With new features like Interior Lighting, the new Material Graph and Path Animation, KeyShot 6 brings speed and workflow enhancements to the visual creation process. The KeyShot 6.2 release is focused on stability and improvements, with updated importers, more software support, and improvements to network rendering, animation and workflow.
KeyShot 6.2 is a free update and is recommended for all KeyShot 6 users.
In the last few days, Keyshot 6.1 has been released and many plugins have been updated. Please read on for more information..
On the news of Luxion’s patent award for HDR Image editing technology, users of KeyShot Pro gain improvements to the real-time viewing and creation of HDRI environment lighting. The HDRI Editor works by allowing a user to add light sources by adding ‘pins’ to the environment. With KeyShot 6.1, user may now create half-pins – half rectangular or half circular pins. Both new and existing pins may be converted to half pins, by selecting the Half option in the pin properties of the HDRI editor. Along with this capability, the HDRI Editor user interface has been updated for a smoother workflow and users will see significant speed improvements in both navigation and generation of HDR images.
Additional updates include the addition of IES light, point light and area light thumbnails in the KeyShot Library to better display brightness and color of lighting presets. The Toon Material Type now allows greater control over outline and part contours for improved production of visuals for technical documentation. The Anisotropic Material Type now allows adjustment of the Roughness parameter in both X and Y position. For KeyShot Animation, motion blur is now available for cameras as well, in both the real-time and offline rendering modes.
Many modelling application plugins have been updated. KeyShot now supports Sketchup 2016. KeyShot plugins may be downloaded at keyshot.com/plugins.
Purchase or upgrade to V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp today and get a free upgrade to V-Ray 3.0 for SketchUp when it releases early next year. Users who have purchased a license from 1st November will be eligible for the free upgrade.
Chaos will also be releasing a free update tomorrow (25th Nov.) for all V-Ray for SketchUp users which will include full support for SketchUp Pro 2016.
With the Vectorworks 2016 release, much has been improved. In addition to the underlying code being improved for the latest generation of operating systems, there are some seriously useful feature upgrades that will not only improve productivity but can probably reduce the need for, and cost of, other external software.
Point Cloud Support
Horizontal Sections from the Clip Cube
Roof Components and Styles
3D Modifiers for Slabs
Improved Vectorworks Spotlight Objects
Door and Window Improvements
Exciting Site Modelling
Point Cloud Support
Potentially a major step change in productivity, the new project sharing functionality means a job can be split out amongst contributors – with each user’s jurisdiction protected from another user’s edits. Project Sharing enables two core features – version control and task splitting. For some organisations, this is a huge, game-changing feature.
To give an example.. Say you had a project in Dubai. Some team members are in Dubai, others are back in London. The project needs to progress fast, but there’s no way everyone can be on site. Additionally, saving files to a VPN or Dropbox account only goes so far – there are inevitable moments of overlap, or staff are held up whilst another user or team edits the principle job file. Perhaps worse, elements are built separately and some poor soul has to compile them at some late stage. With Project Sharing, this chaos can be avoided. A single project can have multiple contributors, each is protected from clashes with another. There is no limit to the number of users that can be working on a project at the same time. Time zones become irrelevant. Carefully saving files or merging changes is no longer a manual task. The gains are enormous. Take a look at the video for more details – or talk to us about a trial of Vectorworks 2015 if you’re not already a user.
Ideal for those in architectural or civil disciplines, Energos is a built-in building energy analysis tool. Use to improve the energy efficiency of a design, generate information for interested parties or even export for further analysis. For more information, take a look at this article on using Energos in Vectorworks.
Quite a significant modelling addon, now that Vectorworks has SubD modelling, it becomes easy to create more organic forms without the use of external tools.
Cloud Services in Vectorworks Software
If you are on Vectorworks Service Select (VSS), you can now use built-in tools to save project files to Vectorworks cloud storage and publish drawings to the cloud or a DropBox account. These features, combined with the new Project Sharing functionality mean potentially huge productivity gains for users working as part of a team.
Save time on projects that interact with historical structures. Vectorworks 2016 can process cloud point data in an intuitive way. Snap to cloud point data in order to dimension or draw up reference geometry.
Marionette is a visual scripting interface based on Python. Specifically, it’s designed to allow easy creation and manipulation of calculated objects. Users of Rhino may see a lot of familiarity with Grasshopper. If you’re willing to spend some time with Marionette, it can become a powerful way to create organic geometry, develop repetitive forms that adjust incrementally based on a custom formula or use it to apply model-wide adjustments to particular parametric objects.
OBJ and STL Import
Further enhancing interoperability with other packages and systems, OBJ and STL import functionality means it’s just a little bit easier to load in objects from clients, suppliers, colleagues on other systems and object libraries.
Landmark Data Improvements
Small but significant improvements to the interface and live linking with the plant database should make life simpler for anyone routinely using the plant tools and database.
Renderworks Upgrade and Improvements
Easily modify line thickness and ambient light in OpenGL render. Use panoramic JPEG and PNG images as backgrounds as well as HDRI. Speed enhancements in full screen preview rendering and various UI improvements mean Renderworks is easier to work with than ever before.
Create Stage Improvements
Site Modelling Improvements
User Experience Improvements
Database Worksheet Improvements
Horizontal Sections from Clip Cube
Roof Components and Styles
Door and Window Improvements
Greater control over windows and doors including multiple glazing settings, new louvre settings, ‘span-wall’ window feature and other minor enhancements within the UI.
3D PDF Export
Easily export simple or detailed PDFs of your model for clients or collaborators. This incredibly useful feature can save time, reduce in-person meetings and means it’s no longer necessary to go to an external application for this functionality.
DXF DWG Improvements
Improvements to DXF & DWG exporting mean it’s now possible to store mappings and settings of classes to meet external requirements. Save one set of mappings and reduce time on every subsequent export.
Improvements to paving tools, allowing multiple gradients in hard surfaces and variable heights for kerbs and borders increase Vectorworks Landscape 2016‘s usefulness for users creating external environments.
The new hoist tool for Spotlight and Designer users allows hoists to feature as specific hoist objects within drawings and with associated settings – making them easier to create and edit.
To celebrate the release of V-Ray 3.2 for 3ds Max, all V-Ray 1.5 for 3ds Max customers can upgrade to version 3.2 at a significant discount for a limited time. With the release of V-Ray 3.2 Chaos can no longer offer support for V-Ray 1.5 for 3ds Max so now is the time to upgrade!
Purchase today within the ‘Early Bird’ period of the campaign and receive an incredible discount:
Join Francesc Salla, VisualARQ Product Manager, for a fast-paced and exciting demonstration of VisualARQ 1.9. (in English). The webinar will show an overview of VisualARQ 1.9 and will focus on the latest new features and enhancements, including:
IFC Import & Export
IFC Tag and Export options
New Plan View features
New Slab object features
New way to insert doors and windows
New Curtain wall features.
Create columns from 3D and 2D blocks
Overview of VisualARQ Grasshopper Components WIP IV
Who is this webinar aimed at?
VisualARQ users: new and existing users
Rhino users working in architectural models
Architects interested in the BIM workflow VisualARQ adds to Rhino, and the comunication with Revit through IFC file format.
The webinar is free and will last about about 1 hour, including the Q & A session.