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.

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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!

V-Ray NEXT for Maya beta 2 Available Now

V-Ray NEXT for Maya

The second beta of V-Ray Next for Maya is here! GPU rendering has been updated with a smart new interface and V-Ray GPU IPR is even more stable.

This beta is open to anyone, and requires SSE 4.2 compatible processor. Get the latest build and let us know how it goes.

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Improved IPR in V-Ray GPU

Refine the look of your scene even faster with the real-time feedback of GPU rendering. In the latest beta, V-Ray GPU IPR is much more stable.

 

New GPU rendering UI

New V-Ray GPU user interface now only shows GPU-compatible features — making it easier than ever to use V-Ray GPU in production.

 

Toon shader improvements

Improved from beta 1, the new Toon shader adds new controls for inner and outer edge outlines.

 

New Hair Glints

New glint and glitter controls in the VRayHairNextMtl more accurately simulate the way light scatters in human and animal hair.

 

New V-Ray menu

Easy access to all your favorite V-Ray tools from one place.

 

For a full list of changes, check out the release notes.

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.

 

Keyshot – July 2018 Roundup

KeyShot

Webinar: Advanced Animation Techniques

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This month we bring you another workshop from KeyShot RenderWorld 2018! Learn how to use KeyShot Animation from path animations to camera and studio switch events to create the interactive visuals you need.

In this workshop:

  • Animation Best Practices
  • Camera Animations
  • Part Animations
  • Material Animations
  • Studio Switch Events
  • Importing Deformation Animations

 

Customer Spotlight: Rocky Mountain Bicycles

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Rocky Mountain Bicycles uses KeyShot to communicate and iterate on detail throughout the design and engineering process, creating visuals to get product to market faster. Learn more about how they use KeyShot.

 

Artist Feature: Tarek Samaan

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He has a range of skill and is able to apply his craft across a range of disciplines with an amazing talent for creatures and characters. Learn more about how he uses KeyShot for concept and game design.

 

3ds Max Plugin Update Now Available

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The latest KeyShot for 3ds Max plugin with support for 3ds Max 2019 is now available. Download the latest version for import, export and LiveLinking capability between 3ds Max and KeyShot.

 

KeyShot Quick Tip: Multi-Material Variations

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Learn more about the KeyShot Pro feature that provides an iterative, non-destructive workflow to explore colour, material and finish options on a product.

 

Webinar Recap: Material and Render Settings

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Miss our last webinar? If you’ve ever had a question about material settings or which options to use when creating final renders, this is a must-see webinar.

 

Upcoming Events

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Join us at these upcoming events to see the latest developments with KeyShot and learn how KeyShot can create amazing visuals of your 3D data.

A Change to V-Ray Dongle Licensing

V-Ray Dongle License

For the past 16 years, Chaos Group have used dongles as a primary protection method of their products, like VRay for 3DS Max, until the addition of the Online licensing system (OLS) option 2 years ago. During this time, a lot of user feedback was collected on their licensing methods, and after a detailed analysis, Chaos Group have made the decision to phase out dongles over the next year. We’ll do our best to ensure a smooth and easy transition for all customers.

When Is This Happening?

Not quite yet. We will stop actively selling new dongles in Q3 2019, and will continue servicing customers with dongle-based licenses as long as their product version is officially supported. Chaos will be gradually increasing the number of users and expand product versions eligible for auto migration to OLS using their Migration tool. Also, Chaos Group are actively working on extended borrowing for offline use, which will be introduced in the next couple of months.

What Does This Mean For You?

We will continue selling Chaos Group licenses both with dongles and OLS. However, we strongly recommend you choose OLS instead of dongle licensing. As there has been a decrease in dongle sales, Chaos will be implementing a price increase for the dongle in the coming months.

Dongle vs OLS – What’s The Difference?

Please take a look at the comparison chart below to see why it makes sense to go with the OLS option whenever possible.

Chaos Group are always looking to improve their existing OLS solution, so if you have any feedback we really want to hear it at contact@cadsoftwaredirect.com

Tell us about your specific requirements which mean you strictly need a dongle, whether it is your setup, workflows, security policies or anything else. Can you think of any additional features or options that need to be added to OLS? Let us know!

25% OFF Summer Deal – Shaderlight for SketchUp

Shaderlight for SketchUp

Shaderlight is an interactive and intuitive 3D rendering plug-in for SketchUp that enables anyone to transform a SketchUp model into a photorealistic render.

Now with even more simple to use features, Shaderlight gives you even more control over how you render your SketchUp models, with the ability to animate your SketchUp scenes and render to the cloud. Shaderlight fits seamlessly with your workflow so you don’t have to be a SketchUp rendering software expert to get great results.

From now until July 31st 2018, save 25% on Shaderlight for SketchUp!

New Transparent Material Feature - Shaderlight 2018

Our SketchUp Pro 2018 Competition Winner Is…

SketchUp Competition

A huge thank you to all of the SketchUp Perfect Getaway competition entrants. The time has come, and we have a winner to announce.

After much consideration between entries, we’d like to congratulate Chad Slaney as the winner, and the prizes will be on their way!

SketchUp Pro 2018

Built in SketchUp, and rendered with V-Ray for SketchUp, we think this really does look like the perfect getaway.

“This was a personal project of mine. I wanted to combine a traditional style cottage with a modern open floor plan glass structure. I chose to locate the structure in the Muskoka area in Ontario Canada.” – Chad Slaney

The vegetation in the model was done with proxy components, while the sky and some slight colour corrections were added in Photoshop.

Take a look at some more renders and screenshots from the .skp file of this piece below, and you can check out more of Chad Slaney’s work over on his Facebook page.

Thank again to our entrants. Stay tuned for our next competition!

 

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SketchUp Rneder 1

 

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SketchUp Rneder 2

 

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SketchUp Rneder 3

 

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Competition Now Closed – Winner To Be Announced Soon

Sketchup Pro 2018

We’ve had some excellent entries sent our way for this Sketchup Pro 2018 competition, and the competition is now closed!

If you have entered, you’re in the running to win:

  • £100 in vouchers and a 3D Connexion SpaceMouse Pro worth £279!
  • Your work featured on the Official SketchUp UK social media pages (run by distributor Elmtec) and on CAD Software Direct.

The winner is going to be announced on Friday 6th July, so be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to find out who takes the prizes straight away.

Keyshot – June 2018 Roundup

Keyshot - June 2018

Keyshot Webinar: Everything About Material and Render Settings

Thursday, June 28th, 2018 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT

Have questions about render settings for particular materials? Learn the ins and outs of light settings, the important KeyShot material options and how to determine the appropriate values for specific render output. Sign-up quick as space is limited.

In this webinar:

Lighting and Ray Bounces
Material Flexibility
Material Samples vs. Render Samples
Q&A

Register Here

 

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Customer Spotlight: Ovie

They launched one of the most innovative new home products, taking on a challenge many may not even think about – food storage. It’s brought intelligence to food storage and they’re using KeyShot to communicate the design.

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Artist Feature: Alex Figini

Alex is an artist in the entertainment industry as well as an instructor at Learn Squared. Learn more about how he got started and why he uses KeyShot to explore his character and scene development.

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5 Ways KeyShot Viewer Can Save Rendering Time

We’re learning about new ways people are using the KeyShot Viewer all the time but these five are the ways customers have told us it has helped the most.

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KeyShot Quick Tip: Extract Pins from HDZ

The HDRI Editor in KeyShot Pro adds a lot of ways to control scene lighting. This quick tip shows you how to extract pins (lights) from a KeyShot .HDZ file to adjust to your liking.

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Webinar Recap: Art of Workflow

Catch a recap of this KeyShot RenderWorld workshop where Will Gibbons shows you how to refine the beginning-to-end process of building a KeyShot scene while taking advantage of time-saving techniques.

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Upcoming Events

Join Luxion at these upcoming events to see the latest developments with KeyShot and learn how KeyShot can create amazing visuals of your 3D data.

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