updated 06:00 pm EST, Tue November 4, 2008
Vue 7 xStream and Infinite
E-on software has released the latest additions to its Vue 7 line of software for 3D environment creation, Vue 7 xStream and Vue 7 Infinite. Vue 7 xStream is now fully integrated as a plug-in within a host application, allowing users to create and edit 3D environments without switching between programs. The single license permits owners to use the program in all of the compatible applications installed on the system, including 3ds Max, Maya, LightWave, Cinema4D and XSI. Vue 7 Infinite offers 3D animation and rendering tools in a standalone product.
Both Vue 7 products include improved "EcoSystem Generation III" technology that can now render dense terrains past the horizon, paint EcoSystems from any angle, and control instance distributions on steep slopes. Another new option allows scenes to be created from a graph point of view, using scripts to control properties, with support for dynamic interaction between objects and terrain.
The Spectral II Cloud Technology includes new algorithms that are claimed to quickly render complex volume clouds with illumination. A new Water Surface Editor is used for creating and editing bodies of water, with settings for criteria such as the amount of foam on whitecaps. The software architecture, rendering, network services, and support options have also been improved.
In addition to the new features found on both programs, the xStream version also offers full compatibility with MentalRay technologies. Users can include effects such as Sun&Sky, Photometric Lights, and Distributed Bucket Rendering.
Vue 7 xStream is available now, with a price of $1200 until February 2nd. Owners of Vue 6 xStream can upgrade for $400 during the limited offer. Annual subscriptions for educational licenses are priced at $150 per year. Vue 7 Infinite is already shipping, and can be obtained for $900. Version 6 users can upgrade for $400, while the educational licenses are priced at $100 per year. Both products are available for Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, along with Windows XP or Vista.