Start Ray-Tracing, Animating, Shading and Rigging with Modo 13.2

Foundry Modo 13.2

What is Modo?

Modo is a creative 3D modeling, texturing and rendering tool available for Mac, Windows and Linux. With Modo, artists can explore and develop ideas without the steep learning curve.

Modo features an artist-friendly set of tools that let you focus on creation rather than construction. The photorealistic viewport, award-winning MeshFusion Boolean toolset, Python and C++ APIs and flexible tool assembly system all mean that you have total control over your projects.

Out of the box, Modo offers modeling, sculpting, texturing, painting and photorealistic rendering in one cohesive, easy-to-use content creation package, with unlimited network rendering capabilities included.

What’s new in Modo?

The Graph Editor has been improved to include velocity and speed curves as well as additional enhancements.

The new Channel Modifier, Twist Extractor, allows riggers to get the twist of a joint relative to its parent.

AxF 1.1 and 1.4 are now supported, allowing more complex materials and presents to be used in an efficient workflow.

mPath is a new renderer in Modo that enhances speed and quality. The new framework lets users take advantage of modern technical advances without sacrificing legacy compatibility.

If you’d like to know more about the latest features in Modo 13.2, click here.

Modo offers a unique combination of robust tools and a flexible system, including integrated sculpting and retopology functionality. With automated options and supported UDIM workflows, you won’t be stuck with tedious UV tasks either thanks to full integration with modeling and selection workflows.

Express your artistic ideas using brush-based sculpting tools to intuitively rough out volumes and add multiple levels of fine detail with speed. Create convincing materials with drag-and-drop presets or the high library of realistic physically-based materials.

Once you’ve constructed your idea, enjoy photorealistic rendering at limitless resolutions and even use network rendering at no extra cost.

Modo is available now as both Modo Perpetual and Modo Annual from CAD Software Direct.

The Benefits of Vectorworks Cloud Services

Vectorworks Cloud Services

With 2GB of cloud storage as standard, and 20GB for Service Select members, users can view and access Vectorworks files on the go.

If you’re a Service Select member, take advantage of cloud-based hardware to handle your sections, elevations, and renderings so you can continue working on your local machine without interruption.

Using the Vectorworks Cloud Services app from your desktop lets you build a cloud library on your computer. Control the upload of your files, review projects and even link your Dropbox account from directly within the desktop app.

View, manage and share documents from any device with internet access using just a web browser and the Cloud Services web portal.

Use the Vectorworks Nomad app to work on the go. Away from your computer? View, share and sync all of your files from the convenience of your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

The best part? Vectorworks Cloud Services are absolutely free and available to everyone. If you’re a Service Select subscriber, you get…

  • …a boosted 20GB storage capacity
  • …manual or scheduledSheet layer to PDF cloud processing
  • …integrated cloud publishing from within Vectorworks
  • …the ability to publish presentation and construction documents in the cloud
  • …the ability to measure objects in PDF drawings generated on the cloud with Vectorworks Nomad

You can get started right now by downloading the Vectorworks Cloud Services Desktop App or the Vectorworks Nomad mobile app.

Learn with Vectorworks University

Vectorworks University

Gain new skills, fine-tune workflows, and discover new ways to make the most of Vectorworks by training at your own pace. Vectorworks University is a new platform for designers, educators and users across the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries.

Vectorworks has always been known to produce helpful content to support their software, including the Getting Started Guides, YouTube channel and more. Vectorworks University takes things further and offers free online classes and tutorials for all ability levels across BIM, site modeling, entertainment design and more.

So far, the platform features more than 110 hours of content, and this will only continue to expand to include localised content, multilingual support, learning paths and even a certification program.

Vectorworks Service Select members, and those using Vectorworks Cloud Services can log in today by visiting university.vectorworks.net. If you’re already a Service Select subscriber, don’t forget that you can access exclusive training content including the full core concept courses.

If you’ve got any questions or would like a quote for your own copy of Vectorworks, contact us today or find out more at CAD Software Direct .com

ZBrushCore 2020 Available Now

ZBrushCore 2020

ZBrushCore 2020 is out now, and is available as a free upgrade for registered users! If you’re already a ZBrushCore user, you can upgrade for free here.

What is ZBrushCore?

ZBrushCore is a suite of the most essential elements from the full version of ZBrush. It includes everything that you need to get your start and make your mark in the world of digital sculpting and painting. These features are streamlined into a package that is approachable for artists of all experience levels. With ZBrushCore you can sculpt, paint and create nearly anything you might imagine.

Whatever your experience level, ZBrushCore is so natural to use that it’s almost like modeling with actual clay (without mess, but also with the ability to undo!). ZBrushCore’s powerful toolset will allow you to create amazing details with ease, as well as paint and colour your models exactly as you imagine them.

ZBrushCore 2020 is available to buy now at CAD Software Direct.

Opening Times and Christmas Deals

Christmas Deals

It’s been another strong year for 3D modeling and rendering. We’ve seen major releases in Vectorworks 2020 demonstrating considerable performance boosts, KeyShot 9 adding GPU rendering and RealCloth, a Maxwell 5 engine re-write built for speed, and so much more than we can list here.

As always, we’d like to extend our sincere thanks to all of our customers and partners for making this another great year, and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. With both the year and decade drawing to a close, it’s time to send off 2019 in style.

CAD Software Direct Opening Times

Our offices are open as normal on December 23rd, so any orders placed before then will be processed as usual. We will do everything we can to get late orders back to you before the break, and there will be limited order processing between Christmas and the New Year. Otherwise we’ll be back to work and sending out orders first thing on January 2nd.

Christmas and New Year Offers – Up to 50% OFF RRP

Vectorworks

25% OFF All Purchases
Offer until December 31st

Vectorworks Offer

Excludes Service Select renewals, Dongles, Shipping, Reinstatements, and Prorated cost of adding to the service select contract.


Maxwell Render

20% OFF A New Licence
Offer until January 6th

Maxwell Render Offer


Realflow

50% OFF New Licences, 30% OFF Plugin versions
Offer until January 6th

RealFlow Offer


Rhino 6

15% OFF RRP on Rhino 6 Licences and Upgrades
Offer until January 2nd

Rhino Offer


15% OFF the V-Ray + Rhino Bundle
Comes with FREE Affinity Photo
Offer until January 2nd

V-Ray Rhino Bundle Offer


£50 OFF A New ZBrush Licence
Offer until January 2nd

ZBrush Offer


£50 OFF A New Artlantis Licence
Offer until January 2nd

Artlantis Offer


If you have any questions or would like further information, give us a call on 01206 804984 or send an email to contact@cadsoftwaredirect.com

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
from all of us at CAD Software Direct!

Maxon and Red Giant to Merge

Maxon and Red Giant

Maxon, developers of Cinema 4D and a part of the Nemetschek Group, and Red Giant, tool designers for VFX artists and motion designers, have announced that Red Giant will be joining Nemetschek’s media and entertainment division in January 2020.

Both Maxon and Red Giant are already established names in the digital content creation industry. The merge is expected to finalise in January 2020, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions.

“This merger is a major milestone, not only for Maxon and Red Giant but also for the design industry as a whole,” said David McGavran, CEO of Maxon. “Our combined technology and knowhow have the potential to progressively reshape the content creation landscape for years to come.”

“The combination of our companies is an exceptional fit of people, culture and technology.” said Chad Bechert, CEO of Red Giant. “We look forward to working together under a shared vision of how to design powerful and approachable software to serve creative artists around the world.”

Rhino for Architecture Workshop

Rhino for Architecture

Join McNeel Europe and Francesc Salla, product manager of VisualARQ, on a 2-day BIM oriented Rhino workshop for architects, engineers, and designers at McNeel’s Barcelona offices.

Rhino for Architecture Workshop using VisualARQ
McNeel Europe (Barcelona)
3rd – 4th
February 2020
10AM – 6PM


Contact McNeel to Sign Up

The workshop focuses on learning Rhino, VisualARQ, and Grasshopper as a Flexible BIM solution for developing and carrying out an architecture project from the 3D model to the 2D documentation. The workshop will help you improve your architectural modeling skills and parametric design workflow inside Rhino and Grasshopper.

Requirements to join:

  • Basic Rhino knowledge.
  • VisualARQ 2. If your evaluation version expires during the course dates, you can request a temporary license.
  • Rhino 6 for Windows.
  • The course will be delivered in English

Course Fee: €530. Full-time students and university teachers will get a 50% discount (proof of status required). 
Please note your seat is only confirmed once payment has cleared.

Max. Number of Participants: 10 in-class participants + 5 remote. The course will be cancelled 15 days before if the minimum number of participants is not met.

Sign up now by contacting McNeel Europe

25% OFF Any Vectorworks Purchase

Vectorworks End of Year

From now to December 31st, receive 25% OFF any Vectorworks purchase, including new licences, upgrades, add-on modules, Vision, and more!

Find out all the details below and call 01206 804984 or email contact@cadsoftwaredirect.com to get the discount!

As an added bonus, we’ll throw in a copy of Affinity Photo to each order too!

Vectorworks End of Year Sale

Save 25% when you buy one of the following products:

  • New Licences
  • Upgrades (for those eligible according to the upgrade policy)
  • New Service Select contracts
  • Add-On Modules
  • Vision

Ineligible Items: Service Select renewals, Dongles, Shipping, Reinstatements, and Prorated cost of adding to the service select contract.

Corona for SketchUp – What Happened?

Corona for SketchUp

While the latest news surrounding Corona for SketchUp may have been announced way back in 2018, we are still seeing search activity on Corona for SketchUp. Here’s a little bit about what happened, and some alternative suggestions.

In early 2018, the team behind Corona admitted that the SketchUp plugin was not successful due to a small team of developers undertaking work before moving on to other projects. Little progress was made and some development roadblocks surfaced, which combined with limited manpower dedicated to the plugin, pulled the project to a halt.

It was around this time as well that Chaos Group released version 3.6 of their highly successful V-Ray for SketchUp plugin. After seeing where their own project was at, and comparing it to Chaos Group’s offering, the Corona developers decided it best to concentrate their efforts into Corona for 3ds Max and Corona for Cinema 4D – especially as the Corona team have since joined to become part of Chaos Group themselves.

It is a possibility that a unified API for Corona and V-Ray, or a universal export format may appear at some point, but this is far from an official plan so don’t hold out hope on this one.

Corona for SketchUp Alternatives

Fortunately, there are a wealth of renderers for SketchUp.

V-Ray for SketchUp offers easy photo-realistic rendering for artists and designers in architecture, interior design, film and games design as well as visual effects and much more.

Maxwell Render is available as a plugin for SketchUp as well as a standalone package. Maxwell Render provides unbiased rendering for stunning lighting and realism.

KeyShot is a standalone render that can be used with SketchUp files. This is ideal for photo-realistic product shots.

If you’d like to know more about which render is best for you, contact us or find out more at CAD Software Direct.

QuadRemesh Added to Rhino 7 WIP

Rhino 6

The new QuadRemesh command has been added to the Rhino 7 WIP. With it, you can create quad dominant meshes from surfaces, polysurfaces, solids, meshes and SubD objects.

  • Create symmetrical quads along an axis.
  • Accept guide curves to influence the layout.
  • Create a SubD object instead of a quad mesh.

Download Rhino 7 WIP

The QuadRemesh command also has the ability to generate quads along an XYZ symmetry axis of the object, as well as accept guide curves as influencers for topology layout.

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QuadRemesh can also generate a SubD object automatically making it easier to convert your polysurface to a SubD object, or create remeshed SubD objects with smooth rounded corners for rendering.

If you have used the QuadMesh command in the past you will find this new command to be more accurate and much faster.

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You can find this new command by typing QuadRemesh or by clicking the QuadRemesh icon in the SubD toolbar.

Create multiple resolutions for optimised SubD conversion, UV Mapping, 3D Printing, etc:

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Use Symmetry for organised topology:

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Hard edge detection to preserve sharp corners:

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Remesh to SubD to soften hard to fillet areas for rendering:

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Convert Mesh heightfields in to highly optimised SubD objects ready for editing:

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Optimise topology and symmetry of scan data or triangulated meshes:

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Use guide curves to influence edge loops and poly flow:

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