VUE 2016 Leaks #2: PlantFactory Variations

1- In PlantFactory 2016

PlantFactory 2015 introduced the concept of Presets. PlantFactory 2016 now introduces the concept of Preset Variations.

Preset Variations allow you to immediately include subtle differences to your plant (change the number of buds on a blooming flower, or its petal colours for instance).

This new feature allows you to easily add variety to create realistic environments with one single plant species!

2- In VUE 2016

Within VUE 2016, you directly get access to the PlantFactory species presets and variations within the Plant Browser, the Plant Editor and within your EcoSystem population list.

So, at every step of your scene creation process, you are able to select the species you want, the preset you want and the variations you want!
Stay tuned for more VUE-Leaks in the coming days!

VUE 2016 Leaks #1: Interactive Path Tracer

Hybrid GPU/CPU Interactive Path Tracer

GPU rendering comes to VUE with the new Path Tracer renderer. This renderer naturally and automatically simulates real-life lighting, and automatically calculates many effects that have to be specifically set with other methods, such as soft shadows, depth of field, caustics, ambient occlusion, and indirect lighting.

Path tracing in VUE 2016 is available as an interactive rendering quality in the viewports, as well as an offline rendering engine.

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Stay tuned for more VUE-Leaks in the coming days!

LumenRT 2 Review for SketchUp Out Now!

E-on Software have released a new version of LumenRT.  LumenRT is e-on software’s revolutionary 3D technology for the interactive visualization of architectural projects. Create high quality real-time visualizations of your models and explore them with your mouse!

With its new real-time engine, LumenRT 2 has a number of new features and enhancements, including:

– Complete physical simulation of light
– Physically accurate reflections
– Adjustable time of day
– Precise anti-aliasing and motion blur
– Soft shadows with varying softness
– Water and underwater effects
– Advanced material rendering
– Realistic skies
– Low quality mode for optimized performance on slower boards

LumenRT 2 Review is available for SketchUp on the Macintosh (OS X 10.6) and Windows (XP, Vista and Seven) platforms

The realtime engine is compatible with Google SketchUp, with support for other platforms coming soon, and allows for publishing scenes as self-contained executable files that play on PCs and Macs. A trial version is available for download.

E-on Software Unveils Vue 9.5

VUE 9.5 PRE RELEASE AVAILABLE FOR USERS UNDER MAINTENANCE

e-on software, maker of the leading solutions for Digital Nature, pre-released today Vue 9.5 xStream and Infinite, its professional solutions for the creation, animation and rendering of natural 3D environments.

New features of Vue 9.5

Vue xStream and Vue Infinite are the company??s flagship solutions for the creation of natural 3D environments. Vue Infinite operates as a standalone application while Vue xStream works seamlessly inside 3ds Max, Maya, Softimage, LightWave and Cinema4D. Specifically designed for graphics professionals, these products combine a multitude of cutting edge features that easily integrate into existing production pipelines.

Release 9.5 of Vue adds a number of important new features including:

  • Interactive Texture Placement: a new texture manipulation gizmo allows texture maps to be rotated and scaled interactively, directly on the mesh. Users can now place and rotate textures to any position, angle and scale and preview the result in real-time.
  • Fast Hybrid Depth of Field: Vue 9.5 features a new hybrid 2.5D algorithm to allow depth of field (DOF) to be rendered 4 times faster than traditional DOF methods.
  • Advanced Cloud Control: editing, animating and cloud rendering performance greatly improved. Cloud restriction zones allow users to include and edit out specific cloud regions. The new cloud offset animation capability produces breathtaking renders of clouds sweeping over terrains and other scene objects.
  • Multiple UV Layers: support for models containing separate UV layers (e.g. diffuse, bump, specular, noise, dirt, etc) is now included for better compatibility with other 3D applications.
  • Atmospheric Relighting: the Vue relighting functionality was extended to allow adjustment of all ambient and indirect lighting.
  • GPU Accelerated Anti-Aliasing: Vue will now use the additional processing power of the GPU to accelerate the anti-aliasing of thin polygon meshes.
  • MDD File Format: Vue 9.5 now supports the MDD file format which allows morphed meshes to be captured as exact geometry for each animation frame.
  • Improved EcoPainting: in 3ds Max and Cinema4D, EcoSystem painting on native objects is now done through the entire brush (instead of just the brush center). This results in much more accurate control of the painted instances.
  • Custom Star Maps: custom ??deep space?? maps can be loaded as an alternative to the standard Vue stars. Users can even load images of distant constellations.
  • Many other improvements such as vector quantization node, frame labeling, velocity pass in render buffer, composite layers for matte shadow and reflection materials also added.

A complete and detailed list of features will be made available at the time of final release.

Limiting Cloud Zones

Vue 9.5 Available as Pre-release

Vue 9.5 is available free of charge for all users under maintenance. Users of Vue 9 who are not under maintenance and wish to advance to Vue 9.5 should purchase maintenance today (they will receive Vue 9.5 and the Vue 10 upgrade free of charge).

If they wish, users under maintenance can immediately download a pre-release version of Vue 9.5. Users of Vue 9 who subscribe to a maintenance plan today will also be granted access to this pre-release version.

Vue 9.5 xStream and Vue 9.5 Infinite are expected to ship during Q2 2011. Customers who purchased Vue 9 xStream or Infinite within 30 days of the release of Vue 9.5 will receive Vue 9.5 at no cost as part of the Free 30 Day Maintenance included with all new purchases.

More information on e-on software??s maintenance plans can be found at:
www.e-onsoftware.com/maintenance

Interactive Texture Placement

Standard Retail Price:

Vue 9.5 xStream will retail for $1,790 with one year maintenance ($1495 without maintenance). A one year standard maintenance plan for xStream costs $395 (renewal: $295 only!).

Vue 9.5 Infinite will retail for $1,190 with one year maintenance ($995 without maintenance). A one year standard maintenance plan for Infinite costs $295 (renewal: $195 only!).

Upgrades from Vue 8.x xStream to Vue 9.5 xStream will be available for $495. Upgrades from Vue 8.x Infinite to Vue 9.5 Infinite will be available for $395 (upgrades from Vue 7 will also be available). Full pricing information will be disclosed at the time of release.

Annual subscriptions for Educational licenses of Vue xStream and Infinite are available respectively for $149/year/seat and $99/year/seat. Upgrades to Vue 9.5 are free for owners of active educational licenses of Vue 9.

Site licensing discounts are available, contact CAD Software Direct for further details and pricing information.

Availability

Vue 9.5 xStream and Vue 9.5 Infinite are available in English for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, and on Mac OSX 10.5+ (Mac Intel only), for both 32 and 64 bit.

Vue 9.5 xStream is compatible with the following renderers:

3ds Max 7 to 2012: MentalRay (integrated and MR satellites), V-Ray
Maya 6 to 2012: MentalRay (integrated and MR satellites), V-Ray, Maya Software
Softimage | XSI 5.1 to 2012: MentalRay (integrated and MR satellites)
Cinema 4D R9.6 to R12: native renderer
LightWave 9.3 to 10: native renderer
Other renderers are under consideration.