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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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    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?
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    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?
  6. 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"!
  7. Here is the file mentioned above. MIC-01.fmz
  8. Hi Bernie, Please see the attached. I will upload the Z file in a minute.
  9. 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.
  10. santa

    Why isn't formz more popular?

    It faces an uphill battle, though! So called professional users tend to stick to industry standard software such as those from Adobe, Autodesk and MS (Word). The introduction of their much maligned subscription models did not result in a significant reduction of their user base either, despite all the doomsayers predicting otherwise.
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    How to export to Draft

    That's a bit odd! Am I correct in assuming therefore, that the only way to return to layout is via copy/paste again? What happens if one of the views requires modification in draft? Surely the other views will not update also, unless the 3d model itself is modified first. Such a workflow seems to me like the proverbial dog chasing its own tail!
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    How to export to Draft

    Hi Kim, Did you get this sorted out? How does the new V9 drafting environment compare to what we used to have? Are there any added features?
  13. santa

    Why isn't formz more popular?

    One of the reasons I chose form.Z was the consistent rave reviews it used to receive when compared to other software. I do not see those anymore. How about some head to head videos on YouTube, for example, in addition to the current tutorials, that will drive home its strengths and benefits?
  14. santa

    Why isn't formz more popular?

    Andrew, they used to be very active in this area, with their "Joint Study Program". I have in front of me a copy of "Partnerships in Learning 5" which runs to 168 glossy pages plus CD, showcasing the wonderful work of many-many students in various categories such as architectural design, urban and landscape design, to name just two. The inside front cover indexes over 100 participating schools/ universities. No more! As I wrote in one of my other recent posts, there also used to be a much more open feel, almost a buzz, about form.Z and it's future. This is also gone, and that's a real shame! Although there is still great expectation for every new version, disillusionment soon follows.
  15. santa

    Why isn't formz more popular?

    An almost insignificant percentage, I would say. According to a quick internet search there are 30 million small businesses in the US, which figure represents 99.9% of all businesses.
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