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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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    kim reacted to Hugo in 8.6 bugs   
    The full has build 10027 version 8.6.0.2
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    kim reacted to Andrew West in Render Performance Test Thread revisited (Vray)   
    I had no interest in comparing Vray to Renderzone any more than I would compare a new Tesla to an old Ford wagon.  Sorry for the bad analogy.  However, I am currently comparing Maxwell to Vray as that makes a lot more sense.   I have been using Maxwell for about 3 years now so I am pretty familiar with it.  There was a pretty steep learning curve at first and a lot of watching tutorials about secret tips and tricks that were less than obvious.  Maxwell is a fantastic program if you know what you are doing and have A LOT OF TIME to wait for a decent render.  I might add that the investment in hardware and render farms can be a bit steep as well.  Over the last few years it has become faster and easier to use.  So now that Vray is almost here I thought I would put the two side by side on a decent size project and then check results. 
    First off I find that once you know Maxwell or another stand alone engine it is always easier to learn another one if they approach lighting and materials in the same manner.  Vray is somewhat similar so it was only a few hours of poking around before I got up to speed.  If you are unfamiliar with how these programs work it might take quite a bit longer.
    Next off is how well integrated the two programs are within Form.z.  They both have a tendency to crash the program from time to time but I have yet to really figure out whether it is Form.z that is causing the issue or the engines.  Clicking on lights too quickly or moving too fast in general can lead all sorts of problems.  So save often and get a good SSD to speed things up.  The material palette in Maxwell is better integrated and more intuitive but Vray is still a work in progress at this point.  There are a lot of little glitches in Vrays materials and some of the settings make no sense and have no real reference in the real world that I can determine.  However, the real strength of an integrated render engine is how well it takes the materials you set up in Form.z and converts them over.  Both programs do an excellent job with a slight advantage to Maxwell as they have had more time to work out the bugs and interface.  One big difference in the future will be the fact that there are so many materials that are already created for Vray.  Maxwell has a fair number of materials on the Next Limit website but every year that list gets smaller and smaller for some bizarre reason.  For me I tend to create my own materials so it doesn't matter as much.  I did read recently that using old materials from previous versions of Vray can cause a lot of performance issues but I have not yet tested that out. 
    As for lighting that is where things get interesting.  Maxwell has never been quite as easy as they claim when it comes to converting native Form.z lights.  In fact it has never worked for  me so I always create my own Maxwell lights.  The best features of both programs is the ability to use HDRI images for scene lighting as that adds the most realism.  In fact that is what I have spent the last two days exploring with Vray.  For some reason Maxwell just handles HDRI illumination much better and I have yet to find out why.  I know that Vray users use this technique all the time so maybe I am still missing something important.  The other great lighting feature is the ability to use emitters.  Here Maxwell has a distinct advantage as emitters work wonderfully whereas in Vray they don't seem to have much of an effect at all.  The settings are way off of real world values and the sliders make no sense (to me). Both programs allow you to create hidden box or mesh lights that can add illumination in areas in the same way photographers bounce light around a room to evenly illuminate it.  One thing that Vray needs badly is some sort of shadow control for its sun light.  It only creates hard shadows at this time which is unfortunate since the sun renders faster. Perhaps they are working on that.
     
    Now for the kicker: TIME vs QUALITY.  I did a test render on both programs and while the images are both acceptable they are both very different.  I find that the Maxwell image has more atmosphere due to the better use of the HDRI light and it was easier to control.  However, the Vray image rendered out to a similar quality took 14 minutes.  The Maxwell image took 8 hours and 7 minutes.  These were both at fairly low res by my standards.  Both are attached to compare. Neither of them are close to what I would consider finished pieces.
     
    So here is my take on this so far:
    Maxwell has been around a lot longer within Form.z and has most of the bugs worked out.  It has a slightly better material editor once you know how to use it and better control over certain types of lighting for now. It is also impossibly slow but getting a little better.
    Vray is a work in progress still and has some issues to work out before I would consider it for a mission critical project.  It gives very acceptable results in a fraction of the time.  I am sure that once I spend more time with it I could get very similar results to Maxwell.
     
    Final conclusion: I personally have been waiting for Vray for over ten years since it was first suggested as an addition to Form.z.  It looks like the wait is almost over.  There is no such thing as a perfect piece of software and I know they will work this out over time. The time savings and acceptable results of Vray are well worth it in order to stay competitive in this field. 
     
    I will post more as I more familiar with Vray.
    AW
     


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    kim reacted to Tech in Happy Holidays from AutoDesSys!   
    Happy Holidays to everyone from AutoDesSys!
     
    Holiday animation courtesy of Jerry Farrell (modeled, animated and rendered in formZ!)
     

    (Click to watch)
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    kim got a reaction from Jaakko in Happy Holidays...   
    Thank you Bernd and Jaakko for keeping up the holiday tradition   
     
    Happy Holidays to all and thank you everyone at AutoDesSys for continuing to take care of all our needs.  
     
    Kim
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    kim reacted to Jaakko in Happy Holidays...   
    Happy Holidays to all!
     

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    kim reacted to bmeissner in Happy Holidays...   
    Happy Holidays to ADS and you all
     
    For the statistics: in 2017 it has been exactly 20 years that I've been making these annual cards with FormZ. Never change a working system
     
    Bernd

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    kim got a reaction from Alan Cooper in V-Ray for form•Z Beta now available!   
    Hi ZVtech,
     
    Yes resetting the workspace fixed the problem of the Renderzone Icon disappearance.
     
    Would it be possible for you to post the Vray Webinar we had last week or is there a Tutorial available on how to get started with VRay?
     
    Thanks
    Kim
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