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.

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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.

Thea Render 2.0 for Sketchup Available Now

Thea Render for Sketchup 2.0

Thea for SketchUp is a state-of-the-art Biased, Unbiased and GPU renderer with a rich set of innovative features, a powerful material system and its own advanced studio, all-in-one. Thea Render comes with high quality materials, resources exclusively for licensed users, integration with various modelers, a robust SDK and advanced features such as Photometric Analysis, Colimo Support and many more.

The plugin is a fully integrated rendering environment that enables photorealistic and physically accurate renderings to be easily created directly inside SketchUp, eliminating the hassle of importing and exporting models. With a completely redesigned user interface and accessibility to multiple rendering engines, creating renderings with the appropriate look and feel is intuitive and efficient. And with CPU as well as GPU support, Thea runs effectively on any hardware configuration.

Offering the ultimate experience in usability and exceptional functionality, Thea Render 2.0 for SketchUp provides many new features including:

    • New user interface
    • On-line material library
    • Denoiser
    • Tone Mapping
    • Fog Medium

Section Cuts (New)
Section Cuts are now supported from SketchUp 2014 (up to the latest version). Section Cuts allow you to cut through buildings and rooms leaving the interior lighting the same, as the external walls would be still in place.

Interactive Render Overlay
Thea for SketchUp allows you to run an interactive render either inside Thea, or directly inside SketchUp view – a feature called Interactive Render Overlay. Additionally, with the use of Interactive Region Rendering, a desired part of the SketchUp view can be selected rendered providing ultra fast feedback for complex scenery. It is a valuable in the workflow as it gives you an immediate visualization of geometry modifications, environment, depth of field, reflections, light distribution, material properties and external Thea models in a scene.

External Models
High quality external Thea models can be inserted as an empty wireframe box. In a rendered image, they will be translated into very detailed originals. This allows an easy population of your model with impressive looking trees, grass, cars and detailed furniture. There are already a few libraries of render-ready objects.

Materials
Thea libraries can be found inside SketchUp Paint Bucket (in SketchUp Material format) and inside Content Browser for applying Thea materials easily and directly! The “Convert Thea Material(s) to SKM” tool helps you convert your own libraries. Licensed users can download additional libraries, in both Thea format and SketchUp materials format. You can even choose one of the available Thea material presets (they also come with useful parameters that let you adjust their properties).

Export to Studio
It is possible to export the scene to Thea Standalone Studio and take advantage of additional staging tools. Using the 64-bit Studio (currently available on Windows / Linux), you can render heavy scenery in very high resolutions without RAM limitations.

Animation
Thea for SketchUp is able to render animations as they are visible in the SketchUp view. All animation plugins that show their output directly in the SketchUp window, while a built-in scene animation is being played, are supported.

Channel
Many SketchUp users possess exceptional post-processing skills. Thea for SketchUp allows rendering a model with multiple images containing separate channels, popularly called “passes”. Those channels may include, for example, shadow, depth, direct light, transparency and reflection information. Combining them in an artistic way gives full control over the final image and lets you create otherwise hard-to-achieve effects.

Panoramic Images
You can render a model using a camera with spherical projection. The resulting image will be a panorama that can by viewed by an external program or a web application. It is especially useful for presenting interiors to clients as it gives an excellent impression of a proposed solution.

Webinar: V-Ray Next for 3DS Max

V-Ray Next for 3DS Max is smarter, faster and more powerful than ever before. It’s packed with clever features, like Scene Intelligence, AI Denoiser and 2X faster V-Ray GPU.

During this free webinar, CG Specialist Atanas Tudzharov will show you how the incredible toolset of V-Ray Next makes it quicker and easier to get stunning results.

Topics covered:

  • Adaptive Dome Light
    Image-based environment lighting is now 2X faster on average and up to 7X faster in some scenes.
  • Point & shoot camera
    The newly redesigned V-Ray Physical Camera can set exposure and white balance automatically.
  • 2X faster GPU rendering
    V-Ray GPU is ready for your high-end production scenes with a new rendering architecture that’s twice as fast.
  • GPU-accelerated volume rendering
    Render realistic smoke, fire, fog and other volumetric effects with the added speed of V-Ray GPU.
  • Interactive AI Denoiser
    Remove noise instantly using the new NVIDIA AI-accelerated denoiser.
  • Lighting Analysis tools
    Accurately measure light levels and render false colour heat maps or light value overlays.
  • Substance Designer and PBR workflow
    Metalness controls the reflection model for the material, from dielectric to metallic and can be used with PBR setups coming from other applications.

Register Now

9AM – 10AM BST
Tuesday 12th June, 2018

V-Ray Next for 3DS Max – Now Available

V-Ray Next for 3DS Max is now available to purchase.

Download Now.

What’s New?

Powerful Scene Intelligence
Automatically analyses your scene to optimise rendering — so you get the best quality in less time.

© Forge & Morrow


Adaptive Dome Light
Faster, cleaner and more accurate image-based environment lighting. Up to 7x faster than before.

© Double Aye


Point & Shoot Camera
Perfect renders are as easy as taking a snapshot with new Automatic Exposure & White Balance.

© Tonic CGI

 


2X Faster GPU Rendering
Fast new GPU rendering architecture with support for more of your favorite high-end production features.

© Dabarti Studio


GPU Volume Rendering
V-Ray GPU now supports blazing fast rendering of volumetric effects like smoke, fire and fog.

© Dabarti Studio


NVIDIA AI Denoiser
Instantly remove noise while rendering. Based on AI-accelerated denoising technology by NVIDIA.


Lighting Analysis
Accurately measure the light levels in your scene using new lighting analysis tools.


Physical Hair Material
Render more realistic-looking hair with accurate highlights and melanin colour controls.


V-Ray Switch Material
Apply several materials to the same object and select the one you want at render time.


V-Ray Plugin Material & Texture
Load any texture or material that’s available in V-Ray Standalone and render it in V-Ray Next.


Denoised Render Elements
Denoise individual render elements for added control in compositing. Supports animation.


Layered Alembic Workflows
Supports Alembic 1.7 and layers for efficient handling and updating of Alembic data.


New V-Ray SDK
V-Ray’s core rendering engine has been optimised for extra speed and added flexibility.


Localised Tooltips
Tooltips are now in multiple languages: Japanese, Korean, Russian, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.


Cloud-Ready
New utility checks your scene to see if it’s ready to render on the cloud with Linux and V-Ray Standalone.


Metalness
The V-Ray Material adds support for PBR shaders with new Metalness reflection controls.

Webinar: KeyShot Viewer – Interactive Presentations and Configurators

The KeyShot Viewer is an all-new, free application that allows you to send KeyShot scenes and present interactive product configurations. Find out more about how to use the KeyShot Viewer in your workflow!
Sign up quickly as space is limited!
In this Webinar:
  • How the KeyShot Viewer Works
  • Setting Up Scenes
  • Sharing Your Scenes
  • Where to Get KeyShot Viewer
  • Q&A

Thursday 26th April, 2018
6 PM – 7 pM BST