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  1. Bo Atkinson

    Duplication Offset

    Yes copy-paste should have been used from the beginning, but after decades of duplicating, and using personal prefs, my changing work patterns trick me and later requires back stepping... Duplicate does it for half the clicks involved, which is habit forming. ^__^
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    Duplication Offset

    May I ask if anyone finds the Duplication Offset default,(set at a distance from the original object location), annoying ? I tend to loose time at this with Undos deleting wrong placements, and I'm now trying to use a Copy-Paste workflow instead, but a 100% duplicate in same location would be nice! Unless you all prefer something else... I used to manage well with personal preferences to duplicate at 0,0,0, but gave up on personal prefs a while ago, partly due to widely differing settings I normally use interchangeably, but always needing duplication at 0,0,0.
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    V9 update

    For countless issues with many kinds of tools, when things get suspicious, I either reset workspace to restore session, or restart formZ, and if still wrong, reboot OS. Loosing custom shortcuts and prefs are usual, also loosing generalized project responses, most of which easily fix by starting new project and closing it immediately, which restores current project immediately after that trick. As for loss of the good old ways changing, yes, I have to accept that too, but the new powers are well worth it. I looked at other 3d apps and downloaded Blender, and am just amazed how they lack some of my particular favorite things. So I don't object to random formZ problems, by persisting until things work out, and new methods pop up, and then I need the outdoor work for exercise, and let the processor chips cool down. ^__^
  4. Bo Atkinson

    what's new webinar

    My favorite video type is indeed very short, just enough to demonstrate one tool action, or one trick in that one-video, all-alone, and the demo should also include views of which buttons, menus or dialogs are relevant and any special key words describing references, if any. Many of such videos could be listed and linked on one webpage, with an "open source" style and disclaimer, because 20 videos on one key word might pile up, so that an ideal moderator ought to re-title videos on that one link page, to zero in on each video particular. I recently began looking at Rhino videos where countless users post linked videos of various lengths and of personalized interests, and this spans many fields of endeavors.
  5. Here is an openable formZ file of many rectilinear sticks, (solids). It does not have trunks because back in those days HD space was too expensive to save big models. I also had a better tree from the Power PC days, but that file won't open today and needs a much older Mac with formZ dongle and probably version 3.6 or 3.9. Not to be confused with my dablings, here is a good software with much better trees by type: http://www.onyxtree.com
  6. Bo Atkinson

    Closure Options

    I go to edit, as if it were a second and additional required tooling step. Yes some behaviors change (or get lost to unrelated fixes I suppose.)
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    Unintended incremental saved files

    Yes, I do notice unplanned fzb files, but I have stopped trying to keep "one zpf fits all my projects", even before this fzb thing became noticeable, and furthermore It doesn't really bother me, because one of my work flows is to save many incremental files named by the latest steady state of a project, (then regularly purge the unneeded between-files, later on). Fact is, tools wear down in minor aspects as the clock turns, so that I restart frequently.
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    Exploded 3D Drawings

    Long ago the Independent Scale tool had an option to "scale the space between objects", such that assemblies like this bike could have axel parts moved along an axis vector line. I think this was dropped possibly before year 2000... Can Such functionality be brought back to FormZ again? In the case of the the U-Scale tool, objects should be distanced apart from the center snapped point, which actually has a useful architectural advantage , to show clients the optional object spacing in room design phases.
  9. Bo Atkinson

    Fast Dome Possibilities

    Here is an idea for an economical thin shell, inflatable form work (for sprayed thin shell cements), using one sheet, (just as it comes from the factory without job site modifications), to build those NURBS surfaces you are dreaming about. Otherwise, it is a good starting point for designing a rigid framework for tensioning translucent skins. (I'm interested enough now to model such structures based on what I learned with this new model). Today's considerable green house plastics are gradually improving and the sizes cover needed spans, which are easily erected and easily replaced after (the current) lifespan of 7 years, which also depends on location and budgeting, (the point being that costs are more reasonable for such skins as compared with high end projects). More details and pics are here: http://harmoniouspalette.com/MonolithicSheetDomeStudy.html In case examples of my building experience are of interest, here are structures I have built (albeit on shoestrings, so naturally there is no polish).
  10. Bo Atkinson

    System Shortcut Conflicts

    Solved! . . . System Shortcut Conflicts What seems to have caused this was having installed a second OSX sys, (2 days ago), on a second SSD inside the same MacPro, which was still sitting in the bay unused... After shut down and removal of second sys, then restaring, my original shortcut keys are all restored! Granted that only a penny pincher would have a 7 year old Mac plus make back up drives to keep around like that
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    System Shortcut Conflicts

    Or to be fair, this might also be caused by a newly bought refurbished Mac keyboard which works very well otherwise. Have also tried trashing menu/go/optionkey/library/pref file. Have also reinstalled latest formZ App update second time (Build A133). Have also tried Mac Prefs associated with keyboards.
  12. Bo Atkinson

    System Shortcut Conflicts

    Warning: System Shortcut Conflicts Check the System Preferences and make sure the Secondary and Button 3 mouse buttons are assigned. (End quote) Where exactly is this assigned? I have always used 2 button track balls (and now with scroll), which generally work well, but latest update has blocked two of my personalized short cut keys. I probably saw that warning before (over 25 years of formZ), but ask again in case something applicable was forgotten.
  13. Bo Atkinson

    + Light

    Thanks again Des, as your link provides workable *METHODS*, by sampling work flows... Even after 6 years of app upgrades, Evan's vids still prove very useful. Good thing I kept Renderzone, even if barely used over the decades, by now, as now I've got available focus time, to catch just enough light physics for adding lights +
  14. Bo Atkinson

    + Light

    Hi Des, Does this look right? In the App Folder it has a long list of files plus some folders (Lots of individual files omitted).
  15. Bo Atkinson

    + Light

    Oops, this was the video with unknown UI but UI text is illegible... https://blog.maxwellrender.com/tips/converse-tutorial-with-maxwell-render-part-2-free-mxs/ Question, where is it found on a Mac?