KeyShot Quick Tips

KeyShot Quick Tips

Have you started using KeyShot 9.3 yet? Here are some quick tips to help you get the most out of KeyShot!

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Displacement Animation
Displacement is a very powerful tool that can transform the surface geometry of objects for greater detail and realism. Adding animation to displacement can really bring projects to life!

Applications include the animation of water, blood flow in medical illustration, vehicle tyre compression, material movement for soft goods, and so much more. If you can create an animated displacement map you can use it in KeyShot to create motion.

Follow along with the video below to try it for yourself!

Pattern Tool
The KeyShot Pattern Tool is used to quickly create additional instances of your models within a scene, but is not the same as using Duplicate. Each instance can look different and even be oriented differently than the rest. Overall, with the KeyShot Pattern Tool, you will get increased speed and decreased file sizes.

Patterns will help you show a series of products with different colours and materials, quickly add variations of scattered items for more context, or create a radial or linear array of product options. If you have an application that requires uniform spacing, the Pattern Tool even provides the ability to line and space everything perfectly!

KeyShot 9 Material Graph Webinar

Join Luxion’s Karim Merchant on Thursday, April 30th at 10am PDT (6pm BST) for the next KeyShot Webinar. In this live session, you will see an overview of the Material Graph in KeyShot. The Material Graph is a KeyShot Pro feature that facilitates advanced material editing and creation.

Register Now

KeyShot 9.2 Available Now

KeyShot 9.2

With the exciting release of KeyShot 9.2, the focus is on stability and feature improvements, as well as a new Translucent Medium material, Multi-GPU Memory support, and the all-new KeyShot Benchmark.

‘Translucent Medium’ Material
This new and improved material is based on the GPU version of Translucent Advanced that was available in KeyShot 9.1. Now significantly optimised for quality and speed on GPU and CPU, Translucent Medium does a much better job handling translucency in even thin model sections.

NVLink Multi-GPU Memory Support
KeyShot GPU mode now supports memory scaling for multi-GPU setups using NVLink with KeyShot 9.2 or higher. This means that two Quadro RTX8000 GPUs can be combined to provide a huge 96GB of memory. Along with NVLink support, direct lighting and GPU startup time in GPU interior mode have been improved as well.

KeyShot Benchmark
KeyShot Viewer now features a brand new benchmarking tool! This tool indicates how fast your CPU or GPU will render scenes compared to a reference system using an Intel Core i7-6900K CPU @ 3.2GHz. To run the benchmark, select Benchmark after starting KeyShot Viewer.

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Did you know that KeyShot for Solidworks is also now a permanent part of the KeyShot collection? Originally launched as a limited offering, but now here to stay, click here to learn more about KeyShot for Solidworks!

All things KeyShot are available now at CAD Software Direct.

V-Ray for Rhino – Update 2

V-Ray Next for Rhino Update

V-Ray for Rhino is a highly accurate renderer for McNeel Rhinoceros, enabling designers to predict and present their designs with the highest level of realism and reduce the need of physical prototypes. V-Ray greatly increases Rhino’s ability to handle large scenes and can be used directly within Grasshopper.

V-Ray Next for Rhino is compatible with Rhino 5 and Rhino 6. V-Ray for Rhino is supported on Windows only.

What’s New in V-Ray Next for Rhino?

  • RTX support — Boost your V-Ray GPU performance with NVIDIA RTX technology.
  • Decals support — Add images to paintings, signs, screens and more — plus, Decals work with native and V-Ray materials.
  • Proxy mesh materials — Import or create a proxy mesh asset and V-Ray will automatically generate a set of material slots.
  • Partial scene export — Export only selected objects as a .vrscene file containing geometry and the applied materials.
  • Improved materials — The underlying shading structure of all scene materials has been optimised.
  • Colour assistant — Choose the exact color you need with the right hue, saturation and value variation with the Colour Assistant.
  • Extended script access — The updated V-Ray scripting API provides more options to start a render.
  • And more! Enjoy a new colour theme, a unified one-step installer and numerous V-Ray for Grasshopper enhancements.

V-Ray Next for Rhino – Update 2 is available now at CAD Software Direct.

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

(Virtual) KeyShot World 2020

KeyShot World

A lot of us around the world might be spending a little more time at home than usual, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep up to date with everything KeyShot while you’re away from the office!

KeyShot World has moved online, running until April 2nd, and day 3 of the event is nearly underway. Here’s what’s in store for Virtual KeyShot World 2020 – Day 3!

17:00 – 18:00 GMT
Building and Managing your Digital Twin
Brad Adelmann & Tim Feher / KeyShot Studios
Join Session Here

19:00 – 20:00 GMT
Animation Essentials: From Part to Material
Will Gibbons / Will Gibbons Design
Join Session Here

If you’ve missed the last few days of KeyShot World, check out the recorded sessions.

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

V-Ray Next for SketchUp – Update 2 Released

V-Ray Next for SketchUp

The latest version of V-Ray Next for SketchUp is out, and with it comes full SketchUp 2020 support, new features, and optimisations to make your high-quality renders easier and more enjoyable to produce. If you already have V-Ray Next for SketchUp, this update is free and you can update now.

What’s New?

RTX support
Boost your V-Ray GPU performance with NVIDIA RTX technology.

Proxies with materials
Import or create a proxy mesh asset and V-Ray will automatically generate a set of material slots, making it easier to manage materials.

Colour assistant
Choose the exact colour you need with the right hue, saturation and value variation with the Colour Assistant, V-Ray Colour Picker’s new extension.

Improved materials
The underlying shading structure of all scene materials has been optimised, so advanced attributes can now be added or removed without cluttering the material properties.

Unified installer
Enjoy a smooth, single-step installation of all the components included in the V-Ray package.

Colour themes
A new “Bright” colour theme is now available for the V-Ray user interface.

Partial scene export
Export only the current selection as a .vrscene file containing its applied materials, lights and other V-Ray special objects.

VRscans enhancement
The VRscans material now includes a triplanar texture projection mode, removing the need for UV mapping of objects that use the material.

If you want more information about V-Ray, visit CAD Software Direct or give us a call on 01206 804984.

Not sure if V-Ray is for you? Why not request a free V-Ray trial?

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
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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.

KeyShot Updated to Version 9.1

KeyShot 9.1

KeyShot 9.1 has been released, and this update continues Luxion’s core focus on flexibility and creative freedom by improving workflow speed, material control, and render output.

KeyShot 9.1 builds on previously introduced features, such as real-time GPU ray tracing, AI denoise, and RealClothTM technology and adds:

  • Unwrap UV to aid in the position and application of textures and labels
  • Name Templates to improve the filename options for render output workflow
  • Network Rendering with GPU support to scale up the rendering power to make use of all available networked graphics cards.

Unwrap UV enables KeyShot users to generate UV maps which allow textures or labels to be accurately wrapped on an object’s surface. Users can get a quick preview using Quick Unwrap, or define more complex positioning using the Advanced Unwrap tool.

Name Templates gives users control over file names of outputs by automatically generating custom file names for the scene, with custom naming options that include the Revision, Scene Name, Active Camera, Current Date, and more.

Network Rendering now supports the option to use all available networked GPUs to increase rendering speed. The updated KeyShot 9.1 Network Monitor shows the type of rendering nodes available on the network.

KeyShot 9.1 is available immediately to all current KeyShot 9 users.

If you would like to find out more about KeyShot, give us a call on 01206 804984 or email us on contact@cadsoftwaredirect.com

SketchUp 2020 – New Features and How to Get It.

SketchUp 2020

SketchUp 2020 has arrived! Trimble have been watching comments in the forums throughout the year, and discussing ideas during training events to make sure the latest version of SketchUp addresses everything that users want to see out of this new release.

We’ll take a look at what’s new in SketchUp and Layout down below, but first let’s take a look at how you can get your hands on it as an existing user.

If you read just one thing in this post, make it this:
Please ensure that any plugins and renderers you rely on are compatible with SketchUp 2020 before upgrading, and be aware that there is no support for OS X 10.12 (Sierra) any longer. You must use OS X 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer.

With that out of the way…

How Do I Get Started?

Annual Subscription Users
The great news for you is that you’re eligible and are ready to use SketchUp 2020 right away. Simply download the application here. When the application is installed, all you need to do is sign in with your existing credentials.

Classic / Perpetual Licence Users with Active Maintenance
If you have an active Maintenance & Support plan, you will be sent your new SketchUp Pro 2020 licence details within the next few days via email.

Not sure if your maintenance is active? Check here or email us on contact@cadsoftwaredirect.com where we’ll be happy to help.

Network Users
Licences are automatically upgraded to the newer version.

Your old license is marked as “On Hold” in Trimble’s licensing database, and the new license is marked as “Active.”

The SketchUp Pro 2019 network license will remain in the “On Hold” state until a computer is authorised with your new 2020 license information. When this happens, you will have access to both SketchUp Pro 2019 and 2020 for 60 days. After 60 days, you will only have access to SketchUp Pro 2020.

See more about network upgrades here >

So, What’s New in SketchUp?

Introducing a new Outliner
In an effort to increase model performance, you no longer have to create Layers upon Layers – you can manage and organise your model straight within Outliner. Use the eye icon to toggle between the major sections of your model, such as main floor plans and furniture.

New grips on bounding boxes
When you grab a point that is obscured in an object (such as a back corner or centre point) and start to move it, your object will automatically go transparent when something in your model interferes with the object you are moving. This works with both the Rotate tool and Move tool.

Better control of hidden objects
You’ll notice in your drop-down menu that hiding objects are separated from hiding geometry. This will give you the ability to better manage hidden geometry and hidden objects for an even easier modeling experience. For example, now you can hide objects that are nearby (like trees, bushes, or a building) while still being able to edit hidden edges in a landscape or smoothed surface!

Updates to your SketchUp dictionary
There are a few updates to the naming conventions used when talking about SketchUp. This isn’t going to change how you use SketchUp, but we want to make sure you’re up to date with how some things are going to be referred to.

Objects are now a collective term for: groups, components, and dynamic components. Layers are now referred to as “Tags”.

What About Layout?

More power to adjust model views
LayOut now understands a lot more about your SketchUp model and what you’ve overridden. This means you can safely change a style or camera angle directly in LayOut without accidentally losing your changes.

How do you know what’s different in your LayOut viewport versus your model? When you make changes in LayOut, parts of the menu bar will go dark grey, alerting you that you’ve made an override.

Keep in mind – just because you made some changes in LayOut, doesn’t mean you’re stuck with those. You can always re-sync your viewports back to your SketchUp model if needed.

Improved customisation of your drawings
You can now take your LayOut documents to the next level with different models and views. If you have one SketchUp model that exists across several viewports, you can now re-link just one of those viewports to another SketchUp model. Previously, you had to delete that viewport, insert a new SKP model, and reset all your scale settings and viewport sizing.

You also have the ability to toggle Tag visibility within your LayOut document. Now you don’t have to create extra scenes just for your LayOut files, which will save you a lot of time going back and forth between LayOut and SketchUp.

Buy SketchUp 2020 as a perpetual licence, or the SketchUp Subscription 12 month bundle from CAD Software Direct where it is available right now. Not sure if SketchUp is for you? Try SketchUp free for 30 days.