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Good news for all Virtual Reality and Real-time Rendering fanatics: Enscape is from now on officially available through Design8!

Why Enscape?

Enscape™ is an easy-to-use real-time rendering & Virtual Reality Extension for SketchUp Pro, Rhinoceros, Revit and ArchiCAD. It offers the designer a quick way of 3D visualization, allowing quick design decisions to be made. With Enscape™ you can lift your presentations - whether in-house or with a customer - to a higher level. The real-time rendering & Virtual Reality ensure faster iterations and a more efficient workflow. It is so easy to use that extra training is not really necessary. Key features of Enscape are:

  • Virtual Reality Give your customers the VR experience as if your 3D project has already been realized: a virtual walkthrough is possible with one click.
  • Panorama Share overwhelming 360-degree panoramas on smartphone, tablet or web with your customers, both in mono and in stereo. Save it as a file or in the cloud, so that they are easily accessible. No special app needed, not even for cardboard!
  • Real-time Rendering With the real-time render technology your project looks impressive from every angle. Start Enscape™, determine your camera angle and render an image within seconds!
  • Share your Work Enscape™ normally runs within SketchUp Pro, but you can provide your customers with an executable file (.exe) in which they can explore your project yourself!

Read more about Enscape.


If you are already interested in buying or demoing Enscape, please click one of the buttons below for a demo download or a map with resellers in your neighborhood.

V-Ray Next for 3ds Max Update 1

V-Ray Next for 3ds Max is officially available for download now. The update for this high-end render plugin for Autodesk's 3ds Max contains the following improvements:

  • New Viewport IPR - Keep working while you render.
  • New Lens Effects - New glare and bloom lens effects .
  • GPU bucket rendering - Accelerated multi-GPU performance and distributed rendering, plus support for Cryptomatte render elements.
  • New GPU dispersion - In V-Ray GPU, render highly accurate light refractions that split into their component colors.
  • Faster fog with GPU - Quicker, better sampling of environment fog to rapidly add depth to scenes with V-Ray GPU.
  • Mimic rolling shutter - Emulate the warped motion blur effects common in digital video and cell phone cameras.
  • New Glint & Glitter controls - The V-Ray Physical Hair material adds new Glint and Glitter controls for better highlights.
  • Improved lighting render elements - Improved lighting passes provide artifact-free results independent of light sampling.


If you are new to V-Ray for 3ds Max, you can download demo versions here. If you are already using V-Ray Next for 3ds Max, you can go to your login page at ChaosGroup's website to get your latest full version of V-Ray Next for 3ds Max.

Happy Rendering!

Thea for SketchUp

A new update for Thea for SketchUp update (RV811.1816) iis now available for download. The update for this high-end render plugin contains the following improvements:

  • Added drag'n'drop and Copy/Paste/Delete support for textures;
  • When editing material in Thea window same material is activated in SketchUp's material editor;
  • When Tools panel is activated Thea Tool is also made active - the cursor changes to Thea cursor;
  • "Reset To Preset" context menu added when switching from Editor back to Preset to prevent accidental material reset;
  • Material Editor resets to the last preset Type used, not just to 'Default';
  • And much more...


If you are new to Thea for SketchUp, you can request your demo version here. If you are already using Thea 2.x for SketchUp, you can download the full version here to get your latest full version of Thea for SketchUp.

Buy / Upgrade

If you are convinced by the possibilities of Thea for SketchUp, you can buy your (upgrade) license through one of our dedicated resellers

Happy Rendering!

solidThinking Units

Altair, developer of the solidThinking products, has launched a new, revolutionary license model: solidThinking Units. Normally you’d choose a software title for which you’d purchase a license. With solidThinking Units, you choose a number Units to start any product you want for which you have enough Units.

You lease solidThinking Units per year or per month. solidThinking Units can be freely distributed within your organization. This way, you can grant access to the software to anyone in your organization. In case you have unused Units left, you can use these to perform calculations in the Cloud! This makes solidThinking Units the most flexible software licensing model that exists today.

Advantages solidThinking Units

  • You have access to all Altair solidThinking products
  • You no longer have to choose a specific software title
  • Anyone in your organization can be given access to the software
  • Units stapelen niet: heeft u bijvoorbeeld 30 Units, dan kunt u alle softwaretitels waarvoor max. 30 Units benodigd zijn opstarten;
  • Cheaper than purchasing separate licenses
  • You can lease extra Units per month to cover peaks in your workload
  • You can use unused Units to perform calculations in the Cloud

More Information

For more information about solidThinking Units, please see:

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