updated 01:00 pm EDT, Thu September 30, 2004
e-on ships Vue 5 Esprit
e-on software has released , its 3D software for both casual and advanced digital artists. Designed for the creation, animation and rendering of natural 3D scenery, It can create volumetric skies, realistic landscapes, glowing materials, planets and more as well as features SolidGrowth technology to generate completely unique vegetation. Version 5 features support for global illumination and radiosity with EasyGI single slider quality setting, High Dynamic Range Image (HDRI) and Image Based Lighting (IBL), procedural terrains with sub-pixel detail, and more.
Other new features include an advanced atmospheric engine, ultra-realistic 3D tree and plant technology, a new SmartGraph function and material editor, OpenGL previews, pre-animated mesh support, and integrated post-processing and camera switching. Vue 5 Esprit maintains compatibility with Mover 5, e-on software's popular animation expansion pack for the Vue product line. With Mover 5, users can easily include animated Poser content, network rendering and advanced animation effects.
The full version of Vue 5 Esprit ships on 2 CDs with 50+ SolidGrowth 3 trees and plants, over 160 atmospheres, 460 materials, 250 high quality fully textured 3D objects and over 70 example scenes. It also includes a 340 page printed manual, a bookmark and a quick reference card. Users will also receive a free $50 voucher for use in Cornucopia3D, e-on software's upcoming Vue-content store.
Vue 5 Esprit is initially available in English with German, French and Japanese versions to follow. Vue 5 Esprit is $250 with upgrades priced at $150. The company is offering an additional $30 rebate on upgrades for users who bought Vue d'Esprit 4 after October 1, 2003. A $100 sidegrade is available for Vue 4 Professional owners eager to lay their hands on the next version of Vue.
Educational versions of Vue 5 Esprit are available at $200 (full product) and $100 (upgrade from Vue d'Esprit 4). The company said that Vue 5 Professional for more advanced users is expected before end 2004.