Press Releases

May 14, 2001


Vue d'Esprit 4 for Mac OS X


May 14, 2001. Beaverton, OR. Europe and France-based e-on software announces Vue d'Esprit 4 (Vue 4), the next version of its award winning 3D scenery animation and rendering software. Vue 4 advances a new ease-of-use architecture and adds a long list of advanced realism features for the creation of ultra natural 3D graphics.

"The user community has been clamoring for a Macintosh version of Vue d'Esprit for years. The advanced architecture of Apple's Mac OS X 10.0 operating system provides both stability and ease of use that 3D graphics designers love. We are very excited to finally be bringing Vue d'Esprit to the Macintosh, a platform we have long admired for its ease of use," said Nicholas Phelps, president of e-on software.

Vue d'Esprit 4 for Macintosh will include hundreds of new features over the previous Windows only Vue d'Esprit 3.1. Some of these new features include:

  • A whole new volumetric atmosphere system that closely captures the complex interactions of air and light; volumetric clouds, materials and lights
  • Lens flares, stellar and Atmospheric objects - planets (moons and other planets of the solar system), stars, rainbows and ice rings
  • A new Terrain Editor with real-time 3D preview, random rock generator, symmetrical terrains
  • SolidGrowth 2, an advance on e-on software's amazingly realistic tree and plant creation and rendering technology that creates unique natural objects within a click, all within an extremely small memory footprint
  • Direct import of static Curious Lab's Poser Scenes for inclusion of complex animal and human models.

Other new special effects and new functions include: Luminous and glowing materials, light gels, unlimited transparency depth, several new shadow features, backlighting and anti-aliasing options for higher quality rendering.

Vue 4 will add MPEG 1, MPEG 2, Quicktime™, RealMovie™, Quicktime VR™, PICT and TIFF import/export filters.

"The Poser team at Curious Labs is excited that Vue 4 will allow immediate inclusion of Poser scenes. We are sure the Poser community will be excited about how well Poser and Vue work together to create complex, naturalistic scenes with humans, animals, vegetation and atmospheric phenomena," said Steve Cooper, President of Curious Labs, Inc.

Long-time Vue users will welcome a new interface with even greater ease of use features, such as high quality OpenGL scene previews and a real-time thumbnail render of the scene. Vue 4 will also feature a completely rewritten rendering engine that will increase rendering speed by 40%.

The Vue 4 interface underwent a complete redesign so that design environment is so easy to use, very few users will have to open the Vue d'Esprit 4 manual.

Vue d'Esprit 4 will be available in English, French, German and Japanese language versions, with an estimated street price of $199. The Mac OS version has a target release date of Q4 2001.

About e-on software
Founded in 1997, e-on software was established to develop and promote the highest quality graphics tools with professional strength features. Established by graphics enthusiasts for graphics enthusiasts, e-on software translates its passion for art into tools for the graphics community. E-on software is based in Beaverton, Oregon and Paris, France. The company has achieved worldwide reputation for its award winning 3D scenery generator Vue d'Esprit.