FormZ 8.5.7 Update – Now Available

The formZ 8.5.7 update is now available for Pro, Jr, free and student editions. Select Check for Update from the form•Z Help Menu to automatically update your v8.5 software.

Highlights of improvements in this version include:

Modeling:

  • Sub-d Objects now support face colours.
  • Copy/paste now perseveres layer groups.
  • DAE import improved.
  • Opening and saving files to DropBox locations with long path names no longer crashes.
  • Layer groups are maintained with copy/paste operations.
  • DWG/DXF/DWF plugin updated (OpenDWG 4.2.2)
  • Stream Line tool icon now shows properly.
  • Billboard tool now displays properly when changing image files.
  • Define Arbitrary Reference plane tool now works properly in Wireframe.
  • Edge Colour Layer override now works with the Material Average option.
  • Show/Hide edges Layer override and Render as Shaded Surface now work as expected.
  • Hide ghosted rendering options now work for dimensions and notes.
  • Redo of Draft Angle operation now works after an undo.
  • High facet count subdivision objects now work properly on Windows.
  • The derive face tool now works properly on faces of subdivision objects.
  • Hide ghosted rendering options now work for dimensions and notes.
  • Various stability and performance improvements

Layout:

  • Improved display efficiency of files with a lot of dimensions/notes/leaders.
  • Improved efficiency of updating frame data from modelling.
  • Resizing frames no longer leads to crashes in certain files.
  • Printing no longer drops lines from frames.
  • Layers now transfer in the order they appear in modelling.
  • Layer groups now transfer from modelling.
  • The frame parameters now has a larger list for selecting layers.
  • Frame dialog has been adjusted to list layers in order of modelling and the layer list has been expanded and a button added to view the layer the list.
  • Export defaults to polylines (higher order levels now disabled).
  • The line tool now appears in the tool palette.
  • Hide ghosted rendering options now work for dimensions and notes.
  • Line tool icon now shows properly.
  • Various stability and performance improvements.

OS X Specific:

  • Palette positions are properly maintained on OS X systems with a second screen positioned above the main screen.
  • The Favourite tools window now works properly on all screens on OS X (not just the main screen).

 

Please note: If you have installed any of the 8.5.7 WIP versions, please delete the WIP application folder and update your 8.5.6 (or earlier) installation.

form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone

form•Z mobile viewer for iPad and iPhone allows you to interact and share your form•Z projects like never before. This app opens native form•Z files from form•Z pro, form•Z jr and form•Z free and form•Z Student Edition (v7.0 or later) and displays them in real time interactive interface.

This app is a great tool for sharing your designs with colleagues and clients. You can recall saved views and scenes to quickly show your project from various vantage points and design alternatives. The form•Z interactive clipping planes create real time sections to reveal the interior spaces of your design. The measure tool displays accurate distances within the model. The app also includes control for layers and lights.

form•Z Webinar: Subdivision Modelling and 3D Printing

In this webinar AutoDesSys will show you the power of form•Z’s subdivision modelling and 3D printing capabilities by walking you through a series of actual 3D printed projects modelled exclusively with subdivision tools and features.

In this session you’ll experience:

• Powerful subdivision modelling and how it can be used in your project workflow.
• Seamless conversion of subdivision models to NURBS or Quad Meshes.
• How the inherent quad mesh personality of subdivision objects lends itself perfectly to 3D Printing.
• How converting your subdivision models to NURBS adds an additional layer of flexibility to your design capabilites.
• The advantage of minimal time involved with analyzing and prepping the model for 3D printing due to the subdivision personality.

A live question and answer session will immediately follow the presentation. Space is limited, so register now to avoid missing this special opportunity.


 

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Friday 11th March, 2016
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM GMT

Webinar: Generative design tools in form•Z 8.5

Add a new unique twist to your 3D design using the generative tools in form•Z as AutoDesSys demonstrate the voronoi diagram, delaunay triangulation, point scatter, surface scatter, volume scatter, wrap and parametric map modeling tools. These tools have practical and theoretical applications in a large number of science and technology fields and have very desirable artistic characteristics. You’ll see how they can be used together along with other form•Z tools to generate complex organic forms and design structures in a fun and intuitive way. You’ll also see how these forms are fabrication ready such as 3D printing.

Any design professional who wants to enhance their design to include a variety of spawning, scattering, cell diagram and parametric map based form generation will be interested in this topic.

A question and answer session will follow immediately after the webinar.


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Wednesday 20th January, 2016
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM GMT

 

formZ Webinar: Subdivision Modelling and 3D Printing

In this webinar AutoDesSys will show the power of form•Z’s subdivision modelling and 3D printing capabilities by walking you through a series of actual 3D printed projects modelled exclusively with subdivision tools and features.

In this session you’ll experience:

• Powerful subdivision modeling and how it can be used in your project workflow.
• Seamless conversion of subdivision models to NURBS or Quad Meshes.
• How the inherent quad mesh personality of subdivision objects lends itself perfectly to 3D Printing.
• How converting your subdivision models to NURBS adds an additional layer of flexibility to your design capabilites.
• The advantage of minimal time involved with analyzing and prepping the model for 3D printing due to the subdivision personality.

A live question and answer session will immediately follow the presentation. Space is limited, so register now to avoid missing this special opportunity.


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Friday 18th December, 2015
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM GMT

 

RenderZone Tips and Tricks

RenderZone is a plugin for form•Z which extends the visualisation and rendering capabilities of form•Z with a full arsenal of additional tools to assist you with anything from simple scene development to your most demanding rendering needs.

In this webinar AutoDesSys demonstrate numerous tips and tricks allowing you to tap into the full potential of rendering with RenderZone.

You will experience how to:

• Setup a quick Global Illumination light set up that can be a standard for any scene.
• Easily add HDRI lighting in your scene.
• Create soffit lighting.
• Gain absolute control over shadows.
• Simulate complex surfaces with Materials.
• Control reflective surfaces.
• And many other “How do I…” techniques.

A live question and answer session will immediately follow the presentation. Space is limited, so register now!


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Wednesday 25th February – 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM GMT

John Marx and Form4 win 24 Awards in 2014 … with form•Z.

Form4 and its Design Principal John Marx are no novices in the department of awards. They have won numerous over the years. 2014 is full of particularly remarkable achievements. Form4 exceeded its expecations collecting 24 significant awards from all over the world. AutoDesSys extends its warmest congratulations, taking special pride in this noteworthy accomplishment, knowing that John has been an avid user of form•Z since the release of version 1.0, in 1991.

 

John Marx is responsible for developing Form4 Architecture’s design vision and language in his role as design principal. His deep concern for listening to clients’ needs, coupled with his belief in creating designs of the highest quality and thoughtfulness, has led to many successful collaborations for the firm. He is the recipient of numerous international design competitions and awards, including an AIA Justice National Design Citation for the Klamath County Courthouse; First Place in 2D Graphics at the Bay Area Computer Graphics Exhibit for Globo; and a BACA 9th Annual Exhibition Award of Distinction.

Read the full article here..

formZ Webinar – Subdivision Modelling and 3D printing

AutoDessys will show the power of form•Z’s subdivision modelling and 3D printing capabilities by walking you through a series of actual 3D printed projects modelled exclusively with subdivision tools and features.

In this webinar you’ll experience:

  • Powerful subdivision modeling and how it can be used in your project workflow.
  • Seamless conversion of subdivision models to NURBS or Quad Meshes.
  • How the inherent quad mesh personality of subdivision objects lends itself perfectly to 3D Printing.
  • How converting your subdivision models to NURBS adds an additional layer of flexibility to your design capabilites.
  • The advantage of minimal time involved with analyzing and prepping the model for 3D printing due to the subdivision personality.

A live question and answer session will immediately follow the presentation. Space is limited, so register now to avoid missing this special opportunity.


Register Now

Wednesday 17th December – 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM GMT.

What’s New in form•Z 8 Pro?

Join AutoDesSys for this webinar featuring the exciting new features of form•Z 8 Pro. The new subdivision modeling tools in form•Z 8 Pro add a whole new dimension in free form organic modeling. These new form creation capabilities expand upon form•Z’s already powerful modeling tools with interactive onscreen controls that offer a whole new way to create smooth forms quickly. AutoDesSys will demonstrate how these subdivision models work well with 3D printers and how easily form•Z can convert these forms to accurate NURBS surfaces. They will also demonstrate how the new real-time ambient occlusion, soft shadows, bump mapping and multi-sampling features aid in visualization as part of the design process.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 1:00-2:00pm EDT (17:00-18:00 GMT)