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Upcoming Online Store Update

As part of the Bentley acquisition, the e-on software business was transitioned to Europe.

With such, we'll have to update our billing system to comply with the European legislation.

What this means for you:

  • This will have no incidence if you live outside of the European VAT zone.
  • If you live inside the EU VAT zone, but have an intra-community VAT identification number, you will be able to enter this during the ordering process and you will not be charged your country VAT rate.
  • If you live inside the EU VAT zone and don't have an intra-community VAT identification number, you will be billed VAT based on your country's VAT rate.

We will be updating our online store to reflect this change on Wednesday January 27th, 2016.

This change only applies to the e-on software online store. The Cornucopia3D business remains unchanged.

For any question, feel free to contact our sales staff here.

Star Wars Fan Art Contest Winners

Cornucopia3D is proud to announce the 3 winners for the Cornucopia3D Star Wars Fan Arts Contest!

We would like to thank Paul Huston for his dedication and enlightening comments, and of course, all participants.

Congratulations to the winners for their truly superb works!

Star Wars Fan Arts Winner

Take One by Rob Wildenburg

Paul commented: This is a professional looking composition!

First Runner Up

Hoth Aftermath by Jefferson Lim

Paul commented: Good integration of model with landscape. Good snow material. Good Star Destroyer damage. Would have been nice to see more exposed rock so that the landscape is not so uniformly one color/texture.

Second Runner Up

Hidden base by Maciek Sikora

Paul commented: Great use of the strengths of VUE, interesting environment!

Honorable Mentions

Being A Star Wars Fan by Adrian Baker

Watching by Gary Capps

Check all entries and the prizes each winner has won!

Star Wars Fan Art Contest - Thousands of Dollars Worth of Prizes

The Force Awakens!

"A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away..."
The story begins with a light saber that is lying on the desert planet of Jakku just waiting for a mysterious someone to retrieve it. War is still raging in the Galaxy with Star Destroyers and The Millennium Falcon.
It has been 30 years since the Rebel Alliance's victory and some of our old characters are back along with some new ones ready to fight the empire.

"It's true... All of it... The Dark Side, the Jedis... They're real!"

This contest is for all the Star Wars fans out there that want to use their 3D skills and create an image reflecting the wonders of this epic masterpiece.

Judging performed by Industry Legend!

For the first time this contest will be judged by an industry legend rather than the C3D/e-on admins.

Please welcome Paul Huston, Senior Digital Matte Artist at Industrial Light & Magic.

Paul is the only VFX artist who has worked on all 7 Star Wars movies!

Thousands of Dollars Worth of Prizes!

With prizes from Cornucopia3D and e-on software the 3 winners will receive several thousands of dollars worth of prizes altogether.

1st place:
First Runner Up:
Second Runner Up:
VUE xStream 2015
PlantFactory Producer 2015
1 year CClub Membership
VUE Complete 2015
PlantFactory Designer 2015
1 year CClub Membership
VUE Esprit 2015
PlantFactory Artist 2015
1 year CClub Membership

Learn more and enter the competition:

Galactic Civilizations III Game Environments with VUE

"VUE is the tool that helps me refine and execute my visions!"

Christian 'Tigaer' Hecker, Digital Artist.

Please meet Christian 'Tigaer' Hecker, Freelance digital Artist in Germany. In this article, Christian describes his latest work, creating environments for the acclaimed interstellar strategy game Galactic Civilizations III.

Read Christian's interview:

Cornucopia3D Celebrates 10th Anniversary

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes." - Proust

A moment flies by so quickly, one loses track of time. Let us freeze for a second and look back and enjoy the ability to have memories. It has been ten years since Cornucopia3D has come to fruition! This decade of growth is worth celebrating. So much timeless artwork has been posted onto our galleries. The community has grown and created profound, epic, and humorous artwork that has exponentially improved and evolved with the technology. So this October we are going to present an image contest that represents the passage of time in ten years!

What does that mean to you?

How would you represent ten years in one single image?!

Hundreds of Dollars Worth of Prizes!

With prizes from Cornucopia3D, e-on software, Geekatplay, D&D, Didier Vallez, Quadspinner, Eugenia, RealMesh, Walther Beck, Patrick Wojtkowiak, Luigi Marini, Don Webster and Jason Cordero, the 3 winners will receive several hundreds of dollars worth of prizes altogether.

Learn more and enter the competition:

Save up to 50% on over 900 items!

To celebrate Cornucopia3D's 10th anniversary, 10 of Cornucopia3D's top vendors are offering up to 50% on their entire online store!

Check what's on sale:

Bentley Systems Acquires E-on Software

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.

Read the official Press Release at

Carbon Scatter 2015.5 Now Available

Watch the Carbon Scatter 2015 presentation video on Youtube


We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of Carbon Scatter 2015.5.

New in Carbon Scatter 2015.5

PlantFactory 2015 compatibility* (Requires PlantFactory 2015.2 or higher)

  • New ultra-realistic wind animation model.
  • Edit and animate new plant species.
  • Seamlessly edit plants in PlantFactory.
  • Create and save new species directly to your Carbon Scatter library.

Redesigned Content browser

  • Handle large numbers of files swiftly.
  • Display large previews of your items, instantly change the size of previews.
  • Show collections as individual tabs or as a hierarchy of folders.
  • Easily find content using the quick search field to search inside a specific collection or throughout all collections.
  • Identify recently used items through a dedicated tab.
  • Highlight your favorite items and view them all in the Favorites tab.

Maya Convert Tool

  • Convert your populations to native Maya instances to render them with your renderer of choice.
  • Freely share your scenes without requiring the Carbon Scatter plugin to be installed.

Adds support for Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya 2016.

And more...

Until July 31st, 2015, we're offering 30% off any purchase of a full license of Carbon Scatter 2015, and 20% off any upgrades.

Learn more from today's press release here.

Learn more about Carbon Scatter 2015 at

LumenRT 2015.5 is Here

Working with LumenRT and PlantFactory


We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of LumenRT 2015.5.

LumenRT 2015.5 adds a number of important features and capabilities including:

  • Up to 20x Faster
    Massive optimizations of the LumenRT Real-Time engine result in smoother playback of LiveCubes.
  • PlantFactory 2015 Compatibility
    Edit and animate new LumenRT plant species. Seamlessly edit LumenRT plants in PlantFactory. Create and save new species directly to your LumenRT library.
  • NEW Integration Plugins
    LumenRT 2015.5 is now compatible with Esri CityEngine 2015 and Autodesk Revit 2016.
  • Updated Integration Plugins
    LumenRT 2015.5 is now compatible with MicroStation 64Bit, adds support for SketchUP large model export (for models containing more than 50,000 objects) and adds lighting support for ArchiCad.
  • NEW and Updated Content Library
    LumenRT 2015.5 ships with a set of new plant species, and all existing plants are optimized for the new Real-time engine.
  • Precise Positioning
    New numerical position, orientation and scale inputs let you precisely place your imported content in the LumenRT scene.
  • And much more

Learn more from today's press release here.

Learn more about LumenRT 2015 at

2015.2 PLEs and Trials Now Available

The 2015 PLEs and Trials are now available!

The 2015.2 PLEs are fully functional version of VUE xStream/Infinite 2015.2 and PlantFactory Producer 2015.2. 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 XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 (64 bit only), and are Mac Intel (64 bit) for MacOSX 10.6+.

Download the 2015.2 PLEs from:

Don't pay to learn!

The VUE and PlantFactory 2015.2 Personal Learning Editions allow any Artist or Student to learn the best Digital Nature tool for free. The PLEs output files that can be rendered without limitation using an ATC license. Students can thus work from home using the free PLEs and bring their work back to school for use (and final rendering) using their school's resources.

Additionally, both the VUE and PlantFactory Personal Learning Editions can now interact with other commercial or PLE versions. As a result, you may now test any combination of commercial and PLE products.*

* PlantFactory PLE interoperability with Carbon Scatter 2015 and LumenRT 2015 will be available within their upcoming 2015.5 release.

30 Day Trial Versions

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

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

Download the 2015.2 Trial Versions from:

Not One - But Two e-on Products Nominated for 2015 CGAward

We are extremely proud: both VUE and LumenRT
are nominated for the 2015 CG Awards!

We would have been excited to be nominated once. We're ecstatic to be nominated twice: VUE xStream 2015 is nominated as Update of the Year and LumenRT 2015 as Innovation of the Year!

To share our excitement with you, we have decided to celebrate with a huge promotion:

Save up to 50% on any e-on product!

Starting today, all our full licenses of VUE, LumenRT, PlantFactory, Carbon Scatter or CloudFactory are 30% off! We are also offering 20% off upgrades!(1)

And you get 50% off the second (and subsequent) if you buy two or more of our products before July 12! This also applies to multiple seats of the same reference.(2)

To take advantage of this offer, simply place your order at the e-on software online store:

This offer will expire on July 12, 2015 July 19, 2015, so don't delay!

If you like this offer, vote for VUE and LumenRT at

(1)This special offer does not apply to the e-on License Server, Network Rendering licenses, Cornucopia3D modules for VUE Artist, and Maintenance extensions.

(2)The 50% discount offer only applies to orders placed from e-on software's online store. All purchases get the standard 30% (resp 20%) discount. Simply send a note to our online feedback center before July 31, 2015 and we will refund the difference between the price you paid and 50% of the cheapest product SRP purchased by you between now and July 12. Refunds will be processed within the 30 days following the end of the offer.

VUE 2015 Speaks German and French

The French and German versions of VUE Pioneer, VUE Esprit 2015, VUE Studio 2015 and VUE Complete 2015 are now available.

Current VUE 2015 users can download the localized language packs together with the latest update from the software updates page.

Read today's official Press Release here.

Download the FREE VUE Pioneer from

Sochi Winter Olympic Games Opening with VUE

"No other program can boast of flawless capacity to manage billions of polygons, of very convenient realistic lighting tools, of methodologies like EcoSystems, and of many other priceless designer tools!"

Roman Senko, Digital Environment Artist

In this exclusive interview, Roman Senko, a young Russian Digital Environment Artist and Motion Designer, goes behind the scenes of the Sochi Winter Olympic opening sequence that aired during the opening ceremony, and was seen by hundred of millions of people on the planet.

VUE and PlantFactory in Furious 7

Check out one of the amazing Furious 7 Matte Paintings created with VUE and PlantFactory by Dark Hoffman.

We have interviewed Dark about his work on many Blockbuster movies a few years ago.

More recent VUE work from Dark Hoffman can be seen at www.darkgrafix.com.

See LumenRT in Action at the Bentley Connection Events

LumenRT will be prominently featured at the upcoming Bentley Connection events being held in 30 cities worldwide from May through September.

At these events users will learn how LumenRT is revolutionizing 3D visualization and communication for Bentley MicroStation applications.

LumenRT is seamlessly integrated with all Bentley MicroStation-based applications and transforms models into fully interactive, nature-filled images, videos, and immersive experiences.

In addition, e-on software is providing additional support as silver partner at the Bentley Connection event in Manchester. If you are an infrastructure user, this is a very worthwhile event to consider as it will allow you to see first-hand how companies are exploiting the power of real-time immersive visualization for competitive advantage.

Save the date: Bentley Connection Event Manchester UK - JUNE 29 - 30, 2015. Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport.

Can't make it to Manchester? The Bentley Connection Event is coming to a city near you!

  • Philadelphia 18-19 May
  • Chicago 19-20 May
  • Oslo 19-20 May
  • Amsterdam 20-21 May
  • Toronto 21-22 May
  • Atlanta 2-3 June
  • Paris 2-3 June
  • Singapore 3-4 June
  • Los Angeles 4-5 June
  • Chennai 9-10 June
  • Milano 9-10 June
  • Prague 10-11 June
  • Houston 16-17 June
  • Madrid 16-17 June
  • Mexico City 23-24 June
  • Manchester 29-30 June
  • Wiesbaden 1-2 July
  • Seoul 14-15 July
  • Tokyo 16-17 July
  • Beijing 6-7 August
  • Johannesburg 18-19 August
  • Brisbane 19-20 August
  • Sao Paulo 25-26 August
  • Calgary 2-3 September
  • Warsaw 29-30 September
  • Helsinki 6-7 October
  • Zhengzhou 15-16 October
  • Dubai Coming Soon
  • Moscow Coming Soon
  • Mumbai Coming Soon

  • Learn more about the Bentley Connection Events here.

    Learn more about LumenRT 2015 at

    VUE Environments in Ascension Le Film

    Check out this amazing 7 minutes short film by five (now former) Supinfocom Arles (MOPA) students, Thomas Bourdis, Martin de Coudenhove, Caroline Domergue, Colin Laubry and Florian Vecchione.

    Tools used: VRay on 3ds Max and ZBrush for modeling, lookdev, FX, lighting, and rendering, Maya for animation and cloth, and VUE xStream for the environments.

    The short film received many prestigious awards including Best Short Film at the Angouleme Film Festival 2014.

    Read the full article on Animation World Network.

    30% Off VUE 2015 Esprit, Studio and Complete

    The VUE Esprit, Studio and Complete 2015 introductory sale ends May 3, 2015.

    Save up to 30% on full licenses and 20% on all upgrades from previous versions.


    Special Offers


    Special Offers


    Special Offers

    Other upgrade and sidegrade options are discounted too, including the new upgrade paths from VUE 7 and up! Check the online pricelist for more details.

    CGAwards 2015 - 3 Weeks Left

    The CG Awards 2015 is a celebration of the most amazing CG art and technology that has been created over the past year in the world of animation, VFX and computer hardware.

    There's only 3 weeks left to cast your votes for:

    Cast your votes now!

    While you're there you may also cast votes for other Creative Awards too!

    New 8 Weeks Online VUE CGWorkshop

    Starting on June 1st, 2015, CGSociety will be holding a new 8 weeks online "Matte Painting with VUE CGWorkshop", taught by VUE guru Scott Brisbane, Environment Artist at Weta Digital, and former Head of Matte Painting at Dreamworks Animation.


    This course is an exploration into the creation of digital environments utilizing VUE Infinite. Working with industry professional Scott Brisbane over eight weeks you will develop strong skills using VUE across the entire digital matte painting workflow. You will also learn how to incorporate this powerful program with your work Photoshop and Maya.

    With sophisticated features such as EcoSystem Painting, Procedural Terrains, Spectral Atmospheres, and SolidGrowth plants VUE is rapidly being adopted as a "tool of choice" in many leading studios. In this CGWorkshop Scott will share many of the tips and tricks he has developed over 10 years of production using these tools on Films Like Avatar, How to Train your Dragon and Croods.

    Scott will provide weekly feedback and critique on your work and hold several live webinars during the course.

    What You Will Learn

    At the end of this course you will have a strong and comprehensive understanding of VUE's powerful environment creation tools to take your Matte Painting's to the next level. The entire digital Matte Painting workflow will be covered giving you confidence in creating stunning realistic environments with cutting edge techniques that have been used at animation and visual effects studios around the world.

    You will also have created an environment of your choosing for your portfolio and reel.

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

    We interviewed Scott last year about his story with VUE.

    All VUE 2015 Products Now Available

    Today, we are pleased to introduce the free VUE Pioneer 2015, VUE Esprit 2015, VUE Studio 2015 and VUE Complete 2015!

    This finalizes the introduction to the market of VUE 2015.

    Initial feedback on VUE and PlantFactory 2015 is excellent. Thank you for your comments and feedback. With this new release, we are adding significant functionality such as an exciting non-photorealistic renderer, faster rendering, improved overall performance, a new displacement mapping engine and more.

    And we're also happy to announce a special introductory discount for the Artist line: until May 3, 2015 save up to 30% on VUE Esprit, Studio and Complete 2015! Or get the free VUE Pioneer now :-)

    Here is a shortlist of some of the important new features included in the VUE 2015 product line for 3D Artists*:

    • Faster rendering
    • High-amplitude displacement mapping
    • Non-Photo-Real engine analyzes renders like an artist to create stylized artwork
    • Faster Previewing
    • Energy Conservative AntiAliasing
    • Import geo-located terrains
    • Export Rocks
    • Fast content browser with large previews, search and more
    • Double-sided materials
    • Auto-scale clouds with altitude
    • Modulate Spectral clouds sharpness using a function graph
    • And a lot more...

    * Some of the new features may require an additional module for VUE Pioneer, Esprit or Studio.

    Read the full feature list:

    Save Up to 30% on VUE 2015

    We're offering an introductory price with the releases of VUE 2015 for 3D Artists!

    Don't miss your chance to save up to 30% on full licenses of VUE 2015. Upgrades from previous versions are discounted too! Check the online pricelist for full pricing information.


    Special Offers


    Special Offers


    Special Offers

    Other upgrade and sidegrade options are discounted too, including the new upgrade paths from VUE 7 and up! Check the online pricelist for more details.

    40% Off VUE and PlantFactory 2015


    The VUE (Infinite and xStream) and PlantFactory 2015 introductory sale ends April 12, 2015.
    Save up to 40% on full licenses and 25% on all upgrades. 

    Don't delay!

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