In addition to Revit 2021 and RTX support, here are the new features you will have access to:
View-specific Settings Render and maintain multiple views with individual lighting, mood and composition. Whether it’s a bright exterior or a night time interior, you can quickly switch between the two within the same project.
New Grass/Fur Workflow Create more realistic furry surfaces, such as grass and fabrics, with the new and extended V-Ray Fur workflow.
Sun Animation V-Ray now adds extra realism to Revit’s Solar Study. Explore and visualise the impact of natural light and shadows on your designs across a variety of time spans.
Batch Rendering Leave V-Ray to render your project images while you are away. Batch rendering helps you to schedule multiple views for rendering with a click of a button.
Transfer Auto Values Reduce the amount of time you spend adjusting renders with automatically calculated exposure and white balance values. Values are now displayed in a single click and can be further adjusted manually.
Colour Assistant V-Ray Colour Picker’s new extension saves time by suggesting a colour shade palette to choose the right colour for your designs
Material Picker Replacing a Revit material with a V-Ray material has never been easier. Pick a surface in Revit view and instantly locate its material in the Appearance Manager.
With the exciting release of KeyShot 9.2, the focus is on stability and feature improvements, as well as a new Translucent Medium material, Multi-GPU Memory support, and the all-new KeyShot Benchmark.
‘Translucent Medium’ Material This new and improved material is based on the GPU version of Translucent Advanced that was available in KeyShot 9.1. Now significantly optimised for quality and speed on GPU and CPU, Translucent Medium does a much better job handling translucency in even thin model sections.
NVLink Multi-GPU Memory Support KeyShot GPU mode now supports memory scaling for multi-GPU setups using NVLink with KeyShot 9.2 or higher. This means that two Quadro RTX8000 GPUs can be combined to provide a huge 96GB of memory. Along with NVLink support, direct lighting and GPU startup time in GPU interior mode have been improved as well.
KeyShot Benchmark KeyShot Viewer now features a brand new benchmarking tool! This tool indicates how fast your CPU or GPU will render scenes compared to a reference system using an Intel Core i7-6900K CPU @ 3.2GHz. To run the benchmark, select Benchmark after starting KeyShot Viewer.
Did you know that KeyShot for Solidworks is also now a permanent part of the KeyShot collection? Originally launched as a limited offering, but now here to stay, click here to learn more about KeyShot for Solidworks!
V-Ray for Rhino is a highly accurate renderer for McNeel Rhinoceros, enabling designers to predict and present their designs with the highest level of realism and reduce the need of physical prototypes. V-Ray greatly increases Rhino’s ability to handle large scenes and can be used directly within Grasshopper.
V-Ray Next for Rhino is compatible with Rhino 5 and Rhino 6. V-Ray for Rhino is supported on Windows only.
What’s New in V-Ray Next for Rhino?
RTX support — Boost your V-Ray GPU performance with NVIDIA RTX technology.
Decals support — Add images to paintings, signs, screens and more — plus, Decals work with native and V-Ray materials.
Proxy mesh materials — Import or create a proxy mesh asset and V-Ray will automatically generate a set of material slots.
Partial scene export — Export only selected objects as a .vrscene file containing geometry and the applied materials.
Improved materials — The underlying shading structure of all scene materials has been optimised.
Colour assistant — Choose the exact color you need with the right hue, saturation and value variation with the Colour Assistant.
Extended script access — The updated V-Ray scripting API provides more options to start a render.
And more! Enjoy a new colour theme, a unified one-step installer and numerous V-Ray for Grasshopper enhancements.
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.
KeyShot 9.1 has been released, and this update continues Luxion’s core focus on flexibility and creative freedom by improving workflow speed, material control, and render output.
KeyShot 9.1 builds on previously introduced features, such as real-time GPU ray tracing, AI denoise, and RealClothTM technology and adds:
Unwrap UV to aid in the position and application of textures and labels
Name Templates to improve the filename options for render output workflow
Network Rendering with GPU support to scale up the rendering power to make use of all available networked graphics cards.
Unwrap UV enables KeyShot users to generate UV maps which allow textures or labels to be accurately wrapped on an object’s surface. Users can get a quick preview using Quick Unwrap, or define more complex positioning using the Advanced Unwrap tool.
Name Templates gives users control over file names of outputs by automatically generating custom file names for the scene, with custom naming options that include the Revision, Scene Name, Active Camera, Current Date, and more.
Network Rendering now supports the option to use all available networked GPUs to increase rendering speed. The updated KeyShot 9.1 Network Monitor shows the type of rendering nodes available on the network.
KeyShot 9.1 is available immediately to all current KeyShot 9 users.
If you would like to find out more about KeyShot, give us a call on 01206 804984 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
KeyShot by Luxion is a professional 3D renderer that integrates with more 3D software than any other, and is used throughout the entire product development process from concept design and presentation to delivering digital prototypes and creating sales/marketing visuals.
Industry professionals ranging from Engineering, Automotive, Aerospace, Consumer Electronics, Jewellery, Marketing, Media and Entertainment will be excited to hear that there’s a new and improved version of KeyShot available right now. Read on to find out what’s new.
KeyShot 9 Highlights
GPU Mode KeyShot 9 introduces the ability to harness the full GPU-accelerated ray tracing power of NVIDIA RTX with OptiX. Available for both real-time rendering and local render output, KeyShot’s GPU Mode allows GPU resources to be accessed with one-click to take advantage of multi-GPU performance scaling and the dedicated ray tracing acceleration hardware in NVIDIA RTX-capable GPUs. Users may toggle between GPU and CPU as needed. GPU ray tracing in KeyShot 9 supports the NVIDIA Maxwell microarchitecture found in GTX 980 and above.
Denoise KeyShot 9 provides one-click denoise that allows the reduction of noise in the Real-time View and render output to achieve smooth results in less time. Denoise is available for both CPU and GPU, with KeyShot using Intel Open Image Denoise for CPU mode and NVIDIA Tensor cores for GPU mode. With a single click users can apply Denoise as an image effect option for any Image Style in their project and adjust the blend with the base render.
Model Library KeyShot 9 introduces a new Model Library that allows 3D models with complete materials and textures to be added to a scene. All 3D models are easily accessed on KeyShot Cloud and may be searched, filtered, and added to any scene with a simple drag-and-drop. Models may then moved, duplicated, or appearance changed as needed.
Fuzz Fuzz is a new geometry shader accessible through the KeyShot Material Graph (Pro) that allows you to add randomised hair-like growth from the surface of any material. You can control several parameters of Fuzz such as Length, Randomness, and Density to get the perfect look. In addition, you can modify the appearance through the built-in material properties or input a different material type to the surface of the Fuzz node for even more control.
RealCloth RealCloth is a patent-pending technology from Luxion driving a powerful, new material type which allows the creation and visualisation of realistic woven materials. The material type provides control of the weave pattern (Pro) and ability to easily add flyaway fibres. New RealCloth materials have been added to the Library as well.
Web Configurator KeyShot 9 Pro now offers users the ability to create interactive, browser-based product configurators. the ability to output fully-rendered, static product configurators in a web browser. A configurator is created in KeyShot using the specified models, materials, and Studios variations. The user then chooses the Web Configurator output option to generate the content files that can be zipped and shared privately or hosted online for anyone around the world to view. (Requires KeyShot Pro and KeyShotXR.)
Custom Motion Easing Custom Motion Ease brings users more control over part and camera animations. Custom motion easing may be applied to each animation on the Animation Timeline using custom curve control in the Time Settings of the Animation Properties. Keys may be added quickly along the curve with interpolation and tangency control for each key with all adjustments seen in real-time.
Curve Fade Animation Curve Fade Animation brings users more control over material animations. Applied as an Animation node in the KeyShot Material Graph, a Curve Fade animation may be applied to a material colour, bump, opacity or other property. Like Custom Motion Easing, a custom curve control graph allows keys to be quickly added along the curve and adjusted in real-time to create animated material effects.
Major Differences Over Previous Versions
When a new users open KeyShot they will be met with a Welcome window with all new demo scenes. The Import dialogue has been completely updated and streamlined with the option to save setting for subsequent import of like files.
One unique user interface change is the new Tools menu shown on the KeyShot Ribbon menu. This provides quick access to some existing tools and additional new tools, including the new Material Importer that adds U3M, MTL, and Substance Painter import, as well as new support for AxF 1.6.
Also on the Ribbon menu, is the one-click access to GPU mode and Denoise. If a supported graphics card is recognised by KeyShot, the GPU button will be active and users can switch between using the CPU and GPU for rendering. Denoise can be applied when using either CPU or GPU from the Ribbon or the Project, Image tab.
New RealCloth and Fuzz materials have been added to the library, along with new skin materials suitable for GPU rendering, measured materials with translucency, footwear and apparel samples, as well as new effect labels and animated materials. New Pantone colours are included as well. 20 high-quality HDRI maps from HDRMAPS are available from KeyShot Cloud, where users will find a new Models tab for ready-to-use 3D models that can be dragged and dropped into their scene.
The improvements will hide covered objects, auto-reduce meshes, and simplify the level of detail on native objects. Enjoy faster file navigation, view changes, tool operations, more responsive models, and the ability to handle much larger projects.
List Browser Direct Editing
Transform walkthrough paths and camera movements into professional real-time animations that are significantly easier to accomplish. You can even create 360 panoramas with just one click.
After selecting an appropriate coordinate system in the Vectorworks file, you can accurately geolocate your project by simply entering an address. Instantly incorporate street map, satellite, or other imagery in your design through ArcGIS and WMS servers.
Great Section Views
Data Tag Improvements
New options for tag scaling, new tag fields, direct editing of tags, and a new worksheet function all provide greater automation and control of the information displayed in your project’s documentation.
You can define the camera by selecting the body type, lens type, stand, etc. You can also activate the camera’s viewfinder to verify the placement of your cameras in your design.
Vision Heat Map
A one-of-a-kind feature in a previz application, Vision 2020 creates coloured or monochrome heat maps based on the generalised intensity and range of a fixture — giving you a better understanding of different scenarios your design can undertake in your previz workflow.
With customisable approaches to modelling hardscapes, you can now use the 3D geometry of other features to align and conform hardscape objects to 3D polygons, grade objects, roadways, or other hardscapes, making it possible to design paved surfaces to drain properly, align to other paved surfaces, and be accurately modelled and perfectly controlled.
Live Data Visualization
With a new ability to reference IFC files, say goodbye to the cumbersome, manual process of reimporting IFC files from consultants who make changes.
New Solutions to Work Faster and Smarter
“Data and usability are the cornerstones of this year’s product line enhancements,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “When we looked at the future of the industry and what our customers’ needs were, we kept coming back to data, particularly data-driven insights. Vectorworks 2020 is centered around providing our customers with intuitive ways to use the powerful tools of our products, while also offering more practical ways to incorporate the use of data for an improved and insightful design workflow.”
If you’d like to know more about Vectorworks, email us on email@example.com, or give us a call on 01206 804984. If you’d like a free 30-day trial, click here to request a free Vectorworks 2020 Trial.
We’re excited to see that a new update for KeyVR has been released which delivers unmatched quality for transparent objects in VR, colour transmission, transparent objects in VR as well as the attenuation of light through coloured glass.
Optimised Load Time Open a KeyShot scene with one click, even faster. Load times have been optimised for long or disabled animations as well as for degenerate or small objects or triangles, saving you time when you need a VR environment quickly.
Reflections on Transparent Materials Reflections and colour transmission on transparent materials have been improved significantly. Reflections are incredibly realistic and the colour of your transparent materials will more accurately transmit the colour based on their thickness.
Glass, Solid Glass, Gems and Dielectrics Support for Glass, Solid Glass, Gems, and Dielectrics has been added which includes refraction and light attenuation. Though this is an approximation, it produces the most realistic and highest quality appearance for glass and dielectrics in any VR software yet.
Hide/Show Multiple Model Sets Explore all model variations or just a few with this new feature that adds support for hiding and showing multiple Model Sets. View and switch between them quickly with the click of a button and provide a faster way to explore your product options.
New Move/Rotate Widget To provide even greater control over moving and rotating objects in your scenes, KeyVR now provides a Move/Rotate Widget for selected objects. It’s a great option when you want to add more context or interaction to your environment.
Why Use KeyVR?
With KeyVR, you can:
Explore designs interactively in a ‘real world’ context.
Review designs to refine fit and function.
View model, material, and environment variations.
Experience in-context product animations.
Use natural views to determine the best product shots.
All current KeyVR subscribers will receive a notification and update option when they start KeyVR.
If you’re interested in virtual reality or KeyVR, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 01206 804984.
Get a whole year of Vectorworks Service Select absolutely free with the purchase of a new licence or upgrade. The Service Select renewal date will be September 1st for all purchases during this promotion.
Am I Eligible?
Are you buying a new license or an upgrade of v2016 or newer between August 1st and 5:30pm September 9th? Then yes, you’ll get free Service Select!
The offer is not valid for existing Vectorworks Service Select customers. We can only provide this offer for customers in the UK and Ireland.
Using Vectorworks 2016?
If you’re on Vectorworks 2016, now is the best time to upgrade. If you don’t renew before the release of Vectorworks 2020, you’ll need to buy a brand new license as upgrades will no longer be available.