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  1. I'm always using FZ for all the architectural modeling in my projects. The modeling and polygonal editing features in C4D are extremely useful however, once the model was imported into the scene and setup for rendering. I wish there was a better data connection between FZ and C4D but actually it works quite well going the route via VRML or Sketchup format. Before switching to C4D, I used Lightwave for many years, and FZ supported that format directly. However, LW became less and less well supported on the Mac side, and C4D, while expensive, has so many useful and straightforward features that make my work much easier now. LWCAD, a complete parametric and NURBS capable modeling plugin formerly just available for LW is now availeble and actively developed for C4D, so maybe in future this could be used inside the package as an alternative modelling tool.
  2. Apart of Redshift, Otoys Octane is also available for Metal users and running extremely well. As I pushed my hardware also forward to use Big Sur and Metal with AMD graphics cards, I guess Vray without such an option will not be a likely upgrade for me on FZ right now. Running happily C4D with Octane on Macs here.
  3. wakening up this discussion again, and now we have already FZ version 9.1. is IFC file support something on the list for future versions? i'm regularly getting projects where this kind of exchange could be really useful.
  4. thanks for confirming my findings.
  5. i found out a problem with components, they are definitely not working because of a display issue (AMD radeon RX580 8G card here). i guess i will have to use 9.1 at this point...
  6. Here until now it seems to work well, but i could not test all features yet. What was your problem?
  7. As I recently upgraded one of my Macpro's to use MacOS 11.2.3 (with help of Opencore and a Radeon RX580 card), I was wondering if there are any known issues with the legacy FormZ version 8.6.5 when working with this system? I'm unhappy with 9.x and still consider this version the best and most stable version I ever used. Any feedback would be extremely helpful. Cheers Markus
  8. I'm rendering with Octane for a few years right now and very happy with it. Workflow currently is to export into Cinema 4D where i setup scenes and render via the plugin. A direct connection would be cool, of course. Rhino has it, btw.
  9. 3dworks

    USD as file exchange module

    i agree on your points as well, BIM support would be crucial for the future of FZ. the great strength of USD is that lots of platforms are adopting it right now and we need one reliable way to transfer geometry, materials (or at least coulors), layers, cameras and lights from FZ to other platforms. no current format is doing this well, especially if you consider camera settings. one format which could do it would be FBX, but it is reduced to geometry only in FZ. DAE collada as well. i also found the exported data missing correct material settings. these are long term and reported issues with the exporter plugins. it seems to me the only format currently updated with each version was and is DWG. in my workflow, i am modeling geometry and assign all materials + layers in FZ, then export the scene, import it into C4D where i do the setup and then render with the octane plugin render engine. the problem is: i cannot transfer my FZ scene as it is to C4D, just the geoemetry + materials + layers and only by exporting to LWO first, then importing this format into C4D. all other exchange formats are not working as well, because they are missing layers, materials or even don't export geometry as well.
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    Export as 3DM file

  11. Could we get an additional option to trigger a backup copy manually via a hotkey? This would be extremely useful as the time or number of operations triggering sometimes can produce lots of unnecessary action / backup copies. Also, the incremental save via LAB extension will alter the file name, which is not always what we want. Thank you for consideration markus
  12. Pixar's USD exchange format seems to establish as a new standard nowadays in many 3D apps. The latest C4D version for example will support it. Render engines like Octane are starting to support it. Can we expect FZ to incorporate it soon? Maybe this format could solve once for a while all exchange problems between FZ and other apps, if well implemented. I'm still missing an export / import module in FZ which handles geometry, surfaces, textures, cameras and lights alltogether in a decent way. https://graphics.pixar.com/usd/docs/index.html
  13. ...is this going to be fixed? this doesn't really inspire confidence to the user. cheers markus
  14. 3dworks

    DWG import is still without layouts!

    I forgot to add, that workflow wise it could be also a big improvement if we could just import vector PDF data into FZ, provided we get an import dialog which gives us options to set a scale and maybe some filters for the imported geometry.
  15. I am not happy with the DWG import in FZ V9. Why is there no option to import DWG files as they where intended to see, with their proper layout / viewports settings? I thought this would be improved when departing from V8 but still it's not there in V9. If I import any DWG into your competitor modeling app Rhino, it will be shown as intended by the author, with proper layout, exactly as the reference PDF's which show the plan as it is intended to be seen. The problem is that FZ always imports ALL data on one "sheet" without any layout. In general drafters use large areas of these sheets for setting up the drawing or designing variants. These are all imported by FZ, which makes it sometimes impossible to guess what part is relevant for the final design. The only refenrence in this case is to get PDF'a for all plans from the architects as references and then cleaan up manually the FZ imported DWG's to finally get the intended reference / underlay in FZ. This is just too time consuming! I remember in an older version of FZ once there was an option to choose layouts when importing DWG's but I forget which version that was. Other apps like Rhino show that it is possible, so please add this feature again to the DWG import module - it's a big workflow stopper here right now.