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How to do software reporting for Autodesk Network Licenses

Whether it’s in preparation of Autodesk Named User transition or in consideration of upgrading from point products such as AutoCAD to an Industry Collection; for administrators interested in gaining insights into utilization of their Autodesk “multi-user” (Network) licenses, there are a few options available for reporting or interpreting the data from the Network License Manager (LMTOOLS).

JTB Flex Report provides the most advanced set of reporting tools to understand how the different products are being used within an organization, at a specific instant or over time. A video demonstration of the reporting capabilities is below:

To purchase a copy of JTB Flex Report, please email our Sales Team indicating interest and the number of Network Licenses that are managed.

JTB Flex Report LT contains a subset of the functionality and  is free, but only provides a report for the current usage of a product.

Alternatively, if you don’t want to install additional software, you can ‘Perform a Status Enquiry’ within the ‘Server Status’ tab of LMTOOLS, which will generate a text report of the licenses that are currently checked-out.

To understand the text report, it is helpful to have the FLEXnet feature codes for the Autodesk products handy for reference. Since most subscriptions come with multiple versions of a single product, or various products within a Suite or Collection, it is helpful to understand how all of these licenses will appear in the report generated by ‘Perform Status Enquiry.’

Consider AutoCAD 2020 (87224ACD_2020_0F). This product can be part of a subscription to:

  1. AutoCAD 2020
  2. AutoCAD 2021
  3. AutoCAD Including Specialized Toolsets
  4. Architecture Engineering & Construction Collection
  5. Building Design Suite
  6. etc.

As an example, let’s say Company Vandalay Industries has:

-6 subscriptions of the AEC Collection

-10 subscriptions of AutoCAD

If no users have pulled licenses when clicking ‘Perform Status Enquiry’, then the report will show something like:

Feature usage info:
Users of 86815AECCOL_T_F:  (Total of 6 licenses issued;  Total of 0 licenses in use)
Users of 64300ACD_T_F:  (Total of 10 licenses issued;  Total of 0 licenses in use)

Users of 87224ACD_2020_0F:  (Total of 16 licenses issued;  Total of 0 licenses in use)

Since the AEC Collection includes AutoCAD, the total number of AutoCAD 2020 licenses is:

6 (from AEC) + 10 (from ACD) = 16 licenses

When users open AutoCAD 2020, each and every license used will be noted under Feature Code 87224ACD_2020_0F, and will be consumed from subscription products in the following order:

  1. Individual Product (subscription license)
  2. Individual Product (perpetual license)
  3. Industry Collection
  4. Suite (subscription license)
  5. Suite (perpetual license)

Therefore if 13 users from Vanadlay Industries open AutoCAD 2020 on the office network, the report will then show:

Feature usage info:
Users of 86815AECCOL_T_F:  (Total of 6 licenses issued;  Total of 3 licenses in use)
Users of 64300ACD_T_F:  (Total of 10 licenses issued;  Total of 10 licenses in use)

Users of 87224ACD_2020_0F:  (Total of 16 licenses issued;  Total of 13 licenses in use)

For companies that subscribe to software through Microsol Resources, our Technical Support staff can help to interpret the Status Enquiry report if generated and saved to a text document, per the GIF above.

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V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max is now available!

V-Ray for 3ds Max is an Academy Award-winning, production-proven rendering software. Known for its versatility and ability
to handle any type of project, V-Ray is considered an industry-standard in architecture, advertising, design, and visual effects.

WHAT’S NEW IN V-RAY 5 FOR 3DS MAX?

V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max is the most complete 3D rendering software for artists and designers. V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max’s modern and efficient material library workflow, faster look-development with material presets, and flexible post-processing features can save users time, take them beyond just rendering and help them focus on artistic exploration — from a single creation tool.

KEY FEATURES IN V-RAY 5 FOR 3DS MAX

Light Mixing

Light Mix

Explore lighting possibilities interactively in real-time. Use LightMix in the new  V-Ray Frame Buffer to freely experiment with lighting changes after you render, save out permutations, and push back improvements you’d like to have in your scene.

Layered Compositing

Layered Compositing

The new Layer compositor lets you fine-tune and finish your images directly in the new V-Ray Frame Buffer — without the need for a separate post-processing app.

Material Manager

Material Library and Browser

Efficiently browse from a library of over 500 render-ready materials
including metals, glass, wood, and more.

Material Presets

Hair_Presets

Save time creating common materials with presets for aluminum, chrome, glass, and more. Presets for most used hair colors have also been added.

Material Previews

MaterialPreviews

New rendered material swatches show you exactly what your materials will look like.

Coat Layer

Material_New_Coat_Layer

Add reflective coatings directly in the updated V-Ray Material, saving you both material creation and rendering time vs. using Blend material.

Sheen Layer

Material_Sheen_Layer

Create soft microfiber fabrics like velvet, satin, and silk with the new Sheen options in the updated V-Ray Material.

Texture Randomization

Randomization Options

Add variety to your scene with the new VRayUVWRandomizer map and enhanced VRayMultiSubTex controls.

Stochastic Texture Tiling

Stochastic Tiling

Automatically remove texture tiling artifacts with the new Stochastic tiling option on the VRayUVWRandomizer.

Extended V-Ray Dirt

ExtendedVRayDirt

Weathered streaks and dirt in crevices are easy with the enhanced V-Ray Dirt, which now employs both ambient and inner occlusion.

New Sun and Sky Model

Improved_Sun_and_Sky

Reproduce the subtleties of twilight when the sun is below the horizon with the new Sun and Sky model.

Other Features in V-Ray 5 Include

  • Light path expressions. Use the behavior of light, rather than just geometry, to produce flexible masks for very efficient compositing. Built-in presets make getting started easy, while scripting is there for ultimate control.
  • Blue-Noise sampling.  Achieve better noise distribution with fewer samples.
  • Native ACEScg support. Select industry-standard ACEScg for rendering with automatic color space adjustment for textures, dispersion, sun & sky, and light temperature colors.
  • Initial out-of-core. Initial out-of-core implementation to handle your largest scenes.

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE V-RAY 5 FOR 3DS MAX?

  • The redefined V-Ray Frame Buffer means users can now use one tool for rendering and basic compositing without going back and forth between different apps.
  • Access to the material library means users can jump-start their custom materials in no time.
  • Users can automate their lighting and shading process with a selection of tools and presets for faster results with fewer clicks.
  • The latest V-Ray GPU enhancements in V-Ray 5 allow users to fully utilize their hardware for maximum performance.
  • V-Ray 5 introduces even quicker ways to handle tasks, such as with the newly added material presets.
  • Artists can now manipulate different lighting scenarios interactively and even after rendering, without having to render again.
  • Users can easily avoid seams in their textures with texture randomizations.

If you would like to upgrade your V-Ray Next for 3ds Max licenses to V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max, please contact us at vray@microsolresources.com.

If you are not sure about upgrading your licenses, you can request a free 30-day trial, to get an overview of its new features and functionality.  You can test it out with your team and find out how this new version will improve your workflow.

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What is Rhino?

Rhino has been a popular modeling tool for designers and architects since its first release in 1998 by Seattle-based company McNeel & Associates , and it has been growing ever since. Rhino can model your design accurately, create documentation, and prepare the model for rendering, animating, drafting, engineering, analysis, manufacturing, or construction.

 

NURBS

Rhino specializes in creating and modifying NURBS curves, surfaces, and solids with no limits on complexity, degree, or size. But what are NURBS?  Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines, (NURBS), are mathematical representations of 3D geometry used to describe a shape, all the way from a 2D line or curve, to a complex 3D solid or polysurface. One advantage of using NURBS is that they are not an approximation; due to being defined by complex mathematical formulas, they are extremely precise.

NURBS

 

Flexibility

Rhino owes a lot of its’ continued expansion to its’ flexibility as a CAD platform. Out of the box, Rhino supports importing and exporting over 30 different CAD file formats, including industry standards such as .STL, .OBJ, STEP, DWG/DXF, and more. This makes Rhino a very useful multi-disciplinary tool, often acting as an intermediary between other CAD programs and a 3D printer for example.  This capability can be expanded further by using powerful third-party plug-ins such as V-Ray by Chaos Group for photo-realistic renderings, VisualARQ by Asuni CAD for connecting to BIM platforms, and many more.

Generative Design/Scripting

With the release of Rhino 6, McNeel has added direct integration with Grasshopper scripting. Grasshopper is an essential tool for designers, particularly architects, to explore new shapes using generative design algorithms. It provides an intuitive graphical interface and editor so that anyone can jump right in and start designing, no programming or scripting experience required.

Thank you for reading part 1 of our Introduction to Rhino series and stay tuned as we dive deeper into how Rhino is used across the architecture, engineering, and construction industries.

For pricing information or any questions about Rhino, you can find out here. For additional info or questions, feel free to reach out to rhino@microsolresources.com.

 

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