FormIt for Windows

2021.1 (v19.1)

May 1, 2020

Fixes

    • Fixed a crash on AutoSave when the Windows user account contained Unicode characters.
    • Fixed a crash when painting Materials on objects in certain cases.
    • Fixed an issue where Material Samples would fail to load from the server.
    • Fixed an issue where entering large dimensions in mm and cm units would unexpectedly display the entered number without the correct amount of zeroes, in certain language and region settings.
    • Fixed an issue where selecting a Dynamo Group while another Dynamo Group was processing changes could result in the changes appearing in the selected Group unexpectedly.
    • Fixed an issue where the Group Work Plane would Z-fight with the Ground Plane in Group Edit Mode.
    • Fixed an issue where the Ground Plane could partially disappear in Group Edit mode.
    • Improved simplicity and reliability of debugging plugins. Right-clicking on a plugin and selecting "Debug" will display debug tools without having to set a system environment variable.

Known Issues

    • The BIM 360 Docs Content Library will incorrectly suggest adding certain file types, which are not supported. These file types will be supported in a future release.
    • The BIM 360 Docs Content Library will not collapse Revit families of the same type. This will be fixed in a future release.
    • When invoking Save As in DynamoSandbox, FormIt may incorrectly show a message that it did not receive any geometry from the BakeToFormIt node. This will be fixed in a future release.
    • Edges may show through surfaces unexpectedly in Orthographic Camera mode. This will be fixed in a future release.

2021.0 (v19.0)

April 7, 2020

Blog Post

Enhancements

    • Dynamo
      • Improved the connection with Dynamo to ensure geometric results are always visible in FormIt during graph editing. Learn more.
      • Added the ability to select FormIt geometry for use in Dynamo graphs, and added new selection-based Dynamo samples. Learn more.
      • Added the ability to launch multiple DynamoSandbox instances.
      • Added the ability to place new Dynamo content while DynamoSandbox is running.
      • Added the ability to launch DynamoSandbox while Dynamo is running background tasks in FormIt.
      • Added the ability to swap embedded Dynamo graphs by using FIle → Open and File → Save/Save As in DynamoSandbox.
      • Added the ability to "Force Re-Run + Bake to FormIt", which forces the graph to re-execute before baking, to capture any changed source data.
      • Added the ability to view Dynamo graph parameters automatically after placing or generating a Dynamo Group.
      • Added 3D Text, Array Along Path, and Railing Along Path to the Dynamo samples.
      • Dynamo objects now import as FormIt Meshes.
      • Upgraded to DynamoSandbox 2.5.2.
      • Note: we've stopped supporting Windows 7 for FormIt + Dynamo. Window 7 users may see unexpected behavior or failures, and are encouraged to update to Windows 10.
    • Materials
      • Migrated the Material Library dialog into a built-in Material Samples directory in the Materials Panel. Learn more.
      • Added the ability to link directories containing images or FormIt files to the Materials Panel, for quick access to new and existing Materials. Learn more
      • Added a 2D preview, interactive 3D preview, transparency checkbox, and an aspect ratio lock to the Material Editor dialog.
      • Reorganized and improved the offerings in Material Samples. 
      • Improved the results when painting Materials with textures onto a surface with smooth edges between facets.
    • BIM 360 Docs
      • Added support for BIM 360 Docs in the Content Library.
      • Account and Project lists are now alphabetically sorted.
      • Added a new green Success message when files are successfully uploaded to BIM 360 Docs.
    • Added the ability to toggle to Orthographic Camera. Learn more.
    • Added the ability to export to DWG format.
    • Added the ability to snap to Mesh vertices.
    • Added the ability to instantly preview changes in the FormIt model while adjusting the color of Materials.
    • Section Planes are now excluded when exporting to non-FormIt file types.
    • Added the ability to disable and change the color of the Group Work Plane in Visual Styles.
    • Added the FormIt version to the title bar.

Performance

    • Materials in different Groups now share bitmap data, which reduces FormIt file sizes dramatically and generally improves performance.
      • Note: files saved in FormIt 2021 (v19.0) but opened in a previous version of FormIt, or converted to Revit using an outdated Add-In, will not display or convert Materials correctly due to this change. Learn more.

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue where mm, cm, and inch units were not respected on import of SAT (including Dynamo objects), STL and OBJ, and export of SAT, STL, OBJ, DXF files.
    • Fixed an issue where Material textures could be incorrectly placed when importing FBX files.
    • Fixed an issue where Material textures could be incorrectly scaled when exporting FBX files containing Groups in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where Tilt Face would stop correctly displaying and accepting numeric inputs when the widget's orientation was flipped.
    • Fixed an issue where adding a Section Plane could fail in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where a Material cutout map would be ignored in the composite thumbnail.
      • This fix works for new Materials, or after modifying existing Materials which will refresh and fix the thumbnail.
    • Fixed an issue where Flatten would flip surfaces unexpectedly. 
    • Fixed an issue where Fillet and 2D Fillet (plugin) were not respecting the Curve and Surface Faceting preferences.
    • Fixed an issue where zooming or panning could get stuck and exhibit no camera movement in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where Merge was using a different tolerance than expected, failing to merge edges in some cases.
    • Fixed issues with highlight behavior when selecting filtered geometry for Advanced Modeling Tools.
    • Fixed an issue where selecting faces in Groups would fail to highlight in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where disabling or enabling Pre-Selection Highlight would not update the canvas until the camera moved.
    • Fixed an issue where highlighting of identical Group instances would disappear on camera change.
    • Fixed an issue where the title bar would incorrectly indicate a file is "backup, read-only" after recovering an AutoSave file.
    • Fixed an issue where hitting Enter in the BIM 360 Docs Save/Export gallery dialog file name field would not execute the save. 
    • Fixed an issue where invalid characters in the BIM 360 Docs Save/Export gallery dialog were not handled gracefully.
    • Fixed an issue where long hub or project names could cause BIM 360 Docs interface elements to collide or go out-of-bounds.
    • Fixed an issue where trying to save over a locked file on BIM 360 Docs would result in an unclear message.
    • Fixed an issue where the floating navigation toolbar would appear too small on some monitors.
    • Fixed an issue where artifacts could appear on the screen when dismissing the Preferences dialog in some cases.

Known Issues

    • The BIM 360 Docs Content Library will incorrectly suggest adding certain file types, which are not supported. These file types will be supported in a future release.
    • The BIM 360 Docs Content Library will not collapse Revit families of the same type. This will be fixed in a future release.
    • When invoking Save As in DynamoSandbox, FormIt may incorrectly show a message that it did not receive any geometry from the BakeToFormIt node. This will be fixed in a future release.
    • The Group Work Plane may exhibit Z-fighting in some cases, including when in Orthographic Camera mode. This will be fixed in a future release.
    • Edges may show through surfaces unexpectedly in Orthographic Camera mode. This will be fixed in a future release.

v18.1

January 23, 2020

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue where fonts and icons would render at an incorrect scale in some cases with mixed-DPI displays.
    • Fixed an issue where the sign-in dialog would appear at an incorrect scale in some cases with mixed-DPI displays.
      • This fix requires an update to the Autodesk Single Sign-On component, which is installed automatically when downloading the update from our website.
      • If you're updating using the Autodesk Desktop App, and you still experience this issue, try uninstalling, then downloading FormIt v18.1 from our website instead.
    • Fixed an issue where FormIt could stop responding when editing a Group containing geometry that extends far into the horizon.
    • Fixed a crash when setting Levels on geometry while another tool is active, then ending the active tool.
    • Fixed a crash when executing a plugin or script that contained invalid data.
    • Fixed an issue where opening or importing a DWG file could result in the geometry appearing too far from the origin to be visible.
    • Fixed an issue where curve and surface faceting values were limited to multiples of 4.
    • Fixed an issue where exporting an image to BIM 360 Docs would fail.
    • Fixed an issue where ending a Collaboration session could create unexpected graphic artifacts on the screen.
    • Fixed an issue where the Users and Chat panels would fail to appear when in an active Collaboration session.
    • Fixed an issue where plugins could fail to display the requested plugin panel.

v18.0

October 30, 2019

Enhancements

    • Added the ability to model using smaller units: millimeters, centimeters, and inches.
    • Added the ability to adjust faceting settings for curves and surfaces, including geometry baked from Dynamo.
    • Added an interactive tool to adjust the position of materials on surfaces.
    • Added a tool to align the camera to the selected face.
    • Added the ability to import FBX files, and export SketchUp files.
    • Improved the connection to BIM 360 Docs, including:
      • Added thumbnails to the in-app BIM 360 Docs gallery view.
      • Added the ability to view FormIt models in the BIM 360 Document Management view.
      • Added the ability to import files from BIM 360 Docs.
      • Added the ability to navigate nested folders when opening, importing, saving, and exporting to BIM 360 Docs.
      • When editing a BIM 360 Docs file, the File menu file list and the application title bar now display a BIM 360 Docs project path.
      • Improved the reliability and behavior of the BIM 360 Docs account/project picker interface.
    • Improved the Set Location experience, including:
      • Added the ability to set the language for map labels.
      • Satellite imagery is now saved to the FormIt file, and will no longer require an internet connection to be reloaded when the file is opened.
      • Navigating manually to a location and clicking “Import Image” in the Set Location dialog will no longer reset the location pin unexpectedly.
      • Importing a satellite image again will now keep the image in the correct position relative to the origin, rather than resetting the position unexpectedly.
      • FormIt now interprets a “best match” address when importing satellite imagery without explicitly specifying an address.
    • AutoSave now cleans up FormIt backup files when changes are intentionally discarded.
    • Clicking “Run Graph” when editing a Dynamo object with no input changes will now force the Dynamo graph to re-run.
    • Editing a Dynamo object will now force the display of the Properties panel, even if it was previously disabled.
    • Added animated camera transitions between views and tools like 3D View, Align Camera to Face, Zoom All, and Zoom Selected.
    • Zoom All and Zoom Extents now respond accordingly when geometry outside the active Group is hidden.
    • Double-clicking on the middle mouse button with geometry selected now uses Zoom Selected instead of Zoom Extents.
    • Added an asterisk to the application title bar when the file has unsaved changes. The title bar also now indicates when a read-only backup file is open.
    • Added a border around the canvas when Touch Mode is enabled.
    • Added tooltips to reveal long file names in the File menu recent files list.
    • Added support for versioning FormIt plugins. More info for plugin developers...

Performance

    • Vastly improved performance when deleting Layers, and when undoing or redoing Layer deletion.
    • Vastly improved performance when exporting FBX, DAE, and DXF files.

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue preventing opening and saving of files with Unicode characters in file names.
    • Fixed an issue where Redo from the Main Sketch would redo operations in the wrong order in some scenarios.
    • Fixed an issue where Undo/Redo would unexpectedly affect operations in deleted Groups.
    • Fixed an issue where importing from the Autodesk Material Library could fail with an error about “zero scale.”
    • Fixed an issue where copying and pasting geometry between FormIt windows could result in the pasted Layers being unexpectedly hidden.
    • Fixed an issue where Orbit would move the camera in an unexpected path in some scenarios.
    • Fixed an issue where double-clicking to select an object might result in an unexpected Move operation.
    • Fixed an issue where the Circle tool would unexpectedly change orientation when the radius was edited in some scenarios.
    • Fixed an issue where quick-copying multiple times using the Ctrl key in the Rotate tool could fail or exhibit unexpected behavior.
    • Fixed an issue where Zoom All or Zoom Selection failed when editing a Group with the context hidden.
    • Fixed an issue where placing primitive shapes and Content Library objects would exhibit unexpected orientations when the target destination had a custom workplane.
    • Fixed an issue where painting a Material onto a face inside a Dynamo Group would fail after running the graph in some scenarios.
    • Fixed an issue where faces would fail to highlight inside a Group when the entire solid body was selected.
    • Fixed an issue where exporting to FBX would not store transparency correctly when opened in some FBX viewers.
    • Fixed an issue where exporting to FBX with hidden geometry would result in the hidden geometry being unexpectedly included in the exported file in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where exporting to DAE would use the wrong scale.
    • Fixed an issue where disconnecting and reconnecting to the internet while FormIt was running could cause the Set Location dialog to stop working.
    • Fixed an issue where Bing Maps would occasionally return an invalid zoom value, causing the Set Location dialog to stop working.
    • Fixed an issue where charts and graphs in the Set Location dialog didn’t use the same units as the sketch.
    • Fixed an issue where canceling out of Edit -> Preferences wouldn’t cancel the changes made.
    • Fixed an issue where the status bar was displaying outdated messages.
    • Fixed an issue where the About box text would get truncated at some DPI levels.

v17.4

August 27, 2019

Enhancements

    • Added the ability to run FormIt on Parallels Desktop.

Fixes

    • Fixed a crash when exporting FBX files in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where FormIt would fail to detect an internet connection in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where hidden Layers may become unexpectedly visible during modeling.
    • Fixed an issue where the BIM 360 Docs hub/project picker would fail to appear in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where the previous file save/export location was not being remembered on subsequent save operations.
    • Fixed an issue where entering or exiting Group Edit mode would unexpectedly trigger AutoSave and an "unsaved changes" dialog on exit.
    • Fixed an issue where undoing a Dynamo parameter change would result in an "Input is bad" error in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where the Properties panel would temporarily display outdated Dynamo parameter values while the graph was being executed.
    • Fixed an issue where placing Dynamo samples would result in unnecessary processing time.
    • Improved reliability and messaging when executing Dynamo graphs which have errors or missing packages.

v17.3

June 13, 2019

Enhancements

    • Added AutoSave, which creates a backup copy of your model while you work.
      • This backup file can be used to recover data if FormIt closes with unsaved changes. Learn about AutoSave.
    • Added weather stations, temperature graphs, and wind rose charts to the Set Location dialog.
    • Added support for SketchUp 2019 files.
    • Added an on-screen indicator when Touch Mode is active, and disabled preselection highlight in Touch Mode.
    • Added an in-canvas indicator when satellite imagery cannot be loaded due to no internet connection.
    • Enhanced Group bounding boxes to align with the orientation of the Group’s local coordinate system.
    • Enhanced Non-Uniform Scale to align its grips to the parent Group’s coordinate system.
    • Enhanced the Material Eyedropper to match the sampled Material’s orientation accurately in more cases.
    • Enhanced FBX exports to include Group and Group instance name information.

Fixes

    • Improved performance when opening large models with many Groups.
    • Improved performance when opening large OBJ files.
    • Improved performance when placing a new Group in a large model with many Groups.
      • This includes when using the Content Library, the Dynamo panel, the Section Plane tool, import, and copy/paste.
    • Improved the handling of units when importing or exporting OBJ, STL, and FBX files.
    • Improved the usability of BIM 360 Docs dialogs.
    • Improved BIM 360 Docs messaging accuracy and consistency with other FormIt platforms.
    • Fixed an issue where importing satellite imagery could result in a blank image when Bing Maps didn’t have data for that zoom level.
      • FormIt will now automatically zoom out to the next available zoom level, and will provide a message when this condition is encountered.
    • Fixed an issue where opening SketchUp files saved with certain camera properties would result in a grey screen in FormIt.
    • Fixed an issue where importing DXF files would result in some geometry appearing unexpectedly rotated in FormIt.
    • Fixed an issue where importing an OBJ file with many triangles could result in incorrect shadows.
    • Fixed an issue where embedded color information in OBJ files was ignored.
    • Fixed an issue where placing Dynamo objects from the Dynamo panel would occasionally result in an empty application window appearing.
    • Fixed an issue where editing Dynamo sample files in Dynamo would fail to show live updates in FormIt in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where closing Dynamo without saving changes would result in an incorrect warning message the next time a Dynamo object is placed in FormIt.
    • Fixed an issue where placing a single Group from the Content Library would not use the Group’s LCS origin as the placement point.
    • Fixed an issue where refreshing the Content Library in a nested folder would unexpectedly return to the top-level parent folder.
    • Fixed an issue where the Content Library would fail to default to the previous directory/location when FormIt was restarted.
    • Fixed an issue where 0-values for Material texture dimensions would result in the Material appearing black.
    • Fixed an issue where hovering over or selecting geometry with an active Section Plane would cause the ground plane and grid to unexpectedly get clipped.
    • Fixed an issue where faces would fail to highlight when selected inside a mirrored Group.
    • Fixed an issue where faces would fail to highlight in other identical instances of the Group being edited.
    • Fixed an issue where faces would fail to highlight when selected as part of a guided selection tool, like Shell Solids and Offset Solids.
    • Fixed an issue where Drag Face (extrude) or Move operations on a solid with flipped faces could result in the solid unexpectedly disappearing.
      • This also generally improves auto-repair for solids with flipped faces, when using Drag Face or Move.
    • Fixed an issue where moving a Mesh containing only edges resulted in the original location drawn unexpectedly while the Move tool was active.
    • Fixed an issue where certain tools would allow selecting Meshes, even though Meshes are not valid for the tool.
    • Fixed an issue where moving a circle resulted in the boundary curve being unexpectedly exploded into its constituent segments.
    • Fixed an issue where extruding arcs, circles, and splines would result in the final geometry losing the original arc/circle/spline attribute unexpectedly.
    • Fixed an issue where splitting a solid with a cylinder attribute, then selecting one of the split pieces, would result in both pieces highlighting as one unexpectedly.
    • Fixed an issue where opening a file and making no changes (or only camera changes) would result in an unexpected “unsaved changes” dialog when ending the session.
    • Fixed an issue where the current file name would not be auto-populated in the save dialog when saving to or from BIM 360 Docs in some scenarios.
    • Fixed an issue where saving a new file locally would default the location to the FormIt install directory, instead of the user’s Documents folder.
    • Fixed an issue where hitting enter/return in a plugin would result in the plugin unexpectedly reloading, instead of submitting the value.
    • Fixed an issue where the Autodesk Material Library dialog was too large for some screens.

v17.2

May 14, 2019

Enhancements

    • Added Dynamo inputs (sliders, boolean toggles, number inputs, string inputs) to the FormIt Properties panel when editing a Dynamo Group.
    • Added the ability to use FormIt while geometry is being generated by Dynamo.
    • Added the ability to use FormIt while editing a Dynamo graph.
    • Added the ability to see geometry changes appear in FormIt while editing a Dynamo graph.

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue where the Content Library and Dynamo panels would initialize blank when FormIt started.
    • Fixed issues with Dynamo sample files:
      • Added logic to automatically clean up mullions that intersect other mullions.
      • Fixed incorrect horizontal mullion generation in some cases.
      • Improved reliability of adding a door opening in some cases.
      • Added logic to allow multiple middle landings.
      • Improved reliability when cleaning up overlapping shapes.
      • Storefront/Curtainwall
      • Stairs
    • Fixed an internal tracking issue.

 

v17.1

March 19, 2019

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue where starting a 30-day trial of FormIt Pro was failing on the sign-in screen.
    • Fixed an issue where deployment creation was failing in the installer.
    • Fixed an issue where BIM 360 Docs accounts with many linked accounts or projects would be unable to scroll down in the picker to see all available accounts and projects.
    • Fixed a missing message when no valid BIM 360 Docs project is detected.

v17.0

February 20, 2019

Enhancements

Service Changes

    • Switched to BIM 360 Docs for cloud file hosting, which enables Open/Save/Export operations to multiple BIM 360 Docs accounts and projects.
    • Switched to Bing Maps for Location and Satellite Imagery services.
      • Thanks to this change, Satellite Imagery will no longer be excluded when exporting images from FormIt.
    • Switched to a new login system to improve reliability when logging in to FormIt for Windows.
    • Migrated Materials, Collaboration, Energy Analysis, and login services to new Autodesk servers to improve security and stability.
    • Improved the Energy Analysis service, and fixed an issue where running Energy Analysis twice on the same file name would fail.

Fixes

    • Improved performance in large files, especially during continuous operations (Move, Rotate, Extrude, Scale...) and while editing Groups.
    • Improved performance of Undo/Redo operations in large models.
    • Improved performance of DWG files by automatically importing them as Meshes.
    • Improved performance of Extrude Edges by previewing the result instead of applying the result in real-time.
    • Fixed issues that would prevent FormIt models from opening in some scenarios.
    • Fixed a crash when multi-extruding faces that resulted in a deleted mass.
    • Fixed a crash when quick-copying geometry using Move + Ctrl in certain cases.
    • Improved model lighting calculations, so models should appear slightly brighter, shadows are more accurate, and in the case of imported SketchUp files, ambient lighting should match the original file more closely.
    • Fixed an issue where shadows would not render correctly on the ground plane for certain models, especially those originating from SketchUp.
    • Fixed an issue that would result in shadows not displaying correctly for objects far away from the origin.
    • Fixed an issue where faces would not split as expected in some scenarios, including when offsetting a face and importing certain SketchUp models.
    • Fixed an issue where Shell Solid would result in unexpected geometry when the original solid had split faces painted with different Materials.
    • Fixed an issue where skewed geometry in SketchUp wouldn't convert correctly to FormIt.
    • Fixed an issue where using Cut Geometry to split a solid into two would result in two solids, but the selection tool would still treat them as one solid.
    • Fixed an issue where Levels could not be applied to masses in certain conditions.
    • Fixed an issue where Ungroup would result in an "Exception caught" error in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where Copy and Paste/Paste in Place would occasionally fail when copying Materials between different windows of FormIt.
    • Fixed an issue where opening/importing DWG geometry that is very far from the origin wouldn't draw on-screen. In these scenarios, FormIt not moves the far-away geometry to the origin so it's visible.
    • Fixed an issue where importing a DWG file with polyline curves would fail to import the polyline curves as expected.
    • Fixed an issue where importing DWG files into FormIt that are also open in AutoCAD would result in a "file is locked" message. These files can now be imported into FormIt even when open concurrently in AutoCAD.
    • Fixed an issue where satellite imagery could temporarily disappear when invoking certain modeling operations.
    • Fixed an issue where plugins would not display their name as expected in the Window menu.
    • Fixed an issue where the drop-down UI in the Content Library would disappear when a folder with a long name was linked, and the panel was at its minimum width.
    • Fixed an issue where the dimension readout would be misaligned with the gap in the leader lines.
    • Fixed an issue where Group bounding boxes would display in the wrong location when using the Model Tree (Edit > Preferences > Development > Show Development Windows).
    • Fixed an issue where certain Windows DPI settings would result in truncated text or icons in messages and dialogs.
    • Fixed an issue where all toolbars would be unexpectedly enabled in some scenarios. If you have duplicate toolbars enabled, you can reset them to the default configuration:
      • Window > Reset Toolbars

v16.4

October 9, 2018

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue preventing download of Google Maps satellite image data
    • Fixed an issue where FormIt's UI was overlapping with Google Maps UI in the Set Location dialog

v16.3

April 2, 2018

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue where files saved to A360 Drive may fail to show up in the A360 gallery
    • Fixed an issue preventing SSO sign-in for some users
    • Fixed an issue that could prevent sign-in for users with proxy servers
    • Fixed an issue preventing files from saving in specific cases
    • Fixed an issue where Ungroup All would fail in specific cases

v16.2

January 31, 2018

Enhancements

    • Improved reliability of SketchUp import, including:
      • Added a Flatten Faces tool to address surfaces becoming unexpectedly faceted on Import
      • Added SketchUp 2018 support
      • Improved handling of surfaces cut by SketchUp Components with the “Cut Hole” option enabled
      • Improved reliability of custom texture positioning when surfaces are cut by SketchUp Components with the “Cut Hole” option enabled
      • Maintain custom texture positioning when splitting, flattening, or drawing edges attached to faces
      • Improved reliability of Materials importing as expected, including converting unsupported image types to supported types automatically
      • Improved messaging when importing SketchUp files that are saved in a new or unsupported version
    • Improved performance, including:
      • File > Open or File > New when a large model is already open
      • Model navigation
      • Tools like Drag Face and Move
      • Groups Tree
    • Improved support for modeling using millimeters
    • Improved support for customers using Metric units, including using the previously-set Unit as the default setting in new sessions
    • Improved reliability of tools when modeling far away from the origin, including:
      • Drag Face
      • Offset Face
    • Improved accuracy of area/window selection
    • Improved functionality of the Spline tool, by removing the limitation that required Splines to be planar
    • Added an error message when importing DWG files that are locked by AutoCAD running concurrently

Fixes

    • Fixed several crashes, including:
      • When loading certain Dynamo graphs
      • In certain Sweep situations
      • When editing a Group in Top View whose Workplane is perpendicular to camera
      • When importing a DWG with geolocation set
    • Fixed an issue where decimals were unexpectedly rounded in Scale and Scale Face tools
    • Fixed issues with DWG import that could result in scattered and incorrectly-scaled geometry
    • Fixed an issue where closing the app with Touch Mode on resulted in area selection malfunctioning in subsequent sessions
    • Fixed an issue where placing primitive shapes inside a rotated Group didn't align with the Group LCS as expected
    • Fixed an issue where shadows would fail to draw for Groups that were mirrored or rotated such that they were upside-down
    • Fixed an issue where the Material Eyedropper tool would return the wrong Material when used on surfaces with Materials on both sides
    • Fixed an issue where reorganizing Layers or Materials in the palettes when a scrollbar was present would place the selected item in an unexpected location
    • Fixed an issue where Tilt Face and Rotate UI was reversed inside a mirrored Group

v16.1

September 8, 2017

Enhancements

    • Global Undo/Redo
      • 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
      • When editing a Group, Undo/Redo is still per-Group as before

Fixes

    • Fixed several crashes, including:
      • Launching the app when offline
      • Opening certain files in some situations
      • Running Solar Analysis in some situations
      • Refreshing the Gallery in some situations
      • Undoing in some situations
    • Improved the Orbit algorithm to be more consistent, especially with selections that are behind (or partially behind) the camera
    • Improved the Solar Analysis workflow when Weather Station data has errors or is unavailable, and when the app is offline and can't download or repair the Weather Station data
    • Fixed an issue where canceling insert from Content Library prevented insert of the same object the next time
    • When importing a model (via File > Import or Content Library) that contains Section Planes, the Planes are now discarded to avoid potential issues
    • Fixed an issue where 3D offset/shell tools may have unexpected results when the solid has a void
    • Fixed an issue where opening a file Saved with History doesn't restore the histories properly

v16.0

April 20, 2017

Materials

    • Materials are now organized as a flat list, and update the entire model at once - no longer organized per Group
    • Material edits are reflected live in-canvas for more holistic editing
    • New Material tools
      • Eyedropper
      • Select All Painted With This Material
      • Purge Unused
    • New Material Interactions
      • Materials palette + Properties palette
      • Materials palette + Properties palette
      • Which Material is loaded in the Paintbrush
      • Which Material is used in the current in-canvas selection
      • Which Materials are unused in the sketch

      • Single-click thumbnail to Paint selection or launch Paintbrush
      • Double-click thumbnail to launch Editor
      • Resizable thumbnails
      • Material names are editable from Material palette
      • New helpful indicators in Materials palette

Performance

    • Performance improvements with:
      • File Open/Import
      • Model navigation
      • Group edit/exit
      • Layer toggling

Group workflows

    • Group navigation
      • Group Edit Toolbar
      • Single click/tap in space
      • ESC
      • Exiting Group Edit mode returns you to the parent Group, not the Main Sketch
    • Group hide/isolate
      • Hide elements outside of the currently edited Group

Modeling

    • Tapping Ctrl key during Move makes a quick copy (no need to press and hold Ctrl key)
      • Works also with Edges and Faces
    • Section Tool
      • Place Section Planes to cut your model
      • Can have up to 6 planes active at once
      • Control cut and indicator visibility through Layers and Scenes
      • Poche and Edge color options
    • Ability to turn off the Ground Plane

Import DWG

    • Layers are imported
    • Blocks become Groups

Revit interop

    • Materials now translate to your Autodesk Revit models using the new FormIt Converter add-in for Revit 2018

Plugins

    • JavaScript Plugin API is available to the public
      • Create toolbars, HTML UI panels, and custom scripts

         

 

FormIt for iPad

2021.1 (v19.1)

April 30, 2020

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue where entering large dimensions in mm and cm units would unexpectedly display the entered number without the correct amount of zeroes, in certain language and region settings.
    • Fixed an issue where the Ground Plane could partially disappear in Group Edit mode.
    • Fixed an issue where the Group Work Plane would Z-fight with the Ground Plane in Group Edit Mode.

Known Issues

    • Edges may show through surfaces unexpectedly in Orthographic Camera mode. This will be fixed in a future release.
    • When viewing files in the BIM 360 Docs gallery, thumbnails will have black backgrounds. This will be fixed in a future release.

2021.0 (v19.0)

April 7, 2020

Blog Post

Enhancements

    • Materials
      • Reorganized and improved the offerings in the Material Library.
    • BIM 360 Docs
      • Account and Project lists are now alphabetically sorted.
      • Added a new green Success message when files are successfully uploaded to BIM 360 Docs.
    • Added the ability to toggle to Orthographic Camera. Learn more.
    • Section Planes are now excluded when exporting to non-FormIt file types.
    • Added the ability to disable the Group Work Plane in Visual Styles.

Performance

    • Materials in different Groups now share bitmap data, which reduces FormIt file sizes dramatically and generally improves performance.
      • Note: files saved in FormIt 2021 (v19.0) but opened in a previous version of FormIt, or converted to Revit using an outdated Add-In, will not display or convert Materials correctly due to this change. Learn more.

Fixes

    • Fixed a crash on Save Image.
    • Fixed an issue where Tilt Face would stop correctly displaying and accepting numeric inputs when the widget's orientation was flipped.
    • Fixed an issue where a Material cutout map would be ignored in the composite thumbnail.
      • This fix works for new Materials, or after modifying existing Materials which will refresh and fix the thumbnail.
    • Fixed an issue where Flatten would flip surfaces unexpectedly.
    • Fixed an issue where zooming or panning could get stuck and exhibit no camera movement in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where Merge was using a different tolerance than expected, failing to merge edges in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where selecting faces in Groups would fail to highlight in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where highlighting of identical Group instances would disappear on camera change.
    • Fixed an issue where Save As to BIM 360 Docs could fail in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where trying to save over a locked file on BIM 360 Docs would result in an unclear message.
    • Fixed an issue where HTML markup would be unexpectedly visible in some messages.

Known Issues

    • The Group Work Plane may exhibit Z-fighting in some cases, including when in Orthographic Camera mode. This will be fixed in a future release.
    • Edges may show through surfaces unexpectedly in Orthographic Camera mode. This will be fixed in a future release.
    • When viewing files in the BIM 360 Docs gallery, thumbnails will have black backgrounds. This will be fixed in a future release.

v18.1

January 21, 2020

Fixes

    • Fixed a crash when trying to join a Collaboration session.
    • Fixed an issue where FormIt could stop responding when editing a Group containing geometry that extends far into the horizon.
    • Fixed an issue preventing opening of FormIt files from the iPadOS Files app in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where Energy Analysis would fail to run on files saved to BIM 360 Docs.

v18.0

October 30, 2019

Enhancements

    • Added the ability to model using smaller units: millimeters, centimeters, and inches.
    • Added an interactive tool to adjust the position of materials on surfaces.
    • Added a tool to align the camera to the selected face.
    • Added a gesture to Deselect All.
    • Added the ability to import files from and export files to local iPad storage locations.
    • Improved the connection to BIM 360 Docs, including:
      • Added the ability to view FormIt models in the BIM 360 Document Management view.
      • Added the ability to navigate nested folders when opening, importing, saving, and exporting to BIM 360 Docs.
      • Improved performance when exchanging data with BIM 360 Docs.
    • Added animated camera transitions between views and tools like 3D View, Align Camera to Face, Zoom All, and Zoom Selected.
    • Zoom All and Zoom Extents now respond accordingly when geometry outside the active Group is hidden.

Performance

    • Vastly improved performance when deleting Layers, and when undoing or redoing Layer deletion.

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue where Redo from the Main Sketch would redo operations in the wrong order in some scenarios.
    • Fixed an issue where Undo/Redo would unexpectedly affect operations in deleted Groups.
    • Fixed an issue where Orbit would move the camera in an unexpected path in some scenarios.
    • Fixed an issue where Zoom All or Zoom Selection failed when editing a Group with the context hidden.
    • Fixed an issue where placing primitive shapes and Content Library objects would exhibit unexpected orientations when the target destination had a custom workplane.
    • Fixed an issue where faces would fail to highlight inside a Group when the entire solid body was selected.
    • Fixed an issue where the Shadows toggle in the Sun + Shadows toolbar could get out-of-sync with the Shadows setting in Visual Styles.

v17.4

August 26, 2019

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue where hidden Layers may become unexpectedly visible during modeling.
    • Fixed an issue where entering or exiting Group Edit mode would unexpectedly trigger an "unsaved changes" dialog on app exit.
    • Temporarily removed Ambient Shadows due to performance issues with newer iPads.

v17.3

June 13, 2019

Enhancements

    • Restored the ability to import local FormIt files, without a BIM 360 Docs subscription.
    • Enhanced Group bounding boxes to align with the orientation of the Group’s local coordinate system.
    • Enhanced Non-Uniform Scale to align its grips to the parent Group’s coordinate system.

Fixes

    • Improved performance when opening large OBJ files.
    • Improved the performance and reduced required bandwidth for BIM 360 Docs thumbnails.
    • Improved the handling of units when importing OBJ, or exporting OBJ/STL files.
    • Improved BIM 360 Docs messaging accuracy and consistency with other FormIt platforms.
    • Reduced memory usage when saving large files.
    • Fixed an issue where placing a single Group from the Content Library would not use the Group’s LCS origin as the placement point.
    • Fixed an issue where faces could fail to highlight when selected inside a mirrored Group.
    • Fixed an issue where faces would fail to highlight in other identical instances of the Group being edited.
    • Fixed an issue where Drag Face (extrude) or Move operations on a solid with flipped faces could result in the solid unexpectedly disappearing.
      • This also generally improves auto-repair for solids with flipped faces, when using Drag Face or Move.
    • Fixed an issue where importing an OBJ file with many triangles could result in incorrect shadows.
    • Fixed an issue where embedded color information in OBJ files was ignored.
    • Fixed an issue where moving a Mesh containing only edges resulted in the original location drawn unexpectedly while the Move tool was active.
    • Fixed an issue where moving a circle resulted in the boundary curve being unexpectedly exploded into its constituent segments.
    • Fixed an issue where extruding arcs, circles, and splines would result in the final geometry losing the original arc/circle/spline attribute unexpectedly.
    • Fixed an issue where splitting a solid with a cylinder attribute, then selecting one of the split pieces, would result in both pieces highlighting as one unexpectedly.

v17.0.2

March 7, 2019

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue where Save to Files was not working with a file originating from BIM 360 Docs.
    • Fixed an issue where satellite imagery would disappear unexpectedly on Save As locally.
    • Fixed an issue where AirDrop would share a screenshot instead of the FormIt file.

v17.0

February 22, 2019

Enhancements

    • A new geometry type: Meshes. Meshes are great for improving performance of high-polygon entourage like furniture, trees, people, and signage, as well as complex DWG files. Objects can be converted to Meshes and back with no data loss. Also added Meshes to the Selection Filter menu.
    • Added orthographic elevation views: view your FormIt model in 2D orthographic elevation, and combine with Section Planes to enable section-elevations.
    • Added a Non-Uniform Scale tool.
    • Added support for standalone vertices, and added Vertices to the Selection Filter menu.
    • Added an interactive Sun Editor to visualize the sun's position in the sky.

Service Changes

    • Switched to BIM 360 Docs for cloud file hosting, which enables Open/Save/Export operations to multiple BIM 360 Docs accounts and projects.
    • Switched to Bing Maps for Location and Satellite Imagery services.
      • Thanks to this change, Satellite Imagery will no longer be excluded when exporting images from FormIt.
    • Migrated Materials, Collaboration, Energy Analysis, and login services to new Autodesk servers to improve security and stability.
    • Improved the Energy Analysis service, and fixed an issue where running Energy Analysis twice on the same file name would fail.

Fixes

    • Improved performance in large files, especially during continuous operations (Move, Rotate, Extrude, Scale...) and while editing Groups.
    • Improved performance of Undo/Redo operations in large models.
    • Improved performance of Extrude Edges by previewing the result instead of applying the result in real-time.
    • Fixed an issue where placing an object when the placement grip was on the bottom resulted in unexpected behavior.
    • Fixed issues that would prevent FormIt models from opening in some scenarios.
    • Fixed an issue where OBj import would fail.
    • Fixed a crash when saving an image.
    • Fixed a crash when multi-extruding faces that resulted in a deleted mass.
    • Fixed a crash when quick-copying geometry using Move + Ctrl in certain cases.
    • Improved model lighting calculations, so models should appear slightly brighter, shadows are more accurate, and in the case of imported SketchUp files, ambient lighting should match the original file more closely.
    • Fixed an issue where shadows would not render correctly on the ground plane for certain models, especially those originating from SketchUp.
    • Fixed an issue that would result in shadows not displaying correctly for objects far away from the origin.
    • Fixed an issue where faces would not split as expected in some scenarios, including when offsetting a face and importing certain SketchUp models.
    • Fixed an issue where Shell Solid would result in unexpected geometry when the original solid had split faces painted with different Materials.
    • Fixed an issue where skewed geometry in SketchUp wouldn't convert correctly to FormIt.
    • Fixed an issue where using Cut Geometry to split a solid into two would result in two solids, but the selection tool would still treat them as one solid.
    • Fixed an issue where Levels could not be applied to masses in certain conditions.
    • Fixed an issue where Ungroup would result in an "Exception caught" error in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where the dimension readout would be misaligned with the gap in the leader lines.

v16.4

October 9, 2018

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue preventing download of Google Maps satellite image data
    • Note: starting with this version, FormIt for iPad supports only 64-bit iPads. 32-bit iPads (2013 and earlier) will not receive this or any forthcoming FormIt updates.

v16.3

April 6, 2018

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue preventing files from saving in specific cases
    • Fixed an issue where Ungroup All would fail in specific cases

v16.2

January 31, 2018

 Enhancements

    • Improved support for direct-selecting a mix of object types
    • Added ability to filter selections when using the Lasso tool
    • Improved support for modeling using millimeters
    • Improved support for customers using Metric units, including using the previously-set Unit setting as the default in new sessions
    • Improved reliability of tools when modling far away from the origin, including:
      • Drag Face
      • Offset Face
    • Improved functionality of the Spline tool, by removing the limitation that required Splines to be planar
    • Added a Flatten Faces tool 

Fixes

    • Fixed issues caused by iOS 11 incompatibilities, including:
      • Error when using inches symbol in dimension dialogs
      • Crash when importing images
    • Fixed an issue where the View/Navigation menu was unexpectedly hidden in Group Edit mode
    • Fixed an issue where decimals were unexpectedly rounded in Scale and Scale Face tools
    • Fixed an issue where shadows would fail to draw for Groups that were mirrored or rotated such that they were upside-down
    • Fixed an issue where placing primitive shapes inside a rotated Group didn't align with the Group LCS as expected
    • Fixed an issue where Tilt Face and Rotate UI was reversed inside a mirrored Group

v16.1

September 8, 2017

 Enhancements

    • Global Undo/Redo
      • 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
      • When editing a Group, Undo/Redo is still per-Group as before

Fixes

    • Improved the Orbit algorithm to be more consistent, especially with selections that are behind (or partially behind) the camera
    • When importing a model (via File > Import or Content Library) that contains Section Planes, the Planes are now discarded to avoid potential issues
    • Fixed an issue where opening a file Saved with History doesn't restore the histories properly 

v16.0

April 20, 2017

Materials

    • Materials are now organized as a flat list, and update the entire model at once - no longer organized per Group
    • Material edits are reflected live in-canvas for more holistic editing
    • New Material tools
      • Select All Painted With This Material
      • Purge Unused
    • New Material Interactions
      • Which Material is loaded in the Paintbrush
      • Which Material is used in the current in-canvas selection
      • Which Materials are unused in the sketch

      • New helpful indicators in Materials palette

Performance

    • Performance improvements with:
      • File Open/Import
      • Model navigation
      • Group edit/exit
      • Layer toggling

Group workflows

    • Group navigation
      • Group Edit Toolbar
      • Single click/tap in space
      • Exiting Group Edit mode returns you to the parent Group, not the Main Sketch
    • Group hide/isolate
      • Hide elements outside of the currently edited Group

Modeling

    • New Arc by Center, Radius tool
    • Ability to turn off the Ground Plane

Revit interop

    • Materials now translate to your Autodesk Revit models using the new FormIt Converter add-in for Revit 2018

 

 

FormIt for Web

You'll need an updated version of Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge (Chromium), or Mozilla Firefox to run FormIt Web.

Other browsers that support WebGL (such as Safari on Mac OS) may work, but are not officially supported. 

2021.1 (v19.1)

April 29, 2020

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue where Redo could fail in Group Edit Mode.
    • Fixed an issue where the Layers panel would incorrectly indicate selected geometry was on "No Layer" when a Layer was actually assigned.
    • Fixed an issue where Materials with cutout maps would fail to import from the Import Material Library dialog.
    • Fixed an issue where the Content Library would fail to display FormIt thumbnails for a linked local library.
    • Fixed an issue where entering large dimensions in mm and cm units would unexpectedly display the entered number without the correct amount of zeroes, in certain language and region settings.
    • Fixed an issue where the Ground Plane could partially disappear in Group Edit mode.
    • Fixed an issue where the Group Work Plane would Z-fight with the Ground Plane in Group Edit Mode.

Known Issues

    • The search bar in the Material Library dialog has been temporarily disabled. We'll restore this soon.
    • The BIM 360 Docs Content Library will incorrectly suggest adding certain file types, which are not supported. These file types will be supported in a future release.
    • Edges may show through surfaces unexpectedly in Orthographic Camera mode. This will be fixed in a future release.

2021.0 (v19.0)

April 7, 2020

Blog Post

Enhancements

    • Materials
      • Reorganized and improved the offerings in the Material Library.
      • Improved the results when painting Materials with textures onto a surface with smooth edges between facets.
    • BIM 360 Docs
      • Added support for BIM 360 Docs in the Content Library.
      • Account and Project lists are now alphabetically sorted.
      • Added a new green Success message when files are successfully uploaded to BIM 360 Docs.
    • Plugins
      • The Plugin Manager and all FormIt plugins are now available on FormIt Web.
    • Added the ability to toggle to Orthographic Camera. Learn more.
    • Improved the Content Library interface for clarity and consistency with Windows.
    • Entering dimensions no longer requires the Tab key.
    • Section Planes are now excluded when exporting to non-FormIt file types.
    • Added the ability to disable and change the color of the Group Work Plane in Visual Styles.
    • Added a message when export settings would result in no geometry saved to a file.

Performance

    • Materials in different Groups now share bitmap data, which reduces FormIt file sizes dramatically and generally improves performance.
      • Note: files saved in FormIt 2021 (v19.0) but opened in a previous version of FormIt, or converted to Revit using an outdated Add-In, will not display or convert Materials correctly due to this change. Learn more.

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue where the drop-down interface to set a Group's category was disabled unexpectedly.
    • Fixed an issue where Tilt Face would stop correctly displaying and accepting numeric inputs when the widget's orientation was flipped.
    • Fixed an issue where a Material cutout map would be ignored in the composite thumbnail.
      • This fix works for new Materials, or after modifying existing Materials which will refresh and fix the thumbnail.
    • Fixed an issue where Flatten would flip surfaces unexpectedly. 
    • Fixed an issue where zooming or panning could get stuck and exhibit no camera movement in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where Merge was using a different tolerance than expected, failing to merge edges in some cases.
    • Fixed issues with highlight behavior when selecting filtered geometry for Advanced Modeling Tools.
    • Fixed an issue where disabling or enabling Pre-Selection Highlight would not update the canvas until the camera moved.
    • Fixed an issue where selecting faces in Groups would fail to highlight in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where highlighting of identical Group instances would disappear on camera change.
    • Fixed an issue where hitting Enter in the BIM 360 Docs Save/Export gallery dialog file name field would not execute the save. 
    • Fixed an issue where invalid characters in the BIM 360 Docs Save/Export gallery dialog were not handled gracefully.
    • Fixed an issue where long hub or project names could cause BIM 360 Docs interface elements to collide or go out-of-bounds.
    • Fixed an issue where trying to save over a locked file on BIM 360 Docs would result in an unclear message.

Known Issues

    • The search bar in the Material Library dialog has been temporarily disabled. We'll restore this soon.
    • The Layers panel may incorrectly indicate "No Layer" for geometry that has a Layer assigned. This will be fixed soon.
    • The BIM 360 Docs Content Library will incorrectly suggest adding certain file types, which are not supported. These file types will be supported in a future release.
    • The Group Work Plane may exhibit Z-fighting in some cases, including when in Orthographic Camera mode. This will be fixed in a future release.
    • Edges may show through surfaces unexpectedly in Orthographic Camera mode. This will be fixed in a future release.

v18.1

January 16, 2020

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue where FormIt could stop responding when editing a Group containing geometry that extends far into the horizon.
    • Fixed an issue where importing an image would fail.
    • Fixed an issue where some Materials would import with an invalid scale, causing a black appearance unexpectedly.
    • Fixed an issue where Follow Camera and Remove Guest icons failed to display in the Collaboration panel.
    • Improved reliability of opening and saving files across BIM 360 Docs accounts and projects in the same session.
    • Fixed an issue where space characters would fail to display in the BIM 360 Docs save/export dialog.
    • Fixed an issue where exporting an image to BIM 360 Docs would create an invalid image file.
    • Fixed an issue where BIM 360 Docs thumbnails could appear as if no geometry was present in the model.

v18.0

October 30, 2019

Enhancements

    • Added the ability to model using smaller units: millimeters, centimeters, and inches.
    • Added an interactive tool to adjust the position of materials on surfaces.
    • Added a tool to align the camera to the selected face.
    • Improved the connection to BIM 360 Docs, including:
      • Added thumbnails to the in-app BIM 360 Docs gallery view.
      • Added the ability to view FormIt models in the BIM 360 Document Management view.
      • Added the ability to import files from BIM 360 Docs.
      • Added the ability to navigate nested folders when opening, importing, saving, and exporting to BIM 360 Docs.
      • When editing a BIM 360 Docs file, the File menu file list and the application title bar now display a BIM 360 Docs project path.
      • Improved the reliability and behavior of the BIM 360 Docs account/project picker interface.
    • Improved the Set Location experience, including:
      • Added the ability to set the language for map labels.
      • Satellite imagery is now saved to the FormIt file, and will no longer require an internet connection to be reloaded when the file is opened.
      • Navigating manually to a location and clicking “Import Image” in the Set Location dialog will no longer reset the location pin unexpectedly.
      • Importing a satellite image again will now keep the image in the correct position relative to the origin, rather than resetting the position unexpectedly.
      • FormIt now interprets a “best match” address when importing satellite imagery without explicitly specifying an address.
    • Added animated camera transitions between views and tools like 3D View, Align Camera to Face, Zoom All, and Zoom Selected.
    • Zoom All and Zoom Extents now respond accordingly when geometry outside the active Group is hidden.
    • Double-clicking on the middle mouse button with geometry selected now uses Zoom Selected instead of Zoom Extents.

Performance

    • Vastly improved performance when deleting Layers, and when undoing or redoing Layer deletion.

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue where Redo from the Main Sketch would redo operations in the wrong order in some scenarios.
    • Fixed an issue where Undo/Redo would unexpectedly affect operations in deleted Groups.
    • Fixed an issue where copying and pasting geometry between FormIt sessions could result in the pasted Layers being unexpectedly hidden.
    • Fixed an issue where Zoom All or Zoom Selection failed when editing a Group with the context hidden.
    • Fixed an issue where Orbit would move the camera in an unexpected path in some scenarios.
    • Fixed an issue where the Circle tool would unexpectedly change orientation when the radius was edited in some scenarios.
    • Fixed an issue where quick-copying multiple times using the Ctrl key in the Rotate tool could fail or exhibit unexpected behavior.
    • Fixed an issue where placing primitive shapes and Content Library objects would exhibit unexpected orientations when the target destination had a custom workplane.
    • Fixed an issue where faces would fail to highlight inside a Group when the entire solid body was selected.
    • Fixed an issue where Bing Maps would occasionally return an invalid zoom value, causing the Set Location dialog to stop working.
    • Fixed an issue where charts and graphs in the Set Location dialog didn’t use the same units as the sketch.
    • Fixed an issue where some tool widgets didn’t respond correctly to a cursor hover state.
    • Fixed an issue where the cursor icon would fail to update in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where silhouette edges would fail to draw, or would draw in the wrong location, when entering and exiting Group Edit mode.

v17.4

August 27, 2019

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue where hidden Layers may become unexpectedly visible during modeling.
    • Fixed an issue preventing location and satellite imagery workflows in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where entering or exiting Group Edit mode would unexpectedly trigger an "unsaved changes" dialog on app exit.
    • Fixed an issue where tooltips failed to display on the context menu.

v17.3

June 13, 2019

Enhancements

    • Added thumbnails to the BIM 360 Docs Gallery.
    • Added the ability to adjust more Visual Styles, including ambient brightness, contrast, shadow intensity, and sky/ground plane colors.
    • Added the ability to open STL/OBJ files directly.
    • Restored weather stations, temperature graphs, and wind rose charts to the Set Location dialog.
    • Enhanced Group bounding boxes to align with the orientation of the Group’s local coordinate system, and enhanced Non-Uniform Scale to align its grips to the parent Group’s coordinate system.

Fixes

    • Improved interface and usability of BIM 360 Docs dialogs.
    • Improved BIM 360 Docs messaging accuracy and consistency with other FormIt platforms.
    • Improved the handling of units when importing or exporting OBJ and STL files.
    • Fixed an issue where importing satellite imagery could result in a blank image when Bing Maps didn’t have data for that zoom level.
      • FormIt will now automatically zoom out to the next available zoom level, and will provide a message when this condition is encountered.
    • Fixed an issue where importing an OBJ file with many triangles could result in incorrect shadows.
    • Fixed an issue where embedded color information in OBJ files was ignored.
    • Fixed an issue where placing a single Group from the Content Library would not use the Group’s LCS origin as the placement point.
    • Fixed an issue where faces could fail to highlight when selected inside a mirrored Group.
    • Fixed an issue where faces would fail to highlight in other identical instances of the Group being edited.
    • Fixed an issue where faces would fail to highlight when selected as part of a guided selection tool, like Shell Solids and Offset Solids.
    • Fixed an issue where Drag Face (extrude) or Move operations on a solid with flipped faces could result in the solid unexpectedly disappearing.
      • This also generally improves auto-repair for solids with flipped faces, when using Drag Face or Move.
    • Fixed an issue where moving a Mesh containing only edges resulted in the original location drawn unexpectedly while the Move tool was active.
    • Fixed an issue where moving a circle resulted in the boundary curve being unexpectedly exploded into its constituent segments.
    • Fixed an issue where extruding arcs, circles, and splines would result in the final geometry losing the original arc/circle/spline attribute unexpectedly.
    • Fixed an issue where splitting a solid with a cylinder attribute, then selecting one of the split pieces, would result in both pieces highlighting as one unexpectedly.
    • Fixed an issue where shortcuts would fail to work immediately after scaling an image.

v17.1

March 19, 2019

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue where BIM 360 Docs accounts with many linked accounts or projects would be unable to scroll down in the picker to see all available accounts and projects.
    • Fixed an issue where Export locally displayed an incorect dialog indicating the file would be overwritten, when it wouldn't be.
    • Fixed an issue where the "Saving to BIM 360 Docs..." message was not displayed persistently while the upload was in progress.
    • Improved the UI for elevation/orthographic views by consolidating them into one flyout menu.

v17.0

February 20, 2019

Enhancements

    • Significantly improved app loading time, especially when the app was run previously in the browser and a cache from the previous session exists.
    • A new geometry type: Meshes. Meshes are great for improving performance of high-polygon entourage like furniture, trees, people, and signage, as well as complex DWG files. Objects can be converted to Meshes and back with no data loss. Also added Meshes to the Selection Filter menu.
    • Added orthographic elevation views: view your FormIt model in 2D orthographic elevation, and combine with Section Planes to enable section-elevations.
    • Added a Non-Uniform Scale tool.
    • Added support for standalone vertices, and added Vertices to the Selection Filter menu.
    • Added the ability to use Tab to pre-select edge loops on 3D shapes. Learn more about Smart Selection.
    • Added an interactive Sun Editor to visualize the sun's position in the sky.

Service Changes

    • Switched to BIM 360 Docs for cloud file hosting, which enables Open/Save/Export operations to multiple BIM 360 Docs accounts and projects.
    • Learn about this change and how to download your data from A360 Drive.
    • Switched to Bing Maps for Location and Satellite Imagery services.
      • Thanks to this change, Satellite Imagery will no longer be excluded when exporting images from FormIt.
    • Migrated Materials, Collaboration, Energy Analysis, and login services to new Autodesk servers to improve security and stability.
    • Improved the Energy Analysis service, and fixed an issue where running Energy Analysis twice on the same file name would fail.

Fixes

    • Improved performance in large files, especially during continuous operations (Move, Rotate, Extrude, Scale...) and while editing Groups.
    • Improved performance of Undo/Redo operations in large models.
    • Improved performance of Extrude Edges by previewing the result instead of applying the result in real-time.
    • Fixed issues that would prevent FormIt models from opening in some scenarios.
    • Fixed a crash when multi-extruding faces that resulted in a deleted mass.
    • Fixed a crash when quick-copying geometry using Move + Ctrl in certain cases.
    • Improved model lighting calculations, so models should appear slightly brighter, shadows are more accurate, and in the case of imported SketchUp files, ambient lighting should match the original file more closely.
    • Fixed an issue where shadows would not render correctly on the ground plane for certain models, especially those originating from SketchUp.
    • Fixed an issue that would result in shadows not displaying correctly for objects far away from the origin.
    • Fixed an issue where faces would not split as expected in some scenarios, including when offsetting a face and importing certain SketchUp models.
    • Fixed an issue where Shell Solid would result in unexpected geometry when the original solid had split faces painted with different Materials.
    • Fixed an issue where skewed geometry in SketchUp wouldn't convert correctly to FormIt.
    • Fixed an issue where using Cut Geometry to split a solid into two would result in two solids, but the selection tool would still treat them as one solid.
    • Fixed an issue where Levels could not be applied to masses in certain conditions.
    • Fixed an issue where Ungroup would result in an "Exception caught" error in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where Copy and Paste/Paste in Place would occasionally fail when copying Materials between different windows of FormIt.
    • Fixed an issue where the dimension readout would be misaligned with the gap in the leader lines.

v16.3

April 2, 2018

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue preventing files from saving in specific cases
    • Fixed an issue where Ungroup All would fail in specific cases

v16.2

January 31, 2018

Enhancements

    • Improved support for modeling using millimeters
    • Improved support for customers using Metric units, including using the browser locale to determine the default Units setting
    • Improved reliability of tools when modeling far away from the origin, including:
      • Drag Face
      • Offset Face
    • Improved accuracy of area/window selection
    • Improved functionality of the Spline tool, by removing the limitation that required Splines to be planar
    • Added a Flatten Faces tool 

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue where decimals were unexpectedly rounded in Scale and Scale Face tools
    • Fixed an issue where using high-res images for Materials could result in a silent crash
    • Fixed an issue where, after creating or importing a new Material, the Materials Palette failed to switch to the In-Sketch tab
    • Fixed an issue where adding too many Layers or Scenes resulted in the Project Bar getting pushed off screen
    • Fixed an issue where ESC didn't cancel the dimension dialog box
    • Fixed an issue where some materials from the Material Library had incorrect reflection values set
    • Fixed an issue where shadows would fail to draw for Groups that were mirrored or rotated such that they were upside-down
    • Fixed an issue where placing primitive shapes inside a rotated Group didn't align with the Group LCS as expected
    • Fixed an issue where importing via Content Library fails to show Materials in the Materials Palette as expected
    • Fixed missing cursor icon for Swivel
    • Fixed an issue where Tilt Face and Rotate UI was reversed inside a mirrored Group

v16.1

September 8, 2017

 Enhancements

    • Global Undo/Redo
      • 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
      • When editing a Group, Undo/Redo is still per-Group as before

Fixes

    • Fixed an issue where using unsupported image types as Material Bump/Cutout maps would result in a crash
    • Fixed an issue where canceling the Open dialog could result in a silent crash
    • Improved the Orbit algorithm to be more consistent, especially with selections that are behind (or partially behind) the camera
    • Fixed an issue where Spacebar unexpectedly scrolled the Project Bar at the top away from view in Firefox
    • Fixed an issue where importing Images in Web could bloat the AXM file size unexpectedly
    • Fixed an issue where dragging 'n dropping an image onto the canvas didn't create a Material
    • Fixed an issue where importing the same file multiple times, or using the same image multiple times as a Material map, would result in nothing new drawn on the screen
    • Fixed an issue where canceling insert from Content Library prevented insert of the same object the next time
    • Fixed an issue where inserting from Content Library during Collaboration wouldn't draw the inserted geometry for other collaborators
    • When importing a model (via File > Import or Content Library) that contains Section Planes, the Planes are now discarded to avoid potential issues
    • Fixed an issue where 3D offset/shell tools may have unexpected results when the solid has a void
    • Fixed an issue where opening a file Saved with History doesn't restore the histories properly 

v16.0

April 20, 2017

Materials 

    • Materials are now organized as a flat list, and update the entire model at once– no longer organized per group 
    • Material edits are reflected live in-canvas for more holistic editing 
    • Edit Material dialog is movable and Material edits appear live in the canvas 
    • New Material tools 
      • Eyedropper (Ctrl toggle in Paintbrush tool) 
      • Select All Painted With This Material 
    • New Material interactions: 
      • Which Material is loaded in the Paintbrush 
      • Which Material is used in the current in-canvas selection 

      • Single-click thumbnail to Paint selection or launch Paintbrush 
      • Double-click thumbnail to launch Editor 
      • Material names are editable from the Material list 
      • New helpful indicators in Materials canvas 

Performance 

    • Performance improvements with: 
      • File Open/Import 
      • Model navigation 
      • Group edit/exit 
      • Layer toggling 

Group workflows 

    • Group navigation 
      • Group Edit Toolbar 
      • Single click in space 
      • ESC 
      • Exiting Group Edit Mode returns you to the Parent Group, not the Main Sketch 
    • Group hide/isolate 
      • Hide elements outside of the currently edited Group

Modeling 

    • Tapping Ctrl key during Move makes a quick copy (no need to press and hold Ctrl key) 
      • Works also with Edges and Faces 
    • Ability to turn off the Ground Plane 

Revit interop 

    • Materials now translate to your Autodesk Revit models using the new FormIt Converter add-in for Revit 2018 

 

 

Revit Add-In for FormIt

FormIt 2021.0

Revit 2020: v18.1.0.0

Revit 2021: v19.1.0.0

April 8, 2020

Blog Post

    • Converting RFA or RVT data (via SAT) into FormIt now creates FormIt Meshes.
    • Reorganized the buttons in the Add-In to surface the commonly-used tools.
    • Decreased the install size by 83%.
    • Note: FormIt 2021 includes a change that breaks Materials for older versions of the Revit Add-In. Learn more.

FormIt v18.0 (18.0.0.0)

November 20, 2019

    • Fixed an issue where converting FormIt geometry to Revit could partially fail in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where converting RFAs to FormIt would crash Revit in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue where converting RFAs to FormIt would result in an error in some cases.

FormIt v17.3 (1.9.8.0)

June 13, 2019

    • Added support for SketchUp 2019 across all Revit versions.

FormIt v17.1 (1.9.7.0)

March 19, 2019

    • Added support for SketchUp 2018 across all Revit versions.
    • Improved SketchUp conversion reliability across all Revit versions.

FormIt v16.0 (1.9.4.0)

April 20, 2017

    • Added the ability to import Materials from FormIt to Revit (Revit 2018 and newer only).
    • Added error messages which report Group names for identification and resolution in FormIt (Revit 2018 and newer only).
    • Improved success rate of import by automatically cleaning malformed geometry and using DirectShape (Revit 2018 and newer only).
    • Improved usability by "un-nesting" FormIt Groups and creating "un-nested" Revit Families.

Important notes:

    • FormIt 2021 includes a change that breaks Materials for older versions of the Revit Add-In. Learn more.
    • Revit 2018 and newer supports material import, but older versions do not.
    • In Revit 2017 and older, the FormIt converter will attempt to create native Revit solids if they are simple extrusions. Revit 2018 and newer versions do not.