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    snow got a reaction from -andrew- in Numeric properties panel / movement / resize?   
    I agree this could be very useful to see an Object Parameters window open all the time... it should probably be separate palette from the Tool Options.  
    I say could because the Parameters function kinda broken in formZ.  Example: Draw a cube... parameters are there and adjustable.  Reshape the cube: Parameters are gone.  This is the same for all generated solids.  Yes, you can use the Transform/Non-Uniform Scaling to change the size, but it's not *quite* the same.  formZ needs to retain these parametric properties when just reshaping an object.  Maybe a version 9 fix?
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    snow got a reaction from jsiggia in New project window missing.   
    this statement gives me a migraine.  I really hope Z9 addresses most of these silly preference issues.  I think a simple application frame will do wonders as opposed to the floating palettes. 
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    snow got a reaction from Alan Cooper in Unknown file types try to open in formZ. Why formZ?   
    because formZ is the best and it can do anything and everything, of course! 
    but no seriously... this is a pretty silly and annoying bug.  we installed formZ on a number of machines in our office and on every machine it made most file types want to open in formZ--DWG, 3DS, SKP, etc--were all affected by this.  There's no workaround for this, you'll just slowly change the default application for every file type and eventually the problem will be solved. 
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    snow got a reaction from Philhuntdesign in retirement   
    after you uninstall it you'll have to contact support and they will remove the serial number from your IP address.
     
     
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    snow got a reaction from Jaakko in interface lag on MacOS   
    Try turning off snaps you aren't using.  Snap to Intersections does more harm than good when modeling in moderately complex files.  I rarely use it.
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    snow got a reaction from Lestershoelladdef in Tool Simplification / Consistency   
    I would like to make the suggestion that some tools are removed/simplified/blended/given consistency.
     
    There are a few tools that could use this treatment, but I recently took some time to look at the Extrusion, Reshape, Extend, and Thicken tools when applied to surfaces; all these tools essentially do the same thing, but with a few inconsistencies.
     
    Let's say you have 30 separate square surfaces.  If you want to thicken/extrude/reshape/extend 20 of them, one would pre-pick these surfaces select a tool, then click on the screen to do them all at once.  The interesting thing here is that the RESHAPE tool and the EXTEND tool will unpick the surfaces while EXTRUSION and THICKEN will not.  Naturally, it took me 3 tries to figure this out after trying to use Reshape and Extend before using Extrusion.
     
    It's also interesting that each of the Tool Options are slightly different, so it's not like you can just remove 2 of the tools and let the other tools do their jobs, there has to be some sort of simplification here.  
     
    Perhaps you can add all these abilities to one tool?  Let Reshape be given a fixed distance with In, Out, and Center, as well as dynamic, the ability to pre-pick, and also work on smooth objects?  I think that covers all ground for what this tool could do.




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    snow got a reaction from Jaakko in Dark Ui   
    I agree with Leed.  A designated dark mode UI (with a light mode option too, obviously) would be very welcome.  changing icon tint and changing various display colors is not a valid substitute for dark mode.
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    snow got a reaction from FZnoob in Texture mapping in 8.6.2 is making me ragey...   
    I like the way C4D handles "decals"... you are simply able to have textures overlap each other.  The "non-decal" is tiled, the "decal" doesn't tile and you can adjust it on your object accordingly.  This would be a welcomed addition to formZ. 
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    snow reacted to Des in gallery   
    I agree Snow. I have some thoughts...
     
    I remember when Maxwell came out years ago and they were really excited to support FormZ when we (the uZers) pushed for the support of a new powerful renderer. Thanks to Pylon we still have relatively quick and intuitive answers when needed.
     
    I was excited when vray came out for Z recently but unfortunately I haven’t been able to include it “yet” into my workflow (I hope to asap).
     
    There seems to be a lot of negativity these days on this forum without AutoDesSys jumping in to retort or help newer users. Please ADS sort this out!
     
    I miss the forum in the past where modelling advice and general help was to the forefront. And as a result made this place one of the best forums for 3D.
     
    I am hopeful that ADS are working hard on the new and improved FormZ 9, but we, the regulars, and new need more feedback and more from this (and still is) a great package.
     
    Des
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    snow got a reaction from Brantheat in objects won't boolean (union)   
    anyone have any ideas?
     
    this was once a single object.  then i sliced it into 4 sections to expand it in both directions. 
     
    now it will not union...
    Untitled2.fmz.zip
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    snow got a reaction from Lestershoelladdef in formZ needs a SketchUp Exporter   
    this shouldn't even be a question.
     
    SketchUp is arguably the most widely used 3D software.  Handcuffing formZ users to using unreliable exporting techniques to put models in SketchUp is a bad business decision for all parties involved. 
     
    Example:  I was asked by a client to have the SKP version of a file that has already been rendered out.  So now I'm spending X amount of time trying to figure out how to efficiently get my formZ model into SKP.  The only format I can work with for geometry and textures is 3DS (I don't have FBX or OBJ plugins, and neither does the client).  Of course not all the textures are translating properly and trying to edit these textures in SKP is a nightmare with all the 3DS facets.  So now I'm back in formZ trying to "fix" the textures so they work properly from 3DS to SKP which equals wasted time and wasted money.
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    snow got a reaction from JoryikMn in Cannot Undo Deleted Layer   
    Why is this a thing?  Layers should be able to be deleted and you should be able to undo this action.  
     
    This is possible in Rhino, Sketchup, and C4D, with and without objects on the layer.
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    snow got a reaction from JoryikMn in formZ folder in Documents...   
    needs to not be a thing.  There might be some users who actually use this for their organization, but I think the vast majority of users have their own system.  For example, I store everything on a server.
     
    Not to mention, programs that automatically create folders on hard drives are extremely bothersome.  It makes one ponder "what else is this program putting on my computer without my knowledge" which is an unsettling thought.
    (no, I don't think formZ does this, but when computer privacy is no longer a automatic guarantee these days, new users might frown on this action).
     
    A solution here would be to let the user decide where to put autosave and texture files.
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    snow got a reaction from Lestershoelladdef in Tool Simplification / Consistency   
    I would like to make the suggestion that some tools are removed/simplified/blended/given consistency.
     
    There are a few tools that could use this treatment, but I recently took some time to look at the Extrusion, Reshape, Extend, and Thicken tools when applied to surfaces; all these tools essentially do the same thing, but with a few inconsistencies.
     
    Let's say you have 30 separate square surfaces.  If you want to thicken/extrude/reshape/extend 20 of them, one would pre-pick these surfaces select a tool, then click on the screen to do them all at once.  The interesting thing here is that the RESHAPE tool and the EXTEND tool will unpick the surfaces while EXTRUSION and THICKEN will not.  Naturally, it took me 3 tries to figure this out after trying to use Reshape and Extend before using Extrusion.
     
    It's also interesting that each of the Tool Options are slightly different, so it's not like you can just remove 2 of the tools and let the other tools do their jobs, there has to be some sort of simplification here.  
     
    Perhaps you can add all these abilities to one tool?  Let Reshape be given a fixed distance with In, Out, and Center, as well as dynamic, the ability to pre-pick, and also work on smooth objects?  I think that covers all ground for what this tool could do.




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    snow got a reaction from JoryikMn in formZ folder in Documents...   
    needs to not be a thing.  There might be some users who actually use this for their organization, but I think the vast majority of users have their own system.  For example, I store everything on a server.
     
    Not to mention, programs that automatically create folders on hard drives are extremely bothersome.  It makes one ponder "what else is this program putting on my computer without my knowledge" which is an unsettling thought.
    (no, I don't think formZ does this, but when computer privacy is no longer a automatic guarantee these days, new users might frown on this action).
     
    A solution here would be to let the user decide where to put autosave and texture files.
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    snow got a reaction from Lestershoelladdef in Hidden Line needs some more work   
    Compared to various competitors, formZ's Hidden Line is quite bad.  Often there are extra facets showing which I have to troubleshoot to find the best display resolution and/or faceting scheme (which may or may not work).  Then if I have dimensions in the model, forget it, they look horrible in HL.
     
    Lately I've been exporting my models as DWG and opening them in a--ahem--sketchy competitor.  The hidden line here performs just like a shaded or wireframe mode.  Zero lag when panning or moving the camera, rendered instantly.  Dimensions are clean and I do not need to change any of the options (I almost always have to change options in the dimension styles .  The same model/imported DWG in formZ takes about 10 seconds to generate the HL, which I could live with if I was able to seamlessly move around the model.  But that's completely out of the question, the lag is unbearable.
     
    I know HL was recently improved, and it is indeed better.  But compared to the rest of the pack it's still no where near up to par. 
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    snow got a reaction from Lestershoelladdef in fix duplicate textures when exporting   
    Create a formZ file with a few of your own textures.  Export the following with textures.
     
    Export to 3DS: 3 versions of each texture
    Export to FBX: 2 versions of each texture
    Export to OBJ: 2 versions of each texture
     
    This can really (unnecessarily) bloat a project folder when using higher res images.
     
    Also, can the formZ logo stop exporting when it isn't in use (spoiler alert: it's never in use).
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    snow got a reaction from JoryikMn in Reshape should not change texture maps   
    If you have an object with a custom texture map on it, then reshape it, it will change the texture map.  This should be fixed.
     
    Using the Extend tool does not change the texture map so this is a nice workaround, but this should be consistent. 
     
    Attached is a file.  Try to reshape the back faces to make the wall art thinner.
    pictures.fmz.zip
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    snow got a reaction from JoryikMn in Offset Tool Options - Both Sides   
    I would really like to see this tool option in the Offset Outline and Offset Segment tools. 
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    snow got a reaction from Lestershoelladdef in common tools palette   
    does anyone use this?  
     
    I'm asking because I don't think this palette is necessary to have open by default.  I like to keep a clean interface and I think for v9 a cleaner interface is on the horizon so I'm wondering if there are users who use this palette to click on copy/paste/open/import, etc.
     
    These buttons are fairly common universal keyboard shortcuts or they are easily accessed from the File menu.
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    snow got a reaction from Lestershoelladdef in formZ needs a SketchUp Exporter   
    this shouldn't even be a question.
     
    SketchUp is arguably the most widely used 3D software.  Handcuffing formZ users to using unreliable exporting techniques to put models in SketchUp is a bad business decision for all parties involved. 
     
    Example:  I was asked by a client to have the SKP version of a file that has already been rendered out.  So now I'm spending X amount of time trying to figure out how to efficiently get my formZ model into SKP.  The only format I can work with for geometry and textures is 3DS (I don't have FBX or OBJ plugins, and neither does the client).  Of course not all the textures are translating properly and trying to edit these textures in SKP is a nightmare with all the 3DS facets.  So now I'm back in formZ trying to "fix" the textures so they work properly from 3DS to SKP which equals wasted time and wasted money.
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    snow got a reaction from JoryikMn in Cannot Undo Deleted Layer   
    Why is this a thing?  Layers should be able to be deleted and you should be able to undo this action.  
     
    This is possible in Rhino, Sketchup, and C4D, with and without objects on the layer.
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    snow reacted to FZnoob in CRASH again and again.. please help!   
    I think my computer would crash if I even mentioned a 1.3 gb file.
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    snow got a reaction from Lestershoelladdef in fix duplicate textures when exporting   
    Create a formZ file with a few of your own textures.  Export the following with textures.
     
    Export to 3DS: 3 versions of each texture
    Export to FBX: 2 versions of each texture
    Export to OBJ: 2 versions of each texture
     
    This can really (unnecessarily) bloat a project folder when using higher res images.
     
    Also, can the formZ logo stop exporting when it isn't in use (spoiler alert: it's never in use).
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    snow got a reaction from JoryikMn in Offset Tool Options - Both Sides   
    I would really like to see this tool option in the Offset Outline and Offset Segment tools. 
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