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).

What’s New in Vectorworks 2019

Vectorworks 2019

Some greet annual updates with scepticism, some with genuine excitement. Vectorworks provide annual major updates (with free service pack releases throughout the year) and this year sees some significant changes and added features.

There are significant improvements in sections and cut-throughs, Fundamentals loses its access to window and door tools, and there are a range of more minor new features that improve general usability or address gripes.

Changes to Fundamentals

Traditionally, Vectorworks Fundamentals has been pitched as the entry level solution but it has carried within it various tools that are extremely helpful for architectural work. These industry-specific tools will now only be available in design-series packages. The tools that are removed from Fundamentals 2019 are:

  • Walls
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Spaces
  • Columns
  • Stairs & Ramps

Fundamentals users on VSS when 2019 is released will be entitled to a free upgrade to a design series product (Architect, Landmark or Spotlight) and their VSS will increase slightly upon renewal to reflect the upgrade. Fundamentals users without VSS but wishing to move to 2019 will need to upgrade to Vectorworks Architect to have access once again to those tools.

The price of Vectorworks Fundamentals 2019 has been frozen and it’s anticipated that going forward it will continue to fill a role as a good 2D & 3D application, provide a cost effective alternative to AutoCAD but architects and interior designers will find the design series products more useful. Likewise, anyone looking for a BIM platform will need to be working in a design series product.

 

New Features Across the Board

  • 2D Components for Hybrid Objects
  • Image Effects
  • Clip Cube Options
  • Subdivision Iterations
  • Multi-Core Support for Graphics
  • Improved DWG Import/Export
  • Vectorworks Graphics Module Available on Sheet Layers
  • Layer and Class Filtering
  • Improved Flyover Sensitivity
  • Improved Chain Dimensions

 

Industry Series

  • BIM Ready Building Libraries
  • Data Tags
  • Marionette Improvements
  • Bi-Directional Editing in COBie worksheets
  • Improved OpenBIM / IFC Export Options
  • Improved PDF Workflows
  • Improved REVIT Collaboration
  • Section Drawing Creation
  • Object Catalogues
  • Point Cloud Enhancements
  • Space Objects: Non-Horizontal Ceilings and Floors
  • Space Styles
  • Improved Title Block Management
  • Project Sharing Diagnostics
  • Vehicle Turning Simulation

 

Vectorworks Architect

Vectorworks Architect

  • Improved Stairs
  • 3D Site Sculpting

 

Vectorworks Spotlight

Vectorworks Spotlight

  • Spotlight Objects in 3D
  • Introduction of My Virtual Rig (MVR) Open File Format Container
  • 3D Label Legend Improvements
  • Improved Lighting Instrument Tool
  • Projector Screen Creation Mode
  • Spotlight Numbering Command

 

Vectorworks Landmark

Vectorworks Landmark

  • Improved Stairs
  • 3D Site Sculpting
  • Plant Data Sources
  • Planting Plans: UI Enhancements
  • Hardscape Components

 

Vectorworks Designer

 

Vectorworks Designer

  • Improved Stairs
  • 3D Site Sculpting
  • Plant Data Sources
  • Planting Plans: UI Enhancements
  • Hardscape Components
  • Spotlight Objects in 3D
  • Introduction of My Virtual Rig (MVR) Open File Format Container
  • 3D Label Legend Improvements
  • Improved Lighting Instrument Tool
  • Projector Screen Creation Mode
  • Spotlight Numbering Command

 

If you’re interested in purchasing Vectorworks, or have any queries, give us a call or email us on contact@cadsoftwaredirect.com

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.

Shaderlight 2018 Update Available Now

Shaderlight for SketchUp

We are excited to announce the release of a free update to Shaderlight 2018 that includes a number of feature enhancements that improve the usability of Shaderlight.

This update is available FREE to users with a Shaderlight 2018 license. Anyone with an earlier version can purchase an upgrade to access the full features of Shaderlight 2018.

Download the Update

Precise adjustment of environment rotation

The addition of a numeric entry field now makes it easier to get an accurate match of the lighting environment and background image between different SketchUp models.

Warning when closing during render

To prevent accidentally losing the progress of a long-running render, Shaderlight will now warn if you attempt to close the render window while a render is in progress.

Keep Shaderlight ‘Always on Top’

If you select the ‘Always on Top’ setting Shaderlight will now keep the Shaderlight window above other windows between sessions.

Upgrade or Buy Shaderlight today at CAD Software Direct.

Maxwell Render Now Compatible with ArchiCAD 22

Maxwell ArchiCAD 22

Maxwell V4 users can update for free from the customer portal.

If you haven’t tried Maxwell Render yet, you really should! Download the trial at http://www.nextlimit.com/maxwell/try/

You can also buy Maxwell Render at CAD Software Direct. Remember, we’ve also got the Summer Price Drop until August 31st – so now is a great time to get Maxwell Render!

Vectorworks 2019 Teaser – Class & Layer Filters

Vectorworks 2019

Vectorworks are returning again this year with Teaser Tuesday! Here’s your chance for a sneak peek at updates to come in Vectorworks 2019. For the first in the series, here’s a Vectorworks 2019 update that will help you save time and make your workflow even smoother.

Most design files end up with more classes and layers than one can easily manage. In Vectorworks 2019, steps have been taken to increase efficiency by adding the ability to search, filter, and add tags to layers and classes. This means you can instantly find what you’re looking for by typing in a keyword search or using filters to display class and layers based upon specific properties. Watch the video below to see the full capabilities:

“As the amount of data in BIM files increases, it gets harder to find and manage classes and layers,” said Chad Hamilton, AIA, LEED AP, Principal Architect at Hamilton + Aitken Architects. “The new layer and class filters help sort through this information so we can quickly find what we need. This is a huge improvement, especially for offices doing more complex projects.”

Find out more by visiting CAD Software Direct/Vectorworks.

The Latest Release of Cinema 4D is Coming, and it’s a Big One.

Cinema 4D R20

It’s that time again and we’re close to the release of Cinema 4D R20!

Cinema 4D Release 20 marks a huge leap in technology, introducing massive new frameworks that put tremendous power in your creative hands. The possibilities are endless, your creativity is unleashed.

Maxon, creators of Cinema 4D, promise this will be a huge release with very exciting new features. Make sure you read to the end of this one too – we’ve got a great deal you don’t want to miss.

Node-Based Materials

From simple references to complex shaders, you can build extraordinary materials in a node-based overview. Complex effects created via nodes can be wrapped as assets and delivered as simple materials, with just the necessary parameters exposed. Release 20’s node-based materials have the power to change the way you work, whether you directly create amazing shaders through nodes or simply make use of assets shared by those who do.

cinema 4d r20 node

MoGraph Fields

Use more than just simple shapes to control effectors, deformers, weights and more. Fields will revolutionize the MoGraph feature set, making it easy to create complex effects by combining falloffs. You’ll never use Cinema 4D the same way again.

 

CAD Data Import

Say goodbye to conversion woes – most popular CAD formats can be imported with a simple drag-and-drop. Get the models you need, with the quality you want thanks to the robust and flexible import of STEP, Solidworks, JT, Catia and IGES files.

 

Volume Modeling

Better Booleans are only the beginning – create models by combining shapes, splines, particles and noises. It’s all thanks the power of voxels and OpenVDB. Import and export VDB and even use volumes to control MoGraph effects.

 

ProRender Enhancements

The next generation of native GPU rendering is here – and it’s packed with production-level features to help you get the job done. Render sub-surface scattering, motion blur and multi-passes on your super-charged Nvidia PC or your state-of-the-art iMac.

 

CORE TECHNOLOGY

Release 20 continues a push towards modern core technology, with substantial API changes and further development on a new modeling framework.

 

 

 

MULTI-INSTANCES

Manage millions of objects in Cinema 4D’s view by simply switching the Cloner to Multi-Instance mode.

 

 

 

MOTION TRACKER

The power of the Motion Tracker is tamed through key workflow enhancements.

 

 

 

Until August 31st 2018 – Full products, sidegrades and upgrades are discounted by the cost of a Maxon Service Agreement (MSA).

Place your order for Cinema 4D R19 now to get the discount, and you’ll be upgraded by your FREE 1 Year MSA to R20 when it releases! Please note that short term licenses do not upgrade to R20 short term. You will be able to upgrade a short term license to the latest version in the usual way when R20 is available.

We don’t have a date for you just yet for R20, but check in with our blog, Facebook or Twitter and you’ll be the first to know.

Upcoming Vectorworks Events 2018

Vectorworks 2019

Get the most out of Vectorworks by registering for and attending these events coming up this year:

16th-18th September
Plasa London
http://plasashow.com/

Great for: Vectorworks Spotlight

PLASA Show is the flagship international event for the entertainment technology industry which welcomes hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors each year.

 

16th-19th September
Decorex
https://www.decorex.com

Great for Interior Design

Europe’s leading interior design event, offering the finest furniture, lighting, textiles, craft and accessories from emerging and established names alike.

 

18th September
Birmingham City University Student Workshop

 

18th-19th September
Landscape Show
http://www.landscapeshow.co.uk/

Great for: Vectorworks Landmark

Established as the essential trade event, LANDSCAPE attracts garden designers, landscape architects, landscape contractors, local authority landscaping professionals, architects, facilities managers and interior designers from all over the UK and beyond.

 

26th September
CADUser Event TBA

 

2nd October
Vectorworks Annual Design Day
https://www.vectorworks.net/designday2018

Great for: Everything Vectorworks!

The day itself is designed to showcase the capabilities that Vectorworks software brings to help streamline your workflow. Whether you are a current user or wanting to discover how Vectorworks can offer your practice a real alternative for 2D/3D/BIM workflows, there will be lots to hear and see.

 

9th October
Birmingham Event TBA

 

16th October
LI CPD Day, Manchester

Great for: Vectorworks Landmark

Over a hundred delegates and speakers attend a minimum of four seminars on diverse topics in a single day, with plenty of opportunities to network.

 

17th-18th October
Digital Construction Week

Great for: Vectorworks Architect

Innovation and Technology in the Built Environment.  The Exhibition features over 90 hours of free to attend seminars focused on innovation and technology in the built environment.  Plus more than 120 of the most exciting new and innovative companies exhibiting with us.

 

23rd October
Liverpool Event TBA

 

24th October
SBID Meet the Buyers

The SBID 20:20 is a one day annual networking event that brings together the most important designers, architects and specifiers of the international design industry, to meet face to face with the best manufacturers and suppliers of solutions. The event provides a dynamic and lucrative business environment carefully tailored to create, encourage and facilitate synergies that build key relationships.

 

15th November
Construction Computing Awards

The Construction Computing awards or “The Hammers” as they are affectionately known are back for 2018 in what will be the thirteenth running of this annual event. Once again we are looking to showcase and reward the technology, tools and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all sizes. 

 

8th-9th November
CITA Tech Live, Dublin
https://www.citatechlive.com/

CitA Tech Live, organised by Construction IT Alliance (CitA), is a 2-day event with 50 exhibitors showcasing the latest technologies in construction. Along with 8 keynote speakers, the event will have 4 live stages where attendees will be able to see the technology in action! 

 

20th November
Edinburgh Event TBA

 

20th November
FutureScape

The UK’s number 1 landscaping trade event.  The one-day FutureScape event is packed full of networking opportunities, seminars to expand your technical knowledge, and demonstrations of brand new technologies and products.

 

26th November
Kensington & Chelsea College Student Workshop

 

Also upcoming…
SBID Breakfast Meetings to be planned, as well as a Vectorworks event for January/February 2019.

RealFlow and Maxwell Render Summer Price Drop

Next Limit Discount

From now until August 31st 2018, we’ve got big discounts on all Next Limit products including RealFlow and Maxwell Render!

 

Maxwell Render

Maxwell Render

Maxwell Render is 3D rendering software for architects and designers. Legendary for its quality and realism, Maxwell delivers great results via a simple setup which lets you focus on the lighting.

Maxwell Render is also available as a plugin for all major modelling platforms – find yours below:

Maxwell for SketchUpMaxwell for Rhino, Maxwell for MayaMaxwell for 3ds Max, Maxwell for Cinema 4DMaxwell for ArchiCADMaxwell for RevitMaxwell for formZMaxwell for MODO and Maxwell for Rhino Mac.

 

RealFlow

RealFlow

RealFlow is an industry-standard, out-of-the-box fluid simulation software. Fast and easy to use, it is compatible with ALL major 3D platforms. You can use RealFlow for small to large scale simulations, ocean surfaces, body dynamics and much more.

As well as a standalone renderer compatible with all major 3D platforms, RealFlow for Maya and RealFlow for Cinema 4D allow you to work directly within your modeller without breaking your workflow.