Should I Buy or Rent V-Ray?

Rent V-Ray

“Subscription” and “Rental” can sometimes be considered bad words when it comes to software, but they can actually be incredibly handy. Did you know that V-Ray, one of the most powerful and popular renderers for a wide range of industries, is available perpetually, annually and monthly? For example, if you’re looking to buy V-Ray for 3ds Max, but only need it for a few months, or don’t have the budget for the full license – you can rent V-Ray for 3ds Max instead!

Perpetual licenses that you pay for once and allow access to the software forever are nice and simple. If you’re running a business and a certain software package is essential to your daily operation, a perpetual license might make the most sense for you. V-Ray for SketchUp, V-Ray for Revit, V-Ray for Rhino and other “flavours” can all be purchased as perpetual licenses.

However, if you’re finding your software needs frequently change on a project by project basis, or your budget can’t accommodate for steeper upfront costs, it might be time to look into renting. If you decide to rent V-Ray, you can expect:

Lower Upfront Costs

Perpetual software often requires upfront investments which can be difficult for new and small businesses. Renting V-Ray instead would allow access to the software and a considerably lower cost.

Flexible Payment Options

Renting V-Ray would mean you only pay for it when you need it. It is easy to scale software access throughout your projects by adding and subtracting licenses temporarily.

Billing Back to Clients

Renting any software puts you in a better position to pass the cost of software access back to clients by including it as a part of your project estimate. In a way, this would make V-Ray an operating expense, rather than capital.

Bundled Upgrades

By renting software, you’ll be given access to the latest version, rather than the outdated perpetual license you bought years ago. Depending on the cost and frequency of upgrades, renting software could represent a better deal and longer term savings.

Most versions of V-Ray come either as a perpetual license, annual subscription, or monthly subscription. V-Ray Rendernodes are also available as an annual or monthly option.

The latest versions of V-Ray and V-Ray Next are available now at CAD Software Direct .com

25% OFF V-Ray for Revit Summer Promo!

Vray for Revit 25% off

From today until July 15, 2018, we’re offering a 25% discount on V-Ray for Revit Workstation perpetual licenses. The license includes one GUI and one render node license, and the render node can be used with any V-Ray 3.x application — not just V-Ray for Revit!

To get yours before the deal is over, check out V-Ray for Revit over on CADSoftwareDirect.com

V-Ray 3.6 for Revit – Now Available

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New in V-Ray 3.6 for Revit

Streamlined UI
Updated and streamlined interface for a more intuitive, user-friendly workflow.


Hybrid Rendering
V-Ray GPU running on NVIDIA CUDA can now take full advantage of all available hardware, including GPUs and CPUs.


Faster Scene Export
With our new optimisations and smart caching, translation and rendering of complex scenes is now up to 4 times faster.


Asset Browser
The new Asset Browser now includes materials and proxy objects, and allows you to select and edit multiple items at once.


Filter Maps By Linked Files
Filter materials from linked projects separately from project materials.


Improved Colour Material
The Colour Material now includes options for transparency, glossiness and reflections.


Global Material Overrides
Improved user interface with new option to override RPC materials.


V-Ray Proxies
ArchVision RPC objects can be used as stand-ins for V-Ray proxy objects in your Revit scene to render high resolution models of trees, cars, people and other entourage.


V-Ray Grass & Fur
Render realistic grass and fur.


Infinite Ground Plane
The Infinite Ground Plane includes new global override controls, an improved UI, and is supported in interactive rendering mode.


Autogen Materials
AutoGen materials are now supported in interactive rendering mode.


Improved Settings Sharing
A new UI makes it easy to share settings between projects and users, including importing settings by category.


Improved Standalone Material Editor
A new colour picker, and new gradient and colour temperature texture maps have been added to the Standalone Material Editor.


Improved V-Ray Frame Buffer
Copy the entire frame buffer image to the clipboard, including background and colour corrections.

V-Ray 3.5 for Revit Is Here

Free V-Ray for Revit update includes Adaptive Lights, improved Swarm and Revit 2018 support

This update includes the new Adaptive Lights algorithm, which renders up to seven times faster on some scenes. In addition, Chaos have made several improvements to V-Ray Swarm, the elastic distributed rendering platform, including installation customization, support for Linux and MacOS operating systems and a greater support for a variety of network configurations.

V-Ray for Revit is now available for Autodesk Revit 2018.

For users of V-Ray 3.x, this update is free and available now.

Other new features include:

Revit 2018 Compatibility
V-Ray works seamlessly with Autodesk Revit 2018

New Material Library
Ships with over 500 high quality V-Ray materials. Additionally, the new material library is compatible for use with V-Ray for 3DS Max, V-Ray for Rhino, and V-Ray for SketchUp.

Aerial Perspective in RT
Preview atmospheric haze to distant objects and buildings while rendering in RT.

Material IDs
Mask individual objects for easier compositing and editing in Photoshop.