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  1. Tech

    What's New In form•Z v9 Video

    Layout/Draft video is in progress. Please bear with us as these are taking longer to produce under today's remote work conditions.
  2. For many years we have had requests for a viewer app for form•Z files on a laptop or desktop computer. form•Z Viewer is a new app based on the v9 interface. More mature than a beta, but its never been out in the wild. Please let us know what you think! Click on the icon below....
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    form•Z Viewer first flight

    Its working for us. Please try again, May have been an AWS issue...
  4. We are happy to provide free additional form•Z installations for individuals and companies who need additional capacity to accommodate work from home during these unpreceded times. Please email support@formZ.com with your form•Z serial number and we will add extra installation slots to your form•Z v8.6 or v9.0 license. These extra installations will remain in place until the crisis abates. We are able to continue to offer technical support and sales services while honoring the necessary restrictions in place in our local area. We recommend email as the best form of communication with our support (support@formZ.com) and Sales (sales@formZ.com) teams. We wish everyone the best!
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    form•Z 9 beta

    form•Z 9 beta is coming on 9-5-19! Sign up now to be one of the first to receive the v9 beta software: http://www.formz.com/fz9_beta_request Note that you must have a licensed version of form•Z pro 8.5/8.6 to participate in the beta.
  6. The form•Z LAB plugins are available for form•Z v9! A single installer installs all of the plugins for form•Z pro form•Z jr or form•Z Student and Faculty Edition. https://lab.formz.com
  7. A new page has been added to the form•Z site with more information on form•Z v9 Python Scripting (Click Here to visit) In case you missed today's webinar on form•Z v9 Python Scripting you can check it it out here:
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    Reverting to 8.6?

    We are obviously concerned about these issues but have yet to reproduce the problems on any machine that we have tested with. Next time a problem happens like this can you please compress the "formZ 9.0 pro" folder from the autodessys preferences folder and email it to support@formz.com? Please include the details of your OS so we can try and reproduce the problems on a similar system. This is our highest priority at the moment. Please use support@formz.com to let us know about issues that you are encountering. We see email messages much faster than the forum and and we can properly track and follow up with you.
  9. We are pleased to announce that formZ 8.6 now available for pro, jr, free and student editions. This version is not available through software update due a technical limitation in the update. form•Z 8.6 uses the same registration codes as v8.5. After installing you will be prompted to register. If you are on a machine with an v8.5 installation, the codes will be pre-filled in the registration dialog. Just accept the terms and click Register. form•Z pro users can install the 8.6 application only which is a much smaller download (Click Here). If you encounter problems or need to perform a clean install, you can use the full installer (Click Here) form•Z jr users need to use the full installer (Click Here). form•Z jr is now 64-bit on Windows form•Z free and form•Z Student Edition users should get get the latest version from the link found in the email you received when you registered for the software.
 Note: If you have installed any of the 8.6 WIP versions, please delete the WIP application folder. Please contact us at support@formz.com or start a new forum thread if you have any feedback or issues.
Enjoy! Enjoy! Highlights of improvements in v8.6 this version include (but are not limited to): o Product updated to use ACIS 2018. o STEP file translator improved (better support specially on OS X). o SKP file translator updated. Now supports skp 2016 and 2017 files. o SAT file translator updated. Now supports 2018 files. o DWG/DXF file translator updated. Now supports 2018 files. o FBX file translator updated. Now supports 2018 files. o FMZ files saved with versions prior to v6 can now be opened directly. o Performance on Mac Pro models using ATI graphics cards has been improved. o 3DS export now handles objects with more than 65535 faces or 65535 points efficiently. o Deleting layer groups from the layers palette now works properly. o Hatches now work properly on shapes with co-linear points. o Zoom Options "Zoom Frame By Center" and "Zoom Frame By Corners" restored for the Zoom Frame tool. o Materials palette context menu now has an option to select All Objects/Faces that are assigned a the selected material . o Transform options now work properly. o Clone options restored to the Transform and Replace tools. Unclone tool restored. o 3DS export no longer fails when an object contains a degenerate 2 sided face. o The context menu invoked by right-clicking on objects now has options to Select Clone Families, and make the object's Material, Layer, Line weight or Line style active. o Undo/Redo now work properly on OS X 10.13 (High Sierra). o Auto Save by time interval now works properly. o SketchUp Materials now import properly. o SketchUp 2017,2018 Now supported. o Export DWG/DXF speed improved. o Import KMZ files now works properly. o The Reduce tool no longer stops when encountering an object that can not be reduced (when multiple objects are selected). o Landform tool now works properly with grouped contour lines (keep same height). o Dimensions and text import properly from DXF/DWG files. o Certain 3DS files now open properly. o Text imports properly from DXF files. o Tool names no longer be truncated on certain OS X systems. o UI elements are now sized properly on OS X. o Section tool now works in Wireframe. o Importing certain 3DS files no longer crash. o Numerous stability and performance improvements.
  10. Tech

    Long awaited Draft Layout App.

    You can. In Model app select "Import From Drafting" from the File Menu, in Draft Layout select "Import From Modeling" from the File menu.
  11. Tech

    Long awaited Draft Layout App.

    So because Reference files do not have this feature (which is a good idea BTW), you are going to forgo all the other improvements? Really? Components received an overhaul in v9. Did you even try them?
  12. Tech

    what's new webinar

    We had some technical issues with the recording plus we are cleaning up some rough edges (and prepping for this weeks webinar!). Please be patient, its coming but as these views tend to have a long shelf life so we want to get it right.
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    Long awaited Draft Layout App.

    AHTOH, Sorry that you feel this way. You participated in the v9 beta and yet never mentioned these issues you are encountering. We found 3 tickets regarding v9 issues: 1 was about your registration code and two about palette issues (which have been resolved). There are many additional features besides symmetry not to mention the overall performance improvements. Did you see the list here? You can interchange your drawing with the modeling environment (see Import from Drafting in the file Menu). Also printing and opening classic Draft files with Libraries work with our tests. We would be happy to investigate the issue further to see why these are not working for you. Please email the details to support with the files that are causing problems and we will get to the bottom of the issue. A number of the new features in v9 were suggested in the forum. We could not possibly implement all of the suggestions so If there are specific features that are important to you please be clear in what they are rather than the vague reference in your post. We are working on a couple of other issues that have been reported in v9 layout. We would be happy to work directly with you in a constructive manner to resolve the issues you are encountering.
  14. Tech

    FormZ Free

    We identified an issue that can happen on some systems. We have posted an updated installer that should fix this issue. Please download again and re-install.
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    FormZ Free

    This is caused by the width of your browser window. If you expand the window, the graphics will be fine. We are looking into why this is not dynamically adjusting properly in some browsers. Thanks for the additional feedback. Not as widespread as you made it sound, but obviously things that we needed to correct.
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    FormZ Free

    We certainly do not see the issues you are describing. What browser are you using? What page do you observe the graphics and link issues?
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    FormZ Free

    There was a server cache issues as we transitioned to the live version of the new site. Please reload the page. You may need to force reload the page with shift key while selecting reload depending on your browser. You should now get the proper links.
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    form•Z v9.0.1 - UI Typo Inaccuracies

    Thanks for your feedback. We will be working on this going forward. The newer Mac OS SDK we are using in v9 has had a number of subtile changes that we are still working through. There is a lot of behind the scenes tweaking to make things look good on all the languages, operating systems, and versions we support. Can you detail why you would want to be able to reset the coordinates to 0? If we add this id would need to be a button or icon as check box UI element indicates a "state" not an "action".
  19. Simply amazing work Chris! Thanks for sharing.
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    FormZ Free

    form•Z free v9 is available today (Click Here). formZ Student and Faculty Edition (SE) v9 is also available (Click Here). Existing form•Z SE users will receive an email in the next few days with download instructions.
  21. form•Z 8.5 and later (ie 8.5.x, 8.6.x and v9 beta) will work with Catalina (a.k.a. MacOS 10.15). Catalina only supports 64-bit apps so older versions of form•Z prior to v8.5 and all bonzai3d versions will not work. Unfortunately this is beyond our control as these are 32-bit applications which Mac OS no longer supports. We also can not rule out the possibility of compatibility issues with specific features or plugins in formZ v8.x on Catalina. Note that if you try to update a system to Catalina and you have a version of form•Z 8.0 or earlier on your system you will get a warning before the update installs that form•Z is not compatible with Catalina, even if you all have a newer compatible form•Z (v8.5 or later) installed as well.
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    form•Z v9.0.1 now available

    This is most likely coated by a fire wall or other internet issue that is blocking access to our updater message. We will see if this message can be improved.
  23. form•Z v9.0.1 (#A107) We have posted v9.0.1 today to address some reported issues with formZ v9. This version can be now installed using the link you received with your v9 codes. Here is a list of some of the more important improvements: • When the favorites menu is invoked (Space bar by default), pressing the space bar again will open and position the tool options palette on the screen at the location of the favorites tools. This makes for an easy way to access the Tool Options without needing to navigate to the location of the palette. The palette is returned to its original state when the mouse moves out of the newly positioned tool options palette or the favorites menu shortcut is selected again. • Pop-up Tool Options is a new key shortcut available in the Palettes group of the Key shortcuts manager. This invokes the tool options at the mouse location as with the favorites menu without needing to go through the favorites menu first. There is no default key combination assigned for this option. • The color popup in the Attributes tab of the Inspector now works properly when clicking on the arrow indicator. • Export PSD no longer generates empty files under certain situations. • The palette dock is now maintained in the Cone Of Vision environment. • Shaded work and shaded full now show the proper color when Copy and paste of objects which have materials with matching names. • Certain geometry no longer causes a crash when using object snaps and the mouse rolls over the object. • Create Reference File no longer includes references to other attached reference files in the newly created reference file. • Create Reference File now warns when replacing a reference file that is already being referenced by the project. • Create Reference File now handles single object reference files properly. • Docking and undocking certain palettes now works properly. • Editing Components in the project window has been improved. • The parameters tab of the inspector now works properly with components. • Components placed with the “Place on Active Layer” option now explode properly. • The “Getting Started” tutorials are now accessible from the startup screen again. • Holding Command/Ctrl and dragging docked palette will allow precision
placement/force placement OS X specific • Installer now works better on OS X 10.15.3 • Animations played in the form•Z window now display properly. • Closing the Inspector palette, no longer leads to crashes. • Changing the direction of the Arc 3 again works with tapping command key. Windows specific • Hide palettes no longer leads to extra margins shown around the palettes when un-hiding. Draft Layout • Title blocks now work as expected. • The place image tool now works as expected. • Components update properly when a layout file is opened. • Paste from Model/Paste from Draft have been improved. • Compounds from v6 files are now converted properly. Additional stability and performance improvements.
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    Can't use v9.0.1 layout

    We have not observed or been able to reproduce this behavior. Are you on OS X or windows? How long does it take before it stops working?