Tuesday, January 07, 2014

3D Artist Issue 63 and Vue

Issue 63 of 3D Artist looks like its a real treat for Vue users - page 42 to 48 are devoted to an article on digital matte painting while pages 50 to 55 are a tutorial on creating a matte painting with Vue.

Vue xStream 2014 is also reviewed (getting a score of 9/10).

Monday, December 16, 2013

Esri CityEngine 2013 Incorporates e-on software Plant Factory™ Plant Library

WORLD'S LEADING GIS SOLUTION PROVIDER ADOPTS E-ON SOFTWARE PLANT FACTORY TECHNOLOGY

December 12, 2013 Beaverton, Oregon: E-on software is pleased to announce that Esri, the world's leading GIS company, has incorporated a new Plant Factory™ tree and shrub library as part of its recently announced CityEngine 2013 solution.

Built using e-on's revolutionary Plant Factory™ technology, this library delivers exceptionally rich and realistic looking 3D plants directly inside of CityEngine scenes. In addition, this plant library is fully compatible with e-on's LumenRT GeoDesign Immersive Visualization solution which allows Esri CityEngine users to transform their models into high-fidelity, interactive LiveCubes™, videos, and images.

"We are extremely excited about Esri's adoption of our Plant Factory™ as part of CityEngine 2013," said Nicholas Phelps, CEO of e-on software.

"Esri is a world class company and the acknowledged leader in GIS. The combination of our Immersive Nature technologies such as Plant Factory™ and LumenRT with leading edge Esri solutions such as CityEngine 2013, provide customers powerful GeoDesign capabilities with a rich environmental context. We look forward to working with Esri to continue to build innovative and compelling GeoDesign solutions."

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Top: CityEngine 2013 with Plant Factory Plants
Bottom: LumenRT 4 Studio Render


The CityEngine 2013 3D Plant Library

The CityEngine 2013 plant library contains over 80 species of trees, shrubs, and flowers and is available in full 3D and 2-1/2D fan-style formats. The library works directly with any CityEngine rule base to create tree-lined streets, parks, and forests directly inside a CityEngine scene. When exported into LumenRT, CityEngine plants are automatically converted into high-fidelity breeze animated vegetation.

More information on CityEngine is available at www.esri.com/CityEngine

LumenRT 4.4 GeoDesign Plugin

E-on software is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the LumenRT 4.4 GeoDesign Plugin which is fully compatible with the new ESRI CityEngine 2013. The LumenRT 4.4. GeoDesign plugin adds the ability to work directly with CityEngine 2013 plants and improves the export of CityEngine terrain objects. Current LumenRT GeoDesign users can download the plugin directly from their e-on account page.

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

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The Plant Factory Winter Contest

The Plant Factory Winter Contest will run to Sunday 22nd of December (midnight, GMT).

E-on Software Releases Vue 2014 PLE and Trial Versions

TEST DRIVE THE LEADING SOLUTION FOR DIGITAL NATURE AT NO CHARGE

December 05, 2013. Beaverton, Oregon: e-on software, maker of the leading solutions for Digital Nature, announced today the immediate availability of the free Vue xStream and Infinite 2014 PLE (Personal Learning Edition), together with the trial versions of its products for 3D Artists, Vue Esprit, Studio and Complete 2014.



Vue 2014

Vue Infinite 2014 and Vue xStream 2014 are the latest production-driven versions of e-on software’s professional solutions for the creation, animation and rendering of natural 3D environments. Both programs offer CG professionals the premiere solution for creating exceptionally rich and realistic Digital Nature environments with seamless integration into any production workflow.

Vue xStream operates both as a standalone application or seamlessly integrated inside of 3ds Max, Maya, LightWave, Cinema4D & Softimage. It provides extended capabilities for integration into a production pipeline. Vue Infinite does not integrate into other 3D applications and runs as standalone only.

Key features of Vue 2014 include physically accurate sunlight and photometric lighting, FBX import, Multi-layer 32-bit OpenEXR 2.0 support, World Point Position pass, .FBX and .CHAN camera exchange as well as many workflow and interface improvements...

Learn more about the new technologies in Vue 2014 at www.e-onsoftware.com/xstream/?page=new

Personal Learning Edition (PLE)

The Vue 2014 PLE is a fully functional version of Vue xStream/Infinite 2014. With this release, e-on software has lifted some of the limitations of previous versions of the PLE. In particular, PLE users can:

  • Create complete projects, save their 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 their network,
  • Learn at their own pace (the PLE never expires)!

The Personal Learning Edition ships with a wide selection of Vue presets, as well as the full PDF Reference manual. More presets are available in the commercial version.

Users can download the Vue 2014 PLE at no charge from www.vue3d.com/ple.

With Vue 2014, students don’t have to pay to learn Vue!

The Vue 2014 Personal Learning Edition allows any Artist or Student to learn the best Digital Nature tool for free. The PLE now outputs files that can be rendered without limitation using an ATC license. Students can thus work from home using the free PLE and bring their work back to school for use (and final rendering) using their school’s resources.

PLE Requirements and Restrictions

The Vue 2014 Personal Learning Edition is available in English for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, and on Mac OSX 10.6+ (Mac Intel only) for both 32 and 64 bit.

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.

Trial Versions of Vue 2014 for 3D Artists

Vue Esprit, Vue Studio and Vue Complete 2014 provide 3D artists with powerful modular applications to create rich 3D Digital Nature scenery and landscapes.

The Vue 2014 Trial Version is a fully functional version of Vue Esprit, Studio or Complete 2014 (the selection is done during installation), aside from the following limitations:

  • Saving is disabled (scenes, plants, objects, ...),
  • Render stills up to 1920x1080 and animations up to 1280x720,
  • Animation length is limited to 5 seconds,
  • Limited content (only a small selection of materials, plants, atmospheres...),
  • Terrain export, standalone rendering and network rendering disabled,
  • The Trial Version will work for 30 days.

Users can download the Vue 2014 Trial Versions at no charge from www.e-onsoftware.com/try.

The Vue 2014 Trial Versions are available in English only*, for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, and on Mac OSX 10.6+ (Mac Intel only) for both 32 and 64 bit.

*French and German versions of the Vue 2014 Trial will be released as soon as the localized versions of Vue 2014 ship, early 2014.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

E-on Software Ships Vue 2014 Digital Nature Solutions for 3D Artists and 3D Enthusiasts

FREE UPGRADES FOR CORNUCOPIA3D C.CLUB MEMBERS, USERS UNDER PRODUCT SUBSCRIPTION AND LATE BUYERS

November 27, 2013. Beaverton, Oregon: following the release of its Vue 2014 Digital Nature solutions for CG Professionals, e-on software announced today the immediate availability of its full line of Vue 2014 products for 3D Enthusiasts and 3D Artists: Vue Pioneer 2014 and Theme-Packs, Vue 3D SuperHero, Vue Frontier 2014, Vue Esprit 2014, Vue Studio 2014 and Vue Complete 2014.



Check e-on software's Latest Customer Showreel.

Today’s announcement finalizes the successful introduction to the market of Vue 2014, the leading solution for natural 3D environments.

Users who purchased Vue 11 in the last 30 days or are under subscription will receive the upgrade to Vue 2014 at no cost. Members of the Cornucopia3D C.Club can also upgrade Vue 11 Frontier for free (see below). The upgrades for Vue Theme-Packs are free for all.



Vue 2014 Product Lines for 3D Artists and 3D Enthusiasts

  • Vue 3D Artist Products: Vue Esprit 2014, Vue Studio 2014 and Vue Complete 2014.

    Provides artists with powerful modular applications to create richly natural 3D Digital Nature scenery and landscapes.
  • Vue 3D Enthusiast Products: Vue Pioneer & Theme-Packs, Vue 3D SuperHero and Vue Frontier 2014.

    Powered by e-on software for Cornucopia3D, these products feature content-filled, easy-to-use scenic nature creation for home and family use, with Vue Frontier specifically dedicated to Poser™ and Daz|Studio™ users.

Vue For 3D Artists

Vue Complete 2014 combines into a single package a multitude of cutting-edge features that let 3D artists easily create and control rich EcoSystems™ of wind-swept trees and plants, hyper-realistic spectral atmospheres and detailed terrains in fully animated scenes.

More information is available at: www.e-onsoftware.com/complete

Vue Studio 2014 is the advanced Digital Nature application with powerful vegetation and rendering features for dedicated 3D artists. Focused on enhanced natural vegetation capabilities, advanced rendering features and extended Poser integration, Vue Studio provides comprehensive control over the creation of complex scenes, while maintaining an intuitive workflow.

More information is available at: www.e-onsoftware.com/studio

Vue Esprit 2014 is the enhanced Digital Nature application with extended import and scenery control features for serious 3D artists. It is focused on intuitive workflow, advanced rendering features and Poser integration. With a clear, uncluttered interface and state of the art features, Vue Esprit combines sophistication with ease of use. With Vue’s renowned natural 3D tools and unique render quality, 3D artists can create inspiring 3D art in any style.

More information is available at: www.e-onsoftware.com/esprit

Cornucopia3D, the Home for Vue Enthusiasts!

The Vue 2014 product line for 3D Enthusiasts is an essential part of Cornucopia3D's software arsenal! Customers will find the full product descriptions, download and purchase information for Vue Pioneer and Theme-Packs, Vue 3D SuperHero and Vue Frontier 2014 directly at www.cornucopia3d.com.

Vue For 3D Enthusiasts – Powered by e-on software, published by Cornucopia3D

Vue Pioneer 2014 – Still Free: Newcomers to 3D and casual artists will find in Vue Pioneer all the landscape-creation tools they need to easily create and render amazing images of their own 3D worlds. Vue Pioneer is the perfect introduction to the world of 3D. Despite the addition of revolutionary new technologies for the creation and rendering of natural 3D environments, e-on software also announces that Vue Pioneer, its entry-level product will remain available for free.

More information is available at: www.cornucopia3d.com/pioneer

Vue 3D SuperHero – Starts at $19.95: Vue 3D SuperHero is the perfect way to start in 3D: with this product, users receive both the software and a full color book of instructions to get going the fun way! Vue 3D SuperHero combines Vue Pioneer SE* with a 120-page, full color starter guide in electronic format (ESD orders) or printed on high-quality glossy paper (Physical orders).

More information is available at: www.cornucopia3d.com/superhero

Vue Theme-Packs – $49.95: Vue Theme-Packs include the software application and ready-made content for the creation and animation of themed 3D images and video clips. There are 3 different Vue Theme-Packs: Vue Science Fiction, Vue Fairy Tale and Vue Fantasy. Each Theme-Pack includes over $100 worth of exclusive content – 3D virtual sets, models (plants, pre-animated meshes, etc.), atmosphere presets and more.

More information is available at: www.cornucopia3d.com/tpack

Vue Frontier 2014 – $99: Vue Frontier 2014 provides scenic nature and Digital character rendering for 3D enthusiasts to easily compose character-filled images and video clips. Based on the Vue Pioneer Core application, Vue Frontier 2014 adds all the character rendering features dedicated to the Poser and Daz|Studio applications. Vue 11 Frontier also adds the ability to enhance human skin realism using the SkinVue Elite skin shader. A VuePython powered utility, SkinVue Elite quickly and easily transforms Poser and Daz|Studio characters into vivid, realistic models.

More information is available at: www.cornucopia3d.com/frontier

Additional Modules for Vue 2014: All products for 3D Enthusiasts can be extended with 12 optional modules that add specific functionality to the base application. Thanks to this modular approach, users can progressively upgrade all the way up to Vue Complete.

More information on the Vue product line for 3D Enthusiasts is available at: www.cornucopia3d.com

*Vue Pioneer SE is a special edition of Vue Pioneer that renders without logo or watermarks.

Pricing and availability

Vue Pioneer 2014, the Vue Theme-Packs, Vue 3D SuperHero, Vue Frontier 2014 as well as Vue Esprit 2014, Studio and Complete are available in English for Windows XP / Vista / 7 and Windows 8, and on Mac OSX 10.6+ (Mac Intel only) for both 32 and 64 bit.

Vue Esprit 2014 retails for $199, Vue Studio 2014 for $399 and Vue Complete 2014 at $599. Upgrades and sidegrades from Vue 10 and Vue 11 are also available (see pricelist for full details).

A comprehensive comparative chart is available at: www.e-onsoftware.com/products/chart.php

A comprehensive price list is available at: www.e-onsoftware.com/pricelist

E-on software will be releasing a Trial version of Vue Esprit, Studio and Complete 2014 later in the year.

Free upgrades: Cornucopia3D C.Club members, users under Product Subscription and late buyers

Vue 11 Esprit, Studio or Complete users who chose to place their product under Cornucopia3D Product subscription program will receive their upgrade to Vue 2014 at no charge.

Vue 11 Frontier users who are or become a C.Club member will receive their upgrade to Vue Frontier 2014 for free.

Customers who purchased the Theme-Packs for Vue 11 get access to the updated Vue 2014 Theme-pack at no charge.

Customers who purchased a Vue 11 Esprit, Studio or Complete license after October 27, 2013 will receive their upgrade to the corresponding product at no charge. Upgrade instructions will be sent by e-mail in the coming week.

More information on Cornucopia3D Product Subscription program is available at
www.cornucopia3d.com/annualsubscription.php

More information about the C.Club membership and benefits is available at www.cornucopia3d.com/cclub

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Oops missed the show real off!


Check e-on software's Latest Customer Showreel.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

E-on Software Ships Vue 2014 Professional Solutions

New features of Vue 2014

Release 2014 focuses on strengthening the core features of Vue - light, atmospheres and EcoSystems. Thanks to dedicated exchange filters, it also pushes integration into existing pipelines.

"With physically accurate sunlight and photometric lighting, FBX import, Multi-layer 32-bit OpenEXR 2.0 support, World Point Position passes, .FBX and .CHAN camera exchange as well as many workflow and interface improvements, Vue is more than ever the go-to solution for digital nature environments", said Nicholas Phelps, president of e-on software.

Vue 2014 + Nuke Workflow Tutorial.

Here is a shortlist of some of the important new features included in Vue 2014:

  • Workflow and Production improvements*: Vue xStream 2014 will import FBX scenes with textured geometries and cameras in both ASCII or binary FBX formats. Camera motion can be imported and exported as .FBX as well as Nuke .CHAN files. Vue xStream 2014 outputs all render layers in a single Multi-layer 32Bit OpenEXR 2.0 file; all passes are available in either 32-bit (floating point or unsigned integer) or 16 bit (half format).
  • World Point Position (or XYZ) Pass: Vue 2014 adds a WPP pass to the extensive list of rendering components, masks and information passes that can be generated for added compositing flexibility.
  • Physically Accurate Sunlight Model and Photometric Lights: The new scientifically accurate photometric sunlight model uses a real-world, physical simulation of sun and atmospheric light intensities. Users can assign physically accurate values to all light properties, such as color temperature, light intensity (Lumens or Candelas) and IES Profiles.
  • Tone Mapping: Vue 2014 lets users select different tone mapping filters to control how raw HDR colors are transformed into the final picture. These filters typically simulate the response of the human eye or chemical photographic film.
  • Natural Grain: This new mode produces natural color variations particularly well suited for terrains, ground, or any natural element. Ideal for quick results, the Natural Grain option provides high level access to settings such as contrast, balance and roughness, directly in the Material Editor.
  • EcoSystem improvements: EcoSystem Clumping replicates the natural phenomenon whereby plants tend to grow in close patches rather than evenly distributed. Vue 2014 features highly optimized algorithms to accelerate the rendering of EcoSystems containing many small items, such as gravel or grass blades.
  • Improved Plant Factory compatibility: Health, Seasonality or any other published plant parameter can be animated directly inside the Vue timeline. When using Plant Factory plants in EcoSystems, a new Quality setting is available in the Population list to define the amount of detail of the plant instances, thus saving memory and reducing render times.
  • Interface improvements: The Vue 2014 Function Editor was redesigned for improved performance on modern computer displays. A new option is available that protects the render camera from any unwanted modifications and automatically switches to perspective view whenever the viewport is modified. Vue 2014 can position the sun exactly as it would be in real-life, based on time of day, date and location on Earth.
  • Many other improvements such as Foldable EcoPainter, highly optimized flat Area Lights, naming in Render Stack, improved material manipulation, integration into the latest releases of Autodesk 2014 products, Cinema4D R15** and LightWave 11.6, and more...

* These features are available in Vue xStream 2014 only.

** At time of release, Windows only. Compatibility with Mac C4D R15 coming soon.


More details on the new features are available on the e-on software website, at:

www.e-onsoftware.com/infinite and www.e-onsoftware.com/xstream





Animating Plant Factory Plants in Vue




Pricing and Availability

Standard Retail Price:

Vue xStream 2014 retails for $1,995 (with one year maintenance), and upgrades start at $439. Vue Infinite 2014 retails for $1,495 (with one year maintenance), with upgrades starting at $359. Upgrades from Vue 10.x are also available (see full product pricelist at http://www.e-onsoftware.com/pricelist for details).

Maintenance is the most cost effective solution for staying up-to-date with your products. Yearly maintenance is available for both products – see www.e-onsoftware.com/maintenance for details.


Educational Licenses and Free Student Learning Versions

Schools and training centers can become member of e-on software’s ATC program and equip themselves with Vue xStream or Infinite 2014 at a massive discount. Site licensing is available for $2000 (max. 30 seats) per year. Individual licenses are available to members of ATC institutions only, for $149 (xStream) and $99 (Infinite) per year.

Owners of an active Vue 11.5 EDU license will receive their upgrade to Vue 2014 for free, however, Educational Licenses will no longer be available to individuals who are not part of an ATC institution (see below).

With Vue 2014, students don’t have to pay to learn Vue!

The Vue 2014 Personal Learning Edition allows any Artist or Student to learn the best Digital Nature tool for free. The PLE now outputs files that can be rendered without limitation using an ATC license. Students can thus work from home using the free PLE and bring their work back to school for use (and final rendering) using their school’s resources.

The Vue 2014 Personal Learning Edition is scheduled for release before the end of November 2013.




Availability:

Vue xStream 2014 and Vue Infinite 2014 are available in English for Windows® XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 and Mac OSX 10.6-10.9 for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

Vue xStream 2014 is compatible with the following renderers:

  • 3ds Max 2008 to 2014: MentalRay (integrated and MR satellites), V-Ray
  • Maya 2008 to 2014: MentalRay (integrated and MR satellites), V-Ray, Maya Software
  • Softimage | XSI 7 to 2014: MentalRay (integrated and MR satellites)
  • Cinema 4D R11.0 to R15*: native renderer
  • LightWave 9.3 to 11.6: native renderer

Other renderers are under consideration.


* The initial build of Vue 2014 does not support the Mac OSX version of Cinema4D R15.

Support will be added shortly.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Digital Arboretum: Series Two

New Geekatplay Studio tutorials for The Plant Factory covering working with seasons, health and age of the plants, creating your own plant library. They've also added many new tutorials in Vue sections.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The Heart of Vue : Mastering the Function Editor

The Heart of Vue : Mastering the Function Editor with Michel Rondberg from D&D : Free Introductory Session Saturday October 26th at 20:00 BST (15:00 EST). Sign up at 3DALIVE.