V-Ray Cloud is in Beta

V-Ray Cloud

V-Ray Cloud brings cloud rendering to artists and designers without the complicated hardware configuration and virtual machine setup. Just render, and V-Ray cloud takes care of the rest for you.

You can join the V-Ray Cloud beta now

 

 

Cloud rendering for everyone
Now, cloud rendering is built right into V-Ray, and it’s as easy as pushing a button. It handles everything for you automatically — from licensing and uploading your scenes to launching virtual machines — so you get your job done fast.

Turn your computer into a supercomputer
What if you could render an animation in the time it takes to render a single frame? Now you can. With V-Ray Cloud, you now have your own personal render farm. And it scales with you for any job that comes your way.

Render while you work
Keep creating. Keep designing. Let V-Ray Cloud do the rendering so you can keep working. And you can render multiple jobs at the same time. Because you’ve got more important things to do than wait.

KeyShot 8 is Available Now

KeyShot 8

The fastest, most powerful software for real-time 3D rendering and animation brings you even more ways to create amazing shots. KeyShot 8 provides the advanced features and flexibility you need to take your visuals to the next level.

With new features like displacement, volumetrics, cutaway, images style and more, it’s a release focused on boosting your workflow, elevating your visuals, enhancing your experience and extending your reach. This is KeyShot 8 – tools that put the emphasis on the flow and less on the work to both save time to keep you creating.

KeyShot HD, KeyShot Pro and KeyShot Enterprise available from CAD Software Direct.

KeyShot 8 Feature Highlights

There are a lot of great new features in KeyShot 8 to help you throughout the process of creating visuals whether it’s creating quick concepts or generating those final product renders. We’ve picked five to highlight for you that will have the biggest impact on what you’re now able to create in KeyShot.

Image Styles

Image Styles is a new feature that allows you to make photographic adjustments to the KeyShot scene in real-time prior to or after rendering. Multiple Image Styles may be created and added to a list for a range of different styles that can then be used in KeyShot Studios. The Photographic option includes adjustments for Tone-Mapping, Curve control, Color adjustments, Background color override, and the ability to apply a Frontplate.

Cutaway

Cutaway is a new approach to creating advanced cutaway graphics which allows you to use parts and 3D primitives to cutaway geometry by assigning the Cutaway material to the object. The Cutaway material also allows you to add and define the Cutaway Caps as a shaded color, the same material as the object to be cut or as a custom material. Additionally, all cutaways may be animated.

Scattering Media

KeyShot now supports the creation of scattering media that allows you to simulate particle scattering and volumetrics such as smoke and fog. This can be used in conjunction with physical lights for visualizing rays/beams of light. With this, you have the option to apply a Density Texture, and apply it just as you would to any other material. Additionally, you can extend the control of the scattering with full support for OpenVDB files applied to the Density Texture as a Volume Map.

Geometry Nodes

KeyShot 8 introduces an entirely new approach to working with geometry in KeyShot. Through the Material Graph, the advance material editor in KeyShot Pro, you now have three new types of geometry nodes (shaders) to modify the geometry of an object with displacement, bubbles or flakes. The Geometry Nodes include:

  • Displace – Displace allows you to modify the geometry through the use of displacement maps (textures). Displacement maps define the topology of a material similar to a bump map but instead of simulating the height of a surface it actually modifies it.
  • Bubbles – Bubbles allows you to modify the geometry by automatically adding spherical cavities within an object. Control is provided over bubble size, variation, density, and limit. Additionally, a texture can be used to define the density of the bubbles.
  • Flakes – Flakes allows you to modify the geometry by turning any object into a three-dimensional volume of square or spherical flakes. Control is provided over flake shape, size, variation, density, and limit. Additionally, a texture can be used to define the density of the flakes.

KeyShot Viewer

KeyShot Viewer is a new, feature-rich application to compliment design reviews, make presentations more interactive, and increase the ability to collaborate. With it, you can open, view and interact with a KeyShot scene in real-time using mouse, touch, pen or stylus to explore the scene or change materials and lighting. You can create Studios and Configurators from within KeyShot for use in KeyShot Viewer as well.

 

Are You Ready For KeyShot 8?

If you’re a KeyShot 7 customer on maintenance, or purchased KeyShot 7 after August 15th, you can upgrade to KeyShot 8 today using your current serial code. If you would like to purchase KeyShot 8 or upgrade your current KeyShot license, please visit CAD Software Direct or contact us today.

 

Register for the “What’s New in KeyShot 8?” Webinar

See the new features like displacement mapping, materials with embedded flakes and bubbles, volumetric materials including volume caustics, liquid interfaces, interactive cutaways, interactive image color and intensity curve adjustments, material ways for advanced product configurations, and much more. We expect this to fill up fast and space is limited, so register quickly!

In this webinar:

  • New Image and Output Capabilities
  • New Material and Volume Capabilities
  • New Lighting and Optics Capabilities
  • New Advanced Geometry Capabilities
  • New Collaboration Capabilities
  • Q&A

Register Here

MacDraft – Easy 2D Architecture CAD Software for Mac

MacDraft

MacDraft Professional is the 2D CAD app that makes floor plan design, architectural drawing and illustration simple on Mac. Create precise and professional 2D drawings in moments, with this easy-to-use, powerful and affordable drafting application. With its precise vector tools, smart units and fully-featured scaled environment, MacDraft is designed to deliver a quality solution, without the steep learning curve.

Jump to “Why Choose MacDraft?”

Looking for a lighter option for personal use? MacDraft Personal Edition is ideal for vector illustrations, brochures, floor plans, postcards and more.

Both MacDraft Pro and Personal Edition are available as just the app, or can be upgraded to Home & Garden, Starter or the Complete pack.

MacDraft Home & Garden features 2 add-on symbol libraries and 3 premium templates, while Starter features 4 symbol libraries and 5 premium templates. If you want it all, MacDraft Compete includes all additional symbol libraries (that’s over 7,500 symbols) and 10 premium templates.

 

Reasons to Choose MacDraft

Speed and Reliability
MacDraft is High Sierra compatible, so all the speed and power of the latest OS is at your fingertips. The latest version of MacDraft is now up to twice as fast as any previous version.

Complete Control
With custom scales and units, layers, export options, DWG support and more, MacDraft gives you complete control over how you design your layouts.

Perfect for Floor Plans, Garden Plans and More
With over 1100 pre-drawn Library items, MacDraft Home and Garden is the perfect design tool to create floor and garden plans with ease.

Time Saving Library Catalog
MacDraft allows you to create your own library of graphics. This is a great feature that can save you hours.

Template System
Choose from a selection of templates, or speed up your design process by creating your own document templates.

Customise Your Interface
Control how your grid, guides and document background look. The pro version also allows you to control you preferences for the document and for particular tools and dimensions.

Easy To Use Vector Tools
MacDraft includes a comprehensive set of drawing tools for technical, layout and illustrative designs. Everything you need in your design tool box.

Smarts Scales & Units
A fully scaled drawing environment and custom scales/units give you everything you need to produce all kinds of drawings and layouts.

Share and Collaborate
MacDraft supports various file formats such as DWG, DXF, PDF and other image types. This gives you the ability to share your work with others and collaborate on design projects.

 

Get started with MacDraft today by downloading the FREE MacDraft trial.

Once you’ve installed the trial, why not get started in the best way possible by watching the online MacDraft tutorials.

MacDraft is available now at CAD Software Direct

Buy or Upgrade to KeyShot 7 – Get KeyShot 8 Free

KeyShot 8

KeyShot 8 is on its way, and for a limited time only you can purchase or upgrade to KeyShot 7 and receive a free upgrade to KeyShot 8 when released.

This is the final chance to upgrade from KeyShot 6 to lock in your free upgrade! Haven’t updated yet? Start using KeyShot 7 today and upgrade to KeyShot 8 free at release – which is just days away!

Buy or Upgrade

Using KeyShot 5?

This is also your final chance for upgrade pricing, plus receiving KeyShot 8 free. KeyShot 5 licenses will no longer be upgradeable once KeyShot 8 has been released.

 

This offer is valid for all new KeyShot purchases and upgrades from KeyShot 5 and KeyShot 6 to KeyShot 7. Versions prior to KeyShot 5 must purchase a new license. All KeyShot 7 upgrades or purchases (excluding add-ons) on or after August 15th, 2018 will receive a free upgrade to KeyShot 8. Excludes EDU products, KeyShot add-ons, and KeyShot for CAD licenses (KeyShot for Solid Edge, KeyShot for IronCAD, etc).

Maxwell for 3ds Max 4.2.3 is Available Now

Maxwell V4 3ds Max

Maxwell for 3ds Max users can update for FREE from the Customer Portal:

https://portal.nextlimit.com/downloads

What’s New in 4.2.3?

Fixed:

  • Maxwell was not available as render engine in 3dsmax 2015 or older.
  • Maxwell Parameters camera panel was missing from Target and Free cameras.
  • The channels’ output formats were including HDR and BMP, which are not supported by Maxwell; it was saving the channels as EXR. Now those formats are not available.
  • Some of the channels’ output formats were not showing in their drop-down menus in Windows 7, as they didn’t fit in the box.
  • 3dsmax was crashing when the Object Properties dialogue was called and Maxwell was not the current render engine.
  • Scenes made with the previous versions of the plugin were not opening in 4.2.2. Now they will. (WARNING: please, notice that most probably the scenes saved with version 4.2.2, which was removed from downloads, won’t open in 4.2.3; the ones made with 4.2.1 and older will)
  • The interface of the new Material Preview Options in the Material Editor, was a bit misaligned and too tight on the sides.
  • 3dsmax 2019 was getting frozen when previewing Maxwell Bitmap in Material Editor in Slate mode and in some particular cases.
  • MxLight target line was disappearing from viewport as soon as the Mxlight gizmo was moved out of the viewport.
  • Some lines in MxLight Projector Gizmo were showing too big or too small depending on the units used in the scene.
  • The radius of the MxLight, Area type, with Geom set to Sphere was not changing in the render according to the radius shown in viewport.

Improved:

  • The falloff and highlight cones of the MxLight Spot type won’t show in the viewport when the light is not selected (so the viewport is cleaner and ligther).

Interested in trying Maxwell? Download the trial here:

http://www.nextlimit.com/maxwell/try/

 

Maxwell Render is available for purchase at CAD Software Direct.

Buy or Upgrade to KeyShot 7, Get KeyShot 8 Free

KeyShot 8

With KeyShot 8 Beta officially starting and the KeyShot 8 release getting closer, now is a perfect time to purchase or upgrade to KeyShot 7. With it, you’ll lock in a free upgrade to KeyShot 8.

Free Upgrade to KeyShot 8

To receive the free upgrade to KeyShot 8, you must purchase or upgrade to KeyShot 7 prior to the release of KeyShot 8.

KeyShot 8 is focused on helping you speed your workflow with improved access to resources and greater control during scene setup, elevate your visuals with new ways to display and manipulate lights, materials, and textures, enhance your experience with powerful capabilities for advanced texture and image creation, and extend your reach with more ways to visualise and share your designs.

Using KeyShot 5? This is your last chance for upgrade pricing, plus receiving KeyShot 8 free. KeyShot 5 licenses will no longer be upgradeable once KeyShot 8 is released.

This is a great opportunity to get up to date with all the speed and features available in KeyShot and ensure you receive a free upgrade to KeyShot 8 at release.

Buy or Upgrade KeyShot Today

Online purchase only. Valid for all new KeyShot purchases and upgrades from KeyShot 5 and KeyShot 6 to KeyShot 7. Versions prior to KeyShot 5 must purchase a new license. All KeyShot 7 upgrades or purchases (excluding add-ons) on or after August 15th, 2018 will receive a free upgrade to KeyShot 8. Excludes EDU products, KeyShot add-ons, and KeyShot for CAD licenses.

KeyShot 8 Sneak Peek

We didn’t want to leave you wondering what’s coming to KeyShot 8, so here’s a short video with highlights of a few of the new features!

Vectorworks 2019: Clip Cube for Viewports

Vectorworks 2019

Vectorworks 2019 introduces clip cube support for viewports and Renderworks modes in design layers and sheet layers.

Previously, clip cube supported openGL and WireFrame rendering modes. However, now you will be able to use clip cubes in any rendered view or style, giving you the efficiency and capability you need to create remarkable sections, elevations, and presentation drawings.

The clip cube option is located in the advanced viewport dialog box, along with other preferences, such as changing the fill and edge color or casting shadows of removed objects. To get the full details check out the video below:

“The new clip cube feature is great. We’ve been waiting for the ability to show clip cubes in sheet layer viewports, and now we can,” said Chad Hamilton, AIA, LEED, AP, principal architect at Hamilton + Aitken Architects. “In schematic design, we can make 3D plan views by setting clip cube a few feet above the floor. Or in design development, we can present sections in cutaway axon views to really demonstrate how things relate to each other. This really expands our tools for design presentations.”

formZ 8.6.3 Update

V-Ray for formZ

We are pleased to announce that form•Z 8.6.3 update is now available for formZ pro and formZ jr.

If you are using v8.6.2 or v8.6.1, you can update your installation by selecting “Check for Update” from the Help menu within form•Z. You can read more about what has changed in the release notes.

If you are using v8.5 or v8.6.0 (or if you experience issues with the software update feature because of a firewall or other connection issue), you will need to install from here:

Click Here for formZ pro | Click Here for formZ jr

 

V-Ray for form•Z image nominated for CGArchitect Architectural 3D Award

Congratulations to TILTPIXEL on their nomination for a prestigious CGArchitect Architectural 3D Award. Their stunning image of the Harbin Opera House by M.A.D. Architects was modeled in form•Z and rendered with V-Ray for formZ.

V-Ray for formZ brings unprecedented rendering capabilities to formZ with superior results in less time. V-Ray for formZ is integrated naturally into the formZ interface allowing rendering to be a part of the creative process.

V-Ray for formZ features GPU and CPU based rendering, a vast material library, stunning lighting effects, stereo and VR headset support, multiple rendering channels, powerful de-noising and so much more.

Allplan Marine and Coastal Civil Engineering Event

Allplan Engineering Expo

ALLPLAN, a leading vendor of BIM solutions for Civil Engineering and Infrastructure projects, is pleased to be supporting this year’s Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering – the only event dedicated to innovating marine and coastal civil engineering from the 12-13th September in Birmingham, UK.

The Marine and Coastal Civil Engineering Expo provides marine and coastal engineers with the latest platforms in the UK to discover and shape the sector. Leading coastal engineering companies come under one roof offering unique opportunity to find, learn and purchase the latest infrastructural and civil engineering solutions available to transform their projects.

ALLPLAN has supported the infrastructure and civil engineering industry for over 30 years and continues to play a key role in promoting digital solutions. Come stop by our stand (4B121) where ALLPLAN will be demonstrating the latest Allplan BIM solutions for Infrastructure and Civil Engineering and show how ALLPLAN supports the entire BIM process with superior and productive workflows.

3 reasons why to come speak to us:

  • Powerful OpenBIM solution for Civil Engineers;
  • Unparalleled modelling of complex geometry and reinforcement capabilities;
  • Fast production of error free drawings and deliverables.

Book Your Free Place Today

What’s On:

We’re speaking at this event! Come and listen to our experts as we discuss ‘Advanced Digital Modelling Capabilities for Marine and Coastal Engineering’.

Title: Advanced Digital Modelling Capabilities for Marine and Coastal Engineering
Time: 11am
Where: Theatre Hall 22
Speaker: Ralph Pullinger

YOUR DIGITAL FUTURE, OUR BIM SOLUTIONS

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BobCAD-CAM Releases New Version 31 CAD-CAM Software

BobCAD V31

BobCAD-CAM announces the release of BobCAD-CAM V31.

“We here at BobCAD are super excited to unveil our latest BobCAD-CAM V31 to the public. The most noticeable change will be the brand new user interface which utilises the more modern ribbon bar style found commonly in most of today’s applications. This is such a vast improvement in the user experience over the previous versions for existing customers and new users alike,” says Greg Myers of BobCAD-CAM’s developmental team.

Version 31 contains powerful new features for designing and machining that benefit 2-5 axis job shop manufacturers. Improvements in this version have touched all aspects of the software.

Redesigned User Interface
V31 is all about user experience, reinforced with a modern, intuitively organised ribbon-style interface. Functions are easily discovered and logically grouped with both icon and text labels for buttons, paired with a contextual ribbon that includes every function needed to complete the job.

CAD – New Geometry Creation Workflow
Enhanced CAD functionality allows you to utilise multiple creation methods from a single feature coupled with a selection manager that aids in the design process. Over 20 new CAD features in V31 makes it easy to get more done in less clicks.

CAD – Construction Geometry
Create geometry with greater ease by utilising construction lines that can be toggled on and off. While they are on, the construction lines can assist you with finding horizontal and vertical, tangencies, intersections and more.

CAM – New Patterns for Advanced Pocket & Advanced Rough
V31 is loaded with more options that reduce cycle times and deliver better finishes. Choose from 5 dynamic cut patterns, including Morph Spiral which can reduce or eliminate direct link moves. Users can also utilise Offset-in, delivering an initial pass away from the finished wall.

CAD-CAM toolpath on supercharger

CAM – Advanced Z Level Finish Linking Position Control
V31 enhancements to CAM operations allow you to control your tool’s starting location for complete control and precision. Additionally, take full control of your CAM with user-defined values or pick from the graphics area. Control tool witness marks and their locations with ease.

New to BoBCAD? Start now with your FREE BobCAD Trial!