updated 04:10 pm EDT, Wed April 1, 2009
Ozone 4.0 open beta
E-on has announced an open beta of Ozone 4.0, its newest atmospheric rendering software. The program attempts to simulate real-world atmospheres and lighting, as produced by weather conditions. Control is available for the appearance of the sky, sun and clouds, as well as the character of direct and ambient light. Effects can be added to produce rainbows, stars and ice rings, and to control the density, color and distribution of fog and haze.
Ozone provides four customizable atmospheric models -- standard, volumetric, spectral and environment mapping -- as well as over 100 predefined atmospheres, and more than 100 different cloud shapes. To streamline use, elements such as lens flares can be generated automatically, and both clouds and atmospheres can be imported from Vue 7.
The open beta is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 or later, and a free download.