ArchVision Heads to the Revit Technology Conference 2014 in Chicago, IL

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One of the best conferences for BIM and Revit users, the Revit Technology Conference offers users and managers the opportunity to explore new and emerging technologies in the industry.

Industry leading speakers, consultants and trainers will be on hand to work with attendees to share best practices, teach new methodologies, and share tips and tricks. Stay current with the latest happenings at the conference, follow #rtcna2014 on Twitter.

Some of our favorite speakers and users will be on hand to share their firm’s BIM and Revit success stories:

Marcello Sgambelluri, one of last year’s top rated speaker will dig into Dynamo for Revit.

Paul Aubin, the well known author will be presenting topics that served partly as inspiration for his recent Renaissance Revit book.

Aaron Maller. @Twiceroadsfool. Revitforum.org. One the industry’s most well respected bloggers.

Jeffery Pinheiro (aka “The Revit Kid” Blog) is going to walk us through going from Revit to Max to Vray.

What about ArchVision?
ArchVision’s team will demonstrate some new features while there, including the latest version of Viewport. This version of Viewport offers real time previews for RPCs and the ability to drag & drop rendered views directly into any application that supports alpha masked images. No RPC Plug-in is needed. We’re excited to show it off!

It’s a great line up!

Fresh Update: V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max Now Supports 3ds Max 2015

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A new update for V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max 2015 is now available for download. In addition to support for 3ds Max 2015, Chaos Group has added a new VrayPointParticleMtl material. This is a free update for current V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max users.

This update also includes:

  • V-Ray: Added option to the .vrmesh exporter to automatically create a Multi/Sub-Object material when exporting multiple objects in a single file
  • V-Ray RT CPU: Added lights include/exclude list support
  • V-Ray RT: Implemented showing Safe Frame when rendering in a viewport
  • VRayProxy: Added option to render particles as points
  • VRayProxy: Added option to enable/disable Alembic full names support in visibility lists
  • V-Ray MetaballsVRayProxy: Added support for hair and particles color channels from Alembic
  • VRayProxy: Make the “Animation offset” parameter animatable
  • To purchase additional licenses or for more information, please visit: ArchVision.com for the latest on feature update availability. Click product version for current purchase options.

    Licensed users may access the update directly from Chaos Group here.

    Revit Technology Conference 2014 is Right Around the Corner!

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    Just outside of Chicago, in Schaumburg, IL, Revit leaders from around the globe will convene at the Revit Technology Conference North America June 19-21, 2014 to talk about all things BIM. Last year’s event in Vancouver, British Columbia was stellar and this year promises even more. Focused on both user and BIM manager interests and needs, the schedule of classes alone is worth the trip. Add-in some of the finest Revit representatives attending from top firms and you’ve got the making of a Perfect BIM Storm!

    ArchVision will exhibit and host one-on-one and small group user meetings during the conference. We’d enjoy the opportunity to sit down with you and show you what’s new with ArchVision’s tools and how they can help improve your workflow today. Let us know if you’re in the area or better yet attending RTC NA 2014!

    See you there!

    Autodesk 360 Rendering Support Enabled for ArchVision RPCs

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    LHB Minneapolis Office Renderings Submitted for LEED® CI Platinum

    Gathering Space,  LHB, Inc, Minneapolis

    Gathering Space, LHB, Inc, Minneapolis

    LHB is dedicated to being environmentally responsible, reducing long term operating costs, and improving the quality of life for their clients. This is true even when they are their own clients. LHB is pursuing LEED® CI Platinum certification for their Minneapolis office.

    In this project, RPC Content helps communicate the size and the new collaborative environment the Minneapolis LHB offices offer. The design features of the space, such as overhead fabric ductwork and LED lighting, are part of an effort to gain Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Platinum designation for commercial interiors from the U.S. Green Building Council.

    We always enjoy seeing customer projects and how they utilize RPC Content. In this project, renderings were completed in Revit. ArchVision RPC Content was ‘ghosted’ in Photoshop and then merged into the Revit scene for final output. Project design by Bruce Cornwall, models by Nick Vreeland, and renderings by Daniel Stine.

    For tutorials on RPC lighting and techniques, please visit our help site. To see how to place RPC Content into Revit scenes, view our video tutorials. Get started using RPC Content, download ArchVision Dashboard here.

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    Meeting Space, LHB, Inc, Minneapolis

    LHB ranked as one of the top engineering and architectural firms in the nation by Engineering News-Record (ENR), Architectural Record, and as a 2013 Hot Firm by ZweigWhite.

    LHB ranked No. 381, up from No. 463 two years ago, in the ENR Top 500 Design Firms List. In addition, LHB placed No. 249 on Architectural Record’s Top 300 Architecture Firms List, and No. 45 on The Zweig Letter Hot Firm List.

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    Phone Booth, LHB, Inc, Minneapolis

    Want to see your firm featured?

    Share your project with us. Contact us at dfife@archvision.com

    V-Ray 3.0 Launches: Faster Ray Tracing and Rendering Performance

    Image Credit: Artwork by FAMA, Courtesy Chaos Group

    Image Credit: Artwork by FAMA, Courtesy Chaos Group

    V-Ray 3.0 introduces a powerful set of new features and improvements. If you’ve been waiting to upgrade, now is the time to invest in an improved production-focused rendering engine:

    Artist-friendly Controls
    Designed with new and experienced users in mind, V-Ray 3.0 offers a simplified user interface with fast access to common settings.

    Render set up is now faster and easier with V-Ray 3.0’s Quick Settings. Artists can choose from a variety of production presets and fine tune quality with slider controls. And a new V-Ray Toolbar puts all popular V-Ray tools in one place.

    Faster Ray Tracing and Rendering Performance
    Optimizations to V-Ray’s ray tracing core make rendering in V-Ray 3.0 significantly faster. Depending on scene complexity beta users are reporting speed increases up to 5X.

    Faster Feedback
    Using a powerful path-tracing engine, V-Ray 3.0’s new Progressive Image Sampler delivers instant feedback to artists and makes look development faster and more intuitive.

    An improved V-Ray Frame Buffer adds Lens Effects and advanced color corrections for Contrast, HSL, and Color Balance.

    Production-Focused Tools
    New tools designed to give artists more control and flexibility include Max Ray Intensity, Probabilistic Light Sampling, Reflection/Refraction Trace Sets, and Render Mask to specify exact render regions with an object selection or image mask.

    Open Source Workflows
    Support for open source tools and formats include Alembic 1.5, Deep Images and OpenEXR 2.0, programmable OSL shaders, and advanced color management with OpenColorIO.

    V-Ray 3.0 also introduces new licensing and pricing policy:

    Here are the highlights:

    • Universal render nodes to be used across multiple 3D platforms (V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max and Maya will be the first tools to support the universal render nodes).

    • Workstation Licenses to reduce the cost for an individual user license.

    Purchase Options
    Workstation and Bundle Licenses available here.

    Have more questions?
    We can provide quotes to you for your studio, assist with set-up planning and help you determine what will best meet your needs. Contact us at support@archvision.com or call us Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm ET, +1 859.252.3118 ext 117.

    Add a License Promotion to Celebrate the New Year

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    Thanks for helping make 2013 a great year! It has certainly been a busy one. We’re excited about all of the new projects in the works for 2014. We couldn’t have done it without you. To say thank you and help boost your license pool ArchVision is offering a special promotion to add additional licenses and save.

    Use the following promotion codes at archvision.com checkout to add an ArchVision Software License.

    ADDAUSER to add a user license for $149

    ADDAFLOAT to add a floating license for $299

    Limited time offer valid through January 10th. License renews at regular price.

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