Friday, November 05, 2010

E-on Software Ships Vue 9 Infinite and Vue 9 xStream


November 04, 2010. Beaverton, Oregon: e-on software, the leader in Digital Nature solutions today announced the immediate availability of its Vue 9 line of products for CG Professionals.

"Vue 9 includes a wide array of rich new features and performance enhancements for creating Digital Nature scenery with more precision and power than ever before", said Nicholas Phelps, President of e-on Software. "We believe our valued customers will find that Vue 9 continues to set the pace as the leading Digital Nature solution across the many diverse markets we serve including architecture, animation, special effects, broadcast, art & illustration, and scientific."

In order to assure a smooth transition, and to avoid order processing congestion, e-on software also announced that it will release the rest of the Vue 9 product line – Pioneer & Theme-packs, Frontier, Esprit, Studio and Complete – mid November 2010.

Vue 9 xStream – The Integrated Solution:

Vue 9 xStream, e-on’s flagship solution, offers CG professionals the premiere solution for creating exceptionally rich and realistic Digital Nature environments, fully immersed within Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, and Softimage, Maxon Cinema 4D or Newtek LightWave. All Vue tools are fully integrated in the host application as menus and toolbars and directly accessible from within the host interface, providing immediate access to the most advanced 3D environment creation technologies.

Vue 9 Infinite – The Standalone Solution:

Vue 9 Infinite offers CG professionals the premiere solution for creating exceptionally rich and realistic Digital Nature environments in a stand-alone package. Vue 9 Infinite is the ideal tool for multimedia and entertainment professionals, architects and graphics designers.

Next Generation Features

Among other significant advances, this new release introduces revolutionary anti-flickering algorithms specifically engineered for the rendering of large, ultra-detailed natural environments.

Thanks to this breakthrough rendering technology, e-on software anticipates that this new release will extend the use of Vue beyond the scope of matte paintings and into the realm of fully animated 3D shots.

Capitalizing on breakthrough technologies introduced in previous versions, Vue 9 adds a number of new and extended features such as:

  • New flicker reduction algorithms: Vue 9 proudly introduces new flicker reduction algorithms developed by e-on software. These algorithms produce animated renders with a noticeably reduced amount of flickering in a third of the time*, reinforcing Vue as the ultimate solution for rendering animated natural environments. Watch the new flicker reduction algorithms in action!
  • Faster Rendering: thanks to internal refactoring, Vue 9 renders up to 30% faster than previous versions!
  • Relighting: instantly adjusts the lighting of the scene after the render completes – lights can be turned on and off, colors can be changed, all in real-time! Watch Relighting in action!
  • Interactive Network Rendering: using advanced data fragmentation and caching for the distribution of scenes to the rendering nodes, Vue 9 allows for completely interactive network rendering. Scenes are rendered to the screen while the network is handled in the background automatically.
  • Improved Terrain Editor: improvements include contextual brushes and fully customizable terrain brushes, automatic Terrain Retopology, Sculpting and Painting masks, Smear brush, Terrain Canvas extension, ...
  • EcoSystem 4: includes dramatically reduced flickering, optimized rendering and memory management for Dynamic EcoSystems, animated EcoSystem populations, and more... Watch EcoSystem 4 in action!
  • HDR Multi-Pass Rendering,
  • HyperBlob Technology: converts HyperTextured MetaBlobs to polygon objects with user defined LOD - ideal for the creation of extremely rich and detailed rock formations!
  • Custom Interfaces: create simplified high-level controls and access these controls directly from the material editor, the terrain editor or the object editors!
  • Auto Saving and Scene Snapshots: this unique and innovative technology automatically saves the scenes in the background, while working, without interfering with the user workflow!
  • And much more (Rocky Mountains fractals, Inverse Kinematics, Cloud Radiosity, Real-World units, Catmull-Clark subdivision, improved texture management, native Cocoa, new interface design, ...)

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

    * Compared to the same render settings in Vue 8.5

    Pricing and Availability

    Standard Retail Price:

    Vue 9 xStream retails for $1,790 (with one year maintenance), and upgrades from Vue 8 xStream starting at $395. Vue 9 Infinite retails for $1,190 (with one year maintenance), with upgrades from Vue 8 Infinite starting at $295 (see full product pricelist at / for details).

    Annual subscriptions for Educational licenses of Vue xStream and Infinite are available respectively for $149 and $99 per seat and per year. Upgrades to Vue 9 are free for owners of active educational licenses.

    Site licensing discounts are available for both products. Contact e-on software for further details and pricing information.

    Following the terms of the complimentary 30 day maintenance included with each new purchase, customers who purchased Vue 8.5 xStream or Vue 8.5 Infinite after October 04, 2010 will automatically receive their upgrade to Vue 9 at no charge.

    Yearly maintenance plans are available for both products. More information on e-on software’s maintenance plans can be found at:


    Vue 9 xStream and Vue 9 Infinite are available in English for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, and on Mac OSX 10.5+ (Mac Intel only) for both 32 and 64 bit.

    Vue 9 xStream is compatible with the following renderers:

    • 3ds Max 7 to 2011: MentalRay (integrated and MR satellites), V-Ray
    • Maya 6 to 2011: MentalRay (integrated and MR satellites), V-Ray, Maya Software
    • Softimage | XSI 5.1 to 2011: MentalRay (integrated and MR satellites)
    • Cinema 4D R9.6 to R12: native renderer
    • LightWave 9.3 to 10: native renderer

    Other renderers are under consideration.

    Personal Learning Editions:

    E-on software will be releasing a Personal Learning Edition of Vue 9 Infinite and xStream later in the year.