05:46:00 pm , Categories: 3D Programs

E-on Software Ships VUE 2014.5

VUE 2014.5 BRINGS MORE LIGHT TO YOUR DIGITAL NATURE

 

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May 21, 2014. Beaverton, Oregon: e-on software, maker of the leading solutions for Digital Nature, announced today the immediate availability of VUE 2014.5 xStream and Infinite, the latest production-driven version of its professional solutions for the creation, animation and rendering of natural 3D environments.

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This new version is available for free to all VUE 2014 xStream and Infinite users, including users who are not under maintenance.

E-on software also announced that future versions of its products (the 2015 product line, scheduled for release in Q4 2014) will be 64bit only. The 2014.x line of products will be the last one to support 32bit OS architectures.

New features of VUE 2014.5

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 Cinema4D.

Release 2014.5 of VUE adds a number of new features including:

  • Improved support for Plant Factory vegetation: Significant improvements were added in VUE 2014.5 to speed up the rendering of TPF plants - with a render-time gain of up to 20 times faster (advanced pre-computing of illumination on plants, improved illumination quality, etc...). Major improvements in the normal mapping algorithms also dramatically boost overall plant rendering quality. Better access to TPF plant published parameters and mesh resolution in the Plant Editor. Compatibility with Plant Factory 2014.5 lightweight preset technology...
  • Improved Photometric Lights: To produce even more realistic renders with warmer light colors, the Photometric Light presets in VUE 2014.5 were improved and several new presets were added (such as Carbon Arc, Sodium Vapor, Metal Halide etc...).
  • Light Portals: By helping VUE understand the way light enters indoor scenes, Light Portals greatly enhance the accuracy and quality of interior renders.
  • Deeper interoperability: VUE xStream 2014.5 now supports Autodesk 2015 Media & Entertainment products (3ds Max 2015, Maya 2015 and Softimage 2015), and also adds support for V-Ray 3 for 3ds Max (support V-Ray 3 for Maya is under development). Several new Python callbacks were added for Terrains and EcoSystem management...
  • And more...
 

More information on the new features of VUE 2014.5 is available online at
www.e-onsoftware.com/xstream and www.e-onsoftware.com/infinite

 

Pricing information:

VUE 2014.5 is available free of charge for all registered users of VUE 2014 xStream and Infinite (no maintenance plan required). VUE 2014 Infinite and xStream owners can immediately switch to VUE 2014.5 by downloading the latest software update for their product from www.e-onsoftware.com/updates.

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VUE 2014.5 xStream retails for $1,995 (with one year maintenance), and upgrades from VUE 11.x xStream starting at $439. VUE 2014.5 Infinite retails for $1,495 (with one year maintenance), with upgrades from VUE 11.x Infinite starting at $359. Upgrades from VUE 10.x Infinite and VUE 10.x xStream are also available. Full pricing information is available at:
www.e-onsoftware.com/pricelist.

 

Availability:

VUE 2014.5 xStream and VUE 2014.5 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 2014.5 xStream is compatible with the following renderers:

  • 3ds Max 2008 to 2015: MentalRay (integrated and MR satellites), V-Ray
  • Maya 2008 to 2015: MentalRay (integrated and MR satellites), V-Ray, Maya Software
  • Softimage | XSI 7.0 to 2015: MentalRay (integrated and MR satellites)
  • Cinema 4D R11 to R15: native renderer
  • LightWave 9.3 to 11.6: native renderer
  02:49:00 am , Categories: 3D Programs, Fantasies Realm Market

Vue Esprit 2014

Link: http://www.e-onsoftware.com/products/vue/vue_2014_esprit/?page=0


Vue Esprit 2014 is the leading Digital Nature application with extended import and scenery control features for serious 3D Artists. It is focused on intuitive workflow, advanced rendering features and Poser/Daz integration.

With a clear, uncluttered interface and state of the art features, Vue Esprit 2014 combines sophistication with ease of use. With Vue? a renowned natural 3D tools and unique render quality, you'll soon be creating inspiring 3D art in any style.

imgTop reasons to get Vue Esprit 2014

    Easy to learn, easy to use!
    Import content in all popular 3D formats!
    Photo-realistic radiosity lighting!
    Load and render Poser characters!
    Unrivaled natural 3D creation power!
    Packed full of preset content!
    High quality, high resolution images!
    Direct access to Cornucopia3D content!
    Helpful user community!
    Affordable package that grows with you!


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Sculpt 3D Terrains in Real-Time

Revolutionary Solid3D?Ñ¢ terrain modeling technology lets you interactively carve and shape terrains in real time. Using 3D brushes, mold and shape terrains into virtually any shape imaginable.

Create caves, grottos, overhangs, rivers, canyons with the ease of modeling in clay-like fashion. Brushes can also be used to interactively add erosion and geological effects and blend details using the 3D smoothing brush.

You can easily configure the behavior of the terrain brushes and build a library of your most frequently used brushes.


 
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The Basic Material Editor

The basic editor is designed to let you quickly create bitmapped textures and easily customize existing procedural materials.

Its no-hassle interface offers slots for color, bump and alpha maps, as well as highlight and reflection sliders. You can also choose one of the eight mapping modes.

 

 

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The Advanced Material Editor

This full-featured editor gives you control over every aspect of the material, from transparency fade-out color to displacement mapping, from variable reflections to translucency.

 

 

 

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Bump, Displacement and Normal Mapping

Vue offers bump, displacement and normal mapping channels for producing intricate surface details or large amplitude deformations (when using displacement).

The micro-polygon displacement engine is fully tailored for natural scenery creation allowing the render of millions of polygons with full level of detail optimization based on camera location and distance.

Displacement can be adjusted in any direction (vertical, horizontal, normal) and contains a smoothing slider to smooth out high frequency details if desired. Large amplitude displacement allows for extreme displacement effects without artifacts or torn meshes

 

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Natural Elements

You can use the new rock technology to populate your EcoSystems or interactively scatter rocks into your scenes. Simply add new rock templates to your EcoSystem or EcoPainter tools by drag-dropping the rock templates to your EcoSystem population list.

See the entire Vue Suite and more at E-On Software http://www.e-onsoftware.com/products/

  08:21:00 pm , Categories: 3D Programs

Text Edge Pro

Link: http://eyedesyn.com/2013/07/02/text-edge-fx-pro-bevel-kit-for-cinema-4d/

Text Edge Pro is a must have tool for anyone who works with 3D type or logos inside of Cinema 4D.  This is a preset that creates brilliant looking text and logos super fast, perfect for broadcast, movie trailers, print, or any workflow that requires creating beautiful 3D text.  With it you can add custom outer, inner bevels, and edges to any text that goes above and beyond the stock bevel options in C4D.  The best part?  It's non-destructive!  What does that mean?  Develop your text bevel look and you easily edit it, change the font or text just like you would with the MoText object while keeping the bevel intact making iteration a breeze!  Along with applying bevels on your type, you can also put bevels on any spline shape you bring in, whether it be a logo made in Adobe Illustrator or a spline shape made directly in Cinema 4D.

 

Version Compatibility & Cinema 4D Lite

Text Edge Pro requires Cinema 4D R12 (Broadcast or Studio version) and above.  Text Edge Pro is fully compatible with R13 (Broadcast or Studio version) and above including Cinema 4D Lite meaning you can create gorgeous text for use in Adobe After Effects CC.  NOTE: Preset scene files require Broadcast or Studio version.

Feature List

Built in Mograph & dynamics.
Cinema 4D Lite compatible.
Over 50 Text Edge Pro preset scene files
Over 50 materials
Over 20 HDRIs
Non destructive, easily change the letters or font while keeping your custom bevel look in tact making iteration a breeze
Text field input automatically updates TEFX layer name
Low rez proxy option to speed up viewport scene when working with mograph & dynamics
Full text alignment options for use with Mograph Effectors
Option to have back bevel mirror front bevel
Editable capping & fillet edges
Over 15 custom inner bevel splines included
Ability to use your own custom bevels
Simple & intuitive interface & controls
Rebuilt from the bottom up for improved speed
Frequent free updates

 

Visit Eyedesyn.com Your home for Cinema 4D tutorials & resources!

  10:29:00 am , Categories: Macintosh OS X Tips

FTP from your Mac OS X

Link: http://osxdaily.com

For the ones with Mac OS X already installed or those of us that had no clue this was possible....you can 'FTP' to  your server right from your desktop. Easy as pie!

 Here are the steps to follow and understand. You can find many more tips and tricks at OSXDaily

 

'FTP' from your Mac

 If you want to test this out by connecting to a real server you can use ftp://ftp.mozilla.org and login as Guest.

1. From your Mac desktop hold down Command key+K to get the "Connect to Server" window or you can use the "GO" menu also.

2. Enter the address of the 'ftp server'  in the folowing format: ftp://ftp.the domain name inserted here (ftp://ftp.mozila.com).

3. To add to the "favorite Servers" for using often then click on the little + icon next to the "Server Address" field.

4. Click "Connect" and wait for the connection to the server.

5. In the next window enter your username and password issued by the host, or use "guest" if server allows annonymous connections then click "Connect" once more.

 

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If you wish to use a secured connection you will need to make the following modification to Use FTPS for Secured Connections:

To connect to a secured FTPS server you just need to change the prefix from ftp:// to ftps://. This is depending on the remote server having SSL support which most generally do. See the accompanying image.

 


FTPS vs SFTP

You need to keep in mind that FTPS and SFTP are two different animals. FTPS is a secure SSL-FTP while SFTP uses the SSH protocol...just like the ones that offer Remote Access. FTPS connections are supported by OS X's built in 'FTP' functionality while SFTP  through SSH is NOT accessible through the same "Connect to Server" menu.

No matter since OS X does include a native SFTP client also accessible through Terminal by typing "sftp username@host".

 

 

Navigating and Transferring your files with FTP/FTPS

As soon as you get connected to the 'FTP' server you will be able to start browsing the remote end, just like any folder already existing on your computer as easily as drag/drop. Browse your computer for the item you want to upload and drag/drop it into the area you want it to be on the serve. Do the same thing to download the items from your server to your computer, just choose the file/folder from the server, drag/drop it into the selected area on your Mac.

You will see the a mini Finder window that you can expand by pulling down the "view" menu and choosing to show the toolbar. The big benefit to expanding it is that you can get the forward and back arrows for navigation for sorting, browsing the 'FTP' server by icon, name, date, lists and other search functions.

This 'FTP' feature seems to have been around since the earlist days of OS X and can still be found in the latest versions.  Easy to use and right from your desktop is grand however, this is not as developed as the thrid party clients are with all their whistles and bells. It can do very nicely in a tight pinch. Quick and easy but if you do need more advanced features then you can get Transmit, Cyberduck or Filezilla, they integrate with other applications too.

If you set your titlebars to show the full path will get you the results you see in the second image. All images are copyrighted to osxdaily.com

  03:04:00 pm , Categories: Tutorials, Poser Tutorials

Free Webinar for Poser: How to Build Basic Material Shaders in Poser 3D

Link: http://my.smithmicro.com/poser-webinars.html

 

 

 

 How to Build Basic Material Shaders in Poser 3D 

Join Steve Cooper and Stefan Werner in this 1-hour webinar as they show you how to build basic material shaders like metal, glass, plastic, wax, skin and hair for use on your Poser characters and props. Developing this skill will enable you to create your own unique materials to keep in your library and give you the ability to customize your next project to your exact specs. At the end of the webinar will have a brief Q & A session where you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

 

Webinar Presented By: Steve Cooper and Stefan Werner

Date:  Thursday, March 20, 2014
Time:  3:00PM PDT
Duration:  1 Hour
Software:  Poser

 

Join Steve Cooper and Stefan Werner in this 1-hour webinar as they show you how to build basic material shaders like metal, glass, plastic, wax, skin and hair for use on your Poser characters and props.


Developing this skill will enable you to create your own unique materials to keep in your library and give you the ability to customize your next project to your exact specs. At the end of the webinar will have a brief Q & A session where you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

 
 


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