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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

PlantFactory 2016 R2 Now Shipping

Stylized Meshing Mode - Cycling through various Smoothing and Convexity quality values


PlantFactory 2016 R2 Now Available

The Release of PlantFactory 2016 R2 goes alongside the recently released VUE 2016 R2.

Key new features in PlantFactory 2016 R2 include:

Stylized Meshing Mode: The new Stylized Meshing mode enables you to quickly and automatically generate a low polygon envelope version of vegetation models and export models with a small polygon footprint while retaining the actual vegetation visual volume. Additionally, envelope resolution, smoothing, and convexity quality is user configurable and can range from none to ultra-sharp edged meshes to ultra-smooth. Stylized Meshing mode can also be used creatively to produce non-photorealistic vegetation.


3-Axis Billboard Leaves Rotation: Using Billboard leaves is ideal when working for Real-Time engines, or, in an offline workflow, to create low polygon plants to be seen from a distance. (Billboard leaves are perfect for VUE EcoSystem populations for instance). Quick and easy to set up, this new feature is perfect to avoid any obvious linear visual pattern, by letting you add slight randomization to leaves axis rotation.


Full feature list: plantfactory-tech.com/overview

PlantFactory 2016 Now Available


PlantFactory 2016: Create, Refine, and Export high-quality animated 3D Plants

PlantFactory is an innovative 3D vegetation modeling, animation, and rendering software developed for the CG, SFX, architecture and gaming communities.


"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." said Peter Baustaedter, VFX art director and environment artist.


Key new features in VUE 2016 include:

  • Growth Simulation: Easily generate geometry using a biologically inspired growth simulation
  • PlantFactory Variations: Easily and quickly add more realism to your scenes and improve your productivity at the same time!
  • Fully customizable Level of Detail (LOD)
  • And a lot more...

Check out some of the new features in action!


Growth Simulation



Preset Variations



Level Of Detail (LOD)


Full feature list: plantfactory-tech.com/overview/

VUE 2016 Leaks #2: PlantFactory Variations

Easily and quickly add more realism to your scenes.
Improve your productivity at the same time!

1- In PlantFactory 2016

PlantFactory 2015 introduced the concept of Presets. PlantFactory 2016 now introduces the concept of Preset Variations.

Preset Variations allow you to immediately include subtle differences to your plant (change the number of buds on a blooming flower, or its petal colors for instance).

This new feature allows you to easily add variety to create realistic environments with one single plant species!

2- In VUE 2016

Within VUE 2016, you directly get access to the PlantFactory species presets and variations within the Plant Browser, the Plant Editor and within your EcoSystem population list.

So, at every step of your scene creation process, you are able to select the species you want, the preset you want and the variations you want!

Quick, easy, productive!


Stay tuned for more VUE-Leaks in the coming days!



Save 30% on VUE and TPF 2015 - Receive 2016 for FREE

>> Full pricelist

This special offer ends on October 10, 2016.
www.e-onsoftware.com

*Special offer does not apply to Maintenance extensions, ATC licenses, License Server and Network Rendering Licenses.

Equip Your School 2016 Student Program

Equip Your School 2016 Student Program

As an enthusiastic and passionate Artist, you are using either VUE or PlantFactory and really enjoy creating your 3D natural scenes/environments with it?

You're having fun with our tools, and you know for fact how these tools can be useful in a professional context?

You are a student and would like to share this technology and your passion with your professor and fellow students?

Get your school equipped* and receive a full suite of e-on software products for FREE!
For any questions or to apply, contact:
edu@e-onsoftware.com

*A School/University/Community College is considered as "equipped" when they have subscribed to e-on software ATC (Education) program

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

40% Off VUE and PlantFactory 2015

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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!

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.


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PlantFactory 2014 Receives CGPress Editor's Choice Award

"PlantFactory is everything I hoped it would be!"
Torbjorn Olsson

CGPress awarded PlantFactory 2014.6 its Editor's Choice Award in their just-published 2 pages review!

The article also comes with videos showing the software in action. Don't miss it!


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!



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.

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

Plant Factory Winter Contest

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e-on software and Cornucopia are pleased to announce a new Plant Factory Winter Contest.

The Plant Factory is rapidly becoming the tool of choice for creating unlimited plants and trees, so we invite you to become a virtual gardener and create a Holly plant!
The contest starts on November 15 and will run until December 15, 2013.

For more information, please visit: www.cornucopia3d.com/contests.php

Servers Are Hot

Wow, the Plant Factory PLE is popular! Over 2000 downloads in one day! It shouldn't be a problem for our servers, but if you experience delays in downloading, please kindly keep this in mind ;-)

If you didn't get yours yet, it all happens here: try.plantfactory-tech.com

Free Plant Factory Personal Learning Edition

Today, we're happy to introduce the free version of Plant Factory!

The Personal Learning Edition of Plant Factory is a fully functional version of Plant Factory Producer that lets you save your work and never expires. It is designed for artists and students wanting to get to grips with the best plant solution on the market, without punching a hole in their wallet.

Download the Plant Factory PLE from try.plantfactory-tech.com

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