E-on software has unveiled Vue 11: its annual update to its line of environment-creation tools.
The headline feature this time around is EcoParticles: a new particle system specifically tailored to creating digital nature, not just “all the standard stuff that particles are good at”.
There isn’t enough detail in the news release to say how that works technically, but insect swarms and falling leaves are all namechecked, in addition to particle staples like fire and smoke.
A more rounded release
In fact, whereas recent releases of Vue have seemed rather light on major features, Vue 11 sounds like a significant update all round.
As well as EcoParticles, there is a new automated system for creating rain and snow, and illumination caching to speed up GI renders; while EcoPainter and EcoSystems receive ease-of-use improvements.
The Vue 11 product range is expected to ship in stages, beginning in November.
Updated 6 November: Vue 11 xStream and Vue 11 Infinite are now shipping. You can read the announcement on the e-on website. The other versions will follow later this year, along with the Personal Learning Edition.
Updated 21 November: The entire product range is now shipping. You can read the announcement here.
PRESS RELEASE (Excerpts)
e-on software, the leader in 3D Digital Nature technologies, today announced the formal unveiling of its upcoming Vue 11 product line – scheduled for release November, 2012.
Concurrently, the company is offering its professional users under maintenance a pre-release version of Vue 11 xStream and Infinite, the latest production-driven version of its professional solutions for the creation, animation and rendering of natural 3D environments.
New features of Vue 11
Key features of Vue 11 include faster rendering, illumination caching, terrain and EcoPainter improvements, 360° population, interactive EcoSystem population, as well as EcoParticles, e-on software’s revolutionary approach to particles:
With EcoParticles, users can do all the standard stuff that particles are good at, but they can also do a lot more. Rather than creating simple emitters, and having particles grow out of them, e-on software designed a new way of handling particles that is specifically well suited for Digital Nature.
The Vue 11 Particle system is a direct extension of the production proven EcoSystem™ technology that is a key player in Vue’s success for the film, television, architecture, game, science, educational and entertainment industries.
Here is a shortlist of some of the important new features included in Release 11 of Vue:
This new technology is ideal for the creation of animated rain, snow, waterfalls, explosions, fire, smoke, tornadoes, falling leaves, swarm of insects and more. Any object can be set as a particle source (emitter).
- EcoParticles as EcoSystems
EcoParticles are added to any material like a regular EcoSystem material layer. But with EcoParticles, users get in depth control over the way the particles will evolve over time. Users can define the speed, direction, collision properties and duration of life of the particles, as well as subject them to external influences. On top of these new physical settings, all of the classic EcoSystem configuration parameters are used for particle instance population.
- EcoParticles Effectors
Effectors are special objects that will influence the EcoParticles in the scene. Effects like tornadoes, jittering, attraction, etc. are easily created this way.
- Automatic Weather Effects – Rain and Snow
These new atmospheric effects enable artists to create anything from gentle spring rain to a tropical storm, a gentle falling snow to a blizzard, with just a few simple clicks. The heaviness, shape, drop size, speed and falling angle of the precipitation is user controllable. Motion blur can be added if desired too. Weather Effects are available for all types of atmospheres.
- EcoPainter Improvements
The EcoSystem Painter is completely redesigned to allow even more control and flexibility. Users can now create their own brushes using a combination of effectors. For instance, brushes that will resize and align instances at the same time. There are a number of new brush effects to boot, including the ability to lean or rotate instances, raise or lower them, move them around, etc.
- Customizable EcoPainter Brushes
Like the brushes in the Terrain Editor, each EcoPainter brush now has its own dialog that displays all of the parameters that can be adjusted. If users want to display a specific brush parameter directly in the main EcoPainter dialog, they can do so with a click on the corresponding Publish icon. The EcoSystem Selection function is now part of the EcoPainter. This way, users can use the select function to define the instances to work with, directly in the EcoSystem Painter dialog. EcoSystem Instance Selection is now also available in xStream for 3ds Max, Cinema4D and Softimage.
- EcoSystem Fast Population
Thanks to a special population mode, Vue can now refresh the EcoSystem population interactively, without the need of any re-population action
- EcoSystem 360° Population
Vue can now automatically populate EcoSystems from all directions including below objects. This feature works on any kind of object from basic spheres to complex geometry such as rocks, cars, houses… and all applicable EcoSystem settings are supported.
- Faster Rendering Speed
Significant internal optimizations made to Vue 11’s rendering engine will result in dramatically accelerated rendering especially on very dense EcoSystem scenes.
- Illumination Caching
This technology lets the user re-use GI information over the course of an entire animation thus eliminating the need to re-render the GI pre-pass for every frame. This will dramatically reduce the rendering times of Architectural animations, for instance.
- Many other improvements
Shared Material layers, Nitrous-accelerated graphics core support in 3ds Max, support for latest releases of the Autodesk 2013 products and Cinema4D R14, and more…
A complete and detailed list of features will be made available at the time of final release.
Release Schedule and Product Lineup
E-on software expects to release the entire Vue 11 product line November 2012. Professional solutions (Vue Infinite and Vue xStream) will ship first, followed closely by products for 3D Artists (Vue Esprit, Vue Studio and Vue Complete) and 3D Enthusiasts (Vue Pioneer and the theme packs, and Vue Frontier).