updated 05:50 pm EDT, Tue July 1, 2014
Creates environments for 3ds Max, Maya, Softimage, Cinema4D, Lightwave
Oregon-based 3D software maker e-on has announced that its Ozone 2014 atmosphere generator plug-in for popular 3D programs is now available. The company says the produce produces "ultra-realistic" environments with volumetric clouds, accurate light dispersion and "natural phenomena such as 'Godrays'." The accurately-simulated environment can affect other scene elements and flows organically in accordance with natural behaviors. The new version offers a number of improvements.
Among the changes in the 2014 edition are a new photometric sunlight model, offering a scientifically-accurate mode to contrast to the existing Spectral model. Atmospheric lighting intensities will offer a subtle way of making renders look more photo-realistic, and HDR renders "preserve all the range of the natural spectrum," according to the company.
Support for AutoDesk 2015 products such as 3ds Max, Maya and Softimage has been added, as well as support for V-Ray 3 in 3ds Max. The company says that V-Ray 3 support for Maya is currently under development. The update now also adds Maxon Cinema 4D support (up to R15) and Newtek's Lightwave (up to version 11.6). Ozone for Lightwave and Cinema 4D uses the native renderer, while in Softimage 2010 to 2015, Ozone works with MentalRay. The plugin, when used in 3ds Max, works with both MentalRay and V-Ray renderers, while Ozone for Maya uses MentalRay and the Maya software (with V-Ray support coming soon).
Pricing for Ozone 2014 starts at $370 with one year of maintenance, though those upgrading from Ozone 6 can purchase a new license starting from $95. RenderNode network rendering licenses are available at $95 per node. The Personal Learning Edition (PLE) of Ozone 2014 will be made available in the coming weeks.