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  1. kim

    Please welcome PowerCADD

    This is fantastic news! I cannot wait to have FMZ and PowerCADD running native on the new Apple M1 chip šŸ˜Š. Thanks to everyone at ADS for making this happen and best of luck with the project.
  2. I loved the concept of Layout and would use it as much as I possibly could because I feel it makes the FZ suite a powerful application. But I was always waiting, in the hope that ADS would get it to work properly. Two weeks ago, I had a serious setback with Layout and have decided to find an alternative. Because a lot of my decision making was done with the help of reading this forum, I thought that I would share the workflow I have created to produce my working drawings. This workflow is new and my notes were roughly made, more as a reminder to myself than as an instruction to others. It would not surprise me if there are errors in the document. Please read and use at your own peril. There is a built in redundancy going through QCAD Pro but I find it useful as QCAD has some good geometric tools. BTW the QCAD forum is really good. I also bought the QCAD intro to CAD book by Andrew Mustun. Even though it is aimed at folks coming from actual drafting to CAD, Andrew explains some of the tools really well. As most of you know, going into Affinity Publisher is unbelievable. What I love most from this app is that you can utilize not only the Publisher tools but also the Designer and Photo tools, all in the same document. If you have comments or criticisms please feel free to post. It is all part and parcel of a continuing learning process. Workflow Notes- FZ to Publisher.pdf
  3. https://vimeo.com/392917870 The video that you found is very basic. I looked for some videos that show the power of generating complex geometry but cannot find them. I pulled out this video, it is a simple process but try it in FZ.
  4. Hugo, I agree with all your points. In terms of the dxf, I only use it -in house- I would never send a DXF to clients or a contractor? I only send pdf's out? But yes the modeler has some really cool tools. For example, the section tool in 3D modeler adds a powerful touch combined with the Scenes palette, which records the view plus layers it is really easy to create a "Detail" section or an elevational view etc. Once created you can move on and come back in a jiffy. The Palette for Layers in itself is incredible, I have yet to come across another modeler/CAD app that allows you to manipulate layers so efficiently. The one area where the tools in FZ are a bit on the slim side are in the 2D geometric side. I am sure you have looked at Rhino. They have a wonderful collection of 2D geometric tools. For other reasons, I do not like Rhino and feel that QCAD has a good enough range of these tools. Expecting one app to cover all ones needs is not realistic. My approach is to dig the best out of apps that can talk to one another. Create a workflow where you can pick and choose what you need. I am impressed with the way (you once showed some images of yours) you have manipulated FZ to work for your needs and this is why I am excited to learn more about your technique. Many thanks!
  5. Hi Hugo, Thanks to you, I use the Modeling at 300dpi and export to Publisher. But when creating detail drawings, I find that the modeler tools are limited when thinking and working in 2D, which is understandable. I cannot wait for you to produce your video šŸ˜ Moving across the different platforms is easy - luckily they all like dxf files - the reason for using the different tools is that I am maximizing the number of tools available to me.
  6. Thanks Pobo for sharing the solution.
  7. I have been experimenting with Lidar Scanning and tried various file types to import to FZ. The .stl files work okay but you cannot import texture. The .obj is a good file type for importing texture but I cannot get it to work on FZ. It works fine with Blender. FZ does not appear to be able to handle the textures. I have tried all the different methods for importing but same result. I am wondering if anyone has worked out how to import Lidar Scanned images into FZ? I have experimented with 3 of the Lidar apps: 3D Scan app, Forge and Polycam. Just an FYI, I think 3D Scan app is the best one and has more options. What is interesting is that all 3 Lidar scan apps give me the same result with FZ.
  8. Thanks Des for the directions. I can now import Obj files into FZ. I have attached two files to show the import settings I used and the results. FZ does it again!!! šŸ˜Š Just in case anyone is interested, I am posting a link to a site run by Elliot Hartley. IMHOP he has written the best article talking about LIDAR apps for the iPhone 12 Pro. https://www.geoplanit.co.uk/?p=5638
  9. kim


    Have you tried Reseting your workspace? If you have customized your workspace make you have saved a copy of it before resetting.
  10. I older versions of FZ, I kept the Tool Options Palette window visible as I like to keep my eye on the options palette. The new Palette window does not allow me to keep the tool options window visible at all times. If you remove it from the palette window structure it hides the palette window below and if you place it on the side it takes up valuable window space. My work around is to place all the palettes except the layer palette on a 2nd monitor. Not a great solution, I am wondering if anyone has created more efficient layout with the palettes.
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    Palette Window Workaround

    A good solution for a single monitor. Thanks for the image.
  12. kim

    Palette Window Workaround

    Hi Snow, I used Sidecar yesterday for the palettes and it works pretty well. But I make notes on my iPad while working so need to use the old 2nd monitor.
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    Palette Window Workaround

    Hi Andrew, Yup, I have resisted the dual monitor use for years but I think it is time to bite the bullet. Thanks.
  14. kim

    Stitch Round

    Whatever happened to the Stitch Round Tool? I searched the manual but cannot find it. Does it have a new name or was it replaced by another tool? The Round between Faces does a similar operation but it does not allow for one to choose the type or size of radius as was possible with the Stitch Round? See attachment Form Z Desktop Companion version 4.0 by Kenth Agurell.pdf
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    Stitch Round

    Yes!!! Thanks Johnalexander1571. It appears that at some point FZ combined the Trim/Split tool with the Stitch Round Tool. The good news is that you can use the Stitch round function without having to use the Trim/Split What a great way to start the week
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    Stitch Round

    Thanks Andrew for your recommendation. I will look into the lofting process, unfortunately it is a lot more work than selecting options in the old Stitch Round Tool.
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    Stitch Round

    Hi Snow, Thanks, yes the controlled rounding tool works for straight forward filleting (welding). Maybe I am using it incorrectly? I have an oval object intersecting an plane at an angle and cannot find a tool to fillet (weld) the two together. The first example is using the round face tool but the only variable is a single radius. So odd shapes are created. Stitch Round. fmz.fmz
  18. I am blown away with this latest update on FZ 9. I am finding it a lot smoother and faster than the previous version. Usually small updates don't make a difference but this recent update certainly has. IMHOP. I just love it when an upgrade makes my computer feel new again. Thanks to everyone at Autodesys for working so hard on improving FZ for us all. I am currently running FZ on Catalina 10.15.7, on a MBP 16 inch.
  19. Hi ZTEK, I really enjoyed your post. It made me smile as I thought I was the only person who does this kind of detailed analysis to find the best product to create a specific workflow. In my case, I reviewed Rhino and BricsCAD. I am interested in creating a workflow to go from modeling to CNC. At the end of a very long process, I concluded that Form Z is still the best product out there for my kind of work. All it needs is for Layout and Draft to be improved so that they are reliable for professional use.
  20. If I remember correctly going back to version 3.4, there used to be a tool which permitted you to look up the number of hours a modeling file had been open. This made record keeping pretty simple. I have searched FZ 9 and looked at the information management tool, but it does not have any time stamps. Is it possible to look up the hours or not? Thanks
  21. Thanks Des. I wish I had kept my old FZ manuals. They went into such detail - why did I throw them out??? I still have Kenth Agurell's desktop companions which are works of art. I found a workaround for trying to capture the time a project took. Every time I work on a project I make a new version. So, was able to see the time by reading the create and modified times on the meta data of the files.
  22. Running FZ on a MBP 16" With i9 Core, 64 GB Ram and AMD Radeon Pro 5500 *GB Graphic Card. This latest build has slowed down in the modeling function. Currently just running it in Shaded Work, have not tried to do any rendering. I feel that what is slowing the machine down are the Snap options and the Clipping Planes. It slows down to the point that I get the spinning ball while it looks for the snap zones. The following also occurs: If I try to rotate an object the system hangs while FZ tries to find the Pont in the object to snap to. If I select the intersecting snap tool, well then it stops finding the end or. mid snap points, it is if snap is deselected. My work around has been to try and avoid using the clipping Planes (which I rely on heavily) and then to deselect all the snapping points and only to select them one at time, slowly building up my collection of snap points that I usually run with. I have sent a few Force Quit files to ADS.
  23. Thanks Tech for letting us know that we should stay with Catalina for awhile. Good luck with sorting out the issues with Big Sur.