Release of Shaderlight 2.4

New Shaderlight for SketchUp Release


Thanks to the release of version 2.4, SketchUpUsers of Shaderlight can now render faster and more efficiently.

Shaderlight 2.4 is available for free to existing Shaderlight v2 customers.  New users can purchase the new release as a full or timed access license at CAD Software Direct.

This month, users can get 25% off any full price license.

Buy it now!

ZBrush 4R5 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of ZBrush 4R5!

Combine the new Panel Loops with the power of QRemesher (released earlier this year in ZBrush 4R4) and the possibilities for creating complex and efficient parts become endless. ZBrush 4R5 includes usability upgrades including Dynamic Brush Size control, Mouse Wheel support, Quick/Auto Save functions and much more.

With ZBrush4R5, you’ll gain the ability to generate cleaner topology faster than ever before.  ZBrush 4R5 also includes powerful rendering enhancements, including a Posterization setting which creates illustration effects similar to a Photoshop painting.

These are just a few of the highlights in ZBrush 4R5 to see more information click hereZBrush 4R5 is a FREE upgrade to existing registered users.

Click here to purchase ZBrush

Business Leasing Finance now available on 3D & CAD Software

Here at CAD Software Direct we are pretty chuffed to announce that we now offer business leasing finance on many of our products. We’ve been working hard to find a finance company we believe is well suited to professional customers in the design sector – and now we have, we are pleased to be able to help customers spread the cost of their software and hardware purchases.

Finance is based on a minimum order of £1000+VAT and subject to approval.

Our leasing packages allow you to spread the cost of software over a period such as 24 or 36 months. This massively improves cashflow, turns capital expenditure into monthly costs and can improve the overall tax implication of the purchase. Mostly, it just means you no longer have to put two years worth of petrol in the car just to drive it away.

So, if you would like..

Finance on Cinema 4D
Leasing on Vectorworks
Installments on V-Ray and Rhino
HP on a Dell Workstation
etc. etc.
..then get in touch!

madCAM 5 Beta Available

 

There is a new madCAM 5 beta (64-bit) available for download.

http://www.madcamcnc.com/graphic/madCAM_Top_Picture.jpg

Whats new?

  • New Planar Finishing angle from X option. (3X, 4X, 5X and 5Xtra)
  • New Planar Finishing one way climb or conventional option. (3X, 4X, 5X and 5Xtra)
  • New sizable window for the post processor dialog. (3X, 4X, 5X and 5Xtra)
  • New print button in the post processor dialog. It is now possible to paste pictures and print the madCAM report together with pictures. (3X, 4X, 5X and 5Xtra)
  • New option for creating post processor custom variables. (Can be used for temporary fixture offset etc.) (3X, 4X, 5X and 5Xtra)
  • New close button in the simulator dialog. (3X, 4X, 5X and 5Xtra)
  • The simulator stock model will remain when closing and reopening the simulator dialog. (It will only reset when clicking on the reset button) (3X, 4X, 5X and 5Xtra)
  • The simulator is faster when using custom stock models. (New custom stock model restore function when clicking on the reset button) (3X, 4X, 5X and 5Xtra)

Bug fixes:

  • Bug fix for profiling. The profiling functions didn’t work if the flute length of the saved cutter was longer than the tool length.
  • Several bug fixes for the drilling and drill dialog.
  • Several bug fixes for post processor when post processing drill toolpaths.
  • Planar finishing linking. It didn’t work as it should in some cases when using multi threading.
  • The preview button in the simulator options dialog didn’t work. This is fixed now.

There are some videos and a feature list at: http://www.madcamcnc.com/madCAM5.html
To download please use this link: http://www.madcamcnc.com/download_nv.html

 

To buy madCAM or to find out more go to CAD Software Direct.

CINEMA 4D R14 Demo Version Available Immediately

To mark the start of SIGGRAPH 2012 in L.A., MAXON is announcing the immediate availability of the CINEMA 4D R14 demo version. Test incredible new features such as the completely integrated sculpting system, the camera matching functionality and new connectivity to third-party applications. Modeling, animation, rendering and workflow have also been made even better, which lets everyone from motion graphics designers to VFX artists, visualization professionals and more achieve dazzling results even faster and easier than before.

The CINEMA 4D R14 demo version can be activated with complete functionality* for 42 days, including the save function.

Download your CINEMA 4D R14 demo version today!*Limitations of the demo version:

  • All save functionality is disabled (except when activated)
  • Maximum rendering resolution of 640 x 400 pixels
  • No network rendering
  • Limited number of assets in demo libraries (libraries contain hundreds of objects in the full commercial version)
  • The demo version is not upgradeable to a full commercial version
  • The demo version is intended for evaluation purposes only. Any commercial use of the demo version, e.g. for training purposes, is not allowed.

 

ZBrush 4R4 Patch

A patch is now available for ZBrush 4R4

If you have not yet upgraded to ZBrush 4R4 (free upgrade to registered license holders), please follow these instructions instead:
https://www.pixologic.com/zbrush/downloadcenter/instructions

This patch addresses the following:

  • Fixes inconsistent behavior of customized UI buttons and palettes.
  • Updates HD geometry read/write functions.
  • Adjusted ‘Simple Brush’ rendering of applied alpha.
  • Option to turn off LightBox ‘Open at Launch’ setting is now enabled.

How to Update

  1. (PC Users, Only) Browse to your ZBrush 4R4 folder and delete updater.exe, if present.  Do NOT delete ZUpgrader.exe!
  2. Run ZUpgrader or launch ZBrush and click Zplugin>Auto Update>Check new updates.*
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. When update completes, launch ZBrush and activate.  The ZBrush title bar will now say “ZBrush 4R4 P2“.

*Note: For some users, depending on user permissions and network security, the “Check new updates” button may return a script error.  If that happens, simply run ZUpgrader in your ZBrush 4R4 folder.

Cinema 4D R14 Released

MAXON unveiled CINEMA 4D Release 14, (R14) a milestone release of the industry-leading 3D motion graphics, visual effects, painting, and rendering software application. Leveraging more than two decades of 3D graphics programming innovation, R14 delivers breakthrough performance offerings including a new, fully integrated sculpting system, new camera matching functionality, the debut of exchange plugins to two key applications — The Foundry NUKE and Adobe Photoshop Extended — and improved integration with Adobe After Effects. Packed with a number of other powerful workflow feature enhancements, creative professionals – motion graphics and visual effects artists, as well as visualization designers – will benefit from features that accelerate productivity to produce spectacular 3D content more fluidly, and the ability to collaborate with increased efficiency.

NEW to R14!

Easy to Use and Easy to Learn, Stable, Fast and State-of-the-Art Technology

There’s a reason why these terms are included for each Release – and this tradition continues with Release 14! These are the qualities upon which customers have always been able to count and they continue to guarantee the satisfaction of MAXON customers and CINEMA 4D users.

Sculpting

Organic modeling is made easy with the fully-integrated Sculpting system in CINEMA 4D Studio Release 14 and BodyPaint 3D. Transform any base mesh into virtual clay, shaping it with tools like pull, pinch, smooth, knife or scrape. Advanced symmetry tools allow you to mirror a single stroke along multiple axes, and even radial fashion. Fine details can be added with stamps and stencils, and you can apply masks to limit the sculpt to specific regions. You can even organize your sculpt project in a hierarchical layer system, and modify mask and strength options for each layer. Finally, directly texture, animate and render your sculpted mesh, or easily bake it into a low-poly mesh with displacement and normal maps.

Modelling

Model faster and more accurately with new interactive workplane modes, dynamic guides and a completely redesigned snapping system. Easily align your workplane to any world axis, the camera or the current selection, then snap to the grid or adjust global coordinates based on the workplane orientation. Draw linear or planar guides directly in the view, or snap to dynamic guides generated around each component. You can also easily select objects or components by simply painting over them with the right-mouse button pressed.

Animation

Accelerate your animation workflow with enhancements to cameras, dynamics and character tools in CINEMA 4D R14. Quickly morph between camera positions and create dynamic camera animations with the Motion Camera system. Gain greater realism and control over dynamics in CINEMA 4D Broadcast and Studio with aerodynamic forces, plastic springs and breaking connectors, as well as enhanced Xpresso control over dynamics. Give life to your characters with updated rigs and enhanced capabilities of the Character Object.

Rendering

Achieve greater rendering realism and compositing control with CINEMA 4D R14. Simulate wood grain, weathering effects and normal mapping with new shaders. Enjoy faster, more accurate GI calculations with Multiple Importance Sampling and radiosity maps. And, you have even more control over your renderings with color grading in the Picture Viewer and as a post effect, and you can optimize your compositing workflow with the position pass.

Workflow

R14 offers amazing enhancements to exchanges with key applications like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects and Nuke. Now you can manipulate 3D objects, lights and textures directly in Adobe Photoshop. New options have been added for exchanging your 3D scene with After Effects. And, a new seamless connection to NUKE has been added that automatically creates your multi-pass composite, through multi-layer OpenEXR support.

Interface

Work faster and smarter with numerous enhancements to the workflow and interface in CINEMA 4D R14. You’ll enjoy the more attractive and responsive 3D view with new object highlighting and outlining, and improved OpenGL shadows. Easily access commands and add tags using the new spotlight-style Commander. New composition helpers have been added to arrange your scene based on grids or golden spirals, and you can easily choose the focal distance with the new camera focus picker. Arabic speakers will especially enjoy the CINEMA 4D interface in their native language including a specially-designed right-to-left layout mode.

 

To see more information or if you’re interested in buying one of the C4D R13 Products go to CAD Software Direct.