Webinar: 5 Things to Know About Moving to KeyShot 7

In one of Luxion’s first webinars covering the important new features in KeyShot 7, they go over the top five things to know about when using KeyShot 7. This webinar will cover moving from KeyShot 6 to 7 for existing users and provide great insight for those new to KeyShot. Sign up quickly as space is limited!

In this webinar:

  • Getting Started with KeyShot 7
  • Organizing KeyShot Resources
  • Using the New Material Features
  • Viewsets and Studios Explained
  • Working with the HDRI Editor
  • Q & A


Tuesday 8th August 2017
6pm – 7pm (UK)

V-Ray 3.5 for Revit Is Here

Free V-Ray for Revit update includes Adaptive Lights, improved Swarm and Revit 2018 support

This update includes the new Adaptive Lights algorithm, which renders up to seven times faster on some scenes. In addition, Chaos have made several improvements to V-Ray Swarm, the elastic distributed rendering platform, including installation customization, support for Linux and MacOS operating systems and a greater support for a variety of network configurations.

V-Ray for Revit is now available for Autodesk Revit 2018.

For users of V-Ray 3.x, this update is free and available now.

Other new features include:

Revit 2018 Compatibility
V-Ray works seamlessly with Autodesk Revit 2018

New Material Library
Ships with over 500 high quality V-Ray materials. Additionally, the new material library is compatible for use with V-Ray for 3DS Max, V-Ray for Rhino, and V-Ray for SketchUp.

Aerial Perspective in RT
Preview atmospheric haze to distant objects and buildings while rendering in RT.

Material IDs
Mask individual objects for easier compositing and editing in Photoshop.

New V-Ray for SketchUp Update – Version 3.40.03

V-Ray for SketchUp version 3.40.03 includes upgrades to the license server, user interface, light sources, and many more helpful tweaks. Your V-Ray for SketchUp experience will be easier and smoother.

This update is free for V-Ray 3.x for SketchUp customers.

Download The Update

Highlights include:

  • License Server update to version 4.4.
  • Match Viewport mode has been added to the Render Output / Aspect Ratio drop-down menu. This matches the rendered image to the viewport’s aspect ratio.
  • Geometry Type icons have been added to the Asset Editors Geometry list. The icons identify the geometry type even if a custom name has been used.
  • Light Type icons have been added in the Asset Editors Light list. These icons identify the light source type and can be used to enable or disable the light.
  • Side-by-side stereo output layout has been implemented.

E-on Software 3D CG Environment Competition 2017 – Now Open

E-on software, in association with Nvidia, Wacom, HP, Pixologic, ArtStation, CGChannel, CGSociety, Cornucopia3D, Geekatplay, AsileFX, QuadSpinner, Routledge, Gnomon School, Bournemouth University and Ecole George Melies are honoured to invite you to participate in the “3D Environment Competition 2017”.

With judges that are leading experts in the major fields of the 3D entertainment industry, and with over $30,000 worth in prizes, this competition is the biggest they have ever organised!


Competition Overview

Create an image of any kind of environment!

Images can be in any style and genre, realistic or imaginary, as long as the natural environment is visually predominant. You can use imported objects and figures, but keep in mind that the judges will focus primarily on the quality of the 3D landscape.

Main and Academic Categories

For the first time, the competition will have 2 distinct categories, with specific prizes for both.

The main category is opened to every Artist (professionals and hobbyists), and the second category will be dedicated to Students.

To keep things simple, all entrants will submit their entry to the same gallery, however, Students must add an Academic watermark to their submission to be considered for the e-on Academic category.

Learn more from the Competition rules page.

Authorised Software Packages

You may use your application of choice, in combination with any of the e-on software products. This includes any version of VUE (Esprit, Studio, Complete, Infinite or xStream), including the free Personal Learning Edition and the free VUE Pioneer.

You may also use PlantFactory, Carbon Scatter, CloudFactory, and LumenRT or their respective PLEs and trial versions!

The 3D Environment competition is open to everyone, hobbyists and professionals alike. The judging will be based solely on the quality, originality and artistic merit of the images, not on the software used to create them.

In the first stage of the competition, e-on’s Picture of the Day contest team will select 10 finalists from all submissions in each category. The finalists’ images will be displayed on the e-on website, with links to their personal website/gallery. In the second stage, our judges will pick the winners out of the finalists.

Schedule

  • Submission period: June 1 – September 30, 2017.
  • Finalists announced: October 13, 2017.
  • Winners announced: October 31, 2017

Further information can be found here.

V-Ray 3.5 For MODO Released

Chaos have added cutting-edge features to V-Ray for Modo. Their twin-engine rendering architecture is built to take full advantage of the latest CPU and GPU hardware. Users can now render anything and everything, from quick design models to your most detailed 3D scenes.

This update is free for existing V-Ray 3.x for Modo customers and all new workstations licenses are 20% off until 23rd June 2017.

New in V-Ray 3.5 for Modo

  • Adaptive Lights
    Fast new lighting algorithm that speeds up rendering up to 7x faster in scenes with many lights.
  • Improved GPU rendering
    Significant speed improvements, smarter memory management and support for more production features than ever before.
  • alSurface material
    General-purpose shader by Anders Langlands with layered SSS and glossy fresnel reflections — popular for skin.
  • Glossy Fresnel
    New, physically-accurate reflection model.
  • Texture Isolate
    Isolate selected textures directly on your model during interactive rendering for easier texture placement and fine-tuning of procedural textures like Dirt or Noise.
  • Render zoom & Enhance region
    Zero in on any part of your image to fine-tune your renders quickly and easily.
  • Powerful new VFB controls
    Select Materials and items directly in the V-Ray Frame Buffer. Plus new camera controls let you change focus distance and F-Stop.
  • Interactive lens effects
    GPU-accelerated glare and bloom effects that can be enabled and adjusted while rendering.
  • V-Ray scene reference
    Reference and render a complete V-Ray scene file created in any application.
  • Open Shading Language (OSL) Support
    Write your own materials and procedural textures or download and use those developed by the OSL community.


Save 20% on new V-Ray for MODO workstation licenses until the 23rd June!

New PDPlayer Update Now Available

Pdplayer 1.0.7.32 is now available with optimized 4K playback and improved OpenEXR support. This is a free update for current customers.

New features and improvements include:

  • Metadata Viewer – Displays data such as camera FOV, aperture and focal length for DPX and EXR files. (Hotkey M)
  • Multipart EXR – Faster to load and display than multichannel EXRs, and much faster when working with many render elements.
  • Improved OpenEXR support – Now supporting OpenEXR 2.2.0 with DWAA and DWAB compression.
  • Side-by-side stereo – View and playback side-by-side stereoscopic images.
  • Optimized 4K playback – Introducing a proprietary new intermediate .aivf format for multicore disk playback of 4K footage.

PDPlayer 1.0.7.32 is available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

Get the update.

Webinar: VisualARQ 2.0, Flexible BIM for Rhino

Join the VisualARQ 2.0 webinar in one of the two identical sessions that will be held next May 17th 2017:

The webinar will focus on the new features of VisualARQ 2.0 but you will see also an overview of the Flexible BIM features that VisualARQ adds to Rhino:

  • How VisualARQ streamlines workflow + improves architectural design process efficiency within Rhino.
  • How to model with 3D parametric architectural objects, also created from Grasshopper.
  • How to create the 2D documentation out of the 3D model (Floor plans, sections, elevations, schedule tables, areas, etc.)
  • IFC import and export features.
  • Integration with Grasshopper.

The webinar is free and will last about about 1 hour, including the Q & A session.

Maxwell Render V1 & V2 Users – Get 15% Off Your Upgrade

Maxwell licenses  V2 and older *  are reaching the end of their product support life-cycle. This means you will no longer be able to upgrade these licenses or receive technical support for them.

* Offer includes both license seats and rendernodes. Does not apply to Learning Edition, Student & Faculty licenses.

Why Upgrade Now?
Until June 30th 2017 you will still be able to upgrade older licenses to the latest version Maxwell 4. During this period you will exclusively get an additional 15% off the upgrade price. Upgrading will give you access to all new features and improvements.

What happens to V1 and V2 licenses after the 30th June?
If you have a perpetual license, you can keep using it, however, there will be no technical support or upgrades available. This means old licenses cannot be reallocated or retreived.

To move to the latest version, you will need to buy a new Maxwell Render license.

PlusSpec 2017 Is On It’s Way – What’s New?

Below is a sneak peak of just some of the new features that are on their way in PlusSpec 2017:

  • NEW Handrail Tool: Have the ability to add handrails to stairs and balconies
  • IFC Tool; Room Quantities: Feasibility studies for air conditioning, Reporting and Measurements (cubic/square).
  • Beam Tool: Allowing users to add structural and non-structural beams to their models.
  • Load bearing point identifier: Visual identifier that outlines areas where reinforcement needs to be allowed for.
  • Hip Roof Tools: Dutch gable, Mansard, dual-pitch ability, Dormer options, and optimised use of the edit roof pitch tool, allowing users to add and remove roof edits.
  • Sloping Roofing: Trace any sloping roof from 2D or 3D, with the ability to change overhangs mid-draw
  • Create a 2D roof plan: Project your roof plan onto your floor plans,etc.
  • Floor & Ceiling Joist: Add structural steel beams to the model to customise and edit.
  • Joist Tool: Specify more beam/joist types.
  • Windows & Doors: Add architrave lengths to window and door architraves as well as improving existing functions for more customisation and estimating abilities
  • Composite Tools: Add materials/layers to ANY building component (Estimation purposes only).
  • NEW Materials: Added Stramit products to the Australian Material Library (Floor & Ceiling Joist Tools and Beam Tool).

And much more!

FormZ 8.5.7 Update – Now Available

The formZ 8.5.7 update is now available for Pro, Jr, free and student editions. Select Check for Update from the form•Z Help Menu to automatically update your v8.5 software.

Highlights of improvements in this version include:

Modeling:

  • Sub-d Objects now support face colours.
  • 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 Colour 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

Layout:

  • Improved display efficiency of files with a lot of dimensions/notes/leaders.
  • Improved efficiency of updating frame data from modelling.
  • 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 modelling.
  • Layer groups now transfer from modelling.
  • The frame parameters now has a larger list for selecting layers.
  • Frame dialog has been adjusted to list layers in order of modelling 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.

OS X Specific:

  • Palette positions are properly maintained on OS X systems with a second screen positioned above the main screen.
  • The Favourite tools window now works properly on all screens on OS X (not just the main screen).

 

Please note: If you have installed any of the 8.5.7 WIP versions, please delete the WIP application folder and update your 8.5.6 (or earlier) installation.