3D Friday is Back! Come and see us June 14th in Colchester

3D Friday

We’re opening our doors again for another 3D Friday this June in Colchester!

For 3D architectural, urban, interior and product design we’ll be showing SketchUp and Vectorworks. To complement 3D modelling, we’ll also have some renderers including KeyShot and V-Ray. We’ll even have a full Oculus Rift setup with KeyVR for you to try demonstrating how virtual reality can be used for business.

If you’re more of an engineer, we’ll have BobCAD available as well as some exciting new software packages to explore.

Our resident fused filament 3D printer will make a return too so you can see how they work up close.

Whether you’re brand new to CAD, or you’ve been using it for as long as you can remember, this is a chance to get together with other designers and CAD enthusiasts to discuss your models, share tips and tricks or test new software.

 

Everyone is welcome and you can find us at:

Colchester Business Centre
1 George Williams Way
Colchester, CO1 2JS

Friday 14th June  –  1pm – 4pm

 

We recommend you use the public parking nearby – Britannia Way, Colchester CO2 7EF.

Leave the carpark and go left, take a short walk up the hill and you’ll find George Williams Way opposite Aldi. Mention at reception that you are here for CAD Software Direct’s 3D Friday where they will direct you to us. We hope to see you there!

Vectorworks Service Select Webinars: Spotlight “What is Braceworks?” and Spotlight Renderworks Styles

Vectorworks Spotlight Braceworks

Sign up today to book your place on these exclusive webinars only for Vectorworks Service Select customers, featuring Vectorworks Spotlight and Braceworks.

 

Vectorworks Spotlight – What is Braceworks?
10:00 – 12:00 (GMT+1) June 7th 2019

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Vectorworks Spotlight – Renderworks Styles
15:00 – 17:00 (GMT+1) June 7th 2019

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25% OFF Vectorworks – Offer Ending Soon

Vectorworks Make the Switch

Make the Switch to Vectorworks to get 25% off PLUS one year of VSS absolutely free! This offer ends on June 14th, so take a look before it’s too late.

There is 25% off for completely new customers to Vectorworks, and there is no limit on the amount of licences you can buy using the offer on your initial order.

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What is VSS?

Vectorworks Service Select (VSS) is a way of helping you maximise your investment in Vectorworks. VSS provides you with invaluable additional benefits like free upgrades, free premium support, free training and free online access to a knowledge web-portal. Most satisfying of all, VSS offers you all these benefits (and more) at a price that is well below the cost of regular updates.

  • Access to maintain releases
  • One-year basic technical support
  • Priority technical support
  • Upgrade to new releases at no additional charge
  • VSS is the most cost effective way to keep your licenses current
  • On-demand licensing
  • Unlimited access to on-demand training portal
  • Access to new libraries, textures, and more
  • Classroom and online training discount
  • Get free access to training seminars and 20% off all other training courses
  • Access to Vectorworks Cloud Services
  • Sync, store, compute, mark up & share, all within one application

Vectorworks Service Select Webinars: Architect Walls and Slabs with Components / Walls and Level Types

Vectorworks Architect

Sign up today to book your place on these exclusive webinars only for Vectorworks Service Select customers.

Vectorworks Architect – Architect Walls and Slabs with Components
10:00 – 12:00 (GMT+1) May 17th 2019

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Vectorworks Architect – Architect Walls and Level Types
15:00 – 17:00 (GMT+1) May 17th 2019

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SketchUp 2019 Plugin for Artlantis Available Now

Artlantis SketchUp Plugin

There’s great news for SketchUp users!  Abvent has released the SketchUp 2019 plug-in for Artlantis 6.5, Artlantis 7 and Artlantis 2019.

Download the Plugin

To ensure that current and potential users are up to speed, Abvent are hosting two Artlantis 2019 webinars on Wednesday, May 8th. The webinars are free, but space is limited.

Don’t miss your chance to learn how to get the most out of Artlantis!

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V-Ray – Behind the Scenes at Zaha Hadid Architects, Blur Studio and WeWork

Total Chaos

Total Chaos Masterclasses are an incredible opportunity to find out about the technology and techniques the world’s leading studios use to create astonishing content every day.

On May 16, Chaos Group welcome professionals to Sofia, Bulgaria for three Masterclass tracks. Pick from design, VFX or architectural visualisation and deep-dive into industry practices from the likes of the world-renowned Zaha Hadid Architects, Love, Death & Robots VFX firm Blur Studio and startup-nurturing coworking company WeWork — plus many more.

Tickets are selling fast, so secure yours now.

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You can also become a V-Ray Certified Professional (VCP) by attending one of the V-Ray Certification exam sessions. Located in the same venue as the Masterclasses, they’ll run between 5.30 PM and 8 PM.

The VCP exam is now available for both V-Ray 3.0 and Next.

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25% OFF plus Free VSS – Vectorworks ‘Make the Switch’ is Back!

Vectorworks Make the Switch

Forget workarounds and complicated design processes that limit your creativity. If your design software isn’t doing exactly what you need it to, it’s time to move to one that does.

Now’s the time to make the move.

If you’re a new Vectorworks user purchasing a new Vectorworks licence, you get a 25% discount PLUS a whole year of VSS (Vectorworks Service Select) absolutely free!

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This offer is running from May 1st to June 14th 2019

V-Ray Next for SketchUp – Hotfix 1 Released

V-Ray Next for SketchUp

V-Ray Next for SketchUp has just been updated with a number of bug fixes and feature enhancements to improve your rendering experience, including:

  • Optimised Scene Management – The entire asset management system has been optimised and made more reliable. You’ll find it easier to work on heavy scenes with a large number of assets and complex shading networks.
  • Improved V-Ray Scene Importer – Reliably import models using multi-materials created in 3ds Max.
  • Improved stability – This update fixes specific workflows related to loading V-Ray 3 projects, using settings preset files, overriding materials, texture colour space management and more.
  • Further improvements – Including better compatibility with some of the most popular SketchUp plugins.

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Read on for the full changelog:

Installation & Licensing

  • The Chaos Group License Server is updated to version 5.2.2
  • The installer now properly sets and displays a primary remote server IP address and port number – 127.0.0.1:30304

Workflow Improvements 

  • The entire asset management system is optimised and made more reliable. This affects asset creation, renaming, deletion, referencing, etc. The optimisations are most obvious in heavy scenes with big number of assets and complex shading networks
  • Render element assets are no longer deleted when the category is active and the Purge function is used. Use the multi-selection functionality to quickly delete a batch of elements
  • The Z Depth render element ‘Depth from Camera’ parameter is removed
  • The VFB Render Progress window now receives and can display log messages that have been sent before its first initialisation

Other Changes & Bug Fixes

  • Saving and loading projects no longer resets the Colour Space of all textures to the default sRGB option. Using the File Path Editor no longer changes the colour space either
  • The asset preview render process can now be restarted if it stops responding. Make sure to stop and restart the interactive preview (using its toolbar stop/start button) in the unlikely event this happens
  • The fresnel opacity of newly created Reflection material layers is now correctly displayed in the asset preview swatch
  • Invalid material or texture references can now be successfully cleared from the slot’s context menu
  • Creating a proxy from big number of SketchUp components or component instances now shows accurate progress in the Export Proxy window
  • An issue with a Water textures used in a bump slot is resolved. Negative texture values are now properly handled
  • All V-Ray taskbar processes are grouped and displayed under the SketchUp Windows taskbar icon. This applies to the Asset Editor and the V-Ray Frame Buffer window
  • VRscan materials are now correctly sized and properly affected by the SketchUp material scale. A helper texture is displayed in the viewport to ensure this. Texture Placement parameters are now listed for every VRscan in it’s Asset Editor properties panel
  • The way VFB Colour Corrections are saved within SketchUp projects is updated and made more reliable
  • A number of issues related to V-Ray 3 scenes loading and upgrading are resolved
  • A number of issues related to .vropt (render settings) files loading are resolved
  • The Purge Unused Assets function no longer causes issues on MacOS
  • Materials incorrectly saved with older V-Ray versions no longer cause issues when loaded in Next
  • A number of issues related to complex texture hierarchy manipulation and deletion are resolved
  • The Batch Cloud rendering functionality is temporarily disabled. Once a Chaos Cloud platform-side update is implemented, the feature will be re-enabled. Our main goal is to provide a system that warns users for possible issues with their batch cloud jobs(like missing external file assets, for example), letting them resolve the problem before the rendering starts
  • Images imported through the SketchUp native Import no longer produce problematic V-Ray materials. Scenes containing such images saved with previous V-Ray version no longer cause issues when rendered in Next
  • A number of issues with badly serialised V-Ray component data are resolved. A more detailed error message is displayed and a better log file is created, letting us easily identify any further problems
  • Deleting Fur, Clipper or Mesh Light widgets from a group is now reliably handled during Interactive Rendering
  • A number of issues preventing the V-Ray Asset Editor from being populated with assets on specific scene load are resolved
  • The V-Ray Scene Importer now reliably imports models using multi materials exported from 3ds Max. The material ID assignment in 3ds Max results in a single object group in SketchUp with different materials applied to the corresponding faces
  • The Scene Interaction Tool now works reliably with obstructed light widgets
  • Deleting multiple materials at once no longer produces Ruby errors and warnings
  • Using the Scene Interaction Tool before the previous action is completed no longer prints Ruby errors
  • Skatter Proxy geometry materials render correctly when using the ‘Render only’ mode. Regeneration no longer causes Ruby errors
  • A geometry instancing optimisation is implemented for Skatter objects with the ‘Render only’ mode enabled. This ensures that rendering a big number of instances is done in the most memory-efficient way
  • The way the SketchUp default material is handled by V-Ray is improved preventing incorrect lighting in specific situations
  • Activating Material Override during Interactive rendering now reliably affects all scene materials that have their ‘Can Be Overridden’ option enabled
  • Changing the SketchUp material Opacity value automatically disables the synchronisation with the V-Ray material refraction. This allows for custom opacity manipulations in the viewport without affecting the rendered result
  • V-Ray material refraction no longer resets in specific situations when the SketchUp scene is saved and reloaded
  • The Z Depth render element tooltips are fixed
  • All Smoke texture parameters are now properly named
  • Repathing files with a Windows path on MacOS no longer causes issues
  • The migration (gamma management) of render elements from scenes saved with V-Ray 3 is improved

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Vectorworks Service Select: Webinars in April

Vectorworks VSS Webinars

Vectorworks offers VSS (Vectorworks Service Select), the annual membership that maximises your investment by providing free upgrades and updates, premium support, training and more.

Just one of the many perks of a VSS membership is access to exclusive webinars! Register below for the VSS webinars running this April.

 

Service Select Webinar: Site Modelling | Site Visualisation

April 18th | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm BST

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Service Select Webinar: Site Modelling | Roadways and Paths

April 18th | 15:00 pm – 17:00 pm BST

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If you have any questions about Vectorworks or Vectorworks Service Select – contact CAD Software Direct where we’ll be happy to help.

VisualARQ 2.4 Available for Download

VisualARQ 2.4

VisualARQ 2.4 is available to download now.

This free service release includes some new features and fixes most of the issues reported by users:

  • New components in Grasshopper to create 2D Section views.
  • VisualARQ Script API: RhinoCommon compatible SDK to create, query and edit VisualARQ objects in the document.
  • Added Parameter Grasshopper Component to select document parameters.

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Read on for the complete list of what’s new in this update:

New features

  • VisualARQ Script API: RhinoCommon compatible SDK to create, query and edit VisualARQ objects in the document. Currently only about 30% functionality is exposed in the API.
  • Added Create Section View Grasshopper Component.
  • Added Section Options Grasshopper Components.
  • Added Parameter Grasshopper Component to select document parameters.
  • Added depth parameter in Create Section Grasshopper Component.
  • TAB key works with VisualARQ control points to lock direction.

Changes

  • Rhino 6 SR11 is now required.
  • Unattended VisualARQ installation can set license mode to “Network”.
  • Removed all videos from the context help as they may cause crashes in some computers.
  • Improved speed when computing spaces.
  • Added “Food4Rhino” link the VisualARQ main menu.
  • vaStylesImport command replace existing styles with the same name as the imported ones.
  • vaStylesImport command shows a warning when some styles couldn’t be imported.
  • Improved display speed of VisualARQ objects, up to 5x in model and 3x in layout.

Fixed bugs

  • Stairs
    • Stair control points couldn’t be selected by windows or crossing.
    • Fixed many stair slab generation issues.
    • Fixed a bug that make some step slabs disappear on balanced stair with a small radius.
    • Fixed some bugs when computing spiral stairs.
    • Fixed a bug when increasing the “Bottom Slab Thickness” in spiral stairs.
    • Fixed a bug that makes appear a hole between step and riser slabs in balanced stairs
  • IFC:
    • Fixed a bug that import doors and windows without the opening in the host wall.
    • Fixed a crash when opening some IFC files.
    • Missing objects when importing an IFC without required “Model” IfcGeometricRepresentationContext.
  • Grasshopper Components:
    • All profile creation components check that measures are valid.
    • Some document parameters were duplicated when baking objects.
    • Fixed a crash in the VisualARQ Set Property component.
  • Grasshopper Styles:
    • Doors and windows may not create the opening when there are more than one host wall.
    • Doors and windows generate an opening bigger than necessary in some cases.
  • Fixed a crash when changing a “Brep” parameter value of a Grasshopper Style.
  • Fixed an issue that make difficult to control the wall to attach to when moving doors and windows from a lateral control point.
  • Fixed a bug that make walls disappear when extending to some polysurfaces.
  • Fixed a bug when extending walls to multiple polysurfaces.
  • Section line marks weren’t correctly scaled when document units where changed.
  • Fixed a crash when opening a 3DM.
  • Flip direction context menu option is only shown in for elements.
  • License mode dialog couldn’t be canceled when license was expired.
  • Meshes were missing from 2D previews.
  • vaWall FromSolid command didn’t attach door and windows to the wall in some cases.
  • Some changed were not applied after clicking the Apply button in the curtain wall style editor.
  • Solid modifiers in beams were moved or stretched when modifying the beam control points.
  • Scale icon showed an incorrect measure in HiDPI displays.
  • Level marks were shown in an incorrect elevation on HiDPI displays.
  • Fixed scale icon blurry appearance.
  • Fixed a bug when copying roofs between document with different units.
  • Network license was not working in Rhino 5 (32-bit).
  • Fixed a bug in vaSlabSubtract command when selection non-horizontal slabs.
  • Some doors and windows were imported rotated 90º.
  • “By Parent” material was not correctly handled in some cases.
  • Fixed a crash in the vaFillet command.
  • Fixed a crash when inserting a document with VisualARQ objects as a block instance inside another document.
  • Rhino hangs when inserting a 3DM as block instance.
  • Some elements and annotations were missing when opening some documents.
  • Fixed a bug when creating a block from a column.
  • Per object display mode was ignored when printing in vector output mode.
  • Wrong realtime section color in Realistic viewports.
  • Sometimes, VisualARQ properties tabs were missing in the properties panel.
  • Fixed a bug that updates all objects when editing parameters in the style editor.
  • Fixed a crash when VisualARQ was loaded after pasting a command in the command line.
  • VisualARQ objects were not duplicated when using the Duplicate layer and objects context menu option in the layer manager.
  • Layer off in detail was ignored when printing in vector output mode.

Notes

  • File format hasn’t been changed in this release. Files saved with VisualARQ 2.4 can be opened with VisualARQ 2.3.
  • This release requires Lands Beta VIII, previous versions are not compatible and commands may not work or cause stability issues.

 

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