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    Maxwell 5 for formZ - In Progress!

    The good news is that maxwell 5 is able to import V-Ray scene; it is a major update for the FormZ users' workflow!
  2. Hello cornerofthemoon (what a name!) NL announce a new very fast GPU render engine, depending how many GPU you have... must be check. Don't forget that you can launch multiple renderings at the same time (not V-ray)... during night time: they will be all finished when you will come back in the morning.
  3. Hello, We just received this message from Next Limit: Dear Patrick, We are contacting you because we have finally made a decision about the formZ plugin development. GOOD NEWS: WE WILL CONTINUE SUPPORTING AND DEVELOPING formZ FOR MAXWELL 5!! We estimate a month to release Maxwell 5 for formZ 8, and then they launch formZ 9, we will start developing this plugin for Maxwell 5 too!! Thank you for your patience, understanding and trust. Kind regards, " we have now to be patient and cross fingers!
  4. We have just received the pre-order form to update to Maxwell 5. But, unfortunately, when we connect us to our account, there is no FormZ option to do it😟 We wrote to Next Limit, and their answer is: " " Hello Patrick, Thank you very much for contacting us. We are now evaluating the development of a new Form Z plugin for Maxwell 5 depending on the demand we have for it. Kind regards " So, everyone is concerning to have a FormZ plugin development by Next Limit, must send a message to them!
  5. Many thanks for your very good job, Pylon! We will miss you so much. We still use Maxwell as our primary render engine and we expect NextLimit will continue to develop the plugin...
  6. We definitively need Hidden Line rendering as we export the result as 2D drawing into Autocad. However, two main concerns about this: - Before FZ 7, we were able to export into Autocad at right scale, using the 2D drawing module (copy from 3D modeler and paste to 2D module and then export in DWG). It is nearly impossible now... - Hidden Line produce a lot of duplicate lines that we need to erase manualy in Autocad - a nightmare! Can we expect some improvement in FZ 9?
  7. Hello, On the NextLimit forum, there is a topic with this same title… And, because there is no answer from NL, what we could expect in the future for the FZ Plugin?
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    Top Ten FormZ 9 list

    Hello, #X Return of "resolution of curves" as it where in FZ6 (length of segment/number of segment/maximum angle...). Thks
  9. pkcn

    Top Ten FormZ 9 list

    Hello, #X Return of "resolution of curves" as it where in FZ6 (length of segment/number of segment/maximum angle...). Thks
  10. Hello Pylon, We saw there is a new version of mx for 3dsmax plugin with a new translator button beetween VRay and Mx; can we expect the same button in a future FZ plugin?
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    Maxwell vs Vray

    We are using both rendering apps for architectural projects integrated on the same Fz license. We are happy with that workflow: For final results we use Maxwell because we are able to compute many different views with different lights at the same time. Even if Maxwell require a long time to compute one image, we win time for several images, without the need to be in front of the workstation. So, we launch calculations during the night and, in the morning, we have all the views that we need. With a good HDR light, we dont need a lot of test and the result is always good enough at the first time. We just carefully set the light parameters into Fire, to be sure that the project is well lit. Also, the material editor is great as you can start with preset material and change the texture or some settings easily. Vray is great for speed and early project' views. We appreciate its integration within Fz. We use it as a conceptual tool and try a lot of material arrangement. Clients are happy because they have a good feeling of what the project could be. We use the standard settings for exterior scene and it is very quick. Also, It is easy to share the files as VRay has a bigger user base than Maxwell. Our main concern is that we have to produce a copy of each material (and two copies of the same project, one named with suffix M, the other with suffix V). It is a problem when there are some changes on the model. A compatibility between materials description would be appreciate here !
  12. Hi, What about the VRay update announced by FZ tech in a previous post? Rgds
  13. It is along time that this app has been released. Can we expect some update with new functions? Is an Android app sister on the way too? We use it a lot to make some outstanding presentation to our client....
  14. Thks FZ; we appreciate your quick responsiveness!
  15. pkcn

    FZ future

    We finally decided to use both version: FZ 8.5.7 with Maxwell plugin for clients jobs and FZ 8.6.0.1 (10027) with VRay plugin for testing and less critical deadline. The first one is more stable and has the ability to launch several renderings overnight. However, we would like a bigger mxm library. The results are very nice but at time expens . The second provides a more integrated UI (even with some annoying overlap windows), good material library (with additional vismat collection) and speed but VRay has to be integrated in FZ Imager for launching several renderings. Sadly the GPU (Quadro P4000) is useless with both plugins. ​We are old FZ users (for more than 15 years now - FZ 2.5), like many other in this forum (old users only remains now?), and still happy to work with. Too many bugs in the last updates and irritated UI require more and more patient however. What is new now, Autodessys seems not very prompt to adress these problems and to answer at many threads of this forum. ​So, our question: Is FZ became a dead end choice and we should change our workflow? Or is FZ able to become again the more advanced modeler we knew and like?
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