Back in late April, Oregon-based e-on software, the developers of LumenRT and Carbon Scatter, announced that it was shipping its new VUE 2015 product line of digital nature creation and editing software tools for 3D artists, architects and visualization professionals.
Following the release of its more professional tools in VUE xStream 2015, VUE Infinite 2015, the following products for 3D enthusiasts and 3D artists are also now available: VUE Pioneer 2015, VUE Esprit 2015, VUE Studio 2015 and VUE Complete 2015. This completes the 2015 product line-up for the year.
VUE for 3D Artists and Enthusiasts
VUE Pioneer, Esprit, Studio and Complete versions are available in English and for Windows and Mac OS X platforms—64 bit systems only.
While these versions of the VUE family come in various capabilities, new features in VUE 2015, generalized include:
- Faster rendering
- High-amplitude displacement mapping
- Non-photo real engine analyzes renders like an artist to create stylized artwork
- Faster previewing
- Energy conservative anti-aliasing
- 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…
VUE Pioneer is the free entry-level application to get folks started with this product line and often an intro into the world of digital nature scenery.
VUE Esprit features extend from Pioneer and include extended import and scenery controls. It also features Poser integration. VUE Studio is an advanced digital nature application with powerful vegetation and rendering features. VUE Complete combines into a single application a multitude of cutting edge features that lets 3D artists easily create and control rich EcoSystems™ of wind-swept trees and plants, hyper-realistic atmospheres and detailed terrains in fully animated scenes.
For the 2015 product line, VUE Pioneer is free and can be obtained here.
VUE Esprit retails for $199.USD. VUE Studio retails for $399.USD. VUE Complete retails for $599.USD. Upgrades and side-grades are possible. You can see the complete price lists here. Trial versions of these products will be available later in the year.
e-on software broadly labels their products into three camps of users: CG professionals, 3D artists and 3D enthusiasts. It really doesn’t matter what you might call yourself, the way to acquire these products is to review them around their functionality and your experience level. If you are new to digital nature scenery creation tools, starting with Pioneer may give you that quick taste you are looking for. From there you can move up to the 3D artists tool options or if you are a CG pro, go straight to xStream or VUE Infinite, both of the latter two products cost well over $1000.USD.