Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 Posted by Jim Thacker

e-on software releases Vue 11.5 Infinite and xStream

Vue 11.5’s new Color Channel Editor, available from the Post Render Options. See more video demos of the new features added by the 11.5 update on e-on software’s YouTube channel.

e-on software has released version 11.5 of Vue xStream and Vue Infinite, the professional editions of its family of environment-creation software products.

Vue 11.5 adds a fair number of new features for a half-point update, including the option for EcoParticles to interact with EcoSystem instances, and the option to use render nodes to calculate only the GI pre-pass.

Materials and camera management have also been improved, as have the render stack and the world browser, and a new Color Channel Editor has been added (above). You can find more details in the press release below.

e-on software, maker of the leading solutions for Digital Nature, announced today the immediate availability of Vue 11.5 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 11.5
Specifically designed for graphics professionals, Vue xStream and Vue Infinite combine a multitude of cutting edge features that easily integrate into existing production pipelines. Vue Infinite operates as a standalone application while Vue xStream works seamlessly inside 3ds Max, Maya, Softimage, LightWave and Cinema 4D.

The Vue 11.5 feature set was designed according to the most recent production feedback from e-on software’s users. E-on software performed an analysis of the product’s usability and ergonomics which resulted in many feature and interface optimizations, leading to a better, faster and more streamlined workflow.

Release 11.5 of Vue also adds a number of important new features including:

  • EcoCollision
    Introduced with Vue 11, the revolutionary EcoParticle technology can now make EcoParticles collide with EcoSystem instances. This also works with Vue 11’s Rain and Snow weather effects.
  • Render Stack Improvements
    Many improvements have been added to the Render Stack such as flipping renders horizontally, merging render areas, reloading camera settings or setting stacks per scene.
  • Improved Material Management
    The material summary was redesigned for improved display and manipulations of all materials in the scene. Material management from the World Browser also received several productivity enhancements.
  • Color Input/Ouput Function in the Post Render Options
    A new Color Channel Editor (Color curves) is available from the Post Render Options, allowing direct and precise color adjustment directly in Vue.
  • World Browser Improvements
    Many productivity enhancements were added to the world browser such as massive responsiveness gain thanks to internal optimization and new display options for materials, objects and layers.
  • Camera Management Improvements
    Camera attributes can be frozen to avoid any unwanted modification to camera animation paths. Camera can also be saved and reloaded as Vue objects files.
  • RenderNode GI Prepass-only Rendering
    The Vue 11.5 RenderNodes can be set to only render the GI pre-pass and save it for future use allowing major gain in network rendering time.

Pricing information:
Vue 11.5 is available free of charge for all users under maintenance. Customers who purchased Vue 11 xStream or Infinite within 30 days of the release of Vue 11.5 will automatically receive Vue 11.5 at no cost as part of the Free 30 Day Maintenance included with all new purchases.

Vue 11.5 xStream retails for $1,995 (with one year maintenance), and upgrades from Vue 10 xStream starting at $539. Vue 11 Infinite retails for $1,495 (with one year maintenance), with upgrades from Vue 10.x Infinite starting at $459. Upgrades from Vue 9.x Infinite and Vue 9.x xStream are also available.

Annual subscriptions for Educational licenses of Vue xStream and Infinite are available respectively for $149/year/seat and $99/year/seat. Upgrades to Vue 11.5 are free for owners of active educational licenses of Vue 11.

Vue 11.5 xStream and Vue 11.5 Infinite are available in English for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, and on Mac OSX 10.5+ (Mac Intel only), for both 32 and 64 bit.

Vue 11.5 xStream is compatible with the following renderers:

  • 3ds Max 2008 to 2014: mental ray (integrated and MR satellites), V-Ray
  • Maya 2008 to 2014: mental ray (integrated and MR satellites), V-Ray, Maya Software
  • Softimage | XSI 7.0 to 2014: mental ray (integrated and MR satellites)
  • Cinema 4D R11 to R14: native renderer
  • LightWave 9.3 to 11.5: native renderer

Read more about the new features in Vue 11.5