3D Friday is Back! Come and see us June 14th in Colchester

3D Friday

We’re opening our doors again for another 3D Friday this June in Colchester!

For 3D architectural, urban, interior and product design we’ll be showing SketchUp and Vectorworks. To complement 3D modelling, we’ll also have some renderers including KeyShot and V-Ray. We’ll even have a full Oculus Rift setup with KeyVR for you to try demonstrating how virtual reality can be used for business.

If you’re more of an engineer, we’ll have BobCAD available as well as some exciting new software packages to explore.

Our resident fused filament 3D printer will make a return too so you can see how they work up close.

Whether you’re brand new to CAD, or you’ve been using it for as long as you can remember, this is a chance to get together with other designers and CAD enthusiasts to discuss your models, share tips and tricks or test new software.

 

Everyone is welcome and you can find us at:

Colchester Business Centre
1 George Williams Way
Colchester, CO1 2JS

Friday 14th June  –  1pm – 4pm

 

We recommend you use the public parking nearby – Britannia Way, Colchester CO2 7EF.

Leave the carpark and go left, take a short walk up the hill and you’ll find George Williams Way opposite Aldi. Mention at reception that you are here for CAD Software Direct’s 3D Friday where they will direct you to us. We hope to see you there!

Vectorworks Service Select Webinars: Spotlight “What is Braceworks?” and Spotlight Renderworks Styles

Vectorworks Spotlight Braceworks

Sign up today to book your place on these exclusive webinars only for Vectorworks Service Select customers, featuring Vectorworks Spotlight and Braceworks.

 

Vectorworks Spotlight – What is Braceworks?
10:00 – 12:00 (GMT+1) June 7th 2019

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Vectorworks Spotlight – Renderworks Styles
15:00 – 17:00 (GMT+1) June 7th 2019

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25% OFF Vectorworks – Offer Ending Soon

Vectorworks Make the Switch

Make the Switch to Vectorworks to get 25% off PLUS one year of VSS absolutely free! This offer ends on June 14th, so take a look before it’s too late.

There is 25% off for completely new customers to Vectorworks, and there is no limit on the amount of licences you can buy using the offer on your initial order.

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  • Access to maintain releases
  • One-year basic technical support
  • Priority technical support
  • Upgrade to new releases at no additional charge
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Vectorworks Service Select Webinars: Spotlight Quick Light Plot and Spotlight Event Planning

Vectorworks Spotlight Webinar

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Vectorworks Spotlight – Quick Light Plot
10:00 – 12:00 (GMT+1) May 31st 2019

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15:00 – 17:00 (GMT+1) May 31st 2019

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KeyShot Product Rendering Webinar

KeyShot Product Rendering

CGI Pro Tim Feher will take you through the complete start-to-finish process to create amazing product visuals in KeyShot. Register quickly and join in early as space is limited!

Thursday 30th May 2019, 6PM – 7PM BST
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In this webinar:

  • How to set up your 3D model
  • Creating Environments
  • Add your Cameras
  • Adding Image Styles
  • Bringing it together with Studios
  • The top HDRI Editor tips
  • Using the Material Graph
  • Optimise your render settings
  • Using render passes in post work
  • Q&A

 

Webinar: V-Ray for Education

V-Ray for Education

Join this free V-Ray webinar to discover the art of rendering and the career opportunities that lie ahead.

3D Artist Yordan Zarev will host a free student webinar to introduce you to the world of 3D rendering. Join him to discover what rendering is, how it is used in a number of different industries and the fascinating career paths it opens up.

Topics covered will include:

  • What is rendering? 
    You’ll learn what rendering is and be shown what you can achieve with the help of lights and materials. You’ll also get a glimpse of how various industries utilise the power of V-Ray, Chaos Group’s renderer.
  • V-Ray in Education
    Get invaluable insight on how to start with a full set-up without any previous knowledge. Learn how Chaos Group and their trusted partners are helping the education community.
  • Rendering as a tool, rendering as a career
    Learn why rendering skills are important for job hunting, your career opportunities and how to secure your dream job.

 

Session 1
Tuesday 4th June – 10AM – 11AM BST
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Session 2
Tuesday 4th June – 7PM – 8PM BST
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ZBrush 2019.1 Available Now as a Free Update

ZBrush 2019

ZBrush 2019.1 is now available as a free update for all users, and Pixologic strongly recommend upgrading to this latest version as soon as possible. It includes several new features as well as a number of enhancements or fixes within both the ZBrush feature set and various plugins.

How to Update

For users with serial numbers including subscription licenses, there are three methods that you can use:

1 – Close ZBrush, then browse to its folder on your computer. Run the ZUpgrader application that you will find there. Follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the update.

2 – Download the updater application for either Windows or macOS. Place this application in your ZBrush 2019 folder before running it. Then simply follow the on-screen instructions.

3 – Uninstall ZBrush 2019 and delete its folder. Then log into My Licenses where you will be able to download the stand-alone ZBrush 2019.1 installer. Run that to reinstall ZBrush, then (if requested) activate it again.

For floating license users, please have your IT team submit a Support ticket with Pixologic to receive the update instructions

 

Feature Additions

  • A new split mode, which isolates the current SubTool from all others, displaying them on separate sides of the screen.
  • A Screensaver has been added which (after a predefined amount of time) will display curated images straight from the ZBrushCentral.com community. Unlike your operating system screensaver, this one will only affect the ZBrush application window.
  • A new “Groups Intersection” mode has been added to the Smooth Brush Modifiers.
  • GoZ has been updated with support for Adobe Photoshop® 2019, Autodesk Maya 2019 and Autodesk 3DS Max 2020.
  • The FBX format now supports up to 64 cameras at import and export. Imported cameras are listed in the Camera selection list in the Draw palette. FBX will now support up to FBX 2019.

 

 

Plugins

  • SubTool Master, with a new Show Hidden Points function.
  • ZAppLink
  • Scale Master
  • 3D Print Hub, with better handling of large STL files and support for more STL formats on import.
  • Intersection Masker
  • FBX Import/Export
  • ZBrush to Photoshop
  • ZColor
  • Decimation Master
  • Image Plane

 

Improvements

  • A pop-up message is now displayed when exiting Edit mode, asking for confirmation.
  • SubTool folders now support Move Up and Move Down functions.
  • SnapShot 3D with reference images will no longer apply a DynaMesh Boolean process. (Pressing ‘Sub’ is now required for the SpotLight image to be cut out of the DynaMesh surface.)
  • Updated keyboard shortcuts for macOS to now create a Folder with Command+F.
  • Updated keyboard shortcuts for macOS to go full screen with Command+Ctrl+F rather than creating a new folder.
  • Saving and loading files across a network have been improved.

 

Stability and Fixes

  • Ctrl+Shift brushes no longer jump when holding Space Bar.
  • Assigning a hotkey now gives a warning if the hotkey is already in use.
  • Snapshot 3D snapping points now respects canvas Zoom.
  • Support has been added for .jpeg and .tiff image file extensions.
  • Total Points Count display has been improved.
  • Improved Boolean generation.
  • Crease Level slider will update results when Dynamic Subdivision is enabled.
  • Dots display mode is now disabled when Transparency mode is active.
  • Improved stability of the Surface Noise editor.
  • Improved stability when switching rapidly between Edit and Move modes.

 

ZBrush 2019 is available now at CAD Software Direct .com

V-Ray Next for Maya – Update 1 – Available Now

V-Ray for Maya

V-Ray Next for Maya has been updated with great features and a number of important fixes to improve your rendering experience, including:

  • Support for Maya 2019
  • New memory tracking, with memory usage reports so you can optimise your scene
  • Cryptomatte support for VRayProxy sub-objects
  • Faster time to first pixel for quicker render startup
  • ALSurface support on GPU
  • Improved light sampling on scenes with thousands of lights

V-Ray Next for Maya is available now at CAD Software Direct as a perpetual, monthly or annual license.

Read on below for the full changelog.

 

Changelog – New Features

V-Ray

  • Improved light sampling on scenes with thousands of lights
  • Added memory tracking options to V-Ray Render Settings
  • Added peak memory consumption in EXR metadata
  • Added an option for consistent render elements for better compositing. Enabled by default on new scenes
  • Faster translation of mesh geometry
  • Added AppSDK with Python binding to installation
  • Added Lighting Analysis Render Element
  • Added efficient instancing for hair with “dynamic hair tessellation” and “stored in global hair tree” disabled
  • Added matte backfaces output to the surfaceLuminance mode
  • Added inverse exposure texture shader for compensating changes in physical camera
  • Command line interface tool for selecting rendering devices
  • Added an option to automatically exit vray -server if idle after a specified amount of time

Cryptomatte/VRayProxy

  • Cryptomatte support for V-Ray Proxy sub-objects

V-Ray GPU/VRayAISurface

  • AlSurface support on GPU

Chaos Cloud

  • Cloud window allowing direct submit from Maya

VRayLightSelect

  • Added new light select indirect modes

V-Ray GPU

  • Resumable rendering with GPU bucket sampler
  • VRayCurvature support on GPU
  • Support of Glossy Fresnel feature on GPU
  • Added support for CUDA-CPU rendering to the GLSL and MDL plugins
  • Added subpixel mapping checkbox for GPU bucket rendering
  • Support for multiple map channels for TexBitmaps in MtlGLSL
  • Support for the frame offset of the Maya file node when an image sequence is used

Cryptomatte

  • Cryptomatte support for all deep merge modes

vdenoise

  • Ability to apply lens effects in vdenoise

VRayMultiSubTex

  • Added a random “Seed” and “Loop Textures” parameters to MultiSubTex

VRayMtl

  • Added the anisotropy axis and anisotropy derivation controls to the VRayMtl

VRaySun

  • Added the color mode option to the VRaySun

VRayToon

  • Added support for VRayToon in glossy refractions

VRayFastSSS2

  • Added “Color Mode” dropdown in the VRayFastSSS2 material

VRayMtl/V-Ray GPU

  • Self Illumination GI for VRayMtl now visible in GPU-dependent UI

VRayToonMtl

  • Added support for spline interpolation in VRayToonMtl ramps

Misc

  • VRayTriplanar/Viewport 2.0 Triplanar texture projections support for viewport 2.0
  • VRayOSLMtl/VRayMDLMtl Material select support for MDL and OSL

V-Ray IPR

  • Faster updates in IPR when moving heavy geometry

 

Modified Features

VRayProxy

  • Optimized proxy visibility list controls for better proxy node performance in Maya
  • The VRayMeshPreview node will be created during the vrayCreateProxy command, not on an idle callback, making scripting easier
  • Removed unnecessary file reads when loading scene
  • Shader names list generation no longer happens on idle and is now more script-friendly
  • Removed the deprecated “use Maya shader” option from the VRayMesh node
  • Fixed slowdown and many warnings printed when instancing a VRayMesh with missing filename
  • XML material assignment override will now appear in the filepath editor
  • The vrayCreateProxy command will now return a string with the newly created node
  • The Maya Archive cmd will now take into account .vrmesh assets

Cryptomatte/VFB

  • Cryptomatte data channels will not be visible in the VFB, only the preview channel

VRayAlSurface

  • Fixed AlSurface GI contribution going into the SSS channel
  • The global SSS toggle will now affect AlSurface

Chaos Cloud

  • Pre/Post Render MEL scripts are now executed when exporting for Cloud

V-Ray

  • Faster time to first pixel with V-Ray Fur
  • Changed the default frame number separator char to . in PTex baker
  • Automatic conversion from Color to AColor when using -parameterOverride in V-Ray Standalone
  • Added extra attribute for controlling 3dProjection’s number of motion blur samples
  • More informative error messages for image file errors
  • In DR, automatically delete cache_info_portNum.txt on render end if VRAY_LOCAL_CACHE_LIMIT_VALUE=0
  • Fixed inconsistencies with the merge by z-depth mode of deep rendering
  • Temp files are now created with read/write permissions for all users
  • Fixed VRayPlaceEnvTex Ground Projection not respecting Up Vector
  • The Up Vector default value now respects Maya Preferences
  • No longer force-switching to progressive sampler when changing the production engine to GPU CUDA
  • Faster export of user attributes

VRaySoftbox

  • Fixed Softbox not having a swatch preview

VRayMultiSubTex

  • MultiSubTex indexing will start from 1 for new scenes, making randomization work correctly

VFB

  • Save current channel from VFB no longer appends the channel name to the user-defined file name

VRayMtl

  • Fixed some VRayMtl attributes not being listed in the channel box

V-Ray GPU/VRayEdgesTex

  • Show the “Show subtriangles” option in VRayEdges texture on GPU

V-Ray GPU

  • Dome lights will contribute to ZDepthRE

V-Ray IPR

  • More responsive IPR for heavy scenes

 

Bug fixes

V-Ray IPR

  • Fixed crash when stopping IPR while compiling geometry
  • Fixed crashes when switching the viewport subdivisions ON/OFF while rendering
  • Fixed a crash and wrong subdivision of geometry in specific cases
  • Fixed changed material on instanced object not reflected in IPR
  • Fixed a crash with IPR if rounded edges attribute is added to a mesh-clipper
  • Fixed changing the “Use Image Sequence” parameter in IPR crashing Maya
  • Fixed slowdown with viewport IPR caused by an animation rig
  • Fixed flickering in IPR
  • Fixed unhandled exception in IPR when VRayPlane is shaded with direct VRayLightMtl

VRayAlSurface

  • Fixed incorrect render of ALSurface if lighting render element is enabled

V-Ray

  • Fixed Streak particles having wrong transformation
  • Maya on remote desktop crashes on loading specific file
  • Fixed last user attribute not exported correctly in some cases
  • Maya drag’n’drop: added a special case for Windows file share paths
  • Fixed V-Ray not saving output image when data region is empty
  • Fixed wrong export of referenced render elements in batch
  • Fixed fatal error in some cases when starting DR if the host is not found
  • Fixed V-Ray printing an incorrect success message for writing output image with a missing asset in DR
  • Fixed noisy reflections with V-Ray Next for objects with cast shadows on, but visible in reflections/refractions off
  • Fixed refractive objects rendering darker with photon caustics from a dome light
  • Set a min limit of 1.0 to the AA Filter size
  • Fixed incorrect reporting of primitives with embree hair
  • Fixed crash when enabling/disabling reference scenes while running IPR
  • Fixed OSL crashes on post-Haswell processors
  • Fixed EXR files loaded in the VFB not having their integer REs displayed
  • Fixed slowdown on many-core machines with light linking
  • Fixed flickering of distant light sources with the adaptive lights and many light sources
  • Fixed slower adaptive lights with V-Ray Next compared to V-Ray 3.6
  • Fixed incorrect full light select element with VRayFastSSS2
  • Fixed -velocityAttrName parameter of ply2vrmesh not working for Alembic input files
  • Fixed resuming a bucket render resetting the progress to zero
  • Fixed artifacts with matte (matte for refl/refr = off) and adaptive dome light
  • Fixed super bright lens effects when using the NVidia AI denoiser
  • Fixed crash when enabling Bloom/Glare in the VFB while A/B compare is also enabled
  • Fixed bucket artifacts with adaptive lights
  • Fixed error with AI denoiser “Optix does not support cross-frame denoising”
  • Fixed DR may have watermarks if licenses are unstable
  • Fixed transparent objects with “cast shadows”=off rendering black when there is a VRayDomeLight behind them
  • Fixed “Direct visualization” option for caustics not working
  • Fixed aborting render after the last bucket skips saving img_file, keeping unfinished resume file

Misc

  • SamplerInfo Fixed Sampler Info relative coordinate system not working correctly

V-Ray GPU

  • Fixed crash when baking textures with GPU
  • Fixed wrong rendering of rounded edges in Next GPU
  • Fixed wrong Cryptomatte in animation with V-Ray GPU
  • Fixed Volume Grid crashes with VRayFastSSS2 on GPU
  • Fixed missing secondary reflections on CUDA CPU with Stochastic flakes
  • Fixed VRayClipper not working correctly with disabled clip lights geometry and dome light
  • Fixed buckets different in sampling (noise level) with bucket sampling enabled
  • Fixed unhandled exception loop on specific scene when rendering with IPR and turning off lights
  • Fixed wrong worldNormals RE for SSS material hits in V-Ray GPU
  • Fixed a crash when a V-Ray Fast SSS2 material is used inside a V-Ray Override material
  • Fixed wrong normals of VRayLight Plane in V-Ray GPU normals render element
  • Fixed hybrid rendering failing with AI denoiser
  • Fixed Environment ZDepth color not matching V-Ray CPU
  • Fixed crash on render end
  • Fixed DiffuseFilter render element for FastSSS2 rendered incorrectly with V-Ray GPU
  • Fixed crash with XGen

VRayLightSelect

  • Fixed Light select not respecting alpha of a textured light when the texture is constant

VRayProxy

  • Fixed crashes in proxy export of multiple meshes caused by missing UVs
  • Fixed crash when loading huge alembic file with many color sets
  • Fixed a crash when importing alembic with degenerate faces
  • Fixed XML material assignment file not getting transferred in DR
  • Fixed crash when opening a scene with alembic layers
  • Fixed preview bugs with multiple proxies with different settings pointing to the same file

VRayLightDome

  • Fixed error when using Resumable rendering with Adaptive Dome light

VRayMtl/VRayAlSurface

  • Fixed compositing with BlendMtl not matching Beauty

Viewport IPR

  • Fixed slowdown when Hypershade is opened
  • Fixed slowdown when the “Selection Mode” is set to “Box”

VRayMeshLight

  • Fixed artifacts with LightMesh and LightMtl with EnvironmentFog

VFB

  • Fixed Lens effects settings not resetting on a new scene

VRayScene

  • Fixed crash when V-Ray accesses UV-coordinates from an imported .vscene

 

V-Ray Next for Maya is available now at CAD Software Direct as a perpetual, monthly or annual license.

30% OFF New Maxwell Render Licenses – Very Limited Time Offer

Maxwell Render

The International Day of Light is held on May 16th every year to commemorate the anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser in 1960 by physicist and engineer, Theodore Maiman. This year, we’re celebrating the International Day of Light with a big discount on the most precise lighting software around.

New licenses of Maxwell Render purchased on May 16th or 17th will get a 30% discount when MAXWELL30 is entered at checkout.

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Vectorworks Service Select Webinars: Architect Walls and Slabs with Components / Walls and Level Types

Vectorworks Architect

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Vectorworks Architect – Architect Walls and Slabs with Components
10:00 – 12:00 (GMT+1) May 17th 2019

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Vectorworks Architect – Architect Walls and Level Types
15:00 – 17:00 (GMT+1) May 17th 2019

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