A New Year with SketchUp Pro

SketchUp Pro 2018

A section-slice animation

Skill Builder – Animating a Section Slice

Learn how to animate a slice through your model by following along with this tutorial on the official SketchUp YouTube channel.

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Pop culture props modeled in SketchUp

Watch SketchUp Modeling – Live!

Cast your vote now to help decide what object will be modeled live on Twitch in a few weeks.

Cast your vote >

 

A Star War’s Hoth hanger

Low Polygons, Big Worlds

Game artist and illustrator, Rodrigo Oliveira Cerci, creates 2D pixel art that starts in SketchUp. Meet his eclectic characters and take a tour of the low-polygon design world.

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3D Basecamp 2018

Reliving 3D Basecamp

In 2020, 3D Basecamp will be stopping in Vancouver. For now, relive 3D Basecamp 2018 over on YouTube.

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SketchUp Pro 2018 is available now (including 1 year’s FREE maintenance and support) at CAD Software Direct.

Save on SU Podium Browser before January 1st 2019

SU Podium Browser

Podium Browser has been steadily growing over the years, and has evolved into what it is now – a time-saving resource with over 20,000 render-ready furnishings, materials, lights and more. To reflect these improvements, Podium Browser will be increasing to $79 RRP on January 1st 2019.

Save on SU Podium Browser before the end of the year!

Working with holiday spirit? A large set of Christmas assemblies, tree and winter decorations are available now!

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

Cyber Monday

Tired of Black Friday queues?
Beat them all with Cyber Monday online exclusive deals!

We’ve got four big offers, something for everyone, that you won’t want to miss. Here’s what we have:

 

SketchUp

Exclusive to Monday 26th November, get 15% OFF RRP on new SketchUp Pro licenses.

Enter CYBER18SU at checkout to get the discount!

Trimble SketchUp Pro (formerly Google Sketchup Pro) is an intuitive 3D CAD software package that is both cost effective and natural to use. Built in features like Layout and third party renderers make Sketchup Pro a powerful tool.

Single licenses only, and one per purchaser only. Discount does not include the cost of maintenance and support.

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Vectorworks

Exclusive to Monday 26th November, get 40% OFF RRP on new Vectorworks licenses.

Contact us now to get the discount!

Vectorworks 2019 is specialist and powerful software that is pleasantly user-friendly. It comes in five variants:

Fundamentals (the basic package, short on specialist libraries but containing all core 2D and 3D functionality)
Architect – for architecture and built environment work
Landmark – for landscape/environment design
Spotlight – for event and exhibition design
Designer – incorporates all these versions, ideal for multi-discipline practices.

If you’re looking for previz software to create unmatched experiences, you can with Vectorworks Vision, also at 40% off when purchased with a 1-year VSS membership.

Offer applies to new licenses of Vectorworks for new customers when committing to a 1-year VSS membership at full price.

Contact Us to save on Vectorworks >

 

KeyShot

Monday 26th – 30th November, get 20% OFF new KeyShot licenses.

Enter KSCYBER20 at checkout to get the discount!

KeyShot by Luxion, is a processor-driven rendering application that works equally well on Windows and Mac. It is a biased renderer meaning it accelerates rendering by estimating lighting calculations – but it does so extremely effectively. KeyShot comes as KeyShot HD or KeyShot Pro, where Pro includes a range of animation tools and additional options and features. KeyShot HD was previously limited to HD resolution but the output is now unlimited – making it even more appealing.

We’re also running 20% OFF all week long on upgrades and add-ons until November 30th! Enter KSCYBER20 at checkout to get the discount.

Offer does not apply to EDU and Maintenance products.

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Starting Friday 23rd and throughout the 26th, get a huge 50% OFF RRP on Maxwell and RealFlow new licenses.

Enter CYBER18NXT at checkout to get the discount!

RealFlow is an industry-standard, out-of-the-box fluid simulation software. Fast and easy to use, it is compatible with ALL major 3D platforms.

Save on RealFlow >

Maxwell is a render engine for making perfect images, films and animations from 3D models. It is the complete solution for anyone who demands immaculate results on a deadline. Maxwell Render is also available as a plugin for a wide range of modellers including SketchUp, Rhino and Cinema 4D.

Save on Maxwell >

 

Set your reminders now to visit CAD Software Direct this Cyber Monday to save on SketchUp, Vectorworks, KeyShot, RealFlow and Maxwell.

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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