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E-on Announces Vue 4 Professional

3D landscape creation software gets improved speed, integration, creative features By Dave Nagel
E-on Software today announced Vue 4 Professional, a new offshoot of the company's line of 3D landscaping software called Vue d'Esprit. The new version includes a range of additional features over the standard edition of Vue d'Esprit, including creative controls, speed and integration. It's expected to be available later this month for Mac OS X and Windows.

Vue 4 Professional is a 3D landscaping and scenery generator, which includes the ability to create land, sea and sky effects. The new version offers the ability to export to Maya, Cinema 4D, LightWave, 3ds max, Softimage XSI and other formats; full support for compositing information, including Z depth, material ID, layer ID, UV coordinates, normal vectors, non-clamped colors, sub-pixel coverage, render ID, color, transparency, velocity, sub-pixel weight and sub-pixel masks; camera and light synchronization with high-end 3D applications; RLA and RPF file format support; faster OpenGL pre-rendering; hybrid network rendering on Mac OS X and Windows through RenderCow technologies; new anti-aliasing engine; Python-based application scripting; and a new hybrid 2.5D motion blur. The company also says the new version gains 24 enhancements to camera effects, lighting, shadows and depth of field and a dozen new animation and productivity features.

Vue 4 Professional will ship in a hybrid Mac OS X/Windows configuration during the Apple Expo, which kicks off Sept. 16 in Paris. More details will be available then. The software will sell for $599 normally, with an introductory price of $499. Users of Vue d'Esprit 4 will be able to upgrade for $299 during the introductory period. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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