hit F11 which takes me to the view parameters palette. I change my focal length to 18 mm for wide angle or a larger number, never over 35 mm - personal preference. Then I orbit around until I am close to the view I want using the set view tool, left of the "eye" buttom on the top of the screen. Then I like to use the walkthrough tool (to the right of the eye) and set my camera to about 5' and make sure I hit the "look straight ahead" button on the tool options for walkthrough. That sets my camera completely horizontal so I get no distortion. From there I use the walkthrough and "eye" (swivel) tool to fine tune. This works mech faster than the edit cone of vision.
  11. Very nice! Is it a showroom? The only thing I think I would do differently is that I would use a warmer light. After all, it's for home use. Other than that, I think it's awesome!
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    v9 performance issues

    I must admit that I haven't used that tool for a long time. Ever since V. 8 came about, I find it a bit superfluous. I move my camera in shaded mode using the different tools made for that purpose, and if really need to see where the camera is in the scene, I turn on the camera, go to wireframe, and use the move tool accordingly. Nevertheless, I can see that all of the benefits of the cone of vision are not available by using shaded mode alone. Support, please fix this.
  13. Yes I am on windows 10 pro. I went through the plugin path and so forth before and I did it again. When I first installed it, it did warn me that some redistributables didn't install correctly. That's why I installed it again. At this point I have reinstalled 3 times to no avail... I will try my other windows 10 machine and will let you know.
  14. I hate to be the one guy here who is having trouble, but after installing the plugin, I do not see "Datasmith" as an export option in the form.Z export menu. I checked, and the plugin has been put in my plugin folder. However, It doesn't show up as an export option. I have rebooted, but still no dice. Any advice will be appreciated.
  15. What type of glass material did you use in Maxwell? It looks to me a bit like a Renderzone rendering. I don't mean this to sound like a derogatory remark.
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    New update 9.0.6

    I've already contacted support over this. But I thought I'd bring it up in case anyone else is experiencing the same issue. 2D reference objects in previous projects do not show up on v. 9.0.6. They're simply gone. Their layers are still there, but the 2D geometry is gone.
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    New update 9.0.6

    I seem to have issues deleting geometry with this version. Selecting an object and hitting de delete key, doesn't seem to work. More alarming, and definitely needing a fix: 99% of my 2D plans saved as a layer inside my model have disappeared. Yes, disappeared! PLEASE FIX THIS. I reverted to the previous version. Cannot work without my 2D cad plan layers. Windows 10.
  18. Thank you Tech! I am looking forward to speed improvements for sure.
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    Importing 3rd party models

    Justin. I couldn't agree more. Somethings really need to be improved to make the frustration out of working with formZ. For instance, when you hare working on a file that have some geometry in it. Say 200 mb. Invoking commands such as the move command (I use this thousands of times in a day), the program responds excruciatingly slow. My shortcut for move is "m". I select the object, hit m, and about 2-3 seconds later the move command responds. This seems to occur after orbiting. This is unacceptably slow. It should respond as quickly as clicking on the icon!
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    V-Ray update

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    V-Ray update

    Same here. We need to keep up to stay competitive.
  22. I've never heard of anyone doing an uninstall that way. So I'm not sure. You can look in your C drive, under program files, and if you see a FormZ folder manually delete it. Next time go to add or remove programs and find Z and uninstall from there. You can type in "add or remove programs" at the magnifying glass, on the bottom left of your screen to get to it. Maybe you should try this first and see if FormZ is still available for a proper uninstall.
  23. SJD, Before you reinstall, you should trash your preferences. They are in your C:\User\AppData\Roaming\Autodessys. This will make formZ behave as if brand new. Then you can tweak what you want. After you have it the way you want it, make sure you go to Workspace, workspace manager, and uncheck "save between sessions". This will make formZ remember the setting you set now, rather than the settings/palettes that get messed up as you work everyday.
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    Phantom numbers

    Yes! I thought maybe it was just my video card. But I see it happens to others. Tech, you have to put yourself in our shoes. I have attended large meetings with our client and consultants, they show their models on the big screen, then we go over ours. When things like this show up, it makes everyone involved looked bad.
  25. As new options to render within FormZ come along, I have tried quite a few of them. One of them, which I think can be very powerful and convenient, is rendering in Lumion. While the software is expensive, it makes rendering and doing walkthroughs painless. Since it's so fast and intuitive (once you get the hang of it) it's virtually stress free. To use Lumion now I export my model via Sketchup. Once in Sketchup, using the Live feature, I am able to update my Lumion model by updating parts of my sketchup model. Having the Live feature incorporated straight into FormZ would be great!