30% OFF Vectorworks this April

Vectorworks April Offer

With the current situation, working from home means some people are needing additional licences to tide them over. If you’re one of these people, or if you’re just looking to add to your team, or even get started with Vectorworks, then this offer is for you!

Save on Vectorworks

Get 30% off any Vectorworks purchase this April including new licences, upgrades, Service Select, add-on modules, Vision and training whether you’re a new or existing Vectorworks user.

If you’re having any difficulty accessing licences while working remotely at this time, please contact us and we will help explore your options.

Service Select renewals, dongles, shipping, reinstatement fees and subscriptions are excluded from this offer.

Enscape is now compatible with Vectorworks

Enscape Vectorworks

With the public beta available now, Enscape works with Vectorworks for Windows users – free until October 2020!

Join the Free Beta

Enscape boosts your workflow to give you more time to create and innovate, helping you visualise as you design, export high quality images and review your designs in virtual reality.

Vectorworks users can achieve great results with just one click. Download Enscape 2.7.1 to run a beta version of Enscape with Vectorworks for free until October 2020.

And for all you SketchUp users, Enscape 2.7.1 now supports SketchUp 2020!

Join the Free Beta

Essential Guide to C# Scripting for Grasshopper

Grasshopper Scripting

If you’re a designer using Rhino, and you’re experienced in Grasshopper visual scripting, then take your skills to the next level by creating your own custom scripts using C#!

McNeel have created a free PDF file with Grasshopper examples which you can download here.

The guide does not assume you have any background in programming, so it’s suitable for all experience levels willing to learn. It includes a description of the C# component in Grasshopper, an overview of C# programming basics, and a detailed review of the RhinoCommon geometry. It also includes a few examples of design algorithms implemented using C# in Grasshopper.

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Working Remotely with CAD Software

Working Remotely

In the current situation, more and more people are working remotely to keep business running as normal. At this unusual time, you might be unsure of how to keep using your CAD programs. Read on to find out how to move licences in popular programs, or how you can connect to the office without moving anything over.

Depending on your software, you may simply be able to download it at home and log in using your email address to gain access. Other programs require you deactivate one computer before moving it to another. Read on for information about the differences between some of these programs.

If you don’t want to deal with moving licences, buying extra licences, or if you know that your temporary computer isn’t powerful enough to work on, jump to this section.

SketchUp

If you sign in to SketchUp using your email address:

You can download and install SketchUp to your temporary computer and sign in as normal. If you have already used all your available activations, you may need to deauthorise unused ones in your Trimble Account.

If you have a serial and authorisation code:

Follow the instructions on the link below, and then add your licence as normal to the new installation: https://support.cadsoftwaredirect.com/portal/kb/articles/removing-my-sketchup-license

Vectorworks

You can remove your serial number from Vectorworks to release it for use on another computer. To do this, follow the instructions found here: https://app-help.vectorworks.net/2020/eng/VW2020_Guide/Start/Adding_and_removing_serial_numbers.htm

V-Ray

You can install V-Ray onto as many computers that you own as you like. Install as normal and sign in with your username and password when prompted. Note that you may need to ensure V-Ray back at the office is closed so your licence is available for use elsewhere.

KeyShot

You can deactivate your KeyShot licence and transfer it to your home computer. To do this, please follow the instructions found here: https://support.cadsoftwaredirect.com/portal/kb/articles/how-do-i-move-my-keyshot-license-to-another-computer

We can also provide a fully featured 30-day trial to help while you work from home. Request a trial.

Rhino

You can use the CloudZoo the access your licence from any computer with an internet connection. To find out how to migrate your licence to the Cloud Zoo, read this article – https://wiki.mcneel.com/zoo/to-cloud-zoo

Also, here are the instructions to convert a standalone Rhino to use the CloudZoo – https://wiki.mcneel.com/rhino/6/change-license

formZ

AutoDesSys have released the following statement:

“We are happy to provide free extra form•Z installations for individuals and companies who need additional capacity to accommodate work from home during these unprecedented times. Please email support@formZ.com with your form•Z serial number and we will add extra installation slots to your form•Z v8.6 or v9.0 license. These extra installations will remain in place until the crisis abates.”

Orca3D

There are a number of options for using Orca3D remotely:

  1. If you have a network license and can access the computer that hosts your Orca3D license server through a VPN, Orca3D should work normally.
  2. If you have a network license but cannot access the server via VPN, you can “check out” a roaming license, which is essentially a time-limited standalone license. Instructions for setting this up are on page 21 of the Orca3D Installation Instructions. Note that this is limited to the number of network licenses that you have; if you need more licenses for you and your colleagues, see #5.
  3. If you are a student or instructor at an institution which has a Lab (network) License and you’re not able to access the license through one of these methods, please contact Orca and they will provide a temporary license to you at no charge.
  4. If you have a standalone license on your office computer, you can use the same License Key to activate Orca3D on your home computer. The Copyminder system allows installation on multiple computers like this, as long as it does not happen frequently and the license isn’t used on both computers within a certain period of time of one another. Therefore, when you are able to return to your office, you should uninstall Orca3D from your home computer. If the license becomes “locked” because it has been installed too many times, simply contact Orca and they will reset it. If you don’t know your License Key, contact us and we will look it up for you.
  5. If any of these options aren’t suitable or convenient, or you need more licenses for your staff during this time of working remotely, please contact Orca and they will provide temporary standalone licenses to you at no charge.

If you have had Orca3D installed on your home computer in the past (for example, an evaluation license), you will need to follow these steps for a new installation. Step #2 is important; otherwise you will not be given the opportunity to enter a License Key.

a. Using Control Panel, uninstall Orca3D

b. Delete the folder:c:\ProgramData\BCO\Orca3DV1 for Version 1, or c:\ProgramData\BCO\Orca3DV2 for Version 2

c. Install Orca3D. The installation files are here:
Orca3D Version 2 for Rhino 6
Orca3D Version 1 for Rhino 5

d. Start Rhino; you will be given the opportunity to enter a new License Key. Remember that sometimes the Orca3D license dialog is “hidden” behind the Rhino splash screen; if Rhino seems to be “stuck,” please look for the Orca3D license window behind it (you can use Alt-Tab to cycle through the open windows on your computer).

What if my computer at home isn’t good enough?

If you’re not able to access your software at home due to licensing restrictions, or your home computer doesn’t have the processing power required for your work, it would be time to look into something like TeamViewer.

TeamViewer will allow you to connect to another computer (for example, yours back at the office) over the internet so you have access to all of your software and files. All licensing, processing, rendering, etc. are handled on your main computer, so there’s no need to licence software on your home computer that you’re remotely connecting from.

If you’ve got any questions about working remotely with your CAD Software, you can email us on support@cadsoftwaredirect.com

Reimagine Rapid Modeling of Ship Structures in Rhino

Rhino Webinar

In this upcoming webinar, learn how parametric structural modeling with ExpressMarine can jump-start your ShipConstructor project.

Thursday 2nd April 2020
12:00 – 13:00 BST and 19:00 – 20:00 BST

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Join this webinar to see how the ExpressMarine structural modeling plugin for Rhino is used to rapidly create a parametric model of a ship structure, with the ability to easily make changes that flow through the model.

The webinar will showcase how to create decks, bulkheads, floors, frames, stiffeners, cutouts, etc. See instant updates of the weight and centre of gravity of the ship. Exports of the ExpressMarine data will then be passed to ShipWeight, an Advanced Bill of Materials (ABOM), and ShipConstructor.

The demonstration will also show how to save hundreds of hours of modeling time with the ShipConstructor stock material library, utilised in building the ExpressMarine model.

You will learn:

  1. How to initialise an ExpressMarine model
  2. How to create objects that are associative to 2D drawings
  3. How to create repetitive structure through parametric and associative rules
  4. How to create non-repetitive structure, such as stringers on the shell
  5. How to export to ShipConstructor

Attendees will be provided with information to download a free trial of the software and access to exclusive pricing offers.

Thursday 2nd April 2020
12:00 – 13:00 BST and 19:00 – 20:00 BST

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Rhino is available now at CAD Software Direct .com

Vectorworks 40% Offer Extended to Feb 28th

Vectorworks Offer

Great news if you missed your chance to get a discount on Vectorworks last week – the offer has been extended through this week!

Until February 28th 2020, you will save 40% when buying a new licence or upgrade with a Service Select membership!

Save on Vectorworks

What are the details?

  • Save 40% on a perpetual licence or upgrade when purchasing a Service Select membership at the same time.
  • Existing Service Select customers can get 40% off a new licence when paying the pro-rated Service Select as normal.

There’s a second chance to get this offer, but don’t delay – the offer will end on Friday 28th.

What is Service Select?

Not sure what Service Select can offer you? Check out this short video to learn how it offers support and saves you money.

Find out more about Vectorworks and place your order at CAD Software Direct.com

If you want more information, or would like a quote, call us on 01206 804984 or email us on vectorworks@cadsoftwaredirect.com

Register for the Orca3D Marine CFD Webinar

Orca3D Webinar

Maneuvering and Other Advanced Features
Orca3D Marine CFD Webinar

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Eastern Standard Time (14:30 – 15:30 GMT)
Wednesday, February 26th

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Join the Orca3D team as they showcase the advanced analyses available in the Premium version of Orca3D Marine CFD. Computational Fluid Dynamics experts from Orca3D and Simerics, Inc. to learn how you can affordably improve your designs with CFD.

If you missed the last CFD webinar, Rob Kaidy shows how he implemented Orca3D Marine CFD at SeaVee Boats, first benchmarking it on some of their existing boats and then using it to validate their latest high speed, stepped hull, offshore fishing boat before committing to the tooling. You can view it here.

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Orthographic Views, BIM Data and More in Enscape 2.7

Enscape

The latest version of Enscape has arrived, and the new features will enhance your design process through orthographic views, BIM data visibility, pre-built urban environments and over 250 more assets.

Existing user?
Update to Enscape 2.7

Create floor plans and cross-sections with ease using the new orthographic view in Enscape. Clearly communicate the scope and size of your designs while seamlessly switching between flat perspectives and side view section cuts. With just one click, you can create a 2D view from a 3D project.

NEW: Display BIM Data
© Enscape3d.com

With the new BIM mode, you can quickly access key model information such as material, dimensions, quantities and costings without ever leaving Enscape. Activate BIM mode and click any element inside Enscape to display all available BIM data.

There’s even over 250 assets ready to use to enrich your scenes such as lamps and buildings. With a wider choice than ever, you can easily add to the realism of your project and even place them into pre-made urban environments using the new collection of surrounding buildings.

As with all big releases, you’ll find improvements to existing features too. Enjoy batch rendering and reproducible renderings, plus improved clouds, atmospheric effects, area lights and shading of partially transparent surfaces.

Enscape is available now at CAD Software Direct. If you have any queries at all, please contact us on 01206 804984.

If you’re new to Enscape and would like to give it a try, contact us on contact@cadsoftwaredirect.com to request a free 14-day trial.

Save 40% on Vectorworks with Service Select for this Week Only.

Vectorworks Offer

If you’re new to Vectorworks, or are a seasoned pro looking to add more seats for your team, now is a great time to invest in Vectorworks.

From February 17th – 21st 2020, you will save 40% when buying a new licence or upgrade with a Service Select membership!

Save on Vectorworks

What are the details?

  • Save 40% on a perpetual licence or upgrade when purchasing a Service Select membership at the same time.
  • Existing Service Select customers can get 40% off a new licence when paying the pro-rated Service Select as normal.

It’s as simple as that. Don’t delay though – the offer will end on Friday 21st.

What is Service Select?

Not sure what Service Select can offer you? Check out this short video to learn how it offers support and saves you money.

Find out more about Vectorworks and place your order at CAD Software Direct.com

If you want more information, or would like a quote, call us on 01206 804984 or email us on vectorworks@cadsoftwaredirect.com

Upcoming Vectorworks Webinars

Vectorworks Webinars

Exclusive to Service Select members, Vectorworks run webinars all year round to make sure you’re getting the best from your investment. Take a look below for the upcoming sessions which you can register for now.

Want to join Service Select? Give us a call on 01206 804984 or email us on vectorworks@cadsoftwaredirect.com

Upcoming Webinars

Auto Hybrid

Join Vectorworks to learn how to create an object with both a 2D and a 3D presence. You will also learn how to change the top/plan representation with cut plane view.

14:30 GMT – 14th February 2020
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Clip Cube

Vectorworks will be showing you how to create live cross sections of your model using the Clip cube function, allowing you to work inside of your 3D model with ease.

14:30 GMT – 21st February 2020
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Tag and Report Your Objects

Join Vectorworks to learn about creating and applying tags to different objects and creating reports with your relevant information about them.

14:30 GMT – 28th February 2020
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Model a Barrel Roof

Want to make a roof, but can’t use the standard tools? Join Vectorworks as they go through how to model a barrel roof.

14:30 GMT – 6th March 2020
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Energos

Join Vectorworks to explore Energos, the intelligent energy analysis module built within Vectorworks. See how to incorporate energy performance insight into your architectural design workflows from early stages and use that to make informed design decisions.

14:30 GMT – 13th March 2020
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GIS

Learn about the new GIS features in Vectorworks 2020 to combine valuable GIS resources from ESRI, with traditional CAD data.

14:30 GMT – 20th March 2020
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Marionette

Learn the basics on this procedural scripting tool that helps you create your own complex commands.

14:30 GMT – 27th March 2020
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