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HUGE update to FormIt iOS and Web

Posted in iOS, news, video, web by Tom Vollaro 4 years ago

The FormIt team has been working incredibly hard on a whole bunch of new features and polish to FormIt. So much so, that we have decided to remove the "beta" label from the web app! The new url for FormIt on the web is: http://formit.autodesk.com/app. These videos highlight what is new in Web and iOS and a more complete feature list is after the break.

2015-03-03_0127 Create Group Instances

The biggest update is the ability to create and modify Groups. This not only allows you to create separate, distinct objects that do not auto-join while sketching - but also allows for instance copies that update when edited. This enables an enormous amount of flexibility in design.  Visit our help for more info.

Conceptual BIM: FormIt to Revit Conversion

The FormIt to Revit translation methods and stability have been vastly improved. FormIt Groups translate into Revit Mass families to maintain distinct elements and nested structure. Splines, arcs, cylinders and domes now translate into native Revit geometry without facets. Visit our help for more info.

Editing Tool Polish

There have been a number of improvements to the editing tools

  • The Rotate tool has been completely redesigned to be more usable and precise.
  • Select and Drag multiple faces at the same time.
  • Use Smart selection on web to find faces of the same size, pockets of faces, and pockets of faces of the same size.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts on web are expanded to include creation tools, group tools, and editing tools.

There are also a few features only available in the Web app:

  • jetpack FormIt Web Fly-through Mode - click on the jet pack guy!
  • 2015-03-03_0114 FormIt Web Content Library - link to a local folder or a folder on A360 to read in a user defined folder structure and then drag and drop from the Content library panel into the FormIt Web scene to add pre-made elements into your design

Comments:

binansuifen.science 4 years ago

Autodesk Formit is an example of how far web-based solutions have progressed. Since 3D application need heavy calculation for display, they were generally limited to the heavy client format, until solutions like Autodesk Formit appear.

tvollaro 4 years ago

Kal, yes please share an example. Please post to the forum here: http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/formit-general-discussion/bd-p/142

Kal 2015-04-02 20:49:29

I think what Tom explained is part of the answer - If you are overlapping objects it works too but if the other object is in imbrication into the other with coplanar surfaces it will not work for some reason i need to share with you Tom my formit file you will see what I meant.

Kal 2015-04-02 20:46:04

I will add that objects cannot be co-planar with each other (no surface can touch the other one). Since you need to select 2 distinctive objects - I think the menu help should reflect this unless I am wrong

tvollaro 2015-03-19 01:02:59

You need to have two selected objects overlapping for the boolean buttons to appear in the context menu. The new icons look like overlapping circles. I hope this helps!

jack 2015-03-18 21:11:08

What happen to Boolean. it doesn't show on contextual menu anymore. please bring back Boolean operation, its very useful. Anyway nice update, keep up the good work guys.

Kal 4 years ago

I think what Tom explained is part of the answer - If you are overlapping objects it works too but if the other object is in imbrication into the other with coplanar surfaces it will not work for some reason i need to share with you Tom my formit file you will see what I meant.

Kal 2015-04-02 20:46:04

I will add that objects cannot be co-planar with each other (no surface can touch the other one). Since you need to select 2 distinctive objects - I think the menu help should reflect this unless I am wrong

tvollaro 2015-03-19 01:02:59

You need to have two selected objects overlapping for the boolean buttons to appear in the context menu. The new icons look like overlapping circles. I hope this helps!

jack 2015-03-18 21:11:08

What happen to Boolean. it doesn't show on contextual menu anymore. please bring back Boolean operation, its very useful. Anyway nice update, keep up the good work guys.

Kal 4 years ago

I will add that objects cannot be co-planar with each other (no surface can touch the other one). Since you need to select 2 distinctive objects - I think the menu help should reflect this unless I am wrong

tvollaro 2015-03-19 01:02:59

You need to have two selected objects overlapping for the boolean buttons to appear in the context menu. The new icons look like overlapping circles. I hope this helps!

jack 2015-03-18 21:11:08

What happen to Boolean. it doesn't show on contextual menu anymore. please bring back Boolean operation, its very useful. Anyway nice update, keep up the good work guys.

jack 4 years ago

Thanks!

tvollaro 2015-03-19 01:02:59

You need to have two selected objects overlapping for the boolean buttons to appear in the context menu. The new icons look like overlapping circles. I hope this helps!

jack 2015-03-18 21:11:08

What happen to Boolean. it doesn't show on contextual menu anymore. please bring back Boolean operation, its very useful. Anyway nice update, keep up the good work guys.

tvollaro 4 years ago

You need to have two selected objects overlapping for the boolean buttons to appear in the context menu. The new icons look like overlapping circles. I hope this helps!

jack 2015-03-18 21:11:08

What happen to Boolean. it doesn't show on contextual menu anymore. please bring back Boolean operation, its very useful. Anyway nice update, keep up the good work guys.

jack 4 years ago

What happen to Boolean. it doesn't show on contextual menu anymore. please bring back Boolean operation, its very useful. Anyway nice update, keep up the good work guys.

tvollaro 4 years ago

We do not currently support FBX support at this point. Can you please share with me a link to the video that implies that FormIt has FBX export?

D 2015-03-12 06:05:56

For the life of me I cannot figured our how to export my file in FBX. format as mysteriously advertised on the videos. I am running version 9.0 on an iPad and have totally given up at this point on trying to figure it out any input on how I can export a simple FBX. File for use in other apps would be Amazing!!!!! Thanks n advance.

D 4 years ago

For the life of me I cannot figured our how to export my file in FBX. format as mysteriously advertised on the videos. I am running version 9.0 on an iPad and have totally given up at this point on trying to figure it out any input on how I can export a simple FBX. File for use in other apps would be Amazing!!!!! Thanks n advance.

Andrew Wood 4 years ago

This is an amazing product, but we really need it for Windows tablet products. I think a LOT of people asked for this in your development phase. I hope you can make this happen! This will greatly enhance autodesk's popularity among users of tablets, that is the way the technology is heading

Thank you