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!

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 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.

Sketchup Pro 2018 – Competition Ending Soon

Sketchup Pro 2018

We’ve had some excellent entries sent our way for this Sketchup Pro 2018 competition, and time is running out!

We want you to design your perfect getaway with SketchUp. It could be a cosy cottage in the Cotswolds, a luxury villa in the Mediterranean, or maybe a chalet in the Alps. What’s your idea of a perfect getaway? We want you to model it in SketchUp!

Fire up Sketchup Pro 2018 right now, because you’ve only got until
5pm 30th June, 2018 to submit your work.

Simply email your entry to
sketchup@cadsoftwaredirect.com
to be in with a chance of winning.

 

What You Could Win

  • The winner will receive £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. Check out the Twitter and  Facebook pages!

 

Please include a little bit of information on the concept, any particular processes involved in modelling and if you do include a render, which software was used.

  • Create a 3D model of your perfect getaway home (e.g. villa, house, chalet etc.).
  • Must be modelled in SketchUp / SketchUp Pro
  • The model must not have been previously published anywhere.
  • By entering you consent to your work being featured on SketchUp UK social media.
  • Only one submission per person.
  • The submission can be of your model directly within SketchUp or it can be rendered (in which case we will still need the original skp file).
  • The winning entry will be decided by CAD Software Direct and this decision is final.
  • The winner will be announced on Friday 6th July

Good luck!

Webinar: V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp

Learn how V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp can boost your productivity in architecture and design projects.

CG Specialist Atanas Tudzharov will demonstrate rendering directly in the SketchUp viewport and show you how to harness the full power of your hardware with Chaos Group’s signature Hybrid rendering.

He’ll cover lots of cutting-edge features, including:

  • Powerful GPU Rendering
    V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp includes faster, more powerful GPU rendering, with added support for aerial perspective, displacement, subsurface scattering, matte/shadows, and more.
  • Hybrid Rendering
    V-Ray GPU running on NVIDIA CUDA can take full advantage of both CPUs and GPUs.
  • Adaptive Lights
    Cut render times in scenes with many lights by up to 700%.
  • Viewport Rendering
    Render live directly in the SketchUp viewport. And, with improved viewport materials, you’ll see a more accurate preview within SketchUp.
  • Smarter UI
    A cleaner, simpler interface, with better support for 4K monitors.
  • VRscans Compatibility
    Added support for Chaos Group’s growing library of over 600 photorealistic materials. Free 90-day trials available.

Register Now

Tuesday 5th December, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CET

V-Ray for Sketchup 3.6 Now Available – With Support for SketchUp Pro 2018!

Download Now!

New in V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp

Viewport Rendering

With new Viewport rendering, you can easily select and render multiple regions at once and quickly blend between your V-Ray render and SketchUp model using ‘Ctrl’ plus +/- hotkeys to control opacity.


 

Powerful GPU Rendering

Faster, more powerful GPU rendering with added support for aerial perspective, displacement, subsurface scattering, matte/shadows and more.

 


 

Hybrid GPU+CPU Rendering

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


 

Adaptive Lights

For scenes with lots of lights, the new Adaptive Lights mode can help you cut render times by up to 700%.

 


 

Smart UI

The entire V-Ray for SketchUp interface is now cleaner and simpler, with better support for 4K monitors..


 

File Manager

Manage all of your scene files in one place. Set file paths, create scene archives and keep track of assets like textures, IES files, and proxy objects.


 

V-Ray Colour Picker

New colour picker that’s simple and powerful. Select colour values in Screen sRGB (0–255) or Rendering (0.0–1.0) colour space.


 

V-Ray Scene Import

Import and render V-Ray scenes (.vrscene) from other applications such as 3ds Max, Rhino, and Revit.


 

Sunlight Studies

Create sunlight & shadow studies with SketchUp sun animation.


 

Fog

Give your scenes depth with new realistic 3D fog and light scattering effects.


 

New Texture Maps

Fine-tune the look of your scene with new gradient, colour temperature and procedural noise texture maps.


 

2D Displacement

Quickly add surface detail without extra modeling with optimized 2D displacement — perfect for architectural materials like brick and stone.

 


 

Animated Proxy Objects

Easily add pre-animated 3D objects like walking people and trees blowing in the wind with animated V-Ray proxies.


 

Proxy Previews

Control the look of V-Ray proxies in the SketchUp viewport. Select from Whole mesh, Bounding box, Point (Origin), and the new low poly Proxy preview mode.


 

Better Viewport Materials

Get a more accurate preview of your V-Ray materials in the SketchUp viewport.


 

Better Denoising

The V-Ray Denoiser is now easier to set up and you can refine settings even after you render.


 

Noew Compatible with VR Scans

Now compatible with real-world scanned materials from VRscans. Access over 650 photorealistic, drag-and-drop materials and bring a new level of realism to any scene. Register for a free trial.

 

Full release notes can be found here.

New V-Ray for SketchUp Update – Version 3.40.03

V-Ray for SketchUp version 3.40.03 includes upgrades to the license server, user interface, light sources, and many more helpful tweaks. Your V-Ray for SketchUp experience will be easier and smoother.

This update is free for V-Ray 3.x for SketchUp customers.

Download The Update

Highlights include:

  • License Server update to version 4.4.
  • Match Viewport mode has been added to the Render Output / Aspect Ratio drop-down menu. This matches the rendered image to the viewport’s aspect ratio.
  • Geometry Type icons have been added to the Asset Editors Geometry list. The icons identify the geometry type even if a custom name has been used.
  • Light Type icons have been added in the Asset Editors Light list. These icons identify the light source type and can be used to enable or disable the light.
  • Side-by-side stereo output layout has been implemented.

V-Ray for SketchUp Update Available

Chaos have made some important updates and improvements to V-Ray for SketchUp. Your experience will be smoother and faster, with better results. This update is free to download for all V-Ray 3 for SketchUp users.

New features include:

  • V-Ray Swarm now works with macOS.
  • Denoiser improvements.
  • Added toolbar controls.
  • Viewport improvements

Download V-Ray for SketchUp 3.40.02

V-Ray 3 for SketchUp is Here!

Yes. It’s here. V-Ray 3 for SketchUp is officially released today. With it comes compatibility with SketchUp 2017, something most people have been crying out for. Beyond this there are actually many more substantial changes. With this iteration, V-Ray for SketchUp radically improves live adjustments and utilises GPU power.

As with all upgrades, V-Ray for SketchUp incorporates the latest V-Ray render engine and this includes support for the latest hardware architecture and new and developing graphics card technology. The interface has been rebuilt to be easier and quicker to use, with changes to enhance fast set up. There are also better underlying improvements for error handling and features most people won’t see but which should result in improved stability and performance.

Buy V-Ray 3 for SketchUp

 

V-Ray 3.5 for SketchUp – New Features

  • New UI – Designer-friendly user interface for faster workflows.
  • Material library – Over 200 drag and drop materials for your next project.
  • V-Ray Swarm – Powerful, scalable distributed rendering system that’s simple and fast.
  • One-click VR – Render VR-ready content for popular virtual reality headsets.
  • Section cuts – Create quick cutaways and section renders with V-Ray Clipper.
  • Aerial perspective – Add realistic atmospheric depth and haze.
  • Denoiser – Automatically remove noise and cut render times by up to 50%.
  • Grass – Create realistic grass, fabrics and carpet with V-Ray Fur.

For more information on, save your seat on the V-Ray 3 for SketchUp webinar!

License Changes

Online Licensing
With the release of V-Ray 3 for SketchUp, Chaos will now offer an online licensing option as well as the USB dongled licenses. Electronic licenses are currently not available for upgrades.

Render Nodes
The basic V-Ray 3 for SketchUp Workstation license no longer includes any additional render nodes. For those users taking advantage of v2’s render nodes, it will be necessary to upgrade based on need. Five and ten render node addons are available as standard, more on request.

30 Day Free Trial

If you’d like to try a full featured trial version of V-Ray 3, please contact us.

Upgrading to v3

Free Upgrades (licenses purchased after November 1st 2015)
Users that purchased a new license or upgraded to V-Ray 2 for SketchUp, after November 1st 2015, qualify for a free upgrade to V-Ray 3 for SketchUp. This free upgrade includes one workstation license and one render node.

To process your free upgrade, we will need a file from your dongle. Please follow the instructions to generate a .wbc file from your V-Ray dongle. Once this has been created, please submit your V-Ray upgrade request, choosing V-Ray Upgrade Request as your Enquiry Type. Please include your original order number if you have this.

Please note: Free upgrades can take up to 10 business days to be processed.

Upgrade from v2 (licenses purchased before November 1st 2015)
You can purchase your V-Ray 2 upgrade here. You will receive an email requesting a file from your dongle. Please follow the instructions to generate a .wbc file from your V-Ray dongle.

Can I Still Use My V-Ray 2.0 License?
After upgrading to v3, you will have access to your V-Ray 2.0 license for 6 months.

Older Versions of V-Ray

With the release of version 3, Chaos Group no longer support V-Ray 1.49 for SketchUp and there is no upgrade path from 1.49 to any other version.

V-Ray 3 For SketchUp Beta – Register Today!

The V-Ray 3 for SketchUp public beta is now open. V-Ray 3 for SketchUp is fast, with a clean new interface to speed up workflow. We’ve added some exciting new features and invited our customers to try them before anyone else.

Here’s a glimpse of just some of the new features recently added to the beta.

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No more noise – With V-Ray’s new denoising technology, you can automatically eliminate noise and cut render times by up to 50%!


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A better perspective – Add realistic atmosphere and depth to your renders with V-Ray’s new Aerial perspective controls.


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Cutaways with Clipper – Render sections and cutaways with ease using the new V-Ray Clipper.


Anyone interested in joining the beta, should complete the application form. All feedback, new feature requests and bug reports should be submitted to the V-Ray for SketchUp beta forum.