I’ve expressed some reservations about the 3D application called Vue before. Mainly that rendering lush landscapes at one frame per hour seems ridiculous, when you’re used to games like TheHunter that run widescreen at 40 frames per second.
But the top-of-the-range $1,500 version of Vue now has a free no-expire edition. Even if you only use Vue 8.5 PLE as a file-conversion utility, it could prove useful. Since there’s an…
“extensive set of import/export filters for both 3D and 2D content”
Here’s the import list…
Version 8 also loads Poser and DAZ files, although this is not as cool as it sounds. Such files apparently get converted to Collada files on import. However this does mean that those exporting Spore creatures apparently have… “Support for rigged Collada meshes” in Vue 8 Infinite. But it’s not a replacement for Max or Maya in terms of a pipeline to iClone, since there’s no FBX export.
Export is to: .3ds / .c4d / .cob / .dfx / .lwo / .obj
It’s a 440Mb download. You get the choice of xStream or Infinite versions on install. The only difference seems to be that xStream can also stream its content to be rendered using Maya or Max or Lightwave.
The basic PLE details are these…
“Vue 8.5 PLE is a fully functional version of Vue 8.5 xStream/Infinite. With the PLE, users can:
* Create complete projects,
* Save their work and export to other applications,
* Render stills and animations without size/length limit,
* Experience Vue’s power directly inside Max/Maya/Softimage/LightWave/Cinema4D,
* Learn at their own pace (the PLE never expires)!
The Personal Learning Edition ships with a wide selection of Vue presets, as well as the complete PDF reference manual. Users can download the Vue 8.5 PLE at no charge from www.vue8.com/ple. This edition is for personal, non-commercial use only.
Network rendering is disabled, and renders may be watermarked and carry a logo. Files created and saved with the PLE cannot be exchanged with other PLE users and are not compatible with other versions of Vue.”
Update: On install I find that there are no sample files or models with the PLE edition, which rather deflates the idea of it being a “Learning Edition”. There’s also a nag screen on start up. And the ugly watermark means it’s really only a file-conversion utility (unless you can use the plant maker, or the terrain generator)…
And I don’t know what they mean by “Render stills and animations without size/length limit”, since I found all the large render size options to be greyed out.