Join Artlantis LIVE on August 12th

Artlantis 2020

08:00 or 16:00 BST
Wednesday, 12th August
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Artlantis is a standalone rendering application built with architects and designers in mind. The latest version, Artlantis 2020, introduces a whole host of new features and settings that further improve the quality and realism of renderings.

Join this live webinar, led by Ildikó Szabó from Abvent, who will highlight all the fantastic features this latest version has to offer, including:

  • New and updated 3D Grass. 4 new grass types and 6 updated types of 3D grass enhanced with new settings for added realism.
  • Denoiser Tool. This reduces, or even eliminates, noise from renderings which are typically introduced by the reflection from shaders.
  • RAL colours and tints. Artlantis 2020 offers 243 colours and tints from the RAL Effect, RAL Design, and RAL Classic colour chart.
  • Portals. These improve the brightness of indoor scenes and removes noise from images.

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V-Ray Next for Rhino – Update 2.2

V-Ray for Rhino 2.2

V-Ray Next for Rhino has been updated, addressing a number of bug fixes to improve your rendering, including:

  • Improved matte elements generation
  • Enhanced CUDA engine stability
  • More stability across lights naming
  • Improved Bongo animation image output control

The full list of changes can be found here.

If you would like to experience the improvements for yourself, download V-Ray for Rhino update 2.2 !

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.

QuadRemesh Added to Rhino 7 WIP

Rhino 6

The new QuadRemesh command has been added to the Rhino 7 WIP. With it, you can create quad dominant meshes from surfaces, polysurfaces, solids, meshes and SubD objects.

  • Create symmetrical quads along an axis.
  • Accept guide curves to influence the layout.
  • Create a SubD object instead of a quad mesh.

Download Rhino 7 WIP

The QuadRemesh command also has the ability to generate quads along an XYZ symmetry axis of the object, as well as accept guide curves as influencers for topology layout.

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QuadRemesh can also generate a SubD object automatically making it easier to convert your polysurface to a SubD object, or create remeshed SubD objects with smooth rounded corners for rendering.

If you have used the QuadMesh command in the past you will find this new command to be more accurate and much faster.

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You can find this new command by typing QuadRemesh or by clicking the QuadRemesh icon in the SubD toolbar.

Create multiple resolutions for optimised SubD conversion, UV Mapping, 3D Printing, etc:

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Use Symmetry for organised topology:

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Hard edge detection to preserve sharp corners:

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Remesh to SubD to soften hard to fillet areas for rendering:

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Convert Mesh heightfields in to highly optimised SubD objects ready for editing:

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Optimise topology and symmetry of scan data or triangulated meshes:

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Use guide curves to influence edge loops and poly flow:

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KeyShot 2019 Render Competition

KeyShot 9 Competition

For the month of December KeyShot are hosting the 2019 Holiday Render Competition! This is your opportunity to create an amazing KeyShot scene using the all-new features in KeyShot 9. To be in with the chance of winning, make use of these brand new features including:

  • RealCloth that brings you creation and visualisation of realistic woven materials.
  • Fuzz that allows you to add any amount of fuzz or fur (or tinsel!) you need to the surface of any object.
  • Contour Texture that lets you add an illustration-like effect on top of real-world materials such as metal or plastic.
  • 3D Model Library that provides high-quality, specially curated 3D models to complement the products in your scene.

You can even use the new Web Configurator, Animation Curve Control, Substance Painter Import, and VStitcher Integration, plus the new GPU support and Denoise to render it all out.

The top 3 finalists will receive big KeyShot prizes!

Entry Requirements

– Create your visual using one of the new features listed above.
– Use a seasonal theme of the Winter Holidays (i.e. Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years).
– All rendering and/or animation must be done in KeyShot 9.
– Screenshots, fully rendered images, animations or KeyShotXR’s and Configurators may all be submitted.
– Submit your entry on the ‘2019 KeyShot Holiday Render Competition’ forum board
– Multiple entries are acceptable
– Post edits are acceptable
– The competition is open to everyone
– Team entries are welcome – prize will be transferred to team leader

Render Output Specification:
Resolution: 16:9 Ratio (at or above 1920×1080) and/or 1:1 (1080×1080)
Filetype: .jpg, .png, .mp4, .avi, .html

Need A Licence To Enter?

If you need a licence for the competition, you can request a trial here:
https://www.cadsoftwaredirect.com/request-keyshot-trial

Extra Details

With your submission, mention what modeling software or other tools were used. Provide credit to where you downloaded or who created any supporting models as well. If post editing is done, show a before and after!

Luxion retains the right to use any image or animation submitted for purposes of promotion and marketing. All rights to the image belong to the person creating the image and attribution will be given when an image is used. Additional requests for use of render or animation files may be requested of the user via email.

Luxion’s Judging Criteria:
The entries will be judged on three criteria:

Innovation – How is it being used? What is the application?
Creativity – What is the content? What materials/lighting?
Execution – How was KeyShot used? How is the experience?

Prizes:
3x Grand Prizes  – KeyShot Pro (worth £1,520 each!)
3x 1st Place Prizes – KeyShot HD (worth £760 each!)
Honorable mentions (up to 10) – KeyShot Prize Pack (t-shirts, mug, etc.)

Deadline:
Tuesday, December 31st 11:59 PST (7:59 GMT)

Announcement:
The winner will be announced Tuesday, January 14th on the KeyShot website, forum and social media sites.

The contest is already open and ends
Tuesday, December 31st.

Vectorworks Spotlight Webinar – Nov 26th

Spotlight Webinar

Concert and Event Design and Production with Vectorworks Spotlight
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
Tue, Nov 26, 2019

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Discover how you can streamline your workflow with Vectorworks Spotlight, the all-in-one software solution, in our free one hour webinar hosted by Vectorworks and CAD Software Direct. 

The webinar will demonstrate how Spotlight can be used for the entire design and production process for a concert; from research, concept to 3D model to draft production plans.

There will be time at the end of the webinar for a live Q & A with Spotlight Industry Specialist, Tom White. 

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Big Update for SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse

SketchUp 3D Warehouse

Did you know that SketchUp comes with a huge library of 3D models right out of the box, ready to use in your scenes at no extra cost?

The 3D Warehouse has gotten even better with a whole new way to organise, filter and find models.

User Content Manager lets you bulk manage your models and create private folder collections. Have a large collection of models that you need to keep track of? This one’s for you.

3D Warehouse collections 2019

The New Profile Style has been simplified to include just the essentials. All you need to do is fill in the profile details and get searching!

User profile 3D Warehouse

To download a 3D Warehouse model, all you have to do is sign in to your account and your content experience will be tailored to you.

Visit CAD Software Direct to learn more about SketchUp Pro, or request a free SketchUp Trial.

Maxwell 5 Launches Today

Maxwell Render 5

The physically-correct, unbiased spectral engine at the core of Maxwell not only produces beautiful images, but also lighting-accurate simulations. You may have heard in the past that Maxwell achieved such high quality by being quite slow, something Next Limit themselves will admit.

With Maxwell 5, the story has changed. A fully rewritten multi-GPU core now delivers final results in minutes and accurate previews in mere seconds.

With the latest version now released, anybody who pre-ordered their upgrade can now download it from their Next Limit Customer Portal.

As an added bonus, the pre-order offer has been extended to November 4th, so you’ve got a little longer to lock in your upgrade price if you haven’t already!

Plugins Available

Plugins Coming Soon for Download

Maxwell 5 Features

V-Ray Importer

Additive Materials in GPU

Lights Group

GPU FIRE

Multi-GPU

With multiple GPUs working in parallel, you’ll get the most accurate renders available on the market without compromise on speed.

Cloud

A brand new Cloud Rendering Service gives you access to some of the most powerful machines available to speed up your render times and productivity. Easily dispatch cloud render jobs straight from Maxwell to free your computer from high CPU loads so you can get on with more important things.

Visit CAD Software Direct to find out more about Maxwell 5, or contact us if you have any questions.