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Are you eligible for a free upgrade of V-Ray?

V-Ray is built for artists, designers and jacks-of-all trades. Take advantage of the promotions on these rendering software that helps you visualize anything imaginable.

This article is created to determine if you can trade in your old licenses of V-Ray for 3ds Max, Maya, SketchUp and Rhino for a free upgrade to the latest version. There is also a new version of  V-Ray for Revit and there is no free upgrade path but you can pay to upgrade purchase a new license. To find out more about the latest V-Ray for Revit 3.7 features, you can read more here.

With the release of new V-Ray licenses, Chaos Group now offers an Online Licensing System (OLS)* option. It is fast and secure, and gives you will the option to access your new software much faster – without the back and forth of WBC and RTU files. With online licensing, there is no wait to receive a physical dongle, and licenses can be activated in real-time once an order is processed.

Are you eligible for the free upgrade of V-Ray? Continue reading so you can determine when you have to upgrade so you can continue using your V-Ray licenses without interruption and take advantage of the new features. If you do not request for your free upgrade before the deadline, you will have to purchase the upgrade at a full cost. So don’t wait now, and contact us!

V-Ray Next for 3ds Max

If you purchased new V-Ray 3 Workstation for 3ds Max after December 13, 2017, you are eligible for a free upgrade to V-Ray Next Workstation for 3ds Max before December 1, 2018. After this date, you will have to purchase the upgrade at a full cost. To find out more about the latest V-Ray for 3ds Max features, you can read more here.

Here are a few important factors to consider:

  • Versions 1.5 and 2 are not eligible for an upgrade to V-Ray Next for 3ds Max, and they are not supported after V-Ray Next for 3ds Max is released.
  • If you are eligible and you use the Online Licensing System (OLS)* to manage your licenses, we can process the complimentary upgrade directly with Chaos Group.
  • If you are still using a dongle, you will need to send and a .wbc file to support@chaosgroup.com so they can program the complimentary upgrade to your dongle. To create the .wbc file, you can find the detailed instructions here.
  • This free upgrade does not apply to V-Ray 3 Render node purchased in a bundle or separately.
  • V-Ray 3 Workstation for 3ds Max licenses will work with V-Ray Next Render node licenses so clients who use V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max (or other platforms) can render with V-Ray Next Render node licenses. Click here to see V-Ray Next Compatibility Diagram.
  • All existing multi-platform bundles, containing V-Ray 3.0 Workstation for 3ds Max, have been discontinued as of April 15, 2018.

Still not sure if you are eligible? Please send us an email to vray@microsolresources.comto find out your eligibility.

V-Ray Next for Maya

If you purchased a new V-Ray 3 Workstation for Maya commercial licenses after June 13, 2018, you are eligible for a free upgrade to V-Ray Next Workstation for Maya until June 13, 2019. After this date, you will have to purchase the upgrade at a full cost. To find out more about the latest V-Ray for May features, you can read more here.

Here are a few important factors to consider:

  • V-Ray 3 Workstation for Maya licenses work with V-Ray Next Render node licenses so clients who use V-Ray 3 for Maya (or other platforms) can render with V-Ray Next Render node licenses.
  • This free upgrade does not apply to V-Ray 3 Render node  purchased in a bundle or separately.
  • Versions 1.5 and 2 are not eligible for upgrade to V-Ray Next for Maya, and are no longer supported after the release of V-Ray Next for Maya.
  • If you are eligible and you use the Online Licensing System (OLS)* to manage your licenses, we can process the complimentary upgrade directly with Chaos Group.
  • If you are still using a dongle, you will need to send and a .wbc file to support@chaosgroup.com so they can program the complimentary upgrade to your dongle. To create the .wbc file, you can find the detailed instructions here.

Still not sure if you are eligible? Please send us an email to vray@microsolresources.com to find out your eligibility.

V-Ray 3.6 for Rhino

If you purchased a new license or upgraded V-Ray 2.0 after November 1, 2015, you are eligible for a free upgrade to V-Ray 3.0 Workstation for Rhino until December 24, 2018. After this date, you will have to purchase the upgrade at a full cost.

Here are a few important factors to consider:

  • After upgrading to V-Ray 3.6 for Rhino, you will also receive a complimentary 6-month V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino license.
  • V- Ray 3.6 for Rhino supports Rhinoceros 5.0, 6.2 64-bit. It is supported on Windows 7 or later and 64-bit recommended.
  • V-Ray for Rhino version 1.49 and earlier are no longer supported. 
  • If you are eligible and you use the Online Licensing System (OLS)* to manage your licenses, we can process the complimentary upgrade directly with Chaos Group.
  • If you are eligible, please confirm the dongle number associated with the license and send a .wbc file to support@chaosgroup.com so they can program the complimentary upgrade to your dongle. To create the .wbc file, you can find the detailed instructions here.

Still not sure if you are eligible? Please send us an email to vray@microsolresources.com to find out your eligibility.

V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp

If you purchased a new license or upgraded from V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp after November 1, 2015, you are eligible for a free upgrade to V-Ray 3.0 Workstation for SketchUp until December 24, 2018. After this date, you will have to purchase the upgrade at a full cost.

Here are a few important factors to consider:

  • After upgrading to V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp, you will receive a complimentary 6-month V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp license.
  • Chaos Group no longer supports V-Ray 1.49 for SketchUp.
  • V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp will not support SketchUp 2017.
  • If you are eligible and you use the Online Licensing System (OLS)* to manage your licenses, we can process the complimentary upgrade directly with Chaos Group.
  • If you are eligible, please confirm the dongle number associated with the license and send a .wbc file to support@chaosgroup.com so they can program the complimentary upgrade to your dongle. To create the .wbc file, you can find the detailed instructions here.

Still not sure if you are eligible? Please send us an email to vray@microsolresources.com to find out your eligibility.

 

*What is the Online Licensing System (OLS)?

Chaos Group now offers an Online Licensing System (OLS) option. It is fast and secure, and gives you will the option to access your new software much faster – without the back and forth of WBC and RTU files. With online licensing, there is no wait to receive a physical dongle, and licenses can be activated in real-time once an order is processed.

If you would like to start testing out V-Ray with your team, make sure to get a 30 day free trial.

For any additional questions, feel free to email us at vray@microsolresources.com

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V-Ray for Unreal Now Available!

V-Ray is the #1 rendering solution for architectural visualization and is used by 92 of the top architecture firms in the world. 

Choosing the correct software tools is an important but critical task for many AEC firms and design studios as they know that having the correct software, can guarantee their overall success in the industry.  According to Chaos Group’s 2017 Architectural Visualization Technology Report, 85% of architects note that photorealistic 3D visuals are key to winning projects, and 56% are already working on or experimenting with VR projects. With V-Ray for Unreal, designers can render compelling imagery quickly and interactively, making it easier to gain critical buy-in from colleagues and clients.

The demand for high-end, photorealistic content has skyrocketed, requiring AEC firms and product design studios to create high-quality visuals and VR on limited budgets. V-Ray for Unreal optimizes the rendering performance and workflows, so users can work efficiently and produce beautiful results. They can now build great looking real-time experience and ray traced renders all from a single, shared workflow using V-Ray for Unreal.

V-Ray for Unreal is a plug-in for Unreal (UE) editor that allows you to import your V-Ray scenes from 3ds Max, Maya, and SketchUp directly to Unreal Engine Editor for rendering. It maintains data consistency and your original materials from V-Ray for 3ds Max, Maya and SketchUp remain connected to their real-time versions and are called up when you’re ready to render. V-Ray for Unreal can also be used for light baking and for rendering of native UE scenes or of 3rd party data that has been imported to

V-Ray for Unreal is designed for V-Ray professionals who want to leverage their skills and reuse V-Ray ready digital assets in a real-time engine.

It is compatible with other V-Ray applications, so users can share assets and material libraries across 3ds Max, Maya, SketchUp and Unreal Engine itself. Also, since a majority of the 3D models and materials available online are built with V-Ray, users have access to a huge selection of ready-made assets.

Key Differentiators

Automatic migration of V-Ray scenes and assets from V-Ray for 3ds Max, Maya and SketchUp to Unreal Engine Editor for existing V-Ray users within the archviz and automotive design communities.

Easy scene setup within UE Editor for existing V-Ray users within the archviz and automotive communities – leverages existing V-Ray Knowledge for real-time and VR presentations.

Superior visual quality for non-V-Ray users and CAD community via Datasmith data transformation in combination with a state of the art, physically based raytracing engine.

Licensing and pricing

V-Ray for Unreal is offered as a rental licence only (annual and monthly). V-Ray for Unreal supports only the Online Licensing System (OLS) and does not support the USB dongle. V-Ray for Unreal is bases on the V-Ray Next core.

Note: V-Ray for Unreal is based on V-Ray Next core and will work with V-Ray Next Render Node licenses (Rentals and Perpetual). 

Online licensing requires a stable, uninterrupted internet connection. It is possible to borrow licenses and use them completely offline for a limited time – 14 days. When this period is over, an internet connection is required to renew offline usage of the licenses.

If you have any questions about V-Ray, please contact vray@microsolresources.com.

You can start testing out V-Ray with your team with a 30 day free trial.

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McNeel’s Newest Way to License Rhino: The Cloud Zoo

McNeel has added a new way to license Rhino that will change where and when Rhino is available for you to use. Cloud Zoo Licensing is the newest way to license Rhino 6.

What is the Cloud Zoo?

The Cloud Zoo is a cloud-based license management system that:

  • Allows you to use Rhino by logging into the Cloud Zoo using your Rhino Account.
  • Allows you to track and manage your licenses and users.
  • Keeps track of the licenses you own.
  • Manages your licenses across multiple computers and users.
  • Allows you to use Rhino on multiple machines as long as you abide by the license agreement.
  • A new option: It does not replace the existing license key system or Zoo. You can continue to use them.

Requirements

  • A Rhino Account (Create one here!)
  • Add your Rhino 6 license key to the the Cloud Zoo
  • An Internet connection when starting Rhino (you can disconnect afterward).

Benefits

  • No need to deal with license keys when using Rhino.
  • With the Cloud Zoo you can share licenses on multiple computers.
  • You can add your license and it will float to any computer you have access to using the Internet instead of a local area network by logging in with your Rhino Account. This means Rhino can be easily use on any computer.
  • For multiple users, use the Cloud Zoo to create teams, add multiple licenses, and invite users to join the Team to share the licenses over the internet.
  • Rhino keeps working when you’re not connected to the Internet (an infrequent connection is required). No need to check out licenses, so you should not be caught out on the road without a license.

Teams on the Cloud Zoo

For corporations and schools, the Cloud Zoo supports the creation of teams. Teams are groups of people that can use a set of licenses in the Zoo.

Domain Linked Teams

For easier administration of larger teams, accounts linked through a domain can be set up. Anybody with an email address matching that domain can automatically join your domain-linked team and have access to your licenses – no invitation email verification is required. Domain-linked teams support custom authentication providers (Google, Active Directory, or One Login) to keep your user management centralized.

Cloud Zoo Options:

McNeel recommends using Cloud Zoo for maximum flexibility. A detailed comparison of licensing options can be found at Rhino 6 License and Administration. 

If you’re ready to purchase your Rhino licenses, please make sure to visit our Online Store.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us today at info@microsolresources.com, or give us a call at (888) 768-7568 and we would be more than happy to help!

 

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