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  1. You can adjust the intensity of the Sky Environment in the Sky parameters. Does this help you scene? You can also disable the GI effect from the Sky Environment by Using the environment override (using a bank color will mans that no GI illumination will come from the environment).
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    Clones - Latest Build 10163

    Clones can be transformed "individually" or "as a family". This is controlled by the option in the transformation tool options. "Individually" apples the transformation to each clones instance about its own local axis and the "as a family" option is applied to the while family as a set. Changes to a parameter of a clone are propagated to each instance individually. What we have observed is that in v8.6, the dynamic display during the transformation always functions "as a family". Once the final click of the transformation is made, the transformation is applied each object when the "individually" option is selected. See images We have logged this aa an issue and also have added suggestion to be show if an object is in a clone in the information tab (and how many siblings it has).
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    Lasso selection

    The Area Pick tool (right next to the Pick tool) has options for Lasso and Polygon shaped selection (as well as the option to Pick Crossing).
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    2d people

    There is also a small set of 2d people (and trees) in the default components that ship with formZ.
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    Turquoise artifacts

    As suggested, please check if the Frame buffer Force Color Clamping option is on. If so disable it. Does this help? Forces color clamping in the V-Ray VFB. Click and hold left mouse button to display the clamped colors in the V-Ray VFB. Save the image from the frame buffer. Does the artifact exist in the saved image?
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    bump map settings

    We assume you are referring to the intensity (depth) of the bump, Correct? You just need to adjust the intensity next to the bump parameter.
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    What did you do to formZ 8.6.3?!

    Allan, We are sorry you encountered a problem with formZ. Clones are a feature that has been around in older versions of formZ for years (In fact the technology is behind the scenes in v7 and v8). We re-enabled the UI in v8.6 as we had a number of request for this feature. The message that you encountered is an indication of a geometric or topological problem with one or more objects. As clones are really just a linkage between objects so the family can be updated when one changes, we doubt that this is the cause of the problem. As you get a similar message in v8.5 (which is blind to clones), its a indication that the clone linkage is not itself the issue at hand. The support team has answered your email and hopefully we can get the root of the issue.
  8. We just completed an update of the forum with new software and a new host. All of the problems of the last few months should be resolved and you should notice the its more responsive and looks better too! If you experience any issues with the new forum, please click "contact us" at the bottom of the page and send us a note. Sorry but posts from the last 24 hours may have been lost in the transition, please re-post. Thanks for your patience, we think it was worth the wait.
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    form•Z 8.6 Update Released

    #10163 (aka 8.6.3.1) Has a correction for import of DXF/DWG files that contain references to certain image files.
  10. We are pleased to announce that formZ 8.6.3 is now available for pro, jr, free and student editions. If you are using v8.6.2 or v8.6.1, you can update you installation by selecting "Check for Update" from the Help menu within form•Z. If you are using v8.5 or v8.6.0 (or if you experience issues with the software update feature because of a firewall or other connection issue), you will need to install from here: Click Here for formZ pro. Click Here for formZ jr. Click Here for formZ Student Edition. Highlights of enhancements in v8.6.3: • Large STEP files now open properly on OS X. • Selecting “Group/Component Complete” while editing a group or component no longer crashes on certain systems. • Performance of switching between graphic windows has been improved. • Performance of switching between form•Z and other applications has been improved. • Image files used as textures are now updated in the graphics window and material parameters when the texture is externally edited while the form•Z project is opened. • Auto save is no longer initiated immediately when a file is opened or a new file is created. • Animation using RenderZone on scenes where the camera (view) do not change no work properly. • The mouse scroll wheel no works properly on certain Windows versions. • Group override materials are now copied properly between projects with "Copy & Paste”. • Components that contain layers with override materials or groups with override materials now work properly. • Printing with extents selected now properly fits the page for non-perspective views. • Printing Notes and dimensions is more accurate. • Picking/pre-picking certain geometry no longer crashes. • A new option “Remove Duplicate Materials” has been added to the materials palette context menu. This will remove materials with identical parameters (except name). All objects/faces that reference the duplicate material will use the remaining material. • Selecting "Purge Unused Materials" from the materials palette context menu no longer removes materials used in Group overrides. • Snapping/picking of arcs or objects with circular/elliptical edges much faster. (Most noticeable in files with a significant number of these shapes, specially ellipses.) • Texture image files that are 65K in size now properly work with distributed rendering. • Subdivision objects now inherit face colors from the original mesh/cage. • Collada (DAE) import now loads the materials and UV’s properly. • Notes now import from DXF/DWG files with the proper placement. • Other various optimizations and stability improvements.
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    form•Z 8.6 Update Released

    Thanks for all of the feedback! We released v8.6.3 today. You can update you installation by selecting "Check for Update" from the Help menu. Note that if you are using 8.5 or 8.6.0 (or if you experience issues with the software update feature because of a fire wall or other connection issue), you will need to install from the links below. Click Here for formZ pro. Click Here for formZ jr. Click Here for formZ Student Edition. Highlights of enhancements in v8.6.3: • Large STEP files now open properly on OS X. • Selecting “Group/Component Complete” while editing a group or component no longer crashes on certain systems. • Performance of switching between graphic windows has been improved. • Performance of switching between form•Z and other applications has been improved. • Image files used as textures are now updated in the graphics window and material parameters when the texture is externally edited while the form•Z project is opened. • Auto save is no longer initiated immediately when a file is opened or a new file is created. • Animation using RenderZone on scenes where the camera (view) do not change no work properly. • The mouse scroll wheel no works properly on certain Windows versions. • Group override materials are now copied properly between projects with "Copy & Paste”. • Components that contain layers with override materials or groups with override materials now work properly. • Printing with extents selected now properly fits the page for non-perspective views. • Printing Notes and dimensions is more accurate. • Picking/pre-picking certain geometry no longer crashes. • A new option “Remove Duplicate Materials” has been added to the materials palette context menu. This will remove materials with identical parameters (except name). All objects/faces that reference the duplicate material will use the remaining material. • Selecting "Purge Unused Materials" from the materials palette context menu no longer removes materials used in Group overrides. • Snapping/picking of arcs or objects with circular/elliptical edges much faster. (Most noticeable in files with a significant number of these shapes, specially ellipses.) • Texture image files that are 65K in size now properly work with distributed rendering. • Subdivision objects now inherit face colors from the original mesh/cage. • Collada (DAE) import now loads the materials and UV’s properly. • Notes now import from DXF/DWG files with the proper placement. • Other various optimizations and stability improvements.
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    Forum Functionality is broken

    We have observed a a couple of issues with certain browsers since a recent software update. We are working on a fix.....sorry for the inconvenience.
  13. We have observed that the Sign In link is not working in certain browsers since a recent software update. We are working on a fix but until then, you can use this link: http://forums.formz.com/index.php?app=core&module=global&section=login Sorry for the inconvenience.
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    form•Z 8.6 Update Released

    All, Thanks for all of the feedback. A number of issues have ben addressed in v8.6.3 which we expect to release by 8/15/18. This includes the scroll wheel issue and the performance of window switching. We have a pre-release of v8.6.3 (pro) that we can make available if you are interested in trying it. Please email support@formz.com if you are interested in testing with this pre-relase version. Note that we are still working on some issues and we are reviewing the issues raised in this thread.
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