SketchUp 2020 – New Features and How to Get It.

SketchUp 2020

SketchUp 2020 has arrived! Trimble have been watching comments in the forums throughout the year, and discussing ideas during training events to make sure the latest version of SketchUp addresses everything that users want to see out of this new release.

We’ll take a look at what’s new in SketchUp and Layout down below, but first let’s take a look at how you can get your hands on it as an existing user.

If you read just one thing in this post, make it this:
Please ensure that any plugins and renderers you rely on are compatible with SketchUp 2020 before upgrading, and be aware that there is no support for OS X 10.12 (Sierra) any longer. You must use OS X 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer.

With that out of the way…

How Do I Get Started?

Annual Subscription Users
The great news for you is that you’re eligible and are ready to use SketchUp 2020 right away. Simply download the application here. When the application is installed, all you need to do is sign in with your existing credentials.

Classic / Perpetual Licence Users with Active Maintenance
If you have an active Maintenance & Support plan, you will be sent your new SketchUp Pro 2020 licence details within the next few days via email.

Not sure if your maintenance is active? Check here or email us on contact@cadsoftwaredirect.com where we’ll be happy to help.

Network Users
Licences are automatically upgraded to the newer version.

Your old license is marked as “On Hold” in Trimble’s licensing database, and the new license is marked as “Active.”

The SketchUp Pro 2019 network license will remain in the “On Hold” state until a computer is authorised with your new 2020 license information. When this happens, you will have access to both SketchUp Pro 2019 and 2020 for 60 days. After 60 days, you will only have access to SketchUp Pro 2020.

See more about network upgrades here >

So, What’s New in SketchUp?

Introducing a new Outliner
In an effort to increase model performance, you no longer have to create Layers upon Layers – you can manage and organise your model straight within Outliner. Use the eye icon to toggle between the major sections of your model, such as main floor plans and furniture.

New grips on bounding boxes
When you grab a point that is obscured in an object (such as a back corner or centre point) and start to move it, your object will automatically go transparent when something in your model interferes with the object you are moving. This works with both the Rotate tool and Move tool.

Better control of hidden objects
You’ll notice in your drop-down menu that hiding objects are separated from hiding geometry. This will give you the ability to better manage hidden geometry and hidden objects for an even easier modeling experience. For example, now you can hide objects that are nearby (like trees, bushes, or a building) while still being able to edit hidden edges in a landscape or smoothed surface!

Updates to your SketchUp dictionary
There are a few updates to the naming conventions used when talking about SketchUp. This isn’t going to change how you use SketchUp, but we want to make sure you’re up to date with how some things are going to be referred to.

Objects are now a collective term for: groups, components, and dynamic components. Layers are now referred to as “Tags”.

What About Layout?

More power to adjust model views
LayOut now understands a lot more about your SketchUp model and what you’ve overridden. This means you can safely change a style or camera angle directly in LayOut without accidentally losing your changes.

How do you know what’s different in your LayOut viewport versus your model? When you make changes in LayOut, parts of the menu bar will go dark grey, alerting you that you’ve made an override.

Keep in mind – just because you made some changes in LayOut, doesn’t mean you’re stuck with those. You can always re-sync your viewports back to your SketchUp model if needed.

Improved customisation of your drawings
You can now take your LayOut documents to the next level with different models and views. If you have one SketchUp model that exists across several viewports, you can now re-link just one of those viewports to another SketchUp model. Previously, you had to delete that viewport, insert a new SKP model, and reset all your scale settings and viewport sizing.

You also have the ability to toggle Tag visibility within your LayOut document. Now you don’t have to create extra scenes just for your LayOut files, which will save you a lot of time going back and forth between LayOut and SketchUp.

Buy SketchUp 2020 as a perpetual licence, or the SketchUp Subscription 12 month bundle from CAD Software Direct where it is available right now. Not sure if SketchUp is for you? Try SketchUp free for 30 days.

Start Ray-Tracing, Animating, Shading and Rigging with Modo 13.2

Foundry Modo 13.2

What is Modo?

Modo is a creative 3D modeling, texturing and rendering tool available for Mac, Windows and Linux. With Modo, artists can explore and develop ideas without the steep learning curve.

Modo features an artist-friendly set of tools that let you focus on creation rather than construction. The photorealistic viewport, award-winning MeshFusion Boolean toolset, Python and C++ APIs and flexible tool assembly system all mean that you have total control over your projects.

Out of the box, Modo offers modeling, sculpting, texturing, painting and photorealistic rendering in one cohesive, easy-to-use content creation package, with unlimited network rendering capabilities included.

What’s new in Modo?

The Graph Editor has been improved to include velocity and speed curves as well as additional enhancements.

The new Channel Modifier, Twist Extractor, allows riggers to get the twist of a joint relative to its parent.

AxF 1.1 and 1.4 are now supported, allowing more complex materials and presents to be used in an efficient workflow.

mPath is a new renderer in Modo that enhances speed and quality. The new framework lets users take advantage of modern technical advances without sacrificing legacy compatibility.

If you’d like to know more about the latest features in Modo 13.2, click here.

Modo offers a unique combination of robust tools and a flexible system, including integrated sculpting and retopology functionality. With automated options and supported UDIM workflows, you won’t be stuck with tedious UV tasks either thanks to full integration with modeling and selection workflows.

Express your artistic ideas using brush-based sculpting tools to intuitively rough out volumes and add multiple levels of fine detail with speed. Create convincing materials with drag-and-drop presets or the high library of realistic physically-based materials.

Once you’ve constructed your idea, enjoy photorealistic rendering at limitless resolutions and even use network rendering at no extra cost.

Modo is available now as both Modo Perpetual and Modo Annual from CAD Software Direct.

ZBrushCore 2020 Available Now

ZBrushCore 2020

ZBrushCore 2020 is out now, and is available as a free upgrade for registered users! If you’re already a ZBrushCore user, you can upgrade for free here.

What is ZBrushCore?

ZBrushCore is a suite of the most essential elements from the full version of ZBrush. It includes everything that you need to get your start and make your mark in the world of digital sculpting and painting. These features are streamlined into a package that is approachable for artists of all experience levels. With ZBrushCore you can sculpt, paint and create nearly anything you might imagine.

Whatever your experience level, ZBrushCore is so natural to use that it’s almost like modeling with actual clay (without mess, but also with the ability to undo!). ZBrushCore’s powerful toolset will allow you to create amazing details with ease, as well as paint and colour your models exactly as you imagine them.

ZBrushCore 2020 is available to buy now at CAD Software Direct.

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!

KeyShot World 2020

KeyShot World

KeyShot World is back! It might be a bit of a trek for us here in the UK, but KeyShot World brings users and experts from all kinds of backgrounds together in one place and is the premier event for all things KeyShot.

This year, KeyShot World returns to Southern California on March 16th-17th at the Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach.

Register Now

Network with companies from all over, and join technical sessions and hands-on workshops hosted by Luxion’s own experts. You can expect to see workflows, material creation, lighting, animation and much more during your visit.

Just one ticket covers both days of the event, and with it you will get sessions and workshops, breakfast and lunch on both days, and it includes access to the keynote and evening reception on the first day.

Group pricing is available as well, so if you want this on your calendar for March next year, make sure to register. Tickets really are going fast and space is limited.

Register Now

Maxon and Red Giant to Merge

Maxon and Red Giant

Maxon, developers of Cinema 4D and a part of the Nemetschek Group, and Red Giant, tool designers for VFX artists and motion designers, have announced that Red Giant will be joining Nemetschek’s media and entertainment division in January 2020.

Both Maxon and Red Giant are already established names in the digital content creation industry. The merge is expected to finalise in January 2020, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions.

“This merger is a major milestone, not only for Maxon and Red Giant but also for the design industry as a whole,” said David McGavran, CEO of Maxon. “Our combined technology and knowhow have the potential to progressively reshape the content creation landscape for years to come.”

“The combination of our companies is an exceptional fit of people, culture and technology.” said Chad Bechert, CEO of Red Giant. “We look forward to working together under a shared vision of how to design powerful and approachable software to serve creative artists around the world.”

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.

KeyShot 9 Feature: RealCloth

KeyShot 9.1

With KeyShot 9, you get access to brand new features including GPU Mode rendering, advanced denoise, fuzz and more.

The webinar below focusses on RealCloth, the tool that lets you create highly realistic woven materials within KeyShot 9. Follow along as Creative Specialist Karim Merchant takes you through the incredible new RealCloth feature and see how you too can render realistic soft goods with ease.

Request a free KeyShot trial today to get started.

KeyShot 2019 Render Competition

KeyShot 9 Competition

For the month of December KeyShot are hosting the 2019 Holiday Render Competition! This is your opportunity to create an amazing KeyShot scene using the all-new features in KeyShot 9. To be in with the chance of winning, make use of these brand new features including:

  • RealCloth that brings you creation and visualisation of realistic woven materials.
  • Fuzz that allows you to add any amount of fuzz or fur (or tinsel!) you need to the surface of any object.
  • Contour Texture that lets you add an illustration-like effect on top of real-world materials such as metal or plastic.
  • 3D Model Library that provides high-quality, specially curated 3D models to complement the products in your scene.

You can even use the new Web Configurator, Animation Curve Control, Substance Painter Import, and VStitcher Integration, plus the new GPU support and Denoise to render it all out.

The top 3 finalists will receive big KeyShot prizes!

Entry Requirements

– Create your visual using one of the new features listed above.
– Use a seasonal theme of the Winter Holidays (i.e. Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years).
– All rendering and/or animation must be done in KeyShot 9.
– Screenshots, fully rendered images, animations or KeyShotXR’s and Configurators may all be submitted.
– Submit your entry on the ‘2019 KeyShot Holiday Render Competition’ forum board
– Multiple entries are acceptable
– Post edits are acceptable
– The competition is open to everyone
– Team entries are welcome – prize will be transferred to team leader

Render Output Specification:
Resolution: 16:9 Ratio (at or above 1920×1080) and/or 1:1 (1080×1080)
Filetype: .jpg, .png, .mp4, .avi, .html

Need A Licence To Enter?

If you need a licence for the competition, you can request a trial here:
https://www.cadsoftwaredirect.com/request-keyshot-trial

Extra Details

With your submission, mention what modeling software or other tools were used. Provide credit to where you downloaded or who created any supporting models as well. If post editing is done, show a before and after!

Luxion retains the right to use any image or animation submitted for purposes of promotion and marketing. All rights to the image belong to the person creating the image and attribution will be given when an image is used. Additional requests for use of render or animation files may be requested of the user via email.

Luxion’s Judging Criteria:
The entries will be judged on three criteria:

Innovation – How is it being used? What is the application?
Creativity – What is the content? What materials/lighting?
Execution – How was KeyShot used? How is the experience?

Prizes:
3x Grand Prizes  – KeyShot Pro (worth £1,520 each!)
3x 1st Place Prizes – KeyShot HD (worth £760 each!)
Honorable mentions (up to 10) – KeyShot Prize Pack (t-shirts, mug, etc.)

Deadline:
Tuesday, December 31st 11:59 PST (7:59 GMT)

Announcement:
The winner will be announced Tuesday, January 14th on the KeyShot website, forum and social media sites.

The contest is already open and ends
Tuesday, December 31st.

Cyber Monday Deals Now Live

Cyber Monday

Black Friday might be behind us, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still deals to be had. If anything, these are even better! Check out the links below and grab a big discount.

20% OFF New Licenses, Upgrades and Add-Ons
Offer until 6th December

Enter CMKEYSHOT at Checkout!

KeyShot Offer

Excludes EDU and Maintenance products. KeyShot for ZBrush not included.


Vectorworks

40% OFF perpetual licenses when purchased with Service Select
Offer until 5pm Tuesday December 3rd

Contact Us for the Vectorworks Offer

Those who have previously purchased a Vectorworks licence or Vectorworks Service Select maintenance agreement are ineligible.


First introduced on Black Friday, these deals below expire today so now is your last chance!

Next Limit

20% OFF All New Licenses / 10% OFF All Upgrades
Maxwell Render and RealFlow
Ends 5pm Today


SketchUp

15% OFF MSRP on SketchUp Annual Subscriptions
Ends 5pm Today

Enter BFSKETCHUP at Checkout

SketchUp Offer

If you’d like more information about any of the deals, email us on contact@cadsoftwaredirect.com