Great End of Summer Deals

Last minute deals on Vectorworks, V-Ray for Sketchup and Cinema4D

It’s that time of year again and various new software releases are imminent. This means there are some great end of summer deals.

Avoid price increases, qualify for free upgrades and lock in great deals before the new releases!

 

Vectorworks

For new and existing customers not already on VSS, we have a great deal available before the new release. Contact us now to take advantage of this.

 

V-Ray for Sketchup

Time is running out to get the current version at the current price. Purchasers of V-Ray for Sketchup 1.49 qualify for 1.6 as soon as it’s released. You will only need to pay for the USB dongle, there is no upgrade price and you can lock in the current license price today.

 

Maxon Cinema 4D

Superb deals on Cinema 4D are available for just a little longer. Buy any version of Cinema 4D today and receive 12 months support and upgrades free of charge.

 

Now really is a great time to invest in your software. If you’d like to make your purchase even more cost-effective, you may wish to consider our business leasing options.

Buy now online or email or call if you’d like more information or to purchase by phone.

These offers must end soon.

 

 

 

Grab Hold of Your Dongles!

A little bird tells us the release of V-Ray for SketchUp 1.6 is nearly here.

All new purchases of V-Ray for SketchUp from now until the 1.6 release qualify for a free upgrade, you just have to buy a V-Ray dongle (or if you already have one you can use that).


New features of 1.6 include:

Rendering Engines
V-Ray RT
Retrace Threshold
Lighting
Dome light
Lights as components
Sphere Light
Geometry
V-Ray Proxy
Faster Parsing Times
 V-Ray Frame Buffer Improvements
Render History
Compare Tool
 V-Ray Lens Effect Materials
V-Ray Material
Wrapper Material
Material Library
Texture editing
Three different Color Spaces
Procedural Texture Mapping

 

For more information see our V-Ray for SketchUp product page or see our previous post V-Ray for Sketchup Beta 1.6 Available. Free upgrades upon full release..

How to Upgrade SketchUp Pro

 

SketchUp Pro now requires a subscription with every new 2013 license and for existing users upgrading simply means purchasing a subscription.  There is no longer a Sketchup upgrade product. Subscriptions are available for either 12 or 24 months; users will receive technical support and future updates as and when new software is released. This also means that all users with a subscription will automatically receive SketchUp Pro 2014 when it is released in Autumn.

 

Upgrades are now available at CAD Software Direct.

Simply follow the steps below to upgrade:

1. Select Subscription (for existing license holders only)
2. Select your subscription length (12 months / 24 months)
3. Select your operating system ( Windows / Mac OS X )
4. Forward existing license details to sales.support@cadsoftwaredirect.com or just reply to your confirmation email.

 

 

KeyShot 4.1 Release

A new version of KeyShot and KeyShot Pro will be released on Monday 24th June, including some of the biggest features and updates yet. KeyShot 4.1 complements and improves on all the features introduced in KeyShot 4 as well as brand new features such as procedural textures, toon shading, focused caustics and color management. There are also additional updates to the Importer Material, Templates and KeyShot HDRI Editor.

What’s New in 4.1?

Focused caustics

The new Focused Caustics feature allows KeyShot users to accurately display the rays of light that reflect or pass through transparent or translucent surfaces. Users have the ability to toggle Focused Caustics in the render scene settings. This compliments the new physical lighting feature in KeyShot that allows any object to be used as a Point, Area or IES light profile with added functionality in KeyShot 4.1 to adjust the size of the light, allowing the user to control the softness of the shadow. The proprietary algorithm for focused caustics developed by Luxion co-founder and chief scientist Dr. Henrik Wann Jensen is one of the fastest algorithms in the industry, delivering results in seconds.

Procedural textures

New Procedural texture options are available for any material when applying a texture to an object. Six preset procedural materials allow a user to immediately apply a seamless texture to any surface with the added ability to scale, adjust bump height and sync to other textures. The six presets include Granite, Leather, Marble, Noise (Texture), Noise (Fractal) and Wood with more planned for future releases.

Toon shading

The non-photorealistic (NPR) toon shader is a new material type that allows users to apply solid colors, solid shading and contours to their objects for a flat, cel shading appearance. Users can apply this material from the material type selection box with options to adjust material color along with contour color, angle, width, quality and more advanced options to adjust contours and shadows. Since it is amaterial rather than a render mode, the toon material can be used in combination with any other material for still images, animations and KeyShotVR.

Color management

A new Color Management setting has been added to the KeyShot Preferences with this release. Color Management allows the matching and control of color representations across various devices. In the Color Management settings, users have the ability to enable Color Management selecting an ICC profile (.icc or .icm) available from various software and hardware manufacturers.

STL import

A new STL importer is now available as part of the 25+ 3D file formats supported inside KeyShot. This new importer allows .stl files to be imported directly into KeyShot.

Importer improvements

All importers have been significantly improved to better represent the geometry inside KeyShot. The order and exact structure is now maintained for all file formats. Geometry for many file formats is now properly represented.

Other features and improvements

Among the major features mentioned above, KeyShot 4.1 also contains additional features and improvements. iBook support for KeyShotVR is now available allowing the creation of an iBooks widget with the use of iBooks Author. Improvements to the HDRI Editor have been added with new Flat and Spherical Display types as well as Display Orientation for the Spherical display. In addition the user interface has been streamlined with the ability to rename pins and to copy and paste regions from the HDRI. Additional options have been added to the Material templates dialogue that allow users to add a template for a part or materials either automatically or manually and materials used for the scene have been moved to the Project Scene tab. The user can now create an unlimited number of render layers with the ability to create custom names for each layer. The animation capabilities have been made more robust, respecting now the order in which animations have been created, with the ability to change the order interactively in the scene tree.

LightWave + LWCAD 4.5 Promo

Save £160 now!

The Architectural Design and Visualization bundle featuring LightWave 11.5 & LWCAD 4.5 software is set to end July 4, 2013. This combo has everything you need to create stunning interior and exterior visuals and walkthroughs for your clients.

About LightWave 3D

NewTek LightWave 11 made its debut in early 2012, bringing new functionality to an already robust 3D modeling, animation and rendering program. Many new features in LightWave 11.5 that are widely used by artists include built-in instancing, Bullet hard body dynamics, and Flocking along with new workflow options such as GoZ support for Pixologic’s ZBrush software and the Unity game engine development platform.

About LW CAD

Tools:

Shape Instances – new geometric element in Modelr which points to existing object in Shape Library
– instance can be included into existing archviz objects stored in library
Shape Library 3 – completely streamlined process of adding shapes into library
– new element and furniture shape type
– fence shape updated with pattern interval parameter
– fence shape updated with start-end border and ground parameter
– window and door shapes updated with front wall and front-back wall subtype parameters
– default shape library updated with tons of new windows, doors, fences, columns, gates, elements and furniture

New Tools

Element tool – creates single and double pivoted element objects
Furniture tool – new tool for fast interior modeling
ShpInst Manager – new tool for shape instances management
Freeze ShpInst – new command for conversion shape instances into polygons

Updated Tools

WinDoor    – new interactive wall grid helps precisely place windows and doors on the wall
– new corner mode for creating corner windows
– new wall drill modes, drill distance can be automatic, manual or disabled
– new layer system, each layer can use different window or door shape, offset and rotate
Fence – new preset system, remembers set of used fences and column with custom height
– switching between active shapes directly in viewport
– height parameters adjustable in viewport
– updated fence shape
Shingles – updated preset system, easier shingle replacement
– shingle list visible in viewport

KeyShot 4

 

KeyShot 4 will be released on February 14th and you can upgrade for free with all new license purchases of KeyShot 3 until this date.  If you already have KeyShot 3 you can upgrade for the low price of £249 + VAT (base version). Any other version can be upgraded for 60% off the full price. Upgrades to KeyShot 3 are not eligible for this promotion, unless purchased with annual subscription.

Purchase KeyShot here or call 01206 804984 for questions on available options and larger orders.

 

Release of Shaderlight 2.4

New Shaderlight for SketchUp Release


Thanks to the release of version 2.4, SketchUpUsers of Shaderlight can now render faster and more efficiently.

Shaderlight 2.4 is available for free to existing Shaderlight v2 customers.  New users can purchase the new release as a full or timed access license at CAD Software Direct.

This month, users can get 25% off any full price license.

Buy it now!

ZBrush 4R5 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of ZBrush 4R5!

Combine the new Panel Loops with the power of QRemesher (released earlier this year in ZBrush 4R4) and the possibilities for creating complex and efficient parts become endless. ZBrush 4R5 includes usability upgrades including Dynamic Brush Size control, Mouse Wheel support, Quick/Auto Save functions and much more.

With ZBrush4R5, you’ll gain the ability to generate cleaner topology faster than ever before.  ZBrush 4R5 also includes powerful rendering enhancements, including a Posterization setting which creates illustration effects similar to a Photoshop painting.

These are just a few of the highlights in ZBrush 4R5 to see more information click hereZBrush 4R5 is a FREE upgrade to existing registered users.

Click here to purchase ZBrush

Business Leasing Finance now available on 3D & CAD Software

Here at CAD Software Direct we are pretty chuffed to announce that we now offer business leasing finance on many of our products. We’ve been working hard to find a finance company we believe is well suited to professional customers in the design sector – and now we have, we are pleased to be able to help customers spread the cost of their software and hardware purchases.

Finance is based on a minimum order of £1000+VAT and subject to approval.

Our leasing packages allow you to spread the cost of software over a period such as 24 or 36 months. This massively improves cashflow, turns capital expenditure into monthly costs and can improve the overall tax implication of the purchase. Mostly, it just means you no longer have to put two years worth of petrol in the car just to drive it away.

So, if you would like..

Finance on Cinema 4D
Leasing on Vectorworks
Installments on V-Ray and Rhino
HP on a Dell Workstation
etc. etc.
..then get in touch!