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    Tech got a reaction from sjj in The quirks of Form Z and imported drawings   
    Hi SJI,
     
    Yes, drawings imported from 2d packages will be imported on the XY Plane.  As noted, it should only take a second or two to rotate it if that's what you want.
     
    If you import Adobe Illustrator (v8 or earlier .AI files), they may come in as Open shapes.  Get the Close Line tool (from the line Edit tool row), Select All, and click in the screen to close these.  Or use DWG Export from Illustrator and you can skip this step.  (And once your lines are closed, they will then extrude to Solids instead of surfaces.)
     
    DWG files are also often imported as Reference objects, and filling the closed shapes would be distracting for this purpose.  As such, their Attributes are automatically set to Render As Shaded Surface = off (and objects that are Derived -- like the Extrusions -- will automatically inherit this Attribute).  To change this, Select All, click the Attributes Tab of the Pick Tool Options, and check the Render As Shaded Surface option.
     
    Does that answer all your questions?
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    Tech got a reaction from AHTOH in Help required with organic form   
    Yes, it is clear from your file how quickly and easy you did it.  That's why it is so nice.  
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    Tech got a reaction from AHTOH in Help required with organic form   
    Nice Anton!  
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    Tech got a reaction from etroxel in Material attributes   
    Hi Evan,
     
    Thanks for posting the file, we will get this corrected.  
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    Tech got a reaction from virgox2 in Mating parts   
    Hi Virgo,
     
    Well, there are really lots of options.  When you first create a Parametric Object (like a cube) you can click the Parameters Tab and adjust the parameters -- such as the size of the cube (or the options for the Revolve, etc).
     
    If you don't need this capability, you can quickly resize objects by moving Points or Segments.  
     
    First, make sure you are in Wireframe Mode, then Area Pick / Frame Pick the desired parts, such as the bottom of the legs of the table -- to change the length of these legs:
     

     
    Or from a Top View, you can change the Height, or Width:
     
     
     
    NOTE that the Input Palette allows you to numerically enter the change in size for the shape (how much bigger or smaller you want to make the table).
     
    NOTE Also that this works great with Facetted objects.  Moving parts of Smooth objects is only sometimes recommended, and may produce a very complicated geometric form, depending on the complexity of what you are moving.
     
    Does that help?
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    Tech reacted to setz in The Finest Hours Engine Room   
    I worked on The Finest Hours, a film about the coast guard rescue of a ship off the coast of Mass. during a hurricane.  I modeled and drew up construction documents for the engine room set.  Some of my work is featured in the Art Director guild's magazine.  Form Z and Maxwell are mentioned repeatedly.  The article starts on page 47.
     
    Here is the link:
    http://digital.copcomm.com/i/679317-may-june-2016
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    Tech got a reaction from Alan Cooper in Call for beta testers: form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone   
    We hope to eventually offer an Android version as well but at this point we can not say when. 
     
    The App has been submitted to Apple and we are waiting for it to be reviewed and released by their TestFlight system. We are not sure how long this will take but hopefully not too long. If you submitted a request to beta test, you will receive an email from the Apple iTunes Store with details on how to access the App when it is ready.
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    Tech got a reaction from etroxel in Call for beta testers: form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone   
    The beta viewer was updated today to v1.14. This version includes walkthrough and measure tools that have been requested by a number of testers. This version also includes a number of bug fixes and improvements. Look for an email from Apple's TestFlight or launch the TestFlight app.
     
    Enjoy!  
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    Tech got a reaction from ¢hris £und in Complete Edit Group   
    Ok, thanks for clarifying!  
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    Tech got a reaction from Alan Cooper in Show back edges as dashed   
    How about using the Hidden Line Display Options (and HL display mode)?
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    Tech got a reaction from AHTOH in It is the old chestnut but there is another bug in Layout   
    Hi Anton,
     
    Whoops, that got backwards somehow!  Thanks for your report, we will get this corrected.  
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    Tech got a reaction from AHTOH in Prepick by frame/lasso with all the appropriate tools   
    Hi Anton,
     
    Thanks for your suggestion, we will see if this can be added for the future.
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    Tech got a reaction from etroxel in form•Z 8.5.4 Update Released!   
    We are pleased to announce that the formZ 8.5.4 update is now available for pro, jr, free and student editions.  
     
    Select Check for Update from the the formZ Help Menu automatically update your v8.5 software.
     
    If you have any issues with the automatic updates you can access the full download here: http://www.formz.com/update

    NOTE:  Please contact us at support@formz.com or start a new forum thread if you have any feedback or issues.

    Enjoy!
     
    Highlights of improvements in this version:
     
    - Booleans on smooth objects no longer place results on the active layer (they stay on their original layer consistent with facetted objects).
    - Imager now has a progress indicator.
    - RenderZone performance has been improved on OS X to be consistent with previous versions.
    - RenderZone shadow quality has been improved to be consistent with previous versions.
    - Exporting files to STEP now works when objects are far from the origin.
    - Clipping planes that clip transparent objects now render properly in shaded full and shaded work render modes.
    - Clicking rapidly in the visibility icon in the Objects and Layers palette now behaves properly.
    - Using the context menu in the modeling window on Windows no longer causes the screen to go blank while the menu is displayed.
    - Moving from the center dot of the Clipping plane controller now acts like moving from the arrow as with previous versions,
    - The context menu of the Clipping plane controller now works properly.
    - Clicking on the plus + icon in palettes on Windows now keeps the text field highlighted for renaming as with previous versions.
    - Deleting items from list palettes (layers, views, lights) with the context menu now works properly.
    - Certain DXF/DWG files now import and export properly.
    - Importing DXF/DWG files with Block and the Explode option now uses the Block insertion layer rather than the definition layer.
    - Animating visibility of objects now works properly.
    - Two-source sweep on single segment paths now work properly.
    - Other various performance and stability improvements.
     
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    Tech got a reaction from Win Weesakul in Disable ALT key   
    Hi Win,
     
    Ok, thanks, we will consider that for the future.  
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    Tech got a reaction from Win Weesakul in Disable ALT key   
    Hi Win,
     
    In the formZ Preferences: Modeling -- you can disable the Tap keys if you like.
     
    When you have the Perpendicular mode on, you will see a blue line perpendicular to the plane, indicating the direction of movement.
     
    Does that help?
     
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    Tech got a reaction from ¢hris £und in Call for beta testers: form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone   
    We posted beta 1.13 today. This should fix the iCloud/Google drive access of files (and maybe DropBox but the this less likely to be fully resolved). We also fixed a few crashes that have been reported. We are still working with the suggestions and on some of the rendering issues. Hopefully we will have another update early next week.
     
    If you have installed v1.12, you should receive a notification from TestFlight that the updated app is ready. New installations will be v1.13.
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    Tech got a reaction from jsiggia in Call for beta testers: form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone   
    form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone
     
    form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone is a new app that allows you to interact and share your form•Z projects like never before. This new app opens native form•Z files (v7 and later) and displays them in real time interface. This app is a great tool for sharing your designs with colleagues and clients.
     
    Beta testing will start in the next few days. If you are interested in beta testing this app please send an email to betaz@formz.com!
     
    form•Z mobile viewer Features:
    - Interactive view navigation (spin, zoom, pan, fit).
    - Standard preset views.
    - Recall any view saved in your form•Z project.
    - Recall any scene saved in your form•Z project.
    - Recall any clipping plane (real time section) in your form•Z project.
    - Create new clipping planes.
    - Save and recall custom views.
    - Select from three rendering modes: Shaded work, Shaded full (including shadows, bumps and ambient occlusion) and Wire Frame.
    - Control layers (turn on /off)
    - Control lights. (turn on /off)
    - Transfer files via AirDrop, iTunes, iCloud, Google drive.
    - Share images via Social media.
     
    This app requires iOS 9.3 and one of the following devices:
    iPad: Pro (12.9-inch), Pro (9.7-inch), Air, Air 2, mini 2, mini 3, mini 4
    iPhone: 5s, 5se, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus
    iPod: touch (6th gen) 
     
     





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    Tech got a reaction from Rudy Daverveld in export problems.   
    Hi Rudy,
     
    I am not sure why the DAE export is having an issue with your file.  Thanks for your report, we will get this corrected.
     
    If you use the .OBJ Export instead, does that work better for you?  
     
    (NOTE that you should try with and without the Triangulate All Faces to see which works best with Cl3ver for you.)
     
    Does that help?
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    Tech got a reaction from jsiggia in Call for beta testers: form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone   
    form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone
     
    form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone is a new app that allows you to interact and share your form•Z projects like never before. This new app opens native form•Z files (v7 and later) and displays them in real time interface. This app is a great tool for sharing your designs with colleagues and clients.
     
    Beta testing will start in the next few days. If you are interested in beta testing this app please send an email to betaz@formz.com!
     
    form•Z mobile viewer Features:
    - Interactive view navigation (spin, zoom, pan, fit).
    - Standard preset views.
    - Recall any view saved in your form•Z project.
    - Recall any scene saved in your form•Z project.
    - Recall any clipping plane (real time section) in your form•Z project.
    - Create new clipping planes.
    - Save and recall custom views.
    - Select from three rendering modes: Shaded work, Shaded full (including shadows, bumps and ambient occlusion) and Wire Frame.
    - Control layers (turn on /off)
    - Control lights. (turn on /off)
    - Transfer files via AirDrop, iTunes, iCloud, Google drive.
    - Share images via Social media.
     
    This app requires iOS 9.3 and one of the following devices:
    iPad: Pro (12.9-inch), Pro (9.7-inch), Air, Air 2, mini 2, mini 3, mini 4
    iPhone: 5s, 5se, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus
    iPod: touch (6th gen) 
     
     





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    Tech got a reaction from jsiggia in Call for beta testers: form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone   
    form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone
     
    form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone is a new app that allows you to interact and share your form•Z projects like never before. This new app opens native form•Z files (v7 and later) and displays them in real time interface. This app is a great tool for sharing your designs with colleagues and clients.
     
    Beta testing will start in the next few days. If you are interested in beta testing this app please send an email to betaz@formz.com!
     
    form•Z mobile viewer Features:
    - Interactive view navigation (spin, zoom, pan, fit).
    - Standard preset views.
    - Recall any view saved in your form•Z project.
    - Recall any scene saved in your form•Z project.
    - Recall any clipping plane (real time section) in your form•Z project.
    - Create new clipping planes.
    - Save and recall custom views.
    - Select from three rendering modes: Shaded work, Shaded full (including shadows, bumps and ambient occlusion) and Wire Frame.
    - Control layers (turn on /off)
    - Control lights. (turn on /off)
    - Transfer files via AirDrop, iTunes, iCloud, Google drive.
    - Share images via Social media.
     
    This app requires iOS 9.3 and one of the following devices:
    iPad: Pro (12.9-inch), Pro (9.7-inch), Air, Air 2, mini 2, mini 3, mini 4
    iPhone: 5s, 5se, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus
    iPod: touch (6th gen) 
     
     





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    Tech got a reaction from jsiggia in Call for beta testers: form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone   
    form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone
     
    form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone is a new app that allows you to interact and share your form•Z projects like never before. This new app opens native form•Z files (v7 and later) and displays them in real time interface. This app is a great tool for sharing your designs with colleagues and clients.
     
    Beta testing will start in the next few days. If you are interested in beta testing this app please send an email to betaz@formz.com!
     
    form•Z mobile viewer Features:
    - Interactive view navigation (spin, zoom, pan, fit).
    - Standard preset views.
    - Recall any view saved in your form•Z project.
    - Recall any scene saved in your form•Z project.
    - Recall any clipping plane (real time section) in your form•Z project.
    - Create new clipping planes.
    - Save and recall custom views.
    - Select from three rendering modes: Shaded work, Shaded full (including shadows, bumps and ambient occlusion) and Wire Frame.
    - Control layers (turn on /off)
    - Control lights. (turn on /off)
    - Transfer files via AirDrop, iTunes, iCloud, Google drive.
    - Share images via Social media.
     
    This app requires iOS 9.3 and one of the following devices:
    iPad: Pro (12.9-inch), Pro (9.7-inch), Air, Air 2, mini 2, mini 3, mini 4
    iPhone: 5s, 5se, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus
    iPod: touch (6th gen) 
     
     





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    Tech got a reaction from jsiggia in Call for beta testers: form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone   
    form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone
     
    form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone is a new app that allows you to interact and share your form•Z projects like never before. This new app opens native form•Z files (v7 and later) and displays them in real time interface. This app is a great tool for sharing your designs with colleagues and clients.
     
    Beta testing will start in the next few days. If you are interested in beta testing this app please send an email to betaz@formz.com!
     
    form•Z mobile viewer Features:
    - Interactive view navigation (spin, zoom, pan, fit).
    - Standard preset views.
    - Recall any view saved in your form•Z project.
    - Recall any scene saved in your form•Z project.
    - Recall any clipping plane (real time section) in your form•Z project.
    - Create new clipping planes.
    - Save and recall custom views.
    - Select from three rendering modes: Shaded work, Shaded full (including shadows, bumps and ambient occlusion) and Wire Frame.
    - Control layers (turn on /off)
    - Control lights. (turn on /off)
    - Transfer files via AirDrop, iTunes, iCloud, Google drive.
    - Share images via Social media.
     
    This app requires iOS 9.3 and one of the following devices:
    iPad: Pro (12.9-inch), Pro (9.7-inch), Air, Air 2, mini 2, mini 3, mini 4
    iPhone: 5s, 5se, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus
    iPod: touch (6th gen) 
     
     





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    Tech got a reaction from ¢hris £und in MIMI updated :: Sort of   
    Great Chris -- thanks for sharing (again)!  
     
    (This is working on Windows too. )
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    Tech got a reaction from Justin Montoya in Why texture does not mirror any more?   
    Hi Setz.,
     
    Yes, unfortunately restoring the Texture Mapping dialog has proved more difficult than we would have hoped, but we still plan to restore it...
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    Tech got a reaction from Justin Montoya in Why texture does not mirror any more?   
    Hi Setz.,
     
    Yes, unfortunately restoring the Texture Mapping dialog has proved more difficult than we would have hoped, but we still plan to restore it...
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