Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 Posted by Jim Thacker

e-on software releases Carbon Scatter 2015

Carbon Scatter 2015 adds new brushes for painting and distributing population objects to e-on software’s instancing plugin. Although often used for vegetation, the software can also distribute other objects.

Originally posted on 14 October. Scroll down for updates.

e-on software has released Carbon Scatter 2015, the latest version of its instancing plugin for 3ds Max, Maya and Cinema 4D, adding a brush-based system for painting populations and better support for native instances.

The software integrates the EcoSystem algorithms used in Vue inside other 3D applications, enabling artists to populate native scenes with millions of instances and render them with a range of standard renderers.

New painting features, LoDs and variations
New features include the EcoSystem Painter and its intuitive brushes for adding or redistributing instances (shown above), including jitter, raise, repel, attract and lean; plus the option to save EcoSystem materials.

The software also now supports two levels of detail, for foreground and background objects; and up to four variations when working with plants saved in the software’s .csplt file format.

Better compatibility with host apps and PlantFactory
Carbon Scatter populations can also be converted to native instances in 3ds Max and Cinema 4D; and output is compatible with V-Ray 3.0 and Team Render, the network rendering system introduced in Cinema 4D R15.

If you own the Pro edition of the software, you also get the option to import vegetation created in PlantFactory, e-on’s new plant-creation tool, including animated plants.

Pricing and availability
Carbon Scatter is available now for 3ds Max 2011+, Cinema 4D R12+ and Maya 2012+ on Mac OS X and/or Windows. The standard edition of the software costs $195, the Pro edition $295.

Updated 8 December: The free non-commercial version of Carbon Scatter 2015 is now available.

It ships with a limited number of plants and meshes, supports a limited number of native instances, and saving and network rendering are disabled. You can find full details on e-on software’s website.

Read more about the new features in Carbon Scatter 2015

Watch video demos of the new features on e-on software’s YouTube channel