Become a Certified Rhino Specialist

Rhino Certified

If you’re looking to become a certified Rhino specialist, McNeel offer certifications for experts and educators.

Certifications are a way to test knowledge and competency in both Rhino software and in 3D visualisation. Typically, proficiency with Rhino skills allow users to excel and develop more advanced skills, build a greater understanding of advanced concepts, and continue advancing in their knowledge of 3D visualisation.

The Certified User exams are online, computer-scored, randomised, limited time, open note, self-tests.

Why Certify?

  • Rhino certification is helpful to many employers
  • Certificates are available immediately upon passing
  • Users can add the certificate to a CV or portfolio as proof of Rhino expertise

Currently, there are two types of certification; Rhino Level 1 and Rhino Level 2, and they are both offered in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.

If you’re looking to get Rhino certified, try the free practice test!

Full details available here.

Twinmotion – Create Stunning Visualisations in Just a Few Clicks.

Twinmotion

Special Introductory Offer – 50% OFF Twinmotion until September!

Twinmotion is an easy-to-use visualization tool for architects, urban planners, and landscape architects that transforms CAD data into stunning visualizations so you can share ideas and communicate designs quickly and easily.

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Twinmotion is designed to be simple, easy to use, and easy to learn. Get started quickly and be productive straight from the box by using one-click workflows, drag-and-drop assets, all under and icon driven interface.

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Achieve a realistic look in no time, thanks to over 600 physically accurate materials that react to your environment, and smart features that allow you to visualise vegetation across seasons, study the impact of the sun’s position, and much more.

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Easily create amazing scenes without all the hard work by using the library of thousands of static and smart assets. The library is always growing and includes furniture, ambient sounds, lights, animated vehicles, animals, dynamic plants, and much more.

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Twinmotion offers one-click synchronisation with SketchUp Pro, Revit and Rhino so you can keep your existing workflow. As well as direct compatiblity, Twinmotion supports 21 other CAD formats including FBX, SKY, C4D, and OBJ.

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Twinmotion for SketchUp, Twinmotion for Rhino and Twinmotion for Revit are also available and include a discount when purchased together.

There’s Still Time to Enter and Win Our Vectorworks Eco-Home Competition

Vectorworks Eco Competition

If you’re looking to flex your Vectorworks skills and be in with the chance to win some great prizes, look no further than our Eco-Home competition in collaboration with Vectorworks UK!

We’re looking for a design that is innovative, with a minimal environmental impact both in construction and use that considers features such as reducing energy bills, and using sustainable materials.

Submit your designs by July 17th 2020 to be in the running to win:

  • 2 x 3-Hour one-to-one online training sessions with a Vectorworks expert
  • SpaceMouse Compact (worth £125!)
  • Vectorworks swag
  • Bragging rights and your work showcased on our social media channels

Send your entries to vectorworks@cadsoftwaredirect.com

Full Competition Details

Competition closes at midnight July 17th 2020 . CAD Software Direct’s decision is final. By entering, you agree for your entry to be featured across CAD Software Direct and Vectorworks UK’s social media channels.

Preparing Renderings in Artlantis from a Vectorworks Model

Artlantis Webinar

If you missed our free webinar on how to use a Vectorworks model in Atlantis, you can catch up by watching the recording below.

Ildikó Szabo, Abvent Product Specialist, shows how Artlantis, Abvent’s stand-alone rendering application for architects and designers, can take a model produced in Vectorworks, and use it to produce stunning, photo-realistic renders.

Using the free and simple Vectorworks plugin for Artlantis, you can convert a Vectorworks file into one that is readable by Artlantis, and ready for rendering.

Learn about high resolution shaders, 3D objects and textures which give your presentations the look you want, and help you accomplish even the most ambitious projects.

Equipped with an intuitive interface and great tools, Artlantis 2020 boasts a number of new features elevating your architectural visualisations to new heights!

Artlantis is the perfect software for Vectorworks users, allowing them to present their projects with 3D photorealistic renderings.

Sketchup Classic Licences Are Drawing to a Close, but the SketchUp You Know Isn’t Going Anywhere

SketchUp 2020

It’s the same SketchUp you know, just a new way to buy.

Trimble have recently made a big announcement that confirms SketchUp Classic Perpetual licences and Maintenance & Support renewal plans will no longer be sold after November 4th 2020 across all regions.

The SketchUp Subscription version has been on sale for about a year already and has proven popular with its lower up front cost, easy version updates (no more waiting for serial keys!) and straightforward renewal process. With a SketchUp Subscription, you are free to renew every year, or skip a year (or 2, or 3…) without penalty – it’s up to you.

Whatever you choose to do, with a subscription you will always have the latest version and features at your disposal.

Read on for answers to some frequently asked questions.

What If I Buy a Classic Licence Now?

This will be yours to keep no matter what you choose to do in the future.
Please be advised: if you purchase a Classic Perpetual License or renew your Maintenance & Support license prior to November 4, 2020, you will not be able to upgrade and access additional features on that license every year as you have in the past.

Can I Still Renew My Maintenance?

Yes, until November 4th 2020.

Will My Licence Still Work?

Yes! You will not lose access to a perpetual licence you already own. This is yours to keep and use in perpetuity, even when the maintenance expires for good.
Please note that we do advise you keep a saved copy of the installer file if you ever need to reinstall.

If you would like to explore your options and talk to us about getting started with a subscription, or if you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to email us on contact@cadsoftwaredirect.com or give us a call.

V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max – Out Now!

V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max

The latest version of V-Ray has been released for the 3ds Max platform. With V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max, experience new features including Layered Compositor, Material Library and Browser, Light Mix, Material presets and previews, and much more, to streamline your entire workflow.

To find out more about V-Ray 5, join Chaos Group presenters Vlado Koylazov, Lon Grohs and Peter Matanov for a tour of the new features, followed by a live Q&A session.

V-Ray 5 Webinar
Tuesday, June 23rd 2020
6pm BST / 8pm EEST

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What’s New?

Light Mixing
Using LightMix with the new V-Ray Frame Buffer lets you experiment with lighting changes after rendering to explore lighting possibilities interactively and in real-time.

Layered Compositing
Fine-tune and finish your images directly within V-Ray Frame Buffer, eliminating the need for a separate post-processing app.

Material Manager
Efficiently browse from a library of over 500 render-ready materials including metals, glass, wood and more.

Material Presets
Save time creating common materials with presets for aluminum, chrome, glass and more.

Material Previews
New rendered material swatches show you exactly what your materials will look like.

Coat Layer
Add reflective coatings directly in the updated V-Ray Material, saving you both material creation and rendering time vs. using Blend material.

Sheen Layer
Create soft microfibre fabrics like velvet, satin and silk with the new Sheen options in the updated V-Ray Material.

Texture Randomisation
Add variety to your scene with the new VRayUVWRandomizer map and enhanced VRayMultiSubTex controls.

Stochastic Texture Tiling
Automatically remove texture tiling artifacts with the new Stochastic tiling option on the VRayUVWRandomizer.

Extended V-Ray Dirt
Weathered streaks and dirt in crevices are now easy with the enhanced V-Ray Dirt, which now employs both ambient and inner occlusion.

New Sun & Sky Model
Reproduce the subtleties of twilight when the sun is below the horizon with the new Sun and Sky model.

Existing V-Ray Users

If you’re already using V-Ray Next, you’ll be able to take advantage of upgrade pricing to get going with V-Ray 5. If you’re on V-Ray 3, contact us and we will help explore your options.

V-Ray Collection

V-Ray Collection is the ultimate 3D rendering and simulation toolset. One license gives artists and designers access to 15 Chaos products all with that single license — and total creative freedom and flexibility. With the V-Ray Collection, users can work freely between 3D applications, applying their own mix of photorealistic rendering, fluid simulation and real-time scene exploration to any project.

Energy Modelling in the Early Design Phase Webinar Recording

Vectorworks Energy Modelling Webinar

If you missed our Energy Modelling in the Early Design Phase webinar, the recording is available to watch below now.

If you’re looking for some direction or inspiration for our Eco-Home competition, or just feel like improving your Vectorworks skills, be sure to watch to:

  • Discover the benefits of integrating energy performance evaluation into architectural design workflows.
  • Explore how a building’s form and shape affect its energy performance.
  • Learn how various shading percentages and different types of shading can guide your design decision based on expected building performance.
  • Evaluate energy performance changes based on building elements, boundary conditions, and U-values.

Free Webinar: Preparing Renderings in Artlantis from a Vectorworks Model

Artlantis Webinar

Preparing Renderings in Artlantis from a Vectorworks Model
Thursday, 25th June 2020
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM BST

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Join us on Thursday 25th June as Ildikó Szabo, Abvent Product Specialist, shows how Artlantis, Abvent’s stand-alone rendering application for architects and designers, can take a model produced in Vectorworks, and use it to produce stunning, photo-realistic renders.

Artlantis is the perfect software for Vectorworks users, allowing them to present their projects with 3D photorealistic renderings.

Learn about high resolution shaders, 3D objects and textures which give your presentations the look you want, and help you accomplish even the most ambitious projects.

Equipped with an intuitive interface and great tools, Artlantis 2020 boasts a number of new features elevating your architectural visualisations to new heights!

There will be time for Q&A at the end of the webinar, and a recording of the webinar will be available at a later date.

Sign Up Now

Eco-Home Competition Free Supporting Webinar

Vectorworks Energy Modelling Webinar

If you haven’t already seen, we’re running a Vectorworks competition, in collaboration with VectorworksUK, to build your own Eco-Home and be in with the chance of winning some great prizes! (Full details)

If you’re looking for some direction, want some inspiration, or just feel like improving your Vectorworks skills, be sure to sign up for this free webinar, hosted in conjunction with the Eco-Home competition!

ENERGY MODELLING IN THE EARLY DESIGN PHASE
Wednesday 17th June – 11am BST

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Attendees will:

  • Discover the benefits of integrating energy performance evaluation into architectural design workflows.
  • Explore how a building’s form and shape affect its energy performance.
  • Learn how various shading percentages and different types of shading can guide your design decision based on expected building performance.
  • Evaluate energy performance changes based on building elements, boundary conditions, and U-values.

By learning how to assess the energy performance of a building very early on in an integrated design process, architects have the power to make informed design decisions, as well as the ability to back those decisions up.

Sign Up For The Webinar Today

I’m New to Vectorworks, What’s the Cheapest Way to Buy Vectorworks?

This is a common question we hear from new Vectorworks users. Typically, a user knows that Vectorworks is the right software for them because they’ve used it as a student or in-practice but now need their own licence. When starting out, it can be a substantial purchase and in this post we’ll have a quick look at options to assuage or mitigate the initial purchase cost.

It’s worth noting that there are savings to be had based on the licence type – but there are also ways to spread the cost of Vectorworks.

Licence/Customer Type

Spreading the Cost of Vectorworks

Recently Graduated/Moving from Being a Student to a Professional

Vectorworks offer a low cost route to purchase a commercial licence if you were previously a student. It is contingent upon several things. Here’s what Vectorworks say:

Graduates within the past 12 months from a post-secondary design-based program are qualified to purchase one (1) software license under student2PRO. Additionally, student2PRO also includes a discounted membership to Vectorworks Service Select.The student2PRO purchase scheme is available only to design students who have graduated within the past 365 days. To qualify, graduates must have completed a degree at a university, college, or a post-secondary vocational or poly-technical school within the past 365 days and submit transcripts or a diploma showing degree completion and graduation date.

If this applies to you, contact us today to help process proof of eligibility and get you up and running as quickly as possible. Savings are very generous – so speak to us today for a quote.

New User, Never Had Vectorworks Before

If you have never previously purchased Vectorworks yourself, you will be eligible for a discount on VSS – Vectorworks Service Select. If you are looking to use Vectorworks over the longer term and wish to keep it up to date, Service Select is the most cost effective option.

If you don’t plan to upgrade your hardware and don’t need new features, it can be more cost effective to run a licence for many years and then purchase a new one when necessary. However, many of our customers do like to update their hardware and software – and in particular Mac users tend to update operating systems frequently. In doing so, this often causes conflict with older software at which point Vectorworks can only be upgraded from the last three versions and customers who have missed this window will need to purchase a new licence. On the other hand, Service Select is several hundred pounds per year but means no more lump sum new licences or big upgrades and provides access to cloud tools, online training in addition to all releases.

In short, for those who wish to stay up to date, Vectorworks with Service Select is the cheapest way to do that.

Rent / Vectorworks Subscription

Vectorworks now offer a subscription option. This is great for short term usage or in times of limited cash-flow; however, it is not cost-effective in the medium or long term as the accumulated cost quickly overtakes the cost of a perpetual licence. Vectorworks subscriptions are available here. If you’re looking for longer term options, please read the next section.

Spreading the Cost of Vectorworks

There are a range of ways to do this, other than subscription, which would spread the cost but leave you in control of the software at the end of the term. Please take a look at our ‘Spread Vectorworks Payments‘ page for more information.