The latest version of Rhino, Rhino 6, has been available to PC users for a while now. Rhino for Mac users now have the opportunity to get up to date and start using features not previously available to them. The wait has been long, but it’s been worthwhile as there are even some new features not seen in the PC version.
What’s New in Rhino for Mac?
Faster display using modern graphics hardware
Updated Material and Rendering system
Grasshopper updated with multi-threaded components, Kangaroo 2, and more
Ray-traced viewport display mode
Faster, cleaner Make2D with more customisable results
Grasshopper In Rhino 6, Grasshopper, the wildly popular visual programming language has been fully embraced. Now integrated as a fully-fledged part of Rhino, users are given a solid foundation for many productivity enhancing third-party components ranging from robotic control to environmental analysis, and everything in between.
Presentation Major changes have been made in this release to rendering, materials and viewports so it is now easier than ever to present, discuss and iterate designs while communicating to clients, customers, collaborators or the public at large.
As of version 6, Rhino are using a single universal serial key usable on both Windows and Mac. This means it’s easier than ever to use Mac in an environment where many different computers are used, or even if you just work on a PC but would like to use your Macbook when out of the office.
We are excited to share some of our favourite features and improvements in the latest product update to SketchUp Pro 2019 and LayOut.
This release has made SketchUp more intuitive and fun to use with focus on improvements to imagery exports, usability, and a seamless LayOut connection.
New in SketchUp
Professional output enhancements
Exporting 2D graphics, raster files, and animations just got better. You can now control the overall line thicknesses of exported images with the new line scale multiplier, found in the export options dialogs.
Before this change, line weights stayed the same as the viewport which would make the line weight too small or too large. So, if you are experiencing line weights that are too thick, you can make those line weights thinner. Also, .png images now export with its transparency so you can see what is behind the material while compositing.
Customisable unit settings
Have you ever needed to use different unit measurements for a model? Now your model can be customised to show different unit measurements for area and volume. For example, in a model of a room, you can use millimetres for the wall and meters for volume. Available unit types: millimetres, centimetres, meters, inches and feet.
It really is the small things that help your workflow. This new feature will allow you to select anything, then invert the selection of objects. This makes it simple to select items and then perform actions on their inverse. The keyboard shortcut for this will be: CTRL + SHIFT + I (Windows) or CMD + SHIFT + I (Mac).
The days of picking out your import file format from a long list are over. You can now drag and drop ALL supported file types directly into your modelling window. By default, you’ll now see all supported file types available for import. Additionally, the DWG and DXF importers now bring in fewer duplicate and messy edges.
Have you ever accidentally erased too much in your model? To make your detailing workflow a little smoother and seamless, we added alt & cmd as modifier keys to remove any unnecessarily highlighted lines that you may have accidentally captured during your modelling efforts.
Cutting a model along a plane so that you can peer inside the model? Section planes now ask the user to name them before placing them in the model. Simply place, then name.
Send to LayOut
You can now send your models directly to LayOut from the large toolset in the left-hand toolbar.If you haven’t used LayOut for 2D drawings before, start taking advantage of it now!
Large Area Imports for Add Location
You can now easily import large sites at full resolution. How can you take advantage of this new feature? Simply zoom out a bit, then select the level from which you want to import. Note that misusing this feature can adversely affect performance in your SketchUp model.
New in LayOut
Professional output enhancements
It is now possible to make linear dimensions align with an isometric viewpoint. You can now control extension lines, gap distance, and align dimensions with isometric angles.
Similar to “smart labels”, you can now add text to dimensions without breaking the automatic measurement. For example, let’s say you create a wall dimension. You can dimension a wall, add the word “wall”, and the dimension measurement will still update if the wall’s measurement changes. Pro tip: make sure your string has <> in it. For example, ‘Width <>’ will turn into ‘Wall 1.42m’.
Now, when you rotate your object, the bounding box is also rotated with so you can continue to scale in the right orientation.
Staying consistent with SketchUp usability, in LayOut you can now hit the return key to edit model views, groups, dimensions, or labels! Just select, press return, and start typing!
Ready to try? Get the free 30-DaySketchUp Trial to see for yourself how these updates can enhance your professional workflows.
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ZBrush 2019.1 is now available as a free update for all users, and Pixologic strongly recommend upgrading to this latest version as soon as possible. It includes several new features as well as a number of enhancements or fixes within both the ZBrush feature set and various plugins.
How to Update
For users with serial numbers including subscription licenses, there are three methods that you can use:
1 – Close ZBrush, then browse to its folder on your computer. Run the ZUpgrader application that you will find there. Follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the update.
2 – Download the updater application for either Windows or macOS. Place this application in your ZBrush 2019 folder before running it. Then simply follow the on-screen instructions.
3 – Uninstall ZBrush 2019 and delete its folder. Then log into My Licenses where you will be able to download the stand-alone ZBrush 2019.1 installer. Run that to reinstall ZBrush, then (if requested) activate it again.
For floating license users, please have your IT team submit a Support ticket with Pixologic to receive the update instructions
A new split mode, which isolates the current SubTool from all others, displaying them on separate sides of the screen.
A Screensaver has been added which (after a predefined amount of time) will display curated images straight from the ZBrushCentral.com community. Unlike your operating system screensaver, this one will only affect the ZBrush application window.
A new “Groups Intersection” mode has been added to the Smooth Brush Modifiers.
GoZ has been updated with support for Adobe Photoshop® 2019, Autodesk Maya 2019 and Autodesk 3DS Max 2020.
The FBX format now supports up to 64 cameras at import and export. Imported cameras are listed in the Camera selection list in the Draw palette. FBX will now support up to FBX 2019.
SubTool Master, with a new Show Hidden Points function.
3D Print Hub, with better handling of large STL files and support for more STL formats on import.
ZBrush to Photoshop
A pop-up message is now displayed when exiting Edit mode, asking for confirmation.
SubTool folders now support Move Up and Move Down functions.
SnapShot 3D with reference images will no longer apply a DynaMesh Boolean process. (Pressing ‘Sub’ is now required for the SpotLight image to be cut out of the DynaMesh surface.)
Updated keyboard shortcuts for macOS to now create a Folder with Command+F.
Updated keyboard shortcuts for macOS to go full screen with Command+Ctrl+F rather than creating a new folder.
Saving and loading files across a network have been improved.
Stability and Fixes
Ctrl+Shift brushes no longer jump when holding Space Bar.
Assigning a hotkey now gives a warning if the hotkey is already in use.
Snapshot 3D snapping points now respects canvas Zoom.
Support has been added for .jpeg and .tiff image file extensions.
Total Points Count display has been improved.
Improved Boolean generation.
Crease Level slider will update results when Dynamic Subdivision is enabled.
Dots display mode is now disabled when Transparency mode is active.
Improved stability of the Surface Noise editor.
Improved stability when switching rapidly between Edit and Move modes.
ZBrush 2019 is available now at CAD Software Direct .com
Tuesday, May 7th is THE day for sidegraders, upgraders, freelancers, studios, 3D newcomers and all other Cinema 4D users.
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Autopath, software for swept path analysis, is now expanded with new vehicle libraries of SUVs and Pickup trucks. This latest update will welcome all who design garages, parking areas, access roads and other urban traffic areas.
Users who have a valid maintenance plan for Autopath software can get all the new vehicles and software updates free of charge.
Autopath PRO includes many national standard vehicle libraries and utility vehicle types ranging from passenger vehicles, trucks with various trailer types, busses, bin lorries, emergency vehicles, trailers for wind turbine transport, agricultural vehicles, cranes, forklifts and many more, with new vehicles added daily.
Users of Autopath PRO also have the functionality to customise various vehicle parameters and even design own custom vehicles, trailers and loads.