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Announcing VUE and PlantFactory 2016 R2


We are pleased to introduce VUE and PlantFactory 2016 Release 2 (R2)!

These new releases reflect our commitment to bring new features and functionality to VUE and PlantFactory as frequently as possible. We plan to release incremental updates that introduce new functionality every 4 months.

Together with the new releases, we are also shipping Personal Learning Editions and Trial versions of VUE PlantFactory 2016.

We're thrilled to share with you our recent partnership with Ecole George Mélies, a leading college in the field of 3D animation.

Finally, we've been quite Social lately. Follow us and share the love!

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Introducing VUE 2016 R2



Key new features in VUE 2016 R2 include:

360° VR Panoramas: VUE 2016 R2 enables the rendering of 360° panoramas as static images or animations, which are compatible with all of VUE's render options, such as multi-pass or high dynamic range (HDR). When rendering a VR panorama, VUE automatically levels the camera perfectly to avoid unwanted distortion. Rendered VR panoramas are automatically recognized by Facebook, YouTube, and other panoramic compliant platforms as 360° images or videos.

Up to 16 Viewports: VUE 2016 R2 enables you to set up to 16 viewports instead of the four traditional views. This feature is particularly useful on a multi-monitor system, to test various framing options or when adding more camera angles without touching any of the main scene setup. All additional viewports retain the same traditional options, such as render in view and the ability to set up as many perspective cameras as you would like.




UX/UI improvements:

Terrain modeling:

  • "Blend Terrain with Image" automatically modifies the Heightfield Terrain function graph (instead of modifying the terrain Heightmap).
  • Simplified "Resample Terrain" replaces "Resize Terrain", to update terrain resolution without changing its size within the scene.

User Interface:

  • The "Interactive slider changes" option now also affects the mouse wheel for more dynamic visual display of users' modifications in real-time.
  • Improved visibility in viewports as a result of revised wireframe selection colors.
  • The user interface is now locked when downloading an object or a scene from the extra content.

Materials

  • Easier access and editing of multiple materials through sub-menu hierarchy display.



PlantFactory 2016 R2 Now Shipping



Stylized Meshing Mode - Cycling through various Smoothing and Convexity quality values


Key new features in PlantFactory 2016 R2 include:

Stylized Meshing Mode: The new Stylized Meshing mode enables you to quickly and automatically generate a low polygon envelope version of vegetation models and export models with a small polygon footprint while retaining the actual vegetation visual volume. Additionally, envelope resolution, smoothing, and convexity quality is user configurable and can range from none to ultra-sharp edged meshes to ultra-smooth. Stylized Meshing mode can also be used creatively to produce non-photorealistic vegetation.




3-Axis Billboard Leaves Rotation: Using Billboard leaves is ideal when working for Real-Time engines, or, in an offline workflow, to create low polygon plants to be seen from a distance. (Billboard leaves are perfect for VUE EcoSystem populations for instance). Quick and easy to set up, this new feature is perfect to avoid any obvious linear visual pattern, by letting you add slight randomization to leaves axis rotation.




2016 R2 PLEs and Trials Now Available





The 2016 R2 PLEs are fully functional version of VUE xStream/Infinite 2016 and PlantFactory Producer 2016. With the PLE, you can create complete projects, render in FullHD and save your work (see website for other limitations).


The Personal Learning Editions perform under all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 (64 bit only), and are Mac Intel (64 bit) for MacOSX 10.6+.

Download the 2016 R2 PLEs from:
www.e-onsoftware.com/try





30 Day Trial Versions

Trial Versions are designed to offer you a way to evaluate each specific version before making any purchasing decisions.

The trial versions will work for 30 days and saving is disabled. Check website for other limitations.

Download the 2016 R2 Trial Versions from:
www.e-onsoftware.com/try


3D Animation Ecole George Mélies Partners with e-on Software

"Prélude à un amour sans faim" Ersan Musa, Hélène Guillem and Colin Huard



We are thrilled to annouce that we've partnered with Ecole George Mélies, a leading college in the field of 3D animation. Ecole George Mélies has been ranked as one of Europe's top colleges for film making and animation for the past two decades.

"VUE and PlantFactory will enable us to teach our students new skills in environment and vegetation design, and the software is easier to use and less expensive than other software solutions," said Franck Petitta, directeur général, Ecole George Mélies. "Students and professors have already found VUE and PlantFactory to be highly useful tools in their projects and education."

On top of getting the school equipped with VUE and PlantFactory, the partnership also includes in depth collaboration with the students and professors about the functionalities and benefits of VUE and PlantFactory for business development in the future.



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Goodbye Lin

Linda Griffin (aka Lee Randall) began working with us as a part-time Cornucopia3D moderator in early 2006. One year later, she joined e-on full-time to help with technical support and documentation, and followed us on to Bentley.

Over 10 years, she has been the helping voice of our hotline, always polite, understanding and trying her best to be helpful. On top of the phone, Lin was also managing our online support tickets as well as writing our product documentations. At 68, she was one busy bee, and when asked about retirement, she would always reply with a gentle smile that she loved her job so much that she would not stop until "death do us part"!

We're deeply saddened to inform you that Lin finally "retired" on March 15, from COPD. We will dearly miss this discreet, yet exquisitely gracious lady. Peace be with her.





Best regards,
the e-on software team