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  1. Tech

    Why isn't formz more popular?

    Paul was a valuable member of our team as our tech support lead for many years and we miss him professionally and personally. Paul was enthusiastic and always someone who would be the champion of the end user to our team. However, he was never a developer of form•Z. False rumors like the lead programmer is dead simply do not help our situation. form•Z was created by Chis Yessios and David Kropp. Chris has retired but is still a valued advisor. David continues as president and leads the development team (not the rumored sole developer). The Joint Study Program still exists and between this program, the form•Z student edition and form•Z free there is a solid install base in schools (but it could always be better). We stopped the Partnerships in learning publication as it became increasingly difficult publish, as a younger generation of faculty became less interested in providing the student feedback that made the publication interesting. In general schools no longer teach software leaving the student to pick their own solution often without much guidance. We give the software to students and faculty for free (in Switzerland as well), yet others charge (some significantly). We are not sure where these market share numbers come from, but form•Z is used at a lot more than 930 companies, this number is at least an order of magnitude off. Are we a small team at the moment? Yes. But we challenge you to find another group that is as dedicated and believe in what they do. Do we make mistakes, sure, but we will always try to address the issues as fast as possible. Are we great are marketing? No. Andrew has provided some stunning images and kindly allowed us to use them in promotional material. We need to get better at marketing and ideas are always welcome. Thank you for everyone’s feedback, it will only make us better and we believe that the best is yet to come.
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    Feels like a beta release!

    What is selected for the 2-click option in the Edit menu?
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    Ignore the extra icons in the "extensions palette". Just use the normal V-Ray tools palette.
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    Feels like a beta release!

    If you detach the palette from the dock can you customize palette as you expect? The dock and the icons may be fighting each other on the sizing of the palette. Once you have it setup the way you like it, you can then re-insert the detached palette in the dock.
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    You should be able to select the V-Ray Tools palette from the Palettes menu and access the tools in the normal manner. We are looking into why you have a second set of inactive icons (which you can just close and ignore)
  6. Tech

    Feels like a beta release!

    Yes. Quit, delete "formZ Short Cuts.sct", and restart resets the key shortcuts to defaults (or select "load defaults" in the key shortcut manager while running).
  7. Tech

    Feels like a beta release!

    Its working fine here on 4 machines we have tested in the last 10 min. Try "reset Workspaces" a couple of time in a row. if that does not work. Quit. Go to the Finder menu and click on Go, then hold down the Option key on your Keyboard and select Library. Open the "Preferences" folder, the "autodessys” folder and then the "formZ 9.0 pro" folder. Delete the folder called "workspaces."
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    Form Z making new versions

    Hi kim, Are you on OS X and saving to an iCloud drive (or iCloud mapped drive)? Can you try saving to a non-iCloud location. It seems iCloud is messing with our renaming of the backup files.
  9. Tech

    Feels like a beta release!

    Sorry, posted too early. AWS had not finished processing. its downloadable now. try again
  10. Tech

    Feels like a beta release!

    We posted a new app (#A0D4). Please download an re-install. This should fix many of the issues. You may need to rest your workspace and key shortcuts after the install. The manual seems to be a server issue which we are working on.
  11. Tech

    form•Z 9 beta

    We started using an industry standard customer service CRM 18 months ago just for this reason. This is system has been very reliable and this is the first report of problems. When you submit an email to our support system, you should get an immediate confirmation response with a trackable ticket number. We have received positive feedback on this system. We checked and we did not find any emails from the known email address that we have for you reaching our support CRM system. It seems like something at your ISP is blocking the communication. Please forward one of the bounce messages to sales@formz.com so we can investigate the issue further. We all miss Paul, but we still support our customers with the same enthusiasm.
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    Feels like a beta release!

    Does you key shortcut look like this?
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    Feels like a beta release!

    Are you using the Modeling workspace or a custom workspace? OS X or Windows? Can you 2x check that the key shortcut is assigned as that fixed it on both systems we have tried.
  14. Tech

    Feels like a beta release!

    This is as expected as you may want to place other palette here! This dock can be enabled or disabled from the palettes menu "Status Bar - Bottom" item.
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    Feels like a beta release!

    The problem with the favorites menu is that the default key shortcut is not assigned (space bar). You can fix this by opening the Key Shortcuts from the edit menu, select Workspace from the left list and Favorite Tools rom the right. Then click the plus button on the right side. In the key shortcut setting just press the space bar to assign it as the shortcut and click OK.
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    Feels like a beta release!

    We are investigating why the manual is not loading properly. All of the revelant information can be found here: WHAT IS NEW IN form•Z v9: Palettes can be removed from their dock to become floating palettes by Command + click-drag (Mac OS) or Ctrl + click-drag (windows). Palettes can also be removed by right clicking in the palette and selecting Detach from the context menu. You can also move the entire bottom dock (ie both palettes) to the top by right clicking and selecting "Move Up". Re-installing does not reset the workspace settings. Please select Reset Workspace from the Workspaces menu. We are investigating the favorites menu and will gat back to you ASAP
  17. By popular demand, here is a file that can be used to gauge the relative performance of different computers: ftp://ftp.formz.com/pub/formz/formz/fz8/Forum_Files/Performance%20Test%20files.zip Download the archive above, unzip it, open your formZ Application folder, and run the formZ Imager application. Click the Add button at the lower left corner of the Imager Set, select the .FMZ file, and add the Interior View. Change the Rendering Type to RenderZone, and click Generate. When the rendering finishes, double click on the Complete Status, and the render time will be displayed. Post this time, along with the OS, processor, and speed of the processor. We will tabulate the results in the following post. EDIT 1 -- Please post your statistics just as we have below so we can copy and paste from your postings into the Results thread... ​EDIT 2 -- We will assume that you are testing with formZ v8 (which is somewhat faster than older versions) unless you specify otherwise… (A v7 file was added to the download folder.) EDIT 3 -- Please only post your results in this thread. If you have any comments, please post them here: http://forums.formz.com/index.php?/topic/198-performance-test-comments/ EDIT 4 -- Comments posted to this thread will be deleted. Please post to the thread immediately above if you want a response.
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    Where's the info on 9?

    We are very excited about this release! We are wrapping up a few final details and expect v9 to be available by the end of the week. Thank you to those who have placed pre-orders. Your license codes and download instructions are at the front of the que and will be sent as soon as the app is posted.
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    Wet Pavement

    Andrew, apologies. That is not what I thought you meant when you asked why the editors are not identical. To clarify I will address the issue here for everyone. So the VRMaterial Editor is standalone when used through form•Z, but it is embedded in Sketchup and is paired with the material list, lights, settings, etc. While the Settings section of Sketchup does contain some extra features that we currently do not offer (but hope to offer in future releases), the Material editor itself is identical to Sketchup's version 3.x's editor. That being said, it will NOT be identical to Sketchup's V-Ray Next VRMaterial editor. To address your request, this is how you can set up "stacked materials." Start with a New or Opened material and click one of the checker patterns next to a map type. From the next screen. choose Texture Blend (3rd option). You will then be presented with this page where you can select up to 2 materials. When you go to choose the texture map, you will be presented with the previous screen again, so you are able to define one of these textures as another Texture Blend if you'd like. I've taken my asphalt texture and set it as Texture A, and my puddle pattern is Texture B. Now I can use the Blend Amount value and adjust it to show more of one or the other. NOTES: At the bottom left of all of these pages is a Back button you can use to go to the previous page. If you decide you want to change the type of effect (Bitmap, Blend Texture, Smoke, etc) you can do so by clicking the small list button to the left of the name of the effect. So above, you'll see the icon to the left of where it reads "Texture Blend." So all of the features in the VRMat Editor should be the same across the board. Now for Andrew's favorite part, the workaround! Having run into some occasional strange behavior myself while loading these VRMats in, here is a sure-shot way to bring these materials into form•Z: 1) Create a new material in the Materials palette and name it appropriately 2) Open the material in the Material Parameters palette and choose the 'VRay' Material Type 3) Select the Libraries drop-down menu and select one of the V-Ray libraries (it will be the last section, split by dividers) 4) Double-click one of the Materials in the library to make it the active material 5) Now you can click the Select Material button and locate the VRMat that you've made already without form•Z running into any issues! If anyone has any issues with my steps or has any further questions, please contact us at support@formz.com!
  20. Please check the Search paths for plugins (Extensions Menu -> Extensions manager -> Search Paths button). You are likely missing the path to /Applications/formZ 8/Plugins/. Wh have had reports that this path may be missing by default on Catalina. To Add the path: click on the "+" icon and in the folder selector, navigate to "Applications"->"formZ 8"->"Plugins" and choose Open. Restart formZ and this should fix the issue. If you are still having issues, please try reinstalling after upgrading to Catalina as the OS is "happier" with things that are installed after the upgrade (ie Catalina blessed the installation as opposed to something that was there first). You will need to remove the previous version as the installer will not do anything if its already there. We recommend renaming "Applications"->"formZ 8" to "formZ 8-bu". Perform the installation of formZ (and V-Ray for formZ if needed). Once everything is confirmed and registered and working, you can delete the "formZ 8-bu" folder.
  21. The Lab plugins are not compatible with Catlina at the moment. We are working on new builds of these that are compatible...
  22. Tech

    formZ free DAE export

    It appears there is some issue with the DAE translator on Windows OS. If it helps, STL does seem to be a valid format option while working in v.8.6.5 Free. Thank you for your examples and for bringing this to our attention!
  23. We would all like to see Maxwell for form•Z continue. As mentioned above we are in touch with Next Limit and discussing either us or a 3rd party picking up support for the plugin for future versions of Maxwell and formZ. We continue to encourage everyone to let Next Limit know how important this is to you!
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    Import Rhino 3dm files broken?

    What version is the Rhino file? The translator currently supports up to v5. We are currently working on updating the translator for v6 for formZ 9.