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M-Files announces end of life for M-Color

The M-Color product line is a landmark tool that has been used by countless companies and has produced a lot of value for their customers over the years. However, M-Files‘ focus has shifted from the world of AutoCAD and architecture to the document management needs of businesses around the world. With this shift, both the financial resources and effort needed to maintain and support M-Color no longer meet the requirements they have set for themselves and they must focus their efforts on their core business.

The decision to sunset M-Color was not easy, but M-Files feel at this juncture, it is the right one. On behalf of M-Files and Microsol Resources, we wish to thank you for all your efforts and hard work with the product to achieve all the success it has had over the years.

 

Which M-Color products are affected?

This announcement affects the entire M-Color product line.

 

When is the end-of-life timeline of M-Color?

Effective immediately, M-Files will no longer sell new licenses or support renewals of M-Color. We understand that there are a substantial number of customers still using M-Color, and we do not wish to leave them without a transition period. Therefore, M-Files has produced one more version of M-Color for the AutoCAD 2023 release.

This final version of M-Color does not require a license code to run. This will allow our customers to keep using M-Color while they adjust their business for the change.

 

How do you support ongoing contracts?

M-Files will respect all existing support contracts by continuing to provide technical support until the end of the current contract term. However, we will not accept renewal orders for the contracts for subsequent terms. If you have any questions on ongoing support contracts, please contact M-Color support.

 

What is the possibility of continuation?

The end of support for M-Color at M-Files does not necessarily mean the end of the product. Should a suitable partner be found to continue the development of the M-Color application, we are open to transferring the rights to the source code and thus enabling the current and possible future customers to continue using the product with future versions of AutoCAD as well.

 

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How do you download the final M-Color version?

The following version does not require a license to run:

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V-Ray 6 for 3ds Max is now available!

V-Ray for 3ds Max is a production-proven rendering software. Known for its versatility and ability to handle any type of project — from massive, dynamic scenes having thousands of lights to a sublime still life — it is the go-to solution for artists and designers across 3D industries.

V-Ray 6 for 3ds Max makes it easy for users to follow their creative instincts and create anything they can imagine. This release packs in a number of exciting, new features that allow users to unleash their creative potential and build anything — faster than ever before.

What’s new in V-Ray 6 for 3ds Max?

As of July 2022, Chaos will no longer sell V-Ray for 3ds Max and for specific host applications. Instead, customers will only need to purchase a single V-Ray license to access all V-Ray integrations offered in three tiers: SoloPremiumand Enterprise. To find out more, check out this article on What you need to know about Chaos’ V-Ray licensing and pricing changes

Key features in V-Ray 6 for 3ds Max?

 

Emmy and Academy Award-winning rendering technology for any project.

For truly photorealistic renders, you want a raytracer that’s built for quality, optimized for speed, and ready to scale. V-Ray gives you the power to work with lightning-fast interactive and heavyweight production rendering—all while getting the most from your CPU and GPU hardware.

 

Built to handle your toughest scenes.

When you’re working with the biggest scene you’ve ever seen, you need a renderer that won’t let you down. Billions of polygons? Thousands of lights? V-Ray can handle it all. Render anything and everything with V-Ray. Adaptive Lights, Proxy Objects, Distributed Rendering — an arsenal of production-proven features when you need them.

 

Post-process your renders without the need for a separate tool.

V-Ray equips you with a complete set of lighting, shading, and rendering tools—all integrated with 3ds Max. The redesigned V-Ray Frame buffer with light mixing and layered compositing means you only need to use one tool for more than just rendering — no need to go back and forth between different apps.

 

Create interactive experiences in real-time — in a 100% raytraced environment.

Present your ideas in 100% ray-traced quality without the need of extra optimizations and conversions. Make project changes directly in 3ds Max and validate your designs on the spot.

 

Work seamlessly with other software.

V-Ray is compatible with all the most popular 3ds Max plugins — Substance, Forest Pack, Railclone, Ornatrix, Tyflow, Phoenix, and more. V-Ray is also the perfect fit for any pipeline with support for open standards such as Alembic, OSL, OpenColorIO, and now ACEScg.

Create anything imaginable with new tools, allowing you to quickly and easily build worlds – without limits.

Other features in V-Ray 6 for 3ds Max include

Chaos Scatter. Create forests, fields, crowds, and more using our new scatter tool. It’s fast and easy, and it lets you add lots of detail to your scene without using lots of memory. Free Scatter presets are also available in Chaos Cosmos.

V-Ray Enmesh. With Enmesh, you can think of geometry like a texture — but rather than repeating an image over a surface, it uses tileable geometry. Enmesh is ideal for creating patterns such as fences and fabrics, and it uses much less memory than displacement or copying by hand.

V-Ray Proxy Object Hierarchy. Easily turn on or off an individual object’s visibility or material override with the new V-Ray Proxy hierarchical view. Set custom order by name, and streamline your geometry exchange and custom library workflows.

V-Ray Decal with Displacement. You can now use V-Ray Decal to add displacement to any surface for even more realistic cracked walls, rocks, embossed lettering, and more.

Why should I choose V-Ray 6 for 3ds Max?

▪ V-Ray is the renderer that does it all.

▪ With V-Ray 6, users can create anything imaginable without having to switch to another application.

▪ This new version enables them to focus on their art without interrupting their creative process.

▪ It provides memory-efficient ways to scatter objects and add complex geometry to their scenes, allowing them to enhance the realism of their images and animations in a quick and easy manner.

▪ Create custom skies in just a few clicks and render powerful time-lapse videos.

▪ Customers now have a fast and efficient way to present their designs, collect feedback and collaborate with their team or customers.

▪ It speeds up shading and allows users to create even more physically accurate reflective materials.

▪ V-Ray 6 adds more useful features to the V-Ray Frame Buffer and it makes existing features even more powerful, enabling users to streamline their workflow and save time to be creative.

▪ Last but not least, users can now render with V-Ray in any host application and benefit from the powerful suite of Chaos products and services with just a single license.

Interested in purchasing V-Ray 6 for 3ds Max?

To simplify V-Ray’s product line and to offer customers more value and flexibility, Chaos will no longer sell V-Ray for specific host applications. Instead, customers will only need to purchase a single V-Ray license to access all V-Ray integrations, including 3ds Max, Revit, Rhino, SketchUp, Cinema 4D, Houdini, Maya, Nuke,  and Unreal.

 

For customers looking for the most cost-effective way to use V-Ray on a single computer, Solo is a great option. This node-locked V-Ray license can be used to set up and render on a single machine using any supported host integration. Access to 3D content on Chaos Cosmos is also included. V-Ray Solo is an excellent choice for those looking to save money without compromising on quality or features. Solo node-locked licenses will be available as monthly, annual, and 3-year subscriptions.

  • Fixed license on one computer

  • Includes all V-Ray integrations:
  • Chaos Cosmos content library

The Premium tier is the best option for most customers and is comparable to Chaos previous V-Ray Collection offering. With this tier, customers can install V-Ray on any machine and use it with any supported host application.

Premium also includes a floating license for Chaos companion products, such as Phoenix, Player, Scans, and Vantage. In addition, it includes a starting pack of 20 free credits for Chaos Cloud rendering and access to the growing Chaos Cosmos content library. Premium floating licenses will be available as monthly, annual, and 3-year subscriptions.

  • Floating license on any computer

  • Includes all V-Ray integrations:

  • Chaos Cosmos content library

  • 20 Chaos Cloud rendering credits

  • Chaos Phoenix

  • Chaos Player

  • Chaos Scans

  • Chaos Vantage

Enterprise is the most cost-effective option for studios and firms that need 5 or more licenses of V-Ray. Customers get all of the benefits of the Premium tier but are priced at a discount for multiple seats. Enterprise floating licenses will be available as annual and 3-year subscriptions.

  • Floating license on any computer

  • Includes all V-Ray integrations:

  • Chaos Cosmos content library

  • 20 Chaos Cloud rendering credits

  • Chaos Phoenix

  • Chaos Player

  • Chaos Scans

  • Chaos Vantage

If you would like to purchase Chaos V-Ray Solo, Chaos V-Ray Premium or Chaos V-Ray Enterprise, 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 you need to know about Chaos’ V-Ray licensing and pricing changes

To simplify V-Ray’s product line and to offer customers more value and flexibility, Chaos will no longer sell V-Ray for specific host applications. Instead, customers will only need to purchase a single V-Ray license to access all V-Ray integrations, including 3ds Max, Revit, Rhino, SketchUp, Cinema 4D, Houdini, Maya, Nuke,  and Unreal.

V-Ray will also be offered in three tiers: Solo, Premium, and Enterprise.

Chaos V-Ray Solo

For customers looking for the most cost-effective way to use V-Ray on a single computer, Solo is a great option. This node-locked V-Ray license can be used to set up and render on a single machine using any supported host integration. Access to 3D content on Chaos Cosmos is also included. V-Ray Solo is an excellent choice for those looking to save money without compromising on quality or features. Solo node-locked licenses will be available as monthly, annual, and 3-year subscriptions.

  • Fixed license on one computer
  • Includes all V-Ray integrations: 
  • Chaos Cosmos content library

     

Chaos V-Ray Premium

The Premium tier is the best option for most customers and is comparable to Chaos previous V-Ray Collection offering. With this tier, customers can install V-Ray on any machine and use it with any supported host application.

Premium also includes a floating license for Chaos companion products, such as Phoenix, Player, Scans, and Vantage. In addition, it includes a starting pack of 20 free credits for Chaos Cloud rendering and access to the growing Chaos Cosmos content library. Premium floating licenses will be available as monthly, annual, and 3-year subscriptions.

  • Floating license on any computer

  • Includes all V-Ray integrations:

  • Chaos Cosmos content library

  • 20 Chaos Cloud rendering credits

  • Chaos Phoenix

  • Chaos Player

  • Chaos Scans

  • Chaos Vantage

     

Chaos V-Ray Enterprise

Enterprise is the most cost-effective option for studios and firms that need 5 or more licenses of V-Ray. Customers get all of the benefits of the Premium tier but are priced at a discount for multiple seats. Enterprise floating licenses will be available as annual and 3-year subscriptions.

  • Floating license on any computer

  • Includes all V-Ray integrations:

  • Chaos Cosmos content library

  • 20 Chaos Cloud rendering credits

  • Chaos Phoenix

  • Chaos Player

  • Chaos Scans

  • Chaos Vantage

     

New license sales will be subscription only.

Subscriptions are an easy and flexible way for customers to stay current with all the updated and new features of V-Ray. Monthly, annual, and 3-year subscription options are available for Solo and Premium tiers, providing an affordable option to start using V-Ray right away while benefiting from further discounted pricing for longer subscription plans. Enterprise plans do not include a monthly option and are priced for annual and 3-year terms.

There will be no perpetual license options for new customers.

V-Ray Comparison Matrix for Solo Premium and Enterprise

What does this mean for current customers with V-Ray for 3ds Max and V-Ray Collection subscriptions?

Current customers with V-Ray for 3ds Max or V-Ray Collection term licenses will be migrated to Premium or Enterprise upon the release of version 6.

Monthly subscribers will get their first renewal at the old price, subsequent at the new price.

Annual subscribers whose renewal falls <30 days after the release of version 6 will renew at the old price. Annual subscribers whose renewal falls >30 days after the release of version 6 will renew at the new price.

 

Current customers with other V-Ray subscriptions

Current customers with other V-Ray subscriptions will pay the old price and get the old product until the release of the product they use.

After the release of version 6 for the product they use, those customers will be automatically migrated to the Premium or Enterprise tier and pay the new price upon renewal, following the standard process of 1-month notification ahead of the upcoming renewal.

 

Current perpetual licenses can migrate to annual subscriptions

Current perpetual license holders will be able to migrate their perpetual licenses to V-Ray Solo, Premium, or Enterprise and save on the first year of their subscription.

V-Ray Discount from from older versions to Solo Premium and Enterprise

  • Discounts are valid for the 1st year of a new annual subscription, users will pay the full annual subscription price after the first year
  • The original perpetual license will still be active after the user migrates to V-Ray Solo, Premium, or Enterprise
  • The migration discount offer is applied on a 1-to-1 basis (1 single perpetual license to 1 V-Ray Solo, Premium, or Enterprise license)

Current perpetual licenses will be able to upgrade Perpetual licenses will remain host platform-specific. The upgrade price of a perpetual license will be $1.649,90.

Customers who have purchased their perpetual version 5 licenses during the version 6 public beta period (i.e. V-Ray for 3ds Max on June 7th and onwards ) will get a free upgrade to version 6.

 

Render nodes

We keep V-Ray Render node single licenses and Render node packs which will be available for purchase and will work with the three tiers of licensing: Solo, Premium, and Enterprise.

Perpetual RN can be upgraded to the latest version in the same principle as the workstations.

V-Ray Node Discount

To find out how the policy and pricing changes affect you, please contact vray@microsolresources.com.

Customers who have purchased their perpetual version 5 licenses during the version 6 public beta of V-Ray for the 3ds Max period (June 7 and onwards) will get a free upgrade to version 6.

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