Cinema 4D Upgrade Offer

Save hundreds with this limited time offer before March 29th 2019. If you have an old version of Cinema 4D from R19 and before, upgrade to Studio R20 for one price across the board!

Upgrade ANY Older Version Cinema 4D License

This Cinema 4D R20 Upgrade Offer includes:

  • Cinema 4D Studio R20 delivered now via digitial download.
  • 12 months MSA which entitles you to all updates and upgrades as they are released.
  • Premium access to Cineversity.com for one year where you will find thousands of high-quality video tutorials, plug-ins and resources for Cinema 4D.

Visit CAD Software Direct, or give us a call on +44 (0)1206 804984

This promotion applies for UK licenses only and will expire on 29th March 2019.

Vectorworks Promotion: Make the Switch

Vectorworks Offer - Make the Switch

Forget workarounds and complicated design processes that limit your creativity. If your design software isn’t doing exactly what you need it to, it’s time to move to one that does.

Now’s the time to make the move.

If you’re a new Vectorworks user purchasing a new Vectorworks license, you get a 25% discount PLUS a whole year of VSS absolutely free!

Make the Switch >

This offer is running from February 18th to March 29th

 

KeyShot 8.2 Now Available

KeyShot 8.2

Introducing KeyShot 8.2 which current KeyShot 8 users can upgrade to today for free. If you already have KeyShot 8 installed, you’ll be prompted to update to KeyShot 8.2 when you start up KeyShot. You can also go to the KeyShot Help menu and select Check for Updates… to start the update.

If you’re a KeyShot customer on maintenance subscription or purchased KeyShot 7 after August 15th 2018, you may upgrade to KeyShot 8.2 today using your current serial code.

This update has a focus on improving stability and integration with 3D modeling software, but there are a lot more improvements and important new features as well. Read on for the full list of updates and improvements:

Highlights

  • Offline Rendering Pause
  • Interior mode speed and performance increase
  • Vertical orientation for Presentation Mode
  • Shift-key drag-and-drop to add sub-materials
  • Network Rendering for Linux
  • Alembic Vertex Colour/Deformable Curve support
  • Autodesk Revit 2019 Import
  • Updated SOLIDWORKS integration
  • Updated PTC Creo integration
  • Updated Fusion 360 integration
  • Updated Cinema 4D integration

 

Workflow Performance Improvements

You can expect your workflow in scene setup, material application and rendering to flow much better. Users are now able to pause offline rendering at any time, and if you use interior mode, you’ll notice improved speed and performance. Along with this, there are many, many updates and fixes to the KeyShot UI, making elements and actions more consistent and work how you expect them to.

 

More Network Rendering Options

KeyShot Network Rendering for Linux is here. Both Master and Slave can now be installed on Linux. There’s also a silent installation option for KeyShot Network Rendering on MacOS as well as many more Network Rendering improvements.

 

Increased Integration Capabilities

Perhaps the most input provided by KeyShot users was regarding KeyShot integration with 3D modeling software. Too many updates to list have been made, but the top improvements include optimised and updated SOLIDWORKS integration, direct import of Autodesk Revit 2019 files, and support for Vertex Colour and Deformable Curves included in Alembic output.

 

If you haven’t tried it yet, we invite you to try KeyShot 8 and tell us what you think. If you would like to purchase KeyShot 8 or upgrade your current KeyShot license, simply visit our website, or contact us!

Agisoft PhotoScan is now Metashape

Agisoft Metashape

Metashape by Agisoft, previously known as Photoscan, is for 3D spatial data generation and photogrammetric processing of digital images. Metashape is ideal for use in GIS applications, cultural heritage documentation, and visual effects production as well as for indirect measurements of objects of various scales.

Advanced digital photogrammetry techniques, paired with intuitive computer visualisation results in a smart, automated processing system. On one hand, it can be understood by new-comers in the field of photogrammetry, yet also has a lot to offer to a specialist who can adjust the workflow to numerous specific tasks and different types of data.

What’s New in Agisoft Metashape?

Highly detailed mesh generation based on depth maps.
Improved filtering during dense stereo matching helps to reduce noise on the final surface while preserving thin structures within the scene. The new depth map based mesh generation method works directly with depth map data, which allows reconstruction of exceptionally detailed geometry. GPU acceleration support significantly speeds up the processing, while core implementation greatly reduces memory consumption compared to previous versions.

 

Automatic multi-class dense point cloud classification.
Agisoft Metashape is enriched with machine learning techniques to solve the crucial task of higher level interpretation of the scanned data. The semantic classification feature automatically groups photogrammetric points into Ground, Vegetation, Building, Road, Car and Man-made classes.

 

Cloud processing option.
Metashape is optimised for multi-core CPUs and multi-GPU systems for fast generation of results. Distributed processing on a HPC cluster helps to speed up all the calculations for massive data sets even further.

 

Update from PhotoScan to Metashape today. It’s completely free for existing users.

Update to Metashape

Should I Buy or Rent V-Ray?

Rent V-Ray

“Subscription” and “Rental” can sometimes be considered bad words when it comes to software, but they can actually be incredibly handy. Did you know that V-Ray, one of the most powerful and popular renderers for a wide range of industries, is available perpetually, annually and monthly? For example, if you’re looking to buy V-Ray for 3ds Max, but only need it for a few months, or don’t have the budget for the full license – you can rent V-Ray for 3ds Max instead!

Perpetual licenses that you pay for once and allow access to the software forever are nice and simple. If you’re running a business and a certain software package is essential to your daily operation, a perpetual license might make the most sense for you. V-Ray for SketchUp, V-Ray for Revit, V-Ray for Rhino and other “flavours” can all be purchased as perpetual licenses.

However, if you’re finding your software needs frequently change on a project by project basis, or your budget can’t accommodate for steeper upfront costs, it might be time to look into renting. If you decide to rent V-Ray, you can expect:

Lower Upfront Costs

Perpetual software often requires upfront investments which can be difficult for new and small businesses. Renting V-Ray instead would allow access to the software and a considerably lower cost.

Flexible Payment Options

Renting V-Ray would mean you only pay for it when you need it. It is easy to scale software access throughout your projects by adding and subtracting licenses temporarily.

Billing Back to Clients

Renting any software puts you in a better position to pass the cost of software access back to clients by including it as a part of your project estimate. In a way, this would make V-Ray an operating expense, rather than capital.

Bundled Upgrades

By renting software, you’ll be given access to the latest version, rather than the outdated perpetual license you bought years ago. Depending on the cost and frequency of upgrades, renting software could represent a better deal and longer term savings.

Most versions of V-Ray come either as a perpetual license, annual subscription, or monthly subscription. V-Ray Rendernodes are also available as an annual or monthly option.

The latest versions of V-Ray and V-Ray Next are available now at CAD Software Direct .com

formZ v8.6.4 – Available Now

formZ

Version 8.6.4 of formZ is available now. This update improves support for OSX Mojave, as well as many other improvements and corrections. Learn more about the update by following the link below:

What’s New in formZ

If you’re an existing customer, you can update your 8.6 installation by selecting “Check for Update” from the Help menu.

The update is available to re-install from here if you are on version 8.5, 8.6.0, or are having technical issues with the software update.

As for 2019, follow us to be the first to know about the upcoming release of V-Ray NEXT for formZ, as well as the progress of formZ v9!

formZ Pro and formZ Jr are available now at CAD Software Direct .com

Why Use a 3D Mouse?

If you’ve seen a 3D mouse, or heard about them, but don’t quite know what they are and why you should be using one – look no further!

Here, we’ll discuss what benefits there are in using one, as well as let you know the answer to common questions like whether it will work in SketchUp or Vectorworks. We will then explain a little bit about which ones are available, like the CadMouse and SpaceMouse Wireless and SpaceMouse Pro.

SpaceMouse

What is a 3D Mouse?

A 3D mouse is a pointing and control device, just like your traditional mouse, but is specialised for movement in virtual 3D space. A 3D mouse will feature a variety of ways to control models in a 3D environment including multi-axis sensors, accelerometers and even IR sensors.

3DConnexion devices are very popular in professional sectors like architecture, CAD, 3D design and 3D modeling because they feature a rotating cylinder on a base that can be raised and lowered, as well as rotated. This facilitates very intuitive environmental movement and model manipulation that gives the user the feeling of holding the 3D object in their hand.

 

 

How Would I Benefit?

Many designers, engineers and 3D professionals prefer to use a 3D mouse in their work for the simple fact that they increase both productivity and comfort. The ability to manipulate, translate, rotate and scale all at the same time is the best way to interact with a 3D part – which is just not possible with traditional mouse and keyboard.

Using a 3D mouse opens up a “two-handed” approach as well. With your traditional mouse in one hand, and your 3D mouse in the other, you’re able to spread the workload. This not only increases productivity, but over long periods of time spent modeling, using a 3D mouse can greatly reduce the risk or symptoms of RSI.

There can be a short period of time where you’ll need to get used to using a 3D mouse, but it should only take a matter of minutes. Once you’re used to the movements, and have mapped any buttons to the commands you frequently use, you’ll see the benefits straight away. Ultimately, you will feel like you are holding the 3D content in your hand, while decreasing the strain on your usual mouse-hand which leaves you free to be creative.

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Which Software Packages are Compatible?

3DConnexion devices support a huge range of software packages. To name a few, SketchUp Pro, Rhino, KeyShot, Vectorworks, formZ, Artlantis, solidThinking Evolve and solidThinking Inspire are all supported.

Check software compatibility here.

 

Which Are the Best 3D Input Devices?

It depends what you’re looking for when deciding which 3D mouse is best for you. If you’re looking for a cost effective and more traditional mouse, the CadMouse will serve you well. Featuring a high precision laser with 8.200 dpi and CAD specific features, CadMouse and CadMouse Wireless give a comfortable an efficient workflow.

For true, intuitive 3D manipulation, the SpaceMouse Compact wired or wireless would be the way to go. 3D navigation that cannot be experienced using a standard mouse and keyboard makes this the idea tool for engineers, architects and designers. Push, pull, twist or tilt to pan, zoom and rotate your 3D models.

If you want everything a 3D mouse has to offer – the highest level of performance – look no further than the SpaceMouse Enterprise (pictured below). In addition to full 3D manipulation , you have 12 intelligent function keys, colour LCDs for key assignment, quick-view keys, keyboard modifiers and an ergonomic full-size soft-coated hand rest.

Interested in a 3D CAD Mouse? A variety of 3D CAD input devices are available now at CAD Software Direct typically on next working day delivery in the UK!

A New Year with SketchUp Pro

SketchUp Pro 2018

A section-slice animation

Skill Builder – Animating a Section Slice

Learn how to animate a slice through your model by following along with this tutorial on the official SketchUp YouTube channel.

Watch the video >

 

Pop culture props modeled in SketchUp

Watch SketchUp Modeling – Live!

Cast your vote now to help decide what object will be modeled live on Twitch in a few weeks.

Cast your vote >

 

A Star War’s Hoth hanger

Low Polygons, Big Worlds

Game artist and illustrator, Rodrigo Oliveira Cerci, creates 2D pixel art that starts in SketchUp. Meet his eclectic characters and take a tour of the low-polygon design world.

Read more >

 

3D Basecamp 2018

Reliving 3D Basecamp

In 2020, 3D Basecamp will be stopping in Vancouver. For now, relive 3D Basecamp 2018 over on YouTube.

Watch the video >

 

SketchUp Pro 2018 is available now (including 1 year’s FREE maintenance and support) at CAD Software Direct.

Christmas Deals 2018

Christmas Deals

As another year full of new releases, improved workflows and big projects draws to a close, we’re wrapping things up with discounts across a whole range of 3D modeling and rendering software.

CAD & 3D Christmas Offers

Thank you to all our customers and partners that have continued to support us this year.

All of us at CAD Software Direct wish you a Happy Christmas and great success throughout the year to come.

Save on SU Podium Browser before January 1st 2019

SU Podium Browser

Podium Browser has been steadily growing over the years, and has evolved into what it is now – a time-saving resource with over 20,000 render-ready furnishings, materials, lights and more. To reflect these improvements, Podium Browser will be increasing to $79 RRP on January 1st 2019.

Save on SU Podium Browser before the end of the year!

Working with holiday spirit? A large set of Christmas assemblies, tree and winter decorations are available now!

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