E-on Software Vue 7 Infinite/xStream
The latest version of E-on’s Vue line of landscape-generation applications doesn’t add any new types of elements to its collection of tools for creating landscapes, skies, trees, plants and volumetric clouds
- New attributes for EcoSystem generation technology, enhancements to Spectral Engine II clouds, water and import options, improved xStream integration
- More expensive, powerful system required, some features of xStream not consistent across all applications and platforms, steep learning curve for some workflows
The latest version of E-on’s Vue line of landscape-generation applications doesn’t add any new types of elements to its collection of tools for creating landscapes, skies, trees, plants and volumetric clouds. The new version’s features are largely refinements and enhancements.
The latest version of E-on’s Vue line of landscape-generation applications doesn’t add any new types of elements to its collection of tools for creating landscapes, skies, trees, plants and volumetric clouds — so the new version’s features are largely refinements and enhancements.
Like most other CG landscape tools, Vue’s building blocks are the terrains that form mountains, valleys, plains and other geological structures. As well as Standard terrains defined by a grid, or heightmap, Vue offers procedural terrains created from fractal-based mathematical functions. This creates terrain dynamically, according to the distance and position of the camera or viewer, and always looks massively detailed, even when you zoom in.
Vue 7 now offers two groups of presets: Ordinary Procedural Terrains are typically the same size as Standard terrains. The Infinite Terrain presets create procedural terrains that are so large that they can be considered infinite in the space you’re working. In fact, you’re offered the option of completely replacing the ground plane. The only drawback is that they require a lot of computing power.
The terrain editor has been revamped to make it as easy to touch up Procedural Terrains as Standard ones. A Procedural Altitudes tab has been added, and is used to control the output of the altitude function in this type of terrain. Furthermore, you are now able to control procedural terrain altitudes based on their relationships with other objects.
Other procedurally generated elements in Vue 7 include rocks, MetaClouds — basically standalone clouds that can be moved around, rotated and resized just like any other object — and SolidGrowth plants.
As before, SolidGrowth 4 offers a plant editor for creating the initial plant example, before it is procedurally generated to be different each time. It’s possible to animate any parameter in the editor, allowing the creation of effects such as plant growth and decay. You can also apply global wind and breeze effects, as well as individual wind and wind generators. New algorithms have also been added to reduce the flickering effect of plant animations when viewed ‘in the distance’.
Vue 7 ships with a greatly expanded SolidGrowth library, now offering over 70 plant species, as well as a new library of MetaCloud presets. Atmospheres and materials have had a boost too, now offering 160 and 530 presets respectively.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 2 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 3 Parrot Mambo Drone review
- 4 Evapolar USB air conditioner review
- 5 Hisense Series 7 ULED 4K UHD TV review
Latest News Articles
- Microsoft fleshes out seismic change to Windows patching
- Where's the bottom for Microsoft's Internet Explorer?
- ICANN transition moves forward, despite last-minute attempt to block it
- PSA: Windows 10's Anniversary Update reactivates ads you've already disabled
- Analysts laud and lance new Microsoft browser armor
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: The new best Android phone
- TV buying guide: What to look for when buying a TV in 2016
- Best iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus plans: Optus vs Telstra vs Vodafone vs Virgin
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCProject AnalystVIC
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (HTML/JAVA/J2EE) 161025/AP/862Asia
- CCDevOps EngineerNSW
- FTBiomedical Project ManagerSA
- TPSoftware EngineerWA
- CCContract IT Assistant (UNIX/Windows) 161028/ITA/003Asia
- CCTechnical Test AnalystACT
- FTTechnical Services EngineerNSW
- FTMicrosoft Dynamics AX Manufacturing ConsultantNSW
- CCSenior Business Analyst - Telco - AgileVIC
- FTJunior Web Developer | Django | Python | AWS | PostgreSQL | North Sydney NSW
- CCService Now DeveloperVIC
- CCContract Programmer (.Net/SQL) 161027/P/vhaAsia
- FTFrontend DeveloperNSW
- CCFull Stack Developer - Be a part of the innovation programVIC
- PTService Management AnalystSA
- CCNetwork and Security ArchitectNSW
- FTIT Operations ManagerNSW
- FTERP Support ConsultantQLD
- FTIntegration SpecialistSA
- FTHands-on Service Desk Team LeadNSW
- FTDynamics CRM DeveloperSA
- CCHuman Sciences Professional - DefenceACT
- FTAX Functional ConsultantNSW
- CCSAP Finance Business AnalystNSW