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.

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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:

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:


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: