Twinmotion – Create Stunning Visualisations in Just a Few Clicks.

Twinmotion

Special Introductory Offer – 50% OFF Twinmotion until September!

Twinmotion is an easy-to-use visualization tool for architects, urban planners, and landscape architects that transforms CAD data into stunning visualizations so you can share ideas and communicate designs quickly and easily.

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Twinmotion is designed to be simple, easy to use, and easy to learn. Get started quickly and be productive straight from the box by using one-click workflows, drag-and-drop assets, all under and icon driven interface.

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Achieve a realistic look in no time, thanks to over 600 physically accurate materials that react to your environment, and smart features that allow you to visualise vegetation across seasons, study the impact of the sun’s position, and much more.

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Easily create amazing scenes without all the hard work by using the library of thousands of static and smart assets. The library is always growing and includes furniture, ambient sounds, lights, animated vehicles, animals, dynamic plants, and much more.

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Twinmotion offers one-click synchronisation with SketchUp Pro, Revit and Rhino so you can keep your existing workflow. As well as direct compatiblity, Twinmotion supports 21 other CAD formats including FBX, SKY, C4D, and OBJ.

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Twinmotion for SketchUp, Twinmotion for Rhino and Twinmotion for Revit are also available and include a discount when purchased together.

Maxwell Render V5 – Up to 30% OFF

Maxwell Sale

Summer is here, and what better time to have a discount on all Maxwell Render licenses!

From now until July 15th 2020, we will have 30% OFF new licences and 20% off upgrades.

Maxwell Features

Susbtance Painter Assistant

Multi-GPU
Maxwell now allows you to use all the graphics cards on your computer to calculate the render.

Cloud rendering service
Maxwell Cloud gives you easy access to a virtually unlimited amount of high-end rendering machines ready to speed up your work for less pressure on deadlines.

Multilight
Multilight removes the need to re-render an image when light changes are required. You can tweak the lighting set-up over and over, saving as many images of the same scene as you like – all from just a single render.

Save on Maxwell Render

Sketchup Classic Licences Are Drawing to a Close, but the SketchUp You Know Isn’t Going Anywhere

SketchUp 2020

It’s the same SketchUp you know, just a new way to buy.

Trimble have recently made a big announcement that confirms SketchUp Classic Perpetual licences and Maintenance & Support renewal plans will no longer be sold after November 4th 2020 across all regions.

The SketchUp Subscription version has been on sale for about a year already and has proven popular with its lower up front cost, easy version updates (no more waiting for serial keys!) and straightforward renewal process. With a SketchUp Subscription, you are free to renew every year, or skip a year (or 2, or 3…) without penalty – it’s up to you.

Whatever you choose to do, with a subscription you will always have the latest version and features at your disposal.

Read on for answers to some frequently asked questions.

What If I Buy a Classic Licence Now?

This will be yours to keep no matter what you choose to do in the future.
Please be advised: if you purchase a Classic Perpetual License or renew your Maintenance & Support license prior to November 4, 2020, you will not be able to upgrade and access additional features on that license every year as you have in the past.

Can I Still Renew My Maintenance?

Yes, until November 4th 2020.

Will My Licence Still Work?

Yes! You will not lose access to a perpetual licence you already own. This is yours to keep and use in perpetuity, even when the maintenance expires for good.
Please note that we do advise you keep a saved copy of the installer file if you ever need to reinstall.

If you would like to explore your options and talk to us about getting started with a subscription, or if you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to email us on contact@cadsoftwaredirect.com or give us a call.

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

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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.

Using KeyShot 4, 5 or 6? Here’s a special offer to upgrade to KeyShot 9.

KeyShot 9 Legacy

The KeyShot Legacy Upgrade Promotion is here, and available until the end of June.

Usually, only KeyShot 7 or 8 licences are eligible to upgrade to KeyShot 9. However, for this legacy upgrade promotion, you can upgrade KeyShot 4, 5 and 6 for the same price as upgrading from 7 or 8!

Place your order before the end of June to upgrade your licence.

To upgrade, contact us and include your serial key in your email.

BobCAD V32 Service Pack 3 Released

BobCAD V32 SP3

The third update for BobCAD V32 is out now, and includes the following corrections:

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Corrected an issue which prevented certain DWG text entities from being imported properly.

Posting

Corrected an issue which caused incorrect coordinates to be output in incremental mode for linear axis when using a scale factor.

Corrected an issue which caused the computer to log out of the Windows User Account when Post and Save As was used on certain work stations.

If you’re already using V32, click here for the free update to Service Pack 3.

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:

System Design and Signal Flow Diagrams with ConnectCAD and Vectorworks

ConnectCAD

If you need to create signal flow diagrams and would benefit from system design software, look no further than ConnectCAD for Vectorworks.

Managing connected systems has never been easier as ConnectCAD offers the ability to create easy-to-read schematic drawings and diagram rack layouts. You can work in a hybrid 2D/3D environment, check for errors and easily make changes, all while generating detailed reports.

As ConnectCAD is built to work with Vectorworks Spotlight, you can be confident that industry standard, flexible, robust design and documentation capabilities are in your hands.

Take advantage of an extensive manufacturer library, giving users everything they need to design with confidence.

ConnectCAD diagram worksheets with amp servers

Connect signals with a wide variety of cable types and lengths. Create reports once you’ve completed your layouts in a convenient format, great for updating as a final list. Then, easily compare what has been changed through iterations when showing to a client.

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ConnectCAD is ideal for broadcast system integrators, AV integrators, home automation contractors, CCTV installers, marine luxury yacht system installers, and sound/lighting/exhibition designers etc. ConnectCAD makes it easier for system designers to start from an idea all the way to installation.

If you would like to try Vectorworks, request a free Vectorworks trial.
Interested in ConnectCAD? Contact us and we’ll add it to your Vectorworks trial!

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.

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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