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.

CINEMA 4D R14 Demo Version Available Immediately

To mark the start of SIGGRAPH 2012 in L.A., MAXON is announcing the immediate availability of the CINEMA 4D R14 demo version. Test incredible new features such as the completely integrated sculpting system, the camera matching functionality and new connectivity to third-party applications. Modeling, animation, rendering and workflow have also been made even better, which lets everyone from motion graphics designers to VFX artists, visualization professionals and more achieve dazzling results even faster and easier than before.

The CINEMA 4D R14 demo version can be activated with complete functionality* for 42 days, including the save function.

Download your CINEMA 4D R14 demo version today!*Limitations of the demo version:

  • All save functionality is disabled (except when activated)
  • Maximum rendering resolution of 640 x 400 pixels
  • No network rendering
  • Limited number of assets in demo libraries (libraries contain hundreds of objects in the full commercial version)
  • The demo version is not upgradeable to a full commercial version
  • The demo version is intended for evaluation purposes only. Any commercial use of the demo version, e.g. for training purposes, is not allowed.

 

ZBrush 4R4 Patch

A patch is now available for ZBrush 4R4

If you have not yet upgraded to ZBrush 4R4 (free upgrade to registered license holders), please follow these instructions instead:
https://www.pixologic.com/zbrush/downloadcenter/instructions

This patch addresses the following:

  • Fixes inconsistent behavior of customized UI buttons and palettes.
  • Updates HD geometry read/write functions.
  • Adjusted ‘Simple Brush’ rendering of applied alpha.
  • Option to turn off LightBox ‘Open at Launch’ setting is now enabled.

How to Update

  1. (PC Users, Only) Browse to your ZBrush 4R4 folder and delete updater.exe, if present.  Do NOT delete ZUpgrader.exe!
  2. Run ZUpgrader or launch ZBrush and click Zplugin>Auto Update>Check new updates.*
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. When update completes, launch ZBrush and activate.  The ZBrush title bar will now say “ZBrush 4R4 P2“.

*Note: For some users, depending on user permissions and network security, the “Check new updates” button may return a script error.  If that happens, simply run ZUpgrader in your ZBrush 4R4 folder.

New Maxwell Render Patch

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We are pleased to announce the release of a new patch for Maxwell Render Suite (2.7.1).

Maxwell Render users can download this patch for free in order to benefit from the best possible version of Maxwell Render.

For Windows the patch is available to download as a separate file, for Linux and Mac OSX and you will need to download the full Maxwell Render install.

To download this patch you should sign in to your Next Limit account.