Menu

CATEGORY: Virtual Reality

Back to Blog Posts

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.

Read More

Material Library for Enscape Software

Overview

The Enscape Material Library comes with a selection of pre-made PBR materials that you can import into the Enscape Material Editor and then use as they are or you can choose to edit them further to create rich materials for your projects.

Once materials are imported into the Material Editor, they will then also be available to assign to surfaces from within the CAD you are using Enscape with.

The Material Library can be accessed in one of two ways, and it’s worth noting that Enscape does not need to be open and running to gain access to either the Enscape Material Library or Enscape Material Editor when using an Enscape Fixed Seat License. Although, a free seat must be available if you are using an Enscape Floating License.

NOTE: For Revit 2018 users, the Material Library and Material Editor are not supported. This is due to an API hook not having been made available from that Revit version.

Either via the Enscape toolbar in that CAD, shown here in Revit and SketchUp

Or, via the Material Editor menu option:

Opening the Material Library via the Material Editor menuOpening the Material Library via the Material Editor menu

Either way will result in the Material Library dialog opening:

The Enscape Material Library dialog windowThe Enscape Material Library dialog window

Being one of Enscape’s Core Features, where a license is invalid expired, whether that be a full or the 14-day trial license, or there are no seats available on a floating license, then the Material Library will be blocked from being used and you will see a notification similar to that shown below, depending on the cause.

The Enscape Material Library dialog window

The Enscape Material Library dialog window

IMPORTANT: Before importing any materials, you should decide whether the project will be shared with another user for collaborative purposes. If this is the case, a storage location where all users working on a project will have access should be used. Specifying this location as early as possible in a project’s life cycle is highly recommended. Therefore, you should pay attention to the ‘gear’ icon that can be found at the bottom left corner of the dialog in both the Material Library and the Material Editor. If you do not adjust the storage location then when a project file is opened by another user, that user will not be able to access the materials assigned in the project due to the default storage location being assigned locally by default. This means that the materials assigned in the project will need to be manually reimported and reassigned.

Pressing the ‘gear’ icon at the bottom left of the dialog, therefore, allows you this option to easily share projects by changing the location where textures are imported and stored whilst also providing a warning dialog about modifying already imported textures that reside on the storage path, as well as a warning about relocating them to another location. This feature can allow you to store materials on a shared network drive for example.

Click on the Folder / Path link to change the storage location of imported textures, once you have selected your storage path, hit Save to close the Imported Texture Path dialog.

Imported Texture Path

Imported Texture Path

Offline Material Download Link

Pressing the ‘gear’ icon at the bottom left of the dialog, therefore, allows you this option to easily share projects by changing the location where textures are imported and stored whilst also providing a warning dialog about modifying already imported textures that reside on the storage path, as well as a warning about relocating them to another location. This feature can allow you to store materials on a shared network drive for example. Click on the Folder / Path link to change the storage location of imported textures, once you have selected your storage path, hit Save to close the Imported Texture Path dialog.

Working with the Material Library

You can select multiple materials’ to import at one time, clicking the Import Selection button becoming available when at least one material is selected.

Furthermore, you can Favorite materials by clicking on the star buttons in the top left corner of the tiles. These are then shown in the Favorites folder. Just click on the star again so it is not solid to remove materials from the Favorites folder.

New materials that get added over time by Enscape will show in the New folder, as well as be listed under their respective category.

Favorite and select a material to be imported to the Material Library

Favorite and select a material to be imported to the Material Library

 

Once the import process has finished you will find the material listed in the Enscape Material Editor, where you can further edit the material if required.

Make sure to refer to the relevant CAD articles you will find listed here to understand how to work with the Enscape Material Editor with the CAD you are using Enscape with, including how to import *.matpkg files.

Material imported into the Enscape Material Editor

Material imported into the Enscape Material Editor

Replace Materials in CAD

Current materials in the CAD model can be replaced with ready-to-use materials from the library. This can be performed by the material editor. This is illustrated in corresponding to the Materials in CAD article for your CAD and can be found here.

 

Need more information about Enscape?

Click here to learn more about Enscape, or to contact our visualization experts at enscape@microsolresources.com.

Read More

Getting Started with Your Enscape Software

Overview

Installing Enscape for the first time should be simple and straight forward. However, for best results we recommend that, before installing Enscape, you should make sure that your CAD software is not open and that you also have the user rights to install software on your Windows operating system. You can then simply open and run the Enscape.msi installer from the location on your machine that it was downloaded to.

If this is not the first time that you have installed Enscape and you have a version of Enscape prior to version 2.6 installed, we highly recommend that you uninstall that version, remembering to move any files you wish to keep to a temporary location before uninstalling. It would also be advised that you reboot the machine before running the version 2.6 installer.

Open the Installer

When installing Enscape for the first time, the initial screen will request that you agree to the End-User License Agreement (EULA). The ‘I accept the terms in the License Agreement’ checkbox needs to be checked, allowing the Install button to become available. You can also print the EULA via the Print button, or you can choose to press the Cancel button if you do not want to proceed with the installation.

Enscape EULA

Enscape EULA

Install button activated

Install button activated

You will then be asked to select the language that you would like Enscape to be installed under. Currently, the options are English (US), German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch and Polish (with more languages to come). In this window, you will also be able to click the Advanced button, to choose whether to install Enscape for all users of the machine or just the current user.

Language Selection

Language Selection

NOTE: the language can be changed after installation, if required. The option to do this is found in the Enscape General Settings window under the Preferences options.

If you have a previous version of Enscape installed, or if you are missing any software that Enscape requires to function correctly, then the next screen you’ll see is the Requirements screen.

You can click the Skip button, even if the machine is missing any of these requirements or if you decide not to remove any previous versions of Enscape. However, it is advised that you click on the Perform uninstall button and that you also make sure that you install any missing requirements that are listed in this window, as Enscape will not function correctly otherwise.

Uninstall previous versions of Enscape

Uninstall previous versions of Enscape

The installer for versions prior to version 2.6 will open (you can confirm this as it will show the old Enscape logo in the installer dialog) and it will indicate the target uninstaller location next to Uninstalling from:. Click on the Uninstall button to uninstall the previous Enscape version.

Uninstall location of the previous Enscape version

Uninstall location of the previous Enscape version

You will then see the following window, indicating the uninstall process is running and when it will have completed. By clicking on Show details after the process has run, you will be able to see which files were uninstalled. Or, just click on the Close button to close that old installer dialog.

Show details if uninstalled files and close the window

Show details if uninstalled files and close the window

You will be returned to the Requirements page of the current installer dialog which should indicate that the process was completed. If you want to be sure of this, or if the installer indicates that a previous version still exists, then you can click on the Check again button.

Check again for previous Enscape versions that are installed.

Check again for previous Enscape versions that are installed.

If one of the other requirements is missing, this will be indicated next to the missing requirement whereby a prompt will request that you Download that missing element.

Download missing Requirement

Download missing Requirement

Once you click on ‘Download‘ the missing software will automatically download and the installer for that software will then be required to be manually started and opened after download is complete. By default the downloaded installer will be available in your systems Download folder, or directly from your browser. The installer for each software required to run Enscape will guide you through the installation process for its installation. Once installation has been completed, click the Check again button back in the Enscape installer dialog which should allow you to continue the installation process.

If all previous versions of Enscape have been successfully uninstalled and all software requirements have also been installed on the machine you will then be able to click on the Next button to proceed with installing Enscape.

Simple Installation

After clicking on the ‘Install‘ button once the language has been selected, and there are no missing requirements, then the Requirements dialog is skipped and the installer will proceed to install Enscape and all its subfeatures, but only for the currently logged in user.  You will therefore find that it installs to the default location: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Programs

The installer will then run and you should see this in the installer window as shown in the following screenshot.

Enscape is installing

Enscape is installing

Once it has finished, you will then see the following screen indicating Enscape has finished installing.

Enscape has finished installing

Enscape has finished installing

You should then be able to open your CAD where you should see Enscape as a top level menu option, or as a Toolbar. If you can not see Enscape in your CAD, then you may need to enable it in the CAD’s workspace.

Advanced Installation

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, the Advanced button becomes available once the ‘I accept the License Agreement‘ checkbox has been checked and you have clicked ‘Next‘, whereby you will be asked to select the Language. The Advanced button is available only at this point of the installation process and will give you additional options for the Installation Scope. As this option is only available on a fresh installation of Enscape, if you want to access these options again, then you will need to uninstall and reinstall Enscape first.

Advanced button

Advanced button

This will allow you to specify a custom installation starting with the option to Install just for you, the currently logged in user, where it is installed in a per-user folder, or Install for all users of this machine, meaning it installed in a per-machine folder. In the screenshot below, if you choose the Install just for you option, that currently logged in username will be placed between the brackets in the installer window to confirm which user folder Enscape will be installed to.

Installation Scope

Installation Scope

Install for Single User

If you choose the ‘Install just for you’ option, then the additional options to specify a custom installation, including whether to install the plugin for only one specific CAD, multiple CADs, or all CAD’s becomes available.

Select which CAD's to install Enscape for

Select which CAD’s to install Enscape for

When installing Enscape, the main feature that is Enscape is always installed. You can then also choose to install each individual CAD specific subfeatures of Enscape by clicking on the small arrow next to each CAD listed, as shown in the following screenshot. You should then select the option ‘Will be installed on local hard drive’. If you want to install Enscape and all the subfeatures all at once, then choose the ‘Entire feature will be installed on local hard driver’ option. Please note that this install option will only take effect when selected in the top level Enscape main feature menu option.

You can choose to not install individual subfeatures by selecting the option ‘Entire feature will be unavailable’ from each subfeature menu.

Change CAD installation options

Change CAD installation options

When done, click on the Install button which will allow the installation to proceed.

Once installation is complete, you will then see the following screen which confirms installation has been completed.

You should then be able to open your CAD where you should see Enscape as a top level menu option, or as a Toolbar. If you can not see Enscape as an option in your CAD, then you may need to enable it in the CAD’s workspace.

The installation process has completed

The installation process has completed

Install for all Users

Choosing the option ‘Install for all users of this machine’ will mean that you have an extra option to change the installation location.

Install Enscape for all user of the machine

Install Enscape for all user of the machine

You will then be shown the following screen, indicating the current default installation location. Click Change to alter this location.

Destination folder for installation

Destination folder for installation

You can then change the installation location by navigating to the location you want to install Enscape to under the Look in: drop down menu.

Changing in the installation location

Changing in the installation location

You can use the two buttons  to navigate up a level in the file structure or respectively create a new folder in the current location.

Here, you can see that we have changed the installation location, which is reflected also in the Folder name: section.

Installation location is changed

Installation location is changed

Once the installation location has been chosen, you can then click on OK and this will take you to the Product Features window, whereby you can select which of the Enscape subfeatures you want to install.

Change, Repair, or Remove Enscape

Once Enscape has been installed, if you want to change the installation location, or if you have to repair the installation, or if for some reason you would want to uninstall Enscape, then you can run the Enscape .msi installer again to perform these processes.

Change, Repair, or Remove Enscape

Change, Repair, or Remove Enscape

Change the Enscape Installation

Clicking on Change will return you to the Product Features window, where you can again choose which subfeatures you would like to install or remove.

The Enscape installation is being changed

The Enscape installation is being changed

The Product Features window will then be shown, where you can alter which subfeatures of Enscape are installed.

Repair the Enscape Installation

Clicking on Repair will request that you confirm that you want to perform this.

Confirm that you want to repair Enscape

Confirm that you want to repair Enscape

The repair process will then be seen to be running in the installer window.

The Repair process is running

The Repair process is running

On successful completion, the installer will confirm this for you.

Remove Enscape from a Machine

Clicking on Remove will result in the installer asking you to first confirm that you want to remove Enscape.

Confirm that you want to Remove Enscape

Confirm that you want to Remove Enscape

If you confirm that you do want to remove Enscape, the process will begin and you can see this running in the installer window.

The Remove process is running

The Remove process is running

Once any of the above processes has finished, the installer will confirm that the process is complete. You can then click the Finish button to close the installer.

The Remove process has completed.

The Remove process has completed.

So, this concludes the initial installation process, and once you open the CAD that you want to use Enscape with, you will find that there is an Enscape menu, and / or a ribbon / toolbar available in the CAD.

NOTE: You may have to enable the toolbar from the Toolbar Workspace options of that associated CAD. If you incur issues when trying to make the Enscape Menu / Toolbar visible, please contact our Support Team for any questions at support@microsolresources.com

Installation Error Messages

If you have your CAD open when trying to install, repair, change, or remove Enscape, you should get a warning message telling you which CAD is blocking the install process. You then have the choice between; Close the applications and attempt to restart them. or, Do not close applications. A reboot will be required, which will need to be done before Enscape becomes available for use in the CAD.

File in Use installer process error

File in Use installer process error

Once you decided on which method to use Click OK, which will then continue to process.

If the installer is unable to close and restart the application, then you will get the following message:

The installer failed to close the CAD software

The installer failed to close the CAD software

Click Cancel to cancel the process, in which case you should close the CAD blocking the process, and then try to run the installer again.

Click OK to allow the installer to continue the process. Once complete, you will get the following message:

Files in use installation error

Files in use installation error

Clicking Yes will automatically restart your operating system, so you should make sure any unsaved documents open in other applications are saved first. Clicking No will mean that you will manually have to restart your operating system before the changes take affect.

 

 

Need more information about Enscape?

Click here to learn more about Enscape, or to contact our visualization experts at enscape@microsolresources.com

Read More

Latest Tweets

MicrosolTweets @MicrosolTweets
Click on the link below to learn how digitalization has permeated most industries with its rapid adoption, includin… https://t.co/1RUs7VcGTZ
Headed to #AU2022? We’ll be in New Orleans this week. Let’s connect! https://t.co/g5og6WjuQI
How does the field of nanotechnology, which investigates matter at atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scales, in… https://t.co/pYvrYZZ6CR
Load More...