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  1. Does anyone know if it's possible to show only just the outline of a facetted object in "Shaded Full" display option. See attached screenshot of a structure with a facetted skin. It's an imported file from a client and there are no parametric(smooth) options to import. I have a workaround for this by exporting a full shaded image with 'Override Edge Display' turned off then a hidden line image of the same view and layering them in photoshop but it'd be more efficient to not have to have this extra step. See attached second image. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
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    Showing Outline Only of Facetted Object

    Hi Chris, Thanks for the response. Yeah hidden line doesn't show the facets in this model as illustrated by the second image which is a hidden line image layered over a full shaded image with edge display turned off. What I'm trying to achieve is a full shaded image with an outline but no facets showing. Any ideas?
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    Problems Exporting DWG's

    Hi Tech, Having a lot of issues exporting DWG files out of FormZ. I've tried to export the attached file from FormZ 8.5 with no success and have also tried from version 8. tried back saving through different versions of DWG, 2000, 2004, 2010 etc etc to no avail. Have exported much larger and more complicated parts of this job, some of which were modelled outside of Form Z reasonably successfully, it took me several tries with each file, getting various levels of success until finally got a full export. same file exported used same settings produces different results?? This alloy truss model attached was modelled entirely in FormZ and it would seem like a an easy export as fundamentally it's just a bunch of extruded rectangles. I have attached the resulting dwg. File sharing like this is an essential part of our work and I feel like this used to be easily achieved using version 6 but has also been a problem through updates 7 & 8. Any suggestions as to what is wrong here? Truss Structure.zip
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    Problems Exporting DWG's

    Been meaning to reply one last time to this thread but couldn't sign in to forum for a number of weeks. Thanks again for the help. Have exported several models since posting this and found the naming of layers seemed to be the biggest issue. No longer using any spaces in layer names and files export fine. thanks again
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    Problems Exporting DWG's

    Thank you so much for looking into the issues with that file. I did wonder if it might have something to do with naming of the layers, we've been having some issues with file names and google drive recently as well. Also thanks for the advice, will check through layer names etc before exporting in the future if we have any further issues. I think after exporting several different parts of the rest of this build and then getting stuck with this I'd lost a bit of patience. thanks again.
  6. hi, Maybe i'm missing something straight forward here but i can't see any way of changing the 'selected hatch' when setting attributes in the Cross Section dialogue box. I can change the scale, angle and alternate between world and screen but i want to be able to add different hatches to choose from so in my sections or Layout drawings I have different hatches showing. Have searched through the manual to no avail. Anyone know how to do this?
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    3d PDF

    Hi, Looking for some advice on best apps to create 3d pdfs, preferably free. Also is this something we could hope to see in version 9 of Form Z where it could be an export option? as I know it's something you can do directly from Solidworks with a plugin.
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    360º Renders

    Hi, I recently saw a render by a company on their facebook page that was an interactive 360º view. You clicked and dragged mouse to rotate yourself around a central point allowing you to look at all the points of the interior of a room. Very similar to if you take a panoramic picture on iphone and post to facebook. I downloaded the render and what i got was a flat image that was obviously a kind of panormaic view but that also allowed you to look up and down. Is there a way in Form Z of setting a central point in a space and having it create a render like that. I have attached the image for reference. Has anyone done anything like this before?
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    Layout Bugs and Quirks

    Hi, As a daily user of the layout mode in FormZ 8 I thought i'd list a few things I've noticed recently that might be issues just for new or potentially for all users. • Multi Dimension Tool - some of these disappear when you create a pdf, I've given up on using it and just use single Dimension tool. • Leader Lines - I annotate a lot of my layout work with these and find it causes the application to crash a lot, enough times for it to be a real hinderance to getting work completed in time. I've talked to Tech about this before and have looked at fixing faults with fonts on my computer etc, but it still happens. The strange thing i've found is it doesn't tend to happen if the layout file is the only file i have open at the time, if i have multiple files open that is when the problem occurs. Also when i output a pdf i find the text I have inputted into the dialogue box of the leader line has shifted down in the relation to the end of the leader line - this is a consistent fault and has happened since i began using layout. • PDF Output - Thankfully the latest update has fixed many of the issues here, great stuff. The print line widths being corrected is a huge help. Also the addition of all the hidden line attributes to the options in layout is awesome, showing hidden edges is a great addition. My only gripe is that when outputting pdf's which i then take into illustrator to add title blocks is that any curves in my drawing (and sometimes straight lines too) become just a whole lot of points rather than a boolean curve. It seems FormZ already has a good interface with illustrator, being able to import/export illustrator files etc, it'd be great if the pdf's from layout had the same quality. Worth noting i've tried exporting illustrator field direct from layout and i get the same result. Title Block Function - This was talked about being part of FormZ 8 but has still not materialised as yet?? • Also wonder if it'd be a good addition to the dimensioning tool palette to have a 'section' tool where you could annotate where you have a section. Would then be easy to show said section in another pane using a clipping plane or the actual section tool. Interested to see not only what Tech thinks on this but any of the other FormZ users out there who use Layout regularly. I post a bit on Layout and sometimes feel as though not many other people are using it. Maybe I'm wrong and other people just aren't finding fault with it. Thanks in advance.
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    Layout Glitches

    Hi, Just highlighting a couple of glitches that I have come across on numerous occasions in Layout mode. • Note Text - text moves when you save as pdf. it generally shuffles up the page. i think this mostly happens if you type in a note with multiple lines of text. see attached screenshots of layout version then pdf version to see the movement in text. • Dimensions Units and Display - file toggles between "use project" and "custom" when you make any changes in source file or if you set to "use project" before saving the file, it then jumps to "custom" on saving
  11. Interesting way of working. I use layout all the time and have come to expect the frustrations that go along with it while hoping that it'll be updated and upgraded in the future. I try to post about issues i have and improvements that could be made on a semi regular basis. The way of working you describe almost sounds a bit like the workflow from version 6, hidden line renders dimensioned and annotated. I'd be interested to explore this if it was quicker than using layout - how do you do multiple elevations on a single page and how do you set up a scale. Do you ever add axonmetric or perspective views? At present I take layout created PDF into illustrator to tidy up and add further detail, title block etc.
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    360º Renders

    Thanks for the feedback above. I'll have a look more closely at Maxwell render - may or may not be something our company would look at investing in.
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    any help please how to model this tent

    This is something I wrestled with the in past also - I used a serious of guidelines and guided lofts to get an approximate 3d model of this type of structure. Sub D tool could be worth a look though - thanks for the file above..
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    Leader Lines Text

    +1 This would be a great addition - either be able to select object name or layer name
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    Layout Lagging Performance

    I have noticed similar lag when using perspective view in Layout with certain more complex models. Mostly complex truss models with a lot of detail, can be relatively quick in elevation but very very slow in perspective. I have noticed a slight increase in performance if i change object type to 'Poly Lines' as opposed to 'Lines, Splines & Arcs'.
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    Arc Dimensions

    Hi, Been meaning to post this since the launch of version 7 but haven't got round to it until now, had hoped it would be included in 8 but doesn't seem to be. Where has the dimensioning tool gone for showing the length of an arc, or distance between points on an arc. Not talking about straight line distance but the actual distance on the curve. This was a dimensioning tool in version 6 but has not been included in any of the latest versions. Would it be possible to add this in the future? Attached a screen shot of an old drawing i did in version 6 using this tool.
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    Layout Title Blocks

    Having a look finally at 8.5 Beta and was excited to see the addition of the Title Block feature. I've opened Layout and added a standard title block, been into project settings and via that into Dictionary section of Title Block to edit some of the text. Seems i can edit some text but not others. Obviously every individual or company needs there own title block so winder if this is something anyone else has been looking at yet. I'd also like to create my own title block for my company as we already have one set up in Illustrator. Current workflow for me is to export a PDF of Layout file and add that to a Illustrator template with my title block on this which is fundamentally a step too far. How do i create and save a custom Title Block which will open every time I open my formZ Layout? Any tricks and tips very appreciated. thanks Duncan
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    Layout - Dimensions - Units and Display

    thanks Tech, I also just thought i could just set up a preference file for layout with the working units set to the same as the preference file i have for all my modelling projects but then sometimes I may be working on different scale projects so I guess a fix is in order.
  19. Hi, I have noticed a bug within the dimensions in Layout. When setting up dimensions, changing, text size, terminator etc, I will always set the "Units and Display" option to "use project'" as I'd like my layout file to have the same units as my modelling file. This is all fine until I either make a change in the linked modelling file or when i reopen a saved layout file. The 'units and display' always switches to 'custom' and i need to open dimensions palette again to change back to 'use project'. This is not confined to any particular file and happens with all layout files I have been using in 8.5. thanks Duncan
  20. Having issues exporting DWG files from 8.5. When I try to export a file I either get no file appearing in the destination I have chosen to save to or I get an empty DWG. I can take the same FormZ file and open in 8.0 and export from there with no issues. Is this a known problem??
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    Radial Dimensions

    Think i have mentioned this on forum in the past - is there any chance of bringing back the radial dimensioning tool as per FormZ version 6 where you selected the arc and offset the dimension from that. The current leader line dimension just isn't up to standard - it often doesn't let you select the curve you are trying to dimension and it only gives you the radius where almost always when fabricating anything you need to supply the distance along the curve as well. Would be great to see it back in action in future updates - I am referring to using it in layout by the way. thanks
  22. Is it possible to use multiple texture maps on one object in shaded or shaded full? I know this is possible to do with the decal tool but then i only see it in Renderzone. Trying to overlay a graphic with transparency map over a wood texture on a cylindrical object. I thought i'd seen something about this in one of the tutorials or webinars. thanks in advance for any help.
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    Multiple Texture Maps on one Object

    Created new texture in photoshop and that worked fine. Also +1 for davids suggestion
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    Multiple Texture Maps on one Object

    I was really wanting to apply 2 textures to the same face and be able to see it (preview it) in shaded or shaded full. I'll either use the decal tool or method described by DennisA or I may just create new texture in Photoshop that has the background and transparent graphic image combined and then apply that. thanks for the tips.
  25. I'd set up a project with a lot of trees (using components) as a landscape background for a structure and had set several views and everything was working fine as I'd set my components to align with view. I did a set of renders of the views and then had to make some changes to elements of the model. All of a sudden the components are no longer aligned to view and have all rotated around their ctr points to an arbitrary angle. Also in shaded and shaded full they are no longer showing their image map but are just solid colours. They render fine in relation to their image map but not their alignment. Is this a known issue with components - i rarely use them to be honest and the times i have in the past they have worked fine. Any suggestions??