I have been a loyal user for years, landscaping my arch-viz scenes with FPP for many years. It is the ONE reason I haven't yet abandoned 3dsMax for Modo. FPP has been an indispensable tool, a HUGE time saver when it comes to accurately distributing plant species according to the designers landscape plans.
I just updated to the newest version (I don't always upgrade immediately when new versions are released, so this message comes a bit "late"). "Distribute by Reference" has been removed from the "Items Editor" and placed into the "Distribution" rollout. This almost seems like an April Fools joke or something?? I couldn't believe this when I saw it, because I knew immediately what it meant. I HOPE I am missing some new workflow. But my old workflow is completely useless now. Let me explain-
My prior workflow-
1) import cad blocks (instances) of all tree/shrub instances
2) select a block of each species, with the Object Renamer tool rename all instances to "species here"
3) go to Items Editor, enter subobject mode, click ADD, choose species geometry, choose reference objects, and click "create"
4) repeat step 3 for each species
I could populate a massive site with many species in a very short period of time.
NOW... it seems I have to create a separate Forest object for EACH SPECIES?? And if I want to tweak settings for Geometry, Area, Surface, Transform, Materials, etc.... I have to do this for EACH SPECIES?
PLEASE Tell me I'm missing something?!!?