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  1. Bo Atkinson

    Is FormZ working on M1 Macs?

    My own Windows10 transition is definitely not for my main work, as W10 is bothersome to navigate, for example word dictionaries are scant in W10 . My main use is rather to explore very specific new tools in Rhino7, (as their Mac side is less supported in the plugins and in the Youtube training of very specific work tasks). Rhino's Youtube support vids are amazingly extensive, covering many instant-solutions, as done by users at no cost to viewers. Specialized tool solutions are demoed quickly, which I prefer to the long showcase videos or long courses-A-Z. Keyword searches make this fast. The basic geometry stuff is the same and Rhino gives me more depth to explore, as for example the deform tools for complex objects are much faster and easier than formZ, (RE Bend and Taper). My 2012MacPro is about equally fast for my W10 installation of formZ. Common shortcut-hand-patterns for formZ and for Rhino, in both Mac and in W10 might be possible, by "re-mapping" the Alt- and Command- keys, when adjusting sct files in W10, and I don't plan on using other W10 apps with many shortcuts. I expect the new MacPros might eventually become affordable, but the old ones are good enough for me on OSX 10.13.6. Chances are future upgrades of everything will be subscription only, so older will be better for me working offline.
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    Best Mac-Windows10 Transfer

    Thanks all! I appreciate hearing that online storage is preferred, though it is not for me. I do see now that a new paradigm shift is coming, with on line apps as subscriptions, paid by the month, but my lifestyle is low key, more like the old book of living on a desert island, independently. One app looked at today, makes life so un-intuitive, and hard to save a work file to disk! Interesting though, the promises of the big www collective without copyrights, hmmm. I found my answer was to use Mac's ExFAT format which works well for Windows10, except getting W10 to locate drives took a while and the same hot-swap drawer has to be used per HD. I have some old 2.5 HDs to start with and use the motherboard HD for sys speed, and physical backups. Changing the HD drawer looses W10 link to the last hot swap HD it had. Mac runs formZ best however so W10 is just for format converting on W10, and the OS - UI differences help keep my first use of Rhino7 clearer... Just using Rhino to compare types of geometry and meshes is my learning approach. Hard to say how useful grasshopper will be. Thinking of using x-keys.
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    Best Mac-Windows10 Transfer

    Thanks Des, I'm not a network user by preference and want to keep these PCs apart , reduce UI studies, and the UI differences encourage this. I'm gaining confidence in the hot sapping and usb options.
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    Best Mac-Windows10 Transfer

    I recently chose a Windows10 upgrade path after 25 years on Mac... Problem is Win10 doesn't have a way to read data on most Mac formatted SSD drives, *as mine are internally connected (to asus proart z490 motherboard). The USB thumb drives, formatted by Mac do read... I don't want to specially reformat old Mac drives and like them just a as they are. Disk Management reveals an SSD and properties, but offers no access button, (and worse yet seems to reveal repeated instances of drive(s)?? The www offers some apps to read any old Mac formatted drive... 1] Does anyone use such apps and which work the most easily? 2] Does anyone know if there is highly reliable app to use with Icy Docks? (as I've wasted days trying to get files, which is so easy in Macs). * I have an "Icy Dock 4 X 2.5 SATA Hot Swap" (front loaded), and I'm not sure if it really and truly hot swaps, but no matter, as it is easy enough to load and unload after shut down. https://www.icydock.com/knowledge.php?id=69.
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    New update 9.0.6

    Solved with OSX/Finder/Menu/Go+OptionKey/Delete FormZ# folder.... Necessary every few years when we forget. Updates– The Multi View still needs a work around when tools become unresponsive. (Open new project window and immediately close it, with shortcuts).
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    formZ 7 "Hot Fix" for OS X 10.10 Yosemite

    Change topic to "Updating OS Versions" ? I'm going through that on my 2012 Mac and also just bought a Windows 10 PC, and am learning there are multiple versions of Windows 10 interfaces, (as when looking up UI routines).
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    New update 9.0.6

    Has formZ stopped filling out the Extension Manager? (It used to be pre-filled with a long list and check boxes, where sometimes 3dConnexion/ for Navigator needed to be checked once more). I recently discovered this when my 3d Connexion palette was found missing after some weeks of needing to reinstalls OSX (old High Sierra, old MacPro). I have reinstalled the latest formZ A26A and the previous update, both have blank Extension Managers on my machine, but were great until my very old OSX started deteriorating. Delays of upgrading were due to current video card, (and does anyone know the best older video-card names for Mac , which by now must be at bargain prices?) PS- I'm waiting for my first 3D Mouse, (in the mail), but was very happy with my discontinued Navigator, which has suddenly become inaccessible through formZ (and may have other problems too, as the fresh download of their legacy driver doesn't reconnect either)... ... Any ideas out there are welcome.
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    V build A26A

    I'm on 9.0.6. Build A283 7 yr old MacPro 10.13.6 1GB video... Everything is pretty good here, 100-200 MB files, Inspector-Display Options- Material Parameters used a lot. However there is just one big glitch: V9 disconnects most of UI often, which is easily fixed by opening a new project and then immediately closing it. (closing the new project). This means two fast short cut key combos, and that cures all. It has become a fast workflow. The quickest onset of this "UI-disconnect" happens with Multi View, which I use a lot. It also happen with other things and if I have several projects open, the current project is cued behind others so it has to be clicked back on top. This encourages me to use just one project, close others. The other methods of past versions apply to those versions and the past OS specifically, and V9 has it's brand new ways of keeping stable. PS- I updated recently but just now "Check For Update" results with "Update Failed" "The New Normal" Just focus on what works, ignore the rest .
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    To answer my own question, they accept any files, and besides that you first need to find your contact up there, then figure out the verbiage you were given and try clicking like-sounding checks offs, which is nothing like other forums which I have joined in the past. But the site is friendly enough if one likes reading a lot. (I don't).
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    Has anyone here used github for sharing of technical geometry files? https://github.com I can't even figure out if all the specialized digital packaging there is used for 3d file sharing or is it only and exclusively for code sharing, (and nothing else).
  11. Bo Atkinson

    Energy Wave Theory & formZ

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    Energy Wave Theory & formZ

    Sounds great! Does the formZ arrowed display animate? Or do you mean Place Along Path Tool, with pre built cone arrows, or what? In any case the attached should be same model as the one linked at page bottom. Did it not open? Did you try Display Options/ Show Direction? These are the arrows I'm using for now. (Saves a lot of steps when exploring curve variations and lots of bandwidth). I put my basic files on the web for open source sharing and would love cooperating. (let me know if something there is missing). There also might be more math help coming, after the work week is over, but not sure yet, exactly what it will be. I was told the spin type is possibly applicable to the project, because the Standard Model of classical physics lacks meaningful 3d models to describe spin, and there was a real welcome for my work there. Trihedral-Mechanics-UseShowDirection.fmz
  13. For most problems like unresponsive interface issues, in case the Reset Workspace doesn't help, then the unofficial, fast workaround is to: 1] Open New 2] Close New window This is actually a fast succussion of short cut keys which solves numerous user interface problems which I get, even including the loss of personal sct settings... Not to worry though because the menu/file has always held up... Or restart formZ, or restart computer at the worst. All in all, V9 is pretty strong, once I aptly use these commands.
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    Energy Wave Theory & formZ

    Energy Wave Theory, or rather it's focus on better alternative hypotheses, in the history of particle physics, has always attracted my interests, so that finding a competition to "to simulate a micro-sized universe" seemed to ignite part of my formZ modeling efforts these past six weeks. http://harmoniouspalette.com/TrihedralHelixForEWT.html I have sent this into their open-source competition judges... Their extensive web presence spans widely from here: https://energywavetheory.com/introduction/
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    Phantom numbers

    I think(possibly) v9 lets me sometimes get rid of persistent-numbers-being-displayed, if immediately, before switching off the measuring tool I start making a new measurement and immediately click esc... Sorry I can't verify this until problem shows up again and I do little measuring with this method, and I actually prefer selecting segments of objects to view the measurement in the inspector/ info tab. (I just wish formZ would let me copy & paste that number elsewhere, that is the number displayed inside the inspector, as sometimes I want accurately stated long numerals with decimal point).