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  1. Charles Freeborn

    Please welcome PowerCADD

    I've been a F•Z user since the late 90's and a PCadd user even longer. I take this merger as a good thing. PC has had it's ups and downs over the years, but at it's core is a very solid 2d drawing platform. The best I've found, and I've worked with a few. What I'd like to see is the PC tools available in the Layout section (drafting) of F•Z. Then I'd like to be able to flow bi-directionally between the 2 platforms (2d and 3d). Sometimes I'll start a design in 2d, which I've struggled to export to F•Z accurately (frequent scaling issues), and sometimes I'll start with the model which I've also struggled to get an accurate export to detail in PC. Having these two "worlds" interact seamlessly would be huge. Like really huge.
  2. I have struggled with getting tool palettes the way that works for my workflow, for, well forever. Here are my questions: 1 What causes the multiple icons and how does one rid the palette of them? I've pushed every button I can find and no joy. 2 Is it possible to re-order tools in an existing tool palette. The only way I've found is to delete the entire palette and start over. 3 How can I delete tools from a palette without deleting the whole palette and starting over? 4How can I re-order the palettes in the toolbar? (without deleting the palette(s) and starting over? Thanks.
  3. "Form Z Tech" used to chime in pretty quickly and regularly with help on this forum... but not much lately. Have they given up on it or is there help elsewhere? I posted a question several weeks ago and no response from them.
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    Modeling Tool Palette Odity

    What is the cause of this? I've had the same thing happen when using the full Form•Z modeling tools palette as well. When I've tried to access through Tool Manager it gets really weird with multiple multiples and generally makes a huge mess resulting in my having to go back to the defaults. Computer is an iMac 27" running OSX 10.13.6 Thx.
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    Drafting v. Layout

    Another vote for open clip / PowerCadd.... Or better yet figure out how to integrate the "Wild Tools" suite of tools into Layout. Then you'd really have a fluid way to generate working drawings.
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    Derive Face from outline

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    Derive Face from outline

    Outstanding. Thank you! 9 times out of 10 my troubles are caused by non-planar issues...
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    Derive Face from outline

    I'm having trouble converting this outline to a face which I can then extrude (or go straight to an extrusion) I've tried the original geometry (composite curve) and then converted to plain object. The derive face tool doesn't create the desired effect. When I extrude I get the outline with sides shown here. My goal is to have a solid object. Thanks. CreateFaceSample.fmz
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    Brain Fart

    The close line tool brings up a "no-go" symbol (line with slash through it). I ended up re-drawing the shape and was able to extrude it. I had done that several times before, but for some reason it didn't work until now. Not sure how my last attempt differed, but I must have missed the last click previously, thus not creating a surface. Thanks.
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    Brain Fart

    I've been away from F•Z for several months and for the life of me I can't remember how to get a solid object or extrusion from an outline. This is generated as a continuos line composed of vector lines and spline through points tools. I've tried using the derive tools as well and no luck. Thanks, and sorry for the rookie question...
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    Deform Tool

    Is there a replacement for the deform tool in F•Z pro? I need to model a log cabin type wall and need a random roughened surface. Any suggestions on how to do this? Thx.
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    Using Scenes

    I've struggled with scenes since day one. What I'd like to do is save a "scene" with specific objects or groups of objects on or off. For example one "scene" would have a door open and another closed. I'd like to be able to view or export images of these "scenes" by selecting which one I want to view. Can someone walk me through this procedure? In other CAD programs I use it's easy. I put objects on layers, choose which layers are on or off for any given view and then I can click through them. In 2-d parlance they're "sheets" just like a plan set. How does Form z handle this?\ Thanks.
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    Print causes crash

    My version is I ran some other diagnostics, maintenance & restarted. Problem seems to be gone. I'll let you know if it re-appears. Thanks. -C
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    Print causes crash

    The only update I can find on your support pages is 8.5, which I am running. Is this different from, and if so where can I find it. When I invoke "check for updates" from help menu I get a "check for update failed" message.
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    Print causes crash

    When I attempt to print I get a 15 or so second pause, spinning beachball and then FZ crashes. FZ version 8.5, OSX 10.11.2 Any suggestions? Thanks.