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Luxion Releases KeyShot v11.2

COSTA MESA, CA, June 30, 2022 - Luxion, a leading developer of advanced rendering and lighting technology and maker of KeyShot, the industry standard for 3D rendering and animation, announced the release of KeyShot 11.2. This new version introduces eagerly anticipated features, including native support for Mac computers with Apple silicon (beta) plus several powerful new workflow capabilities and over 75 bug fixes.

KeyShot 11.2 Feature Highlights – Faster Performance and Simpler Processes

KeyShot 11.2 introduces native support for Apple silicon (including M2 and M1 Pro/Max/Ultra) allowing users with the new hardware to experience 15-30% performance gains in both rendering and overall usability (compared with x86-64 translation performance).

KeyShot 11.2 features new support for Apple Silicon M1 graphics for increased flexibility and performance.

The 11.2 version introduces a universal binary installation (beta) that runs natively on both Apple silicon and Intel-based Mac computers providing users the choice to take advantage of Apple silicon performance or the Intel option if any stability issues occur. For users with Apple silicon, KeyShot 11.2 will install two application packages, one for the previous Rosetta 2/Intel architecture and one for the new arm64/Apple silicon architecture. New analytics tools in KeyShot 11.2 enable the development team to monitor the stability and performance of the beta version before moving it into production full-time in the next release. Performance monitoring is captured without recording any personal user data, and the feature can be turned on or off in the KeyShot Preferences menu at any time.

New Pantone 2022 colors, including the Pantone Color of the Year (Very Peri), have also been added to the KeyShot Color Library.

Included alongside KeyShot 11.2, is a substantial update to KeyShot Web Viewer (available with a KeyShotWeb subscription). Web Viewer now provides added Studio support, enabling the use of switching between Environments and Cameras, improved transparent materials with support for absorption, reflections, and refractions, a new bloom effect, two-finger swiping to pan the camera, and improved material accuracy when baking (in some cases).

New automation features for materials provide support for scripting material information data, the ability to use scripting to render CMF documents, as well as detection of headless and GUI-only features.

Additional optimizations for working in scenes make it easier to adjust keyframe animations without interfering with the rendering in the Real-time View, retain Normals and UVs after Mesh Simplification, and improve quality when changing 3D Paint texture resolution.

More 11.2 Features Include:

  • Improved performance when dragging and dropping materials onto objects in the Real-time View
  • Support of binary data in glTF
  • Native support in KeyShot for Onshape file import
  • New SketchUp and Cinema 4D plugins with Apple silicon support (requires 11.2)
  • Plus, over 75 bug fixes (full details)

Availability

KeyShot 11.2 is available immediately for download and purchase at keyshot.com and through all certified KeyShot resellers. For information and examples about the new features in KeyShot 11.2, please visit keyshot.com/whats-new/.

About Luxion

Luxion is a leading developer of advanced 3D rendering and lighting technology. KeyShot is the first real-time ray tracing application that uses a physically correct render engine based on scientific research in the areas of scientifically accurate material representation and global illumination. Addressing the visualization needs of designers, engineers, marketing professionals, photographers, and CG specialists, KeyShot breaks down the complexity of creating photographic images and animations from 3D digital data. Luxion’s customer list includes many of the Fortune 1000 product manufacturers and major industrial design companies including Google, Chrysler, Coca-Cola, Fossil, Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Victoria’s Secret, HP, Microsoft, Philips, Under Armour, Adidas, and many more.

Please visit keyshot.com for more information.

Billd Partners with ConstructConnect

AUSTIN, TX, June 29, 2022 – Billd, the leading provider of material financing and pay app advancement for commercial trade contractors, today announced a partnership with ConstructConnect, a portfolio of software and services that combines a builders network, robust project data, and takeoff tools for construction professionals. This partnership will enable subcontractors using ConstructConnect to more easily secure approval on financing for projects. Combined, these services increase bid confidence and competitiveness, allowing trade contractors to take on more projects and grow their businesses.

With this partnership, Billd’s premier financing offerings are now readily available to trade contractors as they assess and bid on new projects. This allows trade contractors to plan their financial strategy for each project, reducing the risk of negative cash flow, which can be disruptive once a project reaches execution. By providing access to upfront cash solutions for materials, approved ConstructConnect customers will be able to lock in crucial materials as soon as projects are won, mitigating financial risk from unpredictable market fluctuations in cost and project delays from increased lead times.

“Subcontractors have long struggled to gain access to working capital to maintain and grow business through traditional financial institutions,” said Jon Kost, chief strategy officer of ConstructConnect. “Our partnership with Billd informs subcontractors about the opportunity to secure material and labor payment financing while they wait for payment on work already completed. This should better position companies that require access to working capital to succeed and grow their businesses.”

Billd has taken major strides in the construction industry to provide financing terms that align with payment cycles. Trade contractors and suppliers are typically the last to get paid, waiting on average over 83 days. A recent US market report from Billd that surveyed nearly 800 contractors found that 66% of contractors pay for materials and 82% pay for labor before receiving payment for their work. Billd works to help alleviate this financial burden through cash flow solutions that allow trade contractors to take on and execute more projects.

“The lack of access to finance resources has shortchanged trade contractors for decades, causing limitations on their ability to maintain healthy cash flow,” said Chris Doyle, CEO of Billd. “We’re thrilled to bring financial options to more contractors through ConstructConnect’s pre-construction portfolio. Together we will increase bidding confidence and support execution.”

About Billd

Billd was started by Christopher Doyle and Jesse Weissburg, industry veterans in both construction and finance. Chris and Jesse were inspired to launch Billd to bring the financial power of Wall Street to the construction jobsite, allowing contractors to bypass project hurdles with access to upfront funds while enabling suppliers to sell more materials with less risk. For contractors who usually aren’t paid until more than 83 days from purchasing materials, Billd provides 120-day terms so they can stabilize cash flow and more effectively grow their businesses. With a deep understanding of the construction industry, Billd knows traditional credit metrics are poor predictors for risk in this vertical segment and has built a variety of industry-specific proprietary analytic tools to better assess risk in the construction industry.

About ConstructConnect

ConstructConnect is a leading provider of commercial construction information and technology solutions and is committed to transforming the way the construction industry does business by providing its customers the tools, information, and connections needed to drive their success.