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December is passing by so fast, and we're sure you're all getting prepared for a great holiday season. Take a short break from wrapping up your last Christmas presents, and enjoy this new issue of e-on's newsletter.

First and foremost, we're excited to announce our first major LumenRT update, LumenRT 2015.1. But that's not all, we're also introducing the LumenRT 2015 trial versions!

We've extended the LumenRT introductory pricing until the end of the year so you have enough time to test LumenRT and still get the best of the discounts.

We've also released a series tutorials to help you on your way to mastering LumenRT 2015. So watch the tutorials and take the trials for a spin, once you've had some fun, share your experience on the LumenRT user group!

Looking for a chance to improve your skills with VUE? Well, our friends at CG Society are hosting an 8 week VUE CGWorkshop online, taught by no other than DreamWorks' Head of Matte Painting, Scott Brisbane! The course starts on January 12, 2015 and seats are limited so hurry and sign up now!

We're more than happy to share that PlantFactory 2014.6 received CGPress Editor's Choice Award.

Finally, we had a great interview with Christoph Shindelar about his experience with Carbon Scatter. Check out how he uses it with PlantFactory and Cinema4D to create some impressive work!

Enjoy the last 10 days before Christmas and if you're still missing some Christmas presents, don't hesitate to check the online store for great gift ideas ;-)

Best,



LumenRT 2015 Trial Version

The trial versions of LumenRT Studio and GeoDesign 2015 are fully functional versions of LumenRT 2015. Output from the trial version is watermarked and not valid for commercial use. Once installed, the trials will work for 30 days.

LumenRT Studio provides a complete solution for creating professional quality images, videos, and immersive media directly from your CAD/BIM solution including Autodesk Revit, Bentley MicroStation, Graphisoft ArchiCAD, and Trimble Sketchup.

LumenRT GeoDesign includes all the capabilities of LumenRT Studio plus the ability to export Esri CityEngine models, import custom terrain height maps, import rigged animated objects and supports large scale traffic animations using MicroStation Traffic or VISSIM.

The LumenRT Trials includes a small selection of the actual content that ships with the full products.

We've extended the introductory prices on LumenRT until the end of the year, to give you some time to give the trials a go, and still get a deal on the full products. Read further on!

Download the LumenRT 2015 Trials at :
try.lumenrt.com



LumenRT 2015.1

What's New

  • Better photometric lighting balance, especially for materials with high reflectances.
  • Ability to move/rotate entire animation paths when not in path edition mode.
  • Improved interactive placement for flying content items.
  • New imported objects main axis setting in the animation panel: allows to fix the look-ahead orientation of objects along their animation path.
  • New LumenRT plugin installation procedure for multiple SketchUp versions.
  • Now compatible with CityEngine 2014.1.
  • Automatically create .bak rescue files when saving scenes.

LumenRT 2015 users, download this upgrade for free from your user account page.

Learn More about LumenRT at:
www.lumenrt.com


LumenRT Facebook User Group

Kurt Stiles from VERG of the Washington State Department of Transportation shows us some recent use of LumenRT with VISSIM traffic modeling scripts for design vehicle movement in describing civil infrastructure change.

Join the LumenRT User Group and get involved with other users
in the LumenRT community: facebook.com/groups/LumenRT


PlantFactory 2014 Receives Editor's Choice Award from CGPress

"PlantFactory is everything I hoped it would be!"
Torbjorn Olsson

CGPress awarded PlantFactory 2014.6 its Editor's Choice Award in their just-published 2 pages review!

The article also comes with videos showing the software in action. Don't miss it!



LumenRT Tutorials

Check out how to get the most from LumenRT 2015 with our series of tutorials! Learn everything from adding content to rendering your LiveCubes.



LumenRT Introductory Pricing Ends on December 31st, 2014

There's only 2 weeks left to get a deal on LumenRT 2015. Check this out!




Full Version: $795
Reg. Price $995

Upgrade: $299
Reg. Price $399
LumenRT Studio 2015 provides a complete solution for creating professional quality images, videos, and immersive media directly from your CAD/BIM solution including Autodesk Revit, Bentley MicroStation, Graphisoft ArchiCAD, and Trimble Sketchup.




Full Version: $1495
Reg. Price $1995

Upgrade: $999
Reg. Price $1499
LumenRT GeoDesign 2015 includes all the capabilities of LumenRT Studio plus the ability to export Esri CityEngine models, import custom terrain height maps, import rigged animated objects and supports large scale traffic animations using MicroStation Traffic or VISSIM.

Many other Upgrade and Sidegrade options are available, check online pricelist for more details.

All special offers will end on December 31st, 2014. Don't miss it!



Carbon Scatter User Profile - Christoph Shindelar


"I love getting good results by using the right tools with only little effort. Carbon Scatter is a great example. The plug-in has a lot more to offer than I expected!"

Christoph Shindelar

Learn how 3D Artist Christoph Shindelar uses Carbon Scatter and PlantFactory for architecture visualisation, VFX and simulations for movie production, commercial clips and graphics, and a lot more...

Read the full story at:
www.carbonscatter.com/tutorials


8 Weeks Online VUE CGWorkshop


Starting on January 12, 2015, CGSociety will be holding a 8 weeks online "Matte Painting with VUE CGWorkshop", taught by VUE guru Scott Brisbane, the Head of Matte Painting at Dreamworks Animation.

Seats are limited, so don't delay!

More information: http://training.cgsociety.org/course/matte-painting-with-vue

Enroll now at:
workshops.cgsociety.org

We recently interviewed Scott about his story with VUE.

Read Scott's interview here:
www.e-onsoftware.com/showcase/spotlights/



Alabama DOT Uses LumenRT 2015 for Massive Mobile River Bridge Project

"LumenRT just hit it out of the park for us!"
J.D. D'Arville, GIS Administrator for the Alabama Department of Transportation.


The Alabama Dept of Transportation (ALDOT) successfully used LumenRT on the highly acclaimed Mobile River Bridge project.

The bridge will span the Mobile River near downtown Mobile with a minimum vertical clearance height of 215 feet making it the second highest clearance bridge in the United States -- just below the famed Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

LumenRT 2015 was utilized to create immersive 3D LiveCube visualizations of a 10 km square area of the proposed bridge and surrounding site area. The LiveCubes were constructed from a combination of Esri CityEngine, Bentley MicroStation, and Trimble Sketchup models along with VISSIM and Bentley Traffic vehicle animations.

"LumenRT's ability to quickly construct large scale interactive visualizations from a variety of CAD and GIS source models is a very impressive capability that helps us to present the overall design intent and environmental impact to a wide variety of audiences" says J.D. D'Arville, GIS Administrator for the Alabama Department of Transportation.

In addition, the LiveCubes contained over 50,000 3D breeze animated trees, several hundred animated vehicles, wave-animated water and a full 3D atmosphere with moving clouds and haze.

Read the full story at:
www.lumenrt.com/showcase