Maxwell for 3ds Max 4.2.3 is Available Now

Maxwell V4 3ds Max

Maxwell for 3ds Max users can update for FREE from the Customer Portal:

https://portal.nextlimit.com/downloads

What’s New in 4.2.3?

Fixed:

  • Maxwell was not available as render engine in 3dsmax 2015 or older.
  • Maxwell Parameters camera panel was missing from Target and Free cameras.
  • The channels’ output formats were including HDR and BMP, which are not supported by Maxwell; it was saving the channels as EXR. Now those formats are not available.
  • Some of the channels’ output formats were not showing in their drop-down menus in Windows 7, as they didn’t fit in the box.
  • 3dsmax was crashing when the Object Properties dialogue was called and Maxwell was not the current render engine.
  • Scenes made with the previous versions of the plugin were not opening in 4.2.2. Now they will. (WARNING: please, notice that most probably the scenes saved with version 4.2.2, which was removed from downloads, won’t open in 4.2.3; the ones made with 4.2.1 and older will)
  • The interface of the new Material Preview Options in the Material Editor, was a bit misaligned and too tight on the sides.
  • 3dsmax 2019 was getting frozen when previewing Maxwell Bitmap in Material Editor in Slate mode and in some particular cases.
  • MxLight target line was disappearing from viewport as soon as the Mxlight gizmo was moved out of the viewport.
  • Some lines in MxLight Projector Gizmo were showing too big or too small depending on the units used in the scene.
  • The radius of the MxLight, Area type, with Geom set to Sphere was not changing in the render according to the radius shown in viewport.

Improved:

  • The falloff and highlight cones of the MxLight Spot type won’t show in the viewport when the light is not selected (so the viewport is cleaner and ligther).

Interested in trying Maxwell? Download the trial here:

http://www.nextlimit.com/maxwell/try/

 

Maxwell Render is available for purchase at CAD Software Direct.

Buy or Upgrade to KeyShot 7, Get KeyShot 8 Free

KeyShot 8

With KeyShot 8 Beta officially starting and the KeyShot 8 release getting closer, now is a perfect time to purchase or upgrade to KeyShot 7. With it, you’ll lock in a free upgrade to KeyShot 8.

Free Upgrade to KeyShot 8

To receive the free upgrade to KeyShot 8, you must purchase or upgrade to KeyShot 7 prior to the release of KeyShot 8.

KeyShot 8 is focused on helping you speed your workflow with improved access to resources and greater control during scene setup, elevate your visuals with new ways to display and manipulate lights, materials, and textures, enhance your experience with powerful capabilities for advanced texture and image creation, and extend your reach with more ways to visualise and share your designs.

Using KeyShot 5? This is your last chance for upgrade pricing, plus receiving KeyShot 8 free. KeyShot 5 licenses will no longer be upgradeable once KeyShot 8 is released.

This is a great opportunity to get up to date with all the speed and features available in KeyShot and ensure you receive a free upgrade to KeyShot 8 at release.

Buy or Upgrade KeyShot Today

Online purchase only. Valid for all new KeyShot purchases and upgrades from KeyShot 5 and KeyShot 6 to KeyShot 7. Versions prior to KeyShot 5 must purchase a new license. All KeyShot 7 upgrades or purchases (excluding add-ons) on or after August 15th, 2018 will receive a free upgrade to KeyShot 8. Excludes EDU products, KeyShot add-ons, and KeyShot for CAD licenses.

KeyShot 8 Sneak Peek

We didn’t want to leave you wondering what’s coming to KeyShot 8, so here’s a short video with highlights of a few of the new features!

formZ 8.6.3 Update

V-Ray for formZ

We are pleased to announce that form•Z 8.6.3 update is now available for formZ pro and formZ jr.

If you are using v8.6.2 or v8.6.1, you can update your installation by selecting “Check for Update” from the Help menu within form•Z. You can read more about what has changed in the release notes.

If you are using v8.5 or v8.6.0 (or if you experience issues with the software update feature because of a firewall or other connection issue), you will need to install from here:

Click Here for formZ pro | Click Here for formZ jr

 

V-Ray for form•Z image nominated for CGArchitect Architectural 3D Award

Congratulations to TILTPIXEL on their nomination for a prestigious CGArchitect Architectural 3D Award. Their stunning image of the Harbin Opera House by M.A.D. Architects was modeled in form•Z and rendered with V-Ray for formZ.

V-Ray for formZ brings unprecedented rendering capabilities to formZ with superior results in less time. V-Ray for formZ is integrated naturally into the formZ interface allowing rendering to be a part of the creative process.

V-Ray for formZ features GPU and CPU based rendering, a vast material library, stunning lighting effects, stereo and VR headset support, multiple rendering channels, powerful de-noising and so much more.

BobCAD-CAM Releases New Version 31 CAD-CAM Software

BobCAD V31

BobCAD-CAM announces the release of BobCAD-CAM V31.

“We here at BobCAD are super excited to unveil our latest BobCAD-CAM V31 to the public. The most noticeable change will be the brand new user interface which utilises the more modern ribbon bar style found commonly in most of today’s applications. This is such a vast improvement in the user experience over the previous versions for existing customers and new users alike,” says Greg Myers of BobCAD-CAM’s developmental team.

Version 31 contains powerful new features for designing and machining that benefit 2-5 axis job shop manufacturers. Improvements in this version have touched all aspects of the software.

Redesigned User Interface
V31 is all about user experience, reinforced with a modern, intuitively organised ribbon-style interface. Functions are easily discovered and logically grouped with both icon and text labels for buttons, paired with a contextual ribbon that includes every function needed to complete the job.

CAD – New Geometry Creation Workflow
Enhanced CAD functionality allows you to utilise multiple creation methods from a single feature coupled with a selection manager that aids in the design process. Over 20 new CAD features in V31 makes it easy to get more done in less clicks.

CAD – Construction Geometry
Create geometry with greater ease by utilising construction lines that can be toggled on and off. While they are on, the construction lines can assist you with finding horizontal and vertical, tangencies, intersections and more.

CAM – New Patterns for Advanced Pocket & Advanced Rough
V31 is loaded with more options that reduce cycle times and deliver better finishes. Choose from 5 dynamic cut patterns, including Morph Spiral which can reduce or eliminate direct link moves. Users can also utilise Offset-in, delivering an initial pass away from the finished wall.

CAD-CAM toolpath on supercharger

CAM – Advanced Z Level Finish Linking Position Control
V31 enhancements to CAM operations allow you to control your tool’s starting location for complete control and precision. Additionally, take full control of your CAM with user-defined values or pick from the graphics area. Control tool witness marks and their locations with ease.

New to BoBCAD? Start now with your FREE BobCAD Trial!

Shaderlight 2018 Update Available Now

Shaderlight for SketchUp

We are excited to announce the release of a free update to Shaderlight 2018 that includes a number of feature enhancements that improve the usability of Shaderlight.

This update is available FREE to users with a Shaderlight 2018 license. Anyone with an earlier version can purchase an upgrade to access the full features of Shaderlight 2018.

Download the Update

Precise adjustment of environment rotation

The addition of a numeric entry field now makes it easier to get an accurate match of the lighting environment and background image between different SketchUp models.

Warning when closing during render

To prevent accidentally losing the progress of a long-running render, Shaderlight will now warn if you attempt to close the render window while a render is in progress.

Keep Shaderlight ‘Always on Top’

If you select the ‘Always on Top’ setting Shaderlight will now keep the Shaderlight window above other windows between sessions.

Upgrade or Buy Shaderlight today at CAD Software Direct.

Vectorworks 2019 Teaser – Class & Layer Filters

Vectorworks 2019

Vectorworks are returning again this year with Teaser Tuesday! Here’s your chance for a sneak peek at updates to come in Vectorworks 2019. For the first in the series, here’s a Vectorworks 2019 update that will help you save time and make your workflow even smoother.

Most design files end up with more classes and layers than one can easily manage. In Vectorworks 2019, steps have been taken to increase efficiency by adding the ability to search, filter, and add tags to layers and classes. This means you can instantly find what you’re looking for by typing in a keyword search or using filters to display class and layers based upon specific properties. Watch the video below to see the full capabilities:

“As the amount of data in BIM files increases, it gets harder to find and manage classes and layers,” said Chad Hamilton, AIA, LEED AP, Principal Architect at Hamilton + Aitken Architects. “The new layer and class filters help sort through this information so we can quickly find what we need. This is a huge improvement, especially for offices doing more complex projects.”

Find out more by visiting CAD Software Direct/Vectorworks.

Big Offers from Vectorworks (Free VSS!)

Vectorworks Offers

Now is a great time to buy or upgrade Vectorworks. We’ve got some amazing offers that you should definitely take a look at whether you’re new to Vectorworks, or even a current VSS subscriber.

1 Year Free VSS for New Customers*

From August 1st to September 11th 2018, new customers buying new Vectorworks licenses will get 1 year VSS for free. Free VSS through this offer will renew on 1st September 2019. As if you need convincing when it’s free, you can still read our post Why Should I Have Vectorworks VSS.

50% Module Discounts

As an added bonus, new customers will find the cost of adding a module is discounted by a very generous 50%. Modules included are Architect, Landmark and Spotlight.

What about Existing Customers?

If you’re still using Vectorworks 2015, there won’t be a better time to upgrade to the latest version. Once Vectorworks 2019 is released, you’ll no longer be able to upgrade from 2015, as only the three most recent versions are supported (you’ll need to buy a brand new license for the latest version). Upgrade now to get free VSS and, if you’re using Fundamentals, a 50% discount on modules. Remember, you’ve only got until September 11th 2018.

Existing customers who do not currently have VSS will also get a free year of VSS if upgrading between August 1st and September 11th.

Free for Existing Fundamentals with VSS Customers

If you are a Vectorworks Fundamentals user with an active VSS contract, you will be given the opportunity to add a module to your existing license free of charge when 2019 arrives!

If you choose to add a free module to your license, your VSS renewal date will change to reflect the additional module.

 

* New customers are people who are new to Vectorworks, or have used it in the past but have since moved to other software or have licenses that cannot be upgraded.

ZBrushCore 2018 Update Now Available

ZBrushCore 2018

An update to ZBrushCore 2018 is available now. Existing ZBrushCore users can upgrade now for free.

This ZBrushCore 2018 update includes multiple additions and enhancements. It will now become easier for newcomers to the digital sculpting world to rapidly produce models and then export it for 3D printing.

What’s New?

VDM: Vector Displacement Mesh Brushes

ZBrushCore 2018 introduces two new brushes: Chisel3D and ChiselCreature brushes. These Vector Displacement Mesh brushes allow you to sculpt with a 3D Alpha which will support overhangs or draw complex objects on the surface with a single brush stroke. Imagine being able to texture a dragon with overlapping scales or draw a fully formed ear without needing to re-sculpt it for every model.

 

Gizmo 3D Deformers

A new addition for ZBrushCore 2018 are the Gizmo 3D Deformers. ZBrushCore 2018 includes six of the 27 Deformers found in the full version of ZBrush. Each Deformer has a unique feature set to allow quick shape alterations that would not be possible through brush strokes.

 

Gizmo 3D Primitives

ZBrushCore 2018 also provides the Gizmo 3D with a unique way to rapidly design using simple geometric shapes. Artists can freely adjust the geometry that defines each shape, even after the shape has been applied to the surface. Convert a smooth cylinder to an octagon, adjust a sphere to have flat poles or change a cone into a pyramid – all in real time. Using this system, a few primitives can be turned into an entire library of sculptable shapes.

 

3D Text and Shape Creator

ZBrushCore 2018 comes with a complete generator for creating 3D text in real time. This makes it possible to create individual words or short phrases as editable 3D objects. You can also use an SVG file to create your own custom logo for placement on any surface.

 

Decimation Master

With DecimationMaster you can easily reduce the polygon count of your models in a very efficient way while intelligently analyzing the surface to keep all of its sculpted details. This solution is one of the fastest available and is able to optimize your high polycount models from ZBrushCore, allowing you to export them to your other 3D software packages. It can also reduce the polygon count for exporting into your preferred render application with no need to assign a displacement or normal map.

The slimmed down version of Decimation Master that has been added to ZBrushCore 2018 provides five new polygon count-controlled presets.

 

3D Print Hub

The full version of 3D Print Hub has been added to ZBrushCore 2018. This plugin offers everything you’ll need for exporting any model for 3D Printing. Find the specific size of any mesh in mm or inches. The 3D Print Hub will allow you to export an OBJ, STL or VRML file. The STL and VRML export options will also support PolyPaint color. Importing an STL file is also supported by 3D Print Hub, including any color data.

 

Other additions and changes:

  • Korean language support
  • Removed Polycount Limitations for STL and VRML Export
  • Export Scale Values
  • Size and Position Values
  • SmoothGroups Brush (in the LightBox Brush folder)
  • Updated Projection System in DynaMesh
  • New Licensing System Utilizing Pixologic ID Account
  • Dual Platform License (macOS and/or Windows)

Have an Old SketchUp License? Save 20%* on an Upgrade

SketchUp Trade In

If you have an ageing perpetual license, why not trade it in for a shiny new one?

Sure, your old SU8 might still work pretty well, but you’re missing out on years of development. We want customers to be on the latest and greatest version so that they’re really getting the most out of SketchUp. With that in mind, this summer, we have a discount on new seats for those trading in their old licenses.

To take advantage of the offer, you must have an old license that is either uninstalled or you’ve lost access to. If you still actively use the license, you must confirm over email that usage will cease after trade in. When the order is complete, the old license will be deactivated.

Hurry though. This offer is only until 17th August 2018.

To place your order, please email us at sales@cadsoftwaredirect.com

Eligible legacy licenses of SketchUp Pro (not on current maintenance and support contracts) may be traded in for a discount on the equivalent number of new seats.

 

Are my licenses eligible?

Eligible licenses are those with a maintenance and support contract that expired more than 3 years from the current date, or older licenses purchased prior to the introduction of maintenance and support. Perpetual commercial licenses of SketchUp 4.0 through SketchUp Pro 2015 are included.

 

Are network licenses included?

Yes, legacy network licenses can be traded in for new network seats.  If you have less than 5 network seats , you will need to purchase at least a 5-seat network this time around.

 

Can I get a discount on a single to network conversion?

No, legacy single user licenses may not be converted into network seats.

 

Can I trade in an old 1 seat network license?

Yes. If you trade your 1 seat network license, we will give you the full discount on a 5 seat network.

 

Can I get a discount on more seats than I am trading in?

No, for trade in on single user seats, it is a 1:1 offer, an equivalent number of eligible new for old seats. Trade in for network licenses is also 1:1 except where a user had an old network license with fewer than 5 seats. In this case, you would be required to buy 5 new seats and receive a 20% discount on them all.

 

Can I still use my old license and get a discount on the new one?

No, you can no longer use the old license. You must also confirm that you have either;

  1. Deactivated the old licence; or
  2. Uninstalled the old software; or
  3. No longer have access to the machine that had the software installed

 

Can I trade in free versions of SketchUp 8?

No, only licenses that were actually purchased are eligible for the promotion

 

Remember, this offer is only until 17th August 2018.

Email us at sales@cadsoftwaredirect.com to place your order

 

*Save up to 20% on Trimble’s MSRP when purchasing new SketchUp Pro licenses and trading in an equivalent number of eligible SketchUp perpetual commercial licenses. Customer must agree to discontinue use of all traded-in licenses.

Offer available from 16.07.18 until 17.08.18 through participating resellers only. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Purchases must be completed by 17.08.18. Licenses eligible for trade in are those for SketchUp 4.0 through SketchUp 2015 purchased prior to 16.07.14 and not on current maintenance and support contracts. Legacy license information and proof of ownership is required prior to purchase. Valid in UK and Ireland only. Non-transferrable.

Trimble Inc. reserves the right to cancel or modify part or all of this promotion at any time without notice, for any reason in its sole discretion.

VisualARQ 2.2 is Now Available for Download

VisualARQ 2.2 for Rhino

This new service release includes some new features and fixes most of the issues reported by users:

  • New vaSplit command – vaSplit on YouTube
  • New vaFillet command – vaFillet on YouTube
  • New Update Property component in Grasshopper to change a property from a referenced document object.
  • Element and Furniture objects created from Grasshopper styles can be rotated in 3D.
  • Objects created from Grasshopper styles share their block geometry when they are equal, improving speed, memory consumption and file size.

See the complete list of what’s new at VisualARQ.com.

Download Now
This is a free service release for all VisualARQ users and works on Rhino 5 and Rhino 6.

If you are a VisualARQ user, download VisualARQ 2.2
If you are an Evaluation user, download the new Evaluation version to test the new features.