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E-on Software Vue d'Esprit 4.113D landscape and atmospheric effects suite
In my experience, I suppose it comes down to one factor: how many times the software in question makes me curse at my screen. And believe me, in this software category, that's a big factor. But I suppose it's also a bit too subjective for our purpose here. So let's break it down. Does the software give me, the user, enough depth and versatility to be able to generate a wide variety of scenery (or would I be better off just buying a cheap clipart or stock footage library rather than wasting my time rendering)? Is the software intuitive? Does it fit neatly into my workflow? Is the software responsive (or am I going to be staring at a spinning cursor anytime I make the slightest change to my scene)? Can I get a good preview render before I retire? And, when I go for a final render, am I going to be impressed with the results?
To date, I have not reviewed a scenery package that answers "yes" to all of these questions. Oh, I've liked a few of them all right: Corel's Bryce 5, a standalone 3D scenery generation package; Flaming Pear's Flood, a Photoshop plugin for creating water effects; and Digital Anarchy's Aurora, an After Effects plugin for creating sky effects. They all have their strengths, but they don't satisfy all of my demands.
But now I think I've found an application that does satisfy my requirements for versatility, quality, ease of use, performance and workflow. The package is Vue d'Esprit 4 from E-on Software.
What it does and how well it does it
Vue d'Esprit 4 is an extremely easy, yet versatile program for generating scenery in a 3D environment. I was able to start generating scenery literally within seconds of launching the program just by clicking likely buttons. I was also able to get into some of the program's more advanced features right away either by double-clicking objects I had created or by accessing some of the options through the program's intuitive--yet un-Adobe-like--interface.
Ease of use this program has in abundance. Want to make a mountain? Click the "Terrain" button. A default mountain is dropped into your scene. Want to add water plains? Add ground plains? Clouds? Rocks? Planets? Click a button, and it's there.
Similarly, buildings, primitives, trees and other object types can be created with the click of a button. Holding down a button for a long time (or right-clicking a button) calls up options for the creation of the object, either with flyaway buttons or dialogs for selecting specific objects or features. (For further ease of use, when mousing over a button, a graphical display shows the available options.) For example, clicking the "Vegetation" button inserts the default (or last-used) plant into your scene, while right-clicking this button calls up the Load Vegetation dialog.
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