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V-Ray Next for Revit, update 1, now available!

V-Ray for Revit is a rendering plugin that lets you create professional-quality images directly from Revit models. It helps you explore, present your design ideas, and make critical design decisions at every stage of the design lifecycle- from schematic design, through design development and construction documents to the final polished marketing materials.

With V-Ray Next for Revit, you can generate incredible renders of your Revit models from your earliest concepts to the final marketing materials with the highest level of realism.

V-Ray Next for Revit update 1, is packed with productivity-boosting new features as well as support for Revit 2021 and the latest rendering hardware.

V-Ray Next for Revit

What’s New?

New Functionality

  • View-specific settings. Render and maintain multiple views with individual lighting, mood, and composition. Whether it’s a bright exterior or a nighttime interior you can quickly switch between the two within the same project.
  • New Grass/Fur workflow. Create more realistic furry surfaces, such as grass and fabrics, with the new and extended V-Ray Fur workflow.
  • Sun Animation. V-Ray now adds extra realism to Revit’s Solar Study. Explore and visualize the impact of natural light and shadows on your designs across a variety of timespans.
  • Batch rendering. Leave V-Ray to render your project images while you are away. Batch rendering helps you to schedule multiple views for rendering with a click of a button.

Enhanced Productivity

  • Transfer Auto values. Reduce the amount of time you spend adjusting renders with automatically calculated exposure and white balance values. Values are now displayed in a single click and can be further adjusted manually.
  • Color Assistant. V-Ray Color Picker’s new extension saves time by suggesting a color shade palette to choose the right color for your designs.
  • Material picker. Replacing a Revit material with V-Ray material has never been easier. Pick a surface in Revit view and instantly locate its material in the Appearance Manager.

Latest & Greatest

  • Revit 2021. V-Ray now fully supports the latest versions of Revit.
  • RTX support. Leverage even more of your GPU’s performance with NVIDIA RTX card support.

If you would like to upgrade your V-Ray 3.0 for Revit licenses to V-Ray NEXT for Revit, 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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Manage your Revit & BIM Data with Ideate Software

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process that relies on intelligent models to create and manage
building and infrastructure projects. Accurate, accessible, and actionable information in those models empowers project stakeholders to make better-informed decisions and respond quickly to project needs.

But how can you manage your BIM and Revit data?

To help you validate the Revit data and resolve individual model issues, and proactively support all projects by incorporating the applications into model management processes, you need tools.

Ideate Software is all about helping you manage your BIM data, whether you’re a power Revit user or BIM Manager. It helps the project team audit, edit, manage, and connect your BIM and Revit model data with precision, for an enhanced workflow.

Here is a list and description of the full Ideate Software portfolio that you can use on its own or together to help you, your model, and your project team be more efficient across your project workflow:

Ideate StyleManager logo - small

Ideate StyleManager addresses the challenges that arise when Revit users load or import content into the model because the corresponding styles automatically come with the content. Proper management of these styles reduces publishing errors and end-user confusion, but the management process in Revit can be time-consuming and risky, and errors can dramatically impact the models and production documents.

Ideate BIMLink allows Autodesk Revit users to pull information from a file into Microsoft Excel and push volumes of precise, consequential BIM data back into their Revit model with speed, ease, and accuracy.  Data management tasks and workflow take a small fraction of the time they once took. The cumulative advantage means more than hours freed. You gain unprecedented access to the Revit modeling data you need for an enhanced workflow.

Ideate Explorer allows Revit professionals to keep their models clean and accurate. When using this model browser, as opposed to a project browser, users decrease the time they spend on model management and increase the accuracy of their models.  They reduce file space by finding and deleting incorrect, obsolete, and hidden problem items, including DWGs.  They can easily comply with office standards, they can Audit the Revit model and even review and fix Revit warnings.

Ideate Sticky for Revit combines the ease and flexibility of Excel spreadsheet editing with the convenience of a sticky note. Use Ideate Sticky to elegantly connect non-BIM data from an Excel file into Revit projects, enhancing cross-team workflows.

IdeateApps is a set of Revit applications designed to increase the productivity of the entire project team. Developed with specific tasks in mind, these tools address the challenges identified by people who use Revit software every day. IdeateApps will decrease the time spent on common tasks and increase the accuracy of BIM data in a Revit model, helping to keep projects of all sizes and complexities on time and on budget.

Which Ideate Software solution or a host of solutions is best for you?

It depends on your Revit goals whether you want to:

  • Find and fix problems that could impact the model size
  • Sync time and performance
  • Identify and delete views that aren’t on sheets
  • Find and remove CAD files inadvertently imported into Revit
  • Update standards on older model
  • Clean up Revit warnings
  • Align worksets after binding a model

We can help you determine the right solution for your Revit goals. Let us know and email info@microsolresources.com and we’d be happy to assist you.


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Autodesk Online Training | Anytime, Anywhere

As we all get accustomed to the idea of being productive working from home and given the absence of opportunities for in-person training, we thought we’d let you know of the opportunity for remote training through CADLearning, an Autodesk Authorized Publisher.

Benefits of Distance Learning

Design firms can provide this as a resource for their team during upgrades to the latest Autodesk releases each year. Managers typically leverage CADLearning content for new-hire training and assessment, and to bridge skills and knowledge gaps of team members. Our goal is to deliver comprehensive content that helps customers utilizing Autodesk products sharpen their skills and be more productive.

We know that in-person training is a core part of many companies’ training programs, including Microsol Resources. We believe is a great opportunity to teach and reinforce what we like to call your “special sauce” – those processes, workflows, and best practices that are specific to your organization. But, before the in-person session, how do you know that everybody comes with the prerequisite knowledge they need to thrive? And after, how do you reinforce that learning and ensure that it is retained?

Work Remotely

CADLearning provides online access to thousands of video lessons for more than 40 Autodesk products including Revit, AutoCAD, BIM 360 products and many more. This is a good vehicle that includes videos, exercise files and assessments that design firms provide this as a resource for their team during upgrades to the latest Autodesk releases each year. With CADLearning, you can:

  •  Leverage videos during your training for on-demand program examples
  • Quickly create playlists to share with users
  • Ask users to take stock assessments to evaluate existing skills gaps
  • Download exercise files for hands-on practice
  • Use time-markers to help craft curriculums
  • Pull data and analytics to monitor user progress
  • Have immediate access to continuously updated Autodesk content in alignment with dot releases
  • Direct users to videos for ongoing reference, thereby improving retention rates

With around-the-clock, worldwide access tools to identify and fill skills, online training can be used to overcome roadblocks in your design work, learn a new program from A-Z, build custom learning paths, quickly upgrade to new releases of Autodesk software, reinforce instructor-led training and prepare for Autodesk Certification.

What’s included?
  •  Unlimited access to the full CADLearning library
  •  Frequently updated content published in alignment with Autodesk dot releases
  • Mobile apps for iOS and Android
  • Plug-in that provides contextual lesson suggestions as
    you work in a supported Autodesk software program
  • Assessments to help identify and fill skills and
    knowledge gaps
  • Ability to create video playlists for quick access to
    frequently-referenced lessons
  • Exercise files for hands-on practice

Get a free access now to this online tool while working remotely. You can get a 30-day trial here.

If you have any questions, please email our Training Coordinator at training@microsolresources.com.


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