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VUE and PlantFactory 2016 R4 Now Shipping

VUE and PlantFactory 2016 R4 Now Available

We are pleased to introduce VUE and PlantFactory 2016 Release 4 (R4)!

VUE and PlantFactory 2016 R4 are loaded with new features and improvements such as Stereo Rendering, VR180 Support, Multi-Polygonal and Crossed-Planes Leaves and a lot more!

Check this out!

Key New Features in VUE 2016 R4

360Stereo render by VUE Artist Drea Horvath

  • Stereoscopic Rendering:
    • Available for both panoramic (360° and 180°) and non-panoramic renders
    • For Stills and Animations
    • User defined Interpupillary Distance and final image layout (top/bottom or left/right)
    • 3 convergence modes for handling parallax: Parallel, Converged and Off-axis
    • Automatically recognized by Stereo-compliant platforms (such as Youtube) and can be played on stereo compliant devices such as Occulus Rift, HTC Vive, Nvidia 3DVision, Sony PSVR, Google DayDream, Google Carboard etc.
    180 Degree VR Panoramas (VR180)
    • Render a 180° vertical and horizontal FOV
    • Automatically recognized by VR180-compliant platforms (such as Facebook and Youtube)
    Multi-pass Rendering Improvements
    • Optimized handling of semi-transparent materials to prevent background color to bleed within object mask color data
    • Embed alpha channel for each mask pass (when the output format supports it)
    Path Tracer renderer improvements:
    • Adds support for normal mapping
    • Selection of OpenCL devices: All Available Devices, GPU Devices Only, or CPU Devices Only
    UX/UI improvements
    • Added support for CPUs with more than 64 cores on Windows
    • Improved 4K/HiDPI display compatibility
    • Better responsiveness and faster computation of Procedural Terrain within the Terrain Editor
    • Alembic compatibility updated to version 1.7.3
    xStream Integration:
    • Adds support for Maya 2018 (MentalRay and VRay - incl. viewport 2.0)
    • Adds support for Cinema 4D R19.
Full VUE 2016 R4 feature list: e-onsoftware.com/xstream?page=new

Key New Features in PlantFactory 2016 R4

Single plane leaves and crossed-plane flowers close-up

  • Multi-Polygonal Single-Plane Leaves
    • Perfect for both offline rendering and light enough for real-time
    • Grid based mesh to add more realism in the vegetation finer details
    • Leaves can be bent, curved, folded and react to wind
    • Compatible with auto and user-defined LODs
    • Compatible with color shift, multi materials, two-sided materials etc...
    Crossed-Plane Leaves
    • Particularly suited for real-time engines, or low level LODs
    • Ideal for representing complex plant geometry parts such as flower groups or dense foliage
    • Very effective in terms of polygon count and memory footprint
    • Select either 2 or 3 crossed planes (2 vertical + 1 horizontal)
    • Fully customizable texturing
    • 4 Normal computation parameters for perfect integration
    Multi-pass Rendering Improvements
    • Optimized handling of semi-transparent materials to prevent background color to bleed within object mask color data
    • Embed alpha channel for each mask pass (when the output format supports it)
    UI/UX improvements:
    • Improved Export
    • Improved sap inheritance
    • Added support for CPUs with more than 64 cores on Windows
    • Added wireframe display for billboards
    • Improved display of billboards back face
    • Enhanced image browsing
    • Improved hooking points placement for warpboards

Full PlantFactory 2016 R4 feature list: plantfactory-tech.com/overview/

Availability

Release 4 (R4) is available as a free software update for all registered users of VUE and PlantFactory 2016.

The 2016 R4 personal learning editions (PLE) and trial versions are also immediately available.

Download the 2016 R4 PLEs and Trials from:
www.e-onsoftware.com/try

Introducing VUE and PlantFactory 2016 R3

VUE and PlantFactory 2016 R3 Now Available

We are pleased to introduce VUE and PlantFactory 2016 Release 3 (R3)!

In addition to the availability of all product titles in French and German, VUE and PlantFactory 2016 R3 are packed with new features and advancements that demonstrate our commitment to optimizing your user experience, strengthening our current technologies, and improving overall performance on a quarterly basis.

Check this out!

Key New Features in VUE 2016 R3

  • UX/UI improvements:
    • Major performance/responsiveness/stability improvements
    • Higher quality display in Render Scene preview for soft shadows
    • Better handling of editor window manipulations
    • Support for HiDPI screens on MacOS
  • Optimized scene saving process:
    • Up to 4x faster scene saving
    • Up to 2x smaller file size
    • 3 New scene saving modes: Default, Consolidated Archive, Network Rendering
  • HDR Rendering:
    • Major improvements in dynamic range depth when using Spectral Atmospheres
    • New optional Sun Visibility parameter for Spectral Atmospheres
    • Automatic de-activation of Tone-Mapping when saving HDR pictures (.hdr or .exr formats)
  • Path Tracer renderer improvements:
    • Adds support for Spectral Cloud layers
    • Support for 'Don't cast shadows' and 'Disable Indirect Lighting' material properties
    • New Translucent material type
    • Now supports Soft Shadows and Blurry Reflections/Refractions
  • Cloud Modulation:
    • New Cloud Opacity modulation
    • Access local coordinates for color settings
  • Faster computing of Spline operations for HeightField Terrains
  • xStream Integration:
    • Adds support for 3ds Max 2018
    • Optimized native spline handling
  • Network Rendering: New command line options to set color/alpha/depth passes for both stills and animations rendering
  • New Python callbacks for setting and getting Color, Alpha and Depth channels saving locations

Full VUE 2016 R3 feature list: e-onsoftware.com/xstream?page=new

Advanced pruning algorithms in action!


Key New Features in PlantFactory 2016 R3

  • UX/UI improvements:
    • Major performance/responsiveness/stability improvements
    • Better wireframe display, and improved gizmo manipulator interactions
    • Improved geometry loading and previewing
    • Improved vegetation painting
  • Advanced vegetation pruning algorithms with new Cut probability, Cut length and Radius Reduction parameters
  • New Current Primitive node allows advanced control over branch growth and natural pruning effects
  • Improved geometry transition algorithms:
    • Better handling of branch offset
    • Improved geometry continuity with highly distorted models
    • Displacement mapping now available on transition zones
  • Improved exports:
    • New optional wind application to exported geometry
    • Improved export dialog interface
    • Improved PTex format export for plant materials
Full PlantFactory 2016 R3 feature list: plantfactory-tech.com/overview/

Availability

Release 3 (R3) is available as a free software update for all registered users of VUE and PlantFactory 2016.

The 2016 R3 personal learning editions (PLE) and trial versions are also immediately available.

Download the 2016 R3 PLEs and Trials from:
www.e-onsoftware.com/try

2016 R2 PLEs and Trials Now Available

The 2016 PLEs and Trials are 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

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.

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,

Nicholas




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
www.e-onsoftware.com/news/?page=pressreleases

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:
www.e-onsoftware.com/try

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:
www.e-onsoftware.com/try

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
www.cornucopia3d.com/pioneer

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:
www.e-onsoftware.com/complete?page=new

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.


Complete

Special Offers

Studio

Special Offers

Esprit

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.

PlantFactory 2015 Now Available

Create, Edit and Export High-Quality Animated 3D Plants


PlantFactory is a must have for any vfx pipeline - not only as an ideal companion to VUE, but also as a strong ally in any general environment production scenario.
- Peter Baustaedter, VFX Art Director & Environment Artist


Here is a shortlist of some of the important new features included in PlantFactory 2015:

  • Quads andSubdivision Surfaces(1)
  • Control mesh density of individual parts of the plant(1)
  • Detail maps and Double-sided materials
  • Export meshes as Alembic(1)
  • Exchange plants or plant parts with ZBrush(1)
  • Export materials using Ptex standard(2)
  • New ultra-realistic wind model
  • Redesigned interface and workflow
  • Simplified Material Editor
  • New lightweight Simple Segment node for small branches and twigs
  • New Node presets for the Segment and Leaf nodes(3)
  • Custom tailored FBX export preset for Unity 5
  • Redesigned content, 19 new plant species(1)
  • 44 simple tutorial scenes explaining specific settings(1)

(1) PlantFactory Producer and Studio

(2) PlantFactory Producer only

(3) PlantFactory Producer, Studio and Designer

Full feature list: plantfactory-tech.com/overview

Save Up to 40% on PlantFactory 2015

We're offering an introductory price with the releases of PlantFactory 2015!

Don't miss your chance to save up to 40% on full licenses of PlantFactory. Maintenance bundles and upgrades from previous versions are discounted too! Check the online pricelist for full pricing information.


PlantFactory

Special Offers

VUE Infinite and xStream 2015 are Here


The improvements in VUE 2015 are expansive: from faster rendering, improved overall performance, an exciting non-photo-realistic renderer, a redesigned interface that you can customize to your liking, a new displacement mapping engine and more.

There are also a number of features making it ideal for all production environments, including easy exchange of data with ZBrush, support for Alembic and Disney's PTex, and tighter integration with compositing pipelines.


Here is a shortlist of some of the important new features included in VUE 2015:

  • High-amplitude displacement mapping
  • Faster rendering
  • Non-Photo-Real engine analyzes renders like an artist to create stylized artwork
  • Generate Ambient Occlusion passes(1)
  • Energy Conservative AntiAliasing
  • Exchange geometry with ZBrush using GoZ
  • Import and export scenes, objects or camera paths as Alembic
  • Export materials using the Ptex standard(1)
  • Horizontal and vertical film offsets
  • Export Rocks and baked HyperBlobs
  • Reorganize the layout of the interface at will
  • 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

(1) VUE xStream only

Full feature list: e-onsoftware.com/xstream?page=new


Save Up to 40% on VUE 2015

We're offering an introductory price with the releases of VUE 2015!

Don't miss your chance to save up to 40% on full licenses of VUE. Maintenance bundles and upgrades from previous versions are discounted too! Check the online pricelist for full pricing information.


VUE

Special Offers

CloudFactory Ozone 2015 is Shipping

CloudFactory Ozone 2015 improves interoperability with the latest versions of 3ds Max, Maya, Softimage, LightWave and Cinema4D, and adds compatibility with Cinema 4D R16.

A complete and detailed presentation of CloudFactory Ozone 2015 is available at: http://www.ozone-plugin.com.

CloudFactory Ozone 2015 is available at no cost for all registered users of Ozone 2014. Users can download the latest update from the Software Updates page.


CloudFactory Ozone 2015 PLE Updated

The CloudFactory Ozone 2015 PLE is a fully functional version of CloudFactory Ozone. With the PLE, users can:

  • Use e-on's atmospheric rendering technologies inside of 3ds Max, Maya, Softimage, Cinema 4D or LightWave,
  • Create entirely new atmospheres or load any of the 150+ included presets and modify them,
  • Use any of the 140+ included cloud shapes,
  • Animate the atmosphere, the clouds and the sun,
  • Render in FullHD (for stills) and animations up to 720p,
  • Save and export their work, and
  • Learn CloudFactory Ozone 2015 at their own pace: the PLE never expires!

Download the PLE at: www.ozone-plugin.com/download.

PlantFactory and VUE 2014.6 PLEs



The Personal Learning Edition and Trial Version of PlantFactory are now updated for the recently announced 2014.6 release!

PlantFactory Producer - Personal Learning Edition (PLE)

PlantFactory Producer allows you to author fully animated 3D plants in concert with your production workflow. Hand-draw plants, assemble pre-made components or build plants from scratch using the node graph.

The Personal Learning Edition of PlantFactory Producer is a fully functional version that lets you save your work and never expires. It is designed for Artists and Students that want to master the best plant solution on the market, without punching a hole in their wallet.

With the PLE, you can:

  • Create complete projects and save your work,
  • Export* your plants to other applications as standard geometry or use them in the VUE PLE,
  • Render in FullHD (for stills) and animations up to 720p,
  • Learn at your own pace (the PLE never expires)!

Download the PlantFactory PLE from try.plantfactory-tech.com

*Exported geometry leaves 1 polygon out of 5 out.



PlantFactory Studio, Designer and Artist Trial Versions

The PlantFactory Trial lets you test the same capabilities found in all different versions of PlantFactory (Studio, Designer, and Artist) so you can decide which one best fits your needs. The Trial contains all 3 versions.

Download the PlantFactory Trial Version from try.plantfactory-tech.com

The PlantFactory Trial Version is fully functional, aside from the following limitations: saving is disabled, renders carry a logo, render stills up to 1920x1080 and animations up to 1280x720, 1 polygon out of 5 is removed from exported geometry (export feature available in Studio and Designer only), and the trial version ships with a limited content selection. Once registered, the Trial Version will work for 30 days.


The PlantFactory PLE and Trial Version cannot be used for commercial work

More information about PlantFactory is available at www.plantfactory-tech.com.




VUE xStream and Infinite 2014.6 Personal Learning Edition

The VUE 2014.6 PLE is a fully functional version of VUE xStream/Infinite 2014.6. With the PLE, you can:

  • Create complete projects, save your work and export to other applications,
  • Render in FullHD (for stills) and animations up to 720p,
  • Experience VUE's power directly inside 3ds Max/Maya/Softimage/LightWave/Cinema4D,
  • Try VUE RenderNodes on your network,
  • Learn at your own pace (the PLE never expires)!

Download the VUE 2014 PLE from www.vue3d.com/ple.

The Personal Learning Edition ships with a selection of VUE presets, as well as the full PDF Reference manual. More presets are available in the commercial version. Scene files created and saved with the PLE cannot be exchanged with other PLE users and are not compatible with other versions of VUE except ATC Licenses. The PLE is for personal, non-commercial use only, and renders may be watermarked and carry a logo.


Even more Environment Power! The VUE PLE can work hand in hand with the PlantFactory PLE offering you the most powerful and complete environment creation solution in the world!
Read more about VUE and PlantFactory working together here.

VUE 2014.6 and PlantFactory 2014.6 Are Shipping

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  • FREE major update for all PlantFactory users - improves the product's native sharing and exporting capabilities.
  • Available immediately for all VUE 2014 xStream and Infinite users, this update drastically improves integration with other applications.
  • Free PlantFactory Exporter: change resolution, age, season, health and custom settings and export as static 3D models for free!



Download the Free Ozone 2014 PLE


We are thrilled to announce the immediate availability of the free Ozone 2014 PLE (Personal Learning Edition)!

The Ozone 2014 PLE is a fully functional version of Ozone. With the PLE, users can:

  • Use e-on's atmospheric rendering technologies inside of 3ds Max, Maya, Softimage, Cinema 4D or LightWave,
  • Create entirely new atmospheres or load any of the 150+ included presets and modify them,
  • Use any of the 140+ included cloud shapes,
  • Animate the atmosphere, the clouds and the sun,
  • Render in FullHD (for stills) and animations up to 720p,
  • Save and export their work, and
  • Learn Ozone 2014 at their own pace: the PLE never expires!

More information and download instructions are available at: http://try.ozone-plugin.com.

VUE 2014.5 Brings More Light To Your Digital Nature

This new version is available for free to all VUE 2014 xStream and Infinite users, including users who are not under maintenance.

New features of VUE 2014.5

Release 2014.5 of VUE adds a number of new features including:

  • Improved support for Plant Factory vegetation: Significant improvements were added in VUE 2014.5 to speed up the rendering of TPF plants - with a render-time gain of up to 20 times faster (advanced pre-computing of illumination on plants, improved illumination quality, etc...). Major improvements in the normal mapping algorithms also dramatically boost overall plant rendering quality. Better access to TPF plant published parameters and mesh resolution in the Plant Editor. Compatibility with Plant Factory 2014.5 lightweight preset technology...
  • Improved Photometric Lights: To produce even more realistic renders with warmer light colors, the Photometric Light presets in VUE 2014.5 were improved and several new presets were added (such as Carbon Arc, Sodium Vapor, Metal Halide etc...).
  • Light Portals: By helping VUE understand the way light enters indoor scenes, Light Portals greatly enhance the accuracy and quality of interior renders.
  • Deeper interoperability: VUE xStream 2014.5 now supports Autodesk 2015 Media & Entertainment products (3ds Max 2015, Maya 2015 and Softimage 2015), and also adds support for V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max (support V-Ray 3 for Maya is under development). Several new Python callbacks were added for Terrains and EcoSystem management...
  • And more...

How to upgrade?

The upgrade is free! Simply download and run the latest update from the updates section of the e-on software website.


More information is available online at
www.e-onsoftware.com/xstream and www.e-onsoftware.com/infinite


Plant Factory 2014.5 Released, Introducing the FREE Exporter

Available for free to all Plant Factory users, this update adds improved export capabilities, major rendering optimizations and compatibility with the upcoming LumenRT 2014 and Carbon Scatter 2014.

New or enhanced capabilities include:

Export:

  • New .LWO and .C4D exports
  • New .FBX import/export scripts for 3ds Max and Maya
  • New, less restrictive EULA
  • New Cornucopia3D exchange area
  • New Cornucopia3D file validator
  • New lightweight presets
  • Export plants to the upcoming LumenRT and Carbon Scatter 2014

Rendering:

  • Faster rendering of indirect lighting (up to x20!), especially when using billboards.

Content:

  • Plant Collections are now automatically synchronized with the Cornucopia3D store, allowing direct access to hundreds of TPF plant species, directly from the software interface.

How to upgrade?

The upgrade is free! Simply download and run the latest update from the updates section of the e-on software website.


Free Plant Factory Exporter - Tweak Plants and Export as Standard 3D Meshes

Designed for CG artists using any 3D application (such as 3DS Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, Softimage, LightWave, Modo, etc), this very simple version of Plant Factory lets users purchase exactly the plant species they need, generate variations, adjust age, health and season, and export as static 3D meshes*.

The Plant Factory Exporter is Free. Plant Factory Converter is discontinued.

More information and download instructions is available online at: www.plantfactory-tech.com/exporter.php

* Mesh resolution is fixed, typically in the 250-500K polygon range.


Save Up to $300 on Plant Factory!

To celebrate the release of Plant Factory 2014.5, you can save up to $300 on a full license of Plant Factory Studio, or $100 on a full license of Plant Factory Designer*:

Special offer prices valid until June 1st, 2014. Don't let this offer pass you by!

* This offer is only applicable to new licenses. It doesn't apply to upgrades.

QuadSpinner releases Helios plug-in for VUE

Our friends at QuadSpinner have released Helios, a cloud plug-in for VUE.

It extends the capabilities of VUE's cloud system, provides a large library of realistic clouds, and adds helpful tools to VUE: SkyBuilder, Cloud Conversion, new render passes, and more.

We're happy to see VUE's extensibility used in such creative ways.


Visit www.quadspinner.com to see Helios in action.

Cornucopia3D Opens the Plant Factory Nursery

Following the release of Plant Factory, e-on software's breakthrough plant creation technology, many artists have joined the Cornucopia3D Brokering program to share and sell their Plant Factory content.

Today, Cornucopia3D is happy to introduce the Plant Factory Nursery! The Nursery provides direct access to all Plant Factory content, free or paid for; it is accessible from: tpf.cornucopia3d.com.

The Plant Factory Nursery currently includes over 100 plant species. Each plant specie will create numerous variations automatically, and plants are fully animated (wind and breeze) and include automatic age and health settings for the most part. The list of content is growing rapidly, so keep an eye on it! If you have specific requests, be sure to voice them on the Cornucopia3D store forums. 

Read today's official Press Release here.

More information about the Plant Factory technology is available at: www.plantfactory-tech.com.

Visit Cornucopia3D at www.cornucopia3d.com.

ESRI and E-on 3D Vegetation Technology Partnership


LumenRT GeoDesign Customer Projects

We are pleased to announce that we have reached a technology agreement with Esri to add 3D vegetation inside Esri products. Under the terms of the agreement, Esri incorporated a custom-developed Plant Factory library of plants and trees in its 3D products.

The Esri 3D Vegetation Library delivers high-performance, realistic plant models for use in Esri CityEngine, ArcGIS for Desktop, and 3D web scenes on ArcGIS Online. The Esri 3D Vegetation Library is also compatible with LumenRT Immersive Visualization solution, allowing seamless export of CityEngine scenes and plants directly into LumenRT.

To download the library, explore interactive WebGL scenes, or watch the stunning LumenRT videos, visit Esri 3D Vegetation Library and lumenrt.com/showcase/GeoDesign.

Read the Press Release here.

CityEngine 2013 Incorporates Plant Factory Plants

We are pleased to announce that the library of plants, trees and shrubs that ships with ESRI's CityEngine 2013 (released yesterday) was made using e-on's revolutionary Plant Factory technology. This library delivers exceptionally rich and realistic looking 3D plants directly inside of CityEngine scenes. All the plants are natively compatible with LumenRT GeoDesign, which allows CityEngine users to transform their models into high-fidelity, interactive LiveCubes, videos, and images.

Read the Press Release here.

More information on LumenRT Geodesign is available at http://www.lumenrt.com/overview/geodesign.php

More information on Plant Factory is available at http://www.plantfactory-tech.com

ESRI is the world's leading GIS company. More information on CityEngine is available at http://www.esri.com/CityEngine