Join Artlantis LIVE on August 12th

Artlantis 2020

08:00 or 16:00 BST
Wednesday, 12th August
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Artlantis is a standalone rendering application built with architects and designers in mind. The latest version, Artlantis 2020, introduces a whole host of new features and settings that further improve the quality and realism of renderings.

Join this live webinar, led by Ildikó Szabó from Abvent, who will highlight all the fantastic features this latest version has to offer, including:

  • New and updated 3D Grass. 4 new grass types and 6 updated types of 3D grass enhanced with new settings for added realism.
  • Denoiser Tool. This reduces, or even eliminates, noise from renderings which are typically introduced by the reflection from shaders.
  • RAL colours and tints. Artlantis 2020 offers 243 colours and tints from the RAL Effect, RAL Design, and RAL Classic colour chart.
  • Portals. These improve the brightness of indoor scenes and removes noise from images.

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V-Ray Next for SketchUp – Update 2.2

V-Ray Next for SketchUp

The latest version of V-Ray Next for SketchUp is upon us, and brings along with it a number of bug fixes to improve your experience when rendering.

What’s New?

  • Improved matte elements generation
  • Applying textures no longer activates SketchUp‘s standard Colorize material option
  • Better Sunlight caustic photon emission
  • Enhanced CUDA engine stability
  • Boosted compatibility with some of SketchUp’s most popular plugins, especially ones utilizing V-Ray Proxy Meshes

Follow this link to view the complete log of changes.

Are you ready to experience the improvements yourself?
Download V-Ray Next for SketchUp 2.2

25% OFF Vectorworks, and Free Service Select!

Vectorworks 25% Offer

Are you looking to get started with Vectorworks, or are an experienced user looking for an upgrade? Now is the best time of the year to make the move!

Offer expires 5:30 p.m. BST on 15th September 2020
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What’s the Offer?

If you are New to Vectorworks:

Purchase a new licence of Vectorworks 2020 between 1/8/2020 and 15/9/2020 to get 25% off the new licence PLUS one year of Service Select at no additional cost.

Your Service Select contract will have a renewal date of September 1st 2021.
This will entitle you to Vectorworks 2021 when it’s released.

If you are Upgrading an Existing Licence (without an active Service Select contract):

Purchase an upgrade to Vectorworks 2020 between 1/8/2020 and 9/15/2020 to get 25% off the upgrade PLUS one year of Service Select at no additional cost.

Only Vectorworks 2017 and newer licences can be upgraded.
Your Service Select contract will have a renewal date of September 1st 2021.
This will entitle you to Vectorworks 2021 when it’s released.

Still Using Vectorworks 2017?

Make use of the upgrade offer now as this is your last chance to upgrade.

If you wish to upgrade your 2017 licence after this offer has ended, you will no longer be eligible and will need to purchase a brand new licence.

Want to Upgrade Fundamentals to Design Series (Architect / Spotlight / Landmark) ?

You can take advantage of the “Fundamentals to Industry” promotion AND combine it with this offer! This means that a Fundamentals user has the opportunity to upgrade with the 25% discount to add an industry series product along with a 50% discount on the add-on module at the time of upgrade.

This will be the last opportunity to take advantage of this offer. The Fundamentals to Industry promotion will officially end after this promotion.

Offer expires 5:30 p.m. BST on 15th September 2020
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VisualARQ Across Professional Sectors


You may think of architecture and BIM features when you think of VisualARQ for Rhino, but some of the key features are very useful across different professional sectors too.

Marine design

Some features in VisualARQ bridge the gap between architecture and marine design. Create ships and yachts using railings, walls, freeform beams, custom dynamic objects and more.

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Scan to BIM

Recreate existing buildings in 3D using point cloud scan data. Use VisualARQ alongside Rhino to deliver BIM models from scans quickly, easily and accurately.

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Product design

No matter the size or complexity of a design, when it comes to producing 2D drawings such as plan views, cross-sections or elevations, the 2D tools built into VisualARQ are ideal.

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Add data, edit and model using an IFC in Rhino after opening it with VisualARQ. Once done, simply export back to IFC. All the geometry data can also be managed with custom parameters and tools.

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Interior design

Prepare an architectural environment for interior design, and then produce the related documentation using VisualARQ.

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VisualARQ and Rhino are available now at CAD Software Direct .com

Eco-Home Competition Now Extended to August 28th!

Vectorworks Eco Competition

If you haven’t seen already, we’re running a competition where you can win some great prizes by designing your own Eco-Home in Vectorworks.

Full Details Here

We’re enjoying seeing all your entries, and it would be a shame to miss out on more of your projects, so now the competition is running all summer to give you plenty of time.

The Vectorworks Eco-Home competition deadline is now extended to August 28th!

Twinmotion – Create Stunning Visualisations in Just a Few Clicks.


Special Introductory Offer – 50% OFF Twinmotion until September!

Twinmotion is an easy-to-use visualization tool for architects, urban planners, and landscape architects that transforms CAD data into stunning visualizations so you can share ideas and communicate designs quickly and easily.

Twinmotion is designed to be simple, easy to use, and easy to learn. Get started quickly and be productive straight from the box by using one-click workflows, drag-and-drop assets, all under and icon driven interface.

Achieve a realistic look in no time, thanks to over 600 physically accurate materials that react to your environment, and smart features that allow you to visualise vegetation across seasons, study the impact of the sun’s position, and much more.

Easily create amazing scenes without all the hard work by using the library of thousands of static and smart assets. The library is always growing and includes furniture, ambient sounds, lights, animated vehicles, animals, dynamic plants, and much more.

Twinmotion offers one-click synchronisation with SketchUp Pro, Revit and Rhino so you can keep your existing workflow. As well as direct compatiblity, Twinmotion supports 21 other CAD formats including FBX, SKY, C4D, and OBJ.

Twinmotion for SketchUp, Twinmotion for Rhino and Twinmotion for Revit are also available and include a discount when purchased together.

There’s Still Time to Enter and Win Our Vectorworks Eco-Home Competition

Vectorworks Eco Competition

If you’re looking to flex your Vectorworks skills and be in with the chance to win some great prizes, look no further than our Eco-Home competition in collaboration with Vectorworks UK!

We’re looking for a design that is innovative, with a minimal environmental impact both in construction and use that considers features such as reducing energy bills, and using sustainable materials.

Submit your designs by July 17th 2020 to be in the running to win:

  • 2 x 3-Hour one-to-one online training sessions with a Vectorworks expert
  • SpaceMouse Compact (worth £125!)
  • Vectorworks swag
  • Bragging rights and your work showcased on our social media channels

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Full Competition Details

Competition closes at midnight July 17th 2020 . CAD Software Direct’s decision is final. By entering, you agree for your entry to be featured across CAD Software Direct and Vectorworks UK’s social media channels.

Maxwell Render V5 – Up to 30% OFF

Maxwell Sale

Summer is here, and what better time to have a discount on all Maxwell Render licenses!

From now until July 15th 2020, we will have 30% OFF new licences and 20% off upgrades.

Maxwell Features

Susbtance Painter Assistant

Maxwell now allows you to use all the graphics cards on your computer to calculate the render.

Cloud rendering service
Maxwell Cloud gives you easy access to a virtually unlimited amount of high-end rendering machines ready to speed up your work for less pressure on deadlines.

Multilight removes the need to re-render an image when light changes are required. You can tweak the lighting set-up over and over, saving as many images of the same scene as you like – all from just a single render.

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Preparing Renderings in Artlantis from a Vectorworks Model

Artlantis Webinar

If you missed our free webinar on how to use a Vectorworks model in Atlantis, you can catch up by watching the recording below.

Ildikó Szabo, Abvent Product Specialist, shows how Artlantis, Abvent’s stand-alone rendering application for architects and designers, can take a model produced in Vectorworks, and use it to produce stunning, photo-realistic renders.

Using the free and simple Vectorworks plugin for Artlantis, you can convert a Vectorworks file into one that is readable by Artlantis, and ready for rendering.

Learn about high resolution shaders, 3D objects and textures which give your presentations the look you want, and help you accomplish even the most ambitious projects.

Equipped with an intuitive interface and great tools, Artlantis 2020 boasts a number of new features elevating your architectural visualisations to new heights!

Artlantis is the perfect software for Vectorworks users, allowing them to present their projects with 3D photorealistic renderings.