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  1. 5 hours ago, AHDD Designer said:

    crashes after opening a document created in V8

    Can you please send the file to support? This is not a general problem so we would like to investigate what is happening with your file.


    5 hours ago, AHDD Designer said:

    How is it intended that different render-windows can be set up under these circumstances?

    You can still have multiple windows in the project with different settings (and which between them from the list at the bottom of the Windows Manu). You can also open an independent window (Windows menu) that is detached from the project window (like previous versions). Does this help?

  2. iCloud uses a combination of local storage and server storage.  iCloud always trying to keep things in sync between the cloud and all of the devices. It may hlep to understand the process when a file formZ is saved. formZ writes the project to a temp file ($$$fmz$$.zsr) to avoid overwriting the exiting file until we know the save was successful. We then delete the original file and rename the temp file to the real name. If keep backup option is on, the .fzb file is deleted first, the .fmz is renamed to the .fzb and then the  temp is renamed file to the real name.

    The iCloud is trying to keep things in sync during this process and seems to be renaming the file because it sees another file with the same name (but different date, checksum) on the cloud. We are investigating to see if there is a way to detect that we are saving to a iCloud location (or Google drive etc) and the do things differently to avoid the issue. Also you may want to see if iCloud has any kind of setting to control how often it syncs.

  3. 51 minutes ago, jsiggia said:

    )  Project Settings>Appearance>Preview is not displaying any previews.

    We are investigating this. It is just the preview image, the settings work properly.

    51 minutes ago, jsiggia said:

    Command clicking the title of a window is not producing the file ladder as it should (standard Mac behavior

    This is working as fas as we can tell. It will not work until you have saved to a file location or opened an existing project. A new project "Untitlerd1" has no location until saved the first time.

  4. No Problem. The option has been there for a few versions. There are circumstances where this is the only way to pick a face. In v9 there an icon in the in new Edit Options palette to control the 1 vs 2-click picking. Also be aware that form•Z maintains a separate setting for Wireframe and shaded views as often the 2-click method is more useful in wireframe and the 1 click in shaded modes.

  5. 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.



  6. 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. 

  7. 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)

  8. 14 minutes ago, chrisjk said:

    The Action palette is still MIA

    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."

  9. 4 hours ago, Ged said:

    All my emails end up being returned undelivered repeatedly which has given my mail server a spam status.

    How do you communicate with FormZ people nowadays?

    When Paul Helm was around it was easy.

    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.

  10. 3 minutes ago, chrisjk said:

    Thanks for the replies so far. Still no joy with the favourites even though the shortcut of <space> is assigned. Likewise I can't get the Action palette back at all.

    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.

  11. 15 minutes ago, chrisjk said:

    Moving the entire bottom dock does not  place the palettes it contains in the uppermost region where other palettes, like the navigation and display tools, are located. If I detach the palettes to do this manually, the dock is just left empty, needlessly using screen space.

    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.

  12. 38 minutes ago, Tech said:

    We are investigating the favorites menu and will gat back to you ASAP

    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.


  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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!