In this free webinar, Architecture Industry Specialist Luka Stefanovic will show you how to assess the energy performance of a building at the beginning stages of an integrated design process.
With climate change and sustainable design at the forefront of many people’s thoughts when designing for the future, integrated tools can help your efficiency and decision making. With better insights, architects can make more informed design decisions.
Vectorworks subscription plans are the best way to get Vectorworks at a reduced upfront cost for the length of time you need. They’re flexible, cost effective, and always keep you up to date with the latest features. Choose the plan that’s right for you!
Use Vectorworks Anywhere Use the software in the office, at home, or even on the commute.
Stay Up To Date With The Latest Releases You’ll get instant access to new software releases and improvements as they launch.
Simple Subscription Management Your Customer Portal lets you manage your software licences directly from your own account.
Direct Technical Support As a subscriber, you have access to helpful documentation, tutorials, training videos, and community support forums online. You’ll even be able to speak to someone over email or the phone if you prefer.
Take Advantage Of Flexibility For short-term needs such as temporary staff of one-off projects, monthly subscriptions are ideal. Your subscription will automatically renew each month, but you have the control to cancel up to four days before your renewal date, avoiding charges for the next billing cycle.
Alternatively, annual subscriptions are a cost-effective way to maintain a subscription for 12 months. With a yearly subscription you’ll pay for 10 months and get two months free, versus a monthly subscription, billed annually. As with the monthly subscription, you have the control to cancel up to four days before your renewal date.
Spreading the Cost of A Perpetual Licence
If you would rather a perpetual Vectorworks licence, but would prefer to spread the payments, we’ve got plenty of options available. Find out more here:
Did you know that it’s easy to create technical illustrations and product line art directly within KeyShot? Dynamic product drawings and exploded views are quick and convenient to create by using the same model you used for production visuals. All you need is the Toon material.
Using the KeyShot Toon Material
Using just one 3D model, you can go from photo-realistic render, to technical line drawing or exploded an view for assembly instructions in just a few steps.
Apply The Toon Material
Select either your whole model, or just the part you want to work with, and apply the Toon material. There are 25 Toon presets already available in the KeyShot Material Library, or you can double-click your selection to view the Material Properties windows to select Toon from here.
If you’re using KeyShot Pro, you can change all parts to Toon by going to the Scene tab and expand the Model Set pane. Add a new Model Set keeping Link Materials unchecked. Back in the Material Library, drag and drop a Toon material on the top-level item to see all items in that group change to the Toon material. You’ll see results instantly, and can adjust contours by double-clicking the item with Toon applied.
Adjust the Toon Settings
You can add depth to your design by opening the material’s Advanced Settings and switching Environment Shadows on. These can be further adjusted under the Environment tab.
Increasing the transparency on selected components can help make different parts of the design stand out more than others. To achieve this, adjust the Transparency slider found under the Material properties.
You can also highlight selected parts by changing the base colour. Again, under the Material properties, click the Colour swatch to choose one you like.
Learn More About Toon
The tips above will help you produce great illustrations, but there are many more ways to customise Toon to really make your designs stand out. For the full guide, check out Toon in the KeyShot Manual.
Did you know that VisualARQ 2.8 supports Cloud Zoo to manage floating licenses online? All you need to do is add the license to your Rhino account to use the same license on any internet connected computer!
This latest version of VisualARQ features new plan cut and visibility settings. Objects above or below the cut plane can be displayed in plan views and objects above cut plane can be displayed using overhead attributes.
To see this feature in full, check out the video below:
In addition to Revit 2021 and RTX support, here are the new features you will have access to:
View-specific Settings Render and maintain multiple views with individual lighting, mood and composition. Whether it’s a bright exterior or a night time interior, you can quickly switch between the two within the same project.
New Grass/Fur Workflow Create more realistic furry surfaces, such as grass and fabrics, with the new and extended V-Ray Fur workflow.
Sun Animation V-Ray now adds extra realism to Revit’s Solar Study. Explore and visualise the impact of natural light and shadows on your designs across a variety of time spans.
Batch Rendering Leave V-Ray to render your project images while you are away. Batch rendering helps you to schedule multiple views for rendering with a click of a button.
Transfer Auto Values Reduce the amount of time you spend adjusting renders with automatically calculated exposure and white balance values. Values are now displayed in a single click and can be further adjusted manually.
Colour Assistant V-Ray Colour Picker’s new extension saves time by suggesting a colour shade palette to choose the right colour for your designs
Material Picker Replacing a Revit material with a V-Ray material has never been easier. Pick a surface in Revit view and instantly locate its material in the Appearance Manager.
Whether analysing fluid dynamics or performance, engineers need to create high-quality simulations long before a physical prototype takes shape.
To help engineers gain deeper insights into their designs, Altair AcuSolve and Thea Render — now offer enhanced support for NVIDIA GPUs, which produce incredible performance and speedups.
AcuSolve Enhances CAE Workflows
AcuSolve is a general-purpose CFD software that helps engineers simulate the fluid flow with turbulence and heat transfer of a design. With NVIDIA GPUs, AcuSolve users can perform simulations up to 4x faster than on CPU only configuration.
Thea Render Brings Design to Life
Thea Render, a powerful 3D rendering and animation tool, enables engineers to visualise realistic previews of their work, and the CUDA-based renderer can now deliver ray tracing with the NVIDIA OptiX AI-accelerated denoiser. In addition, Altair Inspire Studio leverages GPU-accelerated AI to reduce the time it takes to render high-quality, noiseless images.
Altair applications use CUDA, the parallel computing and programming platform featured on NVIDIA GPUs, to gain significant increases in speed and throughput. This lets engineers freely and quickly explore designs and make decisions based on more accurate results.
RTX Server Accelerates Computations
In addition to GPU support, Altair announced NVIDIA RTX Server validation of Altair ultraFluidX, an aerodynamics CFD software, as well as Altair nanoFluidX, a particle-based CFD software.
With RTX Server powering Altair ultraFluidX and nanoFluidX, users can design new models faster and more efficiently during the day on NVIDIA Quadro virtual workstations. The same RTX Server can then be used to complete large-scale CFD simulations overnight instead of taking days to compute the data.
When engineers arrive the next morning, the simulations are ready for them to analyse. This allows teams to understand the performance, behaviour and mechanics of their models earlier in the design process — all while using a more energy-efficient computing system that’s accessible on premises or in the cloud.
The opportunity to save 30% on Vectorworks, originally scheduled to end today, has been extended right through May.
You can now save 30% on Vectorworks until May 31st 2020. This offer includes new licences, upgrades, Service Select, add-on modules, Vision and training, whether you’re a new or existing Vectorworks user.
Unlike the other options to spread the cost of a perpetual licence, the subscription allows users to choose month to month if they require the software – or an annual option is available. Vectorworks subscriptions are ideal for users when the length of a project that requires Vectorworks is limited, or perhaps when it’s necessary to add more workstations just for a few months. However, if you expect to use Vectorworks indefinitely, it is far more cost effective to purchase a perpetual licence.
From now until the 8th of May, new users get 15% off RRP on the SketchUp annual subscription!
If you need a few licences, you can take advantage of the deal on up to 5 seats too. This deal is not available when adding seats to an existing account though, as this requires proration not covered in the deal.
Save 15% on Trimble’s MSRP when purchasing up to 5 new SketchUp Pro annual termed subscription seats. Discount only applies to the first year term. Offer available until 08.05.20 11:59 (UTC) through participating resellers only. The promotion does not apply to previously placed orders. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Not valid for SketchUp Pro Classic licenses or any other SketchUp license type, Maintenance & Support fees, or Reinstatement fees. Valid in UK and Ireland only. Non-transferrable. Trimble Inc. reserves the right to cancel or modify part or all of this promotion at any time without notice, for any reason in its sole discretion.