ZBrush 2021 Sneak Peek

Pixologic ZBrush 2021

The latest version of ZBrush is on the way with some exciting new features. We don’t have all the details just yet, but you can expect to find:

  • Cloth Dynamics
  • Interactive Cloth Brushes
  • Real-time MicroPoly
  • MicroPoly Presets (Combined with Cloth Dynamics)
  • FiberMesh with Dynamics
  • Unweld All with Dynamics
  • NanoMesh Improvements
  • ZModeler Enhancements
  • Dynamic Thickness
  • Speed Improvement
  • Save as an Image, Load as a 3D Model

The best part? ZBrush 2021 is a free update for all registered ZBrush users! Check out the video below to see the new features in action.

ZBrush 2020 is available now at CAD Software Direct. Buy now, receive 2021 on release.

V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max – Out Now!

V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max

The latest version of V-Ray has been released for the 3ds Max platform. With V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max, experience new features including Layered Compositor, Material Library and Browser, Light Mix, Material presets and previews, and much more, to streamline your entire workflow.

To find out more about V-Ray 5, join Chaos Group presenters Vlado Koylazov, Lon Grohs and Peter Matanov for a tour of the new features, followed by a live Q&A session.

V-Ray 5 Webinar
Tuesday, June 23rd 2020
6pm BST / 8pm EEST

Register Now

What’s New?

Light Mixing
Using LightMix with the new V-Ray Frame Buffer lets you experiment with lighting changes after rendering to explore lighting possibilities interactively and in real-time.

Layered Compositing
Fine-tune and finish your images directly within V-Ray Frame Buffer, eliminating the need for a separate post-processing app.

Material Manager
Efficiently browse from a library of over 500 render-ready materials including metals, glass, wood and more.

Material Presets
Save time creating common materials with presets for aluminum, chrome, glass and more.

Material Previews
New rendered material swatches show you exactly what your materials will look like.

Coat Layer
Add reflective coatings directly in the updated V-Ray Material, saving you both material creation and rendering time vs. using Blend material.

Sheen Layer
Create soft microfibre fabrics like velvet, satin and silk with the new Sheen options in the updated V-Ray Material.

Texture Randomisation
Add variety to your scene with the new VRayUVWRandomizer map and enhanced VRayMultiSubTex controls.

Stochastic Texture Tiling
Automatically remove texture tiling artifacts with the new Stochastic tiling option on the VRayUVWRandomizer.

Extended V-Ray Dirt
Weathered streaks and dirt in crevices are now easy with the enhanced V-Ray Dirt, which now employs both ambient and inner occlusion.

New Sun & Sky Model
Reproduce the subtleties of twilight when the sun is below the horizon with the new Sun and Sky model.

Existing V-Ray Users

If you’re already using V-Ray Next, you’ll be able to take advantage of upgrade pricing to get going with V-Ray 5. If you’re on V-Ray 3, contact us and we will help explore your options.

V-Ray Collection

V-Ray Collection is the ultimate 3D rendering and simulation toolset. One license gives artists and designers access to 15 Chaos products all with that single license — and total creative freedom and flexibility. With the V-Ray Collection, users can work freely between 3D applications, applying their own mix of photorealistic rendering, fluid simulation and real-time scene exploration to any project.

KeyShot 9.2 Available Now

KeyShot 9.2

With the exciting release of KeyShot 9.2, the focus is on stability and feature improvements, as well as a new Translucent Medium material, Multi-GPU Memory support, and the all-new KeyShot Benchmark.

‘Translucent Medium’ Material
This new and improved material is based on the GPU version of Translucent Advanced that was available in KeyShot 9.1. Now significantly optimised for quality and speed on GPU and CPU, Translucent Medium does a much better job handling translucency in even thin model sections.

NVLink Multi-GPU Memory Support
KeyShot GPU mode now supports memory scaling for multi-GPU setups using NVLink with KeyShot 9.2 or higher. This means that two Quadro RTX8000 GPUs can be combined to provide a huge 96GB of memory. Along with NVLink support, direct lighting and GPU startup time in GPU interior mode have been improved as well.

KeyShot Benchmark
KeyShot Viewer now features a brand new benchmarking tool! This tool indicates how fast your CPU or GPU will render scenes compared to a reference system using an Intel Core i7-6900K CPU @ 3.2GHz. To run the benchmark, select Benchmark after starting KeyShot Viewer.

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Credit: DK – LEGO Architect London

Did you know that KeyShot for Solidworks is also now a permanent part of the KeyShot collection? Originally launched as a limited offering, but now here to stay, click here to learn more about KeyShot for Solidworks!

All things KeyShot are available now at CAD Software Direct.

(Virtual) KeyShot World 2020

KeyShot World

A lot of us around the world might be spending a little more time at home than usual, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep up to date with everything KeyShot while you’re away from the office!

KeyShot World has moved online, running until April 2nd, and day 3 of the event is nearly underway. Here’s what’s in store for Virtual KeyShot World 2020 – Day 3!

17:00 – 18:00 GMT
Building and Managing your Digital Twin
Brad Adelmann & Tim Feher / KeyShot Studios
Join Session Here

19:00 – 20:00 GMT
Animation Essentials: From Part to Material
Will Gibbons / Will Gibbons Design
Join Session Here

If you’ve missed the last few days of KeyShot World, check out the recorded sessions.

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?

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