The opportunity to save 30% on Vectorworks, originally scheduled to end today, has been extended right through May.
You can now save 30% on Vectorworks until May 31st 2020. This offer includes new licences, upgrades, Service Select, add-on modules, Vision and training, whether you’re a new or existing Vectorworks user.
Unlike the other options to spread the cost of a perpetual licence, the subscription allows users to choose month to month if they require the software – or an annual option is available. Vectorworks subscriptions are ideal for users when the length of a project that requires Vectorworks is limited, or perhaps when it’s necessary to add more workstations just for a few months. However, if you expect to use Vectorworks indefinitely, it is far more cost effective to purchase a perpetual licence.
With the current situation, working from home means some people are needing additional licences to tide them over. If you’re one of these people, or if you’re just looking to add to your team, or even get started with Vectorworks, then this offer is for you!
The latest version of V-Ray Next for SketchUp is out, and with it comes full SketchUp 2020 support, new features, and optimisations to make your high-quality renders easier and more enjoyable to produce. If you already have V-Ray Next for SketchUp, this update is free and you can update now.
RTX support Boost your V-Ray GPU performance with NVIDIA RTX technology.
Proxies with materials Import or create a proxy mesh asset and V-Ray will automatically generate a set of material slots, making it easier to manage materials.
Colour assistant Choose the exact colour you need with the right hue, saturation and value variation with the Colour Assistant, V-Ray Colour Picker’s new extension.
Improved materials The underlying shading structure of all scene materials has been optimised, so advanced attributes can now be added or removed without cluttering the material properties.
Unified installer Enjoy a smooth, single-step installation of all the components included in the V-Ray package.
Colour themes A new “Bright” colour theme is now available for the V-Ray user interface.
Partial scene export Export only the current selection as a .vrscene file containing its applied materials, lights and other V-Ray special objects.
VRscans enhancement The VRscans material now includes a triplanar texture projection mode, removing the need for UV mapping of objects that use the material.
If you want more information about V-Ray, visit CAD Software Direct or give us a call on 01206 804984.
SketchUp 2020 has arrived! Trimble have been watching comments in the forums throughout the year, and discussing ideas during training events to make sure the latest version of SketchUp addresses everything that users want to see out of this new release.
We’ll take a look at what’s new in SketchUp and Layout down below, but first let’s take a look at how you can get your hands on it as an existing user.
If you read just one thing in this post, make it this: Please ensure that any plugins and renderers you rely on are compatible with SketchUp 2020 before upgrading, and be aware that there is no support for OS X 10.12 (Sierra) any longer. You must use OS X 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer.
With that out of the way…
How Do I Get Started?
Annual Subscription Users The great news for you is that you’re eligible and are ready to use SketchUp 2020 right away. Simply download the application here. When the application is installed, all you need to do is sign in with your existing credentials.
Classic / Perpetual Licence Users with Active Maintenance If you have an active Maintenance & Support plan, you will be sent your new SketchUp Pro 2020 licence details within the next few days via email.
Not sure if your maintenance is active? Check here or email us on email@example.com where we’ll be happy to help.
Network Users Licences are automatically upgraded to the newer version.
Your old license is marked as “On Hold” in Trimble’s licensing database, and the new license is marked as “Active.”
The SketchUp Pro 2019 network license will remain in the “On Hold” state until a computer is authorised with your new 2020 license information. When this happens, you will have access to both SketchUp Pro 2019 and 2020 for 60 days. After 60 days, you will only have access to SketchUp Pro 2020.
Introducing a new Outliner In an effort to increase model performance, you no longer have to create Layers upon Layers – you can manage and organise your model straight within Outliner. Use the eye icon to toggle between the major sections of your model, such as main floor plans and furniture.
New grips on bounding boxes When you grab a point that is obscured in an object (such as a back corner or centre point) and start to move it, your object will automatically go transparent when something in your model interferes with the object you are moving. This works with both the Rotate tool and Move tool.
Better control of hidden objects You’ll notice in your drop-down menu that hiding objects are separated from hiding geometry. This will give you the ability to better manage hidden geometry and hidden objects for an even easier modeling experience. For example, now you can hide objects that are nearby (like trees, bushes, or a building) while still being able to edit hidden edges in a landscape or smoothed surface!
Updates to your SketchUp dictionary There are a few updates to the naming conventions used when talking about SketchUp. This isn’t going to change how you use SketchUp, but we want to make sure you’re up to date with how some things are going to be referred to.
Objects are now a collective term for: groups, components, and dynamic components. Layers are now referred to as “Tags”.
What About Layout?
More power to adjust model views LayOut now understands a lot more about your SketchUp model and what you’ve overridden. This means you can safely change a style or camera angle directly in LayOut without accidentally losing your changes.
How do you know what’s different in your LayOut viewport versus your model? When you make changes in LayOut, parts of the menu bar will go dark grey, alerting you that you’ve made an override.
Keep in mind – just because you made some changes in LayOut, doesn’t mean you’re stuck with those. You can always re-sync your viewports back to your SketchUp model if needed.
Improved customisation of your drawings You can now take your LayOut documents to the next level with different models and views. If you have one SketchUp model that exists across several viewports, you can now re-link just one of those viewports to another SketchUp model. Previously, you had to delete that viewport, insert a new SKP model, and reset all your scale settings and viewport sizing.
You also have the ability to toggle Tag visibility within your LayOut document. Now you don’t have to create extra scenes just for your LayOut files, which will save you a lot of time going back and forth between LayOut and SketchUp.
With 2GB of cloud storage as standard, and 20GB for Service Select members, users can view and access Vectorworks files on the go.
If you’re a Service Select member, take advantage of cloud-based hardware to handle your sections, elevations, and renderings so you can continue working on your local machine without interruption.
Using the Vectorworks Cloud Services app from your desktop lets you build a cloud library on your computer. Control the upload of your files, review projects and even link your Dropbox account from directly within the desktop app.
View, manage and share documents from any device with internet access using just a web browser and the Cloud Services web portal.
Use the Vectorworks Nomad app to work on the go. Away from your computer? View, share and sync all of your files from the convenience of your iPhone, iPad or Android device.
The best part? Vectorworks Cloud Services are absolutely free and available to everyone. If you’re a Service Select subscriber, you get…
…a boosted 20GB storage capacity
…manual or scheduledSheet layer to PDF cloud processing
…integrated cloud publishing from within Vectorworks
…the ability to publish presentation and construction documents in the cloud
…the ability to measure objects in PDF drawings generated on the cloud with Vectorworks Nomad
Gain new skills, fine-tune workflows, and discover new ways to make the most of Vectorworks by training at your own pace. Vectorworks University is a new platform for designers, educators and users across the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries.
Vectorworks has always been known to produce helpful content to support their software, including the Getting Started Guides, YouTube channel and more. Vectorworks University takes things further and offers free online classes and tutorials for all ability levels across BIM, site modeling, entertainment design and more.
So far, the platform features more than 110 hours of content, and this will only continue to expand to include localised content, multilingual support, learning paths and even a certification program.
Vectorworks Service Select members, and those using Vectorworks Cloud Services can log in today by visiting university.vectorworks.net. If you’re already a Service Select subscriber, don’t forget that you can access exclusive training content including the full core concept courses.
If you’ve got any questions or would like a quote for your own copy of Vectorworks, contact us today or find out more at CAD Software Direct .com
ZBrushCore is a suite of the most essential elements from the full version of ZBrush. It includes everything that you need to get your start and make your mark in the world of digital sculpting and painting. These features are streamlined into a package that is approachable for artists of all experience levels. With ZBrushCore you can sculpt, paint and create nearly anything you might imagine.
Whatever your experience level, ZBrushCore is so natural to use that it’s almost like modeling with actual clay (without mess, but also with the ability to undo!). ZBrushCore’s powerful toolset will allow you to create amazing details with ease, as well as paint and colour your models exactly as you imagine them.
It’s been another strong year for 3D modeling and rendering. We’ve seen major releases in Vectorworks 2020 demonstrating considerable performance boosts, KeyShot 9 adding GPU rendering and RealCloth, a Maxwell 5 engine re-write built for speed, and so much more than we can list here.
As always, we’d like to extend our sincere thanks to all of our customers and partners for making this another great year, and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. With both the year and decade drawing to a close, it’s time to send off 2019 in style.
CAD Software Direct Opening Times
Our offices are open as normal on December 23rd, so any orders placed before then will be processed as usual. We will do everything we can to get late orders back to you before the break, and there will be limited order processing between Christmas and the New Year. Otherwise we’ll be back to work and sending out orders first thing on January 2nd.