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    Tech got a reaction from kmwhitt in Fillet Tool   
    Hi Kevin,
     
    Yes, we should make and adjustment so that is possible.  Thanks for bringing that to our attention.
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    Tech got a reaction from ¢hris £und in 64 Bit Plugins?   
    Hi bdurbrow,
     
    Sorry but v7 is a 32 bit app and only supports 32-bit plugins. 64-bit support started with v8. We will be posing an updated SDK for v8.5.3 that is compatible with Xcode 7 as soon as it is available. 
     
    Thanks and sorry for the delay.
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    Tech got a reaction from etroxel in Happy 25th birthday form•Z   
    As form•Z turns 25 year old we would like to thank all of our users for their support through the years. The great work that you create everyday with form•Z is our inspiration. You continue to amaze us with the quality of your designs and presentations. We are honored to be a part of these wonderful creations. We look forward to bringing many new features and innovations to you in the months and years to come.
     

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    Tech got a reaction from etroxel in Happy 25th birthday form•Z   
    As form•Z turns 25 year old we would like to thank all of our users for their support through the years. The great work that you create everyday with form•Z is our inspiration. You continue to amaze us with the quality of your designs and presentations. We are honored to be a part of these wonderful creations. We look forward to bringing many new features and innovations to you in the months and years to come.
     

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    Tech got a reaction from Andre Conlledo in Layers visibility "click to toggle" bug   
    Hi Andre,
     
    Yes, we have found that this can happen on certain Windows systems.  Thanks for your report, we will get this corrected.
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    Tech got a reaction from daswood in Texture map question   
    Great, glad to help!
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    Tech got a reaction from daswood in Texture map question   
    Daswood,
     
    You can color the entire object (s) a plain color if you want, and just color the "front faces" with a map that uses the image, or if you want the stripes to go through the sides of the extruded object, use the Flat Mapping as describe in the Tip we have linked above...
     
    Does that "make it go away?"
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    Tech got a reaction from Des in Move back-edges and points when in Shaded Work display option.   
    Hi Alan,
     
    The paradigm is if you can see it, then you can pick it -- and you shouldn't be able to pick it if you can't see it.  Wouldn't it get confusing if you were selecting parts you can't see?
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    Tech got a reaction from 3dworks in form•Z 8.5.3 Update Released!   
    One other issue related to this upgrade that is worth noting:
     
    With formZ 8.5, OpenGL Multi-threading was released, increasing the Shaded Work and Shaded Full performance.  We found that there were a few combinations of video cards and OS X systems (on Macintosh only -- and perhaps more likely with add-on higher end nVidia cards) where a potential instability could arise.  As such, we have added an option in the Edit Menu: Preferences: OpenGL section allowing you to disable this feature (if necessary).
     
    This is a fairly isolated case, but if you repeatedly receive a formZ crash log that indicates "OpenGL Multi" in the "crashed thread" (typically Thread 0), then you should disable this option in the preferences to solve the issue.
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    Tech got a reaction from etroxel in form•Z 8.5.3 Update Released!   
    We are pleased to announce that the formZ 8.5.3 update is now available.  This update includes a number corrections and enhancements to issues that were reported, including the addition of the FBX Translator, many Component improvements, better handling of Notes and Dimensions, many Performance improvements, Export Image: DWG no longer creates duplicate segments, a larger cursor option for high resolution displays, and more -- as noted in the attached PDF file:
     
    formZ 8.5.3 release notes.pdf

    To Update formZ 8.5.0. 8.5.0.1, or 8.5.0.2, just use the formZ Help Menu: Check for Update command to automatically update your software.  
     
    If you have any issues with the automatic updates, we will be releasing the "app only" updates from the link below tomorrow(or you can re-download 8.5.0.2 from there today):
     
    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!  
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    Tech got a reaction from etroxel in form•Z 8.5.3 Update Released!   
    We are pleased to announce that the formZ 8.5.3 update is now available.  This update includes a number corrections and enhancements to issues that were reported, including the addition of the FBX Translator, many Component improvements, better handling of Notes and Dimensions, many Performance improvements, Export Image: DWG no longer creates duplicate segments, a larger cursor option for high resolution displays, and more -- as noted in the attached PDF file:
     
    formZ 8.5.3 release notes.pdf

    To Update formZ 8.5.0. 8.5.0.1, or 8.5.0.2, just use the formZ Help Menu: Check for Update command to automatically update your software.  
     
    If you have any issues with the automatic updates, we will be releasing the "app only" updates from the link below tomorrow(or you can re-download 8.5.0.2 from there today):
     
    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!  
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    Tech got a reaction from AHTOH in Just to refresh this quiet corner.   
    Hi Anton,
     
    Looks like you are enjoying the new Thea renderer.  Hopefully that will be available to everyone soon!  
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    Tech got a reaction from etroxel in Dimensions in 3D model disappear   
    Hi Evan,
     
    Yes, there can be a performance issue with lots of dimensions on the screen.  The next update (coming soon) should solve this.  
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    Tech got a reaction from Alan Cooper in Reveal objects.   
    Hi Alan,
     
    Ok, that's a bit better, we now understand.  You can Unghost it fine in Wire Frame, or via the Objects Palette, but in this specific case in Shaded Work with your project, it is not working with the Unghost Tool.
     
    Thanks for your report, we will see if this can be adjusted.  
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    Tech got a reaction from Alan Cooper in Numeric accuracy   
    Gentlemen,
     
    Thanks for your reports, we will investigate this further and report back...
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    Tech got a reaction from Justin Montoya in performance test Comments   
    Hi Dennis,
     
    Well, it is possible that might help.   Here is their Contact page:
     
    https://www.lightworkdesign.com/contact.php
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    Tech got a reaction from Studio-Swaim in My top 6. (for now)   
    Hi Des,
     
    Yes, that is really quick and easy with 2 faults:
     
    1.  You have to know the trick, and
     
    2.  It is one or two extra clicks.
     
    Hopefully this can be incorporated directly into the Sweep Editing options soon! ...
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    Tech got a reaction from Alan Cooper in 3d Warehouse alternative?   
    Gentlemen,
     
    Yes, often times geometry from the 3D Warehouse can be bad, but it is not too difficult to find models that were built in programs other than SketchUp that have decent geometry.  The key is to analyze the geometry, and not use (and especially not make many copies of) objects that are junk.
     
    We have had a number of requests in the past for us to host models in FMZ format that can be shared by our users.  We have said that we will seriously look into offering this option if enough users post models that they would like to share.  (Setting up such a site is not a trivial task by any means and we want to make sure that we are focusing our resources to best benefit our community.)  So far, Anton has been the only one (that we remember) who posted models (thanks Anton!) but we need significantly more models to justify the required time to complete such a task.
     
    With regards to dealing with the SketchUp geometry, we agree with some of what Andrew suggests, but here are some specific comments and clarifications related to this:
     
    1.  Yes, Separate Faces by Color was a nice feature and we will see if this can be added to v8 in the near future.
     
    2.  When running the Object Doctor, first use the Add to Selection option, and Dispaly Results.  This will show you all the problems.   Use this on specific objects (ie, each piece of furniture, car, person, etc) rather than running it on an entire library of parts.  This way you can see more directly what you are dealing with, and better decide if that part is worth using or not.
     
    3.  Run the Object Doctor again with the Fix option.  When doing this, also uncheck the Missing Faces option (unless you specifically have missing faces you want to repair) and you will avoid the "covering unwanted  faces" problem that Andrew mentions.
     
    4.  Once you  have Fixed the Geometry, the Results that are shown ONLY show what was fixed.  If the Fix results all = 0, that does not mean there are any problems, it only means that nothing was fixed.  Run the Dr again with the Add to Selection option once more to see what problems still exist.
     
    5.  The UnMesh tool (also achieved via the Fix Coplanar Faces option of the Object Doctor) is a safe, easy fix for eliminating unnecessary geometry in a project, but the Reduce Mesh tool is not -- at least not always.  We actually removed this tool with the v7 upgrade because while it will reduce geometry, it will (by its nature) also create nonplanar faces, which are not well defined.  Triangulating these nonplanar faces will restore their planarity, but doing so may add as much geometry as was removed by the Reduce Mesh tool in the first place, and the results may not be as clean.  If you use this tool, carefully inspect the results and make sure that what you have is an improvement in terms of the number of polygons (in relation to the original number), as well as the quality of its geometry.
     
    6.  Know when to cut your losses:   Yes, if geometry is garbage, then you should either use what you have as a template to quickly rebuild better geometry, or download a different file and see if you can find a file with better results.

    7.  We are doing our best to find cases where bad SketchUp geometry causes a problem in formZ, and wherever possible, we are adjusting our software to better handle this.  Bad geometry will generally never Boolean properly (so don't expect that -- or the Reshape which is a "live Boolean" behind the scenes), and while it may create a bad "local display issue" it should not cause the entire screen to display poorly, or othere such problems.  If you ever encounter such an issue, if you can send the part of the file that is causing the problem, we will investigate this and see what we can do to make formZ more "bullet proof" (or garbage proof) for the future.

    8.  Generally importing files from Revit should work fine (unless they were first built in SketchUp and then imported into Revit).  As Andrew notes, SketchUp is notorious for creating bad geometry, and if you look on their forums, their users are repeatedly encountering this problem, and as such, they are searching for new programs to use that do not have this limitation.  Fortunately for us, we have been able to convert a lot of these users to formZ users so they can build models that can be utilized throughout the entire design, and construction process.
     
    We hope this helps, and if you have a quantity of decent models that would be useful to others that you would like to share, please zip and send them to support@formz.com.  (You can also make a post in Tutorials by Users and give a link to these files there if you want to share them with others.)  If we do receive a significant quantity of quality models that would justify the creation of a site to host these, we will certainly consider this.
     
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    Tech got a reaction from Peder in Scale issue with exported 2D DWG "image"   
    Hi Peder,
     
    Yes, currently the Export Image command does not maintain scale. However, if you create a Layout Project and draw a Layout frame for your project, and export that as DWG (not Export Image), then you will get the proper scale.
     
    We will see if we can adjust the Export Image to also maintain scale for the future. 
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    Tech got a reaction from Studio-Swaim in My top 6. (for now)   
    Hi Des,
     
    Yes, that is really quick and easy with 2 faults:
     
    1.  You have to know the trick, and
     
    2.  It is one or two extra clicks.
     
    Hopefully this can be incorporated directly into the Sweep Editing options soon! ...
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    Tech got a reaction from 3dworks in FBX Beta Import / Export Translator now available!   
    NOTE -- these download links are no longer necessary because the current update now includes the FBX format:     We are pleased to announce that we now have a Beta version of our FBX Translator available for formZ 8.5.0.2 (or later), which you can use to Import and Export .FBX files.   This is an early beta of a FBX translator (import and export) for formZ 8.5. To install, drag the uncompressed “FBX” folder into the “Plugins” folder of your formZ 8: formZ 8.5... Pro Application folder and restart formZ.   Know issues:
    - Exporter currently writes smooth objects as facetted (this is work in progress).
    - Exporter may create duplicate image fils from textures used in materials.   Downloads:
    ftp://ftp.formz.com/pub/formz/formz/fz8/Forum_Files//FBX/fbx_OSX.zip
    ftp://ftp.formz.com/pub/formz/formz/fz8/Forum_Files//FBX/fbx_Win64.zip
    ftp://ftp.formz.com/pub/formz/formz/fz8/Forum_Files//FBX/fbx_Win.zip   If you encounter any issues, please report them via email to support@formz.com, and include a simple file that shows the issue that you are having, and we will do our best to get this addressed ASAP.   We hope you like this new plugin, and thanks in advance for your feedback!
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    Tech got a reaction from ¢hris £und in Add functionality to Extend Segment To tool   
    Hi Robert,
     
    Ok, makes sense -- we will see if we can find a way to do this...
     
    Hi Chris,
     
    Thanks for the suggestion, we will consider this...
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    Tech got a reaction from AHTOH in 3d Warehouse alternative?   
    Hi Anton,
     
    Sounds great!  And if you find any quality furniture designers that have models with issues, perhaps they can be cleaned up before saved in the FMZ library.  
     
    (And If you find a case where you need advice on cleaning / fixing geometry, just let us know,..)
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    Tech got a reaction from etroxel in My top 6. (for now)   
    Matt,
     
    1.  The Extend Line tool allows you to extend by a distance, or percentage:
     

     
    3.  When you create a Layout FRAME, you can choose which layers will be visible, and they will be displayed in Hidden Line automaticaly.
     
    4.  Change the preference as noted above, or just right click and choose New...
     
    5.  Yes, Editing Sweeps could be improved -- but if you don't get what you want directly, click on the resulting sweep with the Extract Tool, then move / rotate / scale the source shape as desired -- and sweep once more with the As Positioned alignment option.
     
    7.  Trace the shape with the Pt Spline tool -- and then Polygonize it if you need it facetted.   It will be much faster and cleaner.
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    Tech got a reaction from AHTOH in 3d Warehouse alternative?   
    Hi Anton,
     
    Ok, great -- are we correct that you are volunteering to help get the ball rolling, and add content submitted by other users (and check the models for quality -- and handle any copyright issues)?  If so, thank you very much.  If "you" (the formZ users in general) are able to demonstrate that there is sufficient interest, and that users are indeed willing to post files -- rather than simply wanting to download them, then this can be a great start. 
     
    If there is enough interest and a "critical mass" of projects can be reached to demonstrate the viability of such a site, we could then "take it over" if you no longer wish to maintain the site on a longer term basis.  Or, if as some users have suggested this can be taken to the next level and some models can be for purchase (and you want to handle that aspect), then feel free to claim a percentage as your fee for your efforts.
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