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  1. I searched for a method to add my own, new, customized jpgs to formZ, to use as a custimized materials… The manual had: “Creating and editing materials” but did not mention adding customized images (jpgs). In the really old days it seemed possible. Can i replace a default formZ- Material jpg with my jpg? (I don't mind having the unrelated, default name kept). I don’t need most of the default formZ material looks, so don't mind loosing such. Actually I would like to remove most of the materials I will never use, besides.
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    How to add custom jpgs to Material Palette

    Allanjl, Now that you have me looking again. I should add that getting a photo image into the Materials/ Material Type/ Shaded… And not necessarily into RenderZone, but i now see that RenderZone/ Materials Type/Renderzone does have a Color Map under the Color tab. I did not notice that earlier as i was actually needing a raised sand texture for my work. Initially i was keeping life simple, with the Shaded Render for my quick visualization needs. Shaded mode is great for that, allowing quick renders, while modeling proceeds. Agreed, the bumps are sort of a 2d function internally, but they are mapped rather well for ordinary 3d visualization needs, (of ending up with a 2d output, not a 3d output, yes). Advancing physics is another issue, not mine, here. My initial objective was how to get photo images into formZ Materials, to begin with. My thread attempts to explain, though a seek & find mode, how i discovered a solution for my need and how to second guess the terminology, (which i lacked at the outset). The path i initially needed was: Material Parameters/ Material Type/ Renderzone/ Color/ Color Map ...But actually /Bump Map was better for this instance) For anyone seeking, this gets photos into formZ Materials which can be saved and the bumps are great for raised textures.
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    How to add custom jpgs to Material Palette

    Thanks Allanjl, Yes, in my third post, the jpg was brought into the custom material, but only through through the Bump Map Material parameter... If there is another route to get personal photos into materials, please indicate the key word to find inside the Manual (and save yourself writing out long explanations).... I found no other way but the bump map option gives excellent results, as material surfaces re 3d, inherently. The word 'bump' does imply 3d, so I reason this was a good word choice, as customized materials are likely to be textures, which also imply 3d. Also, to keep personal modeling criteria, even materials or plain colors, I keep them saved in project files. As my personal work varies so much in the many kinds of things I do.
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    How to add custom jpgs to Material Palette

    I see now, the only available procedure is through Bump Maps inside Material Parameters. My approach was backward as one should simply consider customized-image insertion as a bump concept, specifically, followed with texture editing, shading and color… Saving regular needs to “My Library”…
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    How to add custom jpgs to Material Palette

    Odd as it may seem, I haven't bothered with this in years, (V6) To just use my own jpgs. I tried following manual but must have the wrong page or terminology.
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    Clones - Latest Build 10163

    Thanks Tech, I finally got it to work as expected and it does work beautifully. I had not rebooted in many days, which affects things sometimes.
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    Clones - Latest Build 10163

    Mac OSX 10.12.3 Admitting my difficulties with rare needs for clone functionality, in different years... As of Build 10163, (the latest)… Are not cloned objects supposed to transform about each, individual centroid? Ive tried all visible settings: “as family”, “individually”, both with all pre selected and also by clicking on each one alone, without pre selection. The spheres are supposed to be clones, (made with Move / Make Clone box checked) RE spheres in image: Top-image: spheres were move/copied. Bottom image: each sphere had to be Transform/Scaled one at a time. Where I want Clones to do this for me by one scale action. Also, is there a way to verify if an object is a clone or not? Clones wil not Transform.fmz
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    Parallel tool

    Name has changed, action has seemed the same. Forth box-button down on right- Derive 2 . . . . Ofst Surf (forum won't load pics anymore)
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    how to "convert..." ?

    If massive poly reduction (work) is worth ones time, one can use the Contour tool to define a new sequential set of cross sections. These outlines can then be reduced in resolution with the Polygonize tool. However a large number of these contour-outlines might be unneeded. Perhaps even most can be deleted, where your greater poly reduction is focussed. Finally a loft Loft tool can be used, depending on style of resulting object you want.
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    SubD mirror / symmetrical modeling

    Indeed, symmetry tools are powerful, but not really the most competitive, in that demand is relatively limited. There is a work around, taking a little more time to complete, but less and less time, if one is repeating this enough to get used to the work flow. Use the mirror tools, either with starting objects or with Subt objects or other types...
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    Always got this problem

    Did you try simply restarting formZ, (after Quitting FormZ) ? It always helps if you can give the exact version update of your OS and your video driver and the formZ update version. (I possibly saw a similar issue where there existed incompatible versions of one of the above, as intensive computer uses require very close matching of these versions).
  12. Did you try triangulating before reducing?
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    GPS improvements since 2006?

    fz forum follow up Gentlemen, thanks for all the thoughts and link. These might eventually inform, with what is working, in some situation or other. (I still have to find that old Garmin GPS device, from so long ago:) In the spirit of sharing: Probably better than adapting formZ… I have since learned about recently available maps online, which may become more interactive and already provide for some tools. My State already has a powerful Department Of Transportation Public Map Viewer link: http://www.maine.gov/mdot/mapviewer/ mssoftware.pdfmssoftware.pdfmssoftware.pdf I also learned of another key word to search in future. Geospatially enabled PDFs As in: https://www.barr.com/maps/examples/HowtousegeospatialPDFs.pdf
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    GPS improvements since 2006?

    Re: » Archive March 2006 » GPS - To FormZ http://www.formz.com/forum/old/messages/16/13355.html This sounded like a path to integrate formZ generally with GPS, affordably for a small rural town with lots of dirt roads and generally easy going maintenance practices. Providing that formZ work smoothly with: 1}Drafting, 2}Notes 3}Large Printing 4}Plus some kind of mobile data entry for GPS coordinates... Edit after seeing another post: I see this post might describe success with GPS: http://forums.formz.com/index.php?/topic/6219-gps-coordinates-in-points/ Has anyone got a way to import data, to avoid "human error" ? Insights Anyone?
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    Frame: square cross section?

    Or perhaps square-poly-frames whose end centers coincide, but do not attempt Union-izing. Instead optional spheres might be availably made at each frame vertex. Let the modler use that for Unions, or not have these generated at all. I saw the square frame as a low resolution option, needed sometimes to render physical framing plans in general of for piping… Where the perspective effect is the point of displaying a certain modeling. The clean geometry is not always important. If such a tool could use triangular sections, pointing to centroid or away… This would be very useful for advancing spherical structures, in this day of competitive structural ideas.
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    3d connexion won't stop (v8.6)

    Wow, an easy fix, excellent deduction, thanks Des!
  17. 8.6 was working well before today, but today, 3d connexion won't stand still (view keeps floating-changing view, non-stop). Some years ago there was a posted solution like change the formZ folder name... Although this doesn't work today, or was there another simple fix? OSX 10.12.6 Sierra
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    axial sweep issue

    I too have had similar problems, through many formZ versions. Despite explanations given, my understanding was often not achieved. Instead, my solution was always to try every other conceivable method, to build from scratch… In a case like this, usually first try ‘facetting’ the curve with equally sized segments, (sometimes toggling odd vs even number of segments for effect). This used to be achieved with the “zero radius helix”, but now the Polygonize tool does this well. If sweeping did not work, sometimes NURBS lofting could do it right, sometimes rearranging the positions of the “multiple entities” could fix bad results. Sometimes even lofting “derivatives of the paths” rather than the cross sections, (kinda). Additional ideas would arise if all else failed and if time permitted… Personally i take it the math has a peculiar dependence on startigng and ending points, instead of simply disregarding the concepts of starts and ends, of points. Just let closed paths enjoy all points as equals, so to speak.
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    8.6 updates

    Is there an updated manual for 8.6? From inside 8.6, latest download... This 2015 manual is accessed-- It has nothing on Clones: http://www.formz.com/manuals/formZ85/formZ_Pro/!SSL!/WebHelp/formzpro.php?url_str=01001_contents.html
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    Search!

    Another vote here for the Object Palette. (Developers, please consider it valued). I use it a lot, a little like a "History Palette" since I almost never use formZ for single types of work, like paid design work, to send around networks or what not. For that matter I have to wonder if A.I. is set to export a lot of modeling work out to the lower bidding world, overseas, like everything else. I use formZ for design exploration, mostly intermittently and rarely with the same tool sets. Rarely anywhere nearly the same category of project-types or material sets, etc.. I also have explored a dozen ways to model particular objects, over the years, so the naming holds the history of which tools were used consecutively. (Saved in Object Palette). As for Search... The only search I really miss is "short cuts" and finer manual-details on how to use rare tool options. Yes I can see that huge projects need user-searches, but once again, this sounds like long lists of individual objects. Anwar did indicate the Object Palette in the highlighted topic of this post. Beyond an 'exclusive' for Layer Pallettes, i subdivide projects to keep them trimmed down, same with object searching.
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    Search!

    Another vote here for the Object Palette. (Developers, please consider it valued). I use it a lot, a little like a "History Palette" since I almost never use formZ for single types of work, like paid design work, to send around networks or what not. For that matter I have to wonder if A.I. is set to export a lot of modeling work out to the lower bidding world, overseas, like everything else. I use formZ for design exploration, mostly intermittently and rarely with the same tool sets. Rarely anywhere nearly the same category of project-types or material sets, etc.. I also have explored a dozen ways to model particular objects, over the years, so the naming holds the history of which tools were used consecutively. (Saved in Object Palette). As for Search... The only search I really miss is "short cuts" and finer manual-details on how to use rare tool options. Yes I can see that huge projects need user-searches, but once again, this sounds like long lists of individual objects. Anwar did indicate the Object Palette in the highlighted topic of this post. Beyond an 'exclusive' for Layer Pallettes, i subdivide projects to keep them trimmed down, same with object searching.
  22. Did you import into a f formZ New Project already set to metric units in Project Settings ? I don't do this often, however.
  23. Bo Atkinson

    Animation

    RE: formZ 8.5 Manual: http://www.formz.com/manuals/formZ85/formZ_Pro/!SSL!/WebHelp/formzpro.php Besides manual and videos I just noticed that "Rendering/Animation" under the Workspace Menu brings out a considerable array of tools and palettes... So far I don't see these mentioned in the Manual. For example the pop-out tool-bar titled 'Anim', it is not indexed in the Manual. Also Note: Mac/Safari does not operate the Search function in the manual, (use other browsers for the search box in the Manuals). I noticed that the older video above is for an previous version of formZ and the animation environment has advanced extensively... I never had time to learn Animation, (for lack of pressing needs) and wish there were a hundred 1-minute videos, one for each use of each Animation tool set. Indeed all formZ tools are worth a thousand 1-mi8nute Youtubes! Titling each video of a specific tool set would give quick information. As we are more likely to need immediate details instead of long presentations. Indices of titles like this would be a gold mine. Then the learning curve would be very easy! The average user could become experts much sooner. For lack of that, I tend to rake through Google: " formZ + ____" Notice the spaces on each side of the + sign, which seems to prompt google to target information precisely.
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    FormZ for Linux

    Alan, I like your suggestions, but am getting used to things as they now are, with the occasional improvement in one thing and the loss somewhere else. I think that the modeling software market is so much a minority nowadays that all platforms are jeopardized, perhaps equally, by comparison to smart phones, pads and entertainment markets. The public A&E is tiny. The real development money for serious engineering software goes into the closed markets of military funding, where architecture and public modeling is absolutely excluded. We live on a predatory world, so I got used to that.
  25. 2012 MacPro After unlocking permissions, verifying that modem connection works, getting trough user code boxes... It eventually says there was a permission error (or similar message).
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