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Bentley Systems Acquires E-on Software

Bentley Enlivens Reality Modeling through Acquisition of E-on Software

We are thrilled to announce that e-on software is joining Bentley Systems, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure.

Here's a message from Nicholas Phelps, founder of e-on software:

Dear friends of e-on,

For over 20 years, I have dedicated e-on software to creating and supporting the best digital nature solutions. We have covered a lot of ground since the very first release of VUE as a shareware, in 1995. After ILM picked up VUE for the production of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead man's chest, VUE rapidly became a must have for the movie industry. Since then, we have focused our efforts on serving the casual artist and the superproduction powerhouse alike, with every release of VUE adding exciting new functionality for all.

Recently, we recognized a growing need among architects and engineers to 'tell their story' in a more compelling way. We responded to this by leveraging our expertise in visual effects and created LumenRT, an easy-to-use product that brings quick, high-quality 'movie production' to the architectural and engineering worlds. 

It is to further this vision of easy-to-use digital nature and visualization solutions that we are joining Bentley Systems. 

Bentley Systems is a fantastic company that shares our passion for technological excellence. E-on software will continue to exist and thrive as one of its subsidiaries. I remain in charge, the entire team is maintained and all our products (VUE, PlantFactory, LumenRT, CloudFactory, Carbon Scatter and Cornucopia3D) will continue to improve and, with your help and the backing of Bentley, rapidly reach exciting new heights.

With this deal, we gain access to a highly qualified user base, substantial resources, and new distribution channels that will allow us to walk boldly into the future and produce ever more powerful visualization technologies and products, putting Hollywood movie quality into the hands of engineers and artists alike, around the world!

The entire team and myself are thrilled to join Bentley Systems to explore and extend these avenues together. This is excellent news for all our users and followers!

With my warmest regards,


Why did Bentley and e-on software merge?

There is a growing need across the portfolio of Bentley applications to add high-fidelity, real-time visualization and powerful natural scenery authoring capabilities which allow users to share projects, designs, and ideas in a more compelling, engaging manner. E-on's leading-edge immersive nature and visualization products will serve as a foundational technology for many exciting new products yet to be announced. With Bentley, e-on gains access to some of the most prestigious customers in the AEC/Infrastructure market providing a solid foundation for growth and investment.

What will happen with the E-on Software brand identity?

E-on software has a very strong brand identity in the DCC/CG market and will continue to remain as a branded identity under Bentley Systems.

How will e-on's products be sold and serviced?

All of e-on's CG products(VUE, PlantFactory, Ozone, and Carbon Scatter)will continue to be sold and serviced directly via the e-on software website. The high-end version of LumenRT, LumenRT GeoDesign will be sold and serviced directly through Bentley, while other versions of LumenRT will be handled by e-on software.

Will Bentley continue to invest and grow the CG business?

Absolutely. Highly realistic visualization is an essential component of our future developments. Remaining competitive in the market space where visualization matters most, i.e. the DCC/CG market, guarantees that our tools will always "stay sharp". This is very good news for the e-on CG communities.

As a customer of e-on CG products, what will change for me?

Nothing. All members of the e-on software team have transitioned over to Bentley, as well as all services (including Cornucopia3D). The only difference is that e-on is now sitting under a solid roof and is very well poised to deliver ever more exciting products and technologies.

I have an e-on software maintenance/subscription agreement for my CG product. How will my benefits be affected?

All benefits associated with your maintenance/subscription agreement remain in full force. Nothing changes in this respect.

Who should I contact to get support for my e-on CG products?

Support for e-on's CG products will continue to be provided through the e-on website.

I have an e-on software maintenance agreement on my LumenRT GeoDesign product, how will support be handled?

All maintenance accounts will be serviced by Bentley SELECT Services support which offers 24x7 support. You can visit the SELECT Services support page here.

Will LumenRT still provide deep integrations to non-Bentley systems such as Autodesk Revit, Esri CityEngine, Graphisoft ArchiCAD, and Trimble Sketchup?

Yes. Integration with non-Bentley products will be maintained, supported and enhanced. We welcome every workflow, no matter which CAD/BIM/GIS tools our customers are using.

When will LumenRT have an interface into the new MicroStation CONNECT Edition product?

LumenRT 2015.5 is already fully integrated with the new MicroStation CONNECT Edition.

If you have any further questions, feel free to join us and post in the Registered User forums.

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