Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

Cyber Monday

Tired of Black Friday queues?
Beat them all with Cyber Monday online exclusive deals!

We’ve got four big offers, something for everyone, that you won’t want to miss. Here’s what we have:

 

SketchUp

Exclusive to Monday 26th November, get 15% OFF RRP on new SketchUp Pro licenses.

Enter CYBER18SU at checkout to get the discount!

Trimble SketchUp Pro (formerly Google Sketchup Pro) is an intuitive 3D CAD software package that is both cost effective and natural to use. Built in features like Layout and third party renderers make Sketchup Pro a powerful tool.

Single licenses only, and one per purchaser only. Discount does not include the cost of maintenance and support.

Save on SketchUp >

 

Vectorworks

Exclusive to Monday 26th November, get 40% OFF RRP on new Vectorworks licenses.

Contact us now to get the discount!

Vectorworks 2019 is specialist and powerful software that is pleasantly user-friendly. It comes in five variants:

Fundamentals (the basic package, short on specialist libraries but containing all core 2D and 3D functionality)
Architect – for architecture and built environment work
Landmark – for landscape/environment design
Spotlight – for event and exhibition design
Designer – incorporates all these versions, ideal for multi-discipline practices.

If you’re looking for previz software to create unmatched experiences, you can with Vectorworks Vision, also at 40% off when purchased with a 1-year VSS membership.

Offer applies to new licenses of Vectorworks for new customers when committing to a 1-year VSS membership at full price.

Contact Us to save on Vectorworks >

 

KeyShot

Monday 26th – 30th November, get 20% OFF new KeyShot licenses.

Enter KSCYBER20 at checkout to get the discount!

KeyShot by Luxion, is a processor-driven rendering application that works equally well on Windows and Mac. It is a biased renderer meaning it accelerates rendering by estimating lighting calculations – but it does so extremely effectively. KeyShot comes as KeyShot HD or KeyShot Pro, where Pro includes a range of animation tools and additional options and features. KeyShot HD was previously limited to HD resolution but the output is now unlimited – making it even more appealing.

We’re also running 20% OFF all week long on upgrades and add-ons until November 30th! Enter KSCYBER20 at checkout to get the discount.

Offer does not apply to EDU and Maintenance products.

Save on KeyShot >

 


Starting Friday 23rd and throughout the 26th, get a huge 50% OFF RRP on Maxwell and RealFlow new licenses.

Enter CYBER18NXT at checkout to get the discount!

RealFlow is an industry-standard, out-of-the-box fluid simulation software. Fast and easy to use, it is compatible with ALL major 3D platforms.

Save on RealFlow >

Maxwell is a render engine for making perfect images, films and animations from 3D models. It is the complete solution for anyone who demands immaculate results on a deadline. Maxwell Render is also available as a plugin for a wide range of modellers including SketchUp, Rhino and Cinema 4D.

Save on Maxwell >

 

Set your reminders now to visit CAD Software Direct this Cyber Monday to save on SketchUp, Vectorworks, KeyShot, RealFlow and Maxwell.

KeyShot 8.1 Released – Available Now

KeyShot 8.1

KeyShot 8.1 focuses on stability, feature updates and new usability features to improve output, issue reporting and the visual creation workflow.

Just over a month ago, KeyShot 8 was a pivotal release introducing features like displacement mapping, bubbles, flakes, interactive image colour and intensity curve adjustments, and much more.

KeyShot 8.1 follows quickly on the heels of that release to introduce 16-bit PSD output, in-view indicators for geometry shader, full-resolution HDRI update, in-app problem reporting, and invert selection capabilities, along with many other improvements and bug fixes. Head to the bottom of this post to see the full release notes.

Current KeyShot 8 users can update to 8.1 for free starting today. If you already have KeyShot 8 installed, you’ll be prompted to update, or you can also go to the KeyShot “Help” menu and select “Check for Updates“.

If you purchased KeyShot 7 after August 15th 2018, you’re also entitled to a free upgrade to 8.1 by using your current serial code.

You can view the release notes below, but in the meantime, don’t forget that we have great deals on KeyShot starting November 26th through to November 30th across new licenses and upgrades. View our KeyShot Deals blog post.

Release Notes

New Features

  • In-app Problem Reporting. Presented automatically when a crash dump is detected or accessed via Main menu > Help.
  • 16-bit PSD Format for Still Images, Animation Frames, and Configurator output.
  • In-view indicator button to Execute Geometry Nodes when change is detected.
  • In-view indicator button to Generate Full-Resolution HDRI when change is detected.
  • Invert Selection command in right-click context menu of Real-time View and Scene Tree.

Improvements

  • Added five new splash screens.
  • Added “Add Geometry Node” button on ribbon in Material Graph.
  • Added a Label input indicator on the Material Graph root node.
  • Execute Geometry Nodes button in material properties now only affects that material.
  • Improved Displacement mesh quality. Resolution is now Triangle Size with option to define by units or pixels.
  • Added unique icons for Bubbles, Flakes, and Displace.
  • Added Seed for Flakes and Bubbles.
  • Added support for multi-selection of objects in Cutaway > Add Excluded Objects dialog.
  • Added support for object outlines when selecting Excluded Objects in Cutaway properties.
  • Added pointer support for Spotlights in the Geometry View.
  • Now supporting Move Tool hotkey in Geometry View.
  • Added a right-click context menu to the Image Styles list.
  • Now retaining Photographic-specific Image Style values when toggling to Basic.
  • Added message when “Use GPU” is disabled and Photographic Image Style Mode is enabled.
  • Now automatically enabling Accurate Tessellation on Import of Datakit formats for periodic surfaces i.e. springs, screws to improve mesh quality.

Noteworthy Bug Fixes

  • Fixed issue with Bubbles applied to geometry with per-triangle vertex normals or no normals i.e. C4D, 3ds Max, Maya, ZBrush.
  • Fixed UV meshes with custom UV layout and Displacement.
  • Fixed Geometry Nodes respecting disabled state.
  • No longer showing Splash Screen as top-most window.
  • Now ignoring Show Only Hotkey when Mapping Tool is open.
  • Fixed radio buttons in Move Tool dialog.
  • Now using fixed format for Render Layers output format is set to PSD.
  • Fixed crash when loading scene with Motion Blur.
  • Fixed error in node type changes in the Material Graph.
  • Fixed removal of discarded sub-materials from Material Graph.
  • Fixed occasional crash when removing Multi-Material.
  • Fixed issue with lost material name when toggling Multi-Material.
  • Fixed crash when assigning Curve Color Randomizer to a geometry node.
  • Fixed crash when loading large .png in Library.
  • Fixed error when right-clicking on Free Camera is scene tree.
  • Fixed selection in pivot move tool dialog.
  • Fixed performance of Project > Materials list with many materials in scene.
  • Fixed loss of textures with same name in different folders when saving .ksp.
  • Fixed FOV not being saved with camera.
  • Fixed Global Illumination Quality when using Custom Control with Global Illumination Cache disabled.
  • Fixed extraction of .hdz from KeyShot 6.3.
  • Fixed corruption of KeyShot 6 color library when loading into KeyShot 8.
  • Fixed dielectric-based material Cutaway Caps.
  • Fixed tiling in ground shadows visible through cutaway object.
  • Fixed Cutaway color caps when camera is inside Cutaway object.
  • Fixed Glass and Thin Film as Excluded Objects for Cutaway.
  • Fixed issue with Color Cutaway Caps in Interior Mode.
  • Fixed issue with hot pixels caused by Cutaway on Windows.
  • Fixed Move Control Point for Camera Path animation.
  • Fixed flicker when moving Animation Wizard.
  • Fixed dataloss when cancelling Re-Tessellation.
  • Fixed issue with non-default location for KeyShot 8 Resources folder.
  • Fixed issue Rendering KeyShotXR via scripting with Add to Queue to Send to Network.
  • Fixed issues with import settings when using scripting to import.
  • Fixed issue with Queue thumbnail when Add to Queue from Options.
  • Fixed issue pasting a copy into a Model Set.
  • Fixed quality of image-based HDRIs with HDRI Editor Adjustments applied.
  • Fixed gamma handling of colors saved from the color picker to the Library.
  • Fixed Delete key in Scene Tree.
  • Fixed crash with Copy/Paste Position.
  • Fixed blur when rendered in Background mode.
  • Fixed KeyShotXR flicker in Microsoft Edge.
  • Fixed Zoom buttons for the Project > Materials list.
  • Fixed Exit button visibility in Compact Presentation Mode.
  • Fixed Preferences > Screenshot > Quality slider.
  • Fixed text visibility for Studios in Presentation Mode.
  • Fixed Parent/Component tab text when single top level titles are hidden.

KeyShot Deals This November

KeyShot

For the last week of November, we’ve got a limited time offer on all KeyShot licenses, upgrades and add-ons*.

November 26th…

For ONE DAY ONLY we’ll be offering a very special discount on KeyShot licenses. This means you can buy KeyShot HD, KeyShot Pro and more at our best price ever.

Put it in your calendar, because this is going to be the best time to buy if you’ve been looking to get into KeyShot, or add another license for your team.

 

…to November 30th

All week long we’ll be offering a great discount on all things KeyShot*.

If you’ve been looking to boost your productivity by upgrading HD to Pro, this will be your best opportunity!

 

We can’t (won’t) say what the discounts will be just yet, but follow our blog, Twitter and Facebook to be the first to know.

*Offer excludes EDU and Maintenance products as well as KeyShot for ZBrush.

Last Chance – 50% OFF Vectorworks

Vectorworks Deal

This is your last chance to take advantage of this offer which ends Friday, November 16th.

Save 50% on Vectorworks 2019 when you purchase a one-year Vectorworks Service Select (VSS) membership.

If you aren’t already on VSS, you should know that it gives you upgrades to the latest version at no additional cost, as well as a whole host of features including priority technical support and unlimited access to the on-demand training portal. VSS is the most cost effective way to keep Vectorworks up to date with the latest features.

Find out more about Vectorworks Fundamentals, Vectorworks Architect and more at CAD Software Direct.

Free 60-Day Altair SIMSOLID Trial and Webinar

SIMSOLID Altair

Altair has recently announced the acquisition of SIMSOLID, simulation technology for fast, accurate, and robust structural simulation without the need for geometry simplification, cleanup, or meshing. Altair Engineering is a leading provider of enterprise-class engineering software including solidThinking Evolve and many more.

Webinar: Introduction to SIMSOLID

Wednesday November 7, 2018 | 10:00 am EST

SIMSOLID was founded from one simple question: “Why does the geometry used in the Design and Structural Simulation worlds have to be so different?

SIMSOLID is structural analysis software developed specifically for design engineers. It eliminates geometry simplification and meshing, the two most time consuming and expertise extensive tasks done in traditional FEA.

Download FREE 60-Day SIMSOLID Trial

Moreover, SIMSOLID can analyse complex parts and large assemblies not practical with traditional FEA and do it efficiently on a desktop class computer. Both fast and accurate, SIMSOLID controls solution accuracy using a unique multi-pass adaptive analysis.

V-Ray for Cinema 4D 3.7 Released

V-Ray for Cinema 4D

As of November 1st 2018, V-Ray for Cinema 4D, created by LAUBlab, is an official member of the Chaos Group family.

Starting now through March 15, 2019, owners of V-Ray for Cinema 4D 3.6, or earlier, are entitled to a free license for the Chaos Group version (3.7). This license will include all updates, and it expires on January 15, 2020.

V-Ray 3.7 for Cinema 4D has the same V-Ray feature set as 3.6, is compatible with Cinema 4D R18–20 and uses Chaos Group Licensing.

All migration requests to V-Ray 3.7 for Cinema 4D will be processed through a form on Chaos Group’s website which can be found here:

Migration Request Form

A Note About Render Nodes

Any existing V-Ray for Cinema 4D “DR” licenses entitle customers to new V-Ray for Cinema 4D Render licenses valid through January 15, 2020.

KeyShot – October 2018 Roundup

KeyShot 8

KeyShot Webinar: Creating Smoke, Fog, Light Rays and More

Thu, Nov 1st, 2018 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT

Register Here

The KeyShot 8 Scattering Medium brings you the ability to create a variety of appearances for your scenes and materials. Learn how to create fog, smoke, light rays, and incredible materials quickly with this unique material type. Sign up soon as space is limited!

 

What’s New in KeyShot 8?

There’s a lot to KeyShot 8 with new features like scattering media, displacement, and image styles. Our What’s New in KeyShot page breaks down the features and improvements with examples of what you can do.

 
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Artist Feature: Kenny Carmody

See More
Kenny Carmody is 3D character artist in the film industry using KeyShot for everything from presenting concepts to final imagery, and using it along the way to dial in lighting. See how he uses KeyShot to create visuals and why it’s such an important tool in the process.

 
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Liquids in Glass

Learn More
Rendering liquids in glass can be challenging, but with KeyShot 8 it couldn’t be more simple. So what works best when setting up the model? And, what are the best settings for rendering realistic liquid? Take a look at what you need to consider to achieve the best results when rendering liquid in glass.

 
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KeyShot Quick Tip: Scattering Medium

Learn More
Before you see how far you can take a scene using scattering in the webinar, check out this quick overview on the new feature and how to quickly create a volume of realistic fog.

 

KeyShot 8 is available now at CAD Software Direct .com

Orca 3D News – Marine Design for Rhinoceros

Orca 3D for Rhino

Version 1.5 Release
Orca3D Version 1.5 is now available for Rhino 5, incorporating all of the functionality of the Version 1.4 WIP, including the Marine CFD interface, ISO 12217-2 STIX stability index calculator, and stability criteria evaluation.

New Licensing System
Orca3D now uses a new licensing system. The old system had a conflict with the Microsoft Windows 10 April 2018 update for network licenses. The new system is more flexible. Orca3D Versions 1.5 and 2.0 WIP use the new CopyMinder system, and all licensed users will receive a new CopyMinder License Key to replace the your existing License Code.

Version 2.0 Work-in-Progress (WIP)
Orca3D Version 2.0 Work-in-Progress (WIP) is now available for Rhino 6 users. As a WIP, it is available to those with an Orca3D Version 1.x license at no charge. Version 2.0 WIP builds on Version 1.5 in order to achieve compatibility with Rhino 6 and includes the Marine CFD interface. Once the WIP transitions to a full release, it will become a paid upgrade for Version 1 users. as mentioned above, the WIP uses the new licensing system.

Version 2 Future Releases
After the initial full release of Version 2, development will focus on adding significant new capability, especially in the areas of compartmentation, free surface, intact and damaged stability analysis, and resistance prediction. Some of these features will be additions to the current Level 1 and Level 2 offerings, and some will form a new Level 3. As with previous versions, there will be WIP releases so our users can try the new functionality and provide feedback.

V-Ray Cloud is in Beta

V-Ray Cloud

V-Ray Cloud brings cloud rendering to artists and designers without the complicated hardware configuration and virtual machine setup. Just render, and V-Ray cloud takes care of the rest for you.

You can join the V-Ray Cloud beta now

 

 

Cloud rendering for everyone
Now, cloud rendering is built right into V-Ray, and it’s as easy as pushing a button. It handles everything for you automatically — from licensing and uploading your scenes to launching virtual machines — so you get your job done fast.

Turn your computer into a supercomputer
What if you could render an animation in the time it takes to render a single frame? Now you can. With V-Ray Cloud, you now have your own personal render farm. And it scales with you for any job that comes your way.

Render while you work
Keep creating. Keep designing. Let V-Ray Cloud do the rendering so you can keep working. And you can render multiple jobs at the same time. Because you’ve got more important things to do than wait.

KeyShot 8 is Available Now

KeyShot 8

The fastest, most powerful software for real-time 3D rendering and animation brings you even more ways to create amazing shots. KeyShot 8 provides the advanced features and flexibility you need to take your visuals to the next level.

With new features like displacement, volumetrics, cutaway, images style and more, it’s a release focused on boosting your workflow, elevating your visuals, enhancing your experience and extending your reach. This is KeyShot 8 – tools that put the emphasis on the flow and less on the work to both save time to keep you creating.

KeyShot HD, KeyShot Pro and KeyShot Enterprise available from CAD Software Direct.

KeyShot 8 Feature Highlights

There are a lot of great new features in KeyShot 8 to help you throughout the process of creating visuals whether it’s creating quick concepts or generating those final product renders. We’ve picked five to highlight for you that will have the biggest impact on what you’re now able to create in KeyShot.

Image Styles

Image Styles is a new feature that allows you to make photographic adjustments to the KeyShot scene in real-time prior to or after rendering. Multiple Image Styles may be created and added to a list for a range of different styles that can then be used in KeyShot Studios. The Photographic option includes adjustments for Tone-Mapping, Curve control, Color adjustments, Background color override, and the ability to apply a Frontplate.

Cutaway

Cutaway is a new approach to creating advanced cutaway graphics which allows you to use parts and 3D primitives to cutaway geometry by assigning the Cutaway material to the object. The Cutaway material also allows you to add and define the Cutaway Caps as a shaded color, the same material as the object to be cut or as a custom material. Additionally, all cutaways may be animated.

Scattering Media

KeyShot now supports the creation of scattering media that allows you to simulate particle scattering and volumetrics such as smoke and fog. This can be used in conjunction with physical lights for visualizing rays/beams of light. With this, you have the option to apply a Density Texture, and apply it just as you would to any other material. Additionally, you can extend the control of the scattering with full support for OpenVDB files applied to the Density Texture as a Volume Map.

Geometry Nodes

KeyShot 8 introduces an entirely new approach to working with geometry in KeyShot. Through the Material Graph, the advance material editor in KeyShot Pro, you now have three new types of geometry nodes (shaders) to modify the geometry of an object with displacement, bubbles or flakes. The Geometry Nodes include:

  • Displace – Displace allows you to modify the geometry through the use of displacement maps (textures). Displacement maps define the topology of a material similar to a bump map but instead of simulating the height of a surface it actually modifies it.
  • Bubbles – Bubbles allows you to modify the geometry by automatically adding spherical cavities within an object. Control is provided over bubble size, variation, density, and limit. Additionally, a texture can be used to define the density of the bubbles.
  • Flakes – Flakes allows you to modify the geometry by turning any object into a three-dimensional volume of square or spherical flakes. Control is provided over flake shape, size, variation, density, and limit. Additionally, a texture can be used to define the density of the flakes.

KeyShot Viewer

KeyShot Viewer is a new, feature-rich application to compliment design reviews, make presentations more interactive, and increase the ability to collaborate. With it, you can open, view and interact with a KeyShot scene in real-time using mouse, touch, pen or stylus to explore the scene or change materials and lighting. You can create Studios and Configurators from within KeyShot for use in KeyShot Viewer as well.

 

Are You Ready For KeyShot 8?

If you’re a KeyShot 7 customer on maintenance, or purchased KeyShot 7 after August 15th, you can upgrade to KeyShot 8 today using your current serial code. If you would like to purchase KeyShot 8 or upgrade your current KeyShot license, please visit CAD Software Direct or contact us today.

 

Register for the “What’s New in KeyShot 8?” Webinar

See the new features like displacement mapping, materials with embedded flakes and bubbles, volumetric materials including volume caustics, liquid interfaces, interactive cutaways, interactive image color and intensity curve adjustments, material ways for advanced product configurations, and much more. We expect this to fill up fast and space is limited, so register quickly!

In this webinar:

  • New Image and Output Capabilities
  • New Material and Volume Capabilities
  • New Lighting and Optics Capabilities
  • New Advanced Geometry Capabilities
  • New Collaboration Capabilities
  • Q&A

Register Here