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    kim got a reaction from Mike_Concentric in Alternative to FZ Layout. Proposed Workflow FZ to Working Drawings   
    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 😁
    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.
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    kim got a reaction from ZTEK in Alternative to FZ Layout. Proposed Workflow FZ to Working Drawings   
    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
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    kim got a reaction from ZTEK in Alternative to FZ Layout. Proposed Workflow FZ to Working Drawings   
    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
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    kim got a reaction from ZTEK in Alternative to FZ Layout. Proposed Workflow FZ to Working Drawings   
    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
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    kim got a reaction from ZTEK in Importing Lidar scans into FZ - how to get textures to work   
    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!!! 😊
    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
     
     


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    kim got a reaction from ZTEK in Importing Lidar scans into FZ - how to get textures to work   
    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!!! 😊
    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
     
     


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    kim got a reaction from ZTEK in Importing Lidar scans into FZ - how to get textures to work   
    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!!! 😊
    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
     
     


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    kim got a reaction from Jaakko in Form Z version 9.1.0 (Build A396)   
    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.
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    kim got a reaction from Mike_Concentric in Looking for a new formZ companion   
    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. 
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    kim got a reaction from Mike_Concentric in Looking for a new formZ companion   
    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. 
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    kim got a reaction from graham_g in Does FZ have a method for seeing how long a modeling file was open   
    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.
     
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    kim got a reaction from Mike_Concentric in Looking for a new formZ companion   
    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. 
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    kim got a reaction from Mike_Concentric in Looking for a new formZ companion   
    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. 
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    kim got a reaction from ¢hris £und in fZ + Python + CO2   
    An exciting combination.  A 100W laser is pretty powerful and can do a lot more than just engraving.    Cannot wait to see your creations.  The photo looks like a Preenex ?.
     Enjoy!
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    kim got a reaction from ¢hris £und in Exporting from Affinity Designer to Form Z   
    I move vectors from Affinity Designer to FZ by using a 3rd Party application.  The app that has worked for me, available from the Apple App Store is "The Vector Converter".
    I simply export my vector design from Affinity Designer using SVG file format.
    After opening The Vector Converter I drop the exported SVG file into The Vector Converter and then I select dxf file format for the conversion.  The conversion takes place online so you have to be linked to the internet.  Once the file is converted it will be downloaded onto your system.
    Once the converted file is downloaded I import it into my FZ model, Draft or Layout window.
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-vector-converter/id973738775
     

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    kim got a reaction from ¢hris £und in Exporting from Affinity Designer to Form Z   
    I move vectors from Affinity Designer to FZ by using a 3rd Party application.  The app that has worked for me, available from the Apple App Store is "The Vector Converter".
    I simply export my vector design from Affinity Designer using SVG file format.
    After opening The Vector Converter I drop the exported SVG file into The Vector Converter and then I select dxf file format for the conversion.  The conversion takes place online so you have to be linked to the internet.  Once the file is converted it will be downloaded onto your system.
    Once the converted file is downloaded I import it into my FZ model, Draft or Layout window.
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-vector-converter/id973738775
     

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    kim got a reaction from Justin Montoya in FZ 9.0.0.3 Reference File Layers Not differentiated   
    When using Reference files for projects they tend to have similar names, if not the same names.  When attaching a reference file to a project the layer palette does not differentiate the reference file layers from the file layers.  This makes working with a reference file really difficult.
    It would be helpful if the Reference File Layers were separate to the working file and maybe Prefixed REF or something like that.  Maybe it could look like this?    REF: Layer 1 REF: Layer 2 REF: Layer 3 Layer 1 Layer 2 Layer 3   If you added more than one reference file then the system should realize this and then the layers would read as follows:   REF A: Layer 1 REF A: Layer 2 REF A: Layer 3 REF B: Layer 1 REF B: Layer 2 REF B: Layer 3 Layer 1 Layer 2 Layer 3
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    kim got a reaction from ¢hris £und in Hardware - Input Devices   
    Hi Chris,
    This is a game changer!  Maybe I won't need a new mouse :-).
    Many thanks.
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    kim got a reaction from ¢hris £und in Too Options Palette   
    In FZ 8.5 I had the Tool Options Palette separated from the Palettes window and sitting in the top right hand corner of my screen.  Regardless as to what I was doing with the other palettes I could always keep my eye on the options palette to check what was going on.
    With the new FZ window being a contained cell, the only way I can separate the Tool Options Palette is to place it away from the right side of the screen.  As it is open all the time, I then lose valuable real estate for modeling.  
    I would be curious if anyone has figured out a work around to the new palette structure?  And then a question for ADS. Would it be possible to place the Tool Option Palette in the top right hand corner and lock it so that the other palettes would scroll under it.  Similar to how the Header Row and Column system work in spreadsheets?  Currently the options on a palette window are "Detach, Move to Left, Move to Right."  How about a "Lock Palette" Option?
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    kim got a reaction from Jaakko in Where's the info on 9?   
    I hope that 'family plan members' will also receive notification as soon as it is released.  My current version of FZ 8.5 not happy on Catalina and I don't want to spend the time reinstalling 8.5 when I will need to do the same for 9.  
    Hopefully, 9 can be released today which will allow for folks to contact Tech support if things don't go right.  Releasing on Friday with no tech support available might end up being frustrating to those who run into installation and registration problems.  
    But Friday better than Monday for those of us who are having a crashing time with 8.5 :-).
    Looking forward to seeing what FZ9 brings to the table but have been very happy with 8.5 modeling but not layout.
    Thanks to everyone who has worked hard on bringing the new version of FZ9 to fruition, and that includes the beta testers!
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    kim reacted to bmeissner in Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!   
    Happy Holidays :)

    Bernd
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    kim reacted to Jaakko in Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!   
    Happy Holidays to all!
     

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    kim reacted to AndyD in Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!   
    My last work made with formZ 8.6 and Maxwell 4:
    Andrea
     
     




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    kim got a reaction from DarrylVet in Trying to Create a PDF from FZ Model   
    Hi All,
     
    I am trying to create a simple 24" x 36" pdf from FZ 8.6.  on a MBP running Mac OS X.   
    Went into Pages to create a custom sized sheet (24 x 36) and then came back into FZ to go through the print process to create the pdf.  Unfortunately the custom sheet sizes are greyed out.  
     
    To create pdf from Model I am doing the following:
    1) Select PRINT > PRINT SETTINGS
    2) Then pull down MENU for PAPER SIZE .
        It is here where I usually see my paper sizes for pdf files.  I select a paper save and hit SAVE.
     
    My process is now limited to paper sizes in my local printer!!!
     
    Any thoughts how to do this simple process of how to make and select a custom paper size for making PDF's?
     
    Thanks
    Kim
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    kim got a reaction from Dwaynewees in Palette not scrolling in FZ 8.6.0.3 on Mac OS 10.13.3   
    The Layers Palette is acting up - not scrolling up and down.  Same problem on two different machines using same combo of FZ and OS.
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