updated 10:30 pm EST, Wed December 21, 2011
Demos allow users to try at no charge
Completing its line of Vue 10 offerings, E-on Software has now issued the Personal Learning Edition (PLE) and trial versions of its Vue 10 3D landscaping and digital nature creation programs. The PLE edition allows users to try out and learn Vue 10 Infinite and xStream indefinitely, while the trial version of Vue 10 offers users a chance to work with Vue 10 Esprit, Studio or Complete with some limitations for 30 days.
The Vue 10 PLE offers spline and rock tools, dynamic rocks, a water engine and physical transparency, ecosystem generation and render comparison tools among its many landscape-generating features. Users can work with the program indefinitely, save their work and export to other applications, and render stills and animations without a size limit -- however, the files created and saved in the PLE are watermarked, as they are not intended for anything but personal and non-commercial use. The files are also not compatible with other versions of Vue or exchangeable with other PLE users.
The PLE offers either a standalone application or a set of plug-ins that work with various other 3D programs such as Maya, 3ds Max, LightWave, Cinema4D and Softimage. It is available free of charge for Windows XP and higher and Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (Intel Macs only).
The Vue 10 trial installer will let users pick which version of Vue's 3D for Artists line of product they wish to demo. Users can choose from either Esprit (a "starter edition" aimed at new enthusiasts with basic content creation tools), Studio (which adds botanical, lighting and ecosystem generation) and Complete (which further adds exporting, time animation and other tools). The demo is mostly functional, but saving is disabled, render resolutions are severely limited (640x480), animations are limited to five seconds, and network and standalone rendering is disabled along with terrain export. The trial versions are good for 30 days.
The Vue 10 trial versions are English-only and like the PLE require either Windows XP or higher or Mac OS X 10.5 (Intel only) or higher. The programs will function at 64-bit level if run on a compatible machine. Vue Esprit sells normally for $199, Vue Studio for $399 and Vue Complete for $599. The full Vue Infinite and xStream sell for $995 and $1,495 respectively.