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We are pleased to announce that the formZ 8.5.3 update is now available.  This update includes a number corrections and enhancements to issues that were reported, including the addition of the FBX Translator, many Component improvements, better handling of Notes and Dimensions, many Performance improvements, Export Image: DWG no longer creates duplicate segments, a larger cursor option for high resolution displays, and more -- as noted in the attached PDF file:

 

formZ 8.5.3 release notes.pdf


To Update formZ 8.5.0. 8.5.0.1, or 8.5.0.2, just use the formZ Help Menu: Check for Update command to automatically update your software.  
 
If you have any issues with the automatic updates, we will be releasing the "app only" updates from the link below tomorrow(or you can re-download 8.5.0.2 from there today):
 
http://www.formz.com/update
 
NOTE:  Please contact us at support@formz.com or start a new forum thread if you have any feedback or issues.
 
Enjoy!
 

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formZ Free and formZ Jr have both also been updated.  

 

Any of the corrections for formZ Pro that also affects these will be included automatically (but the addition of FBX is only for formZ Pro and formZ Jr -- not for formZ Free).

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Hello Z, I'm having trouble rendering with Maxwell and formZ 8.5.3. 

 

I didn't create a back-up for the older version of formZ and now I find myself wishing I had. I have to leave my computer rendering tonight! Where can I download an older version of formZ?

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If you have any issues with the automatic updates, we will be releasing the "app only" updates from the link below tomorrow(or you can re-download 8.5.0.2 from there today):

 

http://www.formz.com/update

 

Andre -- Please see this info from our first post -- quoted above.

 

Does that help?

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Yes! Sorry Z... I had a panic attack last night. I was able to render and I am ready for my presentation.

 

I had to update Maxwell using the beta version I downloaded from the early-builds section. I lost the mapping on several objects but I was able to fix them without much hassle.

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Does this update repair the problem with FZ and El Capitan where if you have a lot of notes on the model, FZ memory management stops working.

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One other issue related to this upgrade that is worth noting:

 

With formZ 8.5, OpenGL Multi-threading was released, increasing the Shaded Work and Shaded Full performance.  We found that there were a few combinations of video cards and OS X systems (on Macintosh only -- and perhaps more likely with add-on higher end nVidia cards) where a potential instability could arise.  As such, we have added an option in the Edit Menu: Preferences: OpenGL section allowing you to disable this feature (if necessary).

 

This is a fairly isolated case, but if you repeatedly receive a formZ crash log that indicates "OpenGL Multi" in the "crashed thread" (typically Thread 0), then you should disable this option in the preferences to solve the issue.

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...NOTE:  Please contact us at support@formz.com or start a new forum thread if you have any feedback or issues.

 

Hi Robert,

 

We have created a new thread for your follow up question regarding the Large Cursor Preference item.  You can find this here:

 

http://forums.formz.com/index.php?/topic/3524-large-cursor-option-dimmed-in-prefs/

 

(Note that to start a new thread, go to the Forum Section in which you want to post, and click the button from the upper right.)

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Thanks for the updates!  Particularly components where I continue to have issues (prior to this update).  

 

Can you elaborate on Multi threading?  Is this for general modeling or only viewing, spinning, and moving the model around?  I spend 95% of time modeling (including texturing) and only 5% or less rendering...especially as of late for a variety of reasons, which meant I had to bail on the VRay beta testing.   :( 

 

This means single core processor speed is (or was?) of primary importance.  I am planning on upgrading my aging Mac Mini (finally!) next week to either an 27" iMac with the 4.0 GHZ quad core chip or a 6 core Mac Pro.  I have been debating the pros and cons of each machine, but multi threading might swing things in favor of the Mac Pro.   The iMac seems to be about 20-25% faster in single threaded performance so I had been leaning toward it.  Thanks for any input in advance.

 

 

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Issue persists where if tooltips delay is set to the default 1 sec, when reshaping, a digit can be ignored. I have just updated my main laptop to a more industrial Dell Precision M6700 so my hardware should be coping very well.

Steps to reproduce:

Draw a box.

Reshape an extrusion or cube etc by turning on the reshape tool by keyboard shortcut (I use P)

Mouse over a face of the box.

The face highlights.

Click on it and drag the mouse slightly so the action palette shows a positive increase.

Type 520 for example fairly quickly.

Sometimes 20 will be entered into the input palette instead of 520 and that will be the reshape amount instead of what was expected.

Edited by Alan Cooper

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People:  Glad you are liking the update!  :)

 

If possible, if you have a question or issue that is not directly related to the upgrade, if you can create a new thread for your question or issue, that would be preferred.  The Start New Topic button is located in the upper right corner of the forum topic page:

 

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Asone:  OPEN GL Multi-threading allows your graphics card to use all possible cores to improve the performance of the OpenGL Display, which affects the on-screen redraw speed of the Shaded Work and Shaded Full display modes so both navigating and displaying of modeling commands will be faster.  And from the PDF posted above:

 

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With regards to the machine upgrades, the iMac's work quite well, but if possible, if you can run some quick tests with something that is not as fast as you would like, you can then directly see the difference in speed for these tasks and make a more informed decision on which computer would be best for you.  In general, it is better to plan to upgrade your computer every 2-3 years, and spending less now so you can upgrade sooner will give you a faster machine in the long run.

 

Neurascenic:  Yes, thanks for the reminder, we are working on this!

 

Alan: Yes, not all issues could be addressed before this update was released, and the Tool Tip issue on some Windows computers is something that we are still working on.  Hopefully this can be addressed in the near future.

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One other issue related to this upgrade that is worth noting:

 

With formZ 8.5, OpenGL Multi-threading was released, increasing the Shaded Work and Shaded Full performance.  We found that there were a few combinations of video cards and OS X systems (on Macintosh only -- and perhaps more likely with add-on higher end nVidia cards) where a potential instability could arise.  As such, we have added an option in the Edit Menu: Preferences: OpenGL section allowing you to disable this feature (if necessary).

 

This is a fairly isolated case, but if you repeatedly receive a formZ crash log that indicates "OpenGL Multi" in the "crashed thread" (typically Thread 0), then you should disable this option in the preferences to solve the issue.

 

great to see a fix for those crashes, but i would have preferred opengl multithreading in FZ using all resources of my graphics card - an nvidia 980 ti. will it cause a big decrease in display render performance? i invested quite some money into getting the best card for my mac pro, and as far as i can tell from my working experience here, it is supported by almost every other graphics and video application, so should be by FZ.

 

EDIT: would it help to use "el capitan"? i am currently using latest version of "yosemite" on my macpro.

 

cheers

 

markus

Edited by 3dworks

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Hi Markus,

 

This is not a problem that should be encountered by a lot of people.  Are you having instability issues that are solved by disabling this option?

 

If so, please start a new thread and include all your details so we can follow up on that...

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post-366-0-78787000-1454963593_thumb.pngHi there, I'm having some trouble with the automatic update in FZ 8.5.0.2... 

 

The software sees the update, but is unable to run it... I'm not too certain what this problem is about. I have had this installation of FZ for quite a while now and never seen an issue with my application authorization before....

 

should I download from a different location instead?

 

 

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Dear David,

 

Sorry you are having trouble.  First please try what the message says -- re-register your software and make sure that it is registered properly.  Then try to update again.

If you have any further issues, you should delete your current installation (Mac) or Uninstall (Win) and download and install the full package from here:

 

http://www.formz.com/products/formz/update/formz_85_Pro.html

 

If you have any further issues, please start a new thread and include all your details so we can follow up on that...

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that would be great, except the installation I have works fine and is registered and there is no hint of what I might be potentially looking for in terms of a faulty install.

 

Since my install is registered... how exactly would I re-register it?

 

 

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Dear David,

 

If you have any further issues, please start a new thread and include all your details so we can follow up on that...

 

Dear David,

 

Ok, we would like to help BUT we have already posted the above 6 times in this thread alone, including in bold directly to you.

 

Please start a new thread and we would be happy to help.

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Dear Hutchy,

 

As we have noted 6 times previously in this thread; if you have any issues that are not related to getting the update directly, PLEASE email Support@formz.com, or START A NEW TOPIC!

 

We are not sure why you would get that error.  Please send a file or two that gives that message so we can take a look.  

 

Dear David,

 

We are not sure if you ever contacted us directly, or posed your question in a new thread, but if Register is grayed out, first choose New Project from the File menu.  If Register is still grayed out, try the Check for Update, dismiss any message that may appear, and then try to Register.

 

NOTE that the Start New Topic button can be found at the upper right corner of the desired forum page -- and the link is included below for your convenience:

 

http://forums.formz.com/index.php?app=forums&module=post&section=post&do=new_post&f=3

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