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    Tech got a reaction from Des in FZ8.5 release, where to download?   
    Hi Gentlemen,
     
    The download link would allow you to access the Trial for 8.5 but it would not let you open your existing files until after it is registered.  If you would like the download link, just email us and we will send it to you.  We are currently processing thousands of upgrades, and this will take a few days to complete.  If you meet the requirements for the free upgrade, you should receive your codes and the link later this week.
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    Tech got a reaction from etroxel in NEW Webinar: Generative design tools in form·Z -- this Friday   
    Friday, August 28, 1:00pm-2:00pm EDT (17:00-18:00 GMT)
     
    Add a new unique twist to your 3D design using the generative tools in form·Z as we demonstrate the Voronoi Diagram, Delaunay Triangulation, Point Scatter, Surface Scatter, Volume Scatter, Wrap and Parametric Map modeling tools. These tools have practical and theoretical applications in a large number of science and technology fields and have very desirable artistic characteristics. We’ll see how they can be used together along with other form·Z tools to generate complex organic forms and design structures in a fun and intuitive way. You’ll also see how these forms are fabrication ready for 3D printing. Any design professional who wants to enhance their design to include a variety of spawning, scattering, cel! l diagram and parametric map based form generation will be interested in this topic.    
     
     
     
    Click the link below if you would like to sign up:
     
    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3537947311956381697
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    Tech got a reaction from etroxel in form·Z pro 8.5 released!   
    There will also be a Webinar discussing these new features this Friday, August 28th.  See this link for more details:
     
    http://forums.formz.com/index.php?/topic/2561-new-webinar-generative-design-tools-in-form·z-this-friday/?p=7601
     
    And you can download the full 8.5 documentation here if you like:
     
    8.5_Documentation.pdf
     
    Enjoy!
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    Tech got a reaction from Surfnturf in form·Z pro 8.5 released!   
    ( form·Z Family plan members will receive their upgrade in a few days )
     
    form·Z pro 8.5 released!   form·Z pro v8.5 introduces a new suite of creative design tools to enhance form generation. These tools offer a variety of ways to create new and interesting forms especially when combined with each other. These tools also work well with many existing form·Z pro tools like subdivision surfaces and deformations to make even more interesting forms. This new tools suite includes: Voronoi Diagram, Point Scatter, Surface Scatter, Volume Scatter, Parametric Map, Wrap, and Delaunay Triangulation.

    The form·Z pro Layout environment has been migrated to its own app. The new form·Z pro Layout app includes numerous improvements plus a title block feature including a library of ready to use title blocks. The title block feature can auto-fill commonly used title block text from a user defined dictionary.

    form·Z pro v8.5 includes an interface for the Augment reality app. With Augment, you can visualize your form·Z models in real world settings, at real size, in real time on OS X and Android mobile devices. See www.augmentedev.com for more details.
     
    Click Here for full details on this new version.
     
       
     
    If you would like to sign up for the Trial, you can do so here:  http://www.formz.com/home/trialLanding.html
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    Tech got a reaction from Surfnturf in form·Z pro 8.5 released!   
    ( form·Z Family plan members will receive their upgrade in a few days )
     
    form·Z pro 8.5 released!   form·Z pro v8.5 introduces a new suite of creative design tools to enhance form generation. These tools offer a variety of ways to create new and interesting forms especially when combined with each other. These tools also work well with many existing form·Z pro tools like subdivision surfaces and deformations to make even more interesting forms. This new tools suite includes: Voronoi Diagram, Point Scatter, Surface Scatter, Volume Scatter, Parametric Map, Wrap, and Delaunay Triangulation.

    The form·Z pro Layout environment has been migrated to its own app. The new form·Z pro Layout app includes numerous improvements plus a title block feature including a library of ready to use title blocks. The title block feature can auto-fill commonly used title block text from a user defined dictionary.

    form·Z pro v8.5 includes an interface for the Augment reality app. With Augment, you can visualize your form·Z models in real world settings, at real size, in real time on OS X and Android mobile devices. See www.augmentedev.com for more details.
     
    Click Here for full details on this new version.
     
       
     
    If you would like to sign up for the Trial, you can do so here:  http://www.formz.com/home/trialLanding.html
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    Tech got a reaction from Des in FZ8.5 release, where to download?   
    Hi Gentlemen,
     
    The download link would allow you to access the Trial for 8.5 but it would not let you open your existing files until after it is registered.  If you would like the download link, just email us and we will send it to you.  We are currently processing thousands of upgrades, and this will take a few days to complete.  If you meet the requirements for the free upgrade, you should receive your codes and the link later this week.
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    Tech got a reaction from ¢hris £und in Sub-D Modeling: Insert Sequence Snap   
    Hi Skip and Chris,
     
    Thanks for your suggestions and reports, we will see if these features can be added for the future.  For now the solution is to use the Subdivision Swap command to restore the original cage, and use the regular modeling tools with that to achieve what you want.  Then you can Swap back the SubD object to get the desired results.  (Of course this is an extra step and doesn't allow you to dynamically see the results, so we will see what we can do for the future.)
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    Tech got a reaction from Andre Conlledo in form•Z 8.5 Beta6 now available (build 9629)   
    Hi Andre,
     
    Yes, there will be an official announcement tomorrow, and Family Plan members will be receiving their codes by the end of the week.  
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    Tech got a reaction from ¢hris £und in Any indication of the SDK being Released?   
    Hi Chris,
     
    Sorry for the delay in responding.  We will post back when this is available.
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    Tech got a reaction from AHTOH in Some furniture designs   
    Nice, thanks for sharing!
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    Tech got a reaction from Andre Conlledo in FBX & 3DM import/export   
    Hi Andre,
     
    Thanks for your suggestions, we will consider these for the future.
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    Tech got a reaction from palarsen in An open letter to AutoDesSys regarding the interface   
    Gentlemen,
     
    Rest assured that we are paying attention and heard your comments and concerns.  We look forward to many more improvements in the future! 
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    Tech got a reaction from bogdan in Possible improvement to the Offset Outline tool   
    (And it is now fixed:)
     
    http://forums.formz.com/index.php?/topic/2456-form•z-85-beta5-now-available-build-9593/
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    Tech got a reaction from jonmoore in High Quality Smoothing option in latest 8.5 Beta - initial impressions   
    Hi Jonathan,
      Thanks for your analysis and report.  Good to hear that the High Quality Smoothing option is working a lot better for you in general.   Yes, per y our additional email, we either need make the Export: Smooth Options: Display Resolution setting and the High Quality Smoothing work together, or make them mutually exclusive (preferably the former).   We will also see what we can do to improve the vertices / normal issues -- and your other suggestions for the future.   Thanks again for your feedback.
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    Tech got a reaction from Alan Cooper in form•Z 8.5 Beta5 now available (build 9593)   
    Hi Nano,
     
    Glad the update worked well for you.  We have not had other reports of patching issues -- unless you have files in your formZ folder that have read only permissions.  Perhaps you should make sure that you have read / write permissions before applying the updates in the future?
     
    Hi Alan,
     
    Good to hear that this update solves the issues you were having, and we will continue working on the interface with 8.5 and 9...
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    Tech got a reaction from etroxel in form•Z 8.5 Beta5 now available (build 9593)   
    We are pleased to announce that the formZ 8.5 Beta5 version is now available.  This update includes a number corrections and enhancements to issues that were reported, including a fix for certain Smooth Modeling operations and STEP Import for Windows, Updating of Maxwell Material icons, and other corrections
     
    To Update, just use the formZ Help Menu: Check for Update command to automatically update your software.  If you have any issues with the automatic updates, if you have waited until your Beta version has expired, or if you haven't tried the beta yet, you can download the already updated version here:
     
    http://www.formz.com...e_App_Only.html
     
    Documentation, Title Blocks for Layout, and Tutorials are also available at the link above.
     
    Please contact us at support@formz.com with any feedback or issues.
     
    Enjoy!
     
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    Tech got a reaction from etroxel in form•Z 8.5 Beta5 now available (build 9593)   
    We are pleased to announce that the formZ 8.5 Beta5 version is now available.  This update includes a number corrections and enhancements to issues that were reported, including a fix for certain Smooth Modeling operations and STEP Import for Windows, Updating of Maxwell Material icons, and other corrections
     
    To Update, just use the formZ Help Menu: Check for Update command to automatically update your software.  If you have any issues with the automatic updates, if you have waited until your Beta version has expired, or if you haven't tried the beta yet, you can download the already updated version here:
     
    http://www.formz.com...e_App_Only.html
     
    Documentation, Title Blocks for Layout, and Tutorials are also available at the link above.
     
    Please contact us at support@formz.com with any feedback or issues.
     
    Enjoy!
     
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    Tech got a reaction from AHTOH in form•Z 8.5 Beta4 now available (build 9587)   
    We are pleased to announce that the formZ 8.5 Beta4 version is now available.  This is now available for both Professional and Student Editions.
     
    This update includes many corrections and enhancements to issues that were reported.  It also adds a few features including:
     
    •  Export 3d File Formats like FACT and OBJ now include an option: High Quality Smoothing, which will give much better smooth shading data for smooth objects from formZ.  
    (Note that this option can be considerably slower for certain files, and you can always turn it off if you like.)
    •  Numeric Entry has been improved so you can just type the desired numbers when you want to start drawing and they will automatically be entered in the X field.  Pressing the Tab key will also go to the X field when appropriate.
    •  An option to specify the number of backup copies (FZB files) has been added to the Preferences.
     
    To Update, just use the formZ Help Menu: Check for Update command to automatically update your software.
     
    If you have any issues with the automatic updates, if you have waited until your Beta version has expired, or if you haven't tried the beta yet, you can download the already updated version here:
     
    http://www.formz.com...e_App_Only.html
     
    Documentation, Title Blocks for Layout, and Tutorials are also available at the link above.
     
    Please contact us at support@formz.com with any feedback or issues.
     
    Enjoy!
     
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    Tech got a reaction from AHTOH in form•Z 8.5 Beta4 now available (build 9587)   
    We are pleased to announce that the formZ 8.5 Beta4 version is now available.  This is now available for both Professional and Student Editions.
     
    This update includes many corrections and enhancements to issues that were reported.  It also adds a few features including:
     
    •  Export 3d File Formats like FACT and OBJ now include an option: High Quality Smoothing, which will give much better smooth shading data for smooth objects from formZ.  
    (Note that this option can be considerably slower for certain files, and you can always turn it off if you like.)
    •  Numeric Entry has been improved so you can just type the desired numbers when you want to start drawing and they will automatically be entered in the X field.  Pressing the Tab key will also go to the X field when appropriate.
    •  An option to specify the number of backup copies (FZB files) has been added to the Preferences.
     
    To Update, just use the formZ Help Menu: Check for Update command to automatically update your software.
     
    If you have any issues with the automatic updates, if you have waited until your Beta version has expired, or if you haven't tried the beta yet, you can download the already updated version here:
     
    http://www.formz.com...e_App_Only.html
     
    Documentation, Title Blocks for Layout, and Tutorials are also available at the link above.
     
    Please contact us at support@formz.com with any feedback or issues.
     
    Enjoy!
     
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    Tech got a reaction from Rudy Daverveld in please restore the old mapping window   
    Hi Andrea,
     
    Yes, the new mapping features are a lot better (as Smart Tec probably indicates) but there are some features of the old dialog that had some advantages.  Therefore we do plan to restore this functionality for the future.  
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    Tech got a reaction from jonmoore in octane render plugin for FZ?   
    Hi Gentlemen,
     
    Thanks for your suggestions, we will consider these for the future.  With regards to the Smooth Shading artifacts that can occur with certain shapes when exporting, we have added a new option for High Quality Smoothing to the next beta -- that should solve this issue.  Stay tuned for an announcement (coming soon) for when this is available.
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    Tech got a reaction from jonmoore in octane render plugin for FZ?   
    Hi Gentlemen,
     
    Thanks for your suggestions, we will consider these for the future.  With regards to the Smooth Shading artifacts that can occur with certain shapes when exporting, we have added a new option for High Quality Smoothing to the next beta -- that should solve this issue.  Stay tuned for an announcement (coming soon) for when this is available.
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    Tech got a reaction from Alan Cooper in Snap to centre of object   
    Hi Alan,
     
    You can also Snap to Centroid in Shaded mode as well.  Just make it visible via the Display Options, and position your cursor in the correct location and you will see the snap.  Of course, using a Transparent Material will allow you to see the Centroid, and thus make snapping to it easier if you are using the Shaded Display...
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    Tech got a reaction from AHTOH in 8.5 cost?   
    Hi Anton,
     
    We expect to release v8.5 later this month, but exactly when is not yet set...
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    Tech got a reaction from Steve Price in Axial Sweep - As Positioned   
    Hi Steve,
      Thanks for posting your file.  Yes, you are correct that this case is not being handled properly.  If the path has more than 2 points, or if you Sweep as Smooth, or if you Sweep with other Alignment options, then it works properly.  So you could either Sweep this As Positioned with the Smooth option (and then Convert it to Facetted if desired), or you could simply extrude the shape to create this object.   Thanks for your report, we will get this corrected.
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