This new version is available for free to all VUE 2014 xStream and Infinite users, including those 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 64-bit only. The 2014.x line of products will be the last one to support 32
-bit OS architectures.
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.
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
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.
VUE 2014.5 xStream and VUE 2014.5 Infinite are available 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.