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Review: form*Z 6.0: AECbytes

PostPosted: 06 Dec 2006, 18:43
by Wesley
by Lachmi Khemlani

Link: form*Z 6.0 Review

> form•Z is a full-fledged 3D modeling, rendering, and animation application that can be used to create highly detailed and accurate models across a variety of design fields, including architecture, interior design, product design, automotive design, mechanical design, movies and gaming, etc.

Pros: Ease of use remains unmatched compared to other high-end 3D modeling and visualization applications, despite the continued addition of new features; new object animation capability makes it possible to create complex animations with multiple attribute changes to multiple objects, lights, and the camera in a single sequence; support for 3D color printing with textures; several additional new tools and enhancements in the latest release; includes support for network rendering and multiprocessing to speed up rendering and animation; includes an API for writing plugins and scripts; cross-platform, with both Windows and Mac versions; relatively modest system requirements.

Cons: Does not provide an efficient way to generate 2D plans and sections of a building model, making its use inefficient for architectural design in comparison to BIM applications; limited component libraries for creating building models, requiring the user to model even commonly used objects such as doors and windows from scratch.<