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April showers have brought us so many flowers with announcements on new versions and promos from our favorite software such as formZ, Maxwell Render, Artlantis, MODO and more at CAD Garage. Read below for details!
We have added a few new products such as Dosch Design Billboards & HDRI backgrounds for Artlantis and GstarCAD with more to come from both of these companies and a few other new products blooming in May!
formZ 8 Pro Sale!
From now until April 30th purchase formZ 8 Pro and save over $200. And you will receive a free upgrade to 8.5 when it ships!
formZ 8 introduced some great new features to make it one of the most powerful 3D modelers:
* Subdivision surface modeling tools
* Convert to NURBS for CNC export
* Real-time ambient occlusion
* And much more!
Click here to purchase formZ 8 Pro >>
Artlantis Render & Studio v6 Released
Artlantis is a stand-alone rendering application with a specially developed interface for rendering tasks. And now with version 6 released it has a host of new features to improve the your workflow and the quality of your renderings. Here's just a few:
* Physical Engine
* Lights & Neon
* Site Insertion
Need a license or an upgrade?
Click here to purchase Artlantis Render & Studio >>
MODO 801 to 901 Promo
Buy a new seat or upgrade to MODO 801 now and get an upgrade to MODO 901 for free when it ships! This is a great time to purchase a license or an upgrade. MODO is the creative option of choice for artists and designers around the world - from home-based hobbyists to Hollywood studios.
Download a free 30-day trial of MODO 801 HERE.
Maxwell Render ArcViz
Next Limit has just released a new Maxwell Render Architectural Visualization Reel. See what users of 3DS Max, C4D, Rhino, SketchUp, Blender, MODO and more are achieving with Maxwell Render!
See The Video >>
Get Method formZ Tutorials
Evan Troxel of Get Method continues to develop excellent tutorials for so many of our favorite modeling and rendering tools here at CAD Garage. This month we'd like to highlight his formZ tutorial videos which can take you from a basic user to an expert.
The Foundry UK has some excellent training videos for MODO. We have made 3 available for Architectural Visualization on CAD Garage.
Purchase Here >>
Happy modeling & rendering
We just received an unexpected promo from our friends at AutoDesSys!
Starting now through April 30th new licenses of formZ Pro 8 and formZ Pro 8 with Renderzone are now over $200 off and you will receive a free upgrade to formZ Pro 8.5 when it ships! Additionally if you are currently using formZ Jr. and wish to upgrade to formZ Pro you can save $200 (and get the 8.5 upgrade) as well.
Purchase formZ Pro Modeler on sale HERE.
Purchase formZ Pro 8 with Renderzone on sale HERE.
Upgrade from formZ Jr. 8 to formZ Pro 8 on sale HERE.
If you are using bonzai 3D and would like to upgrade to formZ 8 Pro you will first need to purchase the upgrade from bonzai 3D to formZ Jr. 8 HERE. Then just add the formZ Jr. 8 to formZ Pro 8 to your cart and we will take care of the rest.
Save now on your license and get the upgrade to version 8.5 free!
Happy modeling and rendering,
Great news from our friends at The Foundry! They are having a promo prior to the release of MODO 901. And that will mean a savings on purchasing a new license of MODO 901 or upgrading from previous versions of MODO. Here's the deal:
• Buy a new seat or upgrade to 801 (at 801 prices) now and get an upgrade to 901 for free when it ships.
Want to purchase a new license? Click HERE.
• If you own 701 or earlier, upgrade to 801 now, and you’ll automatically get upgraded to 901 for free when it ships.
Want to purchase an upgrade license? Click HERE.
You can save on the cost of a MODO 901 license by taking advantage of this offer now. Available April 7th, 2015 until release of 901 (estimated late May)!
Need MODO Training materials, plugins or kits? Visit our MODO Store HERE.
Happy modeling and rendering,
It's Here! Abvent has just released Artlantis version 6 with a list of new features many of you have been asking for. The new Physical Engine will allow you to achieve a higher quality of renderings then ever before. And there are not only new lights available but Neon has been substantially updated! I've listed the new features in Artlantis version 6 below and will add some images soon. But if you are ready to purchase a new license or upgrade your existing one you can go directly to the Artlantis Store HERE.
Artlantis 6 – New features
To create stunning images, Artlantis 6 now includes its own built-in physical engine, emphasizing physical rendering quality, precision, material accuracy, and energy consumption.
Choose among many pre-set modes (indoor, outdoor, low light) and different definitions (speed, medium, quality), to quickly set the best results!
During calculation, white model rendering changes all surfaces to white except for those that are transparent. Lights maintain their color for sophisticated environments.
White Balance allows you to adjust the dominant color of a scene to the ambient lighting. Simply set this new parameter to automatic color mode or select a reference color recognized as white in the 3D scene.
This new option in Artlantis allows users to display a global ambient occlusion to create virtual shadows in small areas where natural light doesn’t go. It brings more depth and relief to both interior and exterior scenes.
LIGHTS & NEON
By default, Artlantis offers 8 IES pre-set profiles. Artlantis 6 now allows you to import downloaded IES profiles from manufacturers’ websites. These files are used to simulate realistic illumination of your projects. However, Artlantis 6 allows you to easily edit the brightness, color, direction and opening angle for even more flexibility. Artlantis offers two illumination methods: Automatic Light Adjustment and ISO/Shutter. By choosing the Automatic Light Adjustment setting, the lights and neon power used in the scene are automatically adjusted to the sky and sun illumination. In addition, neon lights have been completely updated for this version with considerable gains in terms of quality and calculation speed.
When using the site insertion feature, Artlantis 6 offers a new and simple projection process with more accurate calculations. After aligning the XYZ axis in the 2D view and in the preview window, the model is easily positioned on the background image.
Integrated Alpha Mask Editor
This revolutionary tool allows you to add transparency to a foreground image directly in Artlantis to enhance the quality of your projects.
With a simple click in the preview window on the reference plane, you can define the position and the orientation of a laser beam. A red line appears in the scene that can be used to automatically and accurately snap objects or textures into the project.
CATALOG & MEDIA
It is now even easier to access the Artlantis Media Store. In order to satisfy users who want to customize their catalog with their own media, Artlantis 6 allows you to add custom folders from Level II of the catalog. New display features allow you to view the latest media used, shaders and objects in the current project, or those added to the selection. A new tool makes it easy to drop media from the selection randomly into the scene with repeating clicks.
The preview interactively navigates in block display or surface display, with or without automatic switches in OpenGL. Open GL is displayed in color, hidden line, wireframe, or a combination.
In all inspectors, you can now search for a specific name.
With the display filter, you can now quickly find the material of an object -- the objects in a picture, the shaders of a project ...
The KeyServer allows you to automatically start Artlantis 6 on Mac OS, and as a service on Windows. You can also disconnect a user’s server license if necessary.
When creating an object, it is now easy to define its orientation in the project.
On Mac OS, Artlantis 6 now supports Retina display for high-quality display of your projects
A long-awaited change: Artlantis 6 features automatic back-up.
A new vignette effect is available in post-processing.
There's been a lot of buzz about formZ 8 lately. With 3 versions out (Pro, Jr. and Free) there is a lot to talk about! With the addition of sub-division modeling in formZ 8 it has become one of the most powerful freeform 3D modelers available while maintaining it's well known ease of use. For many years we primarily saw architects using formZ as the freeform modeler of choice and as they years progressed exhibit designers, product designers, illustrators and VFX specialists have increasingly adopted formZ.
Take a look at the latest articles on formZ 8 below:
Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD, CADdigest:
Bill Debevc, CADdigest:
Anthony Fraust-Robledo, Architosh:
SoftwareInsider.com, formZ 8 pro vs SketchUp Pro:
Happy modeling and rendering,
We have just added a new product line to www.CADgarage.com! Many of our Artlantis users have been asking about the availability of Dosch Design products from us so we thought it was a good time to speak to Dosch and get the ball rolling. Many of you are familiar with Dosch Design as they were the content creators for many of the Artlantis Media libraries that were available for Artlantis versions 1-4. They have continued to produce these libraries (and many more) and they have been updated for use with version 5.
We have started out with 2 categories - People (billboards, 14 libraries) and HDRI (backgrounds, 4 libraries) beginning with the most requested. As time allows we will be adding 2 to 3 times more and including some other categories. If you would like something from Dosch Design that's not currently listed let us know!
Dosch also creates content in a variety of other formats including Maxwell Render, Cinema 4D, Autodesk Revit, Graphisoft ArchiCAD, 3D Studio, Maya and more then I can list here! So you will probably see many of those getting added to the "Garage as well. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
For now you can visit our Dosch Design Store at CAD Garage HERE.
Save over 40% Through March 31st, 2015 - Just 2 more weeks to SAVE!
Artlantis 5 is the fastest stand-alone 3D rendering application developed especially for architects and designers. And from now until March 31st, 2015 you can save over 40% on new and additional licenses of Artlantis Render and Studio. If you are already an Artlantis user this is a great time to add additional licenses to your firm!
If you aren't using Artlantis v5 please download the demo HERE to discover how the speed and ease of use can improve your rendering experience.
This design tool is ideal for:
• Creating high resolution 3D renderings quickly and easily
• iVisit 3D panoramas (Studio version)
• QuickTime VR objects and animations (Studio version)
Save $600 on a new license of Artlantis Studio:
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The new InApp Media Store in Artlantis 5 allows you to purchase Shaders and Media to make your projects into first class renderings with just a few simple clicks. All you need is a Shader & Media Credit Voucher:
Prices start at $70 ................... Order HERE!
As an authorized Artlantis distributor, we are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us at 617-576-8778.
Abvent has a little news this week for Artlantis Render and Studio users-it's enough to warm you up on these cold winter days! They have released an update and some new Media and Shaders. Don't forget to visit CAD Garage HERE for Media and Shader Credit vouchers.
Artlantis Render & Studio Update:
You can download the update HERE.
New Artlantis Shaders:
Check out the new media created and uploaded to the Artlantis Media Store in February! There are 25 NEW objects in total: 15 Maisons du monde; 9 Archicars; 1 Abvent. See more on Abvent's blog HERE.
New Artlantis Shader Collection:
Abvent has introduced 8 new packs of 50 shaders, developed in partnership with VBVisual. Available now for a special price of 10 credits/pack! Buy these gorgeous new shaders in the 'Collections' department of the Artlantis Media Store. See more on Abvent's blog HERE.
Your going to need some Artlantis Media Store Credits which you can purchase on CAD Garage HERE.
If you have already viewed Abvent's Artlantis Tutorials and still need a little help with getting going Evan Troxel of Get Method has an excellent set of Artlantis Tutorials for $10! You can master rendering in Artlantis in no time with these HD, full screen video tutorials. What's Included:
• Introduction to Exterior Rendering, 53 minutes.
• How to do Interior Cove Lighting and Backlighting, 20 minutes.
Evan also includes his project files used in the training and a PDF of his "3D File Cheat Sheet".
Visit Get Method and get started HERE.
Here at CADgarage.com we carry many different products-3D modelers, rendering tools, 3D printers and a wide array of other items for our Architect, Designer, Contractor and Engineer clients. We wanted to focus this month on rendering tools for Revit to help you achieve better results in presentations to clients and public agencies. Here's the short list of our favorites:
If you prefer a non-photorealistic rendering tool Piranesi is a 3D painting tool that allows you to apply hand rendered styles such as watercolor, marker and chalk to your models.
* Maxwell Render
For those looking to achieve the ultimate realism in light quality Maxwell Render imitates what light does for the highest quality lighting effects.
* Artlantis Render & Studio
A realtime Radiosity preview window you allows you to see the results before you render with Artlantis. Renown for its ease of use and the fastest architectural rendering it's great for everyone in your studio.
Do you prefer a hand rendered look? Piranesi, the 3D painting tool, is an award-winning 3D painting tool that will transform your models to win you more business. Turn your conceptual 3D models into wonderfully atmospheric, stylised and persuasive visualizations, with a whole host of effects to allow you to focus the eye to the key elements of your design.
Piranesi 6 not only converts your 2D and 3D designs into breathtaking presentation images for clients and prospects alike, but expresses your team's creative and professional abilities with maximum dramatic impact. Piranesi render software works with Revit, ArchiCAD, SketchUp, Abvent's Artlantis, Maxon Cinema 4D, Autodesk's AutoCad, Microstation, Nemetschek Vectorworks and more!
Checkout the Piranesi gallery HERE.
If you'd like to try a 30 day demo contact us!
Maxwell Render is a standalone 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 just does what real light does, period.
And Maxwell comes with over 15 3D/CAD application plugins included with one license! Included are the following: ArchiCAD, AfterEffects, bonzai3D, formZ, Cinema4D, LightWave, Houdini, Inventor, MODO, Photoshop, Rhino, Revit, 3DS Max, SketchUp, SolidWorks & Softimage.
Checkout the Maxwell Render gallery HERE.
Thanks for reading!
I wanted to thank all of our customers for a great 2014 and wish you all the best in 2015. We will be celebrating our 23rd year of providing software and hardware tools to Architects, Designers, Contractors and Visualization professionals soon and look forward to supporting all of you for many years into the future!
We continue to focus on the best products to fit our clients needs - here's a short list:
• formZ Pro & Jr. by AutoDesSys
• Artlantis Render & Studio by Abvent
• Piranesi by Informatix
• Maxwell Render by Next Limit Technologies
• MODO 801 by The Foundry Limited
• Cinema 4D by MAXON
• ArchiCAD objects and add-ons from many vendors!
We will be introducing some new products for us on CAD Garage soon including the great line of Dosch Design shaders, objects and HDRI backgrounds. Keep an eye out as we add some new lines that many of you have requested. And also check back in for any specials!
As always let us know how we can help you with any questions, direct you to tutorials or guide you with tech support.
Happy Modeling & Rendering in 2015!