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  1. Bo Atkinson

    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.
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    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).
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    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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 +
  7. 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).
  8. 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?
  9. Bo Atkinson

    + Light

    Today, I found this vimeo lesson: The vimeo neglects how the interface was loaded, or how the model was loaded and the UI is illegible due to low screen resolution, as of the first minute... Next time I'll pick up from minute one again.
  10. Bo Atkinson

    + Light

    Thanks Smarttech, Those videos are possibly most wanted in the market, but none of those videos focus on my little corner of specialization: Videos of applying these to formZ. Specifically, step by step, showing which menu items are clicked, how are lights created? I scanned trough most of the videos, based on the Youtube's preview window, which show many adjustments and effects, but where is the starting point demonstrated? Des kindly posted an example and one light was easily adjustable, but at some point I need to see how these are clicked into formZ.
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    + Light

    Thanks so much Des, I really appreciate a file to work with, which saves a lot of time! I did try using 35 mm cameras of the 60's vintage and never did well and for lack of temperature controls in the darkroom, in a rural setting. Fast forward today, autofocus and photoshop are more the WYSIWYG style I aim for.
  12. Bo Atkinson

    + Light

    Could someone please post a file with lights included, that are set to render with Maxwell, perhaps just a few cubes? This might give a starting place to see Maxwell lighting work, to see which sliders differ from their default setting, as my first trial was naturally very dark and hardly lit. (I never use RenderZone for the same reason and am hoping to use Maxwell more like a very souped up version of Shaded Work and am not interested in optical tech.
  13. Bo Atkinson

    + Light

    Thanks John, I was looking forward to such lighting as an option... Edit follows: After writing this I went back to check again, and suddenly the "Maxwell" option appeared for me in the Light Parameters. (Like much of software, trials and unresponsiveness , initially, seems part of the process.
  14. Bo Atkinson

    + Light

    Please anyone, how are the various Maxwell lights added to formZ? I add a new light in formZ, double click on it, see the Light Parameter dialog, but the Maxwell option is not in upper right hand box. All the Maxwell Youtubes are about light adjustments without the workflow of adding lights.
  15. Bo Atkinson

    Query an ellipse angle.

    One possible caveat is that such a circle might be 3d- tilted, compared with the rest of the scene, or itself warped illusively because it is on a 3d warped surface, no? Such that a more complex tool would need pictures taken from several differing viewpoint angles, or multiple shots taken from known viewpoints with precicely angular relationships, all calculated by sensors and software. . The blue dots represent cameras viewing a rectangular scene, and may calculate precise dimensions within the volume; and, the cameras would communicate together to determine cones of vision, to use in modeling content in a modeled rectangular or other modeled space, (like a room). The image is actually from a formZ Multi-View screenshot, taken many years ago, (when Multi-View might have had a different name and we used the acronym CAD;)