Vectorworks 30% Offer Extended

Vectorworks May 2020

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.

Save on Vectorworks

If you’re having any difficulty accessing licences while working remotely at this time, please contact us and we will help explore your options.

Service Select renewals, dongles, shipping, reinstatement fees and subscriptions are excluded from this offer.

Other Ways to Buy Vectorworks

If you’re looking to buy Vectorworks, but would prefer monthly payments over an up front lump sum – there are now more choices than ever!

Spreading Vectorworks Payments

  • We can offer business leasing so you can spread the cost of a perpetual licence monthly between your choice of 2 to 5 years.
  • PayPal Credit offers 4 months interest free payments, and can be used for longer terms based on their interest charges.
  • We can also split the payment for you into three instalments. One initial payment, followed by two more with 30 days between them.

Spread the cost of Vectorworks

Vectorworks Subscriptions

Did you know all versions of Vectorworks are now available as a Vectorworks Subscription?

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.

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30% OFF Vectorworks this April

Vectorworks April Offer

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!

Save on Vectorworks

Get 30% off any Vectorworks purchase this April including new licences, upgrades, Service Select, add-on modules, Vision and training whether you’re a new or existing Vectorworks user.

If you’re having any difficulty accessing licences while working remotely at this time, please contact us and we will help explore your options.

Service Select renewals, dongles, shipping, reinstatement fees and subscriptions are excluded from this offer.

V-Ray Next for SketchUp – Update 2 Released

V-Ray Next for SketchUp

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.

What’s New?

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.

Not sure if V-Ray is for you? Why not request a free V-Ray trial?

Vectorworks 40% Offer Extended to Feb 28th

Vectorworks Offer

Great news if you missed your chance to get a discount on Vectorworks last week – the offer has been extended through this week!

Until February 28th 2020, you will save 40% when buying a new licence or upgrade with a Service Select membership!

Save on Vectorworks

What are the details?

  • Save 40% on a perpetual licence or upgrade when purchasing a Service Select membership at the same time.
  • Existing Service Select customers can get 40% off a new licence when paying the pro-rated Service Select as normal.

There’s a second chance to get this offer, but don’t delay – the offer will end on Friday 28th.

What is Service Select?

Not sure what Service Select can offer you? Check out this short video to learn how it offers support and saves you money.

Find out more about Vectorworks and place your order at CAD Software Direct.com

If you want more information, or would like a quote, call us on 01206 804984 or email us on vectorworks@cadsoftwaredirect.com

Save 40% on Vectorworks with Service Select for this Week Only.

Vectorworks Offer

If you’re new to Vectorworks, or are a seasoned pro looking to add more seats for your team, now is a great time to invest in Vectorworks.

From February 17th – 21st 2020, you will save 40% when buying a new licence or upgrade with a Service Select membership!

Save on Vectorworks

What are the details?

  • Save 40% on a perpetual licence or upgrade when purchasing a Service Select membership at the same time.
  • Existing Service Select customers can get 40% off a new licence when paying the pro-rated Service Select as normal.

It’s as simple as that. Don’t delay though – the offer will end on Friday 21st.

What is Service Select?

Not sure what Service Select can offer you? Check out this short video to learn how it offers support and saves you money.

Find out more about Vectorworks and place your order at CAD Software Direct.com

If you want more information, or would like a quote, call us on 01206 804984 or email us on vectorworks@cadsoftwaredirect.com

SketchUp 2020 – New Features and How to Get It.

SketchUp 2020

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 contact@cadsoftwaredirect.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.

See more about network upgrades here >

So, What’s New in SketchUp?

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.

Buy SketchUp 2020 as a perpetual licence, or the SketchUp Subscription 12 month bundle from CAD Software Direct where it is available right now. Not sure if SketchUp is for you? Try SketchUp free for 30 days.

The Benefits of Vectorworks Cloud Services

Vectorworks Cloud Services

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

You can get started right now by downloading the Vectorworks Cloud Services Desktop App or the Vectorworks Nomad mobile app.

Learn with Vectorworks University

Vectorworks University

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 2020 Available Now

ZBrushCore 2020

ZBrushCore 2020 is out now, and is available as a free upgrade for registered users! If you’re already a ZBrushCore user, you can upgrade for free here.

What is ZBrushCore?

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.

ZBrushCore 2020 is available to buy now at CAD Software Direct.

Opening Times and Christmas Deals

Christmas Deals

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.

Christmas and New Year Offers – Up to 50% OFF RRP

Vectorworks

25% OFF All Purchases
Offer until December 31st

Vectorworks Offer

Excludes Service Select renewals, Dongles, Shipping, Reinstatements, and Prorated cost of adding to the service select contract.


Maxwell Render

20% OFF A New Licence
Offer until January 6th

Maxwell Render Offer


Realflow

50% OFF New Licences, 30% OFF Plugin versions
Offer until January 6th

RealFlow Offer


Rhino 6

15% OFF RRP on Rhino 6 Licences and Upgrades
Offer until January 2nd

Rhino Offer


15% OFF the V-Ray + Rhino Bundle
Comes with FREE Affinity Photo
Offer until January 2nd

V-Ray Rhino Bundle Offer


£50 OFF A New ZBrush Licence
Offer until January 2nd

ZBrush Offer


£50 OFF A New Artlantis Licence
Offer until January 2nd

Artlantis Offer


If you have any questions or would like further information, give us a call on 01206 804984 or send an email to contact@cadsoftwaredirect.com

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
from all of us at CAD Software Direct!