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  1. David Lemelin

    Apple Silicon M1

    I received my 16" M1 max MacBook Pro yesterday and have been testing out FormZ 9.1 and Maxwell... It all runs. FormZ isn't nearly as smooth as I would have expected from all that GPU power, but Maxwell does render a LOT faster than my old i7 MBP. That said, I expect much greater performance once these apps are optimized. I hope this will not require that we wait multiple years, but with FormZ and Maxwell... well, sometimes things take time. I will be doing more testing with other 3D apps and renderers to validate what I'm seeing in FZ9 and Maxwell 5.2. I'm not dissatisfied at all... but I am anxious to see software running natively on these chips. Oh, and for those who care... all-day Maxwell rendering and modeling at the same time, zero fans. Zero. As for the cost of this machine (+$5k Can) it's a lot... but my last MBP was a 2013 i7, fully specced out and it has been running and rendering for 8 years without a peep (still running the very latest OS update). Only thing I swapped was the battery last year. In comparison, I've never had a PC laptop survive more than 3 years usably. You get what you pay for, and with Apple, it just works. And lasts.
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    Apple's new M1 chip

    Has anyone had the opportunity to test out FormZ on one of Apple's new machines? I am nearing the end of life cycle for my old MacBook Pro and the reviews on the M1 machines sound impressive... but naturally all the benchmarks are video compression and video game frame rates. I'm really curious to see how FormZ and Maxwell will behave on this new chipset. I have a custom-built PC workstation with a Threadripper 16 core processor, which renders like a charm... but I despise the Windows environment. So much so, that I do all my modeling on my 2013 MBP and only render out on the PC. Part of me is secretly hoping the M1 or it's cousins, will allow me to stay in the Mac world and still deliver on time.
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    Palette dock FZ v9

    Hi guys, I'm finally getting my feet wet with FormZ 9 after finally upgrading my maxwell license to work with FZ9. (Side note, if Blender can deliver a modeling program with an integrated ray-traced renderer, for free, shouldn't FZ be closing in on this too?) I am noticing some bugginess in the palette dock. Palettes seem to get truncated without reflowing their content (Material Parameters) and others simply become impossible to resize once they've been reduced. The Inspector palette on my computer right now is only showing the topmost options, the bottom 3/4ths of the window is inaccessible unless I undock the pallette. The tool options palette doesn't seem to be content aware, since the inspector is now a separate entity, the tool options palette should be much smaller... but I can't seem to adjust it by hand. The inspector palette also has content that falls off the screen when docked. some of the odd behaviors seem to resolve if I undock the palette and resize it away from the dock. Is anyone else seeing this?
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    Roaming controler

    I’ve made a post a couple of years ago with regards to the controler widget migrating when copies of an object are made. This is most notable with repeated transformations as the controler widget get progressively further and further away from the objects it is tied to. this creates an annoying situation forcing me to recentrer the controler again and again with every duplicate object. I’m m disappointed to find this bug still alive in FZ9. In my original thread about this, several other users had this issue and your in-house team had been able to recreate it. is anyone else dealing with this sort of thing? Is there a solution or a fix I’m not aware of? thanks
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    V-Ray for FZ update?

    Too bad FormZ users are prisoners to third party developers for a decent render engine. i wonder how Blender, which is free, manages to avoid this problem and still deliver a powerful rendered baked in at zero extra cost ... just say’n
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    Palette dock FZ v9

    I’m working on a Mac, I’ve never had to fuss with video drivers, and I reboot daily.
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    Palette dock FZ v9

    This UI is really underwhelming. I expected a much more streamlined experience, but maybe in FZ10...
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    Palette dock FZ v9

    A quick follow up to my opening post. Here are more screengrabs of palette malfunction. When the materials palette appears in the doc, a full third seems to disappear off the edge of the screen. If minimized and the returned to normal, the palette content becomes illegible. From this point forward, only separating the palette from the dock returns the palette to its useful layout, which can then be re-docked... I'm thinking the dock may need a bit of tweaking...
  9. Hi, I'm creating an image that features a light pattern being projected onto the floor. I am having trouble creating this effect.... I've tried creating an emitter with a black and white HDR, but the black areas don't allow the flooring to show through... I get a black rectangle with my light caustics. I've tried creating an MXM in MXED, but when I bring it into FormZ, it doesn't work at all... I get a white square instead. I'm about to give up and just do this in post in Photoshop... but it bugs me this is causing me so much trouble... anyone have any experience trying to create this effect? The images included below are 1) the emitter material alone with no other light sources. 2) The scene with the colored ambient lights (where you see the background of my light pattern). 3) the floor without the light pattern. 4) a PNG version of the EXR file I'm trying to use to create this light pattern on the floor.
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    Transform "each"

    Does anyone know if there is a way to apply a transformation to multiple selections while retaining their individual center of origin?
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    formZ 9

    Is this application still a living thing? In the years since Upgrading to FZ 8.x I have had three revisions to MODO, two revisions to Rhino and Blender has launched a free 3D application that emphasizes how far 3D tech and hardware have come. There were 2 posts in 2018 about v9 and the few from 2019 sound like calls in the wilderness. Ever since unveiling their support for V-Ray, it's seemed like all further development went into suspended animation. A better rendering solution was a MUST... but there are still lots of things to improve and frankly, considering MODO, Rhino and Blender all have stellar renderers built into the package... the price point on FromZ (which needs an outside renderer to compete) is not making a whole lot of sense. I dunno ADS, feels like you're losing interest or conceding that time has simply passed FormZ by.
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    interface lag on MacOS

    I'm posting this in hopes someone else has experienced a similar issue. I am running FZ 8.6 on MacOS, with 16Gb ram and a quad-core i7 processor MacBook Pro. It's not the most powerful machine as it's a few years old, but it has always managed all my 3D needs with decent reliability. I'm having a frustrating experience with a file. It's not an especially large file, but it is one that has been evolving from job to job over a number of years as my client adjusts his design twice a year. There are a few outside models of stools and some billboard plants, but otherwise, the model is all generated in FZ over a sequence of about 3 years. At this point, I'm simply trying to draw a rectangle from a snapped corner to another... and every time I move the cursor I'm staring at that bloody spinning wheel. The task manager alternates between "not responding" to 99.9% of CPU use... but ALL I'M DOING is creating a basic rectangle. From the first click trying to snap to a point, to drawing out the rectangle, to the final click to complete the shape... each step gives me the spinning ball. Needless to say, it's getting extremely frustrating. I've turned off every layer and item not in use, to no avail. Even panning around the scene is jerky and imprecise. I'm using shaded display mode. Wireframe is a bit better, but it's hard to model with every vertex visible. Do I need to re-model every legacy model every time I need to work in order for FZ to behave at a professional level? The issue is even worse on my Windows machine. Despite using a 16 core Threadripper CPU and 2 Titan X video cards, navigating around the model is like playing flight simulator on a 386PC from the 90's. Any ideas would be welcome before I completely lose patience.
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    interface lag on MacOS

    I will give the Object Doctor another shot... I typically run every imported model through it, but it's worth a try. As for the snaps, I have turned off all except the one I need... Unfortunately, that's not the secret
  14. I have recently begun porting my FormZ work from my beloved (if underpowered) Mac to a more robust PC Workstation. In the process of working out bugs, and when I'm on the road, I still do lots of modeling work on my Mac. However, I'm running up against an annoying issue with texture maps losing their link when I move to the PC station. I keep all my live documents and 3D resources in a DropBox account which keeps all my computers synced and my work available where ever I go. So when I open model "x" it is always from the DropBox location which also contains all the related texture maps. Even MXM textures live in a folder on that remote drive. However, when I try to render my work, I get constant error messages about missing links... The really weird thing is that it's not uniform. Some textures go missing while others are still there. To add insult to injury, Maxwell Fire, which I use as a flight check for my final renders, lists missing textures or texture components... one. at. a. time. Meaning I have to cycle through starting Fire, then opening the log to find which texture is causing the render to fail, then relink that texture, then start all over again. Wash, rinse, repeat, repeat, repeat. So two points; a) has anyone come up on this and found a solution to keep texture linked to the model across stations? would it be conceivable for Maxwell to perform a complete flight check of all dependencies before writing the log?
  15. Hi there, I'm sending this in out of desperation. Last week my 3D mouse on my windows machine started misbehaving with FormZ. -I thought it might be the drivers, so I re-installed those. -I thought it was my anti-virus so I uninstalled that. -I thought the FromZ preferences file might be corrupt, so I deleted it. -Seeing as the preferences file wasn't the source, I uninstalled and reinstalled FromZ fresh. Nothing seems to help. What's really odd is that the mouse works flawlessly in MODO and Rhino on the same machine, it's only given up on FormZ. Has anyone ever seen this sort of thing? Any suggestion would be welcome. Modeling without my 3D mouse is like driving a car with a welder's mask on. It get's done, but boy is it clumsy.
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    FormZ Pro 8.5 Windows 3D mouse will no longer work

    In case anyone is having a similar problem... Here is an update I have been working with tech support from my Antivirus provider, 3Dconnexion, and now FormZ. We have eliminated the virus software as being part of the problem. We have eliminated driver issues and hardware issues with the mouse. With help from 3Dconnexion I was able to get the mouse working with FormZ again. That was just a process of resetting the driver and it's settings files. The tech at 3Dconnexion was able to replicate the problem at his end (where the settings panel for the 3D mouse is impossible to adjust, meaning the mouse only works in factory default setting. Touching the control panel resets is to "Windows Explorer" settings which don't affect the mouse's behavior in FormZ) Yesterday the FromZ tech and I explored what I was seeing across a shared screen and validated that the source problem seems difficult to pin-point. He is currently performing some research at his end. So, no resolution yet... but I wanted to provide an update for anyone who might be experiencing this situation.
  17. Hey there, I have recently begun porting my FormZ work from my beloved (if underpowered) Mac to a more robust PC Workstation. In the process of working out bugs, and when I'm on the road, I still do lots of modeling work on my Mac. However, I'm running up against an annoying issue with texture maps losing their link when I move to the PC station. I keep all my live documents and 3D resources in a DropBox account which keeps all my computers synced and my work available where ever I go. So when I open model "x" it is always from the DropBox location which also contains all the related texture maps. Even MXM textures live in a folder on that remote drive. However, when I try to render my work, I get constant error messages about missing links... The really weird thing is that it's not uniform. Some textures go missing while others are still there. To add insult to injury, Maxwell Fire, which I use as a flight check for my final renders, lists missing textures or texture components... one. at. a. time. Meaning I have to cycle through starting Fire, then opening the log to find which texture is causing the render to fail, then relink that texture, then start all over again. Wash, rinse, repeat, repeat, repeat. So two points; a) has anyone come up on this and found a solution to keep texture linked to the model across stations? would it be conceivable for Maxwell to perform a complete flight check of all dependencies before writing the log? Before anyone points it out, I will also post this in the Maxwell plug-in forum to see if they might have some ideas from the plug-in end of things.
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    8550U vs 7500U Clock Speed vs Core Count

    I have recently purchased a custom rig built around AMD’s 16 core Treadripper processor. That one ,achine has put into retirement the fout i7 quad core machines I used to have to daisy chain for Maxwell Render. Speed is great, but the more cores you have, when it comes to rendering anyways, makes a huge difference. And if you’re building a rig from scratch, I suggest you take a look at AMD’s Threadripper processors. The price point compared to Intel makes this series of processors a serious competitor.
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    FormZ Pro 8.5 Windows 3D mouse will no longer work

    Incidentally, I am also having keyboard shortcuts disappearing every now and then which requires me to dump the preferences all the time. Is this a common bug with anyone else? It feels like all the inputs on my Windows FormZ installation are unstable.
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    Transform Controller - Lock to Center ALWAYS

    I will add my voice to this request... PLEASE make the origin point of an object or group STATIC. Every time I drag a duplicate object from an original, the origin wanders all over the place forcing me to drop the tool I'm using to recenter the origin so I can control my transform correctly. It's incredibly annoying. Likewise, can we make a simple checkbox to select object or world coordinates when transforming an object? I often need to adjust the sizing or positioning of a group that is not aligned to the world grid... currently (and I could be wrong) the only options seem to be to reorient the origin to the world grid or center it to the object (which seems to throw the origin all over the place each time that option is selected )... which then necessitates correcting the centroid controller to match the correct object position.
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    fix duplicate textures when exporting

    One last thought before leaving the topic, it would be nice for the Materials palette to offer some better display options... Make the icon size infinitely variable (instead of too small or too large). Consider the option of small tiles that zoom when moused over. Also some sorting tools, right at the palette level to reorganize the palette display by hue, by render engine, or by type (metalic, matte, glossy, glass, and render engine) it would be nice with a simple click to identify all the MXS with a simple click, or get all the glue based colors in the same area of the palette.
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    fix duplicate textures when exporting

    I've been thinking about the materials palette for a while as I always seem to be in there cleaning up and rationalizing materials after importing numerous models into a new project. The main problem lies with duplication of virtually identical materials. Sometimes I end up with six or seven glossy blacks and the only way to clean up the extras is to select and delete them one at a time. Perhaps if FormZ analyzed materials in imported shapes and noted not only duplicate names, but also verified a number of factors such as color, transparency, and specularity and offered to substitute a near match from the existing model when a close match is identified... That would give us the option of deciding upfront if a particular material is a close enough match. Also, the texture groups are difficult to work with, the closed folders mean more clicks to access existing materials. Perhaps if the materials palette allowed grouping of textures with a simple shift-select and a pull-down separator similar to how guides work in Photoshop (click on the window edge and drag down a divider where you can add a group name if needed). This would allow dividing up materials by category or by object. FromZ often requires multiple clicks for some processes when one or two should be sufficient if processes were streamlined. For instance, when loading an image map, why all the different dialogs? Provide a dialog that incorporates the file browser and provides the various controls the import requires. Regarding managing materials, it would be nice to be able to strip out multiple textures at once instead of needing to do it one at a time. A dialog featuring the multiple deletions could be provided to allow replacement of the deleted materials with other existing ones using the same icons as in the materials palette. Lastly, why not provide a range of materials as the base default state? Right now FormZ offer a number of flat colors, but 90% of the time my models only contain 3 or 4 flat colors, the rest are glossy, transparent, metallic, or emitters. Why not offer a starting state that provides a few of each so that models can start with a variety of basic starting points. These could also be customizable to feature textures that repeat across many projects right from the launch. A really nice touch would be to allow the user to specify the rendering engine of choice in the preferences so that the material palettes and options reflect first the material options suitable for Maxwell, VRay or RenderZone while hiding the unneeded options. This could also be leveraged to preset the lighting palette to feature the correct light source type for the rendering engine selected.
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    Rebus and MXS references

    I have also had similar errors with Rebus lately. Like you, Des, the error happens in the upload of the dependencies. Rebus is unaware of what might be causing this and since I'm usually facing deadlines when I resort to a render farm, I have had to simply un-install the RebusDrop application and switch to a different render farm (Currenly I am using Ranch Computing, which doesn't seem to encounter the same issue). I wonder if Rebus has seen any other instances of this? In my support e-mails it doesn't sound like they were willing to confirm this. It's too bad because I quite like the way Rebus has integrated itself, but if I can't get a service to behave dependably in a production environment, they may as well not exist.
  24. Hey there, I am having a bit of strangeness with FZ 8.5 pro. I have been doing 95% of my work on the Mac platform for years, but hardware advances have made Apple a poor choice for 3D modeling going forward... So, I got a Windows workstation as a new start. Catch is, I'm not a windows guy, which means fixes I knew on the Mac don't necessarily work on the windows side. The issue I'm having is that the shortcuts have suddenly disappeared from my Windows installation late last week. I can't even get a contextual menu by right clicking my mouse or pan by holding down the scroll wheel. On my Mac, I might just delete the preferences folder, but on the Windows side, I'm at a loss. Where would I find the equivalent preferences file in windows 10? Also, can anyone identify why this would happen? Thanks!
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    Missing shortcuts from Window installation

    sigh... It seems in Windows 10 the preference folder isn't located in the same place or is named something I don't recognize. I'll have to keep looking.
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