Recently, I've been working at a large shop where Autocad is the main drafting program. There are 27drafters in our department alone. But when I introduced FormZ 8 to the company. The integration into to the autocad workflow was
simple. Simply save as a autocad dwg file and the two programs almost work like one. They were at first convinced they needed Solidworks but since there was no stress analysis or simulation involved Formz 8 turned out to save them a lot of money. BTW guys the new interface is killer. I can model as fast as any Maya guy now but do it it a technical environment where the dimensions really matter.
Unfortunately for those of us that have used this program for 12 years as professional designers logging 40 to 50 hours a week on this platform - it comes with great shock that so many everyday workflow items were needlessly moved around for no apparent reason whatsoever. Shameless adaptation and evolution with no real improvement to workflow is an absolute waste of time and energy on everyone's part. I relate well to the words of my grandfather - If it isn't broke - Don't fix it. Thanks autodesys for putting a grotesque learning curve back into a perfect functioning tool. Selling software has become more important than pleasing current users and it is more apparent in this update than any we've suffered in the 12 years of use. For the first time in my career - I am considering switching software to someone who develops, not shuffles, their technologies.
This is an awesome 3d program. I'm a freelance designer. I've been using it for years for exhibit tradeshow and architecture projects. It works great on both mac and windows machines. The operation convention is a little non-standard, but very easy to get up to speed. Tech support is awesome - never a long wait.
Purchasing experience from Novedge was great also. I ordered it online and got the program in a couple days - no hassles! I WOULD definitely purchase from Novedge again!
As a designer of retail environments and store fixtures, I find form Z to be a invaluable tool for planning and presentation. I've worked with earlier versions of the program and find this one to be the best yet.
I particularly like the expanded menu of predefind surfaces.
I do miss having a printed manual to refer to though.
I would like to see the downloadable libraries updated with more contemporary funishings and objects such as flat panel TV's, lighting fixtures and some people.
Just starting to use this software. Found one problem in that it does not recognize the latest format for Autocad 2007. Have to save the files in older version for an import to take place. Have not check the Revit imports as of this date.