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.

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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.

Maxwell Render 4.1 – Up to 8x Faster with New Denoiser

Today sees Next Limit announce the official release of Maxwell 4.1. This is the first significant update of the latest version of its high-end rendering tool. Aiming to optimise user workflow, and decrease rendering times whilst maintaining the quality Maxwell is famous for, this new version introduces a powerful Denoiser (by Innobright‘s Altus).

The new Denoiser feature helps to achieve clear images at a lower SL, and makes Maxwell up to eight times faster, depending on the scene. Instead of needing to render images to a high sampling level, users can keep it low and let the Denoiser do the job, setting it to denoise at all SLs or at the end.

In addition, Maxwell 4.1 brings a number of new features, fixes and improvements, including:

  • Optimized GPU-handling memory – paving the way to Multi-GPU in a future update
  • Maxwell | Multilight™ Standalone V2 – a FREE tool for light management, now with the possibility for animations and more
  • New Lights panel in Maxwell | Studio to play with light intensity
  • New illumination assets in the Library Panel
  • New material compatibility: MERL, X-rite AxF, Real-IES files

The tremendous performance improvements obtained with the denoiser surpass any previous experience with Maxwell, especially in situations where noise -an inherent problem in truly unbiased engines- requires long render times to clean. This version will also pave the way for many upcoming improvements in GPU rendering, interactivity and cloud deployment. We remain committed to preserving Maxwell as the leading ground truth in rendering technology.

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!

KeyShot Webinar: Advanced Animation Techniques

Thu, June 8th, 2017 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT (6-7pm British Summer Time)

Need more motion in your visuals? Richard Funnell breaks down advanced animation techniques along with the features and settings to optimize your output. Sign up quickly as space is limited!

Topics covered in this webinar:

  • Creating Material Animations
  • How to Structure Advanced Animations
  • Managing multiple cameras
  • Rendering Full Animations
  • Q & A

Click here to register for this webinar.

V-Ray SDK 1.20 Released

This week V-Ray announced the release of an updated and streamlined version of their AppSDK. Improvements include support for node.js 8 and Python 3.6.

The SDK allows large companies and organisations to build custom integrations for their applications and processes. Whether looking for control over a programmatic render process or looking to add beautiful rendering within a wider modelling or visualisation system, adding V-Ray can offer huge benefits in quality and speed of output. If you would like to speak to someone about using V-Ray in your project or software, please contact CAD Software Direct, the UK Chaos partner, who will be able to help with everything from licensing costs to organising support for your developers.

 

Full documentation for the V-Ray AppSDK can be found here.

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.

V-Ray for SketchUp Update Available

Chaos have made some important updates and improvements to V-Ray for SketchUp. Your experience will be smoother and faster, with better results. This update is free to download for all V-Ray 3 for SketchUp users.

New features include:

  • V-Ray Swarm now works with macOS.
  • Denoiser improvements.
  • Added toolbar controls.
  • Viewport improvements

Download V-Ray for SketchUp 3.40.02

V-Ray 3 for SketchUp is Here!

Yes. It’s here. V-Ray 3 for SketchUp is officially released today. With it comes compatibility with SketchUp 2017, something most people have been crying out for. Beyond this there are actually many more substantial changes. With this iteration, V-Ray for SketchUp radically improves live adjustments and utilises GPU power.

As with all upgrades, V-Ray for SketchUp incorporates the latest V-Ray render engine and this includes support for the latest hardware architecture and new and developing graphics card technology. The interface has been rebuilt to be easier and quicker to use, with changes to enhance fast set up. There are also better underlying improvements for error handling and features most people won’t see but which should result in improved stability and performance.

Buy V-Ray 3 for SketchUp

 

V-Ray 3.5 for SketchUp – New Features

  • New UI – Designer-friendly user interface for faster workflows.
  • Material library – Over 200 drag and drop materials for your next project.
  • V-Ray Swarm – Powerful, scalable distributed rendering system that’s simple and fast.
  • One-click VR – Render VR-ready content for popular virtual reality headsets.
  • Section cuts – Create quick cutaways and section renders with V-Ray Clipper.
  • Aerial perspective – Add realistic atmospheric depth and haze.
  • Denoiser – Automatically remove noise and cut render times by up to 50%.
  • Grass – Create realistic grass, fabrics and carpet with V-Ray Fur.

For more information on, save your seat on the V-Ray 3 for SketchUp webinar!

License Changes

Online Licensing
With the release of V-Ray 3 for SketchUp, Chaos will now offer an online licensing option as well as the USB dongled licenses. Electronic licenses are currently not available for upgrades.

Render Nodes
The basic V-Ray 3 for SketchUp Workstation license no longer includes any additional render nodes. For those users taking advantage of v2’s render nodes, it will be necessary to upgrade based on need. Five and ten render node addons are available as standard, more on request.

30 Day Free Trial

If you’d like to try a full featured trial version of V-Ray 3, please contact us.

Upgrading to v3

Free Upgrades (licenses purchased after November 1st 2015)
Users that purchased a new license or upgraded to V-Ray 2 for SketchUp, after November 1st 2015, qualify for a free upgrade to V-Ray 3 for SketchUp. This free upgrade includes one workstation license and one render node.

To process your free upgrade, we will need a file from your dongle. Please follow the instructions to generate a .wbc file from your V-Ray dongle. Once this has been created, please submit your V-Ray upgrade request, choosing V-Ray Upgrade Request as your Enquiry Type. Please include your original order number if you have this.

Please note: Free upgrades can take up to 10 business days to be processed.

Upgrade from v2 (licenses purchased before November 1st 2015)
You can purchase your V-Ray 2 upgrade here. You will receive an email requesting a file from your dongle. Please follow the instructions to generate a .wbc file from your V-Ray dongle.

Can I Still Use My V-Ray 2.0 License?
After upgrading to v3, you will have access to your V-Ray 2.0 license for 6 months.

Older Versions of V-Ray

With the release of version 3, Chaos Group no longer support V-Ray 1.49 for SketchUp and there is no upgrade path from 1.49 to any other version.

Webinar: Artlantis 6 LIVE!

Artlantis 6, the latest version of Abvent’s stand-alone rendering application developed especially for architects and designers, boasts a brand-new physical engine, new lighting options, and other exciting features making Artlantis a clear choice for architects and designers in over 80 countries worldwide.

Join Abvent for a live webinar led by Ildikó Szabó, who will walk you through a workflow demo of Artlantis 6, highlighting all the fantastic new features this latest version has to offer, including:

  • Physical engine
  • Lighting and Neon lighting
  • Site insertion
  • Laser tool
  • Ambient occlusion
  • White balance

Register Now