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    (Off Topic) Mac Users PowerTool

    Bo, Some of the more buried shortcuts... I believe it can. Though, it could only do it as if it were pretending to be the user. i.e. traveling through the UI as you would. While it would be faster to do so than you doing it each time. It would of course be clumsier that what we recall in the past and what we wish for. That is, until ADS puts in the hooks for doing so through python. Then of course, you could just use python. The one I miss the most is show normals. How I am using it the most is I am building out the Finder to act more as a Digital Asset Manager. To sort and categorize the images on my computer. i.e. surface maps, inspiration images etc... Also, I changed the Print Label on the UPS page from an 8 step process to a 2 step process. They have a Demo and as far as I can tell, it does everything that the full app can do. ¢£
  2. Hey all Mac users, I have just recently come across a new tool that seriously helps with control and functionality of the Mac. Big, Big, Big! Think of it like Apples Shortcuts but on steroids. KeyboardMaestro, It has been out for a while now, but I have not come across it until just the other day. http://keyboardmaestro.com Warning, it is it's own rabbit hole. ¢£
  3. ¢hris £und

    fz 9.2?

    The Penultimate resource. https://www.tonymacx86.com Not sure how things will shake out once they only support ARM processors. But that is a few years away. On the other hand, they could get more and more specific to the near legacy machines at the time. More thank likely however, they will just come out with features that the Intel machines just can't support or not well enough to implement. ¢£
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    Mirroring Objects

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    Mirroring Objects

    Bo, I can do it in 3 steps Using the Mirror-A Tool. Draw a rectangle over the plane you wish to mirror the object about, using the auto plane feature and allowing the rectangle to fall off the face. so it is easy to select later. Using the Mirror-A tool, select desired object then click on the rectangle from above to apply. Delete rectangle. This may be easy to do in a script. I would have to explore that to find out. Sadly, I am occupied for a few days. If I get some moments and think about it, I will dig in. Cheers! ¢£
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    Please welcome PowerCADD

    Tech, While of course I applaud the move, I do hope this will not distract from fully implementing Python. It really has a ways to go to be anything more than a curiosity. Cheers! ¢£
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    Please welcome PowerCADD

    Looks like it. My guess is that it won't stay that way. I don't see ADS only having a Mac capable version of FZ.
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    Please welcome PowerCADD

    Very Interesting!!! I think this could be a great strategy moving forward too. ADS, is this going to be integrated into the Draft/Layout Only? Or will there be at least 2D drawing tools that will be added to the main App? Cool! ¢£
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    Fz and Maxwell Quick test with IBL

    That is looking good!
  10. I hit that limit about a year ago. I contacted tech directly.
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    FZ9 Python scripts

    Specifically in the cube script, the function call should be: fz.cube([0.0,0.0,0.0], [5.0,10.0,20.0]) NOT fz.cubes([0.0,0.0,0.0], [5.0,10.0,20.0])
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    FZ9 Python scripts

    JL, The cube script appears to have a bug in it. I get a report, where you do not. I would have to look into the script to attempt to figure out what is going on. At this time though, fZ does not have a debugger so this is beyond difficult. The cylinder.py script works for me though. (I am on a M1 Mac, however.)
  13. I am unfamiliar with win10. Have you tried python outside of fZ? In older versions of win, you had to modify the "PATH" data so that the os would recognize it. Though, I was under the impression newer versions of windows were going to have it built in. ¢£
  14. Gwyn, I would have to look at the SDK to see if that is currently possible. The Python SDK is still in the works and currently has some large gaps. One of the gaps is dealing with materials. So, may not be currently possible. ¢£
  15. ¢hris £und

    M1 Impressions

    Hey All, As noted in another thread, I have replaced my 2012 12 Xeon core Mac Pro tower with a M1 Mac mini. This is a temporary stopgap while awaiting a more powerful computer. Probably the rumored "30 inch iMac" should it come to reality. The reasons for the move? I had an internal SSD of an odd generation that is in the midst of failing hard. To replace it would be twice as much as a contemporary drive with 4 times as much storage. I technically could upgrade the OS to 10.14, but to do so, I would then need to upgrade my GPU. Which are now not easy to find and are expensive. To the point that a Mac mini is cost competitive. Knowing the jump was to come any way. Why spend money on the past. Once I get the iMac or Pro, the mini will be passed on to my wife and business partner. ----------------------- Thus far are I am rebuilding everything from scratch rather than do a data migration. I haven't done a scratch build since 2005 which was a G5 Mac Pro. Figuring a third processor architecture would be a good break to do so. Part of my slowness, I am awaiting a 4 Hard drive bay enclosure. Which is what I do not like the most about these non-tower configurations. They are making a 4 bay NvME blade enclosure. But, I need the Spinner bay first. Someday will upgrade to all blades. The blade bay is currently rather expensive. The boxes are getting small enough and thermal requirements are lowering enough where I think I can just enclose everything into my desk as if they are not even there. Current configuration: Model Name: Mac mini Model Identifier: Macmini9,1 Chip: Apple M1 Total Number of Cores: 8 (4 performance and 4 efficiency) Memory: 16 GB System Firmware Version: 6723.81.1 Serial Number (system): ------------------------------ Storage: 1 GB internal SSD: Soon, 4 external Spinners in a single enclosure of various capacities. Including 1-12 TB backup drive. Displays: 1 Apple 27" Mini Display Port. and 1 Acer 4k. (The Acer is currently the only one hooked up, as I am awaiting an Thunderbold 3 to Mini DisplayPort adapter. User Accounts: 2. 1 Business account on SSD and 1 Personal of which will be put onto the external Spinners once enclosure arrives. (personal account is where I need the most storage and where I will be conducting the bulk of my fZ work. -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- very very Initial impressions: General use is pretty snappy. Although, wake from sleep seems to be much slower than anticipated. Far slower than my intel MacBook Pro. and pretty sure it is slower than my 12 core tower. (though it is tore down and I am not directly comparing it). Installing software does seem to be much faster (not timed, this is an "impression"). Too, when using in dark mode, I do get an intermittent display flicker. I do not notice when in "light" mode. This appears to be a known issue. Using with formZ. While my files are currently stuck on the spinning HDs. I have installed and licensed formZ. Just in my initial tests of "slop modeling" formZ running under emulation (yes it is not native as of yet). works just as well as my tower. Of course, the true test well be once I get my larger files loaded that have tonnes of rounding and other control objects. I will update this when I know more. Thus far, no conflicts with Big Sur. Of most importance. I have not put a lot of time into testing as I am spending it configuring everything manually to my likes. Anybody else impressions and or comments disparaging my stupidity are welcome. ¢£ BTW, the 2012 tower is NOT available. I gave it to a friend.
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    Left field, far out suggestion

    True, but I am hoping for more of a ongoing accumulative function. Just another post is going to get lost eventually. Even if the post doesn't get lost, the collective stream of consciousness will be not a lot less disorderly than what we already have. Individual polls can aggregate, but how do you aggregate amongst the polls? As much as I would love for ADS to comment. I won't be holding my breath. This topic gets into the internal functionality of the company. Of which, they seldom reply. ¢£
  17. After spending a bit of time catching up on the forum and repeating themes over the years... I wonder if something like this could help us all. How about a built in bug reporting system. Key features: •One that effectively crowd sources issues. •One that users can view the list of bugs and collectively set the priority of need (not to confuse this with priority of ease, sometimes easy fixes should come first). •One where when a problem is difficult to describe, a record function can be invoked to map the users actions with the tracebacks and logs. Think of something like how the macro recording is performed, but used instead for bug reporting. •Up to and including optional screenshots/screencaps. •System configuration is automatically captured •This would be *opt in, but a bare minimum of tracking of conditions and parameters that are always on (the aforementioned option*). As some of the more spontaneous issues, I can't recall the exact steps I was performing to even test if it is a repeatable issue. •Issues databased, sorted and categorized, possibly with user input. More? What I am envisioning is something built into the core of fZ. I can certainly reason why ADS would NOT want to implement such a scheme. As they may not want to expose the quantitative value or qualitative value of their bugs. Or be a constant reminder to users of issues. Me personally, I think this would have more advantages than disadvantages especially in the long run... but it would probably take time to get there. Essentially, what I am thinking of is how SpaceX deals with things. They monitor everything they can think of as a massive data collection effort for the sole purpose of improvement. How many of us have pet bugs that we now ignore, or work around or, or or and simply do not report it. We got stuff to do, so breaking out and dedicated email is just too much work. This system could collect the frequency of specific bug events to aid ADS in priority. e.g. if a minor bug is experienced by 3 users infrequently, it can probably be pushed down the list. However, if a minor bug has a high frequency amongst users and a high frequency to specific users, this would push the issue up the list. This If active, this would be a post hoc system. What I am trying to say here is, the user is working then notices the bug... at that moment, the user can flag it as a bug in they system (fZ) and the processes and actions that it took to get there is then and only then reported. Optionally allowing the user to include their model (being sensitive to IP and etc...) This could be set up as a data worm (as new info comes in, the oldest is discarded) Length would have to be determined, naturally. I always prefer an opt in model and something like this, in my opinion should follow accordingly. What do you think? Am I being stupid? Would this be too hard to implement? Would people bother? Beta Testers only? Is this a pill ADS should be willing to swallow (yea, probably a pretty big pill.) Pros/Cons? Any thoughts to my ¼ baked idea? ¢£
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    Left field, far out suggestion

    Yes, it would be nice, but we don’t know now either. the main point of it would be for ADS to get a sense of what would be a precedence for us users collectively. €£
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    Exporting Shaded Work Display as Image

    Ztek, I am expecting my M1 Mini today or tomorrow. I expect it to be Frustraining (frustrating + entertaining). I am replacing my 2012 Mac Pro with it. Even though, I am waiting for the M1 iMac. ¢£
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    D5 Render

    Yea, I seriously doubt it leverages the power of GPUs. ¢£
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    Left field, far out suggestion

    In software development, there are going to be a number of factors to which bugs are going to be squashed first. Severity (read crash App, etc...), How many people bring it up (which is an indicator of how many people are going to be affected, ease to fix, and probably more. I think that all they would really have to do is "cross off" fixed bugs. But, public tracking would allow us to say, hey me too, on issues we may skip. It could also allow us to test issues we haven't run across to see if we can find any common ground. WIP notifications would be nice, but I wouldn't expect it. As, if the bug is a particularly difficult one, it may take time far beyond the notice. I assume they have internal tools to help hunt mentioned issues. But some issues are elusive. If we could track them along with ADS, I think it would be easier to narrow the field. ¢£
  22. Andrew, With your civil data, can you trust the creation order to match that of the selection order you are expecting? Or the reverse? Sorry for the naive question, that is something I have never done. ¢£
  23. ¢hris £und

    Simple Snapping Question

    Two, what version of fZ are you using? I created a script do do this for v9.x. the script still needs some work, as it is dependent on some changes to the SDK. But, it is functional. Sorry, only works on 9.x The script allows for a lot more positions than just center. Minimums, Maximums Middle and Center of Gravity of each of the objects considered. All of which should yield (if my logic/math is correct) 144 possible positions. The tricky bit, is it currently cannot use pick order but has to use object creation order. So, you have to Cut and paste the object you want to be displaced (this action puts it as being created last in the objects List) When the SDK allows for pick order, I will update the script. Hope this helps! ¢£
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    Skybound, I like that! As more in-depth tutorials come available, they can be linked to the Wiki. And if a tutorial has multiple steps, each step can be linked into their appropriate wiki section/page. Tech, Any thoughts? ¢£
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    Mike, We don't know if they have 3 or 300 employees. Documentation on a product that has what, 289 tools just on the main toolbar, each with multiple options... another 94 throughout the interface for a total of 383 tools Add to that, the interface, the palettes, extensions, menu items... No small task. If they do it, they should do it for the best case for the widest audience possible. Print: doesn't seem to be it anymore. But, to be honest, I do not know that. Additionally, most of the behavior is already out there. Which, I suspect, is why there hasn't been a lot of focus on it for a while. Though, I do agree, a 1 stop shop with uniformity and consistency is best. Maybe ADS would be interested in a joint effort. They could dictate quality control and Style guide. Willing users could supply the content. Regardless of how it is done... I think we can agree, it needs to be done. But, I suppose if we have to dicker on the shape of the table first, that has to be first. ** •• https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiXuMf70N3vAhXVLs0KHd8xDfMQFjABegQICBAD&url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FParis_Peace_Accords&usg=AOvVaw3uQIy3FOtrQtXtnEU26fZq