E-ON updates Plant Factory and Vue plus new rental only licensing
E-ON Software has updated VUE and PlantFactory with several new features. For both tools, materials are now compatible with PBR workflows including a tool to convert materials from a specular to a metal/roughness workflow and Substance is now supported with a selection of materials included. The UV mapping algorithm for vegetation has been improved the it is now possible to export procedural materials baked to UV and UDIM maps.
In VUE, it’s not possible to convert any mesh into a standalone volumetric cloud and 3D clouds and volumetric cloud layers can be exported using OpenVDB.
The UI has also been overhauled and homogenised and gamma management has been improved to meet linear workflows.
In addition to the product announcements, E-ON has updated its branding and more significantly changed its licensing to rental only. Three packages are now available to rent either monthly or annually.
The lowest price offering at $19.95 a month or $199 a year is called the Creator Solution and includes the cut-down VUE Creator and PlantFactory Creator tools
At $75 a month or $750 a year, the Professional Solution includes full versions of VUE and PlantFactory.
Finally, for $99 a month or $990 a year for nodelocked licenses, and $149 a month or $1495 a year for floating, the Enterprise Solution also includes VUE, and PlantFactory but adds 25 render nodes for network rendering plus access to a library of new vegetation species that will be continually developed.
30 days trials are available but the PLE editions appear to have been removed. Find out more on E-ON’s blog.