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Autodesk Perpetual License Changes


Autodesk is gradually transitioning new software purchases for their products to subscription options only.

By January 31, 2016 Autodesk will stop selling new perpetual licenses of individual products, and after July 31, 2016 Autodesk will no longer sell new perpetual licenses (both standalone and network licenses) of Autodesk Design & Creation Suites.

To ensure a smooth transition, Storm FX Account Managers will work with you to make the shift as seamless as possible, and can help with any questions you may have around these changes. 

Here are some frequently asked questions to get you started.

Can I continue to use my existing perpetual licenses?

Yes. You will be able to continue using your existing software licenses indefinitely, including any new perpetual licenses purchased before January 31 2016 (for individual products) and July 31 2016 (for suites).

Can I continue to use and renew my Maintenance Subscription for my existing perpetual license?

Yes. This transition does not affect your current maintenance subscription in any way. For perpetual licenses with active Maintenance, you will continue to receive updates to your existing software version along with other benefits for as long as you continue to renew your Maintenance Subscription on time.

How will I be able to purchase products after the end of sale of perpetual licenses?

You will purchase Autodesk Products via a subscription.

Why is Autodesk making these changes?

Subscription offers a simplified and more flexible customer experience, lower upfront cost, and the ability to pay for Autodesk products and cloud services for the amount of time that is right for you.

Where can I get more information?

If you would like more information on these changes, you can visit the Autodesk website. Or give us a call and we will be more than happy to help you through this transition. Contact Us 


Exciting New Products for BIM Managers

Storm FX are very excited to announce they are the very FIRST Australian and New Zealand resellers of two revolutionary solutions,  Enscape 3D and Fuzor 2016. Both are vital solutions that will bridge the communication and collaboration gap between BIM and visualisation teams.

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Using Revit? Wishing for instant visualisation to showcase your design? Fuzor is a premium visualisation tool that synchronises with Revit in real time.

  • Supercharge your workflow with Revit and Sketchup.
  • Streamline department collaboration.
  • Save time with features such as Fuzor’s clash reports, lighting reports, GIS data support.
  • iOS, Android mobile device playback and Oculus support.

Find out more



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Need to turnaround a quick walk-through for stakeholders, direct from your Revit workstation? With Enscape 3D, a high quality visualisation is available in real time

  • No need for cloud uploads, Enscape does its work securely on your machine.
  • Changes in Revit directly visible in Enscape!
  • Prepare visualisations for every client meeting without additional effort.

Find out more




V-Ray for NUKE

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V-Ray for NUKE - now available!

V-Ray for NUKE is a new approach to lighting and compositing that integrates production-quality ray traced rendering into NUKE and NUKEX. Compositors can now take advantage of V-Ray's lighting, shading and rendering tools inside NUKE's node-based workflow.

V-Ray for NUKE brings the same technology used on Game of Thrones, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and hundreds of other film, commercial and television projects to professional compositors. Built on the same adaptive rendering core as V-Ray’s industry-standard plugins for Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya, V-Ray for NUKE is ready for all production pipelines.

Click here for more key features on V-Ray for NUKE

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V-Ray 3.1 for Maya now available

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V-Ray 3.1 for Maya now available! 


V-Ray 3.1 for Maya contains over 100 new and modified features, including Maya 2016 compatibility, numerous V-Ray RT GPU enhancements and two VR cameras. The free update also offers more efficient handling of proxy objects, an improved global illumination algorithm, and faster rendering performance.

V-Ray RT GPU now supports:

  • Hair & fur
  • Subsurface scattering
  • Displacement & subdivision surfaces
  • Light Cache GI
  • Anisotropic highlights
  • UDIM textures
  • Texture baking
  • QMC sampling on NVIDIA CUDA devices

Proxy Object improvements:

  • Identical proxy objects are now automatically instanced
  • Improved viewport previews with mesh simplification options
  • Import multiple proxy objects at once
  • Support for hair and particle instances
  • Support for instancing Ogawa Alembic files
  • Mesh viewer utility – to view proxy objects and Alembic files, including subdivision surfaces, particles, and hair

Additional New Features in V-Ray 3.1:

Maya 2016 support

  • Full support for new Hypershade Node Editor, Material Viewer, and Lookdev view
  • Enhanced Bifrost support – including rendering liquids as isosurfaces without meshing

Workflow & User Interface

  • Quick settings
  • Light Lister
  • Tooltips
  • Updated default render settings


  • Faster rendering of dynamic meshes, proxy objects, and instances
  • Faster rendering of hair and fur
  • Intel Embree acceleration for hair and fur
  • VRayClipper – for cutaways and sections


  • Light meter – new helper object for lighting analysis

Global Illumination

  • Updated Light Cache algorithm removes light leaks and improves animation

 Volume rendering

  • Probabilistic shading for faster volume rendering


V-Ray 3.1 for Maya is a free update for all V-Ray 3.0 for Maya customers.


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Our latest free update to V-Ray for 3ds Max is now available

Our latest free update to V-Ray for 3ds Max is now available. V-Ray 3.2 is fully compatible with 3ds Max 2016 and is VR-ready.

VR Cameras – The two new VR camera types will render stereo cube maps and spherical stereo images. This allows artists and designers to output V-Ray scenes to popular VR formats like Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.

V-Ray RT GPU improvements – Among the new features and speed improvements is QMC sampling. Licensed from NVIDIA, QMC sampling provides overall speed improvements and resolves noise quicker when using CUDA.  

Additionally, V-Ray RT GPU now supports:

  • Displacement
  • Anisotropic highlights  
  • Composite map  
  • Output curves
  • Texture baking
  • UDIM support (MARI)

Volume rendering

  • New V-Ray Volume Grid adds support for OpenVDB, Field3D, and Phoenix FD volume grid formats. This allows users to import and render data from popular effects applications like Houdini and FumeFX.

Distributed rendering

  • Add or remove distributed rendering nodes on the fly

Global Illumination

  • Refined Light Cache algorithm removes light leaks and improves animation


  • New preview types for proxy objects – includes mesh simplification for optimized proxy display
  • Faster rendering of hair and fur
  • Intel Embree support for 3ds Max Hair & Fur and V-Ray Fur

3ds Max 2016

  • Full support for new Physical Camera – co-developed with 3ds Max team
  • Support for new Physical Camera Exposure Control
  • V-Ray Lens Analysis Utility adds support for the 3ds Max Physical Camera

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Creative Cloud keeps getting better.

Join now and qualify for significant savings.

Creative Cloud is your exclusive source for the latest versions of Adobe’s creative apps and services for faculty, staff, and students. Current customers can join now and save up to 40%.

Institutions like yours are moving to Creative Cloud for:

  • Access to the latest creative apps along with step-by-step tutorials
  • A web-based Admin Console that makes it easy to centrally manage and deploy apps
  • The flexibility to easily add and reassign licenses
  • A wealth of resources, call center support, and optional Adobe Expert Services to ensure successful deployment
  • Budget predictability and cost savings with one annual contract


Adobe Cumulative Licensing Program (CLP) level 1, 2 and 3 customers qualify for savings over a two-year period when purchasing Creative Cloud through the Value Incentive Plan (VIP).

  • Adobe CLP-1 customers receive VIP Level 2—limited-time offer ends May 29, 2015.
  • Adobe CLP-2 customers receive VIP Level 3.
  • Adobe CLP-3 customers receive VIP Level 4.
  • All other customers receive VIP Level 1 through 4 pricing based on individual purchase volume.

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Australia Visual Days 2015


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We have some exciting news to share! We're hosting a special Australia 2015 tour. You'll have a chance to meet the teams from Chaos Group, Autodesk, and The Foundry.  

Check out the event details:

Sydney Visual Day 2015 

What: The latest from V-Ray, Autodesk and The Foundry  
When: May 18, 2015 


V-Ray Arch-Viz Workshop in Sydney 

What: Learn how to deal with the challenges of the architectural visualization with V-Ray 
When: May 19, 2015


Melbourne Visual Day 2015 

What: The latest from V-Ray, Autodesk and Mazur Visuals
When: May 20, 2015 


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PipelineFX now offers users the option to license Qube! on a subscription basis.


PipelineFX makers of Qube!, the leading render farm management solution for VFX, Design, Broadcast and Education media is excited to announce that they now offers users the option to license Qube! on a subscription basis.


What's New

Qube! 6.7 beta online demo

PipelineFX engineers now invite you to a "sneak peek" of upcoming Qube!
releases in an Online Demo twice a month.  We just ran the first beta demo March 27th for our upcoming release of v6.7, scheduled for May.  The feedback is tremendous and we hope to have more customers join!  


New v6.7 features include:

  • A Vray DBR job can start up immediately on one node and automatically add more workers as they become available
  • Modify the environment of your job after the job is already submitted
  • Option to require that a job or jobs only start on empty workers
  • Improved stability when submitting a large amount of jobs
  • New submission interface offering tabbed navigation


Qube! Subscription Licensing
Effective May 1, 2015 - You can purchase Qube! Unlimited licenses on a month-to-month basis

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Unity 5 Professional Edition is here!

The latest and most advanced version of the best development platform for creating games is now available to purchase.

With our awe-inspiring Physically-based Standard Shader and Real-time Global Illumination Unity 5 Pro is a graphics powerhouse.

It comes with so many additions to the feature-rich and highly flexible Unity Editor, including the top-tuned Audio Mixer, animation upgrades and the 64-bit editor.

Reach a broader audience with industry-leading multiplatform support! Our 21 deployment options now include WebGL at near native speeds, fully-integrated Oculus Rift build options in development and improved support for iOS Metal rendering.

What’s more, Unity 5 Pro delivers unmatched efficiency boosted in the Cloud with new services, including Unity Cloud Build Pro to automate the creation and distribution of builds, and Game Performance Reporting to monitor your game, starting with a preview of Exception Logging.



In addition to all the revolutionary engine features in Unity 5 Pro, you also get free access to essential new services and benefits:

  • One year’s access to time-saving Unity Cloud Build Pro
  • Asset Store Level 11 discounts and benefits
  • Unity’s Team License including the Cache Server and version control tools
  • Deep dive insights into your players’ behaviour with Unity Analytics Pro
  • Plus more unique Unity 5 Pro benefits including privileged access to upcoming Unity 5 betas

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Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya Offer


This promotion provides you with the opportunity to “get current” with the latest Autodesk 3ds Max or Autodesk Maya products. Intended for customers on R2009-2014 versions of Autodesk® 3ds Max® or Autodesk® Maya® software.

You can purchase an Annual Desktop Subscription for a 32% discount* off the Autodesk suggested retail price (SRP).

This promotion is valid for any customers on R2009-2014 versions of the software who want to get "current" with Desktop Subscription instead of upgrading perpetual Licence.

This promotion will run from November 7, 2014 through to January 23, 2015.

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