AutoDesSys form•Z Jr v8.6




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A fresh approach to 3D modeling aimed at delivering conceptual design and sketching ideas quickly

form•Z Jr, previously called bonZai3d, is an application with a fresh approach to 3D modeling aimed at delivering conceptual design and sketching ideas quickly while still making it possible to carry you to the next level of productivity. form•Z Jr's robust geometry creates models that can be used for construction drawings, photorealistic rendering, and fabrication.


form•Z Jr’s simple, smart, and fun interface reveals unexpected capabilities and tools that complement and enhance creativity. Embedded tutorial videos facilitate the learning at one’s own pace and without the need for expensive training sessions. Intuitive tools include descriptive step-by-step guides and interface hints for a productive workflow. To further explore and exchange ideas, solutions, and problem solving alternatives, the form•Z Jr forum operates 24/7, as a valuable resource from peers who deal with the daily tests of real life projects. In addition, the AutoDesSys technical support team stands by to offer its help as needed.

  • Available for OS X 10.7+ and Windows 7/8/10.
  • Solid and Surface Modeling tools including Booleans, NURBS and Subdivision Surfaces.
  • Native support for 64 architecture on OS X allows for more content craetion.
  • Imports SKP, KMZ, DWG, DXF, DAE, OBJ, SAT, STEP and STL files.
  • Exports DWG, DXF, SAT, STEP, DAE, and STL for 3D printing.


A comparison chart of the form•Z pro and form•Z jr features can be found here.

What's new in version 8.6?

form·Z 8.6 is an update to v8.5. v8.6 uses the same installation codes as v8.5.

  • Product updated to use ACIS 2018.
  • STEP file translator improved (better support specially on OS X).
  • SKP file translator updated. Now supports skp 2016 and 2017 files.
  • SAT file translator updated. Now supports 2018 files.
  • DWG/DXF file translator updated. Now supports 2018 files.
  • FBX file translator updated. Now supports 2018 files.
  • FMZ files saved with versions prior to v6 can now be opened directly.
  • Performance on Mac Pro models using ATI graphics cards has been improved.
  • 3DS export now handles objects with more than 65535 faces or 65535 points efficiently.
  • Deleteing layer groups from the layers palette now works properly.
  • Hatches now work properly on shapes with co-linear points.
  • Zoom Options "Zoom Frame By Center" and "Zoom Frame By Corners" restored for the Zoom Frame tool.
  • Materials palette context menu now has an option to select All Objects/Faces that are assigned a the selected material .
  • Transform options now work properly.
  • Clone options restored to the Transform and Replace tools. Unclone tool restored.
  • 3DS export no longer fails when an object contains a degenerate 2 sided face.
  • The context menu invoked by right-clicking on objects now has options to Select Clone Families, and make the object's Material, Layer, Line weight or Line style active.
  • Undo/Redo now work properly on OS X 10.13 (High Sierra).
  • Auto Save by time interval now works properly.
  • SketchUp Materials now import properly.
  • SketchUp 2017, 2018 Now supported.
  • Export DWG/DXF speed improved.
  • Import KMZ files now works properly.
  • The Reduce tool no longer stops when encountering an object that can not be reduced (when multiple objects are selected).
  • Landform tool now works properly with grouped contour lines (keep same height).
  • Dimensions and text import properly from DXF/DWG files.
  • Certain 3DS files now open properly.
  • Text imports properly from DXF files.
  • Tool names no longer be truncated on certain OS X systems.
  • UI elements are now sized properly on OS X.
  • Section tool now works in Wireframe.
  • Importing certain 3DS files no longer crash.
  • Numerous stability and performance improvements.

What's new in Version 8.5.7:

Highlights of improvements in this version include (but are not limited to):


  • Sub-d Objects now support face colors.
  • Copy/paste now perseveres layer groups.
  • DAE import improved.
  • Opening and saving files to DropBox locations with long path names no longer crashes.
  • Layer groups are maintained with copy/paste operations.
  • DWG/DXF/DWF plugin updated (OpenDWG 4.2.2)
  • Stream Line tool icon now shows properly.
  • Billboard tool now displays properly when changing image files.
  • Define Arbitrary Reference plane tool now works properly in Wireframe.
  • Edge Color Layer override now works with the Material Average option.
  • Show/Hide edges Layer override and Render as Shaded Surface now work as expected.
  • Hide ghosted rendering options now work for dimensions and notes.
  • Redo of Draft Angle operation now works after an undo.
  • High facet count subdivision objects now work properly on Windows.
  • The derive face tool now works properly on faces of subdivision objects.
  • Hide ghosted rendering options now work for dimensions and notes.
  • Various stability and performance improvements


  • Improved display efficiency of files with a lot of dimensions/notes/leaders.
  • Improved efficiency of updating frame data from modeling.
  • Resizing frames no longer leads to crashes in certain files.
  • Printing no longer drops lines from frames.
  • Layers now transfer in the order they appear in modeling.
  • Layer groups now transfer from modeling.
  • The frame parameters now has a larger list for selecting layers.
  • Frame dialog has been adjusted to list layers in order of modeling and the layer list has been expanded and a button added to view the layer the list.
  • Export defaults to polylines (higher order levels now disabled).
  • The line tool now appears in the tool palette.
  • Hide ghosted rendering options now work for dimensions and notes.
  • Line tool icon now shows properly.
  • Various stability and performance improvements.

What's New in Version 8.0.2:

  • Hidden Line Options
  • Wireframe and Shaded Work new interactive options
  • Layer palette context menu
  • Layout Display Options
  • Layout Image and Image Fit

Details on what is new in this version can be found HERE.


Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1.
* Note that the latest service packs are recommended.
See Microsoft’s web site for available service packs.

MacIntosh OS X:

MacIntosh computer with Intel processor.
OS X 10.7.5 or later.
* Note that the latest updates are recommended.
* OS X 10.9.2 ( or later) may be requiered on machines with ATI Video Cards.


Minimum: 1 GB
Recommended: 4 GB+
* Note that complex models or large texture maps may require additional memory.

Hard Disk Space:

Minimum: 2 GB
Recommended: 5 GB+
* Note that complex models or large texture maps may require additional hard disk space.

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