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Summer 2022: The Sky’s the Limit with New Sky, House, and Roof Tools

Summer is prime season for major home improvements. So we’re very excited to share with you one of our most exciting updates yet, featuring new tools and new features that will make your designs stand out like never before as you design complete outdoor living spaces for your clients.   

Last update, features like Ray Tracing, Dynamic Water, and 3D Grass brought extraordinary depth, color, and movement to your designs. And a wide variety of recently added tools have streamlined the design process: quick-draw ovals and ellipses, easy terrain leveling, and an even wider array of speedy right-click menu options. 

Now, with the Summer 2022 update, we’re bringing you faster, sleeker, and even more beautiful options—ones that not only amaze your clients but also speed up your design time. From the wide sky above down to the smallest detail in your client’s lawn: new house and roof tools, a new sky system, new light systems, and so much more are now here. 

Ready to see what’s new? Check out the update video (watch this video in full screen mode).

Since our rendering time is now 2X faster, we have for the first time recorded an update video in 60fps for you to enjoy. 

 

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Automatic Roof Tools

The House Stage has been completely redesigned, with every detail thoughtfully chosen to help you create a house worthy of being the visual and emotional anchor of your client’s outdoor living design. These all-new House and Roof Tools make it quick and easy for you to create your client’s home accurately in your design, whether your client’s home is modern or traditional.

Want to transform a Hip roof? Now, it takes just a click to turn it into a Dutch Gable, Jerkinhead, Mansard, Gambrel, Butterfly, or more. Plus, Soffits and Ridge Caps are now added automatically to give your design a finished look.

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Want multiple roof elevations and rooflines on a single house shape? Now, it’s easy to do that and more! Set multiple pitch angles, use the overhang controls to extend the roof beyond the foundation, add a Cantilever, and see beautiful results in no time at all.

 

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How about Dormers? You can add them in just one click. With several types to choose from, it’s easy to customize your dormer to be the size you need.

 

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And making changes is easy, too, with the new modification points on the house walls and roofs. Quickly drag a point on a roof to create a covered patio, use a point on the house wall to add a multilevel house shape, or use the Divide Tool to add points to create multiple roof styles on a single house shape.

 

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Visit the Version 3: House and Version 3: Advanced House🏡 help pages to learn more. 


New Window Controls

A house, of course, wouldn’t be complete without beautiful windows. Our expanded Window Tools are here to help you create the precise, detailed styles you need. In just one click, you can add a Surround, Header, and Sill or even apply one of the 37 Profiles from the Library.

 

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Vip3D Exclusive: Light Controls

The new Lighting Controls in Vip3D offer you limitless opportunities to create the perfect light settings for your client’s design. With the freedom to light each project exactly as you envision it, you can easily customize each light by adjusting the Attenuation, Light Angle, Intensity, Temperature, and Color.

 

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The Point and Spot staging lights even include physically accurate falloff, making your lighting extraordinarily, beautifully realistic.

 

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Volumetric Clouds

We love watching the new sky system with its gorgeous Real-Time Volumetric Clouds, and we think you will love it just as much!

These new volumetric clouds aren’t just beautiful to watch. They also mean that the sun and moon interact accurately with the clouds. When the clouds diffuse the light from the sun or block it completely, you create a new level of ambiance in your designs, utterly amazing your clients.

 

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Cloud Atmosphere

The new Cloud Atmosphere setting in presentation mode sets the mood by capturing the glowing light of the sun.

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Real-Time Ambient Occlusion

Real-Time Ambient Occlusion increases depth and realism with soft shadows within shadows, greatly improving the realism of your design.

 

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Plant and Tree Sub-Surface Scattering

We’ve also added sub-surface scattering to the entire plant and tree library, enhancing the realism. During the day, the sun shines through the leaves and foliage realistically. At night, the leaves illuminate when lit with landscaping lights. When you show your clients your plans, they’ll be amazed at the beauty, accuracy, and realism!

 

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Plant Editor

A totally new, redefined Plant Editor lets you save custom plant models with unique symbols.

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Streamlined GIS Aerial Imagery

You'll find improved GIS search results when downloading the addresses and terrain data you need.

And GIS Aerial Images have been integrated with Google Maps. No need to search the geographic coordinates for larger properties—simply move the pin to focus on that area and preview the aerial imagery!GIS Map 2022

Visit the ✈ GIS: Aerial Imagery Help Page to learn more.


Presentation

IMPROVED RENDERING TIME

When you add the new lighting, sky, shadows, and reflections to your next project, this update’s significantly improved Rendering Speed means it will take less time to capture these new features in your videos. Plus, if you upload the video to YouTube, the video link will now be included when the upload is confirmed.

IMPROVED REFLECTIONS

Reflections on objects such as metal, granite, and glass are now even more realistic.

 

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Improved 3D Grass

We've also improved the density and placement of 3D Grass. Now, it's easy to apply 3D Grass even more accurately between stepping stones and hardscape pavers.3D Grass in Pavers


House Decor Library

Complete the house with a wide variety of new options found in House Decor. New modern doors, hardware, gates, and breeze blocks elevate your design.

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  • Doors: 24 Modern 80” H / 14 Modern 80” H with Windows / 4 Barn
  • Door Hardware: 42 handles, knobs, and pulls
  • Garage Doors: 18 With Windows and 6 Without Windows
  • Gates: 11 New Options
  • Glass and Breeze Blocks: 24 Options
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Material Library

You'll find over 100 new material options in the Library.  And we've added support to allow all materials to wrap when applied to coping.

  • Brick: 30 New/Updated Coping Options
  • Fabric: 40 New/Updated Textiles
  • Grass: 4 New/Updated Textures
  • Pavers: 18 New Coping Options
  • Pavers: 8 Updated Wall Blocks
  • Roofs: 2 New Polycarbonate Options
  • Stone: 2 Ledgestone and 2 Stacked Profiles
  • Tile: 11 Popular 6" x 6" Patterns
  • Windows: Opaque FX White Glass (great for Custom Shapes and 3D text)

Plant and Tree Library

We’ve added 233 more realistic plant and tree models (each with multiple variations), all ready for you to add and highlight in your projects.

 

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Accessory Library

LIBRARY ITEMS


  • Cushions, Pillows, and Umbrellas: 78 New and Updated Options
  • Curtains: 24 New Options
Curtains
  • Deck Jets: 8 New Options
  • Grills: 6 New Closed Options and 2 Kamado Grills
  • Food: 11 New Items
  • Mosaics: 15 New Designs
  • Sports Equipment: Cornhole, Croquet, Frisbee, Surfboards, and Tent
Sports Equipment
  • Flagstone: 56 New Options under Rockwork
  • Wall Panels: 19 New Decorative Options
  • Water Planes and Puddles

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VENDORS


  • Endless Pools: Releases their Hydrostride Treadmill. The Hydrostride underwater treadmill makes each and every step both gentler and more effective. Tap into that cool, buoyant pool feeling you love in a completely new way. When you combine that pool pleasure with walking or running, you will enjoy the benefits every happy step of the way.
  • Speck Pumps: Releases their BaduJet Turbo Pro. An intuitive new design allows for a more than three-fold increase in flow over their standard swimjets. Combined with simple underwater push button controls and a quiet, efficient variable speed motor, the BaduJet Turbo Pro takes your swim to the next level.
  • SR Smith: Releases their Destination Series including the Destination Lounger, Destination Rocking Lounger Chair and R-Series Lounger.  Relax and enjoy the pool without a splash. Elegant design and sturdy construction combine to give pool owners the opportunity to upgrade their sun shelf space with ease. The SlideAway Slide combines safety, fun and durability in a slide that can be easily set-up and removed from the deck in just minutes.

Enhancements:

  • Performance: Real-time 3D Speed Improvements
  • Performance: 2D Background Image Responsiveness
  • Performance: Optimized geometry calculations for misaligned drawing
  • Design: Streamlined Undo events
  • Export: Expanded options export to AutoCAD
  • Export: PDF Improvements and Enhancements
  • Export: Program Defaults for New Computer
  • Library: Improved Thumbnail/Library Loading Speed
  • Library: Many objects have been remastered with higher detail
    (Example: Pool Rails)
  • Library: Streamlined interface to save Design and Construction Items.
  • Library: Expanded texture support for FBX models 
  • Steps & Benches: Improved spacing on Trim Tile
  • Wood Decks: New Option for Solid Ceiling
  • Windows: Reset button now resets the size and glass
  • Materials: Selected Shapes highlight in 2D
  • Materials: Improved mapping of coping materials on lips
  • Selection: Shape remains selected when going from Materials and Presentation to Design Stages
  • Presentation: 2X Faster Video Rendering Speed
  • Presentation: Type-In value for Camera F-Stop
  • Presentation: Delete all selected locations at once
  • Presentation: Improved lighting on Metal
  • Presentation: Warmer lighting color, brighter shadows
  • Presentation: Improved Reflections
  • Presentation: New 15mm lens for photo and video mode
  • Presentation: More Accurate 18mm lens for photo and video mode
  • Construction: New Roof Layer
  • Construction: Plant Legend Optimizations
  • Construction: Item Legend now includes Visual Features

Bug Fixes:

  • Menus: Pinning open a menu and resizing the Application does not update the pinned menu's position
  • Camera: Spinning in 3D When Placing Library Items with Copy/Paste
  • Library: Thumbnails become slivers after searching
  • Library: Favoriting a saved plant favorites the original plant
  • Library: Saving an item to the library points to original item in object properties
  • Windows: Elevation is not retained with Copy/Paste in 2D
  • Fences: Boards are not rendered completely with wall base fence style
  • Planters: Do not show on raised hardscapes with pool coping
  • Ray Tracing: Reflection of Painted Terrain Materials
  • Ray Tracing: Tiny "seams" on the ground from Painted Terrain
  • Ray Tracing: Water features not displaying underwater
  • Construction: Plant legend not retaining names of changed plants
  • Construction: Tiered spillovers not visible in Page Layout
  • Construction: Library Items do not remember custom line colors on restart
  • Smart Data: Saving a custom pump, filter or heater to the library is not included
  • Callouts: Copy/Paste a shape with callout doesn't sync callout
  • AutoCAD: Unable to save plant symbols
  • PDF: Opacity not exporting correctly
  • Presentation: Sunset color settings now properly save
  • Presentation: 3D text does not show in camera locations after save
  • Oculus: Adjusting brightness in Presentation only shows display in one eye
  • Installation: Improved support for Foreign Languages
  • Hundreds of minor interface flow enhancements
  • And hundreds more fixes and small performance enhancements

Minor Update 2022.1.1 Fixes: 

  • NEW: Shadow Brightness Slider in Presentation
  • Plants that appear too bright
  • Unable to adjust Callout Box Size of Drawn Shapes
  • Unable to select Terrain lines by Height Label
  • Arc Tool snapping with Line Snap
  • 3D Grass bunching when raised Hardscape borders lower 3D Grass
  • Custom Shape scale with Object Info
  • CRASH: Inserting Smart Data Block with Group Header off
  • Aerator not visible in 3D
  • Construction: Groups do not remember custom line colors on restart

New Shadow Brightness Slider:

 

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Ready for More?

With each and every update—including this one and our upcoming updates—we share exciting, groundbreaking tools and features designed to help you do your best, most creative work.

We are looking forward to seeing the beautiful designs that you create—we’re always impressed and inspired by your creativity and ingenuity!

 

Noah Nehlich

About the author: Noah Nehlich

Noah Nehlich is the founder of Structure Studios. As an entrepreneur, investor, and tech company enthusiast, he’s into everything 3D. With two decades of experience building the design software that pool and landscape designers use, Noah’s goal is to improve lives through 3D experiences.

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