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  1. santa

    Can't use v9.0.1 layout

    d_b, try backsaving the dwg file to an older version, and then re-importing. AutoCAD 2018 is fairly new, and Form.Z may have issues with it.
  2. santa

    Can't use v9.0.1 layout

    Is AutoCAD dwg file import/export working properly? Form.Z 6.7.3 included support all the way back to R12 (I think). Is this still the case?
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    formZ models exchange site!

    This may be slightly off-topic, but the Smithsonian has just released a couple of thousand (!!) free 3d meshes. They all appear to be downloadable as obj files. See here: https://3d.si.edu/cc0
  4. santa

    formZ models exchange site!

    Chris, Yes it would be nice, but I am wondering if Anton will be prepared to undertake such a task on his own. Running, maintaining, and paying for a server 24/7, in addition to associated site hosting, is not for the faint of heart! It seems to me that it would be best if autodessys stepped up and offered some space on its servers and forums. How about it Z?
  5. santa

    Why isn't formz more popular?

    The problem is that, compared to previous years, only a fraction of students/universities are taking on form.z now. Perhaps they are looking for software that is widely accepted, thereby ensuring future employment prospects.
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    formZ models exchange site!

    A few years ago, there was a site called form.z depot that also offered freebies. I am curious if anyone remembers anything about it, and more importantly, why it failed? A reminder would be useful now to prevent history repeating itself. Anyway, may the force be with Anton, and his venture!
  7. I wish we had some clarity about the status of V9. If it's still in beta, the software should not be offered for sale on the website, or distributed to family plan members, as it seems to be.
  8. santa

    latest version

    Confusing isn't it? A couple of posts suggest that the new website will be up and running within days. It should all become clear then.
  9. I just had a look at the online manual in the hope of finding information about the new drafting workspace, and its associated toolset. Although there is a single entry in the A-Z index for "drafting", it merely links to "layout" which is not what I was hoping for. Therefore, I would like to ask support, or anyone else reading this, if V9 drafting is an improvement upon what we had in V6.7.3, or simply an LT version of it? Whether or not I upgrade hinges on this.
  10. santa

    form•Z 9 beta

    The website is in a state of transition right now. Although there is no clear announcement on the front page, it is possible to purchase V9 (click purchase) but I cannot find a link to trials yet. An annual subscription is also available. Is this new to V9?
  11. santa

    Why isn't formz more popular?

    Some years ago, there was talk about making form.Z modular. Perhaps that is something that should be put back on the table. Personally, I like the idea of a rock-solid, stable, crash-free core, call it "form.Z Core" or "form.Z Nucleus" if you like, at a reduced price perhaps, with a number of industry-specific plug-ins, such as architecture, industrial design, and product design, for example. Also, what are the thoughts on product naming? Pro and Free seem apt, but I am not sure about Jr. To me it brings up negative connotations such as immaturity, which is not conducive to attract the next (younger) generation of users. If the current three-tier offering is to be maintained, how about renaming Jr. to the original "form.Z Bonzai" perhaps. It has a more exotic, almost gamy feel. In fact, do we need three tiers? Is V9 in general release? My impression is that currently it is only in the hands of those who took up the pre-realease offer that ended a couple of weeks ago. Is this right?
  12. santa

    Why isn't formz more popular?

    Agreed. If anything, I would personally prefer to see a simpler rock solid form.Z. I feel that adding more and more complexity is the wrong way to go. Remember "less is more"!
  13. Here is the file mentioned above. MIC-01.fmz
  14. Hi Bernie, Please see the attached. I will upload the Z file in a minute.
  15. This could also possibly work using a texture. Find a seamless hexagonal pattern, derive transparency and bump maps from it and simply map to your object. Not a modelling solution, but it may be good enough.
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