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.

25% OFF Summer Deal – Shaderlight for SketchUp

Shaderlight for SketchUp

Shaderlight is an interactive and intuitive 3D rendering plug-in for SketchUp that enables anyone to transform a SketchUp model into a photorealistic render.

Now with even more simple to use features, Shaderlight gives you even more control over how you render your SketchUp models, with the ability to animate your SketchUp scenes and render to the cloud. Shaderlight fits seamlessly with your workflow so you don’t have to be a SketchUp rendering software expert to get great results.

From now until July 31st 2018, save 25% on Shaderlight for SketchUp!

New Transparent Material Feature - Shaderlight 2018

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.

Our SketchUp Pro 2018 Competition Winner Is…

SketchUp Competition

A huge thank you to all of the SketchUp Perfect Getaway competition entrants. The time has come, and we have a winner to announce.

After much consideration between entries, we’d like to congratulate Chad Slaney as the winner, and the prizes will be on their way!

SketchUp Pro 2018

Built in SketchUp, and rendered with V-Ray for SketchUp, we think this really does look like the perfect getaway.

“This was a personal project of mine. I wanted to combine a traditional style cottage with a modern open floor plan glass structure. I chose to locate the structure in the Muskoka area in Ontario Canada.” – Chad Slaney

The vegetation in the model was done with proxy components, while the sky and some slight colour corrections were added in Photoshop.

Take a look at some more renders and screenshots from the .skp file of this piece below, and you can check out more of Chad Slaney’s work over on his Facebook page.

Thank again to our entrants. Stay tuned for our next competition!

 

.SKP 4

 

SketchUp Rneder 1

 

.SKP 1

 

SketchUp Rneder 2

 

.SKP 2

 

SketchUp Rneder 3

 

.SKP 3

Come and See Us This Week at Our First 3D Friday Event

3D Friday - CAD Software Direct

Our first ever 3D Friday event will be held at our offices this week in Colchester.

We’ll be showing SketchUp with V-Ray, Vectorworks, KeyShot and more. We’ll even have our resident fused filament 3D printer set up and ready to go so you can see how they work up close.

Whether you’re brand new to CAD, or you’ve been using it for as long as you can remember, this is a chance to get together with other designers and CAD enthusiasts to discuss your models, share tips and tricks or test new software.

 

Everyone is welcome and you can find us at:

Colchester Business Centre
1 George Williams Way
Colchester, CO1 2JS

Friday 6th July  –  1pm – 4pm

 

Please be aware that as we share our offices with other businesses, we recommend you use the public parking nearby – Britannia Way, Colchester CO2 7EF.

Leave the carpark and go left, take a short walk up the hill and you’ll find George Williams Way opposite Aldi. Mention at reception that you are here for CAD Software Direct’s 3D Friday where they will direct you to us. We hope to see you there!

Competition Now Closed – Winner To Be Announced Soon

Sketchup Pro 2018

We’ve had some excellent entries sent our way for this Sketchup Pro 2018 competition, and the competition is now closed!

If you have entered, you’re in the running to win:

  • £100 in vouchers and a 3D Connexion SpaceMouse Pro worth £279!
  • Your work featured on the Official SketchUp UK social media pages (run by distributor Elmtec) and on CAD Software Direct.

The winner is going to be announced on Friday 6th July, so be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to find out who takes the prizes straight away.

Orbit Anywhere for Free with SketchUp Viewer for Mobile

SketchUp Viewer for smartphones and tablets is now free to use. Explore and communicate in 3D with everyone, everywhere.

SketchUp Viewer for Mobile

  • Orbit anywhere

    Open models from 3D Warehouse, Trimble Connect or other online storage apps. Then orbit, pan, and zoom using the free SketchUp Viewer app. Select from preset Scenes to quickly hop around projects or play fly-through animations. Instant 3D wow.

  • Your models, your way

    With section planes, orthographic and perspective cameras, layer visibility, X-Ray mode, edge and face styles, you (literally) have SketchUp in your pocket.

  • Augment your reality

    Merge 3D models with the world around you using augmented reality (AR) viewing. Reimagine room layouts, evaluate proposals in context, or bring history projects to life: it’s the most fun you’ll have in 3D today. (Available via in app purchase)

     

Get the free app

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Sketchup Pro 2018 – Competition Ending Soon

Sketchup Pro 2018

We’ve had some excellent entries sent our way for this Sketchup Pro 2018 competition, and time is running out!

We want you to design your perfect getaway with SketchUp. It could be a cosy cottage in the Cotswolds, a luxury villa in the Mediterranean, or maybe a chalet in the Alps. What’s your idea of a perfect getaway? We want you to model it in SketchUp!

Fire up Sketchup Pro 2018 right now, because you’ve only got until
5pm 30th June, 2018 to submit your work.

Simply email your entry to
sketchup@cadsoftwaredirect.com
to be in with a chance of winning.

 

What You Could Win

  • The winner will receive £100 in vouchers and a 3D Connexion SpaceMouse Pro worth £279!
  • Your work featured on the Official SketchUp UK social media pages (run by distributor Elmtec) and on CAD Software Direct. Check out the Twitter and  Facebook pages!

 

Please include a little bit of information on the concept, any particular processes involved in modelling and if you do include a render, which software was used.

  • Create a 3D model of your perfect getaway home (e.g. villa, house, chalet etc.).
  • Must be modelled in SketchUp / SketchUp Pro
  • The model must not have been previously published anywhere.
  • By entering you consent to your work being featured on SketchUp UK social media.
  • Only one submission per person.
  • The submission can be of your model directly within SketchUp or it can be rendered (in which case we will still need the original skp file).
  • The winning entry will be decided by CAD Software Direct and this decision is final.
  • The winner will be announced on Friday 6th July

Good luck!

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.

Win Prizes with SketchUp – Submit Your 3D Designs Now

Sketchup Pro 2018

There’s still time to enter our SketchUp 3D Design Challenge!

Design your perfect getaway with SketchUp. A luxury villa in the Mediterranean? A chalet in the Alps, or a cosy cottage in the Cotswolds? We want you to model it in SketchUp!

Simply email your entry to
sketchup@cadsoftwaredirect.com to be in with a chance of winning.

 

What You Could Win

  • The winner will receive £100 in vouchers and a 3D Connexion SpaceMouse Pro worth £279!
  • Your work featured on the Official SketchUp UK social media pages (run by distributor Elmtec) and on CAD Software Direct. Check out the Twitter and  Facebook pages!

We want you to model your vision of a perfect luxury bolthole, or place to escape it all. It needs to be a structure modelled in SketchUp, but it could be a villa, an entire hotel (if you have plenty of time on your hands), or even a yacht! It does need to be modelled directly in SketchUp (not imported from another platform) and be your own, original work. We’re looking for designs that make innovative use of SketchUp whilst showcasing a great concept in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Please include a little bit of information on the concept, any particular processes involved in modelling and if you do include a render, which software was used.

Your work can be submitted until 5pm 30th June, 2018.

  • Create a 3D model of your perfect getaway home (e.g. villa, house, chalet etc.).
  • Must be modelled in SketchUp / SketchUp Pro
  • The model must not have been previously published anywhere.
  • By entering you consent to your work being featured on SketchUp UK social media.
  • Only one submission per person.
  • The submission can be of your model directly within SketchUp or it can be rendered (in which case we will still need the original skp file).
  • The winning entry will be decided by CAD Software Direct and this decision is final.
  • The winner will be announced on Friday 6th July

Good luck!