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Everything posted by andrew

  1. Very excited about this. I'd love to see a link setup like Revit or Sketchup have. I have gotten good, dependable results on Windows, so far.
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    V-Ray update

    (cow slowly chewing its cud).
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    Is FormZ working on M1 Macs?

    I have to say, I'm tired of being jerked around. Apple, ADS, ACIS, Maxwell, VRay, Lightworks, Intel whatever. I just wanna do the design and modeling without struggling with the tools. Its less and less satisfying to get designs and presentations done with all this screwing around every couple of years. I think the world of ADS and formZ, but how long does one beat their head against the wall? I'm moving to Windows like Bo did. Screw Apple and their insanity. I dont need animojis and widgets. I need tools for grownups and problem solvers.
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    V9 update

    Ive had those shortcuts and I havent used a custom shortcuts menu for years. Ive noticed it with cut, copy and paste on the Mac.
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    Export as 3DM file

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    Windows 10 on ARM Support

    Here's an interesting writeup on the mac marketplace. https://architosh.com/2020/06/arm-macs-and-cad-3d-apps-apple-chip-readiness/
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    Windows 10 on ARM Support

    How about we just ask ADS for consistent communication, consistent development and a focus on being the most compatible, stable design platform that can exchange flawlessly with every major design platform? The Rosetta Stone of CAD. Would that be nice? : )
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    V-Ray for FZ update?

    I really have enjoyed using the first release. So much promise in it, with so much left unfinished. I really wish ADS had enough development horsepower to keep us up with the marketplace. Still, I am grateful for the tools we have.
  9. I have struggled with a solution to this for years. Illustrator has always been a good way to go as long as you can save back to v8, because formZ cant use a native format more recent than that. It also really depends on the quality of the vector lines and clipping paths in an illustrator outline such as a clients logo. I used a similar process with Affinity and a online converter, but it was not always reliable. I have to pay the Adobe ransom for illustrator, because they not only open files that clients send that are native ai or eps files, but they seem to update their DWG translator which is very reliable with formZ. I have petitioned Affinity to include a DWG export in their development and they told me it its on the list. SVG import in FormZ would be awesome, but we still need a solution to open those Adobe native files. Running free CS2 on Windows is another strategy I've used.
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    formZ v9.0.3 Now available

    I see there is a new version out on the download page. 9.0.4 Would it be possible for ADS to pin a post each time the Program is updated? We could all tag that forum thread and stay updated.
  11. It would be so nice if ADS would explain why this happens. It seems to me that since we left formZ 6.x, the newer formZ are hit or miss with the garbage Apple is putting out there (and Microsoft too). It seems to vary depending on the CAD software too. I find some are consistantly less prone to breaking when the OS changes, but its a mystery to me why this is a constant struggle. It makes the advantage of digital...less of an advantage and more of a reason for Blood Pressure meds.
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    Decal cannot work in vray render

    I'd like to have some clarity on the texture tool options we have. I'd probably use decal if it was in the menu for texturing. I've added it in various v8 releases, but those custom menu settings have always been disrupted with upgrades or changes to how I save preferences and workspaces in the past. In v9 there seems to be the legacy mapping tool which I personally love having back, but if thats the case, why do we have the 'dumb' texturing tool version of it as well. I understand everyone has their preferences, but understanding the benefits of each was we move forward in v9 would be helpful to the users, I believe. And, understanding that a tool doesn't work in vRay is an issue that needs attention in general. I sometimes have a hard time with this. Is it supposed to work and I'm not doing something right, or is it not compatible and I have no feedback information that tells me its just an OpenGL based tool. I struggle with some of that in Vray itself such as "where is a simple mirror reflection?". Do I have the right render settings on for reflections and translucency (caustics). The formZ interface falls down in these areas of feedback to the user.
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    Why isn't formz more popular?

    Participation is the key, imho. "Tech" was very candid in this thread setting the record straight and sharing some insight. Its never easy to run a small company in today's world and get it all right all the time. I sense a renewed commitment with the release of v9 and the discussion of improving vRay to next. Do we all crave info and insight so we can make decisions about how we use these tools in many different workflows? Yes. We deserve to know as much as ADS can share about the platform. If we share out work, contribute on the forum, participate in the beta tests and submit bug and questions to ADS with this community will grow and keep thriving. Bigger is not always better, but quality and playing well with others always brings excellence and richness to life. I'm glad to have a robust community of dedicated users to share with and I'm thankful that formZ is still the best creative environment for scaled, detailed design and modeling work. Thanks for reading my thoughts. I'm really grateful for all of you.
  14. Hello folks. What the latest on Catalina usability with formZ 8.6.5 and the Lab plugin and Vray?
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    VRAY - Huge Material Problem!

    Hi Folks. I'm giving the vRay plugin another try. Can anyone give us all the cliff notes on what material formats can be referenced from downloads etc. what I've figured out so far is vrscans are not compatible yet because the plugin isn't for formZ. Ive tried to load vismat files at the vray level in the formZ material editor but no luck. Are all vzmat files from elsewhere loadable into formZ? Are any vismat? How is one to know when looking for materials outside of the formZ plugin provided materials?
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    form•Z Anniversary | Thank You

    Happy Anniversary, AutoDesSys! I've been using the program since version 2.8. It changed the way we did design and brought many opportunities to our clients years ahead of what was possible at the time. FormZ is not just an amazing set of professional tools, but is an incredible learning system in many ways. Here's wishing many more years of robust development and expanding users. I dont believe there is any Form Synthesizer out there than comes close. Cheers! ps- still have my box of manuals, too : )
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    formZ v8.6.4 released

    In doing some time sensitive work yesterday, I discovered the following issues on the Mac. -In general, there is something destabilized about image output and the OS and FZ. JPGS and Tiffs take way longer to save from a rendered screen. Maps with JPGS are doing strange unpredictable things. -The imager has many bugs that weren't there in 8.6.4 Again, it seems to do with the OS and from what I can tell CPU usage. I'm sending details to support in an email. -On the PC, The app tries to update after its already been updated, when booting it up. -there is a sluggishness that seems to me an issue with OpenGL shaded viewing that I didnt have before. With sanps off, it still seems to hang and re-draws are no longer immediate when turning on and off layers. Your mileage may vary. : )
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    formZ v8.6.4 released

    Thanks all.
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    formZ v8.6.4 released

    Thanks Justin! That what I ended up doing. I was on a Mac with Mojave for this problem and so far so good. I have been avoiding saving a preferences file for a few years, now. I make a Template file with the newest version of the software, have preferences load that template and save the last session setting instead of an actual preferences file and set a new workspaces to default.
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    formZ v8.6.4 released

    Hello and thanks for the update. The tool icons are fixed on my install, but now the tool options dont pop out as a row of sections for each tool category. I can only click on the tool that is shown in the palette !?! Argh!
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    Scale issues importing to Blender

    Also, Alan Brito has an ebook on using imperial to work in Blender. I recall that he covers importing.
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    Scale issues importing to Blender

    "Blender units" by default are 1 meter. Try exporting as meters.
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    Error writing JPEG file "logo.jpg" ?

    ...two things that might help. its seems like all the way back in FormZ history, the jpeg format has been a bit wonky. I have trouble with jpgs that have a progressive compression in their save format and end up re-saving maps as a baseline compression in photoshop or other. This usually solves 99% of the problems. I sometimes will grab an image off the net no knowing its got the advance compression saved and this is when it wont map properly. The second issue is with the latest formZ and Mac Mojave. I've been having problems saving rendered views AS jpegs. The process can sometimes crash formZ, so I've gone back to my old standard of saving rendered views as compressed tiff files.