V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp Officially Released!

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SketchUp is one of the most widely used and easy to learn 3D modeling software applications on the market. And, V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp only improves the experience! This artist-friendly rendering solution for SketchUp features dramatic improvements to visualization workflow (V-Ray RT®), image-based lighting quality (V-Ray Dome Light), and a designer’s ability to quickly manage complex scenes with highly detailed models (V-Ray Proxy).

V-Ray 2.0 for Sketchup can be purchased here. ($799 USD)

Existing V-Ray for SketchUp users can upgrade here. ($320 USD)

Click here to view the new V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp product at ArchVision and view the PDF for new features.

Have questions? Contact us at support@archvision.com.

V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max Beta Announced

Image Credit:  Marek Denko, Courtesy Chaos Group

Image Credit: Marek Denko, Courtesy Chaos Group


Chaos Group has officially announced the V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max Beta Program. ArchVision welcomes you to participate in this program and discover the advantages of the latest edition of the V-Ray render engine. Learn all about the V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max Beta program here.

During the beta process, you will also have direct access to Chaos Group’s development team and the beta community via the V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max Forum.

As a beta tester, you will have access to new V-Ray features including-:

  • Faster Ray Tracing: Faster Brute Force and Path Tracing calculations
  • New User Interface: New artist-friendly UI with easy access to common controls
  • Progressive Rendering: New path-traced rendering engine with intuitive set up
  • Quick Settings: New presets and controls for tuning quality and speed
  • VRmats: Universal V-Ray shader for use across multiple applications
  • New Shaders: New Skin shader, ray-traced SSS, and support for OSL
  • Improved Hair: Faster render speeds and optimized shading for hair and fur
  • Alembic: Integrated support for Alembic Caches
  • Advanced Color: Improved color workflow with support for LUTs, ICC, and OpenColorIO
  • Deep Data: Complete support for Deep Data and OpenEXR 2.0
  • Render Mask: Define render areas using an image mask
  • RT GPU Render Elements: Support for render element in V-Ray RT GPU
  • Improved Distributed Rendering: Automatic asset collection for Distributed Rendering

Check out all of the V-Ray products currently available at ArchVision here. Visit this blog often for more news on the development of V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max.

ArchVision Dashboard Releases with New Features

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ArchVision Dashboard just got better! This is a free update for all ArchVision users and is now available for download. Newly added features will improve your workflow. Check out the new features and improved user interface:

  • Drag & Drop support for RPC Content into Autodesk Revit 2013 & 2014, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk 3ds Max     Design and Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture.
  • Management tools for RPC Plug-ins.
  • Organization tools for local and global RPC Content.
  • Simplified licensing system.
  • How do you get ArchVision Dashboard on your desktop?
    Users will receive an update notification or you may opt to download the installer here.

    Who needs ArchVision Dashboard?
    ArchVision Software License and All Access License holders definitely need it! There are a few users out there who are still using legacy versions of 3d software applications who should keep their existing ACM to allow support for older plug-ins. Not sure what to do? Please contact support@archvision.com.

    Special thanks to our beta testers who worked with our team to get the kinks worked out earlier this year. Because of their commitment to improving the ArchVision experience, this version of ArchVision Dashboard lays the ground work to enable us to develop several new features, including cloud rendering support, content creation and new admin tools.

    If you have any issues that come up during the install process, please contact us so we can help you quickly resolve.

    ArchVision Previews New Features at the Revit Technology Conference

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    What better place to showcase new Revit features? ArchVision is looking forward to participating in RTC North America, July 10-13. Attendees have a chance to learn best practices and get some incredible tips and tricks from the industry’s top Revit experts. The Revit-centric meeting is managed by users for users and is a perfect opportunity to catch up with users and engage them about some new ArchVision Dashboard 2.0[beta] features and technology trends.

    ArchVision Dashboard 2.0[beta] provides an immediate improvement to Revit users with support for RPC Drag & Drop into Revit 2013 and 2014, RPC Content and Plug-in management tools and a variety of other features.

    ArchVision will demo new content conversion tools and organizational tools:

    • Convert 2D Images into RPCs Instantly
    • Tag and Organize Content
    • Drag & Drop .rfa, .dwg, & .skp Into Your Apps

    Stop by and check it out!

    Contact support@archvision.com for additional information.

    ArchVision Dashboard 2.0[beta] Update Released

    ArchVision Dashboard 2.0[beta] released today. Beta user feedback continues to be incorporated.

    Key features include:

    Autodesk Revit Drag & Drop
    In addition to AutoCAD, 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design, Revit 2013 & 2014 now support RPC Drag & Drop. Local RPC Content may be dragged from Dashboard directly into your Revit 2013 or 2014 scene. We invite you check out this quick tutorial to see how it works and learn a couple tricks along the way:

     

    To enable Drag & Drop your RPC Content must be local and recognized as local by Dashboard and Revit. The thumbnail icon provides you an indicator so you can easily know the status.

    License management is now in the cloud! All RPC Plug-ins require a Dashboard on the same machine and the RPC Plug-in simply needs to point to your local Dashboard.

    Node-lock licenses
    Upon login your license will be detected and reflected in your Dashboard.

    Floating licenses
    Upon login, Dashboard will detect and check out an available floating license.

    Local RPC Content
    Dashboard scans and detects RPC Content. Local and custom content will populate. If you have custom RPC Content, a Custom RPC Channel will appear and populate with those objects. The scan occurs at start-up and when paths are added. Currently, we recommend you add a path to the specific folder(s) for an optimal experience.

    Want to try the latest beta and give us some feedback? Drop us an email and we will send you a link.

    ArchVision Viewport for Adobe Photoshop CS6 Update

    ArchVision Viewport for Adobe Photoshop CS6

    ArchVision Viewport for Adobe Photoshop CS6


    ArchVision Viewport for Adobe Photoshop CS6 is now available. Both 32-bit and 64-bit installers are available and can be accessed via the following links:

    ArchVision Viewport for Adobe Photoshop CS6 32-bit (version 4.0.0.0)
    ArchVision Viewport for Adobe Photoshop CS6 64-bit (version 4.0.0.0)

    ArchVision Viewport allows users to easily place RPCs into their Adobe Photoshop scenes. ArchVision Viewport licenses are included with ArchVision Software Licenses and may be purchased here: www.archvision.com.

    Learn all about using ArchVision Viewport here:
    http://help.archvision.com

    ArchVision Dashboard 2.0 [beta] Pre-release

    During the past month, ArchVision customers tested the new features and functionality of ArchVision Dashboard 2.0 [beta]. In addition to a re-styled user interface, several features have been enhanced and added. For example, the Drag & Drop feature now includes support for Revit as well as AutoCAD and 3ds Max. Placing an RPC has never been so simple.

    Key features include:

    * Manage and view your local RPC Content, including custom RPC Content
    * Drag & Drop RPC Content from Dashboard into Autodesk Revit, 3ds Max, 3ds Max Design & AutoCAD
    * Activate and Manage ArchVision Software Licenses
    * Search Content by Channel: Trees, People, Automobiles, Objects and more.
    * Indicators for local RPC Content and remote/global RPC Content
    * RPC Plug-in and Software update notifications and downloads

    Here’s a quick overview that Jon Anderson, customer support manager shared:


    Existing users should expect to see ArchVision Dashboard available as an update in the coming weeks. If you are interested in beta testing ArchVision Dashboard 2.0, please let us know. Future releases will feature support for RPC Content Creation and cloud rendering.

    ArchVision RPC Content: February Plants Additions

    februar_20_thumbnailWhile the ground outside Archvision is still thawing out, our team is inside getting ready for Spring. February’s plant additions collection includes (4) new hi-res plants. These shrubs include flowering shrub [2], a small green leafed shrub with yellow-pink pastel flowers, shrub [4] a hybrid evergreen shrub, shrub [6], a shiny green-leafed shrub and topiary deciduous [3], a well manicured topiary specimen.

    These ready-to-render plants are available for you to download now via the ArchVision Dashboard.

    ArchVision Software License plan customers have access to these and thousands more.

    Check out all of the latest RPC Content added to the RPC Content exchange by clicking recently added from ArchVision Dashboard.

    Download the ArchVision Dashboard to try these now.

    Kroger Co. rendering includes RPC Content to communicate re-design.

    With over $90 Billion in sales and nearly 2500 supermarkets throughout the USA, The Kroger Company, is one of the largest grocer retailers in the country. Like countless other retailers with brick and mortar locations, the need to expand, re-design and re-brand is ongoing. The process often entails community meetings, developer meetings, zoning commissions and the like. Providing stakeholders renderings of buildings is standard fare in the design process. Renderings provide a visual representation of a proposed design and they can offer context to neighborhood, traffic patterns, building orientation, new walking paths, parking facilities and more.

    The Kroger on Euclid Ave in Lexington, KY, is a great example how to leverage RPC Content (People and Cars) in a scene to provide context. This particular facility is going from 38,000 square feet to 65,000 square feet.

    Kroger rendering, Euclid Ave, Lexington, KY.  Image courtesy The Kroger Co.

    Kroger rendering, Euclid Ave, Lexington, KY. Image courtesy The Kroger Co.

    ArchVision RPC Content: January Tree Additions (2)

    January_26_2012_thumbnail_new_templateThe first month of 2013 brings with it even more hi-res deciduous trees. ArchVision announces the addition of (3) ready-to-use poplar trees. Check out the January hi-res trees additions including poplar[3], poplar [4] and poplar [5] just added to the content exchange.

    Poplar trees can be found all over the Northern Hemisphere. These fascinating trees have been used in so many applications throughout history. Fun fact: the Mona Lisa was even painted on poplar. Now you can add these RPCs to your masterpiece.

    These beautiful hi-res trees are ready for download via the ArchVision Dashboard.

    ArchVision Software License plan customers have access to these and thousands more.

    Check out all of the latest RPC Content added to the RPC Content exchange by clicking recently added from ArchVision Dashboard.

    Download the ArchVision Dashboard to try these now.

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