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June 27, 2000


E-on Software Ships Vue d'Esprit 3.1


Beaverton, Oregon - June 27, 2000.
E-on software proudly introduces Vue d'Esprit 3.1, a major upgrade to its award winning 3D scenery generator, Vue d’Esprit 3.

Vue d'Esprit 3.1 adds professional features confirming e-on software's flagship product as the leader of the natural scenery generation market.

This new version, a free upgrade to users of Vue d'Esprit 3, provides new features requested by e-on software's customer base in order to provide timely support of the latest operating system and hardware advancements.

"Graphics professionals want the fastest and most stable systems for their work. With Vue d'Esprit 3.1, they can confidently upgrade to, and reap the benefits of, the Windows 2000 operating system and multiple processors", said Nicholas Phelps, President of e-on software.

Multi-Processor Support Since multi-processor systems have become an affordable addition to any graphic designer's studio, e-on software has been updating its flagship product to support the additional processing power afforded by additional processors.

Vue d'Esprit 3.1 is the first affordable 3D solution to offer complete support of multi-processor systems. With its fully symmetrical parallel processing architecture, Vue d'Esprit 3.1 achieves almost 100% improvement in processing efficiency without any additional memory requirements, allowing two processors to actually render files nearly twice as fast. This feature alone makes Vue d'Esprit 3.1 the only choice for owners of multi-processor systems who want to make the most of their hardware investment. Even single processor system users will enjoy improved performance resulting in noticeable speed in rendering.

Advanced OS Support, New Feature Enhancements Vue d'Esprit 3.1 is fully compatible with Windows® 2000, Microsoft®’s latest operating system.

Vue d'Esprit now supports TIFF encoded picture files. A multi-platform, industry standard graphics format with efficient and lossless compression, TIFF is the format of choice for storage of texture information for 3D models, as with models created with Curious Labs Poser. Direct support of this format simplifies the process of importing 3D models and saves time so that users no longer have to convert texture maps from one format to another.

Vue d'Esprit 3.1 also reads and automatically converts Wavefront® MTL material library files, allowing Vue users to import Wavefront OBJ models automatically, completely textured. When used with models created with Curious Labs Poser, Vue users can import complete human and animal models with all clothing and props in place and fully textured.

Vue d'Esprit 3.1 also adds a new rendering feature: Non Shadowing Lights. This new functionality allows users to enable or disable shadow casting, dramatically increasing the range of lighting effects in a scene. The rendering of incredibly subtle lighting conditions based on numerous non shadowing lights is now possible.

Vue d'Esprit 3.1 provides enhanced support of the USGS Digital Elevation Model (DEM) standard to retain the full accuracy of the original terrain data.

Free for Vue 3 Users! But the most amazing with this new release is that the upgrade is totally free for all registered users of Vue d’Esprit 3! All they need to do is download the upgrade and install it over Vue 3. Vue 3.1 will be available the end of June 2000.

Obviously, we could easily have sold this upgrade. But we are convinced that customers appreciate using a product that is regularly serviced and upgraded without having to pay for it. And most of all, that they appreciate using a product set to remain at the cutting edge of technology for a long time.


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