Energy Modelling in the Early Design Phase

Vectorworks Energy Modelling

Energy Modelling in the Early Design Phase
Tuesday 2nd June – 14:00 BST

Free Webinar

In this free webinar, Architecture Industry Specialist Luka Stefanovic will show you how to assess the energy performance of a building at the beginning stages of an integrated design process.

With climate change and sustainable design at the forefront of many people’s thoughts when designing for the future, integrated tools can help your efficiency and decision making. With better insights, architects can make more informed design decisions.

Vectorworks Subscriptions Now Available!

Vectorworks Subscription Plans

Vectorworks subscription plans are the best way to get Vectorworks at a reduced upfront cost for the length of time you need. They’re flexible, cost effective, and always keep you up to date with the latest features. Choose the plan that’s right for you!

Vectorworks Subscriptions

Use Vectorworks Anywhere
Use the software in the office, at home, or even on the commute.

Stay Up To Date With The Latest Releases
You’ll get instant access to new software releases and improvements as they launch.

Simple Subscription Management
Your Customer Portal lets you manage your software licences directly from your own account.

Direct Technical Support
As a subscriber, you have access to helpful documentation, tutorials, training videos, and community support forums online. You’ll even be able to speak to someone over email or the phone if you prefer.

Take Advantage Of Flexibility
For short-term needs such as temporary staff of one-off projects, monthly subscriptions are ideal. Your subscription will automatically renew each month, but you have the control to cancel up to four days before your renewal date, avoiding charges for the next billing cycle.

Alternatively, annual subscriptions are a cost-effective way to maintain a subscription for 12 months. With a yearly subscription you’ll pay for 10 months and get two months free, versus a monthly subscription, billed annually. As with the monthly subscription, you have the control to cancel up to four days before your renewal date.

Spreading the Cost of A Perpetual Licence

If you would rather a perpetual Vectorworks licence, but would prefer to spread the payments, we’ve got plenty of options available. Find out more here:

Spreading Vectorworks Payments

If you’re unsure whether Vectorworks is for you, why not try a Free Vectorworks Trial?

VisualARQ supports Cloud Zoo!

VisualARQ 2.8

Did you know that VisualARQ 2.8 supports Cloud Zoo to manage floating licenses online? All you need to do is add the license to your Rhino account to use the same license on any internet connected computer!

Download VisualARQ 2.8

This latest version of VisualARQ features new plan cut and visibility settings. Objects above or below the cut plane can be displayed in plan views and objects above cut plane can be displayed using overhead attributes.

Example of the overhead attributes of a roof in a plan view.

To see this feature in full, check out the video below:

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.

Download Now

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

Vectorworks 30% Offer Extended

Vectorworks May 2020

The opportunity to save 30% on Vectorworks, originally scheduled to end today, has been extended right through May.

You can now save 30% on Vectorworks until May 31st 2020. This offer includes new licences, upgrades, Service Select, add-on modules, Vision and training, whether you’re a new or existing Vectorworks user.

Save on Vectorworks

If you’re having any difficulty accessing licences while working remotely at this time, please contact us and we will help explore your options.

Service Select renewals, dongles, shipping, reinstatement fees and subscriptions are excluded from this offer.

Other Ways to Buy Vectorworks

If you’re looking to buy Vectorworks, but would prefer monthly payments over an up front lump sum – there are now more choices than ever!

Spreading Vectorworks Payments

  • We can offer business leasing so you can spread the cost of a perpetual licence monthly between your choice of 2 to 5 years.
  • PayPal Credit offers 4 months interest free payments, and can be used for longer terms based on their interest charges.
  • We can also split the payment for you into three instalments. One initial payment, followed by two more with 30 days between them.

Spread the cost of Vectorworks

Vectorworks Subscriptions

Did you know all versions of Vectorworks are now available as a Vectorworks Subscription?

Unlike the other options to spread the cost of a perpetual licence, the subscription allows users to choose month to month if they require the software – or an annual option is available. Vectorworks subscriptions are ideal for users when the length of a project that requires Vectorworks is limited, or perhaps when it’s necessary to add more workstations just for a few months. However, if you expect to use Vectorworks indefinitely, it is far more cost effective to purchase a perpetual licence.

Buy a Vectorworks Subscription

30% OFF Vectorworks this April

Vectorworks April Offer

With the current situation, working from home means some people are needing additional licences to tide them over. If you’re one of these people, or if you’re just looking to add to your team, or even get started with Vectorworks, then this offer is for you!

Save on Vectorworks

Get 30% off any Vectorworks purchase this April including new licences, upgrades, Service Select, add-on modules, Vision and training whether you’re a new or existing Vectorworks user.

If you’re having any difficulty accessing licences while working remotely at this time, please contact us and we will help explore your options.

Service Select renewals, dongles, shipping, reinstatement fees and subscriptions are excluded from this offer.

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

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?