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Fall 2017 update

Posted in New-Release by Tom Vollaro 3 months ago

Images courtesey of Josh Goldstein

It is that time again... time for a new FormIt update! You may have noticed a small orange badge on the File menu (or login window or About screen) on the Windows version. 

But if you didn't, never fear. You can still download the Windows update manually right here at our website. This version number is 16.1. To be double sure, you can check your version in the About menu. If you are using the Web version, congrats! you already have the new version! Update for iOS is coming soon and may already be in the App Store when you read this.

So what is new? We have spending a lot of time fixing some sticky crashing bugs, improving 3D navigation, the Content Library and a host of other things. Here are some highlights for all platforms:

  • Improved the Orbit algorithm to be more consistent, especially with selections that are behind (or partially behind) the camera
  • Fixed an issue where canceling insert from Content Library prevented insert of the same object the next time
  • When editing the Main Sketch (not inside a Group), Undo/Redo now works globally and chronologically, so the last change will always be affected, even if that change happened inside a Group

Windows version only

  • Fixed several crashes, including launching app while offline
  • Improved the Solar Analysis workflow when Weather Station data has errors or is unavailable

Web version only

  • Fixed a bunch of file opening and importing issues

full release notes can be found here

And finally, there is a change to how you can purchase FormIt Pro. The Pro license is no longer available as an individual purchase from the Autodesk eStore. FormIt is now exclusively part of the Autodesk AEC Collection. The good news is, if your office is already subscribed to the Industry Collection to get Revit, etc. you already have FormIt Pro! Not only that, for each Collection seat, you get three seats of FormIt Pro! (Eligible for multi-user subscriptions only) So check with your office to see if you have moved from perpetual licenses to the Collection subscription. There is even a limited time offer to save 30% if you make the move now!

Comments:

Tobias Hathorn 2 months ago

Hello Arnout - Thank you for testing out FormIt! I think a forum post would be better because we could direct message to set up a file share and we could help debug the issue you're seeing. You can start a new thread here... https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/formit-forum/bd-p/142

Arnout   Mon Sep 18 2017 14:55:48 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Hi,

I am new to FormIt and downloaded the latest version of your website about two days ago. I am using a pro account to check out several features of FormIt.

I was trying to import a simple 2D autocad sketch into FormIt, but nothing happened, although i read on the forum that a native dwg import function had been implemented recently. Any ideas what the problem could be? Thanks in advance.

Arnout 2 months ago

Hi,

I am new to FormIt and downloaded the latest version of your website about two days ago. I am using a pro account to check out several features of FormIt.

I was trying to import a simple 2D autocad sketch into FormIt, but nothing happened, although i read on the forum that a native dwg import function had been implemented recently. Any ideas what the problem could be? Thanks in advance.

Mark 2 months ago

Last time I checked out Formit, the (non uniform) scale tool in there did not support scaling part of a mesh, only whole meshes. Will we be able to see this functionality in the future? See this (and how it works in sketchup in general) for an example of what I mean: https://image.slidesharecdn.com/sketchuplesson1part2-150306092514-conversion-gate01/95/sketchup-lesson-12-17-638.jpg?cb=1425634104

Pieter Schiettecatte 2 months ago

Will the formit teams be marking Ideas on the ideas platform (https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/formit-ideas/idb-p/143/tab/most-kudoed) as accepted so we now what's in the making?

We're hoping to have a bidirectional link between Formit and Revit so we can switch from Revit to Formit if we want to sketch some ideas, and then bring the Formit sketch back to Revit.

Ideally it would work like this: when a Revit file is linked in, it comes in as a 'frozen' object, including all its materials. We can then select individual components from the Revit model (a furniture item, a roof, ...) and 'detach' it from the linked file. That item is then transformed in an editable item in Formit. I would give an arm and a leg for this feature.


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