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Revit Technology Conference 2014 is Right Around the Corner!

RTC NA 2014
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!

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Autodesk 360 Rendering Support Enabled for ArchVision RPCs

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V-Ray 3.0 Enables up to 5x Faster Rendering and a New Flexible Licensing System

Courtesy Chaos Group | Fin Design
Courtesy Chaos Group | Fin Design

Chaos Group’s V-Ray 3.0 is a complete solution for lighting, shading, and rendering and is built to handle production at any size. V-Ray 3.0 seamlessly integrates into your workflow and provides the flexibility and control you need and want.
V-Ray 3.0 introduces new licensing choices and plans to enable you and your team to get exactly what you need:
Workstation Licenses
In V-Ray 3.0 the User licenses and Render Nodes are licensed separately. This unifies licensing across applications and reduces the cost for individual User licenses.
Universal Render Nodes
A major part of the V-Ray roadmap includes the development of universal V-Ray assets that can be shared across multiple 3D platforms. With the release of V-Ray 3.0, universal V-Ray Render Nodes support distributed rendering and network rendering on multiple host applications.
What this means to users:
When you purchase an upgrade or a full license, you receive a GUI workstation license and a render node license to enable rendering on your workstation or a render node. You now have the flexibility to purchase additional render nodes to align with your rendering requirements. It’s that easy.
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 103.

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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.

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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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The (near) Future of RPC – Custom Content

Several members of our team traveled to Las Vegas week before last for Autodesk University 2013. In conjunction with the developer meetings and user events we held our own private gathering with a couple dozen ArchVision customers. During that event we gave everyone an update of the latest commercially available products as well as a preview of some things we’ve been working on. We brought a little bit of Kentucky with us hosting a bourbon tasting event at the Emeril Lagasse restaurant Table 10. Everyone seemed to enjoy the bourbon and the company. The official story is everyone behaved themselves. But not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!
RPC_creatorWe’re weeks away from beginning to release a new RPC creation tool. I say “beginning to release” because we plan to slow-roll this out to select alpha/beta testers in January. As those in attendance at the “Bourbon Club” event in Vegas witnessed first hand, it’s really cool! RPC Creator will be integrated tightly with Dashboard. You can drag and drop any 32-bit PNG or TIF image onto the RPC Creator tool within Dashboard and we’ll automagically create an RPC of that image for you, complete with a custom icon and preview. All you need to do is give it a Name and a Height so it will scale properly in your scene. A few seconds later you can begin dragging and dropping that RPC into Revit, 3ds Max or Autocad!
If you’re like most you have quite a collection of both commercially available imagery as well as your own custom images painstakingly matted out in Photoshop or some other image editing tool. With the new RPC Creator tool you’ll be able to convert each of those images into a fully functioning RPC in seconds. We think one of the most valuable aspects of the RPC platform is the ability to get image-based data into an application like Revit or 3ds Max with the least amount of effort. As a native image/texture you’d have to create geometry in your scene, add the image as a texture to a material, assign the material, figure out how to get that geometry to always face your camera, etc. Many, many steps and depending on the application, maybe impossible to do (does Revit even have a “look at” feature???). As an RPC, drag and drop it into your scene with no additional steps.
Another feature of Dashboard that will be rolling out in conjunction with the RPC Creator will be the ability to add Tags to any RPC. These tags are then search-able making it easy to find the content you’re looking for. We’re also making those tags “universal” meaning if you’ve added a tag to an RPC, everyone else in the world using that RPC benefits by being able to search on that tag. We think this will have an incredibly powerful network effect on the way content is searched and managed within Dashboard. The beauty of this universal tagging approach to content is that you didn’t have to share the content itself for the tags to be inherited. Without getting into too much detail, imagine that you purchased a commercially available library of image-based content that you want to convert to RPC. There are likely thousands of others around the world who did the same thing. If you add a tag to a piece of content that tag will automatically associate itself with an instance of that content anywhere it is seen by Dashboard! Think of it as crowd-sourcing of tags. Small, incrementally valuable pieces of information aggregate with the content. The community builds value around their assets. We think it will be a win-win for everyone.
We’re excited about getting this in your hands and working feverishly to finish up some of the final details. If you have a lot of 32-bit imagery and you’d like to be one of our RPC Creator betas, let us know. Talk to you soon.
Randall

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Learn How to Render RPCs in Autodesk 360 RaaS

Join us tomorrow December 12, 2013, 2:00 pm EST for a live webinar – Rendering RPCs in RaaS. We’ll show just how easy it is! View it here: https://archvision.com/live #A360 #AU2013 topics.
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Live Webinar Tomorrow: Discover What's New with ArchVision RPC and Revit

Live Webinar 11-20-2013

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The Wait is Over! Autodesk 360 Cloud-based Rendering for RPC Content is Available.

cloud2Since the release of Autodesk 360 Cloud-based Rendering, the demand to render RPC Content in the cloud has been constant. Initially, only the in-application RPC entourage rendered in the cloud. After much collaboration between ArchVision and Autodesk, RPC rendering support is now available for all ArchVision Dashboard RPC Content objects. Please keep in mind that this is early in the release cycle; user feedback is critical. Let us know how your experience goes!
How do I enable support?
To enable support for rendering RPCs in Autodesk 360 download the Autodesk Revit 2014 Update Release 2 from the Autodesk Revit Services & Support page.
How do I place RPC Content into my Revit Project?
To take advantage of this feature simply Drag & Drop RPC objects from ArchVision Dashboard into your Revit project and then click on Render in Cloud under View. For instructions on using RPCs in Revit, please click here.
Which RPC Content is supported?
Every RPC that is featured in ArchVision Dashboard will render. Custom created RPC Content support is coming soon! ArchVision Dashboard provides the platform for a series of new features, including RPC Drag & Drop into Revit and will also enable support for RPC Custom Content in the future. We are seeking beta testers now. Email us at support@archvision.com for more information.
Things to Know
To ensure correct rendering results, please use a camera view. At present, orthographic views are presenting unpredictable results. This is a known issue and is being addressed. Some users are reporting ‘Unknown Errors’ with job submissions. This is also being investigated. If you experience other issues, please report them to Autodesk 360 and to our support@archvision.com channel.
Watch for updates here at blog.archvision.com.

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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.