Today, we're excited to bring you KeyShot 11. KeyShot 11 is a pivotal release aimed at advancements in making product visualization more accessible to design professionals around the world. The features in KeyShot 11 reinforce the focus of streamlining each aspect of creating product visuals to complement the whole of the product lifecycle. Each feature and improvement is a result of working directly with users to solve their most pressing product development needs in the areas of material design, information management, motion, automation, and presentation.
The World of Visualization, Infinitely Expanded.
KeyShot has made strides to become the leading visualization tool across every industry, solving challenges in the project development pipeline by combining advanced visualization authoring with unparalleled ease of use. KeyShot 11 is at the core of creating eye-catching experiences, taking visualization capabilities to the next level, introducing new ways to explore details, expanding how ideas are presented, and bringing balance to the art of creating 3D visuals. How would we sum up the new features?
KeyShot 11 introduces 3D Paint to apply color and textures like never before, new CMF capabilities to manage and organize material information, Physics Simulation to create and capture physical phenomena through KeyShot Animation, Workflow Automation with new headless scripting capabilities, the new KeyShot Web Viewer to upload and share KeyShot scenes online, and much more.
Here's what Claus Thorsgaard, CEO of Luxion, said recently about this release:
“KeyShot 11 is a milestone release for Luxion. For the past year, we have been investing massively across the organization, from development to sales and support, while maintaining our focus on what we do best – building products that let designers across industries, in both small businesses and large corporations, easily bring their ideas to life, from still images to immersive 3D experiences. Going forward, our customers will have even more flexibility with KeyShot, through our subscription-based capabilities and cloud visualization platform.”
KeyShot 11 Feature Highlights
The following highlights the top features in KeyShot 11. More details and examples of the new capabilities in KeyShot 11 are available at keyshot.com/whats-new/. The entire list of features and improvements in KeyShot 11, along with information on how each feature works, is available in the KeyShot 11 What’s New Guide. Key features include:
KeyShot 11 introduces 3D Paint, a new texture painting tool, that allows you to further customize a model’s surface finishes by directly painting or stamping textures on the surface. With 3D Paint enabled, directly paint or stamp bump textures, colors, roughness, specularity, refractivity and opacity.
3D paint is an incredibly useful tool for creating unique surface weathering and patinas, and can be used to accurately add wear marks to any surface within a scene. The new feature also allows layering effects to create rich, realistic appearances. Learn more about the new 3D Paint capabilities here.
KeyShot 11 3D Paint allows users to use adjustable and custom brushes to apply and layer material appearance and textures.
Material Management and CMF Output
Color, Materials, Finish (CMF) is a term covering the non-functional identity of a product and its relationship with a given environment. KeyShot is frequently a major part of the CMF process, allowing you to easily change and decide on CMF options during the product design review phase.
To streamline this workflow, KeyShot 11 adds both Material Management and CMF Output. This robust feature set eliminates the manual process of aligning rendered output to its corresponding materials by allowing you to utilize an expansive Material Library that supports metadata about each material, a custom schema builder, and easy output of ready-made “tech packs” for design review. Learn more about CMF output and the Material Information Manager.
KeyShot 11 combines powerful material information management along with CMF output to capture all material variations.
Physics Simulation is a new Tool in KeyShot 11 that allows you to record the physics of an object and apply it as a keyframe animation. This tool brings fully simulated animations, along with more accuracy in scattering objects.
Simulations may be applied to individual or multiple Model Sets, objects, or groups of objects and simulated as parts or an entire group. You have control over Gravity, Friction, and Bounciness and the ability to adjust the time, quality, and keyframes per second. Learn more about the Physics Simulation capabilities here.
Physic Simulation in KeyShot 11 allows quick application and recording of physics using KeyShot Animation.
KeyShot Web Viewer
KeyShot Web Viewer is part of the KeyShotWeb module and allows you to easily share KeyShot scenes by uploading them to KeyShot Cloud. It brings sharing of interactive scenes to users across browser, desktop, and mobile device with a single link.
KeyShot Web Viewer is highly optimized to provide the most realistic visuals available and smoothest interaction possible for viewing 3D in the web browser and on mobile devices. Viewing of any material or environment variations in the scene or any KeyShot Studios is available through the Web Viewer flyout menus. Other features include quality adjustment, texture baking, including a mobile-friendly texture option, and password protection. 10GB of KeyShot Cloud storage is included in the KeyShotWeb subscription. Learn more about the KeyShot Web Viewer here.
The KeyShot Web Viewer enables users to upload and share their KeyShot scenes with all material and environment variations.
Workflow Automation is an advanced new feature, that allows you to automate various KeyShot workflows via the KeyShot Scripting Console (with a user interface) as well as through Headless Scripting Mode (without a user interface). Applications include automating render output and speeding up the generation of product variations.
KeyShot 11 expands the set of functions that can be called in headless mode, along with adding support for KeyShot Material Graph control with headless scripting. With the update to Python 3.9.5, 257 total features have been added, including 147 new features and 136 new constants that may be declared. Learn more about the complete scripting capabilities here.
KeyShot 11 Workflow Automation brings Headless Rendering to automate an array of functions including the Material Graph and Render Output.
Other features you'll will find in KeyShot 11 include:
- Environmental Brightness Animation – Control and adjust the brightness of environment lighting directly with KeyShot Animation.
- Deformable Animation support – Import .mc/.mcx cache files and FBX files with rigged animations in addition to Alembic.
- Skin Tones – New skin materials bring a wider array of skin tones to the KeyShot Material Library to drag-and-drop onto 3D models.
- GPU Cutaway Material – The popular cutaway material is now supported in GPU mode with all cutaway options.
- glTF/USDz Enhancements – KeyShot glTF and USDz export is optimized with support for instancing to greatly reduce file size.
KeyShot Subscription Options
With the release of KeyShot 11, we're also introducing subscription pricing for all new licenses, which reduces the upfront cost to a pay-as-you-go model. Subscription terms are generally one year, during which time users receive:
- Every updated and new feature released throughout the year, along with all the powerful features already in KeyShot Pro.
- Advanced tools and animation capabilities, to do more with your visuals and stand out from the crowd.
- The visualization hub for all things KeyShot, with centralized access and management for all your assets and licenses.
- Access to exclusive Subscription-only features such as KeyShot Web Viewer (requires KeyShotWeb Module)
- Self-service licensing, allowing users to activate and deactivate machines running KeyShot
- Top-tier phone and email support with remote desktop options from KeyShot members
KeyShot Pro and associated Module subscriptions are available for immediate purchase, billed and renewed at yearly intervals. For additional information, please see the KeyShot Subscription FAQ.
A thorough overview of all new feature highlights is available here.
Ready for KeyShot 11?
If you have KeyShot Annual Maintenance or purchased KeyShot Education within the last year, simply download KeyShot and register the new version with your current serial code. If you have additional questions or would like to upgrade to subscription, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about your current license, please contact email@example.com.
What's New in KeyShot 11
Our next webinar covers all the major, new features in KeyShot 11 and how they can be used. The webinar is Thursday, February 17th at 10:00 AM PST. Be sure to sign up soon as space is limited.
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