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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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Why use Section 179 tax savings for your software purchases?

Section 179 is an attractive tax deduction for businesses. An increasingly popular use of the Section 179 deduction is for software. When you buy software or equipment for business uses, you can get tax deductions for buying and using them.

Section 179 Tax Deductions for 2018

This year, the Section 179 limit has been increased to $1,000,000! Last year the limit was at $500,000.  With this tax update, many potential buyers are now very excited for the savings increase and ready to acquire new software and equipment to help grow their business.

How Much Can I Save on My Taxes This Year?

It depends on how much qualifying equipment and software you purchase and put into use this year. To show you your expected tax savings, you can check this link to a Section 179 Calculator.

When Do I Have to Do This By?

Section 179 always expires at midnight, December 31st. So to take advantage of Section 179 this year, you must buy (or lease/finance) your equipment, and put it into use, by December 31st of this year.

To enable you to leverage an affordable payment option, you can also use a Lease Finance option. To find out more, click here.

How do I use the Section 179?

To elect to take the Section 179 Deduction, simply fill out Part 1 of IRS form 4562, available for download at Section179.org.

If you do not feel comfortable completing the form yourself, your tax preparer can easily take care of form 4562 for you. Your tax preparer may also be able to advise you of additional Section 179 Deduction and Bonus Depreciation savings that may be available to you.

If you’d like to take advantage of Section 179 before the end of the year and purchase your software now, contact your Microsol Resources Account Executive or email us at info@microsolresources.com.

 

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Autodesk Buzzsaw Discontinuation

As of January 31, 2019, Autodesk is discontinuing Buzzsaw® software. After this date, customers will no longer be able to renew, access, or use Buzzsaw software. All existing customer data will be stored on Autodesk servers for up to (90) days after subscription expiration, contract termination, data migration, or official discontinuation date, whichever comes first.

Why is Autodesk making this change? With the modernization of technology, Autodesk has made an investment into developing enhanced cloud products that better suit your business needs. The transition away from Buzzsaw to an alternate Autodesk cloud-based products is a great opportunity to not only continue your current workflows, but also dive deeper into developing a more integrated and streamlined process that maximizes on collaboration, data analysis, and increased efficiencies. One of the products that Autodesk is offering in exchange, is the BIM 360 Docs platform.

BIM 360 Docs is a construction document management tool built for project teams. With BIM 360 Docs you publish, manage, review, and approve all construction drawings, documents, and models – anytime, anywhere. When construction project teams have the right information at the right time, work happens faster. Want to get more tools in one? Check out BIM 360 Design.

All current customers accessing Buzzsaw through subscription or Token Flex will be granted access to BIM 360 Docs for the duration of their existing Buzzsaw contracts at no additional charge. Once customers migrate from Buzzsaw to BIM 360 Docs or other appropriate solution, their Buzzsaw subscription contract will terminate and their customer content will be deleted from the Buzzsaw server after ninety (90) days.

Not sure which Autodesk product will best suit you? Need help setting up your BIM 360 Docs account? Contact our technical support at support@microsolresources.com and we would be more than happy to assist.

 

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