V-Ray Next for Revit – Update 1 is Here

V-Ray Next for Revit

Revit 2021 is now fully supported by V-Ray for Revit, and you can leverage even more performance with NVIDIA RTX support.

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What Else is New?

In addition to Revit 2021 and RTX support, here are the new features you will have access to:

View-specific Settings
Render and maintain multiple views with individual lighting, mood and composition. Whether it’s a bright exterior or a night time interior, you can quickly switch between the two within the same project.

New Grass/Fur Workflow
Create more realistic furry surfaces, such as grass and fabrics, with the new and extended V-Ray Fur workflow.

Sun Animation
V-Ray now adds extra realism to Revit’s Solar Study. Explore and visualise the impact of natural light and shadows on your designs across a variety of time spans.

Batch Rendering
Leave V-Ray to render your project images while you are away. Batch rendering helps you to schedule multiple views for rendering with a click of a button.

Transfer Auto Values
Reduce the amount of time you spend adjusting renders with automatically calculated exposure and white balance values. Values are now displayed in a single click and can be further adjusted manually.

Colour Assistant
V-Ray Colour Picker’s new extension saves time by suggesting a colour shade palette to choose the right colour for your designs

Material Picker
Replacing a Revit material with a V-Ray material has never been easier. Pick a surface in Revit view and instantly locate its material in the Appearance Manager.

V-Ray for Revit is 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.

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?

Opening Times and Christmas Deals

Christmas Deals

It’s been another strong year for 3D modeling and rendering. We’ve seen major releases in Vectorworks 2020 demonstrating considerable performance boosts, KeyShot 9 adding GPU rendering and RealCloth, a Maxwell 5 engine re-write built for speed, and so much more than we can list here.

As always, we’d like to extend our sincere thanks to all of our customers and partners for making this another great year, and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. With both the year and decade drawing to a close, it’s time to send off 2019 in style.

CAD Software Direct Opening Times

Our offices are open as normal on December 23rd, so any orders placed before then will be processed as usual. We will do everything we can to get late orders back to you before the break, and there will be limited order processing between Christmas and the New Year. Otherwise we’ll be back to work and sending out orders first thing on January 2nd.

Christmas and New Year Offers – Up to 50% OFF RRP

Vectorworks

25% OFF All Purchases
Offer until December 31st

Vectorworks Offer

Excludes Service Select renewals, Dongles, Shipping, Reinstatements, and Prorated cost of adding to the service select contract.


Maxwell Render

20% OFF A New Licence
Offer until January 6th

Maxwell Render Offer


Realflow

50% OFF New Licences, 30% OFF Plugin versions
Offer until January 6th

RealFlow Offer


Rhino 6

15% OFF RRP on Rhino 6 Licences and Upgrades
Offer until January 2nd

Rhino Offer


15% OFF the V-Ray + Rhino Bundle
Comes with FREE Affinity Photo
Offer until January 2nd

V-Ray Rhino Bundle Offer


£50 OFF A New ZBrush Licence
Offer until January 2nd

ZBrush Offer


£50 OFF A New Artlantis Licence
Offer until January 2nd

Artlantis Offer


If you have any questions or would like further information, give us a call on 01206 804984 or send an email to contact@cadsoftwaredirect.com

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
from all of us at CAD Software Direct!

Corona for SketchUp – What Happened?

Corona for SketchUp

While the latest news surrounding Corona for SketchUp may have been announced way back in 2018, we are still seeing search activity on Corona for SketchUp. Here’s a little bit about what happened, and some alternative suggestions.

In early 2018, the team behind Corona admitted that the SketchUp plugin was not successful due to a small team of developers undertaking work before moving on to other projects. Little progress was made and some development roadblocks surfaced, which combined with limited manpower dedicated to the plugin, pulled the project to a halt.

It was around this time as well that Chaos Group released version 3.6 of their highly successful V-Ray for SketchUp plugin. After seeing where their own project was at, and comparing it to Chaos Group’s offering, the Corona developers decided it best to concentrate their efforts into Corona for 3ds Max and Corona for Cinema 4D – especially as the Corona team have since joined to become part of Chaos Group themselves.

It is a possibility that a unified API for Corona and V-Ray, or a universal export format may appear at some point, but this is far from an official plan so don’t hold out hope on this one.

Corona for SketchUp Alternatives

Fortunately, there are a wealth of renderers for SketchUp.

V-Ray for SketchUp offers easy photo-realistic rendering for artists and designers in architecture, interior design, film and games design as well as visual effects and much more.

Maxwell Render is available as a plugin for SketchUp as well as a standalone package. Maxwell Render provides unbiased rendering for stunning lighting and realism.

KeyShot is a standalone render that can be used with SketchUp files. This is ideal for photo-realistic product shots.

If you’d like to know more about which render is best for you, contact us or find out more at CAD Software Direct.

V-Ray Next for Revit is Here

V-Ray Next for Revit

Revit is the latest platform to be upgraded to V-Ray Next, as it has now been announced that V-Ray Next for Revit is available! Architects can now get more creative, using dozens of new features and improvements to produce photo-realistic imagery faster than ever before.

V-Ray Next for Revit is available as a perpetual licence, monthly or annual subscription.

What’s New?

  • New Asset Editor – Create, edit, save and manage V-Ray materials all in one place. Advanced materials give designers even more control when fine-tuning their designs, simplifying the process of recreating real-world materials with complex surfaces.
  • Appearance Manager – Basic Revit assets can now be switched to photo-realistic V-Ray assets at render time to keep BIM models unaffected and clean. 
  • Better Entourage – With .vrscene linking, architects can now quickly populate visualisations with high-quality entourage from any V-Ray product, giving designs a more custom look.
  • Randomise Objects – Add variety to plants and trees by randomising the scale and rotation of V-Ray Proxy and V-Ray Scene instances.
  • Lighting Analysis – Easily evaluate real-world lux values from daylight and fixtures to determine the true illumination levels of a design.
  • Speed Boosts – Rendering speeds are now up to 50 percent faster in V-Ray Next. Improvements to GPU rendering offer another 200 percent, further extended through V-Ray’s new Adaptive Dome Light, which can show improvements up to 2x.
  • Auto Exposure & White Balance – The V-Ray Physical Camera can now set the correct camera exposure and white balance automatically, offering picture-perfect renders every time.
  • Real-Time AI Denoiser – No-input denoising eliminates image noise almost instantly to give an immediate sense of lighting.
  • New Lens Effects – Add an extra touch of photo-realism with the fully redesigned camera lens effects. Simulate real-world bloom and glare; add lens dust and scratches; or get feedback in the Aperture Preview for more refined control.
  • Improved Toolbar – Redesigned icons and features make for a more intuitive user experience.
  • Revit Decals – With full support for Revit Decals, users can now easily render paintings, signs, screens and more.
  • Settings & Work-Sharing – V-Ray settings can now be saved within a Revit project, making it easy to adopt and share the same render settings across teams and projects.
  • Direct Render Saves – A streamlined workflow now allows for direct saves to a Revit project from the V-Ray Frame Buffer.
  • Background Image – Stunning light setups can now be combined with custom background images through a merged dialog, making it easier to separate out different elements of a lighting simulation.

V-Ray Next for Revit is available now at CAD Software Direct as a perpetual licence, monthly or annual subscription.

Last Chance! Register for 3D Friday Now.

3D Friday Event

20th September 2019 – 1pm to 4pm
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Firstsite
Lewis Gardens, High Street Colchester
Essex, CO1 1JH

Register and Attend – Get Free Stuff!

The first 10 people to register and attend will get their choice of Affinity Photo, Designer or Publisher! As an added bonus, anyone who attends will get 5% off their next order with us. Spaces are low now, but you never know who is going to show, so it’s still worth registering and you might be one of the lucky 10!

***Last Minute Offer***
We even have a special attendee discount of 25% OFF new Vectorworks licenses!

Vectorworks Presents “The CUBE”

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Architect Product Specialist, Luka Stefanovic, will be on hand showing the process of modeling a project in Vectorworks Architect whilst following UK BIM standards. In this live demo, you’ll learn about BIM standards and the framework, as well as be guided through RIBA design stages and follow along with a complete typical architectural design process.

Try Virtual Reality with our Oculus Rift

If you want to know how VR can benefit your business, or you just want to see what it’s like for yourself, come on in and have a go! We’ll be showing 360 degree images rendered in V-Ray, as well as some interactive KeyShot scenes.

Learn About CAD CAM for Engineering

If you’re more of an engineer interested in machining parts, we’ll have BobCAD set up as well so you can take a look at how 3D CADCAM makes milling, turning, nesting and more, easier than ever.

20th September 2019 – 1pm to 4pm
Register Now >

Firstsite
Lewis Gardens, High Street Colchester
Essex, CO1 1JH

There’s Still Time to Attend 3D Friday (and collect some freebies!)

3D Friday Event

Vectorworks are joining us this 3D Friday for a live demo walking you through a typical architectural design process. Held at Firstsite in Colchester, you’ll also have a chance to get hands on with our Oculus Rift VR set, browse some 3D modelling and CADCAM applications, and more!

20th September 2019 – 1pm to 4pm
Register Now!

Firstsite
Lewis Gardens, High Street Colchester
Essex, CO1 1JH

Free Stuff?

Useful free stuff to boot! The first 10 people to register and attend will get their choice of Affinity Photo, Designer or Publisher! As an added bonus, anyone who attends will get 5% off their next order with us.

Vectorworks Presents “The CUBE”

Architect Product Specialist, Luka Stefanovic, will be on hand showing the process of modeling a project in Vectorworks Architect whilst following UK BIM standards.

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Try Virtual Reality with our Oculus Rift

If you want to know how VR can benefit your business, or you just want to see what it’s like for yourself, come on in and have a go! We’ll be showing 360 degree images rendered in V-Ray, as well as some interactive KeyShot scenes.

20th September 2019 – 1pm to 4pm
Register Now!

Firstsite
Lewis Gardens, High Street Colchester
Essex, CO1 1JH

Our Free to Attend 3D Friday is Back this September

3D Friday Event

3D Friday is back, and this time we have Vectorworks joining us for a live demo walking you through a typical architectural design process. Held at Firstsite in Colchester, you’ll also have a chance to get hands on with our Oculus Rift VR set, browse some 3D modelling and CADCAM applications, and more!

20th September 2019 – 1pm to 4pm
Register Now
!

Firstsite
Lewis Gardens, High Street Colchester
Essex, CO1 1JH

Vectorworks Presents “The CUBE”

Architect Product Specialist, Luka Stefanovic, will be on hand showing the process of modeling a project in Vectorworks Architect whilst following UK BIM standards.

In this live demo, you’ll learn about BIM standards and the framework, as well as be guided through RIBA design stages and follow along with a complete typical architectural design process.

The presentation will show various parametric tools, along with some new features from Vectorworks 2019. We might even see a preview of some brand new features ahead of Vectorworks 2020… Once the presentation is over, there will be plenty of time for Q & A, and an opportunity to see what else we have.

Try Virtual Reality with our Oculus Rift

If you want to know how VR can benefit your business, or you just want to see what it’s like for yourself, come on in and have a go! We’ll be showing 360 degree images rendered in V-Ray, as well as some interactive KeyShot scenes.

Learn About CAD CAM for Engineering

If you’re more of an engineer interested in machining parts, we’ll have BobCAD set up as well so you can take a look at how 3D CADCAM makes milling, turning, nesting and more, easier than ever.

20th September 2019 – 1pm to 4pm
Register Now
!

Firstsite
Lewis Gardens, High Street Colchester
Essex, CO1 1JH