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    New update 9.0.6

    One of the biggest problems, is that form.Z has a lot more competition now. In it's heyday it was untouchable because it offered arguably the most comprehensive set of tools on the market, for not much money at $1495. Rivals were thin on the ground and consisted of software either for "hobbyists" (Infini-D, trueSpace, Ray Dream) or for well heeled pros with deep pockets (3DS Max, Houdini, LightWave, Alias PowerAnimator, Softimage 3D). From the latter group, Alias PowerAnimator at $30,000 came closest to form.Z when it came to modelling power. The buying decision was obviously a no brainer. Cinema 4D, Maya, and Rhino were not born untill around 1999, and they signalled the decline of the dominance of form.Z, in terms of power to value ratio. In addition, "The Joint Study Program" ensured a steady stream of future new users, by seriously involving students with the software early on. Rave reviews flooded in from various publications around the world. These were the golden years, and lasted for about fifteen years, 1991-2006, but then the decline began. I believe that the only way back will be to try to claw back the lost respect, but the question is how? Indeed, can it be done..... or is it too late?
  2. @Justin Montoya Here you go! The Big Bopper on the left, and Jr. on the right. Jr. has similar specs, but "only" one Quadro and one Tesla. Perhaps overdue for a Christmas present?
  3. @Justin Montoya, that's why I'm a "PC guy". I started off on a Mac, but that only lasted a year or so. I love the ability to freely tinker with my hardware. My current computer runs twin Xeons (72 cores), coupled with 128GB of ECC RAM, and three graphic cards (one Quadro and two Teslas) for GPU rendering! Vroooom..... It's big, it's heavy, it ain't pretty, but It leaves just about any Mac in the dust where it matters! Oh, and I didn't have to mortgage the house for it.
  4. santa

    New update 9.0.6

    Hear! Hear!! As I said a number of times on this board previously, what we really need is a less complex but rock-solid form.Z. Does anyone really need the myriad of existing tools, options, and palettes? I certainly could happily live without many.
  5. santa

    New update 9.0.6

    Unfortunately, that's not a solution to potential new users, who we desperately need! They will run a mile after experiencing this. First impressions do count!
  6. I'm a PC guy, but I agree. Have a look at this:
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    Importing 3rd party models

    So would I, but the problem is that no one seems to be listening. Just look at all the great suggestions that didn't make it into V9! I own a couple of licences, including V8.6.5, but form.Z is no longer on my computer. V9 was eagerly anticipated by many, including myself since I hoped, finally, for the reintroduction of the classic drafting module. From what I have read, unfortunately, what we ended up with pales in comparison. Why the need for drafting? Well, because not everything can be purely 3d! Many architects, like myself, may dream in colourful 3d, but plan in drab 2d due to reality. Compliance with building codes requires this. It's useless having a masterpiece of design if it's a pipe dream. As an aside, I have been preoccupied with an unusual personal project for the past few years. This involved the accurate recreation in 3d of a 19th century town entirely from available photographs. There were no surviving plans. This process required me to set up "reverse perspectives" in AutoCAD in order to then confidently proceed with the modelling. By "reverse perspectives" I mean the manual setting up of old fashioned vanishing points, spectator points, etc. (remember them?) to derive building plans and elevations from them. There was simply no other way, due to the large variety of source photos involved. Eyeballing was out of the question to me. The resulting DWG files were then imported into Z for modelling, and then re-exported, back and forth, for further refinement. This worked well in classic Z, but became impossible in newer versions. But hope is eternal, so it's the sidelines for me, untill a better Z (or other software) comes along, and this includes the UI. "Back to the future"...with V10 perhaps?
  8. santa

    Importing 3rd party models

    How does the architectural modelling capability of Rhino compare to form.Z? I must admit that after many years, I am also looking for an alternative to Z. It's simply not what it used to be!
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    Importing 3rd party models

    I agree.....3ds or obj are the way to go. Of the two obj will give you cleaner geometry, but is harder to find. 3ds, on the other hand, is almost universal.
  10. Sounds like a registry issue. No matter how hard you try, a program will never uninstall completely. The registry will always retain some junk. Perhaps there are duplicate entries in there causing your problem. Having said that, I wouldn't advise poking around the registry, unless you know exactly what you are doing. Repeat... don't do it unless you are confident. This is why I like to image my system drive while it's in a clean state. It's easier to then restore such an image and to do a fresh install of form.Z. I normally do this routinely, every time there is a major Windows update (20H1, 20H2....). This way any troublesome program can be nuked completely in case of trouble. Take a breather, because you may be making the situation worse. It's probably best if you contact support directly.
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    VRay Licensing

    I am considering VRay, but must admit that the licensing is putting me off. Is an internet connection really required for the entire time the software is in use? I understand that the licence can be "borrowed" for offline use, but how does this work? Would someone with experience please clarify the process? It almost seems like more trouble than its worth to me!
  12. Thanks for the quick reply @pipo, and forgive me for harping on this, but your landscapes blow me away! In the ACC Aboriginal Cultural Centre model, for example, did you use a particle system for the trees? How many are there? What is the file size? I have tried to achieve a similar look (on a very large scale personal project) using an image mapped GIS terrain, but it's nothing like yours I'm afraid! It looks good from high above, but dies at eye level due to distortion, despite high resolution UV mapping. We need how-to "master class" videos from guys like you! Kudos to you and to your other half.
  13. Nice work @pipo! Am I correct in concluding that the use of form.Z is restricted to the architecture? How do you achieve such a seamless fit with those beautiful and vast landscapes? Are they real, or predefined from Lumion libraries? Move over vray!
  14. santa

    VRay Licensing

    Thanks Justin. It seems to be overly draconian. I wonder why they feel the need for such a licensing regime? Anyway, it's something to think about. Is Maxwell still available for Form.Z? I believe it's slower than VRay, but of better quality. How does Maxwell licensing compare?
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    Edit Groups versus Unlock Groups?

    Solved! It appears that the problem file was created in a legacy version of Form.Z. Although the old group hierarchy is preserved in that file, the new Edit Group/Component command does not see it that way. Drilling down the hierarchy works, but coming up again doesn't. Regrouping all objects is the fix, although a tedious one due to the complexity. Perhaps support can look into this? There must be many legacy files out there that are not yet ready for the scrapheap!
  16. I'm interested to learn how others work when it comes to editing objects within groups. In my experience, sub-groups (two or even deeper), are deadly with the Edit Groups/Components command. They simply do not work! What's the point of having this option? Do others have a similar experience? Is unlocking the preferred, and only way to go?
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    Windows 10 on ARM Support

    Anwar, I agree with your comment regarding cpu relevance for modelling. I didn't mean to infer otherwise. Have you seen the chip being developed by Cerebral Systems in California? It takes up an entire wafer of silicon (22cm X 22cm), has 400,000 cores and contains 1.2 trillion transistors! Obviously, it is not intended for mere mortals, like us.
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    Windows 10 on ARM Support

    I should add that in my case, the role of a "faster and better" cpu has become almost irrelevant, simply because I rely mostly on gpu acceleration, either CUDA or RTX. Hopefully, Autodessys feels the same and steers Form.Z in the same direction. Gotta go now!
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    Windows 10 on ARM Support

    Adobe must know something that the rest of the world doesn't.
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    Windows 10 on ARM Support

    Yeah, I believe that ARM will certainly dent Intel's stranglehold when it comes to devices requiring low power consumption, such as laptops, but I can't see it going much further than that. Look at AMD and it's current Threadripper range. Despite achieving synthetic scores that put top end Xeons to shame, the hoped for uptake is not there. Organisations are not rushing to switch from Intel, simply because it is "the devil that you know", and therefore trust, despite the cost.
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    Windows 10 on ARM Support

    In my opinion, only when or if ARM overtakes Intel as the predominant cpu architecture, and that will not happen any time soon. I read somewhere that ARM has trouble executing certain 64-bit x86 tasks so I wouldn't hold my breath. Can anyone really see four different versions of Form.Z under development (for ARM + Intel on both PC and Mac)? I certainly can't! Personally, I can't wait for Quantum Computing to come along. That will be a game changer!
  22. santa

    FormZ 9.0.4.2

    😂
  23. While we are in this jovial mood, I heard two lame (but don't tell them that) jokes from the kids: 1. "Q: What did one wall say to the other? A: I'll meet you at the corner." 2. "Q: What did one cannibal say to the other when he saw a tourist bus? A: Not tinned food again!" Boom, boom......
  24. It must have a virus! Why don't you isolate it for two weeks?
  25. santa

    WORKING UNITS

    I believe it is to 32 decimal places. Can support either confirm or correct this?
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